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Spindrift Racing wins Atlantic sprint


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Yann Guichard and his five crew on the MOD70 Spindrift Racing, crossed the finish line at 12:08:37 UTC to take overall victory in the inaugural Krys Ocean Race.

The French trimaran took 4 days 21 hours 8 minutes and 37 seconds to complete the 2950 miles course across the North Atlantic from New York to Brest in north west France via the Scilly Isles. Spindrift Racing sailed 3284 miles on the water making her average for the passage a rather impressive 28.04 knots.

Spindrift Racing finished around hour an half ahead of Sébastien Josse’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with the Michel Desjoyeaux-skippered Foncia another quarter of an hour behind second, after a blistering downwind drag race across the North Atlantic in which the wind rarely dropped below 20 knots…

At 38, Yann Guichard, the former Olympic Tornado catamaran sailor, who finished fourth in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, has amassed considerable multihull experience offshore with the likes of Marc Guillemot, Bruno Peyron and Franck Cammas, before racing solo across the Atlantic in the 2010 Route du Rhum aboard the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11, as well as inshore on the Swiss lakes aboard Dona Bertarelli’s D35 Ladycat. He has also completed on the Extreme Sailing Series and is a helmsman/coach for the Peyron brother’s French potential America’s Cup contenders, Energy Team, with whom he has raced in the America’s Cup World Series.

On board with Guichard were his brother Jacques, Leo Lucet and three former Banque Populaire maxi-tri crew, Pascal Bidégorry, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant and Kevin Escoffier, who set the outright record for the Atlantic from New York to the Lizard in August 2009 with a time of 3 days 15 hours 25 minutes and 48 seconds.

On a boat twice the size of the MOD70s and leaving in the optimum weather conditions, Banque Populaire‘s average point to point speed was 32.94 knots, comparable to 25.03 knots for Spindrift Racing in the Krys Ocean Race.

Broken boats and broken fingers

Day 2 – 52 Super Series Royal Cup in Palma de Mallorca


Damaged boats, a disqualification and an injured crewman marked a dramatic second day’s racing at the 52 Super Series Royal Cup regatta in Palma, Mallorca on Thursday, which was dominated by world champions Quantum Racing.

Quantum claimed victory in the opening race of the day and remarkably maintained second place in race two despite offloading trimmer Brett Jones to their chase boat after he injured his hand in a maneuver mid-race.

Jones was taken ashore where an ambulance awaited and has since been treated for dislocated fingers. Meanwhile, the shorthanded crew held firm in second place to extend their overall lead in the Royal Cup from one point to three.

Rán Racing finished second and third in the day’s racing to remain second in the Royal Cup on nine points, followed by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team on 15 points, who were disqualified in race one but claimed their first win of the regatta in race two.

In fourth place are Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, followed by Provezza, Gladiator, Aquila and PowerPlay.


The first race of the day set the stage for the dramatics that were to come, with a collision at the second windward mark rounding resulting in damage to Gladiator and PowerPlay.

Gladiator were leading the fleet when they failed to make the lay-line and found themselves maneuvering into the chasing pack and on a collision course with PowerPlay.

An on water jury found that Azzurra had failed to give Gladiator the appropriate room to avoid the collision and ruled that the Italian/Argentinian team perform a penalty turn.

PowerPlay limped to the finish with broken port stanchions and minor hull damage, and later retired from race two. Gladiator were forced to retire from both races with damage to their bow sprit and bob stay.

Gladiator and PowerPlay sought redress, which resulted in Azzurra being disqualified and the pair receiving an average points margin for the races they missed.

The drama continued in the second race when Quantum’s Brett Jones found himself living every trimmer’s worst nightmare. Quantum tactician Andy Horton said Jones was in the middle of swapping a jib sheet for a spinnaker sheet on a winch when trouble struck.

“His hand got caught between the two, it wasn’t a pretty sight, I’ve seen worse but this got about three fingers,’’ Horton said.

“It was long enough that we had to get three or four people forward to hold the sail by hand to get the line off of it. We hope Jonesy is OK, but right now we’re looking for someone to replace him for the rest of the regatta.”

The Royal Cup is the third regatta of four in the inaugural 52 Super Series. Quantum Racing continue to lead the series on 35.5 points, followed by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, 47.5, and Rán Racing on 55.5 points.



Results after 4 races:

1. Quantum Racing 6pts

2. Rán Racing 9pts

3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team 15pts

4. Audi All4One 16pts

5. Provezza 22pts

6. Gladiator 24pts

7. Aquila 24pts

8. PowerPlay 26pts


The third day of the four-day Royal Cup continues on Friday at 1300 local, 1100 UTC. Follow all of the action at

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Onboard with Ed Baird



Quantum Racing lead the 52 Super Series by only three points over Audi Azzurra with two regattas remaining in the series.

I was invited onboard the American flagged Quantum Racing for the first day of racing on a steamy hot summer day in the bay of Palma. Two races were scheduled and PRO Maria Trojilo forecast 10 – 12 knots of shifting breeze.

As we motored out to the startline, Quantum set up for some upwind practice with Gladiator and Powerplay, The main afterguard with a wealth of experience ranging from Americas Cup wins, world championships and Olympic medals, discussed the sail plan and options for the weather conditions. After checking the line angle and opting for their chosen sail plan the team assessed the options for the first upwind leg. Up the mast goes the wind spotter Tom Burnham with five minutes to go.

Race one started on schedule with 10 – 12 knots of breeze fluctuating in direction with little puffs all around the course. At this stage in the 52 Super Series with points very tight, focus onboard Quantum was on the two nearest rivals on the scoreboard Audi Azzurra and Rán Racing.




Tactician Andy Horton and navigator Juan Vila were keen to start at the pin end of the line and gain access to the left hand side of the racecourse. Skipper and helmsman, the double Americas Cup winner, Ed Baird expertly manouvered the TP52 dancing around the fleet and bouncing off Audi Azzurra to gain the pin end start.

The Swedish flagged Rán skippered by Niklas Zennström and German Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE, skippered by multiple Olympian Jochen Schuemann started at the committee boat end.

Quantum was able to accelerate away in clean air and tack onto port tack to head the fleet towards the first windward mark. Round we go with a 5 boat length lead over Audi Azzurra and ALL4ONE. The spinnaker is set and the afterguard call the wind angles downwind. Ed Baird guides Quantum Racing doing around 9 knots of boat speed as he covers the fleet of 8 teams gybing downwind.



At the leeward gate Quantum has extended the lead to around 200 meters on Audi Azzurra with Rán making gains.

The second windward/leeward lap is focused on covering the opponents and in particular, Audi Azzurra. As the remainder of the fleet battled for the lower placings the first race was job done for Quantum as she sailed over the finish to win by approximately 1m.

A quick break onboard to replenish liquids and sustenance before the sound signal is fired for race 2. Similar conditions prevailed with a touch more breeze up to 12 knots. This time onboard the tactician/strategists called for a start nearer the committee boat.

Ed Baird duly obliged positioning his boat to the right of the fleet starting with speed. The local breeze was still quite shifty and a number of tacking battles formed on leg one. It was  Rán who had gone left who came out top at the windward mark rounding a boat length ahead of Quantum Racing with Gladiator on our stern.

It became a game of chess as to who would gybe first, in the end the wind caller on Quantum called the gybe and we went first. As the fleet converged on the leeward gate Rán remained in the lead but Gladiator had gained on Quantum Racing rounding alternate gate marks.

However disaster onboard Gladiator as the British boat trawled their spinnaker in the water stalling the boat and losing several places. Meanwhile Audi Azzurra with a highly experienced afterguard of Guillermo Parada and Vasco Vascotto, was able to profit from Gladiators mistake and lay chase.

The decision onboard Quantum Racing was now to concentrate on keeping Audi Azzurra behind rather than attacking Rán. So all the way up the second windward leg Quantum put a cover on the Italians, tack for tack.

At the second windward mark rounding, Rán had around 30 seconds lead over Quantum Racing with Audi Azzurra another 30 seconds back in third. Another flawless spinnaker hoist from a well drilled team and staysails were deployed then furled simultaneously.

The final downwind leg was a game of cover your opponent with Niklas Zennstrom cruising to victory in race two and onboard Quantum Racing it was gybe every time Audi Azzurra does, to keep between them and the finish line.

As we cross the finish line everything was quite calm onboard Quantum, skipper Ed Baird simply smiled and turned to his crew to say, “Nice job guys”.

It was a typically professional fleet sailing display from the Quantum team who now take an early lead in the Royal Cup and extend their overall lead in the championship.

 Royal Cup results after two races

1 Quantum Racing (USA) 3pt
2 Rán (SWE) 4pt
3 Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA) 5pt
4 Audi Sailing Team by ALL4ONE (GER/FRA) 9pt
5 Gladiator (GBR) 12pt
6 Aquila (AUT) 13pt
7 Powerplay (CAY) 13pt
8 Provezza (TUR) 13pt

Fight for Royal Cup reign begins in Palma

Day 1 – 52 Super Series in Palma de Mallorca


Defending champions Quantum Racing proved why they are the team to beat in the 52 Super Series after winning a dramatic opening day’s racing in the Royal Cup at Palma, Mallorca where costly crew errors proved just how close the competition is.

Quantum Racing claimed a commanding victory in the opening race and second place in race two to finish on three points on the first day of the four-day regatta to extend their overall lead in the 52 Super Series from three points to five.

Rán Racing are second in the Royal Cup with four points, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team are third with five points, followed by Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, Gladiator, Aquila, PowerPlay and Provezza.

Quantum skipper and double America’s Cup champion Ed Baird said it was a tough day’s racing that was packed with plenty of wind shifts that came out of no where and put his crew’s recent lessons to the test.

“It was one of those races where the rich get richer, as soon as you were a little bit ahead everything became a little more obvious,’’ Baird said.

“We worked awfully hard all of last year, and this year, at trying to improve every little thing.

“It sounds so basic but the tacks, the gybes, they are better than they were three or four months ago. So are the starts, the straight line speed, the sails, the understanding of the mast and the communications, they’re all improving.”


It was a much tougher day’s racing for crews on board newcomer Provezza and British boat Gladiator, who suffered at the hands of errors that placed them second last and last respectively in race two.

Provezza struggled to come back after being recalled for jumping the start and Gladiator dropped from second to last when they lost their spinnaker overboard halfway through the race.

Gladiator skipper Tony Langley said his team’s severe penance for one error was a testament to the caliber of the class.

“It was all in the drop, we lost the string-line system and that was it,” he said. “At this level you cannot afford to make any mistakes.

“You make a small mistake and you’ll get spat out one place or two places, you make a medium mistake and you get spat out the back, but you make a mistake like this and you’re just completing the course for one point.”

Day two of the Royal Cup, hosted by Real Club Náutico de Palma, starts at 1300 local, 1100 UTC. Early predictions have teams expecting between 12 and 18 knots from the south-southwest.

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Royal Cup results after two races

1 Quantum Racing (USA) 3pt
2 Rán (SWE) 4pt
3 Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA) 5pt
4 Audi Sailing Team by ALL4ONE (GER/FRA) 9pt
5 Gladiator (GBR) 12pt
6 Aquila (AUT) 13pt
7 Powerplay (CAY) 13pt
8 Provezza (TUR) 13pt

By Jacaranda Marketing

52’s compete for Royal Cup in Palma

52 Super Series Royal Cup in Palma de Mallorca – 10-14 July 2012

Eight boats are lined up alongside the Real Club Nautico de Palma to race on equal terms for an historic sailing trophy, The Royal Cup, at the third regatta for the 52 SuperSeries.

Just as there were two boats new to the 52 SuperSeries circuit in Porto Cervo, Sardinia last month, so the momentum and interest continues to grow as the circuit reaches high summer, and a very popular racing venue, Palma.

And the 52 SuperSeries owners and organisers are pleased to be continually developing initiatives for the long term future of the circuit. In Palma there will be live fleet tracking complemented by audio commentary from the water.

The Royal Cup, or in full, the Royal Cup Challenge Trophy, was donated in 1995 by King Harald of Norway, Pasquale Landolfi, Willi Illbruck and Yannis Costopoulos to be used as a challenge trophy for IMS50 racing, which then was the world’s premier level rating class.

Among the famous boat and owner names inscribed on the massive trophy are: 1995 and 1996 Brava Q8, P. Landolfi in 1995 and 1996, Mean Machine, P. de Ridder in 1996, in 2000 Innovision 7, H. J. Eekhof and in 2001 Brava Q8, P. Landolfi.

“It seems appropriate and in the line of tradition to connect the cup once again to the best level rating racing. At this point in time this is without a doubt 52 racing.” comments Rob Weiland, the 52’s Class Manager.

The cup was created by Bvlgari and has been extensively refurbished by Nicolas Joyero, the company of Nicolas Pomar, who with his brother the driving force behind the Breitling Cup. This company has also created the 52 SuperSeries Trophy which will be unveiled in Palma.

The boats which will be new to the 52 SuperSeries will be the Austrian boat Aquila which was formerly the 2008 build Mutua Madrilena. It has remained in TP52 measurement trim and will be steered by Rene Mangold.

Provezza is a well known name in global sailing circles and now Turkish owner Ergin Imre brings his 52 which was previously the 2008 Vrolijk designed Desafio and then Cristabella. This boat will be steered by Britain’s Nick Rogers who won back to back 470 Olympic silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Racing can be followed live with radio commentary on Virtual Eye. Visit the 52 Super Series website:

Weekend Roundup 9 July 2012


Five MOD 70 tris head out into the Atlantic from the Big Apple in the Krys Ocean Race to Brest. Hydroptere DCNS prepares for take-off from Los Angeles in its attempt on the transpacific record.

Puma wins the In-Port title but Groupama celebrate overall victory in the Volvo Ocean Race in festive Galway. Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen wins the Stena Match Cup final in Marstrand and Porto proves popular for the latest in crash n burn action from the Extreme 40’s.


MOD 70 Krys Ocean Race starts from New York to Brest

Temperatures were sweltering, the pressure intense as New York bid farewell to the MOD70 fleet when if left the sticky, busy confines of the Hudson River bound for the liberty of the open sea and the start of the KRYS OCEAN RACE, 2950 high speed miles to Brest.

Winds were only light on New York’s hottest day of 2012 so far, with only the occasional puff to send the fleet of five MOD70’s en route, though the strong contrary current made life hard when the giant multihulls stuck to the water.

Just as they did on Monday’s dress rehearsal prologue start in Newport, Seb Josse and his well drilled, young crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild proved quickest out of the blocks, filling their gennaker headsail first to accelerate smoothly away from the fleet. Though they all compressed again at the upriver turning mark, set off the North Cove Marina, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild rebuilt their margin when they stuck to the Jersey shore and slid away, leading Musandam-Oman Sail out to towards the Atlantic.

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Hansen triumphant on home waters

Swedish number one Bjorn Hansen saw off a spirited challenge from Tour legend and four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour to lift the STENA Match Cup Sweden trophy and retain his lead at the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leaderboard.

Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing called on all of the experience he has gained during his previous seven wins at the event but was ultimately unable to match Hansen’s (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, who barely put a foot wrong from the opening day of competition and won the final 3-0.

Alpari World Match Racing Tour Standings After Three Events
1. Björn Hansen; Mekonomen Sailing Team – 62pts
2. Peter Gilmour; YANMAR Racing – 54pts
3. Ian Williams; Team GAC Pindar – 52pts
4. Phil Robertson; WAKA Racing Team – 44pts
5. Pierre-Antoine Morvan; Vannes Agglo Sailing Team – 43pts
6. Keith Swinton; Black Swan Racing – 29pts

By Alpari World Match Racing Tour




Puma finally claims an In-Port Race victory

A PUMA team decked out in Irish rugby shirts rounded off the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 in style on Saturday, securing victory in the In-Port Race series with a win on the waters of Galway on a day that saw Groupama celebrate overall success in sailing’s toughest challenge.

Ken Read’s team scored a commanding first place in the Discover Ireland In-Port Race, their ninth podium finish of the 10-race inshore series and a first victory.

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Leigh McMillan scores hat-trick of wins in the Extreme Sailing Series

Leigh McMillan (GBR) steered The Wave, Muscat (OMA) team to victory in a crash, bang wallop action packed Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series. McMillan’s Omani team put on a dominating performance winning 10 of the 32 races over the four day event, capping their third straight win on the eight event circuit. Teams led by Roman Hagara (AUT) and Morgan Larson (USA) finished second and third respectively. Next stop is Cardiff in Wales for Act 5 on August 30-September 2


The flying trimaran’s first oceanic record attempt ready for blast off

After a month-long delivery trip aboard a cargo ship, which left Toulon in southern France on 28 May 2012, l’Hydroptère DCNS made it safely into port in Los Angeles this Tuesday 5 July 2012. The big carbon bird will be reassembled and relaunched in the Californian port of Long Beach, where she will be on weather stand-by for her Transpacific Record attempt.

The Transpac, or Transpacific, is one of the oldest yacht races in the world, since it was created back in 1906. Every two years, for over a century, it has gathered together the greatest sailors on the planet, who come to do battle over the 2,215 nautical miles (4,102km), which separate Los Angeles from Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii. This legendary course also forms the backdrop for a number of record attempts throughout the year. To date, French sailor Olivier de Kersauson holds the transpacific record, which he set back in November 2005 at the helm of Geronimo, with a time of 4 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes, at an average speed of 19.17 knots (35.5km/hr on average).

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Groupama complete outright victory



Franck Cammas and his men are already the outright champions of the eleventh edition of the Volvo Ocean Race: by finishing second in the final leg between Lorient and Galway behind the New Zealanders, Groupama 4 has racked up a sufficient lead to be assured of first place in the overall standing, whatever the result during the last In-Port race on Saturday. This is the first French success since victory went to Lionel Péan and his crew in 1985-86!

As ever, there was still everything to play for on this ninth and penultimate race between Brittany and Ireland! And as ever, or almost, the expected scenario of a long straight course in a stable breeze wasn’t quite how things panned out in the end. Indeed, as is frequently the case, it was over the final miles that everything changed. And, as is rarely the case, and for the first time since 1986, a French boat has come to the fore in what is the longest and most gruelling of oceanic races after 40,000 miles at sea and nearly nine months on from the race start in Alicante back in November… By finishing just astern of the New Zealanders in Galway on this final offshore leg, Franck Cammas and his men can at last wrap their hands around the Holy Grail of offshore racing, a Volvo Ocean Race win, before Saturday’s In-Port race has even played out.

The puma and the mice

This ninth leg between Lorient and Galway always promised to be a close-fought race since the 550-mile course was framed by the compulsory passages around Belle-Île, the North-West tip of Brittany, the Fastnet Rock lighthouse and the Aran Islands. Indeed the separation between the top four, never exceeded four miles, as they constantly jostled over the top spot according to the (numerous) manoeuvres which had to be performed to adapt to the irregular strength of the breeze. The Spanish led the way as far as Raz de Sein, then the New Zealanders snatched control before being overtaken by the Iberians, then the Americans, as they rounded Fastnet with Groupama 4 permanently on the attack.

As the wind clocked round from 20-25 knots of south-westerly to around fifteen knots of westerly along the Irish coast, things were continually being ramped up again, but after the Blasket Islands, Puma really looked like she had the win in the bag with a lead of a mile and half over Camper and Telefonica. Franck Cammas and his men remained in contact by positioning themselves slightly offshore. However, fifty miles from the finish, it was time to think about gybing in around a dozen knots of breeze, which was backing round to the South: Groupama 4 was the first to launch into the manoeuvre, followed by Camper, whilst the Americans and the Spanish delayed in changing course…

An incredible welcome!

Just as night fell the four leaders made the approach on the Aran Islands beneath the loom of the Eoragh lighthouse: the New Zealanders had a mere 500-metre lead over the French, who themselves were under pressure from the Americans, just 400 metres astern, whilst the Spanish had dropped off the pace slightly, a mile back. As for the other two VOR-70s, Sanya and Abu Dhabi, they were some 35 miles stray of the leaders… A fourth place would have been sufficient for Groupama 4 to secure outright victory in the Volvo Ocean Race, but the French crew didn’t want to ease off the pace one iota in their bid to round things off on as positive a note as their last efforts in Lorient and Lisbon.

However, the Kiwis had a firm grip on the head of this race and they took the win in their first offshore leg since leaving Alicante to finish in a time of 00h 42′ UTC and take the applause of an absolutely incredible crowd! Thousands of Irish supporters enveloped the Galway basin with extraordinary enthusiasm, which reached fever point when the French boat tied up alongside, congratulating the first Irish winner of the Volvo Ocean Race: Damian Foxall, watch leader on Groupama 4!

With this second place ahead of the Americans and the Spanish, Franck Cammas and his crew are assured of outright victory in the overall standing, even before the final `In-Port’ race sets sail this coming Saturday. With a lead of 24 points over Camper, Groupama 4 is now the unassailable, outright winner of the eleventh edition of this crewed round the world race, in what is a first for a French team since victory went to Lionel Péan and his men in 1985-86.

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Weekend Round-Up

Monday 2 July, 2010


Spithill makes his mark

The 2011-12 Americas Cup World Series came to a close in Newport RI with the top spoils going to Oracle Team USA Spithill. Chris Draper steered Luna Rossa Piranha to win the fleet racing while Russell Coutts came out on top in the match racing in Newport.

Telefonica led the Volvo Ovean Race fleet out of Lorient on the final leg to Galway on Sunday after Groupama won Saturday’s in port race.

The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race’s Gold Roman Bowl was won by Tony Langley’s TP52 Manroland Sheetfed while first around the course was Yves Le Blevecs Multi 50 Actual. Vincenzo Onorato is the new Audi Melges 32 European Champion.

Bruce Keen comes out on top at the Musto Skiff Worlds at the WPNSA and Finland’s Silja Lehtinen was crowned ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion


Oracle Team USA Spithill win the 2011-12 AC World Series Championship

Newport proved to be a statement event for the US defender of the America’s Cup as ORACLE Team USA was prominent in all areas of the leaderboard. Jimmy Spithill’s team earned the overall 2011-12 AC World Series Championship with a strong second place finishes in both the match racing and fleet racing in Newport.

Spithill also claimed the overall season Fleet Racing Championship while Sweden’s Artemis Racing won the inaugural season’s Match Racing Championship.


Groupama close to VOR overall victory

Three teams battle for the lead in the final leg of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet close in on the finish with Groupama sitting comfortably in 4th to remain with one hand on the overall trophy.


Tony Langley’s TP52 Manroland Sheetfeed wins the Gold Roman Bowl

The overall winners of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have been confirmed, with the 81st edition of the event bringing triumph for boats both large and small.

The winner of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for first boat overall on IRC handicap is Tony Langley’s TP52 Manroland Sheetfed. Competing in IRC 0, Manroland Sheetfed (aka Weapon of Choice) was the second monohull to complete the course, finishing in 4hrs, 42mins and 12secs to win on corrected time by just 3 minutes.

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Finland’s Silja Lehtinen Crowned ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion

The final day of the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden served up a treat of world class action as Silja Lehtinen (FIN) claimed the title.

After the disappointment of the 2011 Women’s Match Racing Worlds in Perth, Australia that saw Lehtinen finish 14th after a bright start she turned it around in Gothenburg after she defeated World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 3-0 in the final.

The day started off as a perfect one for sailing, with a southerly 16-18 knot breeze with the sun shining as the semi finals opened the day.

Lehtinen took on Claire Leroy (FRA) in the first head to head and had no trouble against the French match racer as she came out on top with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Tunnicliffe meanwhile took on compatriot Sally Barkow in four very tight and intense matches with the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year coming out on top.

Leroy and Barkow faced off in the Petit Final in a close encounter. Leroy took the first race win before Barkow levelled things up to take it to a decider. In a tough last race with gybe duels all the way to the finish Barkow did enough to take the win, and the bronze medal.

The final followed and Lehtinen did enough in each of the three races to win by a slender margin.


Morton claims record third Quarter Ton Cup win

Peter Morton and his crew claimed a record third Coutts Quarter Ton Cup win by just 4 points from Alice II with Aguila third and Anchor Challenge fourth. This achievement was impressive not only because it was the first time the event has been won by the same person three times but also because Peter and his team have used three different boats for their wins.

ACO Musto Skiff Worlds at Weymouth & Portland – Overall



By Rick Perkins on 30 June 2012

Bruce Keen wins

The final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship dawned with sun and wind and many happy competitors as the conditions here at Weymouth looked perfect for skiff sailing. The wind was a good 16 – 20 knots and the racing was scheduled to be inside the harbour.

With 6 races on the board 4 were scheduled for the final day and the fleet launched with plenty of drink and energy bars on board to see them through the day.

The first race got away under an individual recall. At the first mark Wright had a good lead followed by Keen & Stenhouse, at the next windward Wright was extending followed by Keen and Newman who had overhauled Stenhouse for third. At the finish these positions stood.

The second race of the day got away with an individual recall; at mark one Keen lead from Martinez and Peake. Wright again was on a charge and pulled through for the win from Keen and Peake.


The conditions were now getting even fresher with white caps everywhere and the fleet bouncing around on the chop. Although 4 races were scheduled it looked likely that this 3rd race would be it, as the conditions were following the forecast and building to 25 knots.




Going into the race Stenhouse still lead on points but it was all to play for. At the first mark Keen lead from Oliver, on the next lap Keen still lead followed by Newman and Oswald; Stenhouse held 6th which was not a winning combination, Stenhouse needed to finish 3rd to take the win.

The conditions on the final run were very rough with boats on the limit as they charged downwind. Keen crossed the line then sat and watched hoping none of the boats between him and Stenhouse would fall victim to a capsize.

As it was the leaders all came streaming over the line with Newman second and Oswald third. Stenhouse could only manage 6th which meant Bruce Keen had taken the title by 2 points, congratulations Bruce!

The skiff fleet also runs Silver and Bronze fleets which gives everyone something to race for. In addition there are age categories for youth, master and grand master.

Overall Results (top 6)

1 GBR 469 Bruce Keen 5,14,(17),4,1,1,2,2,1, 30pts

2 GBR 442 Richard Stenhouse 2, (9),3,1,4,5,6,5,6, 32pts

3 GBR 432 Tom Wright 12, (46),9,5,3,2,1,1,4, 37pts

4 AUS 425 Jon Newman 14,(40),1,6,2,3,3,12,2, 43pts

5 SUI 436 Roger Oswald (30),1,2,8,9,7,10,8,3, 48pts

6 GBR 323 Andrew Peake 18,(20),18,7,5,9,4,3,5, 69pts


ORACLE Team USA Spithill wins 2011-12 AC World Series




By 34rd Americas Cup media

Newport proved to be a statement event for the US defender of the America’s Cup as ORACLE TEAM USA was prominent in all areas of the leaderboard. Jimmy Spithill’s team earned the overall 2011-12 AC World Series Championship with a strong second place finishes in both the match racing and fleet racing in Newport. Spithill also claimed the overall season Fleet Racing Championship while Sweden’s Artemis Racing won the inaugural season’s Match Racing Championship.

“Consistency had been the key,” Spithill said moments before he was handed the newly commissioned AC World Series trophy. “We were the last team to arrive here, but we came out and performed under pressure. For us it was very satisfying to see us step up and the other guys fall back when the pressure came on.”

His veteran stable-mate very nearly stole the day in front of a capacity crowd of spectators at Fort Adams. Russell Coutts won the Newport Match Racing Championship over Spithill and almost took out the fleet race as well, but was denied that honor by Chris Draper’s Luna Rossa Piranha team, who took advantage of a penalty to the Coutts team to grab a lead they would extend to the finish, to grab the Newport Fleet Racing Championship. Coutts was under intense pressure in the latter stages of the race from the Italian Swordfish team, but just held on for second place.

“Today just happened to work out for us. We got some nice breaks, but I wouldn’t give us too much credit for it,” Coutts said. “As a team, we’re really happy. Jimmy and his guys won the World Series and that’s what we came here to do… We’re always out there to win, we’re not there to just sail around the buoys – we want to win.”

For Chris Draper, the fleet racing win was a nice turn around after a difficult week: “We’ve had a tough week, the team’s been pretty down, but I’m pleased that both boats did well today. We needed that result to prove to ourselves that we could do it, so we’re happy.”

Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis Racing placed fourth in the Newport Match Racing Championship this week, which earned his team enough points to win the Match Racing title for the season.

“It’s a nice milestone for the team,” Hutchinson said, his mood tempered somewhat by a poor fleet race on Sunday. “But I think we have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of areas we can do better. But we have 14 months to do it and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The Newport event marks the end of the first season of AC World Series racing and follows previous events in Cascais (POR), Plymouth (UK), San Diego (USA), Naples and Venice (ITA). Regatta Director Iain Murray and his team have conducted 130 races over 30 days of racing in the six international venues. Over the time, only one day of races has been postponed due to weather.

Sunday’s racing was broadcast live, coast to coast, in the USA on NBC, marking the return of the Cup to network television for the first time in more than 20 years. The final day of racing in the opening two events of the 2012-13 AC World Series in San Francisco in August and October will likewise be shown on NBC.

Racing will start anew next month with the 2012-13 AC World Series in San Francisco from August 21-26. The new Ben Ainslie Racing will join the circuit as it comes to the host city of the 34th America’s Cup.


2011-12 AC World Series Overall Championship Leaderboard:
(Team, Match Racing Points, Fleet Racing Points, Total Points)

1. ORACLE Team USA Spithill, 47 – 55 – 102pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 41 – 52 – 93pts
3. Artemis Racing, 50 – 32 – 82pts
4. Energy Team, 38 – 36 – 74pts
5. ORACLE Team USA Coutts, 39 – 29 – 68pts
6. Team Korea, 33 – 33 – 66pts
7. Luna Rossa Piranha, 26 – 26 – 52pts
8. Luna Rossa Swordfish, 15 – 16 – 31pts
9. China Team, 15 – 16 – 31pts

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