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Clipper Round the World Race crews trained by Hyde Sails

July 31, 2011

As they geared up for the start, Clipper Race crews were treated to some invaluable sail repair training as part of the ongoing support from Hyde Sails. The one day sail repair course was run by two of Hyde’s highly experienced team, Martin Newman and Paul Austin.

Specialist sail repair training is given to Clipper race crews © Hyde Sails

Specialist sail repair training is given to Clipper race crews © Hyde Sails

As the official sail supplier for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Hyde has been closely involved with the boats as they prepared for their round the world test, helping the crews to train in sail repair and maintenance, which will be a necessary part of their trip.

Hyde Sails will power all ten of the Clipper yachts as they race round the world. Over the course of ten months and 35,000 miles of racing, the yachts and their sails will face some of the most testing sailing conditions possible, including the challenges of the Southern Ocean.

Specialist sail repair training is given to Clipper race crews © Hyde Sails..

Specialist sail repair training is given to Clipper race crews © Hyde Sails..

Martin and Paul, who have over 35 years of sailmaking experience between them, trained 20 crew members in the art of how to use the onboard sewing machines to repair spinnakers and how to carry out hand sewn repairs to their fore and aft sails. Crews will need these skills in case of sail damage during a leg, when they will need to undertake any essential repairs to their sails in order to finish a leg.

At each stopover specialist support will also be available to service the fleets’ sails and perform more permanent repairs where necessary. For more details and to follow the story of Hyde’s Sails in the race.

Hyde Sails Hyde is one of the largest volume sail producers worldwide. Backed up by 45 years of expertise, Hyde has consistently placed itself at the forefront of sail technology, design and production for everything from Optimists to ocean racing yachts.

About the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was founded in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world. So that others could follow in his footsteps he set up the Clipper Race enabling ordinary people to become ocean racers and achieve the pinnacle in ocean yacht racing, a circumnavigation.

Inaugural Biscay Race- Part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS)

July 29, 2011

The Royal Yacht Squadron is delighted to announce the inaugural Biscay Race that forms part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS) in which competitors are required to take part in three races, including the Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011), to qualify for a series victory. The Biscay Race is also open to any yacht only wishing to compete in this historic race.

Inaugural Biscay Race- Part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS)

Inaugural Biscay Race- Part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS)

Organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, England, with the assistance of Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo in Northern Spain, the Biscay Race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) line at midday on Sunday 11th September and finish off the yacht club in Sanxenxo.

RYS Commodore Yachting, David Aisher explains the RYS’ foray into offshore racing: “When the New York Yacht Club first announced that they wished to join with RYS, RORC and the Storm Trysail Club to form the AORS, the Royal Yacht Squadron was the only club that did not have a race that was a part of this new circuit. On the East side of the Atlantic, the RORC was the Organising Authority for the Rolex Fastnet and was also a part of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Between the two races was a large gap in the sailing calendar that we felt was an ideal opportunity for the RYS to run its first offshore race. The RYS has for many years been organising some of the best inshore regattas in the UK and for us, to be a true part of this new AORS event, we needed to show that we could also run a first rate offshore event as well. This is not an attempt to compete with the RORC or any other of the excellent offshore clubs, but is our contribution to this exciting racing series.”

Top Boats to Compete

Interest has already been received from two yachts who recently competed in the Transatlantic Race 2011, the fourth race in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series: George David’s Rambler 100 (USA) who set the benchmark for the new transatlantic route from Newport, Rhode Island (USA) to The Lizard (UK) and British Soldier, the Army Sailing Association’s A40. Both are going on to compete in the classic offshore race, the Rolex Fastnet Race. Interest has also been received from Alex Thomson’s IMOCA 60, Hugo Boss (GBR), whose sights are set on the Transat Jacques Vabre later this year. A number of the other TR2011 boats are also expected to take part.

Feeder Race

Racing for the Biscay Armada Dish, The Biscay Race may also act as a feeder race for competitors in the Rolex Middle Sea Race (22nd October); those wishing to sail to the Mediterranean and could also attract yachts taking part in World Cruising Clubs’ Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which sets off from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria for St Lucia on 20th November.

As an added incentive, The Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo is offering free berthing for a week to competitors on completion of the race and a prize giving dinner will be held by the kind invitation of club on Friday 16th September for all crews.

The Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS):

The Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS) organized by the New York Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club includes the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race, RORC Caribbean 600, Annapolis to Newport Race, Transatlantic Race TR2011, Rolex Fastnet Race, Biscay Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Of the seven races in the AORS, three races, including the TR 2011 must be completed to qualify for a series victory. Each race is weighted equally in overall series scoring with the exception of TR 2011, which is weighted 1.5 times. All entered yachts are scored using their two best finishes in addition to the TR 2011.  Awards for the AORS will be presented in November 2011 at the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Awards Dinner in Manhattan.

The Biscay Race:

•The minimum crew on any yacht shall be three apart from as allowed under NoR 5.5, Two Handed Class.

• The minimum size for yachts is determined by their rating and their SSS/STIX numbers.

•The minimum LOA for multihulls is 9.15 metres/30ft. There is no maximum size.

• Experience: At least half the crew, including the person in charge, must have completed an offshore race of at least 300 miles in the yacht in which they will race the Biscay Race, in the 12 months preceding the start. Previous legs of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, including the Rolex Fastnet Race, will qualify under this requirement.

Millennium Cup 2012 confirms three Alloy superyacht entries

July 26, 2011

Organisers of the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2012 are pleased to announce that they have three superyacht entrants already signed up to the event, which will take place from the 15th to the 18th of February 2012. The 48.5m sailing yacht Georgia, the  44m superyacht Imagine and 39.7m S/Y Janice of Wyoming, all built by Alloy Yachts, are the first three yachts confirmed to take part in the regatta.

Millennium Cup 2012 confirms three Alloy superyacht entries

Millennium Cup 2012 confirms three Alloy superyacht entries

The Millennium Cup, which was last held in 2009 in Auckland, will now become an annual event. “We look forward to establishing it as the premier Superyacht regatta of the South Pacific,” said Stuart Robinson, chairman – NZ Millennium Cup, The event will see a mix of harbour and passage races in the Hauraki Gulf to make the most of the spectacular yachting environs that the Auckland region has to offer. The Millennium Cup, held at the height of New Zealand’s summer, will lead into Auckland’s Volvo Ocean Race Stopover from 8 to 18 March 2012.

 A new look website for the event – www.millenniumcup.com – has just been launched and contains details on the intended programme.

The Yacht Report Group are pleased to be the official media partner of the Millennium Cup and will be covering the event in the lead up and throughout the three days of racing.

Millennium Cup 2012 confirms three Alloy superyacht entries

Millennium Cup 2012 confirms three Alloy superyacht entries

ENTRIES as of July 2011

S/Y Georgia, –Paolo Scanu, Butch Dalrymple-Smith – Alloy Yachts – 48.5m

Sailing yacht Imagine – Dubois – Alloy Yachts 2010 – 44m

S/Y Janice of Wyoming­– Dubois – Alloy Yachts – 39.7m


The three days of racing will begin with a Cocktail party on


with a New Zealand Millennium Cup briefing for owners and Captains.


will be the first day of racing – There will be a motor yacht race around Waiheke Island, with a stop for lunch and optional golf, and two sailing yacht races around the harbour course. There will be an evening event with cocktails, dinner and entertainment back in Auckland.


will be the second day of racing, and will be a race out to Kawau Island for both motor and sailing yachts. This race will be followed by cocktails and a sit down “Kiwi” barbeque dinner at Mansion House on Kawau Island, showcasing New Zealand’s finest food and wine.


will be the final day racing from Kawau Island back to Auckland, and there will be a handicap start with the aim that the yachts arrive back in Auckland together. This will be followed by more cocktails, dinner, entertainment, official prizegiving and farewell.

See an image gallery of Alloy Yachts available for yacht charters in the following link. Alloy Yachts image gallery

Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy – Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE win

July 25, 2011

Finishing second at two Trophy Regattas last year, in Cascais and on these same waters off the Sardinian capital, Jochen Schuemann and Sebastien Col and the international crew of Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE won their first ever Audi MedCup Circuit regatta on Sunday with a comfortable nine points margin over the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team who also completed their best overall finish of this 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit season so far.            

Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy – Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE win, 24 07 2011 © Ian RomanAudi MedCup

Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy – Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE win, 24 07 2011 © Ian RomanAudi MedCup

If Red and Blue were the dominant primary colours in the 52 Series, there was simply no stopping the green Iberdrola Sailing Team in the 40 Series.

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Ian RomanAudi MedCup

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Ian RomanAudi MedCup

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Ian RomanAudi MedCup

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Ian RomanAudi MedCup

Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) and his Spanish crew reigned supreme with five race wins from seven starts at the Soto 40’s first regatta in Italy. In truth Iberdrola Sailing Team were ahead at the finish more times than not, but they were made to fight by all three other teams at different times. Iberdrola Sailing Team win their third successive regatta title.

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Stefano Gattini Audi MedCup

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Stefano Gattini Audi MedCup

The Franco-German alliance win the 52 Series’ Region of Sardinia Trophy and put behind them a catalogue of weak early season finishes by composing a scoreline which included a telling victory in Saturday’s high points value 25 miles coastal race and two race wins from this maximum nine race complement which was sailed on the Gulf of Cagliari.

Just as they got the best yet from their very powerful Vrolijk design which the crew have struggled to find the best gears for across the wind ranges, so also did Vasco Vascotto (ITA), Francesco Bruni (ITA) and the team which sail for Sardinia’s Yacht Club Costa Smerelda.

The Audi backed 1-2 here, by the twins which were built on different sides of the world, Audi ALL4ONE in Australia and Audi Azzura in Valencia, highlighted not just a  turnround of fortunes for the two teams which have struggled for consistency, but how open the Audi MedCup Circuit is this season.

Three different crews have now won successive 52 Series Trophy Regattas but Cascais Trophy winners Quantum Racing (USA) finished fifth overall here, one place behind the Marseille Trophy winners Container (GER), while José Cusí’s Bribón (ESP) team secured their first podium finish of the season by taking third.

Heading for next month’s Region of Murcia Trophy, Quantum Racing do leave Cagliari, Sardinia with their overall 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit lead intact at seven points ahead of Udo Schuetz’s Container who were 11 points behind after Marseille, but the final day of this regatta was a perplexing one for the current world champions.

They were only coming off the start line of the first race in the breezy Mistral condition when their starboard running backstay failed and they were forced to forfeit the race, their first retiral from a race due to gear failure in the four seasons that team has been together.

Repaired for the second contest, Ed Baird and crew lead in the 21-25kts breeze but were wrong footed on the final beat, on the wrong side of a wind shift, but then compounded their woes by having to take a pair of penalty turns for a mark rounding infringement to finish seventh across the line. 

If their finish to the regatta was not what was required of the Circuit leaders, on the contrary the strength of the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team’s second half of the event was to behold, returning a 2,3,2 and winning in the final race today. They went from last to second in just two days.

The Mistral winds were towards the top of the range for racing again at times today. Container unfolded a stunning repeat of the strategy which won them the first race of the regatta, ripping apart Audi Azzurra’s 80 metres lead when they scythed down the left of the final run in much more wind pressure to eclipse the home team on the finish line.

But in the second race Audi Azzurra Sailing Team made no errors and combined solid strategies, good boat handling and ample speed to win conclusively ahead of their twin rivals on Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE.

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Guido Trombetta_Studio BorlenghiAudi MedCup

Region of Sardinia Trophy, 24 07 2011 © Guido Trombetta_Studio BorlenghiAudi MedCup

The Region of Murcia Trophy will see the battles in both Series resume August 23rd.

Eurosport will broadcast the following Audi MedCup Circuit highlight programs:

3/8/2011, Sailing MedCup Cagliari.

14/9/2011, Sailing MedCup Cartagena.

28/9/2011, Sailing MedCup Barcelona.

Region of Sardinia Trophy

52 Series

Final results after nine races:

1. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR), 4+1+3+3+1+5+1,5+6+2=26,5 points

2. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3+6+7+5+2+4,5+2+1=35,5 points

3. Bribón (ESP), 7+4+5+2+2+4+6+3+4=37 points

4. Container (GER), 1+2+7+4+7+1+9+1+6=38 points

5. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6+2+1+3+6+3+8 (DNF)+7=42 points

6. RÁN (SUE), 2+5+4+6+6+3+10,5+4+3=43,5 points

7. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7+1+5+4+7+7,5+5+5=44,5 points

8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+13,5+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC) = 85,5points

40 Series

Final results after 7 races:

1. Iberdrola Team (ESP), 1+1+2+1+1+1+2=9 points

2. Noticia IV (ESP), 2+2+3+2+3+2+1=15 points

3. Ngoni (GBR), 3+3+4+4+2+3+3=22 points

4. XXII Sardegna (IT), 4+4+1+3+4+4+4= 24 points

5. Patagonia (ARG), 6(DNC)+6(DNC)+6(DNC)+6(DNC)+6(DNC)+6(DNC)+6(DNC)=42 points

2011 Audi MedCup Circuit

52 Series

Standings after 3 events

1. Quantum Racing (USA), 19 + 30 + 42= 91 points

2. Container (GER), 31,5 + 28,5+38= 98 points

3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 32,5 + 37+35,5= 105 points

4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 37 + 39,5+44,5= 121 points

5. Bribón (ESP), 47,5 + 38+37= 122,5  points

5. Ràn (SUE), 40,5+41,5+43,5= 125,5 points

7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR) 58 + 43,5+26,5 =128 points

8. Gladiator (GBR), 85,5 + 47+85,5= 218 points

Owner Driver Trophy

Niklas Zenström (SWE), RÁN (SWE)

40 Series

Classification after 3 events

1. Iberdrola Team (ESP) 13 + 14+9= 36 points

2. Noticia IV (ESP) 25 + 22+15= 62 points

3. XXII (ESP) 23 + 26+24= 73 points

4. Ngoni (GBR) 33 + 26+22= 81 points

2. Patagonia by Negra (ARG) 28 + 17+42= 87 points

Owner Driver Trophy

Tony Buckingham (GBR), Ngoni (GBR)


Jochen Schuemann (GER), Skipper, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):

“First event win ever for this Audi team, last year we finished twice second, so this is quite special for us, . We´ve sailed really solid these last days. Today, we broke the spinnaker in the first race while hoisting, that was quite stupid and could´ve put us at risk but the second race went great. It feels good to win, not more not less, it will be hard next time. We had a good lead but we had three boats really close behind us for a while. It´s a very close competition and we are looking forward for the next regatta in Cartagena”.

Sébastien Col, tactician , Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):

“It feels good to finally win a regatta. At the beginning of the race we didn’t expect it. We wanted to do things well. This is a victory we will enjoy. In Marseille we knew already that that the potential was there and we’ve finally found the key points the get the boat sailing well, which gives us confidence for the upcoming regattas. In the next one we should find similar conditions but with a bit bigger seas. We will still learn things from the boat and we’ll still discuss with the designers and our coach in order to get the maximum out of it. I believe we were at the maximum during the last two days, what’s really satisfying”.

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA):

“Over the years I don’t think we have had a breakdown, or done circles (penalty turns) and we end up with both on the same day. We came in and tacked too close to Synergy, it was not a cheap foul, it was one of those things.

You load these boats up so hard and although we check these things meticulously, it was the top terminal where it goes around the eye went. The guys sorted it really quickly. It is the first time we have had a major breakdown in the Audi MedCup Circuit.

But in the bigger picture, between crying and joking, we were saying that maybe wants to win the MedCup. Container did not have the week they wanted, but the two Audi boats did a great job here.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):

“In the bad moments we always stick together and never give up. We finished second at this event it is almost a miracle. I am very proud of our shore crew we had some good meetings during the bad moments and that is the key, to keep working for the future.” “We are finally smiling! It’s a big move from last to second in two days, and gives us lot of hopes for the future. It’s also a message for the other teams: even if sometimes we are on the ropes we come back!”

Agustín Zulueta (ESP), team director Iberdrola Team (ESP):

“The fact that this is the third regatta and we have three wins out of three is something that wasn´t even in our best dreams. Our work has been impeccable, we are the team that has practiced the most and in days like these, with this condition, it pays off. If I´m not wrong, we´ve won six races out of seven, so overall we are quite pleased. It´s obvious that the other Spanish boat, Noticia IV, has shown a high level, we´ll see how they perform in the next regattas, where I think that the fleet might be stronger. Let´s see if we keep this type of work, learning about the boat and its handling, not just for this season, but for the upcoming years.”

2011 Panerai British Classic Week: Classic Yachts & Cars Meet On Day 5

July 22, 2011

Up bright and early for the 9 AM scheduled start time of their long inshore race, competitors at the 2011 Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes were greeted by the best breezes of the regatta so far when they arrived at the dock this morning. Whilst the crews busied in the marina themselves preparing their classic yachts for the day’s racing, immediately adjacent to them on the shore, the owners of 60 classic cars taking part in the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) Summer Trial were readying their machines for a time trial around the Isle of Wight. As the fleet of classic yachts glided serenely out of the marina, simultaneously and in stark contrast, with much revving of engines and squealing of tyres, the spectacular collection of vintage motor cars made a much noisier and more exuberant exit for their day of competition. Joining the vintage cars for the day was a Royal Marine Land Rover representing the Royal Navy & Royal Marine’s Charity, to which the HERO members had earlier generously donated a cheque for £1000.

Cars from HERO (Historic Endurance Rally Organisation), The Solent, UK - Panerai British Week 2011.'    Lloyd Images ©

Cars from HERO (Historic Endurance Rally Organisation), The Solent, UK - Panerai British Week 2011.' Lloyd Images ©

Having been competing at the regatta all week, Gipsy Moth IV owners Rob Thompson and Eileen Skinner chose today to announce the launch of their new charity, The Gipsy Moth Trust. Regarded as a part of British maritime heritage after Sir Francis Chichester sailed Gipsy Moth IV around the world in 1966-67, Rob and Eileen have donated the boat to charity as a gift to ensure it is safeguarded for the nation and can continue to provide opportunities for the public to learn about her historic significance.

Since purchasing Gipsy Moth in October 2010, Rob and Eileen have worked in partnership with maritime charity UKSA to begin to ensure that the boat is both available to the public to view and is used as a tool to give disadvantaged or disabled young people the chance to broaden their horizons and change their lives through sailing.

The Trust aims to continue this work, with Gipsy Moth regularly attending events such as Panerai British Classic Week, Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and the ASTO Small Ships Race. At each event there will be opportunities for schools, youth groups and members of the public to view Gipsy Moth, including getting onboard and below decks.

The Trust will also continue to work with UKSA to engage with young people through schools and youth groups to provide opportunities to learn to sail or to link a visit to Gipsy Moth IV to the schools’ curriculum.

Meanwhile, out on the Solent racing got underway in a solid 10 knots of breeze, giving the whole fleet, and the larger yachts in particular, a chance to stretch their legs. In Class 1 it was Stephen Jone’s self designed modern classic ‘Meteor’ which reveled in the conditions and secured a comfortable race win. Racing in Class 2 saw John Lister’s 1937 12 Metre ‘Wings’ cruise to victory, whilst Sir Michael Briggs’s 1904 ‘Mikado’ continued her dominance of Class 3, notching up her third consecutive win of the regatta so far. In turn, Class 4 was won comfortably by David Myatt’s 1948 ‘Maguerite’, her second victory of the week.

Tomorrow’s final day of racing has just one race officially scheduled, but if conditions allow, the Race Committee will no doubt be keen to catch up with the race lost due to light winds on Tuesday. Accordingly the final day start time has been brought forward to 10.30 AM. With the points situation close in several of the classes, Friday will offer the final chance of glory for those with aspirations of lifting their overall class trophies.

View a selection of luxury classic sailing yachts available for yacht charters here.

2011 Panerai British Classic Week: Day 4 ‘Challenge Day’

July 22, 2011

Day 4 of the 2011 Panerai British Classic Regatta gave competitors a break from the normal fleet racing schedule in the form of ‘Challenge Day’ – an opportunity for any boat to challenge a larger competitor to a one-on-one match race. Given the atmosphere of friendly rivalry which typifies Classic regattas and the Panerai British Classic Regatta in particular, it came as no surprise that a total of 13 challenges were received by the deadline. More surprising perhaps was that several of the scheduled matches comprised three or more yachts. Weather conditions were once again less than ideal, but despite the promise of only the lightest of breezes and the certain prospect of regular ‘refreshing’ rain showers, nevertheless a fleet of 31 yachts headed out on to the Solent do battle, primarily for yacht club bar room bragging rights.

Sailing yacht Crusader and Italia - Panerai British Classic Week 2011'    Lloyd Images ©

Sailing yacht Crusader and Italia - Panerai British Classic Week 2011' Lloyd Images ©

The match between Cornelius van Rijckevorsel’s 1939 International 5 Metre ‘Sensa’ and James & Sarah Kelman’s 1947 cutter ‘Croix Des Gardes’ took well over 4 hours to resolve,  with victory finally going to ‘Croix Des Gardes’.

Similarly when Richard Bond’s 1938 yawl ‘Tomahawk’ lined up against Tim & Jo Blackman’s 1947 yawl ‘Infanta’, the two yachts battled it out for almost four hours before the match was finally decided in favour of ‘Tomahawk’.

The super light conditions resulted in Martin Thomas’s 1963 8 Metre ‘Charm of Rhu’ ultimately being unable to complete the course and her match against Brian Turner’s ‘Clarion of Wight’ was therefore awarded to to Turner’s 1963 sloop. Likewise Michael S Wheeler’s 1974 ‘Golden Fleece’ was the only finisher in her three-way match against Andy King’s 1929 ‘Gluckauf’ and Lance Rowell’s 1948 ‘Rubicon’.

In the all Spirit of Tradition match up between Stephen O’Flaherty’s ‘Souffriere’, Tom Hill’s ‘Dido’, Beat Kuehni’s ‘Choices’ and Sean McMillan’s ‘Flight of Ufford’, it was the Irish yacht ‘Souffriere’ that triumphed in the end, followed by ‘Dido’, ‘Choices’ and ‘Flight of Ufford’.

The closest competition was in the triple challenge match involving Pelham Olive’s 1903 gaff rigged ‘Kelpie’, Sir Michael Briggs’s 1904 ‘Mikado’ and Jonathan Cork’s 1939 ‘Athena’, which saw all three yachts finish within 35 seconds of each other. ‘Kelpie’ was the winner, just 8 seconds ahead of ‘Mikadao’ in second and sailing yacht Athena a further 27 seconds behind in third.

The only other match to be completed saw the regatta’s three 12 Metre yachts, R A Rankin’s 1985 ‘Italia’, Richard Mathews’s 1985 ‘Crusader’, and John Lister’s 1937 ‘Wings’ slugging it out, with the light airs flyer ‘Wings’ taking first, ahead of ‘Crusader’ in second and ‘Italia’ in third.

With the weather situation looking more positive for Day 4 of the regatta, the 71 boat fleet will return to regular fleet racing in the form of a long inshore race in and around the environs of the Solent.

View a list of luxury classic sailing yachts available for yacht charters here.

The 2012 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race open for entries

July 21, 2011

The 2012 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race organized by the Barbados Cruising Club in association with Mount Gay Rum and The Barbados Tourism Authority is now open for entries!

Following the success of the 75th anniversary race, held annually on Errol Barrow Day the 21st January a national holiday honouring Barbados’ first Prime Minister, where the race captured the interest of the island the organizers are bringing this unique yachting spectacle right into the heart of Bridgetown Barbados. 

Current view of the inner basin looking towards the Houses of Parliament, Bridgetown, Barbados.  Credit to Nigel Durrant

Current view of the inner basin looking towards the Houses of Parliament, Bridgetown, Barbados. Credit to Nigel Durrant

Independence Square in downtown Bridgetown will be the site of the 2012 Regatta Village, with yachts moored within the historic inner basin of the Bridgetown Careenage.  An area ingrained in the maritime history of Barbados, used historically by trading schooners to load and unload their wares and located opposite National Heroes Square and the Barbados Houses of Parliament, which was recently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

A historical view of the Careenage, Bridgetown.

A historical view of the Careenage, Bridgetown.

The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race 2012 program begins on 19th January and will feature an extended race and social program with the signature Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race starting on the morning of the 21st.  With opportunities for yachts to win their skipper’s weight in Mount Gay Rum Extra Old by breaking existing class records is it time to fatten up your skipper in preparation?

Sailing yacht Destination Fox Harb'r, a Dubois Custom 43 metre yacht holds the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race Monohull Open Unlimited Record of 5 hours, 20 minutes, 30 seconds

Sailing yacht Destination Fox Harb'r, a Dubois Custom 43 metre yacht holds the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race Monohull Open Unlimited Record of 5 hours, 20 minutes, 30 seconds

Existig records of the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Monohull Open: Unlimited; 5 hours, 20 minutes, 30 seconds
Record Holder: Sailing yacht Destination Fox Harb’rDubois Custom 43 metre
Mr Ron Joyce, Canada.
Recorded 2005.

Multihull Under 40’; 4 hours, 40 minutes, 33 seconds
Record Holder: “Silver Bullet”, Supercat 30’
Mr. Robert Povey, Barbados.
Recorded 2005.

Sailing yacht Elena, the magnificent 55 metre A Class Racing Schooner August 2009 – Photo Credit Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Sailing yacht Elena, the magnificent 55 metre A Class Racing Schooner August 2009 – Photo Credit Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Classic Yachts Class records

Schooner; 6 hours, 11 minutes, 19 seconds
Record Holder: Sailing yacht  Elena, A Class Schooner 55 metre
Mr Mark Dixon, UK.
Recorded 2011.

Monohull Class Records

80′ and under; 6 hours, 8 minutes, 41 seconds
Record Holder: “Spirit of Juno”, Farr 65
Ondeck Sailing, UK.
Recorded 2011.

60′ and under; 6 hours, 39 minutes, 16 seconds
Record Holder: “Katanga”, Farr 40
Mr Robin Paterson, UK.
Recorded 2011.

35′ and under; 7 hours, 40 minutes, 38 seconds
Record Holder: “Bruggadung”, Beneteau First Class 10
Mr Paul Johnson, Barbados.
Recorded 2011.

Double Handed: Open; 10 hours, 22 minutes, 55 seconds
Record Holder: “Immigrant”, Dubois Custom
Mr David Staples, USA.
Recorded 2011.

Single Handed: Open; 10 hours, 30 minutes,
Record Holder: “Regent One”, Beneteau 42
Mr Andrew Burke, Barbados.
Recorded 2008.

F-class sailing yacht Firefly racing debut at Superyacht Cup

July 21, 2011

Sailing yacht Firefly, a classically lined racing yacht recently launched in Amsterdam and the first in an exciting new series of F-class one designs made her racing debut at the latest SuperYacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca. Superyacht FireFly is a 35.05 metre sloop with an aluminium hull and superstructure designed by Hoek Design and built by the Dutch Shipyard Claasen Jachtbouw BV.

F-class sailing yacht Firefly racing debut at Superyacht Cup - Credit F Class Yachts

F-class sailing yacht Firefly racing debut at Superyacht Cup - Credit F Class Yachts

Launching a whole new series of competitive ‘F-Class’ yachts, 115ft / 35m aluminum sloop Firefly, designed by Andre Hoek and built at Claasen Shipyards was a gorgeous sight, with her long, low sheer giving her at once a truly classic look, with a totally modern flair. S/Y Firefly also performed well, bringing in a third in her class.

F-class sailing yacht Firefly racing debut - Credit F Class Yachts

F-class sailing yacht Firefly racing debut - Credit F Class Yachts

Classic yacht Firefly has been constructed according to the highest quality standards in the Netherlands. The hull was built by Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw, builder of three J-class and two in option hulls to date, and Firefly was completed by Claasen Shipyards, most recently responsible for the J-class yacht Lionheart.

F-class superyacht Firefly's racing debut at Superyacht Cup 2011 - Credit F Class Yachts

F-class superyacht Firefly's racing debut at Superyacht Cup 2011 - Credit F Class Yachts

Sailing yacht Firefly's racing debut at Superyacht Cup, Palma - Credit F Class Yachts

Sailing yacht Firefly's racing debut at Superyacht Cup, Palma - Credit F Class Yachts

Unprecedented combination of classic lines, modern design, advanced technical systems, high performance spars and rig, and unconventional bold material combinations give the F-class sailing yacht Firefly a unique quality that will reverberate in the months to come when she will also participate in other events like the Maxi Rolex Cup (Sardinia) 5th of September – 10th of September and the Les Voiles De Saint Tropez 24th of September – 2nd of October.

F-class sailing yacht Firefly debut at Superyacht Cup - Credit F Class Yachts

F-class sailing yacht Firefly debut at Superyacht Cup - Credit F Class Yachts

8th Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011 begins

July 21, 2011

Over the years Image Asia Events Co. Ltd. in conjunction with Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa have created an event that today rivals the best in the region. Now in its 8th year Phuket Raceweek’s reputation has grown in stature, for delivering four days of world-class yacht racing from the superb 5 star Evason Phuket onshore venue to be recently voted ‘Best Asian Regatta 2011’ at the annual Asia Boating Awards in Hong Kong .

8th Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011 begins

8th Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2011 begins

This year, Raceweek has the distinction of being the opening round of the newly expanded 2011-12 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Championship. Now everyone entering the regatta will score points towards ultimately becoming crowned the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year. This incentive is aimed at getting more boats to compete at the 12 selected five star events that make up the AYGP family.

Thirty eight yachts will be divided into three IRC divisions, Performance Multihull, Firefly One Design and Classic classes. The serious racers are getting ready for some high-octane racing on challenging courses laid just offshore from the Evason and the less serious racers on fun filled courses around the of lying islands.

Top billing in the IRC Racing class is Neil Pryde’s professional racing team, apparently out to test run the TP52 Team Premier with a view of purchasing her. David Ross’ brand new Ker 40 KukuKERchu is making her regatta debut and judging by the design shape is expected to raise a few eyebrows. Locally based Ben Copley’s Swan 42 Katsu and Rick Pointon’s J130 Jingjing from the Beijing Sailing Club have recently secured podium places at Pattaya and Koh Samui and as the same crew of heavyweights are fronting up again they could prove to be a handful. Although the two Phuket 8′s, Scott Duncanson’s Quantum Fusion M and Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol might seem to be outclassed with the bigger boats, given enough wind where the 8m (26ft) yacht can get up and plane, they have been known to pack a punch way above their weight.

Video of the 2011 Six Senses Phuket Raceweek – Registration Day

Seven evenly matched performance yachts ranging from 25 to 42 feet are lining up in the IRC 2 class. Bryan Gauson’s refitted 1976 Sydney Hobart Race winning Farr 1104 Piccolo and John Vause’s Young 11 Ruby Tuesday have both won here before and returning to repeat the dose. Peter Dyer’s IOR 1/2 tonner Team Sea Bees have been the bridesmaid on two occasions and Co. Pornprom Sakultem skippering the Platu 25 Royal Thai Navy 4 have come through a school of hard knocks to be here. Stuart Williamson’s Beneteau 34.7 WDB Endeavour of Whitby ended up on the bricks last year and are eager to carry on with the performance before their early exit.

Nine heavy displacement cruising yachts are contesting the IRC 3 Class. A gaggle of relatively new Beneteau, Jeanneau and Bavaria yachts will be taking on the age old pedigree Horst Lakits Swan 55 Big A and Jim Ellis S & S 12.8 Remington that have both won King’s Cups and many major titles in the Asian region.

An interesting battle in the Performance Multihull Class is coming together. A couple of well-known ‘yachting personalities’, Dee Caffari and Paul Larsen will be racing against each other. Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non stop, around the world in both directions (against and with the prevailing winds and currents) and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

She will be helming Grenville Fordham’s Andaman Cabriolet Niña while the World Sailing Speed Record contender Paul Larsen is skippering the newer Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci, may have the edge as he arrived early and has nearly two weeks to acclimatize and get used to the tricky sailing conditions. However they won’t have it all their own way as David Liddell’s Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon is hot after winning the SEA Property Multihull Championship last weekend and Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder is eager to get back into the winners circle.

Five of the most competitive Firefly 850 One-Design catamarans will be battling it out and are getting closer to ending Voodoo’s dominance over the last two years. Coming into the final day of the SEA Property Multihull Championship last weekend three boats The Frog, Moto Inzi and Voodoo were holding a three way tie for the lead. Given the right conditions this class is fast and furious making the close racing very exciting for the sailors and spectators alike.

Although there is only two boats in the Classic Class, Mark Myking’s William Garden Idiom and Tom Howard’s North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph, they will be level pegging with the top racing classes and scoring valuable points towards the 2011-12 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards.

Another first in Thailand, Mount Gay Rum – the oldest brand of rum in the world and sponsor of 120 regattas worldwide – has chosen Six Senses Phuket Raceweek as the launch platform for the brand in Thailand. The launch will take place at the regatta’s opening party tonight, with a Caribbean buffet and entertainment – and plenty of Mount Gay rum.

2011 Panerai British Classic Week: Lighter Conditions For Day 3

July 21, 2011

Although somewhat grey and dank conditions prevailed for much of Day 3 of the 2011 Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes, the fleet of vintage and classic sailing yachts were able to successfully complete Race 2 of the regatta in winds which eventually ranged from 6 – 12 knots. With the earlier morning breeze evaporating at just about exactly the scheduled start time, a wait of a couple of hours out on the water was necessary before Race Officer Tony Lovell was able to take advantage of an afternoon Solent sea breeze to get racing underway.

Despite the unseasonal weather, which at times comprised rain, mist, torrential rain and only occasional short lived spells of sunshine, nevertheless returning to the dock after racing most of the competitors appeared to have enjoyed their day of classic yachting. Some had fared worse than others however; in an unfortunate incident, seemingly caused by a period of poor visibility, a port and starboard collision between the Class 3 yacht ‘Maybird’ and the leading Class 4 yacht ‘Caritana’ saw ‘Caritana’ dismasted. Although boat boats retired, happily there were no reported injuries.

2011 Panerai British Classic Week Lighter Conditions For Day 3  © Mark Lloyd  www.lloyd-images.com

2011 Panerai British Classic Week Lighter Conditions For Day 3 © Mark Lloyd www.lloyd-images.com

With the third day of the regatta designated as Ladies’ Day, ranging across Classes 2 – 4, no less than 16 lady helmsman took up the challenge to skipper their respective boats during racing. In Class 4, Fiona Davies aboard ‘Mitten’ was the first lady helm on corrected time, finishing in seventh place in the overall Class 4 fleet. In the 20 boat Class 3 fleet, Alice Bellamy was the first lady, steering ‘St David’s Light’ to a fifth in class finish. Meanwhile, in Class 2, first lady helm Angela Matheson brought ‘Opposition’ home in fourth place in the 10 boat fleet, and was also awarded the overall Ladies’ Day prize.

The match racing between the two 12 Metres at the front of the Class 1 fleet continued unabated, with R A Rankin’s 1985 ‘Italia’ evening the series score with a win over Richard Matthew’s 1985 ‘Crusader’. Stephen Jones, helming his own self-designed Spirit of Tradition ‘Meteor’, took third place.

In Class 2, a close race-long battle between the Earl of Cork and Orerry and David Glasgow’s 1939 International 8 Metre ‘Athena’ and David Murrin’s Laurent Giles 1957 sloop ‘Cetawayo’, finally went in favour of ‘Athena’ by just 20 seconds on the water and an even narrower margin of 11 seconds on corrected time. Taking third was Richard Bond’s 1938, Olin Stephens designed, ‘Tomahawk’.

In Class 3, Sir Michael Briggs aboard his 1904 William Fife ‘Mikado’ claimed his second race win of the regatta beating France’s Yvon Nicolas’s 1963 Illingworth Bermudan Cutter ‘Mirella’ by 28 seconds on corrected time. Coming home in third on the day was Andy King’s 1929 Ramussen designed, International 30 ‘Gluckauf’.

First across the line on the water in Class 4 was David Myatt’s 1948 Bjarne Aas designed Bermudan sloop, ‘Marguerite’, who also secured a corrected time victory over Robert Veale’s 1958 built ‘Danegeld’ in second. Finishing in third place was the 1938 ‘Cereste’ owned by Jonathan & Scilla Dyke.

Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes © Mark Lloyd  www.lloyd-images.com

Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes © Mark Lloyd www.lloyd-images.com

The Six Metre Class managed to complete their first race of the regatta, with Avea Willment’s 1986 ‘Blade Runner’ taking a comprehensive line honours and corrected time win, ahead of second placed Robin Richardson on the 1987 ‘St. Kitts’. Tom Richardson’s 1990 ‘Georgia’ took third place.

After a wet day on the water for all concerned, the luxurious Panerai hosted hospitality facilities were a welcoming refuge for the sailors to debrief the day over a warming coffee. For those requiring something stronger, the nearby beer tent with excellent live music fitted the bill perfectly.

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