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Issue #2967 - 27 November
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Morvan and Canfield Keep a Clean Sheet While Kiwis Suffer K Terengganu=2C Malaysia: The teams from France and the US Virgin Islands= made the most of their first day on the water at the Monsoon Cup in Malay= sia today. Competing in light winds on a sunny day in Kuala Terengganu=2C= last year's winner of the Monsoon Cup=2C Taylor Canfield and USone=2C jus= tified their billing as favourites=2C with three straight wins.
Pierre-Antoine Morvan's Vannes Agglo Sailing Team haven't had such an impr= essive season on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour=2C but matched Canfiel= d's hat trick with three wins of their own.
The final match of the day for Morvan produced some nailbiting moments as= the French looked to have conceded an easy win over Phil Robertson when t= hey dipped too early for the finish line. As the French spinnaker collapse= d=2C the Kiwis on WAKA Racing came tantalising close to snatching victory= from Morvan. But the French held on.
Canfield's most important win came in his first match against the other Ki= wi skipper at the event=2C Adam Minoprio and Team Alpari FX. Minoprio and= Robertson will both be disappointed to have come away with just one win f= rom their three matches today=2C although even that is preferable to zero= victories for Team Gilmour from Australia and local sailor Jeremy Koo. Th= e young Australian team suffered a major setback with skipper David Gilmou= r taken ill earlier today and laid up in hospital=2C leaving bowman Pete N= icholas to move to the back and steer the boat. The stand-in skipper had h= is moments=2C leading two matches=2C but was unable to maintain those lead= s to the finish.
Qualifying Results after 3 flights
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team - 3-0 Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone - 3-0 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team - 2-1 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa - 2-1 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing - 1-2 Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX - 1-2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) GEFCO Match Racing Team - 0-0 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar - 0-0 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) eWork Sailing Team - 0-0 Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing - 0-0 Jeremy Koo (MAS) Team KFC - MYA/KRT - 0-3 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour - 0-3
Racing resumes on Wednesday at 10am local time (GMT+8) and will be live st= reamed at https://new.livestream.com/WorldMRT
Frostad: We're Closing In On Bigger=2C Better Fleet For 2014-15 Knut Frostad is two handshakes away from welcoming two additional boats to= the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. "They're in what I call the 'contract closi= ng' stage=2C" said Race CEO Frostad at a press conference before a three-d= ay workshop with the stopover ports in Newport=2C Rhode Island=2C U.S. "We= are very confident about them."
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad is interviewed by TV during the Volvo Oc= ean Race 2011-12. PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race Race stopover ports organiser= s gathered in Newport=2C Rhode Island=2C U.S during a three-day workshop.= Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race
'We are confident enough about being seven that we are building the sevent= h boat and it's more than half finished' - Race CEO Knut Frostad
Frostad's keynote address contained the most candid revelations of fleet b= uilding developments shared with the public since the 12th edition prepara= tions began 16 months ago.
He kept the prospective boats unnamed but went on to outline two further s= tages that hinted at an additional five potential campaigns: two boats in= 'negotiations' and three boats engaged in 'serious discussions'.
Three teams are already announced for the 2014-15 race - the all-women's c= rew of Team SCA=2C Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and China's Team Dongfeng that w= as launched at the end of last month.
"It means that we have a good probability of being at least seven=2C" said= Frostad. "We are confident enough about being seven that we are building= the seventh boat and it's more than half finished."
www.volvooceanrace.com (http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/7377_Frostad= -Were-closing-in-on-bigger-better-fleet-for-2014-15.html)
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Over 250 people attended the 2012 edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum= and Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium in Gothenburg=2C Sweden.= They heard from speakers including Ben Ainslie=2C Knut Frostad=2C Guillau= me Henry=2C Mark Turner=2C Pat Shaughnessy=2C Juan Kouyoumdjian=2C Manolo= Ruiz de Elvira=2C Bill Tripp=2C Ian Walker=2C Dawn Riley=2C Dan McLaren= =2C Richard Brisius and many more.
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One Ton Cup Revisited Chris Bouzaid and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are seeking an indi= cation of potential interest in a proposed "One Ton Cup Revisited" regatta= =2C in Auckland=2C New Zealand=2C in February/March 2015.
The regatta would celebrate the (near) 50th anniversary of the One Ton Cup= switching from metre class yachts to offshore racers=2C using an internat= ional rule (RORC) to measure and rate contestants. This was when interest= in the Cup went global and led to One Tonners being regarded as the Formu= la One class of ocean racing.
The current thinking is to cater for RORC and IOR One Tonners that were el= igible for Cup competition between (and including) the years 1965 to 1983.
The IRC Rating Rule would be used to equitably handicap the fleet which wo= uld be raced in two classes - RORC and IOR yachts 1965 to 1971 (inclusive)= =2C and IOR yachts 1971 to 1983 (inclusive).
The current proposal for the "Revisited" regatta would be to mirror the On= e Ton Cup of old - ie there would be three inshore races=2C a short ocean= race and an ocean race-proper. In deference to contestants and boats=2C h= owever=2C the inshore races would be of approximately 20 miles length=2C w= hile the short ocean race would be a 40-miler (approx) and the ocean race= a 100-miler (approx).
The Finn Gold Cup will be raced off Takapuna Beach in February=2C 2015=2C= while the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland (from= China) on or about around 26 February=2C 2015=2C and leave for Itajai=2C= in Brazil=2C on 15 March=2C 2015.
The proposed "One Ton Cup Revisited" would be an important and integral pa= rt of this major celebration of sail.
Could those interested in the above please communicate=2C by email=2C that= interest=2C with brief detail of the One Tonner that might/would be invol= ved=2C to:
Alan Sefton: email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
RORC Key 2014 Racing Calendar Dates The Notice of Race for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2014 Race Programme w= ill be published shortly=2C meanwhile please find below dates for some of= the key races scheduled for next year.
These include: RORC Caribbean 600; Easter Challenge; IRC National Champion= ship; Brewin Dolphin Commmodores' Cup; Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland R= ace and the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race in November.
We would be grateful if you could include the dates below in your racing c= alendar: 24 February - RORC Caribbean 600=2C start Antigua 18-20 April - Easter Challenge=2C Cowes 13-15 June - IRC National Championship=2C Cowes 19-26 - Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup=2C Cowes 10 August - Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race=2C start Cowes 29 November - Inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race=2C start Lanzarote-Caribbe= an
Cruising Sailors In Greece Will Be Hit With A New Tax The imminent tax will affect everyone sailing in Greek waters and is all b= ut imposed following a vote in the Greek Parliament on 21 November.
The Cruising Association (CA) has announced that the law has been voted on= and accepted and looks set to be implemented as soon as it is published i= n a government gazette.
The new tax means all boats over 7m used for leisure activities in Greece= will have to pay up. This includes commercial and charter boats=2C and da= y excursion boats licensed to carry fewer than 49 passengers=2C including= those plying trade to other countries.
Boat owners with craft more than 7m and less than 12m long will have to pa= y between 200 and 400 euros a year to sail in Greek waters. But boats over= 12m face a tax of 100 euros per metre per year=2C with a discount scheme= available if boat owners pay for one month at a time while afloat in Gree= k waters at 10 euros per metre per month=2C or 30% off if they pay for a f= ull year in advance. This is still to be clarified and confirmed.
Boats visiting Greece en route to Turkey=2C Croatia or Italy will be the h= ardest hit. Although in the minority of those affected by the new tax=2C t= he Greek authorities realise some cruising boat owners may consider leavin= g or avoiding Greece. The most vulnerable group are liveaboards with boats= over 12m=2C who keep their boats on the water all year and are on a tight= budget. No tax is payable if the boat is ashore for a full year.
Practical Boat Owner: www.pbo.co.uk (http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/535650/new-= greek-tax-will-hit-all-boat-owners)
Eileen Ramsay - The Queen Of Yachting Photography http://southatlanticpublishing.com/er_intro.htm Eileen Ramsay was at the c= entre of a unique period in yachting history=2C and this wonderful book=2C= featuring her classic photography=2C celebrates an extraordinary woman an= d her extraordinary subjects. Eileen's heyday was between 1950 and 1970 -= a time when eccentrics ruled=2C records were there for the setting=2C and= women weren't often to be found behind the lens.
But Eileen established herself as one of the greatest yachting photographe= rs of her time=2C taking famous portraits of sailing icons like Francis Ch= ichester and Eric Tabarly=2C Olympians=2C including Rodney Pattisson and K= eith Musto=2C and historic pictures from the first Observer Singlehanded T= ransatlantic (OSTAR) Races.
Her unique archive records the explosive growth in dinghy and offshore sai= ling during post-war years=2C and includes pictures of the first Enterpris= es=2C Mirrors=2C Ospreys=2C Optimists and the first America's Cup 12 metre= s Sceptre and Evaine.
Eileen=2C now into her 90s can remember just about every photograph she ha= s taken and relate an anecdote or story about each one. Many of these memo= ries are also recorded in the book.
Eileen Ramsay - the Queen of Yachting Photography=2C is a spectacular cele= bration of a pioneering photographer and a fascinating time in yachting hi= story.
160 pages=2C 123 classic pictures. =C2=A325 + postage & packing
Industry News Yachting in Sri Lanka is about to get a strong boost with the establishmen= t of marinas to service this global pleasure sport. Sri Lankan entrepreneu= r Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa has teamed up with marina professional Simon Ar= rol and Sebastian Devonshire to launch Marina Lanka - a new company dedica= ted to servicing the pleasure boating industry.
"Sri Lanka is about to get a major boost in its pleasure boating industry= =2C" said Rajapaksa. "Although the port of Galle has for long been a port-= of-call for yachtsmen from around the world=2C it has lacked the infrastru= cture and modern facilities. We plan to mobilise some of the best experien= ce in the industry to give a major boost to yachting in Sri Lanka=2C" he a= dded.
Sri Lanka has a coastline of about 1=2C300 km with many pristine bays=2C b= eaches=2C and lagoons=2C but apart from surfing and whale-watching there i= s almost no organised boating activity. With the provision of marinas at i= ntervals around the coast=2C both Sri Lankans and foreign tourists will be= better able to enjoy a range of activities such as sailing=2C motor-boati= ng=2C blue-water fishing=2C and day trips. This will not only open up a wh= ole new leisure and sporting sector for Sri Lankans=2C it will also make t= he country more attractive to foreign tourists.
Marina Lanka has launched its website at www.marinalanka.com
Yachting Monthly reports on an online questionnaire launched by the BBC to= gauge the audience of the Shipping Forecast for the waters around Britain= and Ireland.
The daily broadcast is a Radio 4 institution=2C but its future is far from= certain in light of the increased use of the internet by sailors to downl= oad weather predictions.
According to meteorologist Frank Singleton=2C it's only a matter of time b= efore the Shipping Forecast comes to an end. (As it is=2C there may be int= erruptions to the service next year.)
Stuart Carruthers of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has described th= e online survey as a "cunning ruse" to provide an excuse for ending the se= rvice=2C which he says is "essential" to yachts that have no internet acce= ss at sea.
It's a charge that's been denied by the BBC=2C who noted that the RYA has= itself recently sought the opinions of its members on usage of the Shippi= ng Forecast.
Amsterdam RAI=2C organiser of the extremely successful Marine Equipment Tr= ade Show (METS) reckons the Amsterdam show sets the tone for the year ahea= d for the leading maritime equipment suppliers=2C writes Peter Nash.
I think they're right in this regard. Which means next year ought to be a= good one all round.
But I - and I'm sure many others - will be surprised to see the attendance= was up on last year because visitors where we were on the Tuesday and the= Thursday seemed to be thin on the ground.
However=2C the object of the exercise at any show is to do business. And I= can say that - without exception - all those to whom I spoke were extreme= ly pleased with the levels of business they had achieved.
And surely - as with most shows - there's more to come along after the sho= w.
The attendance figures quote a precise 20=2C500 visitors over the three da= ys of the show (19=2C617 last year)=2C with 1=2C320 exhibitors this year (= 1=2C318 last year).
"A rise in attendance of over five percent compared to 2012 is very good n= ews for everyone connected to METS and the global maritime supply industry= =2C" says METS domain manager Irene Dros.
Boating Business: www.boatingbusiness.com (http://www.boatingbusiness.com/= news101/industry-news/mets-sets-record-attendance)
French boatyard Fountaine-Pajot=2C one of the world's leading builders of= cruising catamarans=2C has reported turnover of =E2=82=AC40.7m for the 20= 12/13 financial year ended August 31 - up 6.1 per cent compared to the pre= vious financial year. It also marks the third consecutive year of growth f= or the French yard.
Profits for 2012/13 came mostly from its core 36ft-44ft range. Turnover in= this segment was up 29.3 per cent to =E2=82=AC27.2m=2C representing 67 pe= r cent of sales. The boatyard also continued to develop its large catamara= ns=2C with the launch of two new flagships=2C the Cumberland 47 LC and the= Victoria 67.
In accordance with its development plan=2C the French yard is continuing t= o expand internationally. Almost 55 per cent of its sales are now outside= Europe.
The company has also announced that=2C after 37 years as founding presiden= t of Fountaine Pajot=2C Jean-Fran=C3=A7ois Fountaine is to step down at th= e beginning of 2014 when Nicolas Gardies=2C current assistant director gen= eral=2C takes over as president.
IBI News: plus.ibinews.com (https://plus.ibinews.com/article/JE6OWxUMWg/20= 13/11/25/fountaine-pajot_announces_increased_sales_and_profits_new_pr/?nsl= =3DKD5XS2ZmeX6S)
Andrew Harris=2C former head of a UK fractional yacht ownership firm=2C ha= s been sentenced to four and a half years of prison time for attempting to= defraud clients out of =C2=A37.5m. A judge who sentenced Harris=2C and fe= llow director David Evans=2C described Shakespeare Classic Line in Hatton= as a "fraud factory".
Clients were brought to sales presentations with the offer of free holiday= s=2C but once there=2C were subject to a five-hour sales pitch. The Leamin= gton Observer reported that clients paid =C2=A310=2C000 or more for one-we= ek "fractional ownership'"of a berth on one of the yachts. The new owners= also agreed to annual maintenance costs of =C2=A3395=2C which rose by 10= per cent each year. "The probable value of that was =C2=A31=2C386=2C172= =2C" said the judge. "That puts the intended value of the fraud to be just= short of seven-and-a-half million pounds; and the amount paid by the 292= owners there were=2C was just over =C2=A33m."
Several clients testified that they almost lost their home because of the= scheme=2C and one man contemplated suicide as the only way out of the fin= ancial mess.
IBI News: https://plus.ibinews.com (https://plus.ibinews.com/article/ETw7X= sQusLc/2013/11/25/yacht_firm_chief_given_four_years_in_prison_for_running_= frau/?nsl=3DKD5XS2ZmeX6S)
Fort Lauderdale show reports largest crowds since 2006.
Many of the exhibitors at the 54th annual Fort Lauderdale International Bo= at Show had similar observations - the weather was good for a change and t= here seemed to be more people.
Five days of sunshine speaks for itself=2C but as it turns out there were= a lot more people. Organizers reported Wednesday that gate attendance for= the Oct. 31-Nov. 4 show was up 28 percent from the prior year and the hig= hest since the 2006 show.
More important=2C the buying mood also was apparently brighter=2C as numer= ous exhibitors said they had their best sales figures in years.
Soundings Trade Only: www.tradeonlytoday.com (http://www.tradeonlytoday.co= m/home/527405-fort-lauderdale-show-reports-largest-crowds-since-2006)
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