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Welcome to the UK Newsletter

It has not been a good month for the RYA. Following on the stumble-footed announcement of the Olympic choices for the 2008 Games, it was outed by the media after it slipped in a couple of submissions to the ISAF that revealed a complete lack of consultation with its members.

They requested the dropping of all catamaran racing in the youth worlds and submitted an event list for the 2012 Olympics omitting the multihull, keel boats and heavyweight single hander - Tornado, Star, Yngling and Finn in present class terms.

A hastily issued response on Friday stated:

As a consequence of the attention that these two proposals have received from the Cat community in the UK and overseas, the RYA Council will debate the issues and review its decision at their next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday 3 October. Council members will be provided with a selection of representative emails, letters and web forum addresses as well as this paper

One argument the RYA has fallen back on is that this was all debated and published in their normal channels. This is the standard political answer that is all there, if you can find it.

But they do not go so far as to publish on the web - so that means the vast majority of their members do not have access to those decisions.

The sharp reaction from the catamaran world to the RYA actions might just be what they need to remind them that their increasingly insular world is out of date and has to be more transparent.

The RYA claims to have around 100,000 members and as many, if not most, will be cruising and powerboat owners, the dinghy element must be pretty small (although the RYA claims that via sailing clubs it represents a further 500,000). Perhaps not worth consulting.

The success of the UK Olympic sailing programme, since Lottery money was made available, has formed a gulf between the RYA and the majority of club sailors who do not sail in Olympic classes, indeed, apart from the Laser, you would be hard pressed to find any regular club racing for an Olympic class.

As the RYA is one of the only associations to have taken this stance over multihulls is seems unlikely that they will succumb. But there are still a lot of politics to be played out and if the Finn and Star supporters fight their corner as well as they have in the past, the Olympic multihull could still fall.

The growth of professional sailing, stretching down into the dinghy classes now with the new ISAF World Circuit, will no doubt lead to a professional organisation to cater for their needs in the future, then we could really see some sparks fly - America's Cup style.

Back on the racetrack, the Laser SB3 class held their Nationals at Hayling Island SC and produced another spectacular event; the first two days saw the 57 competitors completing seven races in 20 to 30 knots. The series finished after 14 races with Glenn Bourke taking the title for a second time.

At the TP52 Global Championship, Artemis, owned by Sweden’s Torbjorn Tornqvist with Russell Coutts calling tactics, took victory in the 2007 event. Last year’s Global Champion Patches (IRL), owned by Eamon Conneely and helmed by Stuart Childerly took a seventh and first place on the final day to move up to second place overall with Peter de Ridder’s Mean Machine (MON) just a half point behind in third place.

Enjoy your sailing and read all about here . . .

Gerald New
UK Editor

RYA reacts to Catamaran rejection furore
The RYA has issued a response to the furore over their apparently high handed actions in submitting two amendments to the ISAF Council which omitted / removed catamaran events and classes from future Olympics and the Youth World Championships... [more]

Egger and Stahl (GER) win Tornado Torbole Trophy
By PR,
The German Patrick Egger (crew Dominic Stahl) is the winner of 2007 Tornado Torbole Trophy. Second the Swiss Nowak-Rusterholz, third the Austrian Salzmann (Dietmar and Cornelia)... [more]

Glenn Bourke wins Laser SB3 UK Nationals
Final day at the Volkswagon Laser SB3 National Championship and two races were completed in light airs before the third was abandoned. Overall victory went to Glenn Bourke, Jeremy Troughton and Tony Kilby sailing Musto... [more]

Clipper lead up for grabs approaching Canaries
By Event media,
It's nip and tuck between and Durban 2010 and Beyond as the fleet approach the first full week of racing since leaving La Rochelle last Sunday on the 4,200-mile race to Salvador in Brazil. Hull & Humber is just five miles behind as the leaders close in on the Canary Islands... [more]

All minitransats in Madeira
By Lorraine MacIntosh,
After a busy start in a brisk breeze, combined with a low flying helicopter and a collision with a media boat, the transat6.50 fleet has rapidly reached Funchal, Madeira. French/German woman Isabelle Joschke (Degremont – Synergie 667) led most of the way and came in nearly 4.5 hours ahead of the next boat in a time of 5 days and 15.5 hours.... [more]

Seabrakes - a must have for offshore sailors?
By Rob Kothe,
When Captain John Abernathy grabbed a steel bucket and threw it overboard in a storm, he had no idea he was on his way to a great future invention for sailors. Such a good invention that Sail-World asks, ‘So, why the bloody hell don't you have one?’... [more]

Régates Royales - light wind conditions to finish
By Event media,
One extreme to another: Saturday brings light wind conditions to conclude the Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai in Cannes. In the 12 Metre World Championships Wright on White (Grand Prix), Courageous (Modern), Ikra (Classic Traditional) and Trivia (Classic Vintage) finish at the top of their respective division tables following the three races... [more]

Rolex TP52 Global Championship 2007 - Final
By Event media,
Artemis, owned by Sweden’s Torbjorn Tornqvist with Russell Coutts calling tactics, has taken victory at the Rolex TP52 Global Championship 2007 organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo.... [more]

Bourke regains lead on day 3 of Laser SB3 Nationals
Third day of the Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 National Championships and the relentless northerly added some light rain to the cold. Wind strength was down around 15 knots with some 20 knot gusts. Glenn Bourke survived a black flag to regain the lead going into the final day... [more]

Muller wins Dragons as Mistral prevents racing
By PR,
In sharp contrast to the miserable weather on Thursday, the skies were clear and the sun was shining bright on Friday morning. Unfortunately, strong mistral conditions were howling over the Bay of Cannes, with winds gusting to 35 knots preventing the boats from leaving the dock for the day. With no racing Friday this meant Thomas Muller’s Sinewave was the Dragon class winner... [more]

Jeroboam Ca'Nova Wins Swan 45 Class Med Circuit
By PR,
Last weekend’s Audi Invitational Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo, was the last event of the season in the official Swan 45 Class Mediterranean Circuit. Vittorio Codecasa’s Jeroboam Ca’Nova emerged as this year’s overall Med Circuit Champion with second and third places going to DSK Comifin and Atlantica Racing respectively... [more]

Russia take Yngling European Women's Title
By Event media,
Due to severe wind and sea conditions the Medal Race scheduled for today was cancelled after several hours of postponement. That means that the results of yesterday is now the official Championship result - winners are Ekaterina Skudina, Diana Krutzkikh and Natalia Ivanova of Russia... [more]

Thompson and Oxley to co-skipper Pindar in TJV
By PR,
Brian Thompson will skipper the brand new Open 60 Pindar in the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) transatlantic race. Thompson, who joins the Pindar Ocean Racing team as full time skipper, will be joined by Australian sailor Will Oxley as his co-skipper for the race which begins on 3rd November from Le Havre, France... [more]

RYA and the Olympic Classes Row
By Gerald New,
These are the two RYA Submissions to the ISAF 2007 Conference - Numbers 103-07 and 129-07. The first is a submission of the RYA preferred events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing events. The second is the RYA further proposal to change the classes for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.... [more]

The 2007 Colgate World Cup Sylt – Day 6
By Brian McDowell,
Patience and persistence pay dividends for the race crew and loser’s finalists after a long and testing day at the beach... [more]

ISAF Team Racing World Championship 2007 Spain
Pre-regatta favourites, USA team Silver Panda, remain undefeated after the second day of racing at the ISAF Team Racing World Championship in Gandia, Spain. After completing the 64-race opening series at the Real Club Nautico Gandia the 17 competing teams were split into a gold and silver fleets yesterday and completed.... [more]

Tred Barta supports new MOBi-lert safety system
By Colin Patterson,
American Fishing guru and television celebrity Tred Barta has embraced an innovative Australian invention designed to help assist with prompt man overboard rescues. Barta saw the MOBi-lert system at the Miami Boat Show in July and was reportedly so enthusiastic about the product that he ordered one for his own boat. He’s not the only celebrity team who has been impressed by the new product: Croc One the expedition vessel of the late Steve Irwin has also been fitted with a MOBi-lert system.... [more]

Hamish Ross on America's Cup status of RNZYS
By Hamish Ross,
Alinghi General Counsel, Hamish Ross has responded to several issues raised in the story by Sail-World, entitled ' Would George Schuyler have accepted RNZYS in the America's Cup?... [more]

America's Cup Jury hearing over positive drug test
By Alinghi media and Sail-World,
Simon Daubney (NZL), one of five NZ sailors who have each won a record 20 America's Cup races, was yesterday the subject of a reconvened 32nd America's Cup Jury hearing over a positive drugs test. The hearing took place in London in front of the full five man Jury and considered evidence of the two positive tests for a recreational drug, and other matters placed before the Jury.... [more]

TackTick Day at Laser SB3 Nationals on stormy bay
By Clare Molloy,
The second day of the Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 National Championships was another windy affair. Waking to a northerly breeze gusting over 30 knots, the PRO called a 1-hour postponement allowing competitors to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the wonderful view at Hayling Island Sailing Club, before tackling the Bay... [more]

Images from Day 2 of the Laser SB3 Nationals
By Lucy Jameson,
The second day of the Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 National Championships was another windy affair. Waking to a northerly breeze gusting over 30 knots, but the fleet still sailed four races out in Hayling Bay... [more]

Storm hits Régates Royales fleet in Cannes
By PR,
Bright sunshine with a nice breeze, lured the sailors and Race Committee on to Cannes Bay for the scheduled racing. But unfortunately, the benign conditions didn’t last long. Soon after racing started for the Dragons, Classic, Tradition and 12 Metre Classes, an intense squall came through, bringing heavy rain showers, hail, thunder and lightning... [more]

BMW City Challenge this weekend
By PR,
City reputations are on the line this weekend as some of the capital’s leading legal, accounting, media and banking institutions prepare to battle it out at London’s Royal Victoria Docks for the coveted BMW City Challenge sailing title... [more]

RYA propose dropping Olympic catamaran
British catamaran racers are outraged at the RYA’s stance. One of the British parents who has invested many thousands of pounds for the British youth teams is Chris Laming of Sittingbourne, Kent. He calls for the RYA to explain itself... [more]

Ainslie and Percy for RYA National Match races
Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy will be among some of the biggest British names in Olympic Classes sailing putting themselves to a very different test this weekend when the final RYA National Match Racing Series 2007 qualifying event takes place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Glenn Bourke leads on day 1 at Laser SB3 Nationals
The Volkswagon Touareg Laser SB3 UK Nationals got underway on Wednesday at Hayling Island SC, in a cold northerly that built to 25 knots. Overall leader at the end of the first day is Glenn Bourke with Jeremy Troughton and Tony Kirby with a scoreline of 6, 3, 4... [more]

Juniors battle for local RYA Championships
Once again it is the weekend Great Britain’s Olympic hopefuls of the future have their first real chance to shine. The annual RYA Zone and Home Country Championships will see around 1,000 of England and Scotland’s most talented junior sailors and windsurfers converge on seven venues throughout the UK on Saturday and Sunday in a bid to show who will be the ones to watch in the coming years... [more]

British Yngling trio up for world sailing award
British sailing’s Yngling World Champions and Beijing Olympic nominees Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson have been shortlisted for the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award... [more]

National 12s at Henley Sailing Club
By PR,
Three visitors joined five local boats for a glorious day’s sailing on the Thames in Wargrave. Despite the good breeze, the trees and geography made the winds very gusty, giving the competitors and rescue boats something to think about!... [more]

America's Cup doyen speaks out on the Valencia situation
By Bob Fisher,
Sail-World's America's Cup columnist, Bob Fisher, who is also author of the definitive America's Cup work 'An Absorbing Interest' has written to US Sailing World magazine, with his thoughts on the current America's Cup situation:... [more]

Buckley Goblets and Results for 2007
By PR,
Fourteen yachts started West Mersea Yacht Club’s Buckley Goblets on Friday which, with winds of over 30kts expected at times, offered an exciting and rapid conclusion to the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association’s 2007 season with many overall places still undecided... [more]

Coutts leads Rolex TP52 Global Championship
By Giles Pearman/KPMS,
Artemis (SWE) sits on top of the heap with a healthy ten-point margin over second placed Patches (IRE). Master magician onboard or not, Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis was comprehensively boat of the day posting a 1, 2, 4. Not far behind in that category was Stuart Robinson's Stay Calm (GBR), which managed to avoid any issues with the line, and scored 2, 4, 3 to move into fourth overall.... [more]

Elegance and beauty at Trophée Panerai in Cannes
By PR,
If you happened to be on the Bay of Cannes in the early afternoon on Tuesday, you would have enjoyed a sight seldom seen in one regatta. To the left, towards the shoreline, 15 classic yachts, representing the final start of the day at the Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai, were charging upwind... [more]

New IRC class for Superyacht Cup Palma 2008
By PR,
The provisional dates for The Superyacht Cup Palma 2008 announced in the latest copy of the SYC Newsletter have now been brought forward by one week to June 11 - 14th.... [more]

Terry Hutchinson resigns from Emirates Team NZ
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ & Sail-World,
Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, MD, USA) and Emirates Team New Zealand are unable to agree on the terms and conditions of a continued relationship and Hutchinson has resigned from the team effective today.... [more]

UK Finn Open and Masters Championship
By Carol Carter,
Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club on Hayling Island held the UK Finn Masters Championship on 14, 15 & 16 September 2007 with the 26 Masters joined by seven younger Finn sailors for the Saturday and Sunday for a combined event... [more]

Brian Porter is Audi Melges 24 US Champion
By Event media,
In yet another day of warm, 8-12 knot breeze, Brian Porters Full Throttle team held off World Champion Dave Ullman, helming Scott Holmgrens Rosebud. We were 1-2 at Worlds, we were 1-2 at North Americans, and now were 1-2 here, with Brian getting the win. Ullman said. Those guys are just so fast and so good ­ they're always solid... [more]

Isabelle Joschke wins first leg Transat 6.50
By Event media,
The young Franco-German skipper, Isabelle Joschke (Degrémont-Synergie) crossed the Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime/Bahia’s first leg’s line at 2h 30min 30sec UT (4h 11min 30sec French time) - Second was Samuel Manuard (Sitting Bull)... [more]

Mon and Humpherys take HISC 29er Open Meeting
Great fightback by Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humpherys (RWBSC) to take the 29er Open Meeting at Hayling Island SC ahead of first day leaders, James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald (HISC).... [more]

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