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ISAF Sailor Classification Code Updated With Group 2 To Be Eliminated

Following on from decisions taken at the ISAF Annual Conference, the ISAF Sailor Classification Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.

The ISAF Sailor Classification Code is a service provided by ISAF, giving events and classes a cost-free, international system for classification of sailors. It is incorporated in ISAF Regulation 22. Following a lengthy consultation process with sailors, classes and events which use the Code, the IS...

Date Added - 10-Jan-2010 Read the full story here ...


Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show Opens

The Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show returns to ExCeL today, Friday 8 January 2010, to celebrate 56 years of bringing the best of boating to the nation’s capital.

The Show was officially opened at 11:00am by singers Stacey Solomon and Olly Murs. The talented pair recently charmed the nation and shot to fame through ITV 1's The X Factor. Today they proved their star quality whilst performing live before posing for a nautical photo call with members of the Royal Engineers.Date Added - 08-Jan-2010 Read the full story here ...


Milestone for Fairline Boats as 12,000th hull enters production

December 2009 marked a significant milestone for luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats, when its 12,000th hull went in to production on December 23rd. The 55ft 4in (16.97m) length hull is being built at the yacht builder's Nene Valley factory in the United Kingdom for one of Fairline's latest generation Squadron flybridge motor yachts, a Squadron 55 model.

The newest Squadron 55 will be leaving the factory for customer delivery in Italy during spring 2010. She will encompass all the...

Date Added - 07-Jan-2010 Read the full story here ...


Motor cruiser rescued in bad weather conditions

At 02 26 yesterday morning Yarmouth Coastguard received a 999 call on mobile phone from a 30 ft motor cruiser the LADY3.

The owner of the vessel said that she had suffered engine failure at 10 00 pm Saturday evening just off the mouth of the River Humber and had anchored. She had no means of fixing her position; her compass wasn't working and she had lost heating. At the time the wind was near gale force, with a heavy sea and swell, accompanied by snow showers; dangerously cold and forecast t...

Date Added - 21-Dec-2009 Read the full story here ...


Amendments to The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012

The International Sailing Federation announced today that, as a result of actions taken by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Council during the ISAF Annual Conference, several changes in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 will take effect on 1 January 2010.

Rule 18.2(c) will be changed to prohibit a newly discovered and potentially dangerous tactic that was an unintended consequence of the current wording of this rule. The revised rule will no longer permit a boat to tack ju...

Date Added - 25-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Safran wins Transat Jacques Vabre

Although Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier-Benac had battled through an horrendous Atlantic storm, during which Safran took the lead of the 14 boat IMOCA Open 60 class back on Thursday 12th November, the hard bitten skipper from La Trinite confirmed on the dockside that the worst part of the race was the final 24 hours.

Because both they and their nearest rivals Groupe Bel (Kito de Pavant and Francois Gabart), who were just 90 miles behind, had chosen to go in 'stealth' mode – duri...

Date Added - 24-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Leaders near the finish of Transat Jacques Vabre

Having opened a further 15 miles on Groupe Bel which has pursued them hard more than the last week, there was an element of relief in the voice of Safran skipper Marc Guillemot this morning. While his co-skipper Charles Caudrelier snatched some well deserved sleep, Guillemot admitted that now, with some 90 miles in hand and with 240 miles to the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica the pressure on them has lessened slightly.

In 2007 there was the pain for the ...

Date Added - 23-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


A long stretch in the Caribbean

It is the perfect time for the leading IMOCA Open 60's to stretch out their lead in near perfect downwind conditions, maximum sail power most of the time in the pursuit of pure speed. Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier Brenac on Safran have managed to continue their gains against their near identical sister-ship Groupe Bel, the leaders gaining another three miles from their pursuers. All three leading boats are pretty much lined up nose to tail on the same gybe, firing on all cylinders towards the coast....

Date Added - 21-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Past half way in the Transat

As the front of the IMOCA Open 60 fleet passed the half way mark today the gains of Groupe Bel stabilised. Whether Kito de Pavant and Francois Gabart's 'laughing cow' can still prove the smiling assassins who bring down Safran remains to be seen. The Groupe Bel twosome's gains have stabilised this afternoon at 26.3 miles as the pair line up more or less bow to stern on the straight line for the Dominican Republic milestone into the Caribbean. Guillemot predicted today that they will pass the mark of the cou...

Date Added - 17-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Hugo Boss damaged in Transat

When lying in fourth place in the Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre to Porto Limon, Costa Rica, the British IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss last night reported hitting an unidentified object in the water, damaging the starboard bow of the boat and causing them to take in water. They have slowed the boat right down, have a pump working, are managing the ingress of water.

Alex Thomson, the skipper, has reported that conditions are stable and they are not in any imminent danger. The British pair...

Date Added - 16-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Transat fleet enters calmer conditions

As the Transat Jacques Vabre leaders pass the Azores there's a welcome change of conditions, deliverance from the pounding winds and waves, the succession of Atlantic depressions and into more useful breezes, warmer temperatures and the chance to prepare for some faster sailing later in the weekend.

With Seb Josse and Jean Francois Curzon recovering in the Azores from their ordeal after being helicoptered off BT yesterday evening, minds are fully focussed on maximum speed again and optimisin...

Date Added - 14-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


BT crew in helicopter

At approx 1800hrs GMT news has come that the BT co-skippers Seb Josse and Jean Francois Curzon have been successfully lifted off their stricken boat by a Portuguese Air Force helicopter heading for Lajes Field air base on the Azores island of Terceiera. ...

Date Added - 13-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


BT activates distress beacon in Transat

At approximately 10:20hrs GMT today, BT crew Sebastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon activated their EPIRB distress beacon after having suffered major damage following a night battling it out in fierce seas and winds reaching 60 knots at times. The skippers are in regular contact with TJV Race Director Jean Maurel, and have reported significant damage to the coachroof, and water entering the boat.

The MRCC are coordinating operations with the Transat Jacques Vabre Race Direction and t...

Date Added - 13-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Friday 13th in the Transat

It's as if the scriptwriters have a hot line to the weather gods. Friday 13th and the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet have their toughest conditions yet, with storm force gusts, mean windspeeds for those in the north of around 50 knots, huge seas and the boats down to tiny sail areas as they live out what promises to be the most difficult period.

True to the plot the winds built at around midnight, and skippers spoken to early this morning say they expect to have seen the worst of it by they time...

Date Added - 13-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


BMF welcomes passage of Marine and Coastal Access Act

The British Marine Federation (BMF) has welcomed the passage of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, which is due to become law today as an Act of Parliament. The BMF has been working throughout the formulation and passage of the legislation since March 2008, to ensure that Ministers and other policy makers have listened to and acted on the concerns of the leisure marine sector.

Howard Pridding, Executive Director of the BMF said: "The BMF today welcomes the passage into law of this hist...

Date Added - 12-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Torben Grael and Anna Tunnicliffe named ISAF World Sailors Of The Year

Torben Grael and Anna Tunnicliffe joined the sailing world's most prestigious list of winners last night as they were named the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year at a spectacular ceremony held in Busan, Korea.
Sailors, officials and special guests from all over the world gather every November for the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Annual Conference and the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.

The Awards are recognized as the highest honour a sailor can receive...

Date Added - 12-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Transat competitors see temporary weather improvement

An improvement in the conditions for the Transat Jacques Vabre crews presents an opportunity to gain some respite but also to press on hard, keeping on top of the changeable breezes, as the seas drop slightly. IMOCA Open 60 fleet leader Seb Josse on BT spoke this morning of the difficult swell dropping back from six and a half metres to four metres and a more useful wind on 20-25 knots which he expects to drop a little further to 15-20 knots.

The night on BT may have been uncomfortable and ti...

Date Added - 12-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


North or South - Difficult conditions lie ahead

Their strategies may be different but the unavoidable facts remain that the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet will have to deal with some difficult wind and sea conditions through Wednesday and Thursday as they encounter the first big Atlantic storm of the race. Crews on both the IMOCA Open 60's and the Multi 50's were preparing for winds which are forecast to exceed 40 knots at times and big seas.

Seb Josse, co-skipper on BT, the IMOCA Open 60 which has lead the fleet through the day, admitted thi...

Date Added - 10-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Lobster Pots lead to two RNLI rescues

Mudeford RNLI assist motor cruiser caught on pot buoy rope

The volunteer crew of Mudeford RNLI's Atlantic inshore lifeboat Mudeford Servant have assisted a 26-foot motor cruiser that was entangled in a pot buoy marker rope.

The Mudeford RNLI lifeboat was launched after a call was received from the motor cruiser All In, to report it was entangled on one of the local fisherman’s lobster pot buoys. The motor cruiser had gone out to sea off Hengistbury Head and had gone past ...

Date Added - 10-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Transat Jacques Vabre Situation Report

Michel Desjoyeaux and Jeremie Beyou have lost little time in demonstrating their reputation as pre-race favourites, leading out of the inky black of the first night at sea. Quickly getting into a rhythm thanks to the miles that both have sailed already on the Farr design Foncia, which won this race in 2007, and more recently triumphed in the Istanbul Europa Race with co-skipper Beyou on board.

Foncia was leading the pack out of a ridge of high pressure early this afternoon, in close company w...

Date Added - 09-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...



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