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Issue #3340 - 25 May

Brought to you by Seahorse magazine (http://seahorsemagazine.com) =2C Scut= tlebutt Europe is a digest of sailing news and opinions=2C regatta results= =2C new boat and gear information and letters from sailors -- with a Europ= ean emphasis. Contributions welcome=2C send to editor@scuttlebutteurope.co= m (mailto:editor@scuttlebutteurope.com)

Semi Final Sweep for Monnin and Basic Langenargen=2C Germany: Switzerland's Eric Monnin and Croatia's Tomislav B= asic despatched their younger opponents Joachim Aschenbrenner and Matt Jer= wood in todays Semi Finals at Match Race Germany=2C the second World Champ= ionship stage of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour. The 39yr old Swiss m= atch racer will meet 40yr old Basic in tomorrow's finals.

Monnin=2C an experienced lake racer and Tour Card skipper for the 2015/16= season=2C posted a swift 3-0 score-line over fellow Tour Card Skipper Joa= chim Aschenbrenner from Denmark. The disappointed Dane=2C keen to put earl= y points on the World Championship leader board from this event=2C was una= ble to shake off Monnin and his experienced Team SailBox who earlier today= also posted a straight 3-0 score-line in the Quarter Finals against Mark= Lees=2C GBR.

In the second semi-finals=2C 22yr old Matt Jerwood from Australia=2C compe= ting in his first World Match Racing Tour event=2C won his first two races= against event favourite Basic. Jerwood needed just one more race to secur= e their place in the finals. But Basic was not going quietly levelling the= score at 2-2=2C with a 'winner take all' race for the final.

Following a boat pair swap requested by Jerwood=2C both teams built good p= ace off the startline with Basic to windward as they headed towards the ha= rbour pier. Basic waited until the last moment to tack just metres from th= e pier=2C forcing Jerwood to tack second and trail Basic to the top mark.= As Basic pulled away downwind=2C Jerwood was unable to close the gap and= Basic led to the finish securing his place against Monnin in the Final.

Monnin and Basic will meet in the Finals of the 18th edition of Match Race= Germany starting Monday with light wind conditions forecast.

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Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week Photo by Ingrid Abery=2C www.ingridabery.com. Click on image for photo gal= lery.

http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photo-galleries/category/150-ford-vignale-val= encia-sailing-week-photos-by-ingrid-abery From the biggest and most compet= itive fleet yet=2C Niklas Zennstrom and the Ran Racing team won the first= regatta title of the 2015 Super Series when they kept their focus under t= he weight of final day pressure.

With Zennstrom steering and tactician Morgan Larson and strategist Adam Be= ashel they achieved the required balance between proactive attack and cons= olidation to convert this morning's six points margin to finish ahead of r= ivals Alegre=2C Andy Soriano's series debutants.

Valencia's Malvarrosa Beach race course delivered perfect conditions for t= he super Saturday showdown=2C one light seabreeze contest in 6-8kts and a= breezier finale in 14-16kts to complete a maximum possible complement of= 11 races.

Final standings: Results: Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week

1. Ran Racing=2C Niklas Zennstrom=2C 45 points 2. Alegre=2C Andre Soriano=2C 48 3. Sled=2C Takashi Okura=2C 53 4. Azzurra=2C Pablo/Alberto Roemmers=2C 54 5. Bronenosec=2C Vladimir Liubomirov=2C 54 6. Quantum Racing=2C Dalton DeVos=2C 68 7. Platoon=2C Harm Muller-Spreer=2C 75 8. Provezza=2C Ergin Imre=2C 76 9. Interlodge=2C Austin/Gwen Fragoman=2C 79 10. Paprec=2C Jean-Luc Petithuguenin=2C 101 11. Gladiator=2C Tony Langley=2C 102 12. XIO=2C Guiseppe Parodi=2C 103

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Sailing Participation We've read a lot lately about saving sailing=2C increasing regatta fleets= =2C getting more participation and increasing yacht club sailing programs.= I've heard from major players in the marine world and NMMA about how part= icipation in sailing and boating in general is way down from the peaks it= achieved years ago.

Of course=2C it's down. Sailing and boating are interests that use discret= ionary income. In a recession=2C discretionary spending is the first item= that gets cut. My experience going back over forty years of professional= boat design and writing about boats is that Wall Street should incorporat= e sailing and boating into their stock prediction models because marine bu= sinesses turn down about six months before Wall Street and all its tycoons= realize we are entering a recession. It takes about nine months to a year= after a recession ends for consumers to have enough faith in the economy= to start spending on sailing and boating again.

How do we counter this trend? Obviously=2C we cannot counter discretionary= spending issues in a recession but we can be creating future sailors and= boaters. How?

1. First=2C catch 'em young. Get young people involved in sailing and boat= ing before age ten. My sons sailed as soon as they were old enough to go a= float and both now own their own boats=2C both have sailed in major regatt= as and enjoy being afloat. Keep kids sailing beyond college by taking them= on board keel boats. The Storm Trysail Club has pioneered this initiative= =2E Making it national would be a big step forward...

Read Roger Marshall's full editorial: scuttlebutteurope.com/articles/1392-sailing-participation

Bluesmile Wins ORC Sportboat European Championship Lake Balaton=2C Hungary - Despite uncertain conditions where several boats= took their turns in the lead of the final race=2C the Dutch team of Herma= n van Eijk and Jan-Willem Van den Hondel prevailed in the fourth and final= race sailed today to win the ORC Sportboat European Championship=2C hoste= d by Balatonfured Yacht Club. Being ISAF Group 1 sailors=2C the pair racin= g their Smile 22 Bluesmile have also won the top prize for the Corinthian= division.

Today's partly sunny skies were a welcome break from three days of rain=2C= and a light and shifty 6-9 knot northerly breeze prompted race managers t= o set an alternate inshore course of 9 miles duration. This course consist= ed of a short windward leg of the shore at Balatonaracs=2C a long reach to= a mark placed off the shore at Alsoors=2C another reach back to Balatonar= acs=2C a long downwind leg to Tihany=2C then a beat back to the finish at= Balatonaracs.

Already interest in future ORC Sportboat Championships is strong: represen= tatives from Portodimare=2C Italy were attending this event as observers i= n anticipation to create their own bid to host the 2016 championship. Pend= ing approval from ORC=2C they invited all to Chiaggio to race next year.

Final overall standings after Races 1-4:

1. Bluesmile (NED)* - Smile 22 =2C 5 points 2. Onedesign Ruffles (TUR) - Farr 25OD=2C 19 3. Neoprofil (POL)* - Cors T2=2C 20 4. Orion (HUN) - T-Jolle=2C 24 5. Kvartet (RUS)* - O-800=2C 24 6. Grijze Plaag (NED) - Smile 22=2C 33 7. Serafina (SUI) - Saphire 27=2C 33 8. Nomad (HUN)* - Elliott 770=2C 37 9. Yello (HUN)* - Nautic 220=2C 38 10. Aster (HUN)* - Elliott 770=2C 43

*Corinthian division

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141 Yachts Set Sail For Eddystone Photo by RORC/Paul Wyeth. Click on image to enlarge.

http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photo-galleries/6-articles/detail/2037-myth-o= f-malham-start-photo-by-rorc-paul-wyeth 141 yachts crossed the start line= for the 2015 Myth of Malham Race=2C the largest RORC fleet to set sail si= nce the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race. A light gradient breeze from the north of= just 5 knots was enhanced by a developing sea breeze causing erratic wind= speed for the starters.

32 yachts are taking part in the 229 mile race Two Handed.

Three hours into the race=2C former RORC Commodore Mike Greville=2C racing= his Ker 39=2C Erivale III=2C was the top performer leading the race overa= ll. Mike Greville has a fine record for the Myth of Malham=2C winning the= race outright in 2008. The battle for Line Honours is developing into a f= ascinating encounter between Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51=2C Tonnerre 4 and B= ritish IMOCA 60=2C Artemis Ocean Racing=2C skippered by Mikey Ferguson.

IRC Three had a highly competitive start=2C resulting in several yachts ha= ving to restart with some minor collisions as the 48 yachts tussled for th= e line.

In IRC Two=2C RORC Admiral=2C Andrew McIrvine's British First 40=2C La Rep= onse=2C got away to a flying start to lead the 36-yacht class out of the S= olent and after time correction.

Tonight=2C the fleet are expected to be battling the current which will tu= rn against the yachts at around 1900 BST. Weather forecasts tend to sugges= t a new easterly breeze of 10 knots arriving during the night=2C providing= the next chapter to the 2015 Myth of Malham Race.

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Classic Swan 65 Claims IMA Volcano Race Andrew McIrvine awards Giuseppe Puttini the Volcano Race Overall Trophy. P= hoto by Gianluca Di Fazio. Click on image to enlarge.

http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photo-galleries/6-articles/detail/2038-volcan= o-race-overall-trophy-photo-by-gianluca-di-fazio The International Maxi As= sociation's Volcano Race=2C organised in conjunction with the Yacht Club G= aeta EVS=2C this year saw the full course sailed with a worthy win on hand= icap by one of the smaller=2C older yachts competing.

After a delay waiting for the wind to fill in on Wednesday=2C the race com= mittee chose to 'reverse the course'=2C sending the fleet off from Gaeta o= n a 391 mile anti-clockwise lap of the Aeolian Islands to the north of Sic= ily. The boats first rounded Alicudi in the west=2C continuing on to Vulca= no and Stromboli and its tiny neighbour=2C Strombolicchio=2C before return= ing north to Gaeta=2C leaving Capri to port.

Esimit Europa 2 eventually crossed the Gaeta finish line at 10:37:24 local= time on Friday=2C first home in 1 day=2C 21 hours and 2 minutes.

The bulk of the fleet arrived back in Gaeta over the course of Friday with= the Hungarian canting keeler Wild Joe second home at 16:26 local time=2C= 19 minutes ahead of the brand new Southern Wind 82=2C Grand Orazio.

Overall victory in the 2015 Volcano Race went to the heavyweight Swan 65= =2C Shirlaf=2C of Italian Giuseppe Puttini=2C which arrived in Gaeta at 02= :17:11 local time on Saturday morning. After correction under IRC=2C the t= ime of the classic Swan =E2=80=93 with a crew including former America's C= up helmsman Paolo Cian - ended up a substantial two hours 19 minutes faste= r than the second-placed Wally 60 Good Job Guys of Enrico Gorziglia.

The International Maxi Association's 2015 season continues with Menorca Ma= xi taking place next week over 26th-31st May in Mahon for the Wally and Ma= xi72 classes.

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Normandy Channel Race They're off! At 16:09pm local time Sunday=2C in a light 10-knot wind and a= glorious Norman sunshine=2C the 16 Class40s competing in the 2015 vintage= of the Normandy Channel Race set sail in front of a big crowd. Objective:= 1=2C000 nautical miles taking in the English Channel and the Celtic Sea!

The coastal course offers up a fabulous spectacle offshore of Ouistreham o= n France's North coast and it's the Class40 Campagne 2 France skippered by= Briton Miranda Merron and Norman Halvard Mabire=2C who puts on a brillian= t demonstration with a faultless round-the-cans section to kick off the ac= tion. Ahead lies the Saint MarcoufIslands before the fleet switch due Nort= h towards the southern coast of England.

The fleet is set to round the first course mark (SaintMarcouf Islands) thi= s evening at around 22:00pm local time before crossing the English Channel= to make the Isle of Wight tomorrow.

Top ten: 25/05/2015 03:45 FR 1. Bretagne Credit Mutuel=2C Nicolas Troussel / Felix Pruvot 2. Team Work=2C Bertrand Delesne / David Raison 3. Concise 8=2C Ned Collier Wakefield / Wouter Verbraak 4. Le Conservateur=2C Yannick Bestaven / Pierre Brasseur 5. Campagne 2 France=2C Miranda Merron / Halvard Mabire 6. Solidaires En Peloton - Arsep=2C Thibaut Vauchel Camus / Victorien Erus= sard 7. Serenis Consulting=2C Jean Galfione / Alan Pennaneac'h 8. Carac - Advanced Energies=2C Louis Duc / Christophe Lebas 9. L'express=2C Pierre-Yves Lautrou / Jean-Christophe Caso 10. Colombre Xl=2C Massimo Juris / Pietro Luciani

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Young Bermudian Sailors Get Preview Of Community Sailing Programme Photo by Chris Burville / ACEA. Click on image to enlarge.

http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photo-galleries/6-articles/detail/2033-photo-= by-chris-burville-acea Bermudian youth sailors received a sneak preview of= the America's Cup Community Sailing Programme on Thursday.

With the first building blocks of the programme - 8 Hobie Wave catamarans= - arriving on the island this week=2C the opportunity to test sail the bo= ats with 14 youth sailors was too good to pass up.

America's Cup sailors Jimmy Spithill=2C Tom Slingsby=2C Rome Kirby and And= rew Campbell from ORACLE TEAM USA were joined by newly appointed SoftBank= Team Japan skipper Dean Barker=2C all of whom served as the crew on the H= obie Waves=2C with the youth sailors handling skippering duties.

Double Olympic gold-medalist Shirley Robertson=2C the host of the CNN Main= sail television program=2C took out another boat=2C as did five-time Ameri= ca's Cup winner Russell Coutts.

The Endeavour program will operate from bases on the eastern and western e= nds of the island of Bermuda=2C beginning late in the summer.

The Youth Sailing component will provide sailing experiences for kids aged= 9 to 12 years old as well as access to tours of the ORACLE TEAM USA base= in Dockyard=2C where they will be exposed to the incredible technology an= d innovation at the heart of a modern America's Cup team.

There is also a STEM program (Science=2C Technology=2C Engineering=2C Math= ) themed around sailing and the America's Cup.

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No Fremantle-Bali Record=2C But Indian Set To Take Line Honours Photo of Indian by Crosby Lorimer. Click on image to enlarge.

http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photo-galleries/6-articles/detail/2036-photo-= of-indian-by-crosby-lorimer Despite a very quick race by Craig Carter and= the crew on Indian and with their yacht now about 5 hours and a cooee fro= m the finish line it is evident that Super Sled's 2013 race record of 5 da= ys 23 hours 30 minutes 24 seconds for the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to= Bali is safe for another two years. And given the speed in which Indian h= as sailed the course and still fallen just short of the record it seems it= may be safe for several years to come.

However with Indian just 67nm from the finish=2C the Rolly Tasker Trophy f= or Fastest Time which commemorates the inaugural record set by Rolly Taske= r and Siska in 1981 and had previously stood for 30 years=2C looks likely= to be bettered by Indian by some hours.

Still to come for Indian though is the Bali approach and as Paul Eldrid co= -helmsman on Indian can attest from his 2013 attempts to cross the finish= line to become the eventual handicap winner on his yacht General Lee noth= ing can be taken for granted in the light winds and strong currents of the= Lombok Straits.

To track the fleet on their progress to Bali follow the race via the Yello= w Brick Trackers here: http://yb.tl/f2b2015

The Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali is a 1440 nautical mile ocean ra= ce which starts in the historic Port of Fremantle and finishes in exotic B= ali. Presented by Fremantle Sailing Club with its naming sponsor the Minis= try of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia the spectacular biennial event= is one of Australia's most exciting blue water yacht races. -- Les Valmad= re

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