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Issue #3316 - 21 April

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Lending Club Shatters Newport To Bermuda Record Renaud Laplanche=2C CEO of Lending Club (NYSE: LC)=2C co-skipper Ryan Brey= maier=2C and the crew of the 105' trimaran Lending Club 2 have today estab= lished a new world sailing speed record for the 635-nautical mile course f= rom Castle Hill Lighthouse=2C in Newport=2C Rhode Island=2C to Kitchen Sho= al Beacon in Bermuda.

The new record=2C subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Recor= d Council (WSSRC)=2C is 23 hours=2C 9 minutes=2C 52 seconds at an average= speed of 27 knots.

The Lending Club Sailing team had been on standby at Newport Shipyard for= a week while the crew prepared the boat and waited for suitable condition= s - a moderate reaching breeze and manageable sea conditions which allow L= ending Club 2 to reach speeds over 40 knots.

They crossed the starting line at Castle Hill Lighthouse at 05 34 40 UTC (= 1:34:40 EDT)=2C making roughly 5.5 knots.

Until today=2C the record for the Newport to Bermuda passage had belonged= to the late adventurer Steve Fossett for 15 years. Fossett's record time= of 38 hours=2C 35 minutes and 53 seconds was achieved on the 125' catamar= an Playstation in 2000 at an average speed of 16 knots.

The Lending Club Sailing team is an international crew with a mix of Ameri= can=2C French and German sailors: Co-skippers Renaud Laplanche (FRA/USA) a= nd Ryan Breymaier (USA)=2C who is also the Project Manager; Captain Jan Ma= jer (USA); Navigator Boris Herrmann (GER); Roland Jourdain (FRA); Jean-Bap= tiste Le Vaillant (FRA); Stanislas Delbarre (FRA) and Quin Bisset (NZL) wh= o handles onboard media.

https://www.facebook.com/LendingClubSailing

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Photo by Tim Wright=2C photoaction.com. Click on image to enlarge.

FILE Racing came to a conclusion today at the 28th edition of Antigua Clas= sic Yacht Regatta=2C sponsored by Panerai. The Windward Course was raced t= oday by all classes and featured a glorious reaching start outside Falmout= h Harbour to the deep water Woodstock mark followed by a spectacular downw= ind surf to Old Road Bluff then a long beat to Cape Shirley. The fleet hea= ded back out to sea reaching to the Woodstock mark in big seas before fini= shing on a tight reaching leg to Falmouth.

The entire four-race series was blessed with spectacular conditions with 1= 5-20 knots of easterly Trade Winds throughout the regatta.

After tonight's Prize Giving Ceremony=2C the traditional end to the social= festivities for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta will take place tomorro= w with gig racing and cream teas at the Admiral's Inn=2C Nelson's Dockyard= =2E The ACYR Tug of War after the gig racing will be an excellent way to bur= n off the calories consuming scrumptious homemade cakes.

Results: www.yachtscoring.com (http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_c= umulative.cfm?eID=3D708)

www.antiguaclassics.com

Baffling Jury Decision Over Refusal To Allow Unusable Sail Replacement The International Jury for the Volvo Ocean Race has denied Team SCA's requ= est to replace their Race FR0 with their pre-race FR0 after their sail was= badly damaged during a crash gybe on Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajai.

In their submission to the International Jury=2C the team stated that they= considered that the incident was a racing incident=2C and one that occurs= in trans-ocean races. Indeed two other boats in the fleet also suffered s= imilar wipeouts on the same day/night.

The sail=2C is used in heavy downwind conditions=2C and upwind in light ai= rs. The team elected not to try and repair the sail onboard as it was too= badly damaged=2C that opinion was confirmed by the Shore Support crew res= ponsible for servicing sails on all Volvo Ocean Race boats.

The report from the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard Sail Loft deemed that the da= maged sail was unusable. It also questioned the structural integrity. The= report stated that 'given the size of the tear and the area of damaged cl= oth it is not possible to repair SCA's FR0 to a standard where it would be= suitable for the remaining legs of the Race' and concluded that it was 'n= ot repairable for the purpose of being used for further racing.'

The Jury Decision has not yet been published in regard to this incident.

www.sail-world.com/133469

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month Last month's winner:

Karol Jablonski (POL) Massive turnout this month. 'The ultimate multi-purpose sailor' - Ted Milo= wski; 'The best allrounder ever' - Gunther Piotr; 'Top of match racing...= and this year is his third DN triple=2C Worlds=2C Europeans and North Ame= ricans' - Bartosz Szymczyk; 'Karol is the best in the world' - Jedrzej Gaw= lowski; 'Karol was the only ACC helm to frighten Alinghi in Valencia' - Fr= edrik Lonegren; 'Another year of breathtaking success on the ice' - Stan M= acur; 'Who else can straddle the water-ice divide like that?' - Konrad Smo= len.

This month's nominees:

Peter Johnstone (USA) Without wishing to be crude=2C commissioning a pretty comfortable 40ft cru= iser-racer that is designed to foil took some cojones. But that self-belie= f was not misplaced and the first Gunboat G4 is out there and flying high.= Anyone who had become too used to the pace of the non-foiling Gunboat ran= ge will have been rudely reminded of what a step forward those original de= signs also represented. More bravery needed

Bernard Stamm (SUI) About time too. Two relentless Around Alone solo race wins were followed b= y something of a results famine for the tough Swiss skipper. Several retir= ements in major races=2C plus the loss of his previous Imoca 60 - and near= ly his life - mid Atlantic seemed harsh. But with his French co-skipper Je= an Le Cam it all came good for Stamm in the latest Barcelona World Race wh= ere the pair scored a comfortable overall victory

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Academy Brits Go Head To Head With The Best In The Solo Maitre Coq The Solo Maitre Coq starts today (Monday 20th April) in Les Sables d'Olonn= e for the Artemis Offshore Academy sailors. Now in its fifth year=2C the r= ace is back and is even bigger and better=2C offering a week of fierce Fig= aro competition in the iconic home of the Vendee Globe.

Taking place between 20th and 26th April=2C the event starts with a series= of short coastal races (20th/21st April)=2C before culminating in a more= traditional 350-mile offshore race around Ile de Re=2C Ile d'Yeu and Bell= e ile starting on Thursday 23rd April.

Scored on a co-efficient point system weighted towards the offshore race= =2C the winner of the Solo Maitre Coq will be the skipper with the least p= oints accumulated over the week=2C all races to count.

An impressive line up of 42 skippers have signed up to take part in this u= nique Figaro racing regatta=2C including 12 Rookies=2C four 2016 Vendee Gl= obe competitors=2C one Vendee Globe winner (1992/93)=2C two past winners o= f the Solo Maitre Coq=2C two multiple Solitaire du Figaro winners=2C three= female skippers=2C eight Academy Brits=2C the Classe Figaro Beneteau's fi= rst Turkish skipper and a boat load of Figaro talent to boot.

Coastal race rankings=2C top ten: 1. Gwenole Gahinet=2C Safran - Guy Cotten 2. Jeremie Beyou=2C Maitre Coq 3. Vincent Biarnes=2C Guyot Environnement 4. Benjamin Dutreux=2C Team Vendee 5. Sebastien Simon=2C Bretagne Credit Mutuel Espoir 6. Nick Cherry=2C Redshift 7. Sam Matson=2C Chatham Marine 8. Yann Elies=2C Groupe Queguiner - Leucemie Espoir 9. Alain Gautier=2C Generali 40 10. Alexis Loison=2C Groupe FIVA

Full rankings (http://www.solomaitrecoq.com/#!News-Classement-de-la-1=C3= =A8re-manche/c1cze/5534fcf70cf2836c87de110a)

www.solomaitrecoq.com www.artemisoffshoreacademy.com

Rombelli's Stig Wins Audi Tron Sailing Series Loano Loano=2C Italy - With the breeze blowing 40 knots and gusting higher=2C no= further racing could be completed on the last day of the Melges 32 2015 A= udi-Tron Sailing Series Loano edition=2C an event organized by B.Plan Spor= ts & Events in collaboration with Melges Europe. With this=2C the results= as of Saturday 18 April stand as final.

The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) moves onto Porto Ve= nere on 15-17 May.

Top Ten Results (Final - After 6 Races and 1 Discard)

1. Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni=2C STIG=2C 11 points 2. Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto=2C Robertissima=2C 18 3. Roberto Mazzucato/Gabriele Benussi=2C Margherita=2C 27 4. Andrea Ferrari/Roberto Spata=2C Spirit of Nerina=2C 28 5. Giangiacomo Serena di Lapagio/Branko Brcin=2C G Spot=2C 29 6. Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee=2C Delta=2C 32 7. Alec Cutler/Cameron Appleton=2C Hedgehog=2C 32 8. Fritz Homann/Nicola Celon=2C Wilma=2C 37 9. Edoardo Pavesio/Diogo Cayolla=2C FRA MARTINA=2C 38 10. Andrea LaCorte/Jesper Radich=2C Vitamina=2C 40

Full Results melges32.com/pdf/2015-AM32ATSS-Loano-Results.pdf

ICRA Nationals And Sovereign's Cup Officially Launched The ICRA Nationals and Sovereigns' Cup 2015 was launched this week on boar= d the Irish Naval vessel LE Eithne by Simon Coveney TD=2C Minister for Agr= iculture=2C Food=2C the Marine and Defence who highlighted the importance= of marine leisure for coastal communities.

There has been an exceptional response by sailing crews from almost every= coastal county in Ireland to the co-hosting of the Irish Cruiser Racing A= ssociation (ICRA) National Championship with the 10th biennial Sovereign's= Cup regatta at Kinsale Yacht Club on 24th-27th June 2015.

The four-day event will decide four national titles as well as the coveted= Sovereign's Cup=2C ensuring close competition in each class. Already=2C 8= 9 boats have registered and this figure is expected to exceed 100 over the= next two months.

The regatta is sponsored by Cork County Council=2C that is using the oppor= tunity to promote Kinsale as a tourist venue and the start/finish point fo= r the much acclaimed Wild Atlantic Way.

sovereignscup.com

No More Cash For Team NZ Right Call Just how much do New Zealanders care about the America's Cup anymore?

It's the question senior government figures may well have been bouncing ar= ound as they contemplated whether or not to give more money to Team New Ze= aland as backing for its next attempt to win back the Auld Mug.

If it was=2C it looks like the answer they came up with was "not enough to= want us to spend more money on another attempt to bring it back to New Ze= aland".

It's hard to argue that that's anything other than the smart answer=2C eit= her.

With the qualifying regatta for the next one set to be held in Bermuda=2C= rather than Auckland=2C there simply can't be any more public money throw= n at a team in a sport many New Zealanders see as elitist=2C a pastime for= the rich. If Team NZ really want that cup back=2C they'll have to get it= the hard way=2C finding corporate backers to fund the campaign.

Win it by that route and they can rightly claim public funding for another= home defence. But not before. -- Grant Shimmin in The Timaru Herald

www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/opinion (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-heral= d/opinion/67879526/editorial-no-more-cash-for-team-nz-right-call)

Sailor Crashes Into Floating Rubbish In Rio 2016 Olympic Course Newly released footage of a sailor crashing into rubbish floating in Rio d= e Janeiro's Guanabara Bay has raised further concerns about the state's pr= omises to clean up dirty waters where the Olympics sailing events will be= disputed next year.

The incident=2C which took place on 14 February=2C involved professional s= ailors Breno Osthoff=2C 20=2C and Rafael de Almeida Sampaio=2C 35=2C who w= ere training in a 49er class dinghy.

The video registers the moment when the boat=2C travelling at ten knots=2C= approximately 20kmph=2C crashed into a plastic box used to transport fish= which was discarded in the bay.

According to the Osthoff=2C the impact was so great that the box broke in= half and the boat was forced onto its side.

"The impact broke the keel=2C damaged the hull=2C and as we turned we fell= on top of the sails and scraped the two sails. The damage was very signif= icant and it is just unacceptable=2C" Osthoff said at a training session o= n 8 April.

There was costly damage to the boat=2C but Osthoff says that the potential= damage to an athlete's sporting campaign could be much worse. He said tha= t a collision of such kind=2C were it to take place during a competition= =2C would be almost impossible to recover from. At Olympic level=2C he sai= d=2C such a possibility cannot be permitted.

Video here: www.ibtimes.co.uk/ (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sailor-crashes-into-floating-= rubbish-rio-2016-olympic-course-1495772)

Coutts Takes Top Honours In Fun Race Sir Russell Coutts rolled back the years in Hamilton Harbour yesterday.

The legendary Kiwi sailor was among the crew that captured line honours in= two fun-filled races at the same venue where he won a record seven King E= dward VII Gold Cup titles in the International One Design racing sloop bet= ween 1990 and 2004.

Coutts was among three teams comprised of America's Cup Event Authority (A= CEA) staff and the Oracle Team USA sailors Matt Cassidy=2C Sam Newton and= Graham Spence who faced off in the J-80 keelboat.

Yesterday's racing was designed as a team-bonding exercise for ACEA staff= who also attended various meetings and workshops at the weekend.

The races were organised by RBYC sailor Adam Barboza and Tom Herbert-Evans= =2C the club's sailing academy director.

Evans=2C who hails from Wales=2C is the first sailor to circumnavigate the= Island in an Optimist dinghy. -- Colin Thompson in The Royal Gazette

www.royalgazette.com (http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/NEWS25/= 150429983)

For The Record The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record:

Record: Cowes to Dinard Outright record. Yacht: "Lending Club" 105 ft Trimaran Name: Renaud Laplanche=2C USA/FRA=2C Ryan Breymaier=2C USA=2C and a crew o= f six Dates: 1st April 2015. Start time: 06;41;34 UTC 01/04/15 Finish time: 11;56;21. UTC 01/04/15 Elapsed time: 5 hours 14 minutes and 47 seconds Distance: 138 NM Average speed: 26.28 kts Comments: Previous record "Maiden II=2C Thompson/Darvelid=2C GBR=2C Sep 02= =2C 5h 23m 38s

John Reed WSSR Council sailspeedrecords.com

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