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Issue #3278 - 24 February

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)

Record Pace By dawn on the second day of the RORC Caribbean 600=2C the vast majority o= f the 64-strong fleet were negotiating the chicane of islands to the north= ern end of the course=2C weaving through the stunning islands of Saba=2C S= t.Martin and St.Barths.

However Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70=2C Phaedo3=2C was literally miles ahead o= f the fleet. Screaming down the big reach out of St.Barths=2C Phaedo3 ente= red the stealth zone at Guadeloupe to the south at 0300 this morning. The= 'Green Flash' has been averaging over 20 knots of boat speed since the st= art and at that rate will smash the course record by 10 hours.

George David's Juan Kouyoumdjian designed maxi=2C Rambler 88 has been char= ging round the course at an average speed of 15 knots. At 0600 this mornin= g Rambler 88 had reached the halfway stage. In real time they are on cours= e for the monohull record=2C but their average speed must be maintained or= increased if Rambler 88 is to set a new benchmark.

A fascinating battle is developing for the overall winner of the RORC Cari= bbean 600=2C which is decided after IRC time correction. At 0600 on Day Tw= o=2C Hap Fauth's JV72=2C Bella Mente=2C had the best corrected time of the= 54 yachts still racing under IRC. Rambler 88=2C although ahead on the wat= er=2C is over two hours behind Bella Mente on corrected time. These two ya= chts will be the first of the IRC fleet to enter the 'twilight zone'. Bell= a Mente's navigator=2C Ian Moore spoke about the difficult passage around= Guadeloupe before the start of the race.

"The RORC have decided that the tracker player will be switched off so tha= t yachts cannot see how the competition negotiate the tricky wind shadow b= ehind Guadeloupe=2C" commented Moore. "The wind is forecast to decrease in= strength and shift to the south=2C just as Bella Mente arrive at the 'twi= light zone'. We have been runner-up twice in this race and how well we han= dle the wind shadow may well decide our overall performance in the race."

caribbean600.rorc.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dzwc51-sDp9M&feature=3Dyoutube_gdata_playe= r

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month Last month's winner:

Dave Hollom (GBR) - Int 14 Designer 'The first reach was nuts=2C with white sails we were doing crazy speeds.= Our boat was just mental=2C it just goes and goes' - Glenn Truswell (with= Sam Pascoe above); 'In the high-tech world of RC yachting Dave has been o= utstanding in designing=2C building and sailing. At the top of the game fo= r 30 years he still ranks in the top 3 in the world - and his foil designs= helped me to 8 world titles!' - Graham Bantock; 'I won the worlds with an= A-Class designed by Dave as part of his 12-Metre research... Thanks!' - D= erek Priestley.

This month's nominees:

Ian Williams (GBR) What more does the UK's (and world's) best match racer have to do to attra= ct the attention of the elite sailing teams? By winning a 5th world title= Williams becomes the most successful match racer of all time. Like Russel= l Coutts (engineer)=2C Williams is also a qualified professional man (lawy= er). Brains and discipline definitely help. Hopefully a further US$186=2C0= 00 in prize money will ease any feelings of injustice...

Gannon Troutman (USA) 'It felt good to get a result like that=2C I hope to be up there again...'= and no doubt you will. He opened with a 26th in the pro-riddled 54-strong= J/70 fleet at Key West=2C but went on to count a 1=2C2=2C3 among a score= good enough to see him finish 5th overall... one place behind Jud Smith.= Gannon Troutman was 12 years old at his first major keelboat regatta. You= sort of suspect we'll be hearing a lot more of this young man

Seahorse Sailor of the Month is sponsored by Musto=2C Harken McLube & Duba= rry. Who needs silverware=2C our prizes are usable!

Cast your vote=2C submit comments=2C even suggest a candidate for next mon= th at seahorsemagazine.com/sailor-of-the-month/vote-for-sailor-of-the-mont= h

To subscribe to Seahorse Digital =C2=A330 for one year with discount promo= code SB2 click www.seahorse.co.uk/shop/digital

PSP Celebrates Mediterranean Sailing With February Offer http://www.psp-logistics.com Worldwide logistics company PSP is running a= special service to help sailors get their yachts to the Mediterranean thi= s spring.

PSP is running its first Mediterranean sailing of 2015=2C right in time fo= r the start of the new sailing season=2C and celebrating the launch with d= iscounted rates for those who book before the end of February.

The vessel will depart from Southampton between March 18 and 25=2C heading= first to Palma and then to Genoa. It will be a full water/water=2C mast u= p service and space is available for every type of boat=2C including:

- Sail Yachts - Motor Yachts - RIB/Tenders - Superyachts

The loading will be overseen by PSP's expert loadmaster and carried out us= ing PSP's own lifting gear and fully adjustable shipping cradles.

PSP is renowned worldwide for its specialism in transporting yachts and co= unts Sunseeker=2C Fairline and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race amon= g its customers.

To take advantage of PSP's early bird February offer and for a quotation c= all +44 (0) 1489 565577 or email marine@psp-logistics.com (mailto:marine@p= sp-logistics.com)

To find out more about PSP visit www.psp-logistics.com

EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour Two wins in a row for EFG Bank (Monaco) after leg 4. Gavignet and his supe= r-tuned crew that includes Spanish sailor Alex Pella=2C Nicolas Lunven=2C= and Ireland's Damian Foxall=2C had a poor start but it did not take the s= easoned team long to find their stride and lead the 11-strong fleet round= the windward mark

Although they had an impressive one-and-half minutes lead at the mark=2C t= hey were pushed all the way by the ever-threatening Zain Sailing Team - he= aded by seasoned Tour competitor=2C and former team partner of Gavignet=2C= Cedric Pouligny.

In third place after a race long struggle through the fleet following an O= CS (over the line at the start) was Marcel Herrera and Team averda (Oman).

The Royal Navy of Oman announced the team's retirement from the EFG Sailin= g Arabia - The Tour after Leg 4 due to extensive boat damage.

Leg 5 of the Tour started today at 0900. This leg from Abu Dhabi to Doha i= s one of the most challenging not least because it is another long one at= 159nm. It will be a real test of stamina with fatigue being the biggest i= ssue. Crews will need to be constantly alert as they negotiate the oil fie= ld and shallows along the way. When they arrive in Doha in the early hours= on 25 February=2C however=2C they will be rewarded with fine hospitality= at the Four Seasons Marina.

www.sailingarabiathetour.com

Former Sailing President Calls For Sport To 'Regrow In A Balanced Way' Barry Rose=2C a former ISA President=2C says it is 'incredible' during a p= eriod of consultation by the ISA that the sailing community was not asked= about the set-up of a 'new quango' called the 'Irish Sailing Foundation'.= In a sport that is attempting to navigate its way out of recession=2C Ros= e warns If resources are 'sucked out of a limited pot' it will effect the= ability of Clubs. The challenge=2C he says=2C is to 'regrow in a balanced= way':

The current reform and re-connect with the grassroots of sailing taking pl= ace in ISA is admirable and needs to happen. Well done to the team driving= this through. It seems incredible to me that in the middle of this proces= s without consultation with the wider sport and seemingly out of the blue= an advertisement would appear for a CEO of what appears to be a new quang= o called ISF (apparently under the auspices of the ISA) whose brief is to= raise =E2=82=AC2.7m a year from a tight economy for elite and Olympic sai= ling in addition to funds currently generated.

Where has this come from? If this amount of resources is sucked out of a l= imited pot will it effect the ability of the grassroots to raise funds for= Clubs and the events that form the backbone of the sport on the ground in= the form of sponsorship and funding vital support structures to grow the= wider sport.

We live in interesting times for our sport...

Full story in Afloat: afloat.ie/blogs/ (http://afloat.ie/blogs/have-your-say/item/27931-former-i= sa-president-calls-for-sport-to-regrow-in-a-balanced-way)

Royal Ocean Racing Club Full Time Racing Administrator The Royal Ocean Racing Club is looking for a full time Racing Administrato= r to join the Race Team in Cowes.

Primary duties involved in the administration of the Racing Programme are;= supporting race competitors entering races=2C organising volunteers=2C ma= naging trophies and prize giving's=2C booking race team and race officer t= ravel and accommodation=2C compiling and distribution of race publications= and paperwork.

The successful candidate will have experience using Microsoft Programmes -= Word=2C Excel=2C Publisher=2C PowerPoint and Outlook and ideally have exp= erience updating website content and in using databases.

He or she must be very well organised and able to work under pressure=2C b= e confident and sociable and happy to travel as the programme dictates.

An understanding and experience in sporting event administration=2C partic= ularly in the sailing world would be of great benefit.

Salary and full job description on application.

To apply send a CV and covering letter outlining experience and suitabilit= y to: ne@rorc.org (mailto:ne@rorc.org)

Or

Nick Elliott Royal Ocean Racing Club 20 St James's Place London SW1a1NN

Industry News Following negotiations with Shumway Marine and the full support of the des= igner Bruce Kirby=2C the existing moulds and templates have now been purch= ased by Rondar Raceboats Ltd.

This is a major step forward for the Class=2C which is now underpinned by= a quality boatbuilder with a proven record of production success and serv= ice.

Rondar Raceboats currently have two production bases=2C one in Wiltshire= =2C England=2C and another in the USA=2C with a full service and distribut= ion team.

There is also a strong SONAR Class Association who govern the Class worldw= ide. The existing moulds and strict measurement control by the association= will continue to ensure uniformity of performance.

Rondar's first demonstrator boat out of the mould is expected to be launch= ed by April 2015 in the UK.

www.sonar.org

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US says that a= ttendance reached 96=2C009 visitors for the most recent Progressive Insura= nce Miami International Boat Show=2C a 1% increase over the previous year.

The trade association said that some exhibitors had record sales.

The NMMA has already announced plans for the 2016 edition of the boat show= =2C which will move from Miami Beach Convention Center ot Virginia Key at= the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. The Strictly Sail Miami portion= of the show will stay at Miamarina at Bayside.

The City of Miami is investing US$16m to prepare the new location for the= 2016 boat show.

plus.ibinews.com (https://plus.ibinews.com/article/3wCNrltuI42/2015/02/20/= miami_show_attendance_up_slightly_over_last_year/?nsl=3Dxozb3dEnZAZJ)

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McMurdo Group has announced its commitment to International Maritime Rescu= e Federation (IMRF) by becoming the first search and rescue technologies a= nd solutions provider to join the Federation. The group's aim is to increa= se global awareness of the needs of marine mass rescue and help coordinate= action to prevent the loss of life in the world's waters.

McMurdo Group has joined the IMRF as an Associate Member. By partnering wi= th the IMRF and other organizations around the globe=2C McMurdo will be ab= le to help develop a more cost-effective rescue capability to meet ever-gr= owing challenges=2C especially those emanating from mass rescues at sea. A= s part of its commitment to the IMRF=2C the Group will also be making a do= nation to the Federation.

www.international-maritime-rescue.org

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Nickys Canvasworks and Sail Clinic=2C based in Brighton Marina=2C are the= first Elvstrom UK Authorised Dealer to be announced as part of an on goin= g expansion programme by Elvstrom Sails UK.

Elvstrom Sails=2C one of the largest sail lofts=2C was established in 1954= by Paul Elvstrom=2C four times Olympic medallist.

UK is the British subsidiary=2C is now headed by Jeremy White who brings m= any years of sail making experience=2C from America's Cup to dinghy sailin= g projects to the loft.

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Italian shipyard Perini Navi has appointed Fabio Boschi as chairman of the= board of directors and Fabio Perini as honorary chairman.

Boschi has served as CEO of Perini Navi's holding company=2C Faper Group= =2C since 2009. Faper controls a group of companies that operate in paper= machinery=2C real estate and various other industries.

Boschi was previously in charge of investment banking for a major Italian= bank and=2C for a decade=2C he worked in strategic consulting and corpora= te finance with KPMG in Italy and the UK.

Perini Navi designs and builds large sailing yachts and motoryachts under= the Picchiotti brand name. The group is comprised of the Perini Navi ship= yard in Viareggio=2C the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia=2C Perini Istanb= ul-Yildiz in Turkey and Perini Navi USA.

plus.ibinews.com (https://plus.ibinews.com/article/TQSZ4wc1lXI/2015/02/19/= perini_navi_names_new_chairman/?nsl=3DIGwGQ22BmBPZ)

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At the Miami Boat Show in Florida (USA)=2C Sunsail and Cowes Week Limited= (CWL) launched a new charter package for US sailors interested in partici= pating in the world famous Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

US sailors will be able to buy this package through the Florida Sunsail of= fice in Clearwater and the choice of yachts is across a range of different= boat types (not just the fleet of Sunsail's Match First 40s) and Sunsail'= s team is also offering assistance with booking flights=2C accommodation a= nd transfers=2C if needed. The aim is to provide a comprehensive service t= o the US racing community by leveraging the relationship between Sunsail a= nd CWL.

This year's regatta takes place 8-15 August. Visit www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

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Workers arrived early Monday morning to start their day at Christensen Shi= pyards=2C the Vancouver Canada-based builder of custom yachts=2C only to f= ind the gates locked.

The manufacturing plant was closed=2C although it appeared that workers we= re remaining at a nearby site where a Christensen yacht=2C "Missing Link= =2C" sat in the Columbia River nearby.

It's not the first time the builder of custom yachts has closed down produ= ction as it has struggled financially in recent months. Late last year=2C= the company temporarily closed down for a week. Subsequently=2C operation= s started up again=2C but new information added to concerns about Christen= sen's financial health.

In the past couple months=2C several businesses have made initial filings= under the Uniform Commercial Code naming Christensen as a debtor and spel= ling out collateral=2C public documents show. -- Aaron Colvin in The Colum= bian

www.columbian.com (http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/feb/09/gates-closed-= christensen-shipyards-vancouver-wa/)

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Gurit (SIX Swiss Exchange: GUR)=2C a worldwide leading developer and manuf= acturer of advanced composites and technologies=2C is delighted to announc= e sponsorship of the High Performance Yacht Design Conference to be held i= n Auckland=2C New Zealand=2C at the Viaduct Marine Events Centre=2C from= March 9 to 11=2C 2015.

Gurit has been associated with HPYD since its inception and is very proud= to reinforce its involvement by a gold sponsorship in 2015. The company's= connection and history with HPYD has seen a multitude and depth of boatin= g- and marine-passionate Gurit presenters and contributors as well as part= icipants in the organizing committee and the technical review panel over t= he years.

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This month's RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show will take place at Alexandra Palace in= London between 28 February and 1 March and there promises to be plenty to= see and do for dinghy enthusiasts.

This year the show has a brand new 'Cruising Corridor' which will enable v= isitors to find out why dinghy cruising is one of the UK's fastest growing= and most popular boating activities.

The Dinghy Cruising Association will be on hand to welcome newcomers to th= e world of dinghy cruising and offer expert advice about techniques and eq= uipment with the help of a fully-kitted cruising dinghy.

Two multiple World and National Champions=2C Ian Pinnell and Holger Jess= =2C on hand for Q&A sessions.

Visitors to the show are invited to meet the champions on the 5o5 Class As= sociation stand (C86) and bring questions about the class=2C boat construc= tion=2C boat tuning and race tactics.

Also on the stand will be displayed the very latest in boat design and boa= t set up and experts will be on hand to explain how the boat works and how= the boat is adjusted for different sailing conditions.

www.boatingbusiness.com

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