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#middlesearace – The Royal Ocean Racing Club has been a supporter of the offshore Rolex Middle Sea Race for over 50 years and the 35th edition of the race has a record entry of over 111 yachts writes Louay Habib. For the first time the 606-mile race, starting and finishing in Malta, is included in the RORC Season's Points Championship and a number of boats are attending the event with the aim that their results could affect the final standings.  Two Irish yachts are entered in the race.
"The Royal Ocean Racing Club were co-founders of the race with the Royal Malta Yacht Club in 1968 and the Rolex Middle Sea Race is an important event in our calendar. Therefore the RORC Committee concluded that it should be included in the Season's Points Championship," commented RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen.
This, the last race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, could affect the results in two IRC classes. Derek Saunders' CM60, Venomous, is currently lying second in IRC Zero for the season but a good result in the Rolex Middle Sea Race could see the British boat secure the class ahead of the current leader, Harm Prins' Dutch Volvo 60, Pleomax. Two production yachts have made the long journey to Malta from the Solent to take part in the race. RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine's First 40, La Réponse, and past RORC Commodore, Peter Rutter racing Grand Soleil 43, Trustmarque Quokka. Whilst neither yacht will be able to overtake Géry Trentesaux's Courrier Vintage to win IRC Two they have a chance of taking second place overall. The two boats have enjoyed a close rivalry over many months and the final score will be settled in Malta.
The overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is decided by the best corrected time under IRC and currently 96 yachts will be racing in four classes using the Spinlock IRC rating system.
One of the favourites to win the Rolex Middle Sea Race overall under IRC could be Andres Soriano's Mills 72, Alegre. This innovative and latest Mini Maxi to be launched will be taking part in its first long distance offshore race. Alegre's navigator Will Best explained why an overall win is so difficult to achieve.
"We will have a hard enough time just winning our class," commented Will. "Hugo Boss will be difficult to match off the breeze in more than 15 knots and Esimit Europa 2 could get away in the light and possibly into another weather pattern. Nobody can predict the overall winner, there are many well sailed boats in other classes and they can have a totally different weather scenario. The ideal conditions for Alegre would be a stable weather pattern, where we all get the same conditions on the course. We just hope we get the right conditions for Alegre and we sail the boat as well as we can but racing under IRC on this course makes it wide open. Any boat that sails well and gets the right conditions is in with a chance."
Although the Rolex Middle Sea Race attracts some of the world's top professional teams, the last two editions have been won by Corinthian entries. In 2012 Eddie De Villiers' Royal Cape Yacht Club team, racing Hi Fidelity, was victorious. In 2011 the whole island was celebrating as Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard's Artie-RTFX, with an all-Malta team, were the overall winners. Neither yacht had a big budget campaign and

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#nsr – Celebrations are in progress in Saint-Petersburg, Russia today as Team Great Britain onboard Swan 60 Tsaar Peter has just won the Nord Stream Race 2013 in the Gazprom Swan 60 Class! The British entry has two Irish youth sailors James O'Mahony and Simon Johnson onboard under skipper Adrian Stead.
After an exciting and nail biting race, which saw the Swan 60 fleet change race positions a number of times throughout the 800 nautical mile course, Team Great Britain were finally victorious and crossed the finish line in Saint-Petersburg at 03:33am local time. The team had managed to hold onto their first place position for the final 100nm of the race and beat previous race winners, Team Russia by just 26 seconds.
A fantastic finish to the Nord Stream Race saw Team GBR and Team Russia battle it out right to the end, crossing the finish line with less than a boats length between them. Over an 800nm race this is exceptional and the final few miles were dramatic to watch, with the 60ft yachts tacking and fighting hard for the first place position.
Speaking dockside as the winning crew celebrated, Skipper Adrian Stead commented; "The whole race was very close, the fleet stuck together the whole way. Earlier on we managed to get quite a good lead but then Team Russia and Team Germany sailed up to us again, then we got away again and in the last 100 miles we were trying so hard to keep Team Russia behind us, for most of that time there was only a 2-3 mile gap between us.
The last 10 miles to the finish became very light and Team Russia came up with a bit more wind from behind, we did quite a few tacks in the final few miles and we managed to hang onto our position and win. It has been absolutely mad! I give full credit to Team Russia and the other boats as they pushed us really hard.
It has been really great though, not a bad result for our first go at the Nord Stream Race! We had a fantastic team who have all been brilliant, all of them put in 110%. We have all been up on deck for the last 16 hours of the race, hiking it out and making sure every boat length worked. We pushed the boat incredibly hard and it all paid off for us, what brilliant results."
Jules Salter, Navigator onboard Team GBR spoke of the challenges throughout the race; "The race became a bit tricky at the end with all of the restrictions, there was a military zone and a test firing zone plus the commercial ships passing by; there was definitely plenty going on as we approached Saint-Petersburg. Overall it was a really interesting race, there were lots of weather situations going on and we were always close to land which had an effect on the weather, but it was really good.
I haven't sailed on a Swan 60 before and I would say it was quite nice; it was very quiet down below. On the race boats I usually sail on, you go down below and it sounds like all hell is breaking loose but on here it was quite relaxing and quiet down there which makes a great change. The Swan 60s are nice easy boats to sail and all even in speed, it was a great race with the other four boats."
Team Russia finished just 26 seconds behind Team Great Britain, an unheard of result in such an offshore race. Whilst dockside congratulating Team Great Britain, Tommaso Chieffi of Team Russia commented; "As we came towards the finish, I said to my boys that we should stop the roster as the best thing for the race would be to have a close finish! The crew which I really thank for the results, really pushed for the last 12 hours, without sleeping, without resting, everybody on the rail, it was not easy.
But we had what we hoped for with a close finish, it was a very competitive race and I think a different winner in year two makes the race more exciting. After 800 miles it is fairly unbelievable to think that you could finish with two boats so close together, with only one boat length separating us. Adrian Stead and his boys deserved the win, we are very pleased for them, they have been leading from day one and they had a great race, so congratulations to them."
In third place came Team Germany, followed by Team Turkey in fourth and Team Europe in fifth place. With only 5 hours between the 1st and 5th boat finishing, this has highlighted just how competitive the one-design Swan 60 Class has become, a Class which challenges sailors on their sailing ability, experience and knowledge. Over the 800 nautical miles each Swan 60 had taken the lead position at some point along the course, a fact which kept race followers guessing until the final moments and boats fighting it out the whole way.
Now docked along the English Embankment in Saint-Petersburg, the five Swan 60 yachts are an eye catching edition to the River Neva. Race crews will now have a well-earned rest before discovering the sights of Saint-Petersburg over the weekend; they will also enjoy a gala dinner at a prestigious venue in the city before a final prize giving takes place on Sunday at the Maritime Museum, Saint-Petersburg.
The Nord Stream Race has also concluded the Gazprom Swan 60 Class Circuit 2013.

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#nsr – Team Great Britain with Irish youth sailors James O'Mahony and Simon Johnson on board may have been new to the Nord Stream Race this year, but they are certainly not letting that hinder their performance, as they have now taken the Nord Stream Race lead on the approach towards the finish in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. At 1100 CET the teams have around 100 nautical miles to go and we will all be watching intently to see if Team Great Britain can hold onto their first place position.

The latest onboard news from Skipper Adrian Stead, Team GBR indicated that "everyone is doing fine onboard and we are reaching under spinnaker to the North in about 22 knots of wind." They could also see some of the other Swan 60 boats with their spinnakers up. A slow night on Tuesday meant that the teams all tried to move away from one another, leading to a slight splitting of the fleet and a change in race positions.

Second place is currently held by last year's Nord Stream Race winners Team Russia, and they will no doubt have more local knowledge of the waters here in the approach to Saint-Petersburg. Team Germany, Team Europe and Team Turkey are also not far behind the two leaders, with only 30 nautical miles separating the 1st and 5th boats at this point in the race. Over 800 nautical miles this has been, and continues to be an extremely close race, highlighting the sheer competitiveness of the one-design Gazprom Swan 60 Class and the skill of the sailors onboard. The boats will be fighting it out all the way to the finish line.

News from Robert Klein onboard Team Turkey this morning reveals their current situation; "we are trying to hold on to the position which we have fought very hard for over the past day and night, this is a very tough job. The weather has fundamentally changed over-night with winds of up to 29 knots, high waves and rain pouring down, the work we put in over-night was exhausting but we want to maintain our position. The situations continue to be tough and we are all very busy this morning, we need to seek the right windy patches. Despite the weather conditions everyone onboard is well and in a good mood."

The Swan 60s are currently sailing into the Gulf of Finland and sailing at around 8 knots; if they maintain this speed they should cross the finish line either late this evening or into the early hours of Saturday morning. As all teams approach Saint-Petersburg they will need to be highly alert as they are entering a very busy commercial shipping lane, there are unknown elements to the race in this final stretch and teams will have to use all of their skills to navigate to the finish line whilst holding their race positions.

Once in Saint-Petersburg, the city of palaces, the five crews will be greeted by the race organisers and some well needed refreshments! They will also have chance to enjoy a tour of the city over the weekend, whilst also celebrating their accomplishment with a gala dinner and a prize giving in the Saint-Petersburg maritime museum.

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#Offshore - A catamaran sailing from Ireland to Cornwall has arrived safely at Newlyn harbour after a 22-hour journey troubled by poor weather.

As This Is Cornwall reports, the vessel was being monitored by Falmouth Coastguard after its original plans to dock at Falmouth were scuppered by inclement conditions at sea and a lack of fuel.

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#Offshore - A retired US couple bound for Ireland on their sailing yacht encountered a storm of a different kind when they sought safety from hurricane-force winds in the Port of New Bedford.

According to Massachusetts news site South Coast Today, Gary and Jodi Bratton last month attempted to drop anchor in the harbour, a federally designated anchoring area - but were blocked by New Bedford's Harbour Development Commission, who demanded they either anchor beyond the hurricane barrier or take a city mooring charged at $45 per night.

"The right of navigation comes with it the right to anchorage," said Gary Bratton, who was headed to Galway Bay with his wife. "We didn't feel like we were in a position to negotiate. We're in trouble. We're hurt."

But morning manager Bob Bouley defended the harbour's actions, noting that visiting boaters are being discouraged from anchoring in the area for safety reasons due to construction work around the port's south terminal.

New Bedford shows as a harbour of refuge on US federal charts, says local yachtsman Jeff Pontiff, who adds that the harbour company has had some difficulties reconciling this with the operation of its busy shipping port.

South Coast Today has more on the story HERE.

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#fastnet – Plymouth is gearing up to welcome thousands of sailors from all corners of the globe in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's celebrated Rolex Fastnet Race. Now in its 45th edition the biennial race, which started in 1925, features on every seasoned sailor's 'must do' list as well as newcomers seeking a tough personal challenge. Drawn by the history and sporting lure of Europe's oldest and greatest offshore contest, it is legendary within the world of ocean racing.

The 2013 race has already set new records before it's even started: up to 380 boats from over 20 countries, from as far afield as Australia, Russia, America and Lithuania, will converge on the historic maritime City of Plymouth for the finish of the 608 nautical mile race which sets off from Cowes, Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th August.

The race which sees the mammoth fleet round the iconic Fastnet Rock before heading to the finish, showcases the most diverse range of yachts imaginable; from 30ft to 130ft and attracts aspiring sailors to professional crews who race all over the world. Accommodating the largest ever Fastnet fleet and around 3,500 competitors has been made possible by the move to Mount Batten's Plymouth Yacht Haven.

"Plymouth Yacht Haven, Mount Batten has the capacity to supply the extra berthing that is needed in this record breaking year. With so much demand, we had to find a solution and moving the event to Plymouth Yacht Haven and working with Queen Anne's Battery, Sutton Harbour and Mayflower marinas will give us the capacity we need to berth a fleet of this size and provide the facilities expected by the sailors," says Royal Ocean Racing Club's CEO, Eddie Warden Owen.

Also new for 2013 will be the Acoustic Circus in the Race Village, providing top entertainment each afternoon from Tuesday 13th through to Friday 16th August and luckily for those competing, the finish of the race coincides with the British Fireworks Championships, so it is set to be a spectacular week for both visitors, locals and the yachtsmen alike.

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#Offshore - BBC News reports that a sailor who went missing last week during a solo voyage from Plymouth to Portugal has been located and airlifted to hospital after falling overboard.

The 66-year-old man set off last Monday 10 June but apparently suffered chest injuries during the first night.

Falmouth Coastguard has difficulty contacting the man to determine his position but he was eventually found some 225km off the Isles of Scilly. He was later transported by helicopter to Cork for treatment.

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Last minute packing, food drying, wiring and boat preparations are being hurried along as the North Of Disko crew prepare to set sail from Galway for Greenland in less than two weeks time. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the voyage is organised by Killary Adventure Expeditions, 'North of Disko' will see a crew of sailors, kayakers, climbers, a photographer and filmmaker set sail for the northwest coast of Greenland on June 15th.

The crew aim to cover over 1500nm to Aasiaat in Greenland, in about 14 days and then continue north, reaching Upernavik, well inside the Arctic Circle, a week later. From there, a team of four will set out on a 300km unsupported sea kayak, navigating through fjords and ice fields, while the team of three climbers will begin to tackle a series of first ascents, as they follow the kayakers south.

Adding a further dimension to the expedition, photographer Daragh Muldowney aims to explore and capture the beauty of this spectacular coastline, with the aim of publishing a book and hosting an exhibition upon return. The entire expedition and its achievements will also be documented through film by one of only two female crew-members, Claire Riordan.

Leading the crew on board the 49ft, ex admirals cup racing yacht the 'Killary Flyer' is Jamie Young, whose previous expeditions include the successful Irish Cape Horn Sea Kayak Expedition in 1989, the Guinea Bissau Sea Kayak Expedition in 1992, and the 'South Aris' expedition, which attempted to re-enact Shackleton's epic boat trip from Elephant Island to South Georgia, in 1997.

The crew also includes four young twenty-somethings embarking on the adventure of a lifetime as well as seasoned kayakers Ali Donald, Kevin O'Callaghan and climber Collin Gibbon.
Further information on the expedition, crew and updates on preparations can be found at www.northofdisko.com

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#RTIR - Winning tactical advice from some well-known names and faces associated with the Round the Island Race has been posted online ahead of the latest edition of the iconic annual event at the Isle of Wight.

Later today (31 May) will also see the official pre-race press conference on the eve of the 2013 JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, the 82nd anniversary of one of the most prestigious events on the world sailing calendar.

A terrific line-up of guests including Dame Ellen MacArthur and Alex Thomson will be on hand for the presser, which will be streamed live online and will also feature a tribute to the late Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, whose memorial service and private funeral is also being held today. The Island Sailing Club will fly the ensign at half-mast this afternoon.

Later this evening, the race competitors will meet for the all-important weather briefing. Racers will be given the latest weather and tidal information luve, coboned with tactical advice from Met Office-trained professional meteorologist Chris Tibbs.

In addition, competitors can evaulate the weather prior to the race by viewing the course overview and tidal strategy videos at the Raymarine website.

Among this year's competitors are Yvonne Margerison and her long-term partner Mike Flint, who are racing in their 20th Round the Island Race.

The couple entered their first back in 1993 in their boat Charis and have taken part almost every year since, apart from one when their mast was broken awaiting repair, and another when they sold Charis and were waiting to buy their new boat Gernee (S31) which is entered this year.

Margerison and Flint are passionate about sailing, have been very active members at Rutland Sailing Club - Flint is a past commodore - and both are former commodores at the Newparks Cruising Association Club.

While there's been talk of their retirement from racing - let's hope that won't be till after tomorrow's race, where race organisers hope they'll put in a strong showing.

How to follow the Round The Island Race action

The action begins tomorrow morning 1 June at 5am, and spectators can keep fully up to speed on the racing as it unfolds via the official Round the Island Race website, with features from the live blog to live race tracking, weather updates, and the latest news and results.

The race Facebook page and Twitter feed will also be maintained with the latest happenings. For those wishing to contribute to the Twitter news as the racers sail around the island, use the hashtags #RTIR and/or #RaceForAll to raise another £1 for the official charity, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

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They have already joined forces on land – and now two rising stars of solo sailing have teamed up on the water to launch a top-level double-handed racing campaign.

Fiancées Dan Dytch and Emma Creighton will put their relationship through the ultimate test as they take on some of the world's most promising sailors in a series of races on 40ft Class 40 ocean racing yachts.

Competing as Momentum Ocean Racing, the couple will base themselves on the south coast of England and enter a string of testing events including the Class 40 world championships and the Transat Jacques Vabre, a double-handed race from Le Havre in France to Itajaí in Brazil.

The pair's ultimate goal is the Barcelona World Race, a two-handed, non-stop circumnavigation.

Briton Dytch, 30, and American yachtswoman Creighton, 28, met in 2011 in the run up to the Mini Transat, a 5,200 nautical mile singlehanded race from La Rochelle, France, to Salvador, Brazil.

They soon became a couple and, after both scoring impressive results in the Mini Transat, turned their attention to running a superyacht campaign in the Mediterranean.

But the draw of shorthanded sailing was too much and, after getting engaged in summer 2012, Dytch and Creighton decided to further cement their union by becoming teammates on the water too.

They join only a handful of sailors who have chosen to race alongside their partners including Sam Davies and husband Roman Attanasio who competed in the Transat AG2R together, Anglo-French pair Miranda Merron and Halvard Mabire who raced around the world in the Global Ocean Race and French sailors Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret who entered the Barcelona World Race together.

Dytch said: "The step up to the Class 40 an exciting advance in our careers. The competition in the 40 is much closer than the Mini because the boat speed between the boats is much more similar. This allows us to work more on tactical decisions, weather, routing and crew work. This is an important step towards our goal of double handing the Barcelona World Race together."

Creighton added: "It's perfect to be sailing together. People often ask if its a good idea and we always reply 'why would we want to sail with anyone else?' We work really well together and bring different strengths to the team."

Dytch and Creighton will be racing the former Concise Class 40, which scored good results under the command of British sailors Sam Goodchild and Ned Collier-Wakefield.

Class 40 yachts are designed to be raced across oceans, and attract some of the most talented sailors on the planet.

The first race of the season, the Normandy Channel Race, saw Momentum Ocean Racing finish eighth from 21 boats, followed by a class win in the Cervantes Trophy.

Their next outing sees them take on the Myth of Malham race starting on May 25.

The pair are currently self-funding their campaign but actively seeking sponsorship in return for exposure around the world.

For more information about the Momentum Ocean Racing campaign, go to www.momentumoceanracing.com .

2013 race calendar:
May 25 - Myth of Malham, Solent, UK
June 1 - Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight, UK
July 4 - Les Sables-Horta, Les Sables d'Olonne, France
August 11 - Fastnet, Cowes, UK
August 17 - Class 40 Worlds – Plymouth, UK
November 3 - Transat Jacques Vabre – Le Havre, France

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