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#rdp13 – Passing up this morning's promising weather window for a Round Ireland speed record attempt, the Routes des Princes grand prix multihull fleet will compete as scheduled in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon in what will be a series of heavy weather inshore races.

South–westerly winds are gusting to 25 knots on Dublin Bay one hour before start-time.

Nine multihulls will be racing with six key races planned over Saturday and Sunday for the four strong MOD70 fleet. Valuable race points tallying towards the overall scores for this new multihull race around Europe from Valencia, Spain to Morlaix, France are up for grabs for the MOD70 class.

Three races will be contested from 2pm this afternoon with a further three tomorrow (Sunday) when the winds are due to be even stronger. Courses are set as close to the land as possible to allow spectators a grandstand view of the action.

Visitors to the free La Route des Princes Festival on the East Pier will have the perfect vantage point with live commentary from Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens and Fiona Bolger.

The substantial shoreside festival opened this morning, and there is a range of different exhibitions and stalls.

The food festival "With Taste" is organised for the general public with small tasting tents offered by restaurateurs and food producers.

Racing should finish around 1600hrs. During the afternoon and evening there is live music in the bandstand until 2130hrs.

At 1830hrs the public prize giving for Leg 2, the stage from Lisbon which finished on Wednesday morning, will be held on the pier and thereafter at 1900hrs Saturday, an autograph session skippers to the public followed by live music.

There are family entertainments for all ages right through the weekend with more live racing and music on Sunday. The Routes des Princes will leave Dun Laoghaire on Monday 24 for an 11am start at the Kish Lighthouse. Depending on weather conditions the fleet will attempt to break the round Ireland speed record.

#multihull – No sooner have the MOD 70s left Dublin Bay than Cork is the next venue for giant multihull visitors for the first edition of the Route des Princes that will take place from 9th to 29th June 2013.

The event will be based on multihulls measuring in excess of 40ft. The boats will arrive in Cork from Wednesday 19 June and depart on22 June. The route will take the form of a genuine tour of Europe's regions according to a French press statement released today as follows:

Spanning Valencia (Spain) and the bay of Morlaix (Brittany), via Lisbon (Portugal), Cork (Ireland) and Plymouth (England), the route will provide a dense and comprehensive racecourse, punctuated by events at each of the stopovers. The top sailors, the fastest boats of the age, an event already deeply rooted in regions of great richness: a new European race has been born!

In homage to performance...

For what seems like forever, the exchanges between sea and land have maintained the richness of the different territories, yet the events likely to show them to advantage are few and far between. Committed to promoting their skills and their culture through a strong and long-lasting presence in the world of offshore racing, the producers at "Prince de Bretagne" were keen to create a race that truly reflected their values. Aimed at all manner of multihulls, from 40-footers to the giant record hunters, MOD70s as well as Multi50s, today the Route des Princes is the only meeting geared exclusively around such craft. On two or three hulls, the top names will race alongside enthusiastic amateurs as they come together to write the opening lines of an epic that will set sail from Valencia on 9 June 2013. With around twenty boats expected on a shared start line, the stage for what promises to be an unprecedented standard of competition will be set the moment the starting gun sounds. Punctuated by a series of authentic stopovers, this event won't simply pitch up in towns across Europe with great fanfare. It will impact the locals and their lives, by revealing the true fabric of Europe woven by those at sea and those working the land. In the process, both the skippers and their partners will benefit from a warm welcome wherever they go, snapping up the opportunity to let others explore their boats and all the riches of European marine technology. From the Mediterranean to the North Sea, from Spain to Brittany via Portugal, Ireland and England, alternating between long courses and genuine sprints, the Route des Princes promises to be resolutely geared towards diversity.

... A festival for all European regions!

The maritime and competitive aspect of this event will be further boosted by a very strong emphasis on Europe's region. In this way, each host town and city will have the chance to show off its riches, be they agricultural, gastronomic, traditional or cultural. The Route des Princes' ports will enable the public to rediscover the magic of major oceanic meetings and get up close to the sailors and their boats. Each stopover will correspond with an already existing, well-established event for the people: the giant paëllas and grand chef competition in Valencia, the City Festival in Lisbon, the concerts in Cork, the Barbican festival in Plymouth and France's grand finale, the "Entre Terre et Mer" ('Twixt Land and Sea) festival, the second edition of which will transform the bay of Morlaix into a communion of sailors, fishermen and farmers. Steadfastly open, the race village will be at the very hub of the entertainments programme. A totally innovative festival, the Route des Princes will satisfy the needs and aspirations of Europe's regions, the public and sportsmen and women everywhere.


From 9 to 29 June 2013, all the sailors, all the lands and all the public will come together in the Route des Princes!


Jean-François Jacob, Secretary-General of the St Pol Sica, Manager of Prince de Bretagne: "We felt that it was in the interest of all the owners and skippers of multihulls to have an extra event to support their programmes. We were keen to have an event, which gathers us all together and highlights our very strong link with the sailors. Like them, we're subject to the vagaries of the weather on a daily basis and if we manage to grow vegetables year round in northern Brittany it's thanks to the influence of the sea and the Gulf Stream. Through the Route des Princes, we want to show that the land-based world is a source of dynamism in a number of regions across Europe. This notion is something Prince de Bretagne's producers hold dear and they want to share this with others. Our aim is to enhance the prestige of the different territories and to enable the greatest possible number of people to discover them thanks to an event for the people, which will be a celebration of all the different trades at sea and on land".

Lionel Lemonchois, skipper of the Maxi80 Prince de Bretagne: "The concept is an attractive one because it is reminiscent of the original European Tour, a race which existed in the 90s and always proved to be extremely popular. It's always nice to switch from one country to another, especially when racing in crews. The Route des Princes is really offering a fine course. It is also important to be able to associate oneself with something other than sailing as it gives things a new twist and thus has greater appeal for us and for the public."

The dates for the Route des Princes


Start Sunday 9 June 2013


ETA Wednesday 12 June

Departure Saturday 15 June


ETA Wednesday 19 June

Departure Saturday 22 June


ETA Thursday 27 June

Departure Friday 28 June

Baie de Morlaix

ETA Saturday 29 June

Prince de Bretagne

Situated in northern Brittany, in traditional vegetable producing country, Prince de Bretagne, which exports to over 30 countries, is the standard bearer for a whole network of services related to producing fruit and vegetables: research, production, commercialisation-shipping, communication and a training college. Brand leader in the world of fresh fruit and vegetables, with a range of 87 species and 2,350 producers, Prince de Bretagne is at the service of the consumer in providing the best possible standard in terms of safety, health and taste.

The general organisation of the event will be taken care of by the Société Commerciale pour la Promotion des Territoires (a Marketing Company concerned with the Promotion of Europe's Regions), a subsidiary of the St Pol de Léon Sica in Brittany.

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#SKIFF – ISAF has announced the venue and date for the equipment evaluation for the 2016 Olympic Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull. The evaluation will be held from 17 to 25 March 2012 at Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.

Participants will be asked to provide two complete boats at the venue. Preliminary documentation along with Notice of Intent to participate and application fee shall be supplied to ISAF by 20 January 2012.

One of the boats involved in the line up will be the RS900, a women's Olympic skiff contender. Video clips below, sailing in the UK last week.

The RS900 will be on show at RS Sailing's January Open Weekend.

If you're based in the UK you may well be interested to know that the RS900 will be on display for the first time ever at RS Sailing's Open Weekend (14 / 15 January) at their new location just off the M27 motorway close to Southampton.

Guidelines on the ISAF Proposals Process can be found here - Women's Two Person Skiff: - Mixed Multihull:

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With two weeks to go until the start of the Extreme Sailing Series the Ecover Sailing Team have announced an all British line up for the season ahead.

British Olympic Tornado sailor Leigh McMillan is one of two new crew announcements, as he takes on the helm of the Ecover Extreme 40 in 2010. America’s Cup and TP52 sailor Jonathan Taylor also steps onboard in the role of bowman when they line up for the first event in Sète, France at the end of May. Skipper Mike Golding takes on the role of trimmer, with 2009 Ecover crew member Will Howden remaining in the joint role of mainsheet and tactician.

The new line up reunites McMillan and Howden, who competed together at World and Olympic level in the Tornado class from 2004 until to 2008. As one of the world’s top dinghy and multihull sailors, Leigh is no stranger to Extreme 40’s. In 2009 he took charge of Oman Sail Masirah during the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series Asia, steering the team to victory during this inaugural event.  

“Since the Tornado class was withdrawn from the Olympics the Extreme 40 seemed an obvious choice. I did some coaching for the Ecover Sailing Team during the European season in 2009, and then jumped onboard Oman Sail Masirah for the Asian series. These boats are multihull sailing at its best, it’s fast, intense and the standard of competition is very high. It’s great to be sailing again with Will, and the experience Mike and Jonathan bring from the world of IMOCA and the America’s Cup is invaluable. I’m looking forward to getting some strong results and mixing it up with the top teams from last season,” Ecover Sailing Team helm, Leigh McMillan.

After a small refit on the boat, the team has been training out of Hamble in the build up to the first event.

“Training has gone really well. Will and Leigh have a great synergy onboard, so it has been a very smooth process working in the role changes. 2009 was a learning curve for all of us, and I hope this year will see us raise the bar in terms of performance on the water. Leigh will be fantastic on the helm, and we intend to make an impact on the leaderboard this season”. 

Ecover Sailing Team Skipper, Mike Golding (GBR)

Despite its position in the Mediterranean, Sète has a history of being a great location for sailing. The town of Saintes-Maries-de-Mar (commonly known as ‘the trench’ in France) is close by, which has been the location for many speed records most recently in 2009 when l’Hydroptère set a new World Sailing Speed Record there.  As a result the region can provide a perfect backdrop for spectacular sailing, but with the Mediterranean on the doorstep there is always the threat of a high-pressure system coming into throw the racing off track. 

“We have a fantastic team in place and the series will take us to some brilliant locations for racing. I am sure the competition will, as always, be very close. I hope to attend some events and I am looking forward to seeing the Ecover Sailing Team in action.  Good luck for 2010!”

Michael Bremans, CEO Ecover 

Ecover Sailing Team Crew

Mike Golding (GBR) Skipper/Trimmer

Leigh McMillan (GBR) Helm

Will Howden (GBR) Mainsheet/Tactician

Jonathan Taylor (GBR) Bow

2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe Calendar:

Sète, France 27-30 May

Cowes, UK 31 July - 5 August

Kiel, Germany - 26-29 August

Trapani, Italy 23-26 September

Almeria, Spain 9-12 October 

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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