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  • More from Estonia

    Tuesday bought the best sailing conditions so far to Pirita in Tallinn where the European Championships are being held for the Laser Standard and Laser Radial. Two-time Laser world champion Tom Slingsby from Australia had a third and a first place in his group races, making him the new overall Trophy leader. Andreas Geritzer of Austria is the new european leader. Paul Goodison, defending champion, is in seventh and Nick Thompson in eleventh. Wednesday will continue with the last two qualification races which will determine the fleets for the finals on Thursday and Friday. Charlotte Dobson competing in the Laser Radials is lying in 2nd place. Laser - European Championship after 6 races 1 AUS 198274 Slingsby Tom 10,0 4 1 (9) 1 3 1 2 AUT 191383 Geritzer Andreas 16,0 (16) 4 2 2 2 6 3 NED 192625 Schaardenburg Rutger 23,0 1 1 1 (26) 17 3 4 CRO 170520 Stipanovic Tonci 25,0 3 (19) 3 12 1 6 5 NZL 192703 Bullot Michael 26,0 9 2 (26) 2 4 9 6 CRO 194830 Vujasinovic Milan 28,0 1 (15) 8 4 8 7 7 GBR 193501 Goodison Paul 29,0 2 2 10 (30) 12 3 Other GBR 11 GBR 195130 Thompson Nick 32,0 (13) 2 1 13 8 8 31 GBR 195258 Godwin Robert 64,0 8 5 32 (39) 5 14 67 GBR 197305 Mills-barton Alex 101,0 20 25 (43) 9 18 29

  • Laser Europeans in Estonia 2nd day

    The flying Dutchman works on his lead closely followed by Aussie Tom Slingsby. Goodison has some work to do. Postions after 4 races 1 NED 192625 Schaardenburg Rutger 3,0 1 1 1 (26) 2 AUS 198274 Slingsby Tom 6,0 4 1 (9) 1 3 AUT 191383 Geritzer Andreas 8,0 (16) 4 2 2 4 FIN 195533 Collura Pierre Angelo 12,0 2 5 (23) 5 5 CRO 194830 Vujasinovic Milan 13,0 1 (15) 8 4 6 NZL 192703 Bullot Michael 13,0 9 2 (26) 2 7 GRE 197379 Chimonas Evangelos 13,0 2 (7) 4 7 8 GBR 193501 Goodison Paul 14,0 2 2 10 (30) 9 GBR 195130 Thompson Nick 16,0 (13) 2 1 13 10 RUS 183070 Semerkhanov Maxim 17,0 (12) 11 2 4

  • Day 1 of the Laser Europeans in Estonia

    After the first 2 races Laser Standard Gold Medallist and 5 in-a-row European Champion Paul Goodison from Sheffield is lying in 2nd place. 1. Rutger Schaardenburg (NED) 2,0 (1; 1) 2. Paul Goodison (GBR) 4,0 (2; 2) 3. Tom Slingsby (AUS) 5,0 (4;1)

  • Garmin price reduction

    Garmin have knocked £800 off the price of their GHP 10V Autopilot Corepack. We can pass this on to you immediately coupled with our terrific discount which means you can now buy this easy to use autopilot for only £3829.99.

  • The Round Britain & Ireland race set off yesterday

    A nice run up to Kinsale with a following breeze and light shower; couldn't be better. A very impressive 56 strong fleet is out there and you can follow the progress of some of them with this tracker. Forgive me if this link is sometimes down; despite the sponsorship of the race by Shetland council the RWYC don't seem to have spent much on their website. Yes, Shetland are promoting the place as a sailing destination and the best of luck to them. Maybe they forgot the rest of us have to cross one of the most dangerous waters, the Pentland Firth, to get there?

  • Take a closer look at those Baltic buoyancy aids.

    The Surf & Turf Gilets or the slightly nicer looking Hamble or Marstrand jackets. Last time I was in Marstrand I was taken with the number of housewives doing their shopping, coming into town by dinghy, not one of them wearing a lifejacket. I didn't realise then that they were wearing floatation clothing - a jacket or gilet with 50N of buoyancy built in. You can be safe and still look smart.

  • Considering a new chartplotter?

    Your budget may well decide whether it is going to be a basic greyscale 4" job, or a 10" multifunction Plotter/Radar/Engine management system. However the other main factor to consider is the charting you will be using. Quite a number of plotters are available with pre-loaded European charts which you may find overkill in the event you never go more than 30 miles from your home base. With Garmin plotters, there's a choice of Garmin bluechart or simply a basemap. The top of the range Bluechart g2 Vision give you full 3D graphics above and below water, as do the C-Map pro series and the Navionics Platinum. They are really exciting and sexy, but you need to decide if you find those formats useful, because they are also considerably more expensive. So much so that now you can actually hire a C-Map pro chart for 4 months instead of buying one. This could become a trend quite easily in the same way that you can now use software over the internet instead of having to install it on your pc.

  • Good news if you own an Island in the Pacific

    Scientists in Auckland have discovered that far from being drowned by global warming, many islands are actually growing. This is a result of washed up coral debris, sediment build up and land reclamation. So there you have it and if you happen to be planning a cruise over that way don't forget to keep your charts updated! Thr next task for those scientists should be to find out how to create an artificial island out of the plastic and rubber floating around in the Pacific gyre.

  • Olympic sailing 'safe' from cuts

    Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson has said that Weymouth and Portland's 2012 sailing events will be unaffected by current financial pressures. He went on to say that people in Dorset will not receive any priority in the allocation of tickets to watch the sailing events. Tickets? To watch sailing? He He He

  • Wet, Cold and Uncomfortable!

    Myth of Malham - Round Eddystone Race The 2010 Myth of Malham Race was a tough one. The challenging course around the Eddystone lighthouse was subject to two gale warnings and, as expected, there was a lumpy sea. The race started in bright sunny conditions with a beat out of the Solent in a force four South Westerly breeze; but the fleet knew that it would get tough later. IRC classes Two and Three started first with Mark Tracey's J 109, Jamira, hitting the line on port right on time. However she soon had to tack because of starboard boats and John Loden's HOD 35, Psipsina, led the fleet down the Solent. The second start saw the bigger boats fully powered up as they hit the line. With a strong tide running four boats were over the line early; three came back quickly but Steven Anderson's Encore took a long time to return and start correctly. Jonny Vincent's TP 52, Pace, powered away taking an early lead but Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, managed to get in front of the other TP 52s and keep them behind. Pace took line honours completing the 230 mile course in less than 23 hours but did not do enough to stop Piet Vroon and Tonnerre wining Class Zero and IRC Overall on handicap. After the race Mike Broughton, the navigator, explained their strategy. "The wind was remarkably stable and behaved as predicted so we worked the tides aggressively. We knew that, with half of the race being hard on the wind, Tonnerre would be hard to beat and she proved as fast as a TP 52 in the upwind conditions". Mike said that they were too fast to get perfect tides which he thought were well suited to a 40-footer. The only problem they had was a broken D1 which prevented them from tacking after the finish. Tonnerre managed to keep Apollo and John Merricks II, the two other two TPs, behind her for the first three hours of the race and crossed the finishing line fourth, an hour and a half after Pace. Back in Cowes Piet joked that he was disappointed not to have finished in under 24 hours (they were 25 seconds over) as he waited for lower rated boats to finish. Piet considered that Erivale III, Mike Greville's Ker 39, was the most likely to beat him but in the event it was Marc de St Denis and Géry Trenteseaux's First 40, Courier de Coeur, which posed the threat. The Class One boat came second overall by just two and a half minutes on corrected time. "It was wet, cold and uncomfortable," said Piet. "We did a long leg out to sea to avoid the adverse tide at Portland and rounded the Eddystone at 0340. It was too close for a kite so we reached back under jib top and managed 18 knots on occasions. With the wind increasing it was a rough, uncomfortable and wet ride to the finish". The overall results reflected the strength of IRC with boats from IRC Super Zero to IRC Two in the top six. Super Zero was won by Pace, Courier de Coeur took IRC One, Noel Racine's JPK 10.10, Foggy Dew, triumphed in IRC Two and IRC Three saw Jean Yves Chateau's Fastnet winning Nicholson 33, Iromiguy, take handicap honours. John Loden capitalised on his great start to win the Two-Handed Division in his HOD 35, Psipsina. Alan Thornewill's MG 346, Spirit of Daedalus, was the last boat to finish nearly 24 hours after Pace. The race was toughest for the smaller boats which raced for twice as long as the big boats and they deserve credit for staying the course. The RORC would like to thank the volunteers and Brian Stewart, the owner, who kept Zulu the committee boat on station for a long watch. They were close to the lee shore and dragged the anchor as well as rolling heavily for the whole time.

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