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  • Qualifying Round - Flight 1 View all results
    M1 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing
    M2 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M3 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M4 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 2 View all results
    M5 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M6 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M7 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M8 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 3 View all results
    M9 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M10 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M11 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M12 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 1 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 4 View all results
    M13 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 1 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M14 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 1 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M15 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 1 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M16 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 5 View all results
    M17 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M18 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 1 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M19 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M20 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 6 View all results
    M21 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 1 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M22 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M23 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1 vs 0 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing
    M24 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 7 View all results
    M25 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 1 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M26 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M27 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 1 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M28 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 1 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 8 View all results
    M29 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 1 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M30 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft 0 vs 1 Taylor Canfield US One
    M31 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 1 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M32 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 1 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 9 View all results
    M33 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M34 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M35 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M36 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 10 View all results
    M37 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
    M38 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M39 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M40 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 11 View all results
    M41 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M42 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M43 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M44 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 12 View all results
    M45 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M46 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
    M47 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing
    M48 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 13 View all results
    M49 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
    M50 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing
    M51 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M52 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 14 View all results
    M53 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Eric Monnin Team SailBox
    M54 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing
    M55 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M56 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 15 View all results
    M57 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M58 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M59 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Ian Williams GAC Pindar
    M60 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 16 View all results
    M61 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M62 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M63 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M64 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 17 View all results
    M65 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 0 vs 0 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
    M66 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M67 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M68 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 18 View all results
    M69 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team
    M70 Johnie Berntsson Stena Sailing Team 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M71 Anna Östling Team Anna 0 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M72 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 19 View all results
    M73 Nicklas Dackhammar Essiq Racing Team 0 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M74 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing 0 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M75 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
    M76 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 20 View all results
    M77 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Sam Gilmour Neptune Racing
    M78 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing
    M79 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 0 Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 21 View all results
    M80 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M81 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M82 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
    M83 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 22 View all results
    M84 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing 0 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M85 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Eric Monnin Team SailBox
    M86 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M87 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team 0 vs 0 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing
  • Qualifying Round - Flight 23 View all results
    M88 Björn Hansen Nautiska Racing 0 vs 0 Rasmus Viltoft Team Viltoft
    M89 Eric Monnin Team SailBox 0 vs 0 Phil Robertson WAKA Racing
    M90 Reuben Corbett Corbett Racing 0 vs 0 Taylor Canfield US One
    M91 Ian Williams GAC Pindar 0 vs 0 Joachim Aschenbrenner Aschenbrenner Racing Team
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  • Nicklas Dackhammar Completes The Line-Up For Stena Match Cup Sweden
    Nicklas Dackhammar Completes The Line-Up For Stena Match Cup Sweden

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  • Hansen Sets Pace In Marstrand
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    Marstrand, Sweden (29th June, 2015): Bjorn Hansen, defending champion and four-time winner of Stena Match Cup Sweden, has set the pace on day one of Qualifying at the third World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Hansen and his Nautiska Racing posted 5 wins and 1 loss to finish on top of the leader-board. Eric Monnin Team SailBox from Switzerland and former World Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One both posted 4-2, with defending World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) winning his first 3 matches. “There is an old expression that says that if you win Qualifying you don’t win the event. Things have gone our way today and that’s not how we usually start this event. But we are really excited about our results today.” commented Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing. Up and coming Swedish match racer, Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) Essiq Racing also sailed impressively on his first day posting 3-1, with wins against Tour Card skipper Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing, and Phil Robertson (NZL) skippering for Team TREFOR. 25-year-old Dackhammar, a former Youth Gold medallist in the 470 class, is sailing in his first Stena Match Cup after securing one of two Wild Cards to the event. To gain some local experience, he has cleverly enlisted 2008 Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Mattias Rahm as tactician. Nicklas Dackhammar with Mattias Rahm as his tactician © Robert Hajduk / WMRT ”I am contributing with age, and some experience and calm onboard” said Rahm. “It’s the first time for Nicklas competing here and I know the feeling from when I started 15 years ago.” Current ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Anna Ostling Team Anna from Sweden is also competing in this week’s Stena Match Cup with the only all-female team. Despite some close races between Bjorn Hansen and Nicklas Dackhammer, Ostling was defeated in her first five races but is revelling in the opportunity to sail against the world-class teams this week. Anna Ostling going head to head against Nicklas Dackhammar during first day of Qualifying at Stena Match Cup Sweden © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “We knew that it was going to be tough” added Ostling. “I admire Bjorn Hansen and his team. They have fun but they really perform out there, and that is what we are trying to do as well.” Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Anna Ostling after day one at Stena Match Cup Sweden Stena Match Cup Sweden is set to deliver a fantastic week of racing, and whether for sailors and spectators, with clear skies and warmer weather forecast for the remainder of the week and with eight of the twenty three flights of Qualifying completed today it’s been a great start. Racing starts tomorrow at 0930 CET. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Stena Match Cup Sweden QUALIFYING RESULTS After Flight 81. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-12. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-23. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 4-24. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-05. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) Essiq Racing 3-16. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 3-17. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-38. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 2-29. Phil Robertson (NZL) Team TREFOR 2-310. Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing 1-211. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 1-312. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 1-313. Rasmus Viltoft (DEN) Team Viltof 0-414. Anna Östling (SWE) Team Anna 0-5 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    London, UK (27th June, 2015): Competing in Stena Match Cup Sweden has been a dream for Nicklas Dackhammar and now the talented skipper has been awarded the last Wild Card invitation to the World Match Racing Tour event at Marstrand 2015. “My whole team is very excited and we are looking forward to finally coming to Marstrand. We have been match racing for three years and a big part of what attracted me to the sport was Stena Match Cup Sweden. It has always been a dream to compete in the event and it’s great that we finally get the chance to do it”, says 25-year-old Nicklas Dackhammar from Gothenburg. Recently Dackhammar has been focusing on the Scandinavian M32 Series, where one of his competitors has been Taylor Canfield who is also coming to Marstrand to race next week. “We have raced Taylor a couple of times with the M32s and been very close behind him. It’s going to be interesting to race him on a match racing arena but also to compete against the older and more experienced skippers on the World Match Racing Tour”, says Dackhammar. Nicklas Dackhammar is right now ranked 223rd on the ISAF Match Race Ranking. He started out sailing an Optimist and later moved on to the 470 and in 2011 he won gold in the ISAF Youth Worlds in the 470 together with Fredrik Bergström. Nicklas Dackhammar winning the Delta Lloyd Junior 470 World Championships in 2011 © Per Frykholm Stena Match Cup Sweden 2014 attracted over 118,000 visitors to Marstrand and the crowds followed Björn Hansen's Swedish team on their way to win their third consecutive title in the regatta. The event is organized by Brandspot together with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club and this year's edition of the event will take place on June 29th – July 4th. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Stena Match Cup Sweden 2015 Entry List 1. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 2. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 4. Eric Monnin (SWZ) Team SailBox 5. Phil Robertson (NZL) with Team TREFOR (DEN) 6. Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 7. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 8. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 9. Rasmus Viltoft (Denmark) – Volvo Spring Cup 10. Anna Östling (SWE) – Volvo Spring Cup 11. Taylor Canfield (ISV) – US One Wildcard 1 12. Sam Gilmour (AUS) – Neptune Racing Wildcard 2 13. Simone Ferrarese (ITA) – Ferrarese Racing Team Wildcard 3 14. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) – Essiq Racing Team Wildcard 4 Event Schedule June 29th – July 4th.Qualifying Session from Monday – Thursday Quarter Finals and Semi Finals on FridaySemi Finals, Finals and Petit Final on Saturday For more information, please contact: Fabian Bengtsson,Press Officer Stena Match Cup Sweden \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stenamatchcupsweden.com

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    Marstrand, Sweden (29th June, 2015): Bjorn Hansen, defending champion and four-time winner of Stena Match Cup Sweden, has set the pace on day one of Qualifying at the third World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Hansen and his Nautiska Racing posted 5 wins and 1 loss to finish on top of the leader-board. Eric Monnin Team SailBox from Switzerland and former World Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One both posted 4-2, with defending World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) winning his first 3 matches. “There is an old expression that says that if you win Qualifying you don’t win the event. Things have gone our way today and that’s not how we usually start this event. But we are really excited about our results today.” commented Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing. Up and coming Swedish match racer, Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) Essiq Racing also sailed impressively on his first day posting 3-1, with wins against Tour Card skipper Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing, and Phil Robertson (NZL) skippering for Team TREFOR. 25-year-old Dackhammar, a former Youth Gold medallist in the 470 class, is sailing in his first Stena Match Cup after securing one of two Wild Cards to the event. To gain some local experience, he has cleverly enlisted 2008 Stena Match Cup Sweden winner Mattias Rahm as tactician. Nicklas Dackhammar with Mattias Rahm as his tactician © Robert Hajduk / WMRT ”I am contributing with age, and some experience and calm onboard” said Rahm. “It’s the first time for Nicklas competing here and I know the feeling from when I started 15 years ago.” Current ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Anna Ostling Team Anna from Sweden is also competing in this week’s Stena Match Cup with the only all-female team. Despite some close races between Bjorn Hansen and Nicklas Dackhammer, Ostling was defeated in her first five races but is revelling in the opportunity to sail against the world-class teams this week. Anna Ostling going head to head against Nicklas Dackhammar during first day of Qualifying at Stena Match Cup Sweden © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “We knew that it was going to be tough” added Ostling. “I admire Bjorn Hansen and his team. They have fun but they really perform out there, and that is what we are trying to do as well.” Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Anna Ostling after day one at Stena Match Cup Sweden Stena Match Cup Sweden is set to deliver a fantastic week of racing, and whether for sailors and spectators, with clear skies and warmer weather forecast for the remainder of the week and with eight of the twenty three flights of Qualifying completed today it’s been a great start. Racing starts tomorrow at 0930 CET. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Stena Match Cup Sweden QUALIFYING RESULTS After Flight 81. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 5-12. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 4-23. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 4-24. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-05. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) Essiq Racing 3-16. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 3-17. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-38. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 2-29. Phil Robertson (NZL) Team TREFOR 2-310. Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing 1-211. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 1-312. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 1-313. Rasmus Viltoft (DEN) Team Viltof 0-414. Anna Östling (SWE) Team Anna 0-5 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    London, UK (27th June, 2015): Competing in Stena Match Cup Sweden has been a dream for Nicklas Dackhammar and now the talented skipper has been awarded the last Wild Card invitation to the World Match Racing Tour event at Marstrand 2015. “My whole team is very excited and we are looking forward to finally coming to Marstrand. We have been match racing for three years and a big part of what attracted me to the sport was Stena Match Cup Sweden. It has always been a dream to compete in the event and it’s great that we finally get the chance to do it”, says 25-year-old Nicklas Dackhammar from Gothenburg. Recently Dackhammar has been focusing on the Scandinavian M32 Series, where one of his competitors has been Taylor Canfield who is also coming to Marstrand to race next week. “We have raced Taylor a couple of times with the M32s and been very close behind him. It’s going to be interesting to race him on a match racing arena but also to compete against the older and more experienced skippers on the World Match Racing Tour”, says Dackhammar. Nicklas Dackhammar is right now ranked 223rd on the ISAF Match Race Ranking. He started out sailing an Optimist and later moved on to the 470 and in 2011 he won gold in the ISAF Youth Worlds in the 470 together with Fredrik Bergström. Nicklas Dackhammar winning the Delta Lloyd Junior 470 World Championships in 2011 © Per Frykholm Stena Match Cup Sweden 2014 attracted over 118,000 visitors to Marstrand and the crowds followed Björn Hansen's Swedish team on their way to win their third consecutive title in the regatta. The event is organized by Brandspot together with the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club and this year's edition of the event will take place on June 29th – July 4th. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Stena Match Cup Sweden 2015 Entry List 1. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 2. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 4. Eric Monnin (SWZ) Team SailBox 5. Phil Robertson (NZL) with Team TREFOR (DEN) 6. Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 7. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 8. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 9. Rasmus Viltoft (Denmark) – Volvo Spring Cup 10. Anna Östling (SWE) – Volvo Spring Cup 11. Taylor Canfield (ISV) – US One Wildcard 1 12. Sam Gilmour (AUS) – Neptune Racing Wildcard 2 13. Simone Ferrarese (ITA) – Ferrarese Racing Team Wildcard 3 14. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) – Essiq Racing Team Wildcard 4 Event Schedule June 29th – July 4th.Qualifying Session from Monday – Thursday Quarter Finals and Semi Finals on FridaySemi Finals, Finals and Petit Final on Saturday For more information, please contact: Fabian Bengtsson,Press Officer Stena Match Cup Sweden \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stenamatchcupsweden.com

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    London, UK (7th Nov 2014): With some downtime now on the cards for Team Alpari FX, the boys are embarking on a new challenge for the hairiest month of the year…Movember. For the 30 days of November, men around the world are taking action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache, and Team Alpari FX is on board for the prickly journey ahead. Movember is more than just an excuse to grow a fine piece of ‘moustachery’, it’s about sparking conversations while raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. It’s about having fun and ‘doing good’, and at the same time an excuse to laugh at newly acquired facial hair (or lack of)! Movember is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health and thanks to the support of more than four million participants worldwide, they have raised $580 million and funded 800 programs in 21 countries. A clean shave Skipper Keith Swinton and his fellow Australian Mo Bros – Ricky McGarvie, Ben Lamb, Tudur Owen and Ted Hackney – start their Mo-growing journey with a clean-shaven face. To show your support and find out more visit Team Alpari FX Movember and follow the team’s progress on Twitter @TeamAlpariFX

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    Hamilton, Bermuda (24th Oct 2014): For the first time since 2003, Bermuda has been struck by hurricane strength winds not once but twice in the last fortnight. Yet remarkably over this period the mid-Atlantic British Overseas Territory has managed to lay on not just this week’s Argo Group Gold Cup, but last week hosted the world’s top golfers at the PGA Grand Slam. Being on the track of north Atlantic hurricanes means that the islanders have had to adapt over the years and for example a stringent set of building regulations help minimise the inevitable carnage when 100+ mph winds strike. Thanks to efforts of the National Hurricane Centre in the USA, hurricanes are not only tracked but great effort goes into projecting their track. After devastating several Caribbean islands, it was known several days in advance that Tropical Storm Fay and last Friday’s Hurricane Gonzalo were likely to strike Bermuda, so anticipating Gonzalo the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club delayed the start of the Argo Group Gold Cup by a day. Trees were uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Gonzalo Once Gonzalo passed they held a meeting to assess their situation. “If we had 95% of the island without electricity, then we’d have had a problem,” admits event Chairman Brian Billings. In the event only half the island lost power, one damaged International One Design was replaced and the devastation at the airport was such that it was operational again within 24 hours. “After numerous phone calls, we said ‘yes, we’re on’,” says Billings. Hurricane Gonzalo was vicious. Leaving the Caribbean it was rated as a Category 2 hurricane (83-95 knots) but hitting warm open water it built to a Cat 4 (113-136 knots) before downgrading marginally to a Cat 3 just before hitting Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup Event Chairman Brian Billings According to Billings, Gonzalo’s slow pace made it a ‘long storm’ with winds already up to storm force by 0700 local time on Friday and still honking by 1100 the next day. “In between my barograph took a very slow spin down and it went down to 27.5 [931mB] and then there was a little bit of a horizontal line and then she slowly came back up again…” This was in stark contrast to Hurricane Emily which came and went within just four hours. Strangest was the eye of the hurricane, continues Billings: “It was huge – it took an hour to pass. It was flat calm, very eerie and very misty – it was kind of weird. Then all of a sudden – womp – the eye wall hit and it came in with a vengeance, like someone threw a bucket of iced water at you unexpectedly.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo When Gonzalo struck Billings says the most wind he saw was 130mph while he was at home, however this was at sea level and it was stronger on higher ground. Despite this the devastation caused was surprisingly slight. This was partly thanks to Tropical Storm Fay having swept through a week earlier with winds of 110+mph. “When Fay hit we hadn’t had any major wind storm for quite a while, so the branches were heavy and we had a very wet August so there was a lot of foliage all over the place and the trees were all laden with flowers and buds, which added extra weight to them,” Billings continues. “So Fay took out of a lot of trees, and the clean up was longer than it was for Gonzalo - the roads were blocked for almost two days. Without that there could have been a lot more damage and the infrastructure could have suffered much more when Gonzalo hit.” Damages caused by Hurricane Gonzalo Through sheer luck, the timing of the two storms could not have been better. Fay hit leaving just enough time for the golf course at Port Royal to be cleaned up ready for the PGA Grand Slam, despite vast tree damage. “You wouldn’t have known it had happened - they got the course in great shape real fast,” says Billings. “Bermuda is very resilient and has a capability and the attitude to bounce back. People just jump in and help neighbours and we have our Bermuda regiment which helps.” During hurricanes, usually as devastating as the wind is the storm surge, the massive volume of water blown along ahead of the system. However this did not affect Bermuda. Billings explains: “They were forecasting 35-45ft seas outside of the reef line on the South Shore, but there is the reef that slows it down, so we don’t get a storm surge from there. If it goes from the north then it can come into the Great Sound, then it comes into the Harbour and has no place to go. That happened during Emily.” According to Billings hurricanes strike Bermuda once every 10 years. So having two in the space of a week means statistically they should be free of them for some years to come. Good news for the Argo Group Gold Cup in years to come hopefully.

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    London, UK (14th Nov 2014): The discipline of Match Racing is considered the most combative and strategic form of sailing. With just two boats pit against each other on the race course in identical boats, match racing is about the pure skill of the skipper and the agile performance of his or her team. The ability to make quick decisions and outwit your opponent - every move counts. All rules decisions are made by on-water umpires selected by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This concept was developed by the match racing community and has been long used in the America’s Cup to provide instant decisions to the teams and avoid long protest hearings after racing. Think it’s an easy job? In a new series of ‘You’re the Umpire!’, we take a look at some of the difficult calls the umpires have to make. Would you make the same decisions? 2014 Dutch Match Cup  - Williams vs Hansen In this tense pre-start during Qualifying at the 2014 Dutch Match Cup, both Bjorn Hansen of Hansen Sailing Team and Ian Williams of GAC Pindar fight for position as the clock counts down to the start. In the final seconds before the start, Williams makes an arguably aggressive manoeuvre diving for a gap between Hansen and the committee boat resulting in a collision with both Hansen and the committee boat. Who was in the right and who was in the wrong? And what decision did the Umpires make? In the 4 minute pre-start, both teams fight for the upper hand crossing tacks and trying to move into the best position. Teamwork is key at this point to execute fast manoeuvres in the small pre-start area  Hansen (sailing boat 3) positions himself to leeward and in a right of way position over Williams (boat 5) to make it difficult for Williams to start close to the starting vessel Williams turns towards the start line. He has no right to room between Hansen and the starting vessel because under the rules he cannot call for room when approaching the line to start  The questions here are whether there is room for Williams to fit in the gap between Hansen and the committee boat. And if Hansen subsequently heads up and 'shuts the door’ on Williams, has Williams been given the opportunity to go somewhere other than into the rapidly closing gap. Hansen, as the [leeward] right of way boat, is obliged under rule 16 to give room to the other boat to keep clear as he changes course.  At this point the Umpires have a number of options they can take; Call 1: If there is room for Williams between Hansen and the committee boat, and Hansen simply ‘shuts the door’ without giving Williams any room to keep clear - Penalty to Hansen for breaking rule 16. Call 2: If there is room for Williams between Hansen and the committee boat, and Williams had the room to dip behind Hansen’s stern or tack out to the right of the committee boat as the gap closed but chose not to, then Penalty to Williams for not keeping clear of Hansen. Call 3: If there is no room for Williams no matter what Hansen’s actions then Penalty to Williams for not keeping clear. Call 4: If you give the penalty to Williams and decide he gained an advantage compared to where he would have ended up if he’d bailed out, then hand him a second 'umpire initiated’ Penalty. The Final Umpires Decision: The umpires decided that Williams was in the wrong and he received two penalties, one for not keeping clear of Hansen, and one for gaining an advantage through breaking a rule. Would you have made the same decision? Share your comments on our Facebook post here

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    London, UK - 14 May 2012: Several rule changes have been confirmed for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, coming into effect at the first event of the season, Match Race Germany in Langenargen on May 23 – 28. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water. Craig Mitchell, Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Tour Director, expects the alterations to have a positive effect on the Tour, as well as match racing in general: “Match racing has evolved to the point where we currently have a great set of rules, producing some fantastic sporting action, as we saw quite clearly in the 2011 series. “Nothing major has changed in the past few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best possible spectacle we can.”

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    Langenargen, Germany (9th June 2014): Downunder, where chief umpire Bill Edgerton comes from, there’s a children’s character called Blinky Bill, a laid-back cuddly cartoon Koala. But if the sailors on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour think they can pull the blinkers over their on-the-water officials, they’ve got another thing coming. Edgerton (known to some as Complicated Bill) and his colleagues are wise to their mischievous tricks. Most of the boats used on the Alpari World Match Race Tour are tiller-steered, but at Match Race Germany, the Bavaria 40 keelboat is equipped with a wheel. This offers the cheekier skippers a new opportunity to pull the wool over the eyes of the umpires. Just as professional footballers are prone to tripping over a blade of grass on the edge of the penalty box, sailors are not immune to similar forms of dyspraxia. Tight situations sometimes tempt sailors into the dark art of dissimulation. But Complicated Bill is on to them: “They're playing to the umpires! They're trying to gain an advantage, and it's a game between us and them. “They're always trying to show that they're doing what they need to stay out of trouble, and we're always looking to see that they're doing enough. So, they can exaggerate the drama of the situation and make it look as though it's more dramatic than it is in reality. But it's not as bad as a dive in football. “When you need to keep clear, you have to turn the boat, and if you're not close enough or not watching closely, they can slide their hands over the top of the wheel without actually turning it, saying, ‘Look, I'm going as hard as I can!’” Little beknown to the offending skipper, Edgerton is looking further down - below the waterline - for evidence of whether or not they’re really trying. “Actually if you're looking at the rudder you see there's no turning of the rudder whatsoever. It's up to us to try and satisfy ourselves if they are really doing everything they can, or if they're just playing a game.”news88.net http://www.europosud.ua http://motioncrisp.wordpress.comevakuator-servis.com/http://www.galid.com/

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    Langenargen, Germany (8th June 2014): Being a professional sailor isn’t just about being able to sail a boat fast, it’s about conducting yourself in a professional manner in every respect. It’s what you do off the water that counts too, such as negotiating with commercial partners who can help fund the costs of competing on a global circuit. French skipper Mathieu Richard has shown a useful knack of being able to sign a sponsor who can help his team perform on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Last year, despite lacking a Tour Card, Richard succeeded in finding a sponsor in GEFCO who helped him compete on a number of events as a Wild Card holder. Victory at the Korea Match Cup and some other great performances were sufficient to get him back into this year’s circuit as one of the eight Tour Card holders. “It's a great feeling to be back as a Tour Card holder, because the last time was in 2011. We managed to get a new sponsorship with LunaJets, so they are following us for this season. I'm very excited and very glad to be on the Tour with my team, which is the same team pretty much as last year.” LunaJets, a private jet brokerage based in Geneva, already supported Richard on the RC44 circuit. “When I asked them if they wanted to go on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, they immediately said yes, so they are very excited to be on the circuit with us. We hope we can repay their faith in us. They are very sensitive to the fact that it's a World Championship and we are a very high level team and we are fighting for the victory, for the title. They like this very much.” Richard has a very diverse background in racing, with world championship wins as a tactician in keelboats like the Mumm 30 and fast multihulls the ORMA 60 offshore trimarans. He has won the offshore challenge, the Tour de France a la Voile, four times, but in the past decade he has increasingly focused on match racing. Victory at the European Match Racing Championship in 2004 showed what he could do, and since then he has finished runner-up in the Tour in 2007. He has been a world force in match racing ever since. Richard attributes his success to having raced with a core of friends for a very long time. “I started match racing with Greg, my tactician, more than 15 years ago, so it's really been a while. Then Thierry and Olivier have been with me for eight or nine years. Francois Verdier, the bowman, started with me two years ago and Pascal Rambeau, the same.” While he’s competing in a combative part of the sport, Richard maintains a placid demeanour. “I am not sure I am very aggressive, definitely some are more so, like Bjorn Hansen; even the young guys, Robertson, Swinton, they like to be aggressive. It is not in my nature to be so aggressive. I try to stay smooth on the course to keep the boat fast and we also have good skills in terms of tactics on board with Greg as tactician. It's difficult to say just one good point about the team, we have a lot of skills and I think we are pretty strong in all parts of the game.” Aged 38, he is one of the older skippers on the Tour, but with many good years remaining, and with as much enthusiasm for the sport as ever, he says. “Obviously you haven't got the same spirit when you are 20 as when you are 38. When you are 20 you are starting out, and you are probably a bit fresher and looking at racing with, I wouldn't say more enthusiasm, but you discover everything for the first time. When you get a bit more experienced you know how it works, it's a bit different. You can bet on your experience to beat the others - and that's what we are trying to do.” But is there a danger of relying on experience too much, of not trying new ideas any more? “Not really, because sailing is a game in which you always try to improve every day. Even if I started match racing 15 years ago, I am always trying to improve and thinking about the moves, the start, the trimming etc. You are never satisfied with your level. It's about trying to improve all the time. Experience is a good asset, but you have to always be looking for new tricks.”http://online.casinocity.com evakuator-servis.com http://europosud.uawww.evakuator-servis.comhttp://goodportal.com.ua/

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    London, UK (9th Oct 2014): The German National Match Racing Championship kicks off today at the Constance Yacht Club, Langenargen Germany. Nine of Germany’s best match racing teams will go head to head in the hope of gaining an invite to next year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour Championship event, Match Race Germany. The German National Match Race Championships will be sailed in Blu26 boats with a 4 person crew on picturesque Lake Constance in Germany. Felix Oehmes, who is one of the best ranked sailors in Germany, has his eyes on winning this year’s event. Oehmes of Hamburg Match Race Team who sailed alongside Carsten Kemmling at Match Race Germany this year, has gained much match racing experience against top sailors from the Alpari Tour and will have a few tricks up his sleeves in the competition. However, more experienced match racers Lars Hueckstedt of Heizkörper Sailing Team and Adrian Maier-Ring, helmsman for Innotio Match Race Team will be among the other contenders looking for the win this weekend. The winner of Qualifying will proceed straight to the Semi Finals. The next 6 teams will compete in Quarter Final knockouts before advancing to Semi Finals and Finals which are scheduled for Saturday 11 October. German National Match Race Championships Felix Oehme-NRV Match Race TeamLars Hueckstaedt-Heizkörper Sailing TeamAdrian Maier-Ring-Innotio Match Race Team IFlorian Haufe-Haufe Racing TeamJens Hartwig-Hartwig Match TeamChi Trung Huynh-ASV Matchrace Team Mathias Rebholz-Team Up!Felix Schrimper-Innotio Match Race Team II Tino Ellegast-Team Ellegast

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    London, UK (20th June 2014): The Batavia Sailing Center today selected the Batavia Regatta, which will run over 23 - 24 August 2014 at the Bataviahaven of Lelystad, Holland, as the official Qualifying event for the Dutch Match Cup 2014. The Batavia Sailing Center is the organiser of the Dutch Match Cup the recently announced Stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For teams wishing to race in the Dutch Match Cup two Qualification places are available. Both the winner and the runner up of the Batavia Regatta will receive an invite to the Dutch Match Cup which will be held between 24-28 September this year. The Dutch Match Cup and the Batavia Regatta will be sailed in MaxFun 25 boats with the race area directly in front of the port of Bataviahaven, very close to the shore, offering fantastic opportunities for spectators to enjoy the action. The organization of the Dutch Match Cup has two further Wild Card invites which will be decided upon later in the year. Batavia Regatta The Batavia Regatta will be an ISAF Grade 3 match racing event. Further information about invites to the Batavia Regatta and the NoRcan be found at www.dutchmatchcup.nl/qualifier/jobtalk.jp http://www.budmag.ua http://www.progressive.uawww.dxtranse.com.ua/europosud.ua/

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