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    Sopot, Poland (1st August 2015): Nicolai Sehested (DEN) and his TREFOR Match Racing Team clinched victory today at the Energa Sopot Match Race, Poland, the 10th stage and World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). A triumphant Sehested defeated current ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 2-0 in the Final providing plenty of action for the spectators lining the end of the 500m Molo Pier. Local favourite Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team finished third defeating Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 2-1 in the Petit Finals. Nicolai Sehested in action during the finals of the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “It’s just fantastic to win here,” said a jubilant Sehested. “if you had asked me a week ago if I would get to the Semi Finals, I would have said it was unlikely, so we are thrilled to go all the way and I’d like to thank my team for all their excellent work. Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team in action during the pre start of the Finals © Robert Hajduk / WMRT ”The Sopot win for Sehested marks a long awaited return to match racing for the 26 year old Dane who, for the last nine months, has been taking part in the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race as helmsman for Danish Team Vestas Wind. Sehested was unable to compete in the opening World Championship stages of the 2015 Tour in Long Beach, CA, Germany and Sweden however was determined to return his TREFOR match racing team to the Tour as soon as his Volvo duties were over. The team will now focus on the next World Championship Event at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda in October. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team wins the Petit Finals © Robert Hajduk / WMRT In the Petit Final for third and fourth places, Karol Jablonski was first to secure a point against Bjorn Hansen in the first-to-two race format. In the second race,  the two long-time skippers of the World Match Racing Tour threw every match racing move at each other in the pre-start, circling dangerously close to the pier in the 4 minute countdown to the start.  Hansen was able to level the score to 1-1 with a marginal lead, but it was to be Jablonski’s day in the third and deciding race as he led Hansen from start to finish to secure third place. Hard day at the office for Bjorn Hansen and his team © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “Given we are only able to compete on the Tour a few times a year, we are really very happy as a team with our performance this week,” commented Jablonski. “In particular, we were pleased to win against Bjorn [Hansen] today who is one of the best match racers on the Tour.” Next stop on the World Match Racing Tour are the World Tour Events - Knickerbocker Cup in New York (5-9 Aug), Oakcliff International (13-16 Aug), Chicago Match Cup Grand Slam (21-23 Aug), and the Detroit Cup (27-30 Aug). The teams will then meet for the World Championship Event - Argo Group Gold Cup - in Bermuda from 6-11 October as the penultimate event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour. Follow all the news at www.wmrt.com  2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match Race OVERALL RESULTS1. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing2. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar3. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team4. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing5. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team6. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing7. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing8. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour11. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing12. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing Final ResultNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar Petit Final ResultKarol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team bt Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 2-1 Semi Finals ResultsNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 3-2Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 3-0 Quarter Finals ResultsNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing bt Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-2 FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-22. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 8-33. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-34. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-45. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-56. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 6-57. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-68. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 5-6 (4.5)9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 7-410. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-711. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 3-812. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-9 FULL RESULTS HERE 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard Standings1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 90pts2 Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 85pts3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 60pts4 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 595 Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 58pts6 Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 51pts7 Phil Robertson (NZL) Team TREFOR 51pts8 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 49pts9 Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 48pts10 Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 44pts

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    Sopot, Poland (31st July 2015) There was no stopping current, and five-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar today at the Energa Sopot Match Race as he swiftly dispatched his Quarter Final opponent Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) in three straight wins. Defending event champion as well, Williams joins local hero Karol Jablonski (POL) in the Semi Finals of the World Championship Event together with the days other Quarter Final winners, Bjorn Hansen (SWE), (Nautiska Racing), and Nicolai Sehested (DEN), (TREFOR Match Racing). Ian Williams on winning form © Robert Hajduk / WMRT There was plenty of action for spectators to enjoy from the end of the 500m long Molo Pier which stretches out from the seaside resort of Sopot to provide the ideal stadium sailing arena for the 10th stage of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Today didn’t disappoint as the six Quarter Finalists tussled around the race course in gusty conditions with broaches and flaring spinnakers aplenty. In the first Quarter Final match, Swede Johnie Berntsson, Berntsson Sailing Team was paired with TREFOR Match Racing’s Nicolai Sehested (DEN), competing in his first World Championship Tour event since finishing as helm of the fated Team Vestas in the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action against Johnie Berntsson at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT After Berntsson won the first of three races, Sehested and crew found their stride in the second with a masterful move at the finish as he luffed Berntsson away from the line and tacked back to the finish, offloading a penalty in the process. Sehested went on to win the next two races to secure his Semi Final slot 3-1. “We had a good day,” said Sehested “It’s my first match racing event in a while but we’ve been getting better in the boats every day so that’s a good thing.” Close call for Eric Monnin © Robert Hajduk / WMRT As Williams finished his last match against Aschenbrenner, it was all action in the third Quarter Final between local sailor and founder of the Sopot Match Race, Przemyslaw Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing, and Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen. After Tarnacki took first blood, Hansen levelled the score before Tarnacki came back to clinch the third race 2-1. Undeterred, but struggling in the difficult wind shifts, Hansen and crew kept their cool to level the score at 2-2 following an overtaking manoeuvre on the final run to the finish. Both teams matched their speeds around the course in the final, deciding, race but Tarnacki was unable to gain enough separation to shake off an earlier penalty, handing the win and Semi Final slot to Hansen 2-3. Bjorn Hansen holding his advantage against Przemyslaw Tarnacki in the Quarter Finals © Robert Hajduk / WMRT It was a disappointing day for Swiss match racer Eric Monnin (SUI) and his Team SailBox. Finishing the last of their Qualifying races earlier in the day, Monnin needed just one win against either of his last two opponents Matt Jerwood from Australia, and Ian Williams to make it to the Quarter Finals ahead of Przemyslaw Tarnacki. Both matches were close, with Monnin crossing the line ahead of Williams but losing the match due to an infringement within metres of the finish. Against Jerwood the battle raged around the track but Monnin just couldn’t make it stick, losing the race and exiting the competition. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team will meet the winners of the Quarter Finalist in the Semis tomorrow © Robert Hajduk / WMRT The Semi Finals are scheduled for 1000 tomorrow with local and event favourite Karol Jablonski given the choice of Semi Final opponent. “I’m not sure who I will pick yet,” said Jablonski, “but I’m thinking about one of the Vikings, and maybe I should pick on someone closer to my own age!” 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match Race Quarter Finals ResultsNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0 Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing bt Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-2 FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-22. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 8-33. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-34. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-45. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-56. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 6-57. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-68. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 5-6 (4.5)9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 7-410. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-711. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 3-812. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-9 FULL RESULTS HERE

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    Sopot, Poland (1st August 2015): Nicolai Sehested (DEN) and his TREFOR Match Racing Team clinched victory today at the Energa Sopot Match Race, Poland, the 10th stage and World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). A triumphant Sehested defeated current ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 2-0 in the Final providing plenty of action for the spectators lining the end of the 500m Molo Pier. Local favourite Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team finished third defeating Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 2-1 in the Petit Finals. Nicolai Sehested in action during the finals of the Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “It’s just fantastic to win here,” said a jubilant Sehested. “if you had asked me a week ago if I would get to the Semi Finals, I would have said it was unlikely, so we are thrilled to go all the way and I’d like to thank my team for all their excellent work. Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team in action during the pre start of the Finals © Robert Hajduk / WMRT ”The Sopot win for Sehested marks a long awaited return to match racing for the 26 year old Dane who, for the last nine months, has been taking part in the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race as helmsman for Danish Team Vestas Wind. Sehested was unable to compete in the opening World Championship stages of the 2015 Tour in Long Beach, CA, Germany and Sweden however was determined to return his TREFOR match racing team to the Tour as soon as his Volvo duties were over. The team will now focus on the next World Championship Event at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda in October. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team wins the Petit Finals © Robert Hajduk / WMRT In the Petit Final for third and fourth places, Karol Jablonski was first to secure a point against Bjorn Hansen in the first-to-two race format. In the second race,  the two long-time skippers of the World Match Racing Tour threw every match racing move at each other in the pre-start, circling dangerously close to the pier in the 4 minute countdown to the start.  Hansen was able to level the score to 1-1 with a marginal lead, but it was to be Jablonski’s day in the third and deciding race as he led Hansen from start to finish to secure third place. Hard day at the office for Bjorn Hansen and his team © Robert Hajduk / WMRT “Given we are only able to compete on the Tour a few times a year, we are really very happy as a team with our performance this week,” commented Jablonski. “In particular, we were pleased to win against Bjorn [Hansen] today who is one of the best match racers on the Tour.” Next stop on the World Match Racing Tour are the World Tour Events - Knickerbocker Cup in New York (5-9 Aug), Oakcliff International (13-16 Aug), Chicago Match Cup Grand Slam (21-23 Aug), and the Detroit Cup (27-30 Aug). The teams will then meet for the World Championship Event - Argo Group Gold Cup - in Bermuda from 6-11 October as the penultimate event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour. Follow all the news at www.wmrt.com  2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match Race OVERALL RESULTS1. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing2. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar3. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team4. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing5. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team6. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing7. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing8. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour11. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing12. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing Final ResultNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar Petit Final ResultKarol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team bt Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 2-1 Semi Finals ResultsNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 3-2Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 3-0 Quarter Finals ResultsNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-1Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing bt Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-2 FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-22. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 8-33. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-34. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-45. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-56. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 6-57. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-68. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 5-6 (4.5)9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 7-410. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-711. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 3-812. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-9 FULL RESULTS HERE 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard Standings1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 90pts2 Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 85pts3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 60pts4 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 595 Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 58pts6 Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 51pts7 Phil Robertson (NZL) Team TREFOR 51pts8 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 49pts9 Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 48pts10 Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 44pts

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    Sopot, Poland (31st July 2015) There was no stopping current, and five-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar today at the Energa Sopot Match Race as he swiftly dispatched his Quarter Final opponent Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) in three straight wins. Defending event champion as well, Williams joins local hero Karol Jablonski (POL) in the Semi Finals of the World Championship Event together with the days other Quarter Final winners, Bjorn Hansen (SWE), (Nautiska Racing), and Nicolai Sehested (DEN), (TREFOR Match Racing). Ian Williams on winning form © Robert Hajduk / WMRT There was plenty of action for spectators to enjoy from the end of the 500m long Molo Pier which stretches out from the seaside resort of Sopot to provide the ideal stadium sailing arena for the 10th stage of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Today didn’t disappoint as the six Quarter Finalists tussled around the race course in gusty conditions with broaches and flaring spinnakers aplenty. In the first Quarter Final match, Swede Johnie Berntsson, Berntsson Sailing Team was paired with TREFOR Match Racing’s Nicolai Sehested (DEN), competing in his first World Championship Tour event since finishing as helm of the fated Team Vestas in the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action against Johnie Berntsson at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT After Berntsson won the first of three races, Sehested and crew found their stride in the second with a masterful move at the finish as he luffed Berntsson away from the line and tacked back to the finish, offloading a penalty in the process. Sehested went on to win the next two races to secure his Semi Final slot 3-1. “We had a good day,” said Sehested “It’s my first match racing event in a while but we’ve been getting better in the boats every day so that’s a good thing.” Close call for Eric Monnin © Robert Hajduk / WMRT As Williams finished his last match against Aschenbrenner, it was all action in the third Quarter Final between local sailor and founder of the Sopot Match Race, Przemyslaw Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing, and Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen. After Tarnacki took first blood, Hansen levelled the score before Tarnacki came back to clinch the third race 2-1. Undeterred, but struggling in the difficult wind shifts, Hansen and crew kept their cool to level the score at 2-2 following an overtaking manoeuvre on the final run to the finish. Both teams matched their speeds around the course in the final, deciding, race but Tarnacki was unable to gain enough separation to shake off an earlier penalty, handing the win and Semi Final slot to Hansen 2-3. Bjorn Hansen holding his advantage against Przemyslaw Tarnacki in the Quarter Finals © Robert Hajduk / WMRT It was a disappointing day for Swiss match racer Eric Monnin (SUI) and his Team SailBox. Finishing the last of their Qualifying races earlier in the day, Monnin needed just one win against either of his last two opponents Matt Jerwood from Australia, and Ian Williams to make it to the Quarter Finals ahead of Przemyslaw Tarnacki. Both matches were close, with Monnin crossing the line ahead of Williams but losing the match due to an infringement within metres of the finish. Against Jerwood the battle raged around the track but Monnin just couldn’t make it stick, losing the race and exiting the competition. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team will meet the winners of the Quarter Finalist in the Semis tomorrow © Robert Hajduk / WMRT The Semi Finals are scheduled for 1000 tomorrow with local and event favourite Karol Jablonski given the choice of Semi Final opponent. “I’m not sure who I will pick yet,” said Jablonski, “but I’m thinking about one of the Vikings, and maybe I should pick on someone closer to my own age!” 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Energa Sopot Match Race Quarter Finals ResultsNicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0 Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing bt Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-2 FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-22. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 8-33. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-34. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-45. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-56. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 6-57. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-68. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 5-6 (4.5)9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 7-410. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-711. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 3-812. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-9 FULL RESULTS HERE

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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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