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  • The World Match Racing Tour will begin its 16th season with the Congressional Cup in the USA. The full 2015/16 Tour Schedule will be announced next week.
  • The World Match Racing Tour will begin its 16th season with the Congressional Cup in the USA. The full 2015/16 Tour Schedule will be announced next week.
  • The World Match Racing Tour will begin its 16th season with the Congressional Cup in the USA. The full 2015/16 Tour Schedule will be announced next week.
  • Williams On Fire, Canfield On The Ropes
    Williams On Fire, Canfield On The Ropes

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  • Record Fifth World Title For Williams
    Record Fifth World Title For Williams

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  • Williams’ Record 5th World Title & Monsoon Victory Proves He’s The Daddy
    Williams’ Record 5th World Title & Monsoon Victory Proves He’s The Daddy

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    London, UK (20th Feb 2015): Stena Group, the title sponsor of Stena Match Cup Sweden and an official stage of the World Match Racing Tour, will offer visitors to this years event in Marstrand a unique chance to watch match racing in 3D via the brand new "Oculus Rift" - 3D goggles that take virtual reality to a whole new level. Put on the goggles and you are right in the centre of a match racing duel. At Stena Match Cup Sweden 2015, Stena want to treat visitors to a truly unique experience. Visitors will now be invited to come to Stena's exhibit next to the Race Arena at Marstrand, and experience an action-packed sailing adventure in "virtual reality", using the Oculus Rift glasses. "There is a buzz around Oculus Rift in gaming and technology circles right now. 3D glasses and headsets are expected to give a new dimension to the whole gaming world when released to consumers. But that will be later this year. Therefore, it is especially exciting that we already in early summer can offer visitors to Stena Match Cup Sweden a unique opportunity to test this world novelty – and feel the tension aboard a match racing yacht" says Lovisa Andersson, Marketing & Branding at Stena Metall Group. Image courtesy of Stena "We are expecting a lot of attention but we will rig up several stations that will be in place during the whole event. Once you are done sailing in virtual reality, you can just take a few step to the spectator area on the rocks at Marstrand watch the tough and exciting real life racing. It will be a double sailing experience" says Lena Alvling, Event & Marketing Manager at Stena Bulk. Oculus Rift is a virtual-reality headset, which looks a bit like a pair of ski goggles, with built in monitors in front of each eye. With the help of sensors, the spectacles detects how you move your head and adjusts the picture after it so it feels like you are inside the world you see. This type of headsets have gained a lot of attraction in the gaming and cinematic world. Today, the glasses are mainly used by developers but a consumer version is expected to be released sometime later in the summer of 2015. Stena Match Cup Sweden is one of the flagship events of the World Match Racing Tour since 2000. This year marks Stena’s sixth consecutive year as title sponsor of the popular event which attracts over 50,000 spectators annually to the idyllic island of Marstrand on the West coast of Sweden. With racing held just metres from the rocky shoreline, Marstrand is widely recognised as the world’s top stadium sailing venue.

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    Johor Bahru, Malaysia (14th Feb 2015): Ian Williams (GBR) battled his way into the history books today by winning the Monsoon Cup Malaysia and taking a record 5th ISAF Match Racing World Championship in Johor Bahru. The GAC Pindar skipper, who became a father three months ago, could scarcely grasp the enormity of his achievement. He has become the most successful match racing helmsman of all time, and he is the only skipper ever to have won three Monsoon Cups, the final event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. “It really is a dream come true. When I started sailing full time, giving up my job as a lawyer, I was hoping to win one world championship one day, so to win five is incredible. Record Fifth World Title For Williams © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT “I can’t say enough about the great job these guys did on board today. I’d like to thank the crew for what has been an incredible effort over the 2014/15 season. We’ve worked incredibly well as a team over the year and it really is an honour to sail with them.” Williams is crewed by Gerry Mitchell (mainsheet), Mal Parker (trimmer), Chris Main (pit and tactics) and Graeme Spence (bowman). The GAC Pindar crew started the day by winning a third and decisive match over Wild Card entry Eric Monnin (SUI). A ticket to the Finals was sufficient to give Williams his fifth world title. Aged 37, Williams won his first World Championship in 2007, and added three more titles in 2008, 2011 and 2012, when he drew level with Australian sailor Peter Gilmour with four titles. Ian Williams crossing the finish line to take the championship title © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT In the other Semi Final, defending World Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) took a vital point in his match against Mathieu Richard (FRA) to take the score to 1-2. The US One skipper dominated the French Lunajets team at the start, getting a penalty against Richard. When Richard picked up two more penalties at the leeward gate, he was black flagged by the umpires and the match was awarded to Canfield. Perhaps the tide was turning in US One’s favour, but no, Richard accelerated with more speed off the next start and controlled the match all the way to the finish to win 3-1 and book his way to the Final against Williams. The Petit Final was Canfield’s final shot at redemption, and this time he didn’t falter, beating Monnin 2-0 in the light airs to secure 3rd place in the Monsoon Cup and 2nd overall in the Tour season standings. Taylor Canfield of US One wins the Petit Final at the Monsoon Cup Malaysia © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The wind remained disappointingly light for the Final, after a good week of breeze in Johor Bahru, a new venue for the Monsoon Cup. It didn’t matter what tricks the wind decided to play, however. Whatever he was given, Williams was the master of time, distance and control in the pre-starts. Richard had no answer as he was boxed out of the first two starts by the British crew and found no way back into those matches. Even in the third match, when Richard finally found some clear air off the right-hand end of the line, Williams found the better breeze and raced away to an unassailable lead. Another 3-0 victory for GAC Pindar who won 19 of their 20 matches in the often fickle conditions of Johor Bahru. “To go 19-1 for the regatta, I couldn’t be happier with that performance. The guys did just a great job, with the starts and picking the wind shifts,” said Williams, reflecting on an incredible Tour season. “We’ve made six finals out of seven, and as we’ve matured we’ve learned the game more and more. I feel our systems and the processes have really come together at this regatta and the team has been as strong as it’s ever been. I think Johor Bahru has been a great venue for the Monsoon Cup. The racing has been challenging, tricky, and you could never be comfortable even when you were leading. It makes for really interesting racing. A fantastic sailing venue.” Williams’ tactician Chris Main started the day with a ‘Magnum’ moustache, winning the Semi-Finals with his face furniture still attached. Come the afternoon for the Final, however, and the moustache was gone. “Chris Main is a law unto himself,” sighed Williams, shaking his head. “But I don’t think Chris had fully thought through the consequences. If we had lost the Final, then Chris would have had to have regrown that moustache and kept it for the rest of his sailing career!” At the prize giving ceremony on the gardens of the brand new Country Garden Danga Bay resort, His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar presented the Garrard-designed World Match Racing Tour Championship Trophy to Williams and his crew. Also in attendance was His Highness Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim Ismail and Minister of Youth & Sports, YB Khairy Jamaluddin. From a total prize purse of US$500,000 for the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams’ season victory earns him US$100,000. He also receives 310,000 Malaysian Ringgits (approx US$86,000) for his Monsoon Cup victory. After finishing runner-up at the Monsoon Cup, Richard finished 3rd overall in the Tour standings behind Williams and Canfield. Now the teams have a few months to regroup and reset their goals in preparation for the Congressional Cup in California this May, the first event of the World Match Racing Tour 2015. FULL REPLAY OF THE FINALS - https://new.livestream.com/WorldMRT/mcm-15-f 2015 Monsoon Cup Malaysia Stage 7 - Season Finale 2014/15 Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2014/15 FINAL Leaderboard Standings 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 132pts2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 116pts3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 109pts4 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 77pts5 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 75pts6 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 73pts7 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 56pts8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 51pts Overall results of Monsoon Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One4 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox5 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing6 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team7 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour9 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team10 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team11 Maximilian Soh (SIN) Team Red Dot12 Jeremy Koo (MAS) Sime Darby Foundation / 1 Malaysia Match Racing Team Final Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 3-0 Petit-Finals Results Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 2-0 Semi-Finals Results Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 3-0Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets bt Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 3-1 Quarter-Finals Results Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-0Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 3-0Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets bt Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 3-2 Final Results of Qualifying 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 10-12 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 10-13 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 8 (7.5)-3 (0.5 point deducted for damage)4 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 7-45 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 6-56 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 6-57 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 6 (5)-5 (1 point deducted for damage)8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 5-69 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 4-710 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 3-811 Maximilian Soh (SIN) Team Red Dot 1-1012 Jeremy Koo (MAS) Sime Darby Foundation / 1 Malaysia Match Racing Team 0 (-0.5)-11 (0.5 point deducted for damage) FULL RESULTS HERE

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    London, UK (20th Feb 2015): Stena Group, the title sponsor of Stena Match Cup Sweden and an official stage of the World Match Racing Tour, will offer visitors to this years event in Marstrand a unique chance to watch match racing in 3D via the brand new "Oculus Rift" - 3D goggles that take virtual reality to a whole new level. Put on the goggles and you are right in the centre of a match racing duel. At Stena Match Cup Sweden 2015, Stena want to treat visitors to a truly unique experience. Visitors will now be invited to come to Stena's exhibit next to the Race Arena at Marstrand, and experience an action-packed sailing adventure in "virtual reality", using the Oculus Rift glasses. "There is a buzz around Oculus Rift in gaming and technology circles right now. 3D glasses and headsets are expected to give a new dimension to the whole gaming world when released to consumers. But that will be later this year. Therefore, it is especially exciting that we already in early summer can offer visitors to Stena Match Cup Sweden a unique opportunity to test this world novelty – and feel the tension aboard a match racing yacht" says Lovisa Andersson, Marketing & Branding at Stena Metall Group. Image courtesy of Stena "We are expecting a lot of attention but we will rig up several stations that will be in place during the whole event. Once you are done sailing in virtual reality, you can just take a few step to the spectator area on the rocks at Marstrand watch the tough and exciting real life racing. It will be a double sailing experience" says Lena Alvling, Event & Marketing Manager at Stena Bulk. Oculus Rift is a virtual-reality headset, which looks a bit like a pair of ski goggles, with built in monitors in front of each eye. With the help of sensors, the spectacles detects how you move your head and adjusts the picture after it so it feels like you are inside the world you see. This type of headsets have gained a lot of attraction in the gaming and cinematic world. Today, the glasses are mainly used by developers but a consumer version is expected to be released sometime later in the summer of 2015. Stena Match Cup Sweden is one of the flagship events of the World Match Racing Tour since 2000. This year marks Stena’s sixth consecutive year as title sponsor of the popular event which attracts over 50,000 spectators annually to the idyllic island of Marstrand on the West coast of Sweden. With racing held just metres from the rocky shoreline, Marstrand is widely recognised as the world’s top stadium sailing venue.

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    Johor Bahru, Malaysia (14th Feb 2015): Ian Williams (GBR) battled his way into the history books today by winning the Monsoon Cup Malaysia and taking a record 5th ISAF Match Racing World Championship in Johor Bahru. The GAC Pindar skipper, who became a father three months ago, could scarcely grasp the enormity of his achievement. He has become the most successful match racing helmsman of all time, and he is the only skipper ever to have won three Monsoon Cups, the final event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. “It really is a dream come true. When I started sailing full time, giving up my job as a lawyer, I was hoping to win one world championship one day, so to win five is incredible. Record Fifth World Title For Williams © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT “I can’t say enough about the great job these guys did on board today. I’d like to thank the crew for what has been an incredible effort over the 2014/15 season. We’ve worked incredibly well as a team over the year and it really is an honour to sail with them.” Williams is crewed by Gerry Mitchell (mainsheet), Mal Parker (trimmer), Chris Main (pit and tactics) and Graeme Spence (bowman). The GAC Pindar crew started the day by winning a third and decisive match over Wild Card entry Eric Monnin (SUI). A ticket to the Finals was sufficient to give Williams his fifth world title. Aged 37, Williams won his first World Championship in 2007, and added three more titles in 2008, 2011 and 2012, when he drew level with Australian sailor Peter Gilmour with four titles. Ian Williams crossing the finish line to take the championship title © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT In the other Semi Final, defending World Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) took a vital point in his match against Mathieu Richard (FRA) to take the score to 1-2. The US One skipper dominated the French Lunajets team at the start, getting a penalty against Richard. When Richard picked up two more penalties at the leeward gate, he was black flagged by the umpires and the match was awarded to Canfield. Perhaps the tide was turning in US One’s favour, but no, Richard accelerated with more speed off the next start and controlled the match all the way to the finish to win 3-1 and book his way to the Final against Williams. The Petit Final was Canfield’s final shot at redemption, and this time he didn’t falter, beating Monnin 2-0 in the light airs to secure 3rd place in the Monsoon Cup and 2nd overall in the Tour season standings. Taylor Canfield of US One wins the Petit Final at the Monsoon Cup Malaysia © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT The wind remained disappointingly light for the Final, after a good week of breeze in Johor Bahru, a new venue for the Monsoon Cup. It didn’t matter what tricks the wind decided to play, however. Whatever he was given, Williams was the master of time, distance and control in the pre-starts. Richard had no answer as he was boxed out of the first two starts by the British crew and found no way back into those matches. Even in the third match, when Richard finally found some clear air off the right-hand end of the line, Williams found the better breeze and raced away to an unassailable lead. Another 3-0 victory for GAC Pindar who won 19 of their 20 matches in the often fickle conditions of Johor Bahru. “To go 19-1 for the regatta, I couldn’t be happier with that performance. The guys did just a great job, with the starts and picking the wind shifts,” said Williams, reflecting on an incredible Tour season. “We’ve made six finals out of seven, and as we’ve matured we’ve learned the game more and more. I feel our systems and the processes have really come together at this regatta and the team has been as strong as it’s ever been. I think Johor Bahru has been a great venue for the Monsoon Cup. The racing has been challenging, tricky, and you could never be comfortable even when you were leading. It makes for really interesting racing. A fantastic sailing venue.” Williams’ tactician Chris Main started the day with a ‘Magnum’ moustache, winning the Semi-Finals with his face furniture still attached. Come the afternoon for the Final, however, and the moustache was gone. “Chris Main is a law unto himself,” sighed Williams, shaking his head. “But I don’t think Chris had fully thought through the consequences. If we had lost the Final, then Chris would have had to have regrown that moustache and kept it for the rest of his sailing career!” At the prize giving ceremony on the gardens of the brand new Country Garden Danga Bay resort, His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar presented the Garrard-designed World Match Racing Tour Championship Trophy to Williams and his crew. Also in attendance was His Highness Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim Ismail and Minister of Youth & Sports, YB Khairy Jamaluddin. From a total prize purse of US$500,000 for the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams’ season victory earns him US$100,000. He also receives 310,000 Malaysian Ringgits (approx US$86,000) for his Monsoon Cup victory. After finishing runner-up at the Monsoon Cup, Richard finished 3rd overall in the Tour standings behind Williams and Canfield. Now the teams have a few months to regroup and reset their goals in preparation for the Congressional Cup in California this May, the first event of the World Match Racing Tour 2015. FULL REPLAY OF THE FINALS - https://new.livestream.com/WorldMRT/mcm-15-f 2015 Monsoon Cup Malaysia Stage 7 - Season Finale 2014/15 Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2014/15 FINAL Leaderboard Standings 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 132pts2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 116pts3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 109pts4 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 77pts5 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 75pts6 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 73pts7 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 56pts8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 51pts Overall results of Monsoon Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One4 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox5 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing6 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team7 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour9 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team10 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team11 Maximilian Soh (SIN) Team Red Dot12 Jeremy Koo (MAS) Sime Darby Foundation / 1 Malaysia Match Racing Team Final Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 3-0 Petit-Finals Results Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 2-0 Semi-Finals Results Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 3-0Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets bt Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 3-1 Quarter-Finals Results Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-0Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One bt Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 3-0Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets bt Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 3-2 Final Results of Qualifying 1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 10-12 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 10-13 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 8 (7.5)-3 (0.5 point deducted for damage)4 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 7-45 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 6-56 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 6-57 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 6 (5)-5 (1 point deducted for damage)8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 5-69 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 4-710 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team 3-811 Maximilian Soh (SIN) Team Red Dot 1-1012 Jeremy Koo (MAS) Sime Darby Foundation / 1 Malaysia Match Racing Team 0 (-0.5)-11 (0.5 point deducted for damage) 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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It has taken many years for competitive sailing to capture the public imagination and it has taken a return to basic principles to make it happen. Right at the beginning of yacht racing, in the 17th century, races took place between two boats going down the river to the sea and back, and crowds lined the sides of the river to watch it happening. It was easy to understand, because the first one home won, it was exciting and it was a marvellous spectacle.

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