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    Langenargen, Germany (25th May 2015): Tomislav Basic from Croatia mastered the light wind conditions of Lake Constance today to secure his first victory of Match Race Germany, the second world championship stage of the 2015/15 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Basic defended the favoured left side of the racecourse in every race of the final to defeat Switzerland’s Eric Monnin 3-0. Basic, 40, was delighted with his win “We are thrilled. I have been match racing for more than 20 years but we have never had the time and opportunity to form a consistent team to sail regular match racing events. When we looked at the boats and conditions here in Germany, I was confident we had a good chance. I hope we can sail more of the World Tour events.” Final action between Tomislav Basic and Eric Monnin © Martinez Studio / MRG For a moment in the first race of the Final, Monnin looked the favourite after forcing a penalty over Basic in the pre-start. But Monnin clipped the top mark on the first leg cancelling out the penalty, and Basic was able to maintain the lead after winning the favoured left side of the race course, a strategy he used in the next two races. “We worked out the left side was the place to be on the first day of the event, and with the wind in the direction it was today, it was the only choice for us, and it paid off.” added Basic. After a disappointing Semi Final performance yesterday against Eric Monnin, Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) had a point to prove today defeating young Australian Matt Jerwood in the Petit Final 2-0. Aschenbrenner finished third in the final event results, and Jerwood fourth. “It was a tough day yesterday.” said Aschenbrenner, “but we stepped up our level today so we are pleased with the result which takes us to the top of the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard which is great.” Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing finished third at Match Race Germany © Martinez Studio / MRG Jerwood, 22, and his Redline Racing Team from Perth return home with an impressive fourth place at their first World Match Racing Tour event. More used to the stronger wind conditions of Southern Australia, Jerwood agreed that sailing on Lake Constance was a challenge but gained a valuable experience sailing at a World Championship “We’ve learnt a great deal this week, the conditions were tricky, but we’ve really enjoyed it.” The last day of Match Race Germany drew one of the biggest crowds the event has seen in many years, with the wind direction allowing the racing to be positioned just metres from the shoreline. “After 18 years, Match Race Germany has become something of an institution in this region,” commented WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance. “This week over 25,000 spectators visited the event with the support of over 30 partners including Porsche, MHP – a Porsche Company, ultramarine, Adidas, DTM and ZF to name a few. I congratulate the oragnisers on a very successful event.”World Championship Event - Match Race GermanyOVERALL RESULTS1 Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team2 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox3 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing4 Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing5 Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast6 Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing7 Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing8 Max Trippolt (AUT) Trippolt Sailing Team9 Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing10 Dejan Presen (SOL) Lumba Match Race Team11 Christian Binder (AUT) Flat Lake Sailing Team12 Tim Kröger (GER) New Wave by AdidasFinalTomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 3-0Petit FinalJoachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing bt Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-0Semi FinalsEric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team bt Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 3-2Quarter FinalsReuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing v Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1-1Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing v Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast 1-1Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing 3-0QUALIFYING RESULTS1 Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team 9-22 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 9-23 Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast 6-54 Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 6-55 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team 6-56 Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing 6-47 Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 5-68 Max Trippolt (AUT) Trippolt Sailing Team 5-69 Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing Team 5-610 Dejan Presen (SOL) Lumba Match Race Team 4-711 Christian Binder (AUT) Flat Lake Sailing Team 4-712 Tim Kröger (GER) New Wave by Adidas 1-10 FULL RESULTS HERE 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard Standings1 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 39pts2 Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 36pts3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 35pts4 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 35pts5 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 31pts6 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 28pts7 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 25pts8 Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team 23pts

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    Langenargen, Germany (24th May 2015): Switzerland’s Eric Monnin and Croatia’s Tomislav Basic despatched their younger opponents Joachim Aschenbrenner and Matt Jerwood in todays Semi Finals at Match Race Germany, the second World Championship event of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). The 39yr old Swiss match racer will meet 40yr old Basic in tomorrow’s finals. Monnin, an experienced lake racer and Tour Card skipper for the 2015/16 season, posted a swift 3-0 score-line over fellow Tour Card Skipper Joachim Aschenbrenner from Denmark. The disappointed Dane, keen to put early points on the World Championship leader board from this event, was unable to shake off Monnin and his experienced Team SailBox who earlier today also posted a straight 3-0 score-line in the Quarter Finals against Mark Lees, GBR; Eric Monnin and his Team Sailbox in action at Match Race Germany © Martinez Studio / MRG “The day went well for us,” said Monnin arriving back on the dock. “The matches were a lot closer than they looked at the finish, we also had an unfortunate contact situation with Aschenbrenner, something we really try to avoid in these boats. He made a mistake (at least that’s how we judged it) and after he received a one-point penalty for causing damage, we were feeling a bit on edge. In any event, a good result for us today, tomorrow will be more important.” Big turnout during Semi Finals day at Match Race Germany © Martinez Studio / MRG In the second semi-finals, 22yr old Matt Jerwood from Australia, competing in his first World Match Racing Tour event, won his first two races against event favourite Basic. Jerwood needed just one more race to secure their place in the finals. But Basic was not going quietly levelling the score at 2-2, with a ‘winner take all’ race for the final. Following a boat pair swap requested by Jerwood, both teams built good pace off the startline with Basic to windward as they headed towards the harbour pier. Basic waited until the last moment to tack just metres from the pier, forcing Jerwood to tack second and trail Basic to the top mark. As Basic pulled away downwind, Jerwood was unable to close the gap and Basic led to the finish securing his place against Monnin in the Final. “Although we lost the first two races, we were also learning from our mistakes,” added Basic. “So when we started the third race, we felt in a better position. We are very pleased with our result at the end of the day and we look forward to the Final.” Monnin and Basic will meet in the Finals of the 18th edition of Match Race Germany starting tomorrow with light wind conditions forecast. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Match Race Germany Semi FinalsEric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team bt Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 3-2 Quarter FinalsReuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing v Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1-1Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing v Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast 1-1Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing 3-0 FULL RESULTS HERE ABOUT MATCH RACE GERMANY Status Grade W (World Championship, highest possible grading by ISAF, the governing body of sailing) Format Match Racing (boat against boat), Qualifying (each team races each other) followed by Quarter, Semi and Final Knockouts Date 21st-25th of May 2015 Main Partner Porsche, MHP - A Porsche Company, Ultramarin, dtm Group, Nauti Sattler Venue Lake Constance, Langenargen, Germany Prize Money €30,000 Yachts 6 Yachts B 40S, Match Race Edition Competitors MRG Invitational regatta of the World Match Racing Tour and the ISAF Match Race Rankings as well as America's Cup Teams, Olympic Champions and World Champions, 12 teams will compete. Qualification Wild Card: German Championship 2014 (Grade 3) Tino Ellegast (Constance), Tim Kröger (Hamburg) History + The first Match Race Germany was held in 1997 + 2015 will be the 18th edition of Germany's highest ranked and most valuable Match Race + Match Race Germany has been the only German stop of the World Match Racing Tour for the last 16 years, and the European season opener for 2015/15 World Champion World Match Racing Tour. Organisers Match Race Germany GmbH Host Club Yacht Club Langenargen e.V. Spectators 2014 Approximately 30,000 visitors followed the racing in front of Langenargen´s natural stadium Press Service Our media team during the event is headed by Tatjana Pokorny. We look forward to working with you! Contact: \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Langenargen, Germany (25th May 2015): Tomislav Basic from Croatia mastered the light wind conditions of Lake Constance today to secure his first victory of Match Race Germany, the second world championship stage of the 2015/15 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Basic defended the favoured left side of the racecourse in every race of the final to defeat Switzerland’s Eric Monnin 3-0. Basic, 40, was delighted with his win “We are thrilled. I have been match racing for more than 20 years but we have never had the time and opportunity to form a consistent team to sail regular match racing events. When we looked at the boats and conditions here in Germany, I was confident we had a good chance. I hope we can sail more of the World Tour events.” Final action between Tomislav Basic and Eric Monnin © Martinez Studio / MRG For a moment in the first race of the Final, Monnin looked the favourite after forcing a penalty over Basic in the pre-start. But Monnin clipped the top mark on the first leg cancelling out the penalty, and Basic was able to maintain the lead after winning the favoured left side of the race course, a strategy he used in the next two races. “We worked out the left side was the place to be on the first day of the event, and with the wind in the direction it was today, it was the only choice for us, and it paid off.” added Basic. After a disappointing Semi Final performance yesterday against Eric Monnin, Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) had a point to prove today defeating young Australian Matt Jerwood in the Petit Final 2-0. Aschenbrenner finished third in the final event results, and Jerwood fourth. “It was a tough day yesterday.” said Aschenbrenner, “but we stepped up our level today so we are pleased with the result which takes us to the top of the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard which is great.” Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing finished third at Match Race Germany © Martinez Studio / MRG Jerwood, 22, and his Redline Racing Team from Perth return home with an impressive fourth place at their first World Match Racing Tour event. More used to the stronger wind conditions of Southern Australia, Jerwood agreed that sailing on Lake Constance was a challenge but gained a valuable experience sailing at a World Championship “We’ve learnt a great deal this week, the conditions were tricky, but we’ve really enjoyed it.” The last day of Match Race Germany drew one of the biggest crowds the event has seen in many years, with the wind direction allowing the racing to be positioned just metres from the shoreline. “After 18 years, Match Race Germany has become something of an institution in this region,” commented WMRT Executive Director James Pleasance. “This week over 25,000 spectators visited the event with the support of over 30 partners including Porsche, MHP – a Porsche Company, ultramarine, Adidas, DTM and ZF to name a few. I congratulate the oragnisers on a very successful event.”World Championship Event - Match Race GermanyOVERALL RESULTS1 Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team2 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox3 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing4 Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing5 Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast6 Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing7 Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing8 Max Trippolt (AUT) Trippolt Sailing Team9 Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing10 Dejan Presen (SOL) Lumba Match Race Team11 Christian Binder (AUT) Flat Lake Sailing Team12 Tim Kröger (GER) New Wave by AdidasFinalTomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team bt Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 3-0Petit FinalJoachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing bt Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 2-0Semi FinalsEric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team bt Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 3-2Quarter FinalsReuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing v Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1-1Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing v Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast 1-1Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing 3-0QUALIFYING RESULTS1 Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team 9-22 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 9-23 Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast 6-54 Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 6-55 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team 6-56 Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing 6-47 Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 5-68 Max Trippolt (AUT) Trippolt Sailing Team 5-69 Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing Team 5-610 Dejan Presen (SOL) Lumba Match Race Team 4-711 Christian Binder (AUT) Flat Lake Sailing Team 4-712 Tim Kröger (GER) New Wave by Adidas 1-10 FULL RESULTS HERE 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour Leaderboard Standings1 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 39pts2 Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 36pts3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 35pts4 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 35pts5 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 31pts6 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 28pts7 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 25pts8 Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team 23pts

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    Langenargen, Germany (24th May 2015): Switzerland’s Eric Monnin and Croatia’s Tomislav Basic despatched their younger opponents Joachim Aschenbrenner and Matt Jerwood in todays Semi Finals at Match Race Germany, the second World Championship event of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). The 39yr old Swiss match racer will meet 40yr old Basic in tomorrow’s finals. Monnin, an experienced lake racer and Tour Card skipper for the 2015/16 season, posted a swift 3-0 score-line over fellow Tour Card Skipper Joachim Aschenbrenner from Denmark. The disappointed Dane, keen to put early points on the World Championship leader board from this event, was unable to shake off Monnin and his experienced Team SailBox who earlier today also posted a straight 3-0 score-line in the Quarter Finals against Mark Lees, GBR; Eric Monnin and his Team Sailbox in action at Match Race Germany © Martinez Studio / MRG “The day went well for us,” said Monnin arriving back on the dock. “The matches were a lot closer than they looked at the finish, we also had an unfortunate contact situation with Aschenbrenner, something we really try to avoid in these boats. He made a mistake (at least that’s how we judged it) and after he received a one-point penalty for causing damage, we were feeling a bit on edge. In any event, a good result for us today, tomorrow will be more important.” Big turnout during Semi Finals day at Match Race Germany © Martinez Studio / MRG In the second semi-finals, 22yr old Matt Jerwood from Australia, competing in his first World Match Racing Tour event, won his first two races against event favourite Basic. Jerwood needed just one more race to secure their place in the finals. But Basic was not going quietly levelling the score at 2-2, with a ‘winner take all’ race for the final. Following a boat pair swap requested by Jerwood, both teams built good pace off the startline with Basic to windward as they headed towards the harbour pier. Basic waited until the last moment to tack just metres from the pier, forcing Jerwood to tack second and trail Basic to the top mark. As Basic pulled away downwind, Jerwood was unable to close the gap and Basic led to the finish securing his place against Monnin in the Final. “Although we lost the first two races, we were also learning from our mistakes,” added Basic. “So when we started the third race, we felt in a better position. We are very pleased with our result at the end of the day and we look forward to the Final.” Monnin and Basic will meet in the Finals of the 18th edition of Match Race Germany starting tomorrow with light wind conditions forecast. 2015/16 World Match Racing TourWorld Championship Event - Match Race Germany Semi FinalsEric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0Tomislav Basic (CRO) TB Race Team bt Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 3-2 Quarter FinalsReuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing v Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team 1-1Matthew Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing v Tino Ellegast (GER) Team Ellegast 1-1Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox bt Mark Lees (GBR) GBR Match Racing 3-0 FULL RESULTS HERE ABOUT MATCH RACE GERMANY Status Grade W (World Championship, highest possible grading by ISAF, the governing body of sailing) Format Match Racing (boat against boat), Qualifying (each team races each other) followed by Quarter, Semi and Final Knockouts Date 21st-25th of May 2015 Main Partner Porsche, MHP - A Porsche Company, Ultramarin, dtm Group, Nauti Sattler Venue Lake Constance, Langenargen, Germany Prize Money €30,000 Yachts 6 Yachts B 40S, Match Race Edition Competitors MRG Invitational regatta of the World Match Racing Tour and the ISAF Match Race Rankings as well as America's Cup Teams, Olympic Champions and World Champions, 12 teams will compete. Qualification Wild Card: German Championship 2014 (Grade 3) Tino Ellegast (Constance), Tim Kröger (Hamburg) History + The first Match Race Germany was held in 1997 + 2015 will be the 18th edition of Germany's highest ranked and most valuable Match Race + Match Race Germany has been the only German stop of the World Match Racing Tour for the last 16 years, and the European season opener for 2015/15 World Champion World Match Racing Tour. Organisers Match Race Germany GmbH Host Club Yacht Club Langenargen e.V. Spectators 2014 Approximately 30,000 visitors followed the racing in front of Langenargen´s natural stadium Press Service Our media team during the event is headed by Tatjana Pokorny. We look forward to working with you! Contact: \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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Williams’ story is a remarkable one and goes against the grain of his fellow Card Holders. While he started sailing at a young age, he actually pursued a career in Law first, qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. It wasn’t until he took a six-month sabbatical and won two Grade 1 events, which earned him a place amongst the top five in the World Rankings that he took up sailing full-time.

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