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Gilmour Back to Business in France

Marseille, France, Sept 26, 2012 – (ACN Newswire) – Strong offshore winds made for exciting sailing conditions on the first day of Qualifying at Match Race France, where Peter Gilmour got off to a flying start for the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT).

Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing sits on top of the standings in Marseille after five straight wins put his team on the brink of qualification to the knockout stages. Whilst he retained an unbeaten start to the competition, it was the elements that Gilmour felt were the toughest opposition.

He said: “We had a great day today and I think the boys did a really fabulous job. It’s a long day but we sailed well, getting the starts we wanted and keeping everything together. We discussed things this morning and decided it was going to be one of those days where you don’t really need to concentrate so much on the opposition. The key thing was always going to be keeping stable, alive and not capsize or losing by crew error. We just concentrated on keeping the boat upright.

“The J80’s certainly don’t suit me but when you’re sailing in 20 knots of breeze, you’re a hundred kilogrammes and you can get over the side to start swinging the boat down, it seems to work ok!”

Gilmour attributes his team’s good start to the decision to arrive in Marseille early in order to spend some extra time in the racing area. He said: “We came out here early and managed to get in two really good days of practice with Simone Ferrarese. I think that has become a huge advantage, getting comfortable in the boats and with these conditions so I’m really pleased we spent our time doing that. After the practice was cancelled yesterday, I think the extra time on the race area has really told.”

Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team also started the day strongly with four opening wins and seemed to have a handle on the tricky conditions, powering the J80 boats to a 4-2 record by the end of the session. He said: “It’s our first time here at Match Race France but we’re confident after the grade 1 last week in Pornichet where we performed well and finished fourth.

“The racing conditions are tricky here with the strong winds but we’re enjoying it and look forward to getting back out on the water tomorrow.

“At the moment all we’re concentrating on is getting as many points as we can in qualifying here in Marseille. Honestly, we’re not thinking too far ahead of ourselves through to the knockout rounds. We’ve got off to a good start so we’ll try to continue that tomorrow.”

Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match was one of the skippers who also elected to get his team in shape for the event by competing at the Internationeaux de France de Match-Racing in Pornichet and the decision was justified as he recorded a 4-1 record in 20 knot shifting winds and taking key victories over current Tour leader Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team and reigning Tour Champion, Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar. Of his good start, Jury said: “We have begun strongly like we did in St. Moritz. We’re sailing the boat well and doing a good job of getting the boat around the track and not making too many mistakes. Our starts were average but the kite work down wind was good and overall we’re happy.

Referring to one of his fellow competitors and second place finisher in Pornichet, Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team, Jury said: “We were frustrated in our match against Pierre-Antoine Morvan, a penalty put us behind. He just got second last week [in Pornichet] so I’m sure he’ll be one to watch out for at a home regatta but we felt confident against them today.

“We’re seventh in the Tour overall at the moment but with the close gap up to third, that’s a realistic target for us. If we can get a good result here, I’d feel pretty good about the Monsoon Cup.”

The teams will be back on the water from 1000AM local time (GMT+2) tomorrow for the second day of Qualifying at Match Race France (24-29 September) in Marseille, the sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

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Match Race France Standings after Qualifying Session 1:

Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 5-0
Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match 4-1
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team 4-2
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 4-2
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-2
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 3-3
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Argo Group Black Match 2-3
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing 2-3
Damien Iehl (FRA) Wind 2 Win 2-3
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 2-4
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 1-4
Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) Echegoyen Team 0-5

2012 Alpari World Match Racing (AWMRT) Tour Calendar:

Date Event Location

1 May 23-28 Match Race Germany Langenargen, Germany
2 May 29-June 3 Korea Match Cup Gyeonggi, South Korea
3 July 2-7 Match Cup Sweden Marstrand, Sweden
4 July 10-15 Chicago Match Cup Chicago, USA
5 Aug 28-Sep 2 St. Moritz Match Race St. Moritz, Switzerland
6 Sep 24-29 Match Race France Marseille, France
7 Oct 1-7 Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton, Bermuda
8 Dec 3-8 Monsoon Cup K.Terengganu, Malaysia

2012 Tour Card Holders:

Johnie Berntsson Berntsson Sailing Team Sweden
Simone Ferrarese Ferrarese Racing Team Italy
Peter Gilmour YANMAR Racing Australia
Bjorn Hansen Mekonomen Sailing Team Sweden
Laurie Jury Kiwi Match New Zealand
Pierre-Antoine Morvan Vannes Agglo Sailing Team France
Phil Robertson WAKA Racing New Zealand
Keith Swinton Black Swan Racing Australia
Ian Williams GAC Pindar UK

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About the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT)

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring nine World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status. The World Tour awards over US$1.75million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”. The prize fund includes a US$500,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams in the Championship. Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore so that spectators and fans can follow the racing in a virtual on the-water stadium. Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183 countries around the world. For more information, .

About Alpari

With a history dating back to 1998, the Alpari companies are among the world’s fastest growing providers of online Forex trading services. The companies provide cutting edge technology, low-cost trading, comprehensive market research tools, advanced educational programmes and world-class customer service. The association of Alpari companies has offices in over 20 countries. Locations include London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai, Moscow, Mumbai and Frankfurt. Combined, the companies look after over 170,000 active trading accounts, generating monthly trading volumes in excess of USD210 billion and employ over 630 people worldwide (as of May 2011).


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Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT)
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Sailing in Marin: San Rafael High teacher giving kids opportunity to sail

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CJ Healy routinely puts in six days a week at her job as a physical education and health teacher at San Rafael High, and that’s after managing her own family of three at home. But, she’s not complaining as part of her job involves teaching the PE sailing class which she loves — to the point that she readily admits to taking photos of her feet from her boat with the bay in the background when she’s on the water with her students. “I say to myself, ‘This is my job, I’m so lucky,'” Healy said. “I love teaching sailing.”

Healy, 37, has taught at San Rafael since 2002 and shortly thereafter, revived its sailing program, which was started in the ’70s by Bill Monti, San Rafael PE teacher at the time. The program waned in the ’80s and ’90s, but in the nine years that Healy’s been at the helm, some 270 kids have learned to sail under her tutelage.

Healy teaches a sport she loves to a large number of kids who otherwise would not likely get the opportunity. Her students are all beginners who have mostly never stepped in a sailboat. The makeup of her class is much different from the typical Marin junior sailing program because San Rafael draws from largely low socioeconomic backgrounds. As it’s a public school, all kids can take her class.

“I teach a large number of Latino kids who would never have the opportunity to sail,” Healy said. “They walk away at the end of the year feeling like they too are sailors.

They could also possibly race but it’s just not affordable for most of these kids.”

Healy’s students will at least sample a taste of racing at the top of the sport on Thursday. She’s taking them to watch the top sailors in the world duke it out on AC45 catamarans in Thursday’s line-up of the America’s Cup World Series. Scheduled are the match race quarterfinals from 12:20-1 p.m. and later in the day, following the Blue Angels airshow practice, America’s Cup fleet racing will resume from 5:10-6:20 p.m.

“The principal has approved it — we’re going,” Healy said. “Alumni from the class will also be joining us.”

A widely publicized goal of the 34th America’s Cup is to introduce the sport to sailing neophytes and to make it more accessible to those who want to learn more about it. Thursday is designated youth day at this week’s America’s Cup World Series, and aside from viewing the racing, there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained at the America’s Cup Village such as the digital boathouse, sailor’s hoist and the trampoline traverse.

Healy’s achieving the same goal in her backyard just as effectively, but on a less grand scale. The San Rafael Yacht Club allows her the use of its facility for free, including 15 Lasers.

“The boats are mostly from the ’70s and ’80s,” Healy said. “They’re pretty old but they float and they’re good!”

Her sailors meet on Wednesday nights at school to cover theory and the PE portion of the class. They meet again on Saturday mornings to sail from 8 a.m. to noon at the yacht club. Students have to be sophomores to participate, although juniors and seniors can take the class. Healy says there’s usually an even distribution of girls and boys.

“I think sailing is seen as an elite sport that’s not accessible to a lot of these kids,” Healy said. “They get a sense of pride and accomplishment in knowing that they have become competent in this sport and they can walk out of class with this confidence that says, ‘I’m a sailor and I can sail, I can go anywhere.'”

Healy added, “There’s also nothing like being in charge of their own vessel. These kids are 15 so most of them don’t have a driver’s license so it’s the first time they really take charge of something — they’re in charge of their own fate out on the water. It’s really cool.”

Edgar Martinez (San Rafael) learned to sail with Healy. Now 24, he regularly sails his own Laser and has sailed with the Sea Scouts for the past four years.

“I wouldn’t have learned to sail otherwise and I think it’s probably kept me out of trouble,” Martinez said. “I really love it.”

The most difficult part of the program for Healy, more than her long work week, is that in August she takes a group of students from beginner sailors and teaches them to sail then they leave.

“They become proficient and confident, they’re really having fun and they’re sailing all the way out to the bay,” Healy said. “Then they leave and I get a new group”…”

That’s the teaching dilemma.

Et cetera

• On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the Corinthian Yacht Club will host a celebration of the America’s Cup, open to the public. Following a French theme, speakers include Romain Serman (Consul General, France), Bruno Trouble (Louis Vuitton), and Loick Peyron, Skipper, Energy Team.

• The San Francisco Leukemia Cup has announced that for the first time a classic yacht class will compete at the seventh annual Leukemia Cup Regatta event Oct. 20-21. Info at

Marin resident Michelle Slade is a sailing journalist. Contact her about results, upcoming competitions and story ideas at Read her blog at


What: The final edition of the AC World Series in San Francisco prior to the America’s Cup Final, which will be held on the San Francisco Bay during summer 2013.
Where: The America’s Cup village on the Little Marina Green along the San Francisco City Front is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Who: Skippers representing eight countries and 10 teams will compete.
On the Web: For transport information, download the Muni Transit guide from the AC official website,, for this weekend.

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Navionics searching for South Central Sales/Marketing Manager


Navionics searching for South Central Sales/Marketing Manager


Navionics searching for South Central Sales/Marketing Manager

Posted on 01 October 2012

Full time opportunity salary/benefits

Territory: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi

Prefer candidate is currently living within territory

Experience of 3+ years in marine/boating/sailing/fishing industry

Navionics is searching for a regional sales/marketing manager that enjoys the fishing/boating/sailing lifestyle. This individual must be an aggressive person with a diverse background in selling as well as promoting on a variety of levels. Not just traditional sales skills but also experience in forums, blogs, writing, creative ideas, connections to media/writers, and social media is a must. This role is just as much a marketing/promotional position as it is a sales role.

Responsibilities include extensive road work calling on all current and new customers including Dealers, Distributors, Boat-builders, Retail, Sporting, Fishing and Marine stores in your assigned territory. These duties include: providing pull-through support, new product placement, selling product and its advantages over others and training for retail detail at regional and national retailers. You will provide sales training support for Distributors, attend exhibitions in your territory and some outside areas plus any other projects as defined by the Americas Sales Manager.

Products to involve all Navionics World products which include but not limited to plug and play charts, mobile, and PC based products.

Participate and be actively involved in marketing initiatives such as tourneys, club functions, speaking engagements, forums, writers events, social media, etc….

Territory includes Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Applicant must live within the territory currently. Would prefer Texas based but not essential for the right candidate. We want the person that lives the lifestyle and fits the role. This isn’t just a career opportunity but the chance to work for a company that allows you to participate in that passion for the outdoors!

Please send resume and cover letter to provided email.

Paul Michele

National Sales Manager – Americas

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More than a holiday: The luxury superyacht that doubles as a science lab

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The RV Pegaso is a 73.6 meter superyacht boasting a fully-equipped, cutting edge marine laboratory big enough to house a team of 12 scientists.

A view of Pegaso’s laboratory area on the main deck — fitted with a range of technology that allows the on board team of scientists to do everything from tracking endangered marine life to studying water pollution levels.

The research vessel is equipped with a five-person submarine. Weighing 14 tons, it is the world’s only privately owned diver-lockout sub, according to its management company, allowing divers to enter and leave underwater via different chambers.

The sub has standing room of 1.8meters and can travel to 170 meters under water, allowing guests to explore at depths few have ventured before.

The vast array of diving equipment on board includes a machine that produces high-quality oxygen — allowing trained guests to dive deeper, longer and safer.

Catering for the superyacht elite, RV Pegaso also boasts a helicopter landing pad. The on board decompression chamber is heli-portable, should a diver need to be transported to hospital in an emergency.

The owner, an accomplished diver and advocate of ocean preservation, wanted to design a boat which would unite luxury travel and significant scientific research.

Along with cutting edge scientific facilities are all the luxury comforts you’d expect from a superyacht. Boasting six double bedrooms, the number of scientists is dependent on the number of guests on board.

“When we do trips with our clients, they still like wonderful meals, they still like massages, they still like the luxury of living aboard a superyacht,” says Sean Dooley of the Ocean Preservation Alliance.

According Alex Flemming, CEO of Marine Pegaso, the yacht’s management company, anybody can rent a superyacht in the south of France, drink champagne and have a lovely time but, he says, “suddenly people are going: ‘Hang on a second, I can go somewhere and do some good.'”











Editor’s note: MainSail is CNN’s monthly sailing show, exploring the sport of sailing, luxury travel and the latest in design and technology.

(CNN) — A recently built superyacht suggests that at least some wealthy holiday makers are demanding more from their sailing trips than just exotic islands and sun-drenched sea decks.

The 74-meter RV Pegaso comes with the usual roster of flat-screen TVs, designer furniture and en-suite bathrooms, but a closer inspection reveals that it also doubles as a fully-fledged floating laboratory.

Indeed, Pegaso’s “RV” designation stands for “research vessel”, and the boat is equipped with a five-man submarine, a decompression chamber for deep sea diving and a small team of marine biologists.

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Alex Flemming is the chief executive of the yacht’s managing company, Pegaso Marine. He explains that anyone who charters the yacht can have as much or as little involvement in the research as they like, with the one condition that they always allow a group of scientists to travel with them.

The world’s most luxurious boat show

Flemming believes demand for boats of this type represent a growing trend within the yachting community, where people are looking for something more than just a hedonistic getaway.

“The historic perception of the superyacht set is the south of France, drinking champagne and having a lovely time,” he said. “But suddenly people are going: ‘Hang on a second. I can go somewhere further afield and be a part of something bigger.’

“This is about getting the most out of time and also feeling as though they’re doing some good,” he added.

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According to Sean Dooley of the Ocean Preservation Alliance (OPA), the boat is owned by an accomplished diver and marine preservationist who wishes to keep his identity private.

“This is his fourth vessel. He’d already been yachting for 15 years and traveled around the world twice,” claimed Dooley. “It was at that point he said: ‘Let’s do something different.'”

The boat’s original dining area was converted into a lab and fitted with scientific equipment capable of everything from tagging endangered marine life to monitoring water pollution levels.

As well as the decompression chamber, the vast array of diving equipment on board RV Pegaso includes a machine that produces high-quality oxygen — allowing trained guests to dive deeper, longer and safer.

Read: The eco-conscious superyacht

One of the biggest draws — for guests and scientists — is the five-person submarine on board.

Weighing 14 tons, managing company Pegaso Marine claim it’s the world’s only privately owned diver-lockout sub, allowing divers to enter and leave underwater via different chambers and explore depths few others have ventured before.

Such experiences can be transforming. Dooley recounts the journey of a guest aboard a similar research vessel in the Socorro Islands, just off Mexico, who helped scientists tag giant manta rays in an effort to track their migration patterns.

The vital data was packaged into a video that the guest then presented to the president of Mexico.

“He was able to help conduct important research that will have a lasting impact. And as he kept telling us, this was the best trip he’d ever had,” said Dooley.

But all this worthy enterprise does nothing to distract from the luxury embellishments at hand on RV Pegaso.

True to its owner’s vision of combining high-level research with opulence fit for a sultan, guests who are not otherwise tagging hammerhead sharks or monitoring the breeding habits of whales, can enjoy comforts that include an eight-person spa pool, bar, cinema, gym and extensive observation lounge.

“When we do trips with our clients, they still like wonderful meals, they still like massages, they still like the luxury of living aboard a superyacht,” said Dooley.

“But we’ve got a whole other layer of richness you just can’t get from your average superyacht.”

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