Overall results – after four races
1- Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson (GBR) – 16 (2+11+2+1)
2- Alan Adler / Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) – 35 (6+5+11+13)
3- Eivind Melleby / Petter Pedersen (NOR) – 39 (9+10+4+16)
4- Flavio Marazzi / Enrico De Maria (SUI) – 41 (30+1+6+4)
5- Diego Negri / Fernando Colaninno (ITA) – 52 (23+18+5+6)
6- Ross MacDonald (USA) / André Lekszycki (BRA) – 52 (10+13+14+15)
7- Fredrik Loof / John Tillander (SWE) – 54 (8+9+18+19)
8- Johannes Babendererde / Timo Jacobs (GER) – 56 (1+8+39+8)
9- Torben Grael / Marcelo Ferreira (BRA) – 58 (5+25+21+7)
10- André Mirsky / Marcelo Jordão (BRA) – 64 (33+6+22+3)
The Spanish team of Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez completed their dominance of this year's 49er Worlds held in the Bahamas by winning the Medal Race to secure their third World Championship gold medal.
Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez of Spain won their third 49er World Championship (the others came in 2002 and 2004) adding to their Olympic gold medal from Athens in 2004 and silver medal from Beijing in 2008. In true champion fashion, Martinez and Fernandez also won Saturday’s Medal Race, held in 8-10 knots. Defending champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Australia made a strong push by winning both the morning races moving them into second which they held through the final results. Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello of Italy, the world ranked #1 crew, won the bronze.
Did Pete Bethune deliberate ram his carbon fibre powerboat into the Shonan Maru 2 or did the Japanese security vessel try to run over the anti-whalers.
Either way, we are amazed that the water cannon on the Sonan Maru 2 continued after the collision.
Both the Japanese whalers and the Sea Shepherd crew blame each other for the incident, which happened in Antarctic waters.
The powered trimaran Ady Gil, known as Earthrace during her biofuelled circumnavigation, has had 8ft of its bow sliced off by Japanese whaling vessel the Shonan Maru II. Five of her crew, one with cracked ribs, have been airlifted off but recent reports suggest her skipper, Kiwi Pete Bethune, is staying onboard to salvage either the boat or some equipment.
Paul Watson, head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, new owners of the Ady Gil, told Kyodo News the Shonan Maru II, a vessel sent by Japan to ensure the security of its whaling fleet, deliberately rammed his group's US$1.8 million vessel Ady Gil and ''sheared the bow right off.''
''It ripped 8 feet of the front of the vessel off,' Watson said. ‘At this point it does not look salvageable, it's taking on water.'
According to his account, both vessels has been stationary in the water when the Shonan Maru II started up and then steered deliberately into the Ady Gil, which had been harassing the fleet, at around 1530. Australian time.
Watson, speaking from aboard the ship Steve Irwin, also said Sea Shepherd put out a mayday distress signal ‘but the Japanese fleet refused to acknowledge that and just kept going. It was a hit and run.'
The Japanese Fisheries Agency blamed the collision on Sea Shepherd, saying the Shonan Maru II crew had tried to ward off the approaching Ady Gil with water cannon but the anti-whaling vessel employed maneuvers such as suddenly reducing speed, which resulted in the collision.
Glenn Inwood, the spokesman for the Institute of Cetacean Research, told Kyodo News his information was the Ady Gil was idling in the water and then went ‘full steam ahead' to cut off Shonan Maru II.
He said the Ady Gil skipper miscalculated and the fault lies with Sea Shepherd vessel for the collision.
Inwood added the anti-whaling organisation is responsible for towing the stricken ship back to New Zealand or Australia.
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Two thieves on a motor-scooter flew by and snatched a womans purse on a street in Wenzhou, China. Surveillance video shows a man riding a bicycle. As he was passing by the front of a hotel near where the thievery happened, he stopped, calmly got off his bicycle, picked it up, and then threw it at the thieves. The bicycle hit them, they lost control, and crashed to the ground.
Their nearly-new J boat ran aground on the Hook Sands near Reculver Towers on passage from Ramsgate to London. As the £300,000 43-ft (13.1 metres) J133 Justice pounded on the firm sands her two-man crew sent out a Mayday, but as Margate Lifeboat pulled her clear it became clear she had lost her keel and she quickly filled with water.
The pair were plucked to safety unhurt by a Belgian air force helicopter based at Koksijde. Although at first reported sunk, Justice had enough buoyancy to keep her just afloat, and next day she went ashore a few miles along the coast at Herne Bay, where she was eventually salvaged. She had a huge hole in her port side. [..]
Yachting Monthly reader Max Liberson, an experienced yacht delivery skipper, ran aground while coming through the channel 'well after low water' between the Margate and Hook Sands last summer in a boat drawing only 5ft. He criticised Reeds Almanac which recommended the channel for yachts of 2m or less draught. Reeds, having seen Yachting Monthly's online story, subsequently said they would change the details in their next publication.