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Record run rounds Britain and Ireland

Skipper JP Chomette set in May a new record for crewed monohulls sailing around Great Britain and Ireland. Chomette’s 60-foot Solune sailed non-stop around the islands, crossing the finish line at The Lizard Peninsula in the south of England after 7 days, 4 hours, 46 minutes and 22 seconds. That is three days faster than the previous record for the 1,787 nautical mile course set by Alex Thomson.

• Argentinean yacht designer Germán Frers was presented with the “Life of Sailing” award at a ceremony at the Teatrino di Portofino at the end of Italy’s Zegna Trophy. It was recognition of a lifetime’s work, which has seen more than 700 drawings develop from board to berth ranging from Nautor’s Swans and Hallberg-Rassy ocean cruising production yachts to America’s Cup contenders for the Il Moro di Venezia, Prada 2000, and custom-built superyachts such as Stealth and Rebecca.

The Life of Sailing Award is given every two years and honors outstanding contributions to the development and popularity of sailing. Frers’ first boss, Olin Stephens, is the only other designer to have been honored since the award was introduced in 1983. The list of recipients includes thelate Sir Peter Blake, Dennis Conner, Paul Cayard and, in 2002, Russell Coutts.

• US Sailing has placed a moratorium on its participation with the International Grand Prix Working Party (RWP) to allow time for wider review of national opinion among U.S. offshore racing interests. In the meantime, the Offshore Racing Congress and the Royal Ocean Racing Club will continue the work to develop a new international handicap rule for Grand Prix racing boats.

The RWP was created to develop a new set of rules that would promote international competition at the Grand Prix level through encouragement of fast, fun and seaworthy offshore boats racing within narrow rating bands. US Sailing officials say there is no set time limit for the moratorium and they will continue to stay in close contact with the work of the joint RWP. For information, contact Dan Nowlan at

• Performance Catamarans announced the introduction of the new International A-Class catamaran. Teaming up with the well-known design team of Morrelli & Melvin and co-designer Jeremy Laundergan, Performance will manufacture the 18-foot Nacra A2, the builder’s first entry into the carbon catamaran market.

More information is available at www.performance or contact your nearest authorized Performance Catamarans dealer.