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Nautor adds regattas

for the new Swan 601

Based on the success of the One Design racing program for the Swan 45, Nautor Swan has added regattas for its newest racer, the Swan 601. Launched in 2004, the 601 enables class racing in a larger yacht. It is intended to appeal to competitive owners who enjoy cruising as much as racing. The Swan 45 has also been selected as part of the three-boat team for the Admiral’s Cup, with entries expected from Italy, Ireland, Spain, the United States and Great Britain. The next Swan 45 Gold Cup will take place at Key West in 2006, and world championships are planned until 2010.

Tartan 42 sailor

Jones dies at 76

Warren Jones, a well-known sailor and hardware store owner in the Detroit area, died Feb. 25 at the age of 76. “We lost a great one with the passing of Warren Jones but the memories of this man will not be forgotten,” wrote Olaf Harken in the sailing newsletter Scuttlebutt.

Jones was known as much for his salty tongue as he was for sailing his Tartan 42, Great Whisper.

“He talked and talked and talked,” Bill Zemmin, a friend and past commodore at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, told the Detroit Free Press. Some even called him cantankerous but he was loved by sailors nationwide. He was an enthusiastic sailor, and a fixture in the Chicago-to-Mackinaw race.

Jones owned Thomas Hardware in Grosse Point Farms near Detroit, a store that specialized in nautical supplies. The store supplied boats around the country, including some in America’s Cup competitions.

A memorial service was held at the Bayview Yacht Club.

Romantic sailors

tie the knot

Romance went hand-in-hand with adventure during the Global Challenge round-the-world race as two competing British sailors tied the knot during the Sydney, Australia, stopover in February.

Graham Thompson, sailing aboard Pindar, married his girlfriend Laura Alexander on BP Explorer. The pair met in Sydney during the 2000-2001 Global Challenge as Thompson visited his father, who was a competitor in the race. Alexander was also competing. The two separately decided to further their sailing skills in an attempt to compete in the current race, and ended up in Southampton, England, on the same sailing course — the rest is history.

Thompson proposed to Alexander by VHF as BP Explorer rounded Cape Horn in December. He bought the ring in Buenos Aires, the wedding cake (in the shape of boats) in Australia, and had a stag party in New Zealand. The Feb. 18 wedding was attended by both teams. There was little time for a honeymoon, however. The yachts departed Feb. 27 for the next leg, heading back through the Southern Ocean to Cape Town, South Africa.