GP42 Go their Own Way and CYCA Finds Twilight Series Sponsor.

We’re taking a little break, making the most of some late summer sunshine… Here are some stories that we’ve noticed in the last week or so.

GP42 Class to Split from Audi Med Cup

The GP42 Class, which has supported the Audi Med Cup in 2010 will  go their own way in 2011. Marrying these boats with the TP52 seemed like a good idea at the time, potentially giving spectators more racing to watch on any given Sunday and allowing series promoters some economies of scale.

[cleeng_content id=”434746115″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]The GP42 class says that the decision to split from the Audi Med Cup is to attract previous GP42 teams back to the class and attract new teams. It is reported that GP42 owners will help event organisers in their planning and give the class “a strong hand in pursuing potential sponsorship opportunities.”

GP42 Class President Javier Goizuetas said:

“We are excited to make this firm commitment to the 2011 season. The Audi MedCup has been fantastic for us, but we look forward to expand class racing to new and exciting racing venues.”

More Audi Med Cup News

CYCA Announces Club Marines as Naming Right Sponsor of Twilight Series.

Some places are blessed with the geographic and cultural conditions to make sailing a more accessible sport. Not only does Sydney have a great sailing venue, but the locals have a work culture that allows people to step away from their computers and boardroom tables early on a Wednesday to sail.

Club Marine has become the new naming rights sponsor of the longest running, largest midweek twilight series on Sydney Harbour conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The Club Marine sponsorship commences with the 2010/2011 season which starts on Wednesday 6 October 2010, and will continue up to and including the 2013/2014 season.

More than 100 yachts compete each week in the non-spinnaker, non-pointscore series, with great prizes to be won every week. The Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series comprises of 20 races commencing on 6 October and running until 30 March 2011.

Every Wednesday evening during daylight savings 1000 sailors will take to the water to participate in the Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series, taking advantage of the fun harbour racing which finishes at sunset, followed by a celebratory drink and a meal at the CYCA deck overlooking the floating marina.

CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre said

‘I welcome the sponsorship support from Club Marine for one of our most popular summer sailing series. Thank you to Chief Executive Officer Greg Fisher and NSW State Manager Andrew O’Reilly for their support and generosity.’

Club Marine CEO Greg Fisher said:

‘The CYCA works long and hard to ensure the Wednesday Twilight Series always has the mix of fun and competitiveness just right and Club Marine is proud to stand behind an event that brings so many sailors together for such a good time.’

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