Early Entry Deadline is fast approaching for the 82nd Nassau Cup Ocean Race….
The third day of competition at the Semaine Olympique Francaise brought light winds and a leaderboard topping performance from Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign in the 49er event…
The Island of Bermuda is experiencing a rush of sailing popularity since it was chosen as the host venue for the 35th America’s Cup…
The WSSR Council announces the the establishment of a new world record on Fastnet Race original course…
The 2015 Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC) takes place 13-20 October and will host around 150 competitors from 15 countries.
The ISAF-recognised event is hosted and run by students for students and this year four UK university teams are entered, with each one either skippered or crewed by a Royal Southern Academy member.
The Oxford University team is skippered by 19 year-old Lulu Wallis; Cambridge is sailed by Damien Arnol, 25 and 21 year-old Annabel Vose is heading up the Southampton University team. Vose is a 420 World and European Champion and successfully skippered a women’s match racing team to win the University World Championship last summer. She is joined by Academy members Jamie Diamond and Tom Harrison. The University of Strathclyde’s team captain is 22 year-old Peter Cameron.
Competitors will race a minimum two races per day in J/80s, enabling each team to showcase their talents with the aim of being crowned University World Cup Champion.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Sailing Manager, Tim Thubron, said: “We’re hopeful that we’ll see some Academy members on the prize-giving podium at the end of this major event.”
The current and former Royal Southern Academy sailing members have enjoyed some success over the summer. Will Goldsmith, sailing with Anna Carpenter, were runners up in the J/70 National Championships and Goldsmith was also overall winner of the Melges 24 National Championships as well as the Melges 24 Dutch Open Championships.
In June this year, Alan Roberts became the top British Solitaire du Figaro sailor in 40 years, coming in ninth overall in this four-stage solo. Roberts had previously been awarded the Royal Southern’s 2014 Frank Heenan Award, presented annually to a Club member who has excelled at singlehanded sailing.
He said: “Having been a member of the Royal Southern for most my life, sailing Toppers and 29ers from the club and taking part in, and having a lot of fun in the Youth Splash weeks, it was great to receive this Award as my journey is just beginning into the vast world of offshore yacht racing. The Royal Southern has over the years supported me in various different ways and in a range of classes and types of sailing.”
The Academy is for 18 – 25 year olds, with memberships rate that remains the same up until the end of the member’s 25th birthday year.
Photos Land Rover BAR: The ‘T2’ might be the most heavily modified AC45 to date , comparing to what Oracle & Artemis have done. The cockpit has a wider flare which is affecting transom shape, also the bow deck has been customized. The work done by the teams on the Turbo AC45 versions are showing their plans for the AC48. Designers will rely on every little aspect of the platform as much of…
With six of the eight Quarter Finalists set at the US$100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour, all eyes are on the Repechage to see which two crews wi
This is the first video of the brand new Harp Acht. Joachim Harpprecht who invented the Musto Skiff and the Light Skiff, now constructed a 8m racing yacht. It full carbon with carbon foils and rigg, so it weighs jsut 970 kg. Upwid it goes with 47 square metres and in Light Wind even more with a Code zero. Downwind a 80m² Gennackers helps reaching speeds fast as the wind. It has vertical rotating keel and a clever tankssystem with two tanks on each side. The water in it can be pumped between the tanks for an optimal trim.
This story was in the October 2015 issue of Spinsheet magazine, the publication for boaters and sailors of all levels on the Chesapeake Bay… Two years ago, when Eastport YC and Annapolis YC announced that they’d be taking over the management of Annapolis Race Week from CBYRA and (gasp) shutting racing down to only two days, we wondered how sailors would react. But in just two years, the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta has transformed into something we look forward to all year long.
“Sailboat racing today is very different from what many of us knew it, five or 10 years ago,” says Keith Jacobs, race director at Eastport YC. “CBYRA’s Annapolis Race Week hit the target for a very long time; all you have to do is look at how many boats entered ARW through the years.
When looking at today’s event, we see redistributed and smaller PHRF classes, a lot more one design racing, and an interest in formats beyond just windward-leeward racing.” To cater to today’s sailors, Jacobs and a team that included dozens of volunteers worked to provide racing for sailors of all abilities and interests.
The party at Eastport YC on Saturday night was meant to be family oriented, meaning that plenty of kids’ activities were planned. However, this did not stop adults from standing in line for balloon animals, face painting, and knot-tying competitions (a station where it became frighteningly obvious that some of us need to work on how to tie a bowline). Kids showed up along with family members who either wanted to hang out and talk sailing or simply wanted to be out celebrating on a beautiful night.
To please the kids there was Rita’s Ice being scooped up by bartenders who would happily pour Goslings over it for the adults. You couldn’t find anything to complain about there. Concurrent with the theme of encouraging kids to participate in sailing regattas, this year SpinSheet introduced its Junior Sailing Trophy, awarded to the boat with the best overall performance in a class that sailed on both days of the regatta. Taking this opportunity to bring out their children and grandchildren, multiple boats signed up to be considered for the trophy. In the end, after multiple tie breakers, Craig and Dotty Saunders onboard the Tripp 33 Monkey Dust won out.
Their secret weapons were sons Clive and David, elementary school students who are adept at both Optis and big boats. The Saunders bought Monkey Dust in 2008, when the boys were toddlers, and immediately got them used to sailing on the boat. “Although we started racing Wednesday night races immediately, we didn’t officially take them racing until they were five and six (2012),” says Dotty. “We would take one boy one week, and the other one the next week. Two onboard at that age would have been too much.
This was (and still is) our date night.” Today, the boys have Opti experience and also sail on the family’s Laser. Both sons race together with their parents each Wednesday, with Clive rigging the boat on the way out to the race course. “Up until this year, the only weekend racing we’ve really ever done was Annapolis Race Week,” says Dotty. “This past year was our seventh year, but this is the first year we brought the boys, and the trophy was a huge incentive.” For more information and pictures, click here. To read the October 2015 issue, click here.
By Jo Murray, Gazettes As I was growing up, every few years my folks would get a bigger boat and a smaller house. One day they sold our Naples cottage, along with all our furniture, and we moved aboard our boat in Alamitos Bay Marina full time. I was in elementary school and the experiences I had and the people I met living aboard were truly unique and rewarding.
It seems to me people tend to cocoon themselves in their homes and find answers via Google. In the marina, neighbors are more interactive and boaters socialize more than house-dwellers. And answers come from old salts who provide advice on the gangway. When a boat returns to the marina, others hustle to help with docking and are anxious to hear a debriefing about the day on the water. Because of limited space on board, boaters share more and develop deeper relationships. I miss having that maritime connection that those who share dock space have.
In 1983, one of our gangway neighbors introduced us to a compassionate woman who loved to laugh, was beautiful, athletic and, best of all, she was a competitive sailor. She was none other than Linda Elias. Over the next 20 years that I knew her, Elias won the 1992 Peggy Slater Yachtswoman of the Year Award and competed in transpacific races in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1999. Sadly, Elias passed away in 2003 after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer, at age 52. At her celebration of life, a slide series captured her personality as the music played, “Girls just want to have fun.”
As a tribute to this three-time champion of the Women’s One-Design Challenge, the annual regatta was renamed in her honor. In addition, the Long Beach Sailing Foundation established the Linda Elias Sailing Scholarship Fund. This year’s Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Regatta will be Oct. 17 and 18. The Long Beach Women’s Sailing Association is busy with final details of its signature event. Co-hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, the annual fleet racing contest is sailed by 10-woman crews on Catalina 37s.
The team from Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC) won last year’s 23rd annual Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge. They were awarded the perpetual Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge trophy, donated by Al and Vicki Shultz, and a $1,000 scholarship check from the Linda Elias Sailing Scholarship Fund. Read on.
You’ve read Brian Hancock’s work here enough to know that he is a very good writer. Did you know that he has published books? And they are good – good enough that he wants to get them back in print. Click here to help him get it going. We kicked down and hope you can too!
When I was ten years old there was a huge news story in South Africa. A local sailor from my hometown had just won the single-handed transatlantic race from Plymouth, England to Newport in Rhode Island. It was an unbelievable achievement. Bruce Dalling, a quiet spoken, humble man had beaten out 38 other competitors to win the race which back then was called the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race, or OSTAR. Four years earlier a 32 year-old French naval lieutenant by the name of Eric Tabarly had won the event and was propelled into sailing stardom. So it was no small accomplishment that Dalling had beaten some of the best solo sailors around and to a ten year old kid it was pure juice. It’s a bit too far back to remember now but I am sure that the seeds of my wanderlust were born on the back of that victory.
Fast forward to 2004 and the twelfth running of the event. Over the previous years the race had become variously known as the CSTAR, Europe 1 STAR, and the Europe 1 New Man STAR as sponsorships came and went, but in 2004 there was a dramatic shift. The race had outgrown the capabilities of the organizers with a slew of professional sailors showing up to compete. Indeed in 2000 the practically unknown Ellen MacArthur had stormed to victory beating the best of the best among them Thomas Coville, Michel Desjoyeaux, Yves Parlier, Mike Golding and Roland Jourdain. It was time for some professional management and Mark Turner and his group at OC Sport took over the event. The race was renamed simply The Transat and the 2004 race attracted the elite solo sailors among them Desjoyeaux who won the multihull division and Mike Golding who won the IMOCA division. Earlier in the race the fleet had been decimated by a severe front that rolled and dismasted Jean-Pierre Dick on Virbac, dismasted Vincent Riou on PRB, and forced Bernard Stamm to abandon his boat Cheminées Poujoulat-Armor Lux following a capsize and subsequent loss of his keel.
To understand the challenge of The Transat you need to know a little bit about the course. The great circle route, the shortest distance between the start and finish, takes the boats slap bang into headwinds. It’s essentially a 3,000 nautical mile hard upwind slog every inch of the way. Rarely do the sailors cop a break and when they do it’s generally unwelcome. Numerous times as the boats have approached the Eastern Seaboard of the US the winds have let up for the leading boat only to have someone from behind keep the breeze and sail on to victory. Such was the case in 1996 although it was not a lack of wind, but too much wind that scuttled an almost certain victory from Francis Joyon. Joyon had defied logic by choosing a very unconventional route. Instead of pounding upwind Joyon had sailed the northern route passing over the top of the depressions that were hammering his adversaries sailing the great circle course. By the time he reached the Grand Banks off Newfoundland Joyon had a 300 mile lead and victory looked certain, but some freak squall knocked him down causing damage which slowed him up. In the end it was Loick Peyron that won claiming his second race victory.
The last time the race was held was in 2008 and as with previous events there was much drama, but then the race was no more. How could such an iconic race that had enjoyed a rich and varied history and one that had made sailing superstars out of some of the winners just cease to exist. For that I turned to Mark Turner, Chairman of OC Sport for an answer after having read that the race will be returning in 2016. Below are Mark’s comments.
The race was never ‘no more’ – unfortunately some IMOCA politics and legal difficulties for the class, combined with the demise of the big multihulls at the time (post ORMA, pre-MOD70, pre-Ultime), meant it wasn’t possible to hold the 2008 edition. IMOCA had got itself in to difficulties with a Turkish operator who had promised the earth (well 7 figure $s) for the Class to commit to his Round Europe Race event, an event profile which personally I had pushed for the Class to support in concept to help internationalize it – but the class signed a legal document committing them to a number of entries in exchange for very good conditions for the entries and the Class’s coffers. This was all prior to the deal I put in place for IMOCA with BWR/FNOB. This Round Europe event was initially due to run in 2007, late European summer – but due to insufficient entries the starting gun was never fired – the Turkish operator himself having contractually committed to his backers a minimum fleet size.
IMOCA however were legally committed to providing a minimum sized fleet in the first instance, and were compelled to offer a new date and chance for the race – which could only be first part of 2008 with the Vendee Globe ‘owning’ very much the second half of the year as normal. We hadn’t signed any binding, or un-cancellable contracts for The Transat 2008 when the issue became a major legal and financial threat for IMOCA – and The Transat 2008 very much depended on IMOCA that year because of an almost total lack of multihull class in the lull between ORMA60s and MOD70/Ultime eras. So we decided to simply not hold that edition of the race, but with always the clear perspective of maintaining the event, the ‘original’ solo ocean event that in particular through Eric Tabarly, kick-started the virtually the entire sailing scene today in France, and ultimately then through the consequences of it, the careers of many of the Anglo-Saxon names in the past 15 years.
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Light winds dominated on day 3 of the La Rochelle Semaine Olympic Française (SOF) and new names appear on top of the days rankings.
Fabien Pic FRA won both heats in the
With six of the eight Quarter Finalists set at the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate event of the 2015 WMRT…
In recent years cruising cats have been going through a design update stage towards more stylish inverted bows looks, but functionality is king in this type of boats in my view so a slight reverse profile looks better and keeps volume where is due. No much images receive for this previeww but this Schionning seems to maintain this concept. Images Press release sent by Schionning
You have to wonder why more designers don’t utilize better styling when drawing similar boats A Ferrari logo would not look out of place. This thing sure looks sexy.
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 8, 2015) – With six of the eight quarterfinalists set at the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup, all eyes are on the Repechage Round to see which two crews will join the action slated for Friday.
At the end of today Chris Steele’s 36 Below Racing from New Zealand and Keith Swinton’s Black Swan Racing from Australia have the edge. They’re each at 2-0 with two of seven scheduled flights completed.
“Today was more tactful, with the wind lighter than yesterday,” said Steele, who’s competing at the Argo Group Gold Cup for the second time. Steele sees his place in the repechage as somewhat unlucky, given that he lost three races in which he had control But he was undone by penalties in each instance.
“I’d rather be assured of a spot in the quarterfinals, but the repechage gives us more practice in these boats,” Steele said of the International One-Design sloops. “My crew and I are sailing together as a group for the first time, and these boats are so different to anything any of us sail. The dynamics change with the wind strength. So we’re happy to get the extra practice.”
Besides Steele and Swinton the Repechage Round also includes two America’s Cup teams, Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan and Francesco Bruni’s Artemis Racing, World Match Racing Tour regular Johnie Berntsson’s racing team (the event’s reigning champion from Sweden), Blythe Walker’s Team RenRe from Bermuda, and two other younger teams – Chris Poole’s Riptide Racing from the U.S. and Reuben Corbett’s racing team from New Zealand.
Six teams have already qualified for the quarterfinals, based on finishing in the top three in their respective groups in the rounds robin. The teams from Group A include Phil Robertson’s WAKA Racing, Eric Monnin’s Swiss Match Race Team and Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar.
Robertson has previously finished fourth in 2011. Today he and his crew went 3-0 to overtake Monnin for the group win. He called the Argo Group Gold Cup the hardest event he’s sailed this year.
“We got penalties on two of our opponents and that made it a little easier because we were behind in each race,” said Robertson. “We were getting off the line alright but playing it safe on the racecourse. The left side was a little more favored and we were trying to get there.”
The teams from Group B are Taylor Canfield’s US One, Björn Hansen’s Nautiska Racing and Adam Minoprio’s BlackMatch.
Hansen, racing in Bermuda for the 12th time, found his footing today after being the last skipper to arrive in Bermuda. He landed Tuesday night after his travel plans from Europe were delayed by Hurricane Joaquin, and had a hasty practice session yesterday morning.
Hansen posted a 4-0 record today to finish second in Group B at 5-2. Even more impressive is that his crew has a new tactician this week, Massimo Bortoletto of Italy, who used to sail with Francesco Bruni.
“Massimo is the 100th sailor in our crew since the team was founded in 1997,” said Hansen. “The communication’s been a little difficult since he’s an Italian speaking English in a Swedish crew, but he’s been very calm. Except for when we raced Bruni. Then he was very nervous throughout the race, so it’s a good thing we beat him.”
“He shouldn’t have been nervous,” said Bruni, a past champion who’s now helming for Artemis Racing and standing 1-1 in the Repechage Round. “I’m very rusty at match racing. You can’t just come back after not having done it for a few years. I’m not thinking quickly enough.”
The Argo Group Gold Cup competition goes through Sunday, October 11.
ARGO GROUP GOLD CUP GROUP STANDINGS
Repechage Round (after two of seven flights)
1. Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing, 2-0 – 2 points
2. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing, 2-0 – 2 points
3. Dean Barker (JPN) SoftBank Team Japan, 1-1 – 1 point
4. Francesco Bruni (SWE) Artemis Racing, 1-1 – 1 point
5. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbet Racing, 1-1 – 1 point
6. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 1-1 – 1 point
7. Blythe Walker (BER) Team RenRe, -0-2 – 0 points
8. Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing, 0-2 – 0 points
Group A Final Results (after seven flights)
1. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, 5-2 – 5 points
2. Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team, 5-2 – 5 points
3. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pinar, 5-2 – 4.5 points*
4. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 4-3 – 4 points
5. Dean Barker (JPN) SoftBank Team Japan, 3-4 – 3 points
6. Chris Poole (USA) RipTide Racing, 3-4 – 3 points
7. Blythe Walker (BER) Team RenRe, 2-5 – 2 points
8. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team, 1-6 – 1 point
Group B Final Results (after seven flights)
1. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, 7-0 – 7 points
2. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing, 5-2 – 5 points
3. Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch, 5-2 – 4.5 points*
4. Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing, 4-3 – 4 points
5. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing, 3-4 – 3 points
6. Francesco Bruni (SWE) Artemis Racing, 2-5 – 2 points
7. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbet Racing, 2-5 – 2 points
8. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Tre-For Match Racing, 0-7 – 0 points
(* Penalty assessed for causing damage. Visit the Argo Group Gold Cup website for more information. View race-by-race results at the World Match Racing Tour website.)
Report by Sean McNeill
Background: The 2015-16 World Match Racing Tour is the leading professional match racing series sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The tour has six world championship events and 20 events in all (details). Prize money is awarded for each event, with event points culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”.
(October 8, 2015; Race 2, Day 1) – The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms is underway with the fleet in a tightly-bunched pack after 140 nautical miles, 14 hours of racing. Derry~Londonderry~Doire was first across the start off Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, closely followed by Visit Seattle and Clipper Telemed+. The fleet experienced strong winds of 22 knots on the nose from the start. In the first hours of racing the crew and yachts are already being tested by the stormy conditions the South Atlantic Ocean is well known for.
ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill and tactician Tom Slingsby welcome you to the first event in the host venue of the America’s Cup, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda, October 16-18.
The StFYC is hosting the 6 Meter Invitational this week and we’ll give you the skinny on what we do know.
The classic boat, while not represented that strongly in the Bay Area has been a big part of the the sailing legacy
of the yacht club for generations. In general, the representing commodores of the yacht clubs do the driving and
crew members do the hiking, and bailing.
(October 8, 2015) – The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) and the Hamburger (HF) and Luebecker Bay (Lub) Starboat-fleets are proud to organize the first Star Sailors League City Grand Slam in the course of the 50th Erich F. Laeisz-Prize from May 2 – 8, 2016 on Lake Alster in Hamburg together with the Star Sailors League (SSL). More than 60 teams from more than 15 nations are expected to participate, Olympic medalists and world champions from different classes. There will be prize money given by SSL in total of $100,000, allotted to the top 20 teams.
The third day of competition at the Semaine Olympique Francaise brought light winds and a leaderboard topping performance from Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign in the 49er event
Oyster Bay, NY (October 8, 2015) – Oakcliff Sailing has long been recognized as a hub for match racing enthusiasts. The popular sailing center will play host to the 48th edition of the U.S. Match Racing Championship this weekend in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Ten talented teams representing their home sailing organizations will go one-on-one for the Prince of Wales Bowl. Helms qualified for this national championship through a series of events run throughout the country. Invitations were issued to the winning skippers at each of the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifiers, the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Champion, and the 2015 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion.
Returning to take another shot at this US Sailing National Championship is four-time (2011, 2008, 2006, 1982) U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry. He will be representing the Pequot Yacht Club (Conn.).
The lone women’s skipper racing this week is 2015 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion, Nicole Breault. Ranked #12 in the world in women’s match racing by ISAF and #2 in the country, Breault had a tremendous season. She won the 2015 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in the women’s match racing competition. Breault will be representing St. Francis Yacht Club (Calif.).
After placing third at last year’s U.S. Match Racing Championship, Russ Silvestri will make another run at the title this weekend. He also posted a strong performance at the 2015 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final with his fourth place finish. Silvestri is ranked #5 in the U.S.
The three-day event begins Saturday, October 10 and concludes on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. This championship is an open event being contested in the Match 40 with up to five or six crewmates per team including the skipper.
Oakcliff Sailing runs an extensive match racing program throughout the season that includes competitive regattas and instructional clinics. In 2014 they hosted the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship.
Click here for list of Teams
Stage 1 – Preliminary Round Robin
Stage 2 – Quarterfinal Knock-out Series
Stage 3 – Semifinals Knock-out Series
Stage 4 – Petit Finals Knock-out Series
Stage 5 – Finals Knock-out Series
The intended course will be windward/leeward/windward/leeward with starboard roundings, finishing downwind. The intended course area will be the Oyster Bay or Cold Spring Harbor.
Prizes on the Line
The winner will be named the U.S. Match Racing Champion and will have their name engraved on the Prince of Wales Bowl, a perpetual trophy that will be kept on display at US Sailing. US Sailing medals and Oakcliff Sailing prizes will be awarded to teams placing first through third.
Report by US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish, [email protected]
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
The swan song for the monohull World Match Race Tour gets an extra dose of talent with the ACWS Bermuda in town, and some monster breeze in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin saw Taylor Canfield stomp to a 7-0 record on the first day despite the presence of names like Minoprio, Williams, Draper, Bruni, and Barker. Bermuda also saw its share of wipeouts and rounddowns in the ancient IOR, though we’ve been unable to find any video from the event.
You can follow along on the Tour’s FB page here; props to (we think) Charles Anderson for this shot of rolling thunder above; and the best pics are over here.
We opened our Youtube digest this morning and saw this video pop up, and it took our breath away. Not because it’s great – though it is – but because it’s the sailing media’s version of a unicorn: An AC promo that doesn’t suck! When we did some digging, we found out why: Rather than the budget-cut shit from the AC media folks that occasionally floats across a Facebook timeline, this one comes from Don Wilson and his CMRC team, and they tapped the talents of the overall 2015 Volvo Ocean Race OBR winner Matt Knighton to produce it.
It’s a sign that Chicago won’t let the incompetence of the ACEA get in the way of what we predict will be the shining gem in the otherwise snoozy and unfollowed ACWS; the 2016 qualifiers in Chicago. Wilson doesn’t fuck around, and neither does his crew – now they just need to pray for a big June wind.
When the ACWS inevitably disappears, we’re glad to know that Chicago has seen the sowing of the seeds of its high-performance cat fleet…just don’t let Chris drive.
Emirates Team New Zealand went into rebuilding mode over the last cycle, tapping the very best of their high speed sailors in the barely-out-of-nappies youngsters Pete Burling and Blair Tuke. Managing the new energy these kids bring aboard is a guy who’s very much a kid himself, despite his age and experience – Glenn Ashby.
The three sat down with Kiwi sports talk host (and longtime Dalts pal) Tony Veitch in a half-hour update on all things ETNZ and 49er Olympic team; Go to the 32nd page of the ETNZ thread in America’s Cup Anarchy to talk shit about it.
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Organisers of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week have appointed Phil Hagen as Regatta Director.
The IMOCA 60s are set for a busy autumn…
A robotics startup is in the process of developing technology to create driverless boats.
We have heard about driverless cars from Google – and similar technology is now being used in maritime shipping, search-and-rescue operations and security work. Up until now, that technology hasn’t been applied to recreational boating, but thanks to the work of three students, that’s all about to change.
Buffalo Automation Group, a robotics startup founded by three University at Buffalo undergraduate engineering students, is developing technology to create autonomous boats. Over the last 12 months, the company has successfully tested its technology on a 16-foot catamaran, filed two provisional patent applications and secured thousands of dollars in funding.
“The success we’ve had illustrates there is a market for safe, highly-effective and easy-to-use marine autopilot systems that provide recreational boat owners with well-deserved peace of mind,” says Thiru Vikram, the company’s CEO.
Co-founders include Shane Nolan, chief operating officer and Alex Zhitelzeyf, vice president of product development.
The Buffalo University students test their technology on the water.
Buffalo Automation Group is aiming to reduce the number recreational boating accidents through the use of its technology. The company is targeting small yachts and inboard boats up to 40 feet long.
“These are vessels that are big enough for a family to spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks on the water. But they’re often too small to hire a crew, or even a junior captain, so the captain must keep constant vigil over the boat,” Nolan said.
Like aeroplanes, many of these boats have an autopilot option. The problem, Zhitelzeyf says, is that these systems are reactive, meaning that they respond only after the boat senses a change in tide, wind or other conditions.
The technology that Buffalo Automation Group is developing – a combination of sensors, cameras and wireless communication systems – is predictive, meaning it fuses real-time data, such as weather conditions and obstacles in the water, with nautical charts and other static information to pre-empt any threats to the boat and its course of direction.
Designed for new and used vessels, the system would dock the boat and allow the captain, at any time, to easily regain control over the boat.
“Essentially, you will connect your smartphone or laptop to the system. From there, you use your device to tell the system where you’d like to go. It then guides the boat, from port to port, using the safest, most efficient route possible,” Zhitelzeyf says.
The co-founders plan to continue to refine the technology – as well as complete their course work – this school year while meeting with potential investors, boat manufacturers and retailers that sell marine electronics.
Would you consider using this ‘driverless boat’ technology?
One of the toughest challenges for a Volvo Ocean Race sailor is not just doing the nine-month stretch of the event itself – it’s how on earth do you follow it?
Yesterday Oman Sailing issued the following statement…
JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD – A NOTABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENT OF SAILING SUPERYACHTS winner Hetairos
With an interior inspired by the colonial-style Raffles Hotel in Singapore, ketch-rigged Hetairos is an interesting blend of old and new that pushes yacht construction into a new realm. Her super-light, high-tech cold-molded hull, reminiscent of those on pilot cutters from a bygone era, is made from prepreg carbon skins over a Corecell and Nomex core. Inside, her rich woodwork interior, painted white and stained dark, successfully creates the illusion of solid heft, but, in fact, is made from the lightest possible materials, including quality hardwood veneers layers atop carbon foam/fiber and honeycomb cores.
Length: 218.83 ft (66.70m) Beam: 32.8 ft (10.5m)
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval Architect: Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects/Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design/
Exterior Stylist: Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects
Interior Designer: Rhoades Young Design
SAILING YACHT 30M – 40M SIZE RANGE
Only the Swiss Laser Radial sailors had their first race day on the very windy Tuesday, but yesterday, all Swiss sailors present in La Rochelle were in action in moderate wind conditions but still with a big swell…
Entries are now open for all Olympic Classes via the ISAF website for the 2015 ISAF SWC – Melbourne Regatta.
The conditions on day one of the Bermuda Gold Cup were difficult with wind gusts up to 30 kn. The International OneDesign (IOD) sloop is narrow at the waterline and when the spinnaker starts oscillating from side to side …
San Francisco, CA (October 7, 2015) – The International Six Metre Invitational got underway today. In the Rule 2 fleet, Greg Stewart, Sprig, is winning with just one point separating him and Matt Brooks on Lucie. In Rule 3, Peter Hoffman’s Goose, skippered by Eric Jespersen, is dominating Rainer Muller, who is skippering his boat, Saskia II. In the Modern class, Russ Silvestri is skippering Robert Cadranell’s Arunga, and is in first place by 3 points. Arunga leads the Overall fleet, with Sven Svendsen skippering Rainer Muller’s St. Francis IX, just 3 points behind in second.
Chris Howell provided this gallery of images from 2015 VX One North American Championship race day two…
For the ACWS, only one crewmember must hold a passport from the country whose flag is emblazoned on their wingsail…
San Francisco is arguably one of the world’s best venues for sailing with jaw dropping views of boats racing on the city front and the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. The inaugural International 6 meter Invitational Regatta hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club is under way. Our illustrious scribe Snapper is sailing and will have a post-regatta report once racing is completed on Friday.
While there are no active ‘sixes’ on the bay, boats have traveled from Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego and Rhode Island, to slug it out on a great race track that typically offers up conditions that are on the upper edge of these boats capabilities.
Fleet Week in San Fran is going to make things interesting for the racers Thursday and Friday, but this photo, taken from ‘Frenzy’ shows the beauty of these old gals and the venue. Title inspiration thanks to these guys. (when was the last time you heard guitar like this? – ed)
The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda commenced Wednesday with wind conditions that kept crews on their toes and kept the repair crews up late last night…
The stormy first day was followed by moderate conditions yesterday with a 1618 kn wind but still a big swell, and both Laser classes completed three races. The experienced Olympic campaigners and favorites at this …