Stiff competition and big breeze greeted sailors at day one of the 2016 J/70 World Championship in San Francisco.
IDEC SPORT will once again be tackling the Jules Verne Trophy, less than a year after their last attempt, when Francis Joyon’s crew only missed out on the record by two days. The crew will remain the same. For this wild bunch of just six, there is the feeling that the job needs to be completed.
The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew, starting and finishing between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the tip of Brittany and the Lizard Point in Cornwall.
Joyon (FRA) will be skippering the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran to beat the current record set January 2012 by Loïck Peyron and his crew on the 40 VPLP-designed trimaran Banque Populaire V of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
At the finish in Brest last February, the six sailors on IDEC SPORT, without exception, stated that they wanted to get back together and sail around the world. A lot of people thought it was just a statement, a desire expressed in the heat of the moment at the finish.
Given how difficult it is to bring together such world-renowned sailors, who are often hired for other adventures or other races, the likelihood of setting off with exactly the same crew was remote. However, that is exactly what is going to happen.
They will all be there again ready to sail around the world, as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Maybe in late October, but in any case, “as early as possible,” declared Francis Joyon. In particular, because “there aren’t many of these opportunities between October and February” and by setting off early in the season, there is a greater likelihood of moving from one system to another on the final climb back up the Atlantic.
Taking advantage of their first round the world voyage together, when they pulled off some remarkable achievements (Indian Ocean record, in particular) but above all, experienced an extraordinary human adventure, the six sailors on IDEC SPORT are going to do it all over again, hoping that they will be luckier this time and grab the record.
Full report and video… click here.
The British team of took gold in the 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championship – See a explanatory video here
We shared the tragic story of John Harrison Doucet, and sadly it has not gotten any better…
Surgeons had to amputate John Harrison Doucet’s right arm above the elbow Monday, his parents told their Gulfport attorney, Joe Sam Owen.
The lifelong sailor, 20, was shocked by an overhead electrical line as he parked his sailboat Sept. 18 at the Gulfport Yacht Club after taking his mother and her sisters on an afternoon sail. He was gripping the boat’s trailer as a cable from the mast touched an overhead power line.
“The arm that they amputated, there had been a great deal of muscle damage and it was obviously a significant problem for him,” said Owen, whom the family notified by email. “The burns are third and fourth degree, which is very serious.”
Owen said muscle from John Harrison’s back also had to be removed because it was so severely damaged. His legs had been amputated after the accident, when he was flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Jackson.
Read more here.
At the World Sailing Annual Conference on November 4-13 in Barcelona, Spain, an election will occur for the slate of candidates that have been forth for President and Vice-President. Kim Andersen (Denmark) is among the three candidates that seek the office of President. Here is his candidacy declaration…
The announcement of Kim Andersen’s candidacy goes beyond a traditional presidential candidacy in World Sailing. “To make sailing grow, we need unity and I invite everybody to join my team,” Andersen states. “Together we will take World Sailing forward to a brighter future.”
Andersen continues, “International organizations like World Sailing need to change with the world or they will wither and become irrelevant to its membership and surroundings. World Sailing need to make considerable changes to stay relevant for the sailing communities around the world.”
World Sailing is at a crossroads: Firstly, it is crucial for World Sailing to preserve sailing as an Olympic sport. Secondly, World Sailing must propagate sailing to the diverse sailing communities around the world. Thirdly, World Sailing must improve its ability to harness the capabilities and resources of our stakeholders – the Member National Authorities, Continental Associations and various class associations and committees.
To this end, World Sailing need to put in place a truly open and transparent decision-making process. Management systems in World Sailing must stand up to scrutiny. World Sailing must be accountable to its stakeholders. World Sailing need to preserve and strengthen the integrity of its financial and administrative system.
The sailing sport relies on people and national sailing organizations with passion and commitment. World Sailing should be able to extract the best possible solutions and outcomes through powerful collaboration, collective wisdom and a diversity of ideas. World Sailing need an executive team with deep roots in each of its regions as only such a management structure will understand the needs of each of our membership – the national sailing organizations.
The presidential candidate is ready to take up this challenge, hoping to engage every member, partner and stakeholder of World Sailing. He will develop a management structure based on values such as openness, transparency, accountability and a friendliness towards all who wish to be part of the international sailing community.
Kim Andersen is ready to embrace every corner of World Sailing.
World Sailing must secure not to be enslaved by the personal deals and lack of transparency, which sadly have become the trademark of international sport.
Many of the ills and shortcomings of international and world governing bodies stems from a complacency and indifference from its stakeholders. World Sailing should place great emphasis on encouraging a full and more active participation from all part of the sailing community and its stakeholders. – Read on
Three years ago ORACLE TEAM USA completed one of the greatest comebacks in sport, winning eight consecutive races, to retain the America’s Cup 9-8. But it nearly didn’t happen.
Not long before the final, deciding race, there was a bang from above, indicating significant damage to a control arm on the wing. Jeff Causey and shore team sprung into action, and jury-rigged a repair.
This is the story of how the shore crew saved the day, and allowed the sailing team to face the Kiwis in a winner-take-all race for the Cup.
Video by Sam Greenfield / (C) ORACLE TEAM USA; Published on Sep 28, 2016.
With the advance of summer to the southern hemisphere, Emirates Team New Zealand likes being in home waters while the other five America’s Cup teams face the approach of winter at their northern hemisphere bases.
The Kiwi team has been lying low, quietly chipping away and making gains on the water with their first in-house designed and built AC45 test boat. Their Olympic gold medalists – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – are back in camp, and skipper Glenn Ashby has been relishing the opportunity to be out sailing despite the bitter conditions of the fading winter season.
“It has been cold and windy a lot of the time,” notes Ashby. “We have had our fair share of ups and downs over the last few weeks, but we are making some fantastic gains.”
Much has been made of how the boats will eventually get around the race course and Ashby agrees with a lot of the talk and what we will be seeing in Bermuda next year. “The ultimate goal is to keep the hull dry around the track, so the testing phase we are in the moment is trying to come up with systems and techniques of how we actually get the boats around the track.”
In typical understated fashion, the Kiwi team has released a video that shows some of their progress. After the Japanese- and American-flagged teams shared videos proudly revealing their foiling tack development, the Kiwi video offers a quick glimpse of what may be the sweetest tack yet.
At the end of the video, Ashby concludes, “I think we are going okay.” Drop the mic!
To watch video… click here.
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Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez.
Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Find out from Oracle Team USA physical performance manager Craig McFarlane how the team are using Zephyr Performance Systems to monitor athletes on the water and in the gym…
Some long lived and very popular classes have been looking at rule changes, always guaranteed to get the forums buzzing – Solo and F15
Erik Simonson provided this gallery of images from 2016 J-70 World Championship – Day 1.
Short video but just check TNZ foiling tack… Last time at San Francisco Team New Zealand led development and even the Cup Final itself, we all thought it was a done deal for them. For Bermuda their tech will be upto par no doubt, but their sailing team might be the benchmark this time around with Burling at the helm and Ashby as skipper, along the rest of the squad.
Before Mark Turner was appointed Volvo Ocean Race CEO in March, he had the well-earned reputation as one of the most respected figures in professional sailing, much of it from 23 years at the helm of global sports marketing company, OC Sport.
With the International Olympic Committee encouraging World Sailing to revise its slate of Sailing events for the 2020 Olympics, and World Sailing now on the clock to make this decision by February 2017, Mark shares his thoughts on how to do it.
Someone asked me recently to share the presentation or ideas I’d worked on back in 2013 for ISAF and President Carlo Croce (now World Sailing) on how to develop the dinghy/Olympic sailing world to take it up a level.
I had made a promise to Carlo that I’d help him try to take things forward if he became President of sailing’s ‘governing’ body. Indeed the risks were super high to invest in rescuing the Sailing World Cup concept that was (and is still) struggling to exist at a high enough level.
While I have no idea if my ideas would really work or not, but I thought I’d share the presentation that I worked an all-nighter on after a week of listening to all the MNA’s, Classes and sailors at the ISAF Annual Conference held November 2013 in Muscat, Oman.
The presentation was a toned down version of what I wanted to propose as it seemed everyone was too scared of change. But I never gave the presentation, as just half an hour before I was due to speak, the ISAF Executive Committee – for a reason I was never given directly or openly – decided to pull me. I was still on the big projector screen Agenda even when the session started!
Anyway, I am going to publish the presentation that never saw the light of day, with my speaker notes – no time at present to make it look pretty…but here it is.
And here is my one minute suggestion, if anyone cares, about what could be the game-changer for sailing in the Olympics (and maybe with a big positive impact on the whole sport). Not enough time in my busy Volvo Ocean Race days to write a long piece explaining all my thinking and logic, and of course there are always hurdles to overcome with positive change.
I have to say my ideas haven’t changed much in two years so I guess I’m pretty keen still on this direction. And I see some of those ideas are starting to be talked about too. All good news, there is hope! So combine boosting Sailing World Cup properly (and make it count to get Olympic slots), and change the Olympic classes to the following for 2020… it’s not too late. My Lausanne neighbor and occasional acquaintance Mr Dubi at the IOC – I am sure – will agree with a chunk of this…
I’ve no axe to grind, and no vote to place, and equally make no judgement on Carlo’s reign as president – he certainly has had the right ambition – but maybe not been backed up by a progressive enough Executive Council. I hope that whoever gets voted in, along with the support of the existing CEO and his new team which seem to be sensible chaps, can actually make some significant change work for the first time.
So in brief, here’s my Olympic proposal, viewed from a much wider place in sailing than dinghy sailing, which is traditionally the slice of sailing that the Olympics has covered (from a much much wider sport)… click here.
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World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
University of South Florida head sailing coach Allison Jolly has been elected to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Jolly, who is in her 13th season as head coach at USF, won a gold medal with Lynne Jewell in the 1988 Olympic Games in Korea. It was the first time that women’s sailing competed in the Olympics. Full report.
The monthly World Sailing show may be a relic from another era, but occasionally they stumble upon great stories. Never mind that America’s Cup and VOR video producer Sunset + Vine didn’t bother to use actual Olympic video, instead relying on still images and grainy camera phone for this piece; the story of Santi Lange’s gold medal performance in Rio is perhaps the most compelling in Rio 2016. Over 50 years old and sailing aboard the quickest Olympic boat of all, Santi took an unlikely gold just months after losing part of his lung to cancer. Lange is one of the kindest and most generous people in all the sport, and his story should inspire all of us.
To read a deeper piece about Lange’s accomplishment, check out the NBC site here.
Video suggested by RM! One Smok’n mono!
J A Booker, PRO for the 2016 US Optimist Class Atlantic Coast Championship, responds to the report by Thomas Sitzmann, Big Fleet Opti Sailing: Too Much of a Good Thing?
While I am flattered by much of Mr. Sitzmann’s account of my Sunday competitor’s meeting at the USODA Atlantic Coast Championship this past weekend, regrettably, I’m not a member at Seawanhaka Corinthian. I’m also afraid he was far too generous with his interpretation of my subtle messages to the competitors.
In point of fact, I was simply teaching children about sailing: the history, the traditions, the Corinthian Spirit, and a little bit of starting line strategy. (I’m afraid he missed the bit reminding kids about the effect of current on your position on the starting line.)
Some readers have suggested solutions and some of those details were not included in the story.
• “Use starting penalties.” P, Z, I over Z and U were all employed to manage the line.
• “Penalize the offenders.” 20% of the group were scored UFD in one race.
• “Initiate third party protests.” A hard sell for those of us who believe that it is better to teach children how to behave than to punish them for their inexperience.
• “Make smaller divisions so fewer boats are on the line.” The only way this works is to limit registrations.
Keep in mind, above all things USODA is a teaching organization charged with getting kids involved in sailing. In my tenure on the executive committee, I often encouraged Board Members and parents alike to think of USODA as a green fleet organization that holds some championships every year. The result: large numbers of kids want to be involved. USODA built it and they come; by the hundreds. Telling kids they can’t sail is contrary to the mission of the Class.
So what we are left with is an imperfect system that gets a lot of young people excited about sailing and a few adults overly concerned about results. I believe the Class has made the right choice.
Seawanhaka did a fabulous job managing the logistics of this event. There were more than 100 volunteers and club staff involved in making it work. Thirty five of those were charged with the safety of the competitors from the moment they had their name tag scanned as they launched to the moment they scanned back in in the afternoon. I am confident that someone knew where every competitor was at all times.
The Oyster Bay Constable was on the race course from start to finish both days. There was a paramedic and two physicians on the course and a point by point safety plan briefing for all of the spectator and coach boats. To suggest that this was an accident waiting to happen is ill-informed and unnecessarily inflammatory.
Still, Mr. Sitzmann has a point to make: bad behavior can be learned and practiced with some measure of anonymity at big events. Fair statement, but one that disregards the fact that the 17 USODA Championships each year account for a tiny fraction of the Opti sailing that happens every weekend throughout the year. Those who engage in bad behavior establish that reputation and it carries well beyond their Opti years. Smaller USODA events won’t change that. Adults teaching kids how to behave changes that.
I was proud to be asked to serve as PRO for this event and proud to serve with such an amazing and dedicated team of volunteers. I’m a volunteer who flew up from Florida to help out.
J A Booker, PRO
2016 USODA ACC Championships
Past VP of USODA, Regatta Committee Chairman and Board Member
Member of Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa Florida
We’ve all done it, more than once. Taking a pee/wee/piss/slash off the back of the boat. Some have even jumped overboard and done it in their wetsuit… Mmmm warm…
But what if your right to relieve yourself was taken away. What if you had to hold it all day? For the girls, it probably wouldn’t matter too much, but I’m sure the guys would struggle if forced to hold, and it would end up coming out of their eyes in the form of tears.
The racing rules say that we can’t throw trash/rubbish/garbage over the side of the boat, and fair enough as well. But one region in New Zealand, is considering banning the innocent wee which gets washed away and diluted within a matter of minutes of combining with the water.
A proposed new rule, part of Marlborough District Council’s Marlborough Environment Plan, means boaties would have to be 1km off shore, before they can discharge their untreated sewerage. Now while they may be referring more to the holding tanks on keelers and powerboats, it could also be passed down sailors without luxuries such as a head.
So what do you think? Is this taking it a step too far? Should we be allowed to continue to take a leak in between races?
San Francisco, CA (September 27, 2016) – World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Such was the case at the start of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, as the fleet of top-shelf competitors experienced classic early fall conditions that tested racers’ big-fleet skills.
“You’re not going to win the regatta in the first race but you could lose it,” said Paul Cayard, a Volvo Ocean Race winner, who is serving as tactician aboard Carlo Alberini’s Calvi Network. “[At first] you’re just trying to get a couple of good races in. [Then], as the regatta proceeds…you may [eventually] have to start making a more aggressive game plan.”
While the morning started with a one-hour shoreside postponement to allow the sea breeze to fill in on the Berkeley Circle racecourse, everyone clearly had first blood in mind once the starting guns began sounding in 15-18 knots of wind, with puffs in the low 20s. There were two general recalls before the Race Committee added the motivation of a black flag: Cross the line early and disqualification is mandatory.
The bulk of the fleet concentrated on the right side of the line, a move that suited skipper Chris Kostanecki and his crew aboard Jennifer (USA 370) just fine, as Kostanecki split with the herd and aimed left, finding clear lanes. As boats to the right-hand side of the course battled for scraps, Jennifer enjoyed a fast ride to the windward mark, which they rounded first, creating a commanding lead that they carried across the finish.
“We nailed the start,” said Kostanecki, three minutes after crossing the line in this talent-rife class, which includes both former J/70 World Champions Tim Healy (2014) and Julian Fernandez Neckelmann (2015), as well as former America’s Cup winners and Olympic champions. “The weather end of the line was favored, and we went left. It was our game plan and we [stuck with] it.”
Unfortunately for Jennifer, the Race Committee deemed that Kostanecki and 15 other skippers were on course side before the start, resulting in 16 disqualifications. After the Race Committee sorted out black-flag rulings, Jud Smith’s Africa (USA 179) took first place, followed by Joel Ronning’s Catapult (USA 187) and Julian Fernandez Neckelmann’s Flojito y Cooperando (MEX 384). – Read on
After racing ahead for some time at breakneck speed, the boatbuilding industry seems to have entered a period of refinement—which is probably a good thing.
In recent years the sailing public has been witness to everything from lounging areas springing up in places never before heard of to twin helms on 30-footers and full-foiling performance aboard everything from beach cats to “cruising” multihulls. However, keeping up that kind of pace can just as easily lead to gimmicks as it can to real innovation.
At the same time, “refinement” is hardly a dirty word. Whether it’s turbocharging a classic or extending a tried and true concept to a different LOA, the boatbuilding industry knows that neither the sea nor SAIL’s Best Boats judges suffer fools gladly.
SAIL magazine’s list of Best Boat nominees includes entries in these categories:
• Monohulls Cruising
• Monohulls Performance
• Multihulls Cruising
• Multihulls Performance
• Smaller Boats
While we’re grateful to have support of awesome sponsors throughout the sport, we’re even more grateful when they have real news instead of just press releases! Just six months after launch, the first in a new line of Morrelli & Melvin designed, high-performance carbon cruising cats proved her racing prowess, with HH-6601 R-Six winning her first regatta! The six-boat fleet gathered at Port Adriano last week for the inaugural Multihull Cup – a new event designed to provide a fun and competitive regatta platform for 50′ and over performance cruising multis. Other participants included three M&M designed Gunboat 66s: Slim, Coco de Mer, and Outnumbered; the Nigel Irens’ custom 78’ Allegra and a 60′ Bañuls’ MC2 Dragon.
Harry Dunning was named the official rating authority by the Multihull Cup organizers; his complex and impartial rating system takes into account weight, waterline and sail area measurements as well as daggerboard and rudder dimensions. The system sees further adjustment each day based on wind conditions and course length as determined by the race committee.
Racing took place over three gorgeous days, with one race sailed each day. Mostly sunny skies, decent sized wind swell and variable breeze set the tone for an exciting weekend of racing. R-SIX performed strongly each day, finishing third on day one, 12min 34sec behind Allegra and 1min 12sec behind SLIM, third on day two 7min 42sec behind Allegra and 52 sec behind Coco de Mer, and ending the regatta in dominating fashion on day three, taking line honors and finishing 49 sec ahead of Allegra and 5min 55sec ahead of both SLIM and Coco de Mer, who finished within one second of each other. On corrected time, R-SIX placed 1st on day one, 2nd on day two, and 1st on day three…
The first day of racing in this 18th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez served up an orderly swell and glorious sunshine
Fresh off the worst 18 months in ISAF/World Sailing management history, sailing’s governing body continues to search aimlessly for the slightest clue on how to fix its fundamental problems, but it’s hard to have confidence in a body that is likely in November to re-elect the same transparency-challenged, conflict-of-interest-laden Italian who engineered perhaps the worst responses possible to the Rio mess, the Malaysia anti-semitism debacle, and the America’s Cup.
Yep – you heard is right. Carlo Croce is somehow running for President again, and to guarantee his win, he’s hired the same multi-million-dollar PR and lobbying firm working to get Paris the 2024 Olympics and pushing for another Italian to take over FIFA. Croce apparently believes he will be remembered not for feces and body parts on the race course in Rio or for Jewish sailors having to hide their nationality at an ISAF Youth World Championship, but for the wild success of the newly reimagined Sailing World Cup. You know – that regatta that literally a few thousand people in the entire world pay attention to for 3 years out of every four? Yeah, that’s the one. As the only regatta that ISAF World Sailing actually owns, management has decided it’s time to try to build some revenue out of it…and the result is a little bizarre.
One of the oldest sailors to ever win an Olympic medal – and an Italian guy who builds Olympic boats, coaches sailors at the highest level, and knows Croce well – weighs in on the new plans for the new Sailing World Cup. Read it and then let the folks at your MNA know you want them to vote for this guy instead. Now, to Luca:
Looks like World Sailing, completely overwhelmed by the Rio Olympics has lost contact with the sport’s reality. This Sailing World Cup needs to be completely rewritten. Andy Hunt, if you really don’t how to come up with something better than this, please feel free to contact us, we will help you.
Sailing needs events, we need to race and we need to know where, when and what to sail. Maybe World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt, doesn’t know the big rule of communication…
One of our Dinghy Academy sailors commented: “And… by the way… we can’t tell you exactly when and where the Sailing World Cup events will be. We will continue to impose drastic fleet size quotas (because that worked really well this last quad…), and we won’t tell you if your class will be in Tokyo until sometime next spring… But show up anyway, guys… And if you are a sailing venue, go ahead and bid for the privilege…”.
What is wrong in this proposed “non World Cup”? First of all, majority of sailors are not loaded with money, so very few of them, in reality not even one, will committ and take part in all the requested events. They simply do not have the budget.
Our Comment: “We need more events and discards and a grand final. Aussie plus some sailing in Melbourne. Canadian plus some sailing CORK in Kingston, American and even more than some in Miami, and the usual european circuit: Palma, Hyeres, Medemblick, Kiel and Garda, with max four counters for example. No limited entry, open and happy, sailing is our passion, sharing a drink with the mates, discussing the races a pleasure second to none. Sailing is a social sport”.
At the age of 78, 12-time Laser Masters world champion Peter Seidenberg is more youthful than Peter Pan.
The summer sailing season is at an end, but for the warm waters of Florida, there are still plenty of events to come this winter.
It was an all foiler podium at the first race of the Azimut Challenge in Lorient, with the new generation of IMOCA 60s proving their grit on the course.
The Sailor Classification Code exists as a service to provide Events and Classes with an international system of classification for sailors. Under the Code, sailors are classified as either Group 1 (amateur) or Group 3 (professional).
For Events and Classes seeking to either limit the influence of Group 3 sailors, or striving to recognize teams with all Group 1 sailors, the Sailor Classification Code is the system that is used. However, due to the wide range of jobs within the marine industry, the skills of Group 3 sailors is equally broad.
While US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year winners Ed Baird and Paul Cayard are clearly impactful professionals, and get paid well for their crewing services, sailors who seek to represent their country at the Olympics can also find themselves within the scope of the classification:
For sailors who have reached their 24th birthday:
Q. A sailor is a member of an Olympic squad, development squad or similar squad or team and receives grant funding because of this. Is he/she Group 3?
A. (a) Yes. Membership of a squad or team is work for which the sailor is paid. The sailor’s work in this case will include competing and/or managing, training, practicing, tuning, testing, maintaining or otherwise preparing himself and his boat for racing.
(b) The only exception to this is if the grant funding is no more than the sailor’s personal expenses (which may be no more than the amount of reasonable expense incurred for entry fees, travel, accommodation and meals in connection with and necessary for specific events).
Q. Does a sailor become Group 3 just because he/she competes in an Olympics?
A. No. However, it is likely that an Olympic athlete receives support from his or her MNA (national authority) and this will need to be considered if it constitutes pay.
Q. A sailor is a member of an Olympic squad, development squad or similar squad or team and does not receive grant funding. However, he/she receives free or subsidized coaching, shipping, access to professional advice or services (such as fitness training, medical services, physiotherapy, weather forecasting etc.). Is the sailor a Group 3?
A. Yes. See first answer above. Pay includes money’s worth and benefits in kind. The receipt of free or subsidized equipment or services is a benefit in kind. – Read on
Photos Campione Univela, check their full gallery here, Video also by Univela campioneunivela.it. Additional images by Bruno Zorzan. – Take a good look to the fb galleries, lots of retrofitted boats, including flhying Marstroms, and modified sails converted to Decksweepers. Nice to see the Class being able to upgrade older boats as seen in the US. In Italy…
Olympic funding for the British Sailing Team looks likely to be under threat following a drop in National Lottery income…
For the fourth consecutive year, Britain’s superyacht sector is reporting growth. The fall in the pound means many overseas buyers are now buying British.
Figures released by British Marine reveal that for the fourth consecutive year, Britain’s superyacht industry has seen growth.
Global demand for British superyachts has helped industry revenue increase by more than 11.5% in 2015/16 to £605 million.
This comes despite the uncertainty and financial volatility surrounding the EU referendum.
According to British Marine, British products, services and expertise continue to be in “high demand from international markets, cementing the UK as a hub for the superyacht industry.”
The figures come as UK businesses head to the Monaco Yacht Show, which begins on 28 September.
Major exhibitors include international superyacht service providers, Burgess Yachts, who will be exhibiting the largest superyacht at the show – the 90m Athena – and the Plymouth-based Princess Yachts, who will be showcasing their 30M and 40M motor yachts.
British Marine said its research showed that full time employment in Britain’s superyacht industry had grown by 4.5%, with the sector now employing 4,125 people.
Business confidence is also high, with 75% of companies positive about the next 12 months.
Earlier this month, Sunseeker International announced a £50 million investment plan after the company revealed it was back in to profit in the second quarter of 2016.
British Marine said the majority of its members were reporting high levels of confidence post-EU referendum.
This is in stark contrast to the sharp falls in business optimism recorded in August among British small and medium sized enterprises in non-marine industries.
Productivity levels are rising, with 72% of respondents reporting an increase in business activity, compared to 61% in the last survey
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day – there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind – but the images are still excellent.
Dave and Steve Clark’s UFO foiler is moving incredibly fast, the unique catamaran already finding a reputable US-based production shop and deposits already starting to flow. Meanwhile, with the Clark’s opting not to produce a bespoke trailer for the 90-pound boat, the biggest question on anyone’s mind turns out to be ‘how do I transport this thing?”
Project manager Dave Clark took the time to actually answer the question in an extremely comprehensive form that applies to any small dinghy looking for wheels, but papa Steve isn’t known for his patience, and he penned our ‘answer of the week’ in the thread.
It just hovers there. You pull it behind the car with a light piece of string tied to the mast step.
We were considering powerful magnets as the coupling device because it was much cooler than the bit of string, but a passing semi truck ripped the boat out of our magnetic field and the boat floated into an underpass where it attached itself to the steel I beams.
Turned into a hell of a mess, we had to stop traffic in both directions while Dave tried to lasso the rudder gantry with a bit of Rooster Braid (which sucks as a lariat). Traffic ended up backed up for a few miles and the cops weren’t amused. Particularly when we mentioned Alien Technology. They called Homeland Security, and because it was a first reporting of a new kind of threat, we had to go down to the station and answer questions for 48 hours while they played Donny and Marie songs at us.
Didn’t think something as simple as move a boat would get so complex. Maybe if we had just tied it down to something with wheels like thousands have done in the past…
When the 25th annual Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge is held October 15-16, three clear statements will be made.
The first is that women’s sailing on the west coast is continuing to grow; that this regatta is here to stay, and that this event has established itself as a premier regatta with a quarter of a century of sailboat racing history.
The Long Beach/Los Angeles Women’s Sailing Association was created in 1992 which is when they started the Women’s One-Design regatta in an effort to promote women’s sailing in Southern California.
Linda Elias—the namesake for the current regatta—won the regatta three of the first five years. Elias passed away in 2003 and the LB/LA WSA rededicated the event to her memory.
Two-time winner Shala Youngerman (2014, 2015) will be returning for a shot at a three-peat at the helm of one of the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s Catalina 37s, a boat she knows and handles quite well.
But, she will have her work cut out for her. All 11 boats have been chartered for the regatta which is made up of teams from the state of Washington down to San Diego, including a San Francisco Yacht Club team returning to the event after nearly a decade.
The Long Beach Yacht Club Women’s Sailing Team with co-skippers Lisa Meier and Wendy Corzine finished in second place last year and will be returning this year in their quest to take home the first place trophy. Of all of the teams, they probably have the most experience on the Catalina 37s.
The two-day umpired fleet race regatta, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, will take place in Long Beach Harbor, in the same area where LBYC’s Congressional Cup World Match Racing Tour regatta takes place each year just off of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.
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“Shots of last Saturday at the Royal Belgium Sailing Club (RBSC) where C1, C3 and C3 class had their Club Championships.
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