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Mainsail damage for Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothschild forces retirement from Transat Bakerly Race…
Who would be that much of an idiot to put that on their spinnaker? From the J/24 Course at the Annapolis NOOD regatta thanks to Dan Phelps/SpinSheet. Title inspiration from one of the funniest movies ever.
On Tuesday 3rd May, at around 1900hrs GMT+2, Erwan Le Roux, the skipper of FenêtréA Cardinal, sustained substantial damage to the port float on his Multi50 trimaran.
Erwan was leading The Transat bakerly Multi50 fleet when the incident occurred, sailing downwind in a northeasterly 25-27 knots, and was approximately sixty miles off Cape Finisterre. He managed to secure his boat before alerting his shore crew.
He is now in regular contact with his weather man to find the best landing point between Portugal and Spain, and is sailing at a reduced speed on a heading of 135°.
Aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2, American Joe Harris departed Newport (RI) on November 15 in a bid to break the 40 Foot Monohull Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record. That plan, however, got derailed with a detour to Cape Town to repair his energy systems and another pit stop in Uruguay due to hull damage. But Joe has persevered to fulfill his lifelong ambition to circumnavigate the world. That ride is now coming to an end as his anticipated arrival back to Sail Newport at Fort Adams is early Thursday, May 5. Full report.
Widely known as Australia’s largest woman-only Keelboat event, the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) is back in 2016 and hopes to blow last year’s attendance away. This year’s event will be held from the June 11-13 at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron and aims to attract near 30 boats to the Port Phillip waters.
Not only has this event received the reputation for greatest number of boats but it’s also hailed as the longest living women’s regatta in Australia with 26 years under their belt. Such a long duration allows organisers to ‘iron out the creases’ and give the sailors what they really want – high quality racing with opportunities to mingle with like-minded women. A 4-part lecture series preceding the event provides various social activities to compliment the racing.
“It’s great we can provide an opportunity for women to celebrate the sport of sailing through a nurturing but competitive nature,” notes Dee Mason, chairperson of the AWKR. “We look forward to near 30 boats joining us this season and can’t wait for everyone to put to practice what they learn over the next few weeks. This event empowers women from all over Australia and our New Zealand neighbours to gather and ‘take the helm’ with extra emphasis on seeing the next generation of female sailors coming through.” – Read on
The 2016 OBX-Wind Festival took place April 16-22 on Cape Hatteras in Avon, North Carolina. The schedule for this windsurfing event included demo gear, sailing clinics, GPS speed challenge and long distance races. The organizers were expecting maybe 20 people and ended up with 106.
Andrew Campbell’s resume is impressive, from winning the Youth Worlds to College Sailor of the Year to the Olympic Games. Now on the sailing team for America’s Cup defender ORACLE TEAM USA, here he shares the set up at the team and where he fits in….
With the America’s Cup World Series New York event looming this weekend, all of our team at ORACLE TEAM USA is looking forward to the racing. Unfortunately, only five or six out of a sailing team of 14 get the opportunity at each event.
In addition to the racing, ORACLE TEAM USA is organized for two boat testing, but we will only field one team of six sailors in the 35th defense of the America’s Cup Match in June 2017. So all of us are aware of the fact that we’re in a healthy competition for a role on the race boat.
While we have a lean sailing team of 14 sailors, within that group we have two helmsmen, two wing trimmers, three tacticians, four jib/board trimmers and 11 grinders. How’s that for fuzzy math?
We all have multiple jobs so we can order and reorder the teams to get the most out of any given day of testing. Most of us can do multiple jobs on the boat. Most of us are also a backup for another counterpart on our team.
The division of labor in the modern America’s Cup format is both simpler and more complicated than in prior editions. Where past campaigns would have hundreds of people in each camp and specific roles for each person, the current format has encouraged smaller teams and more jobs allocated to fewer people.
For instance, sailmaking has been significantly reduced to only a few jibs per boat, thanks to the use of wings and the serious apparent wind increases. We have a team of about 65 people in Bermuda, and each sailor must assume multiple roles in the team in addition to their on-the-water role. We liaise with different departments on shore, but also have multiple responsibilities on the water. Gone are the days of 16-man crews, now it’s a multitasking effort.
My job as a tactician is primarily to help position my boat to win around the racecourse. In addition, on testing days, I collect the goals of our sailing team, our coaching staff, our design team and our shore crew from the morning briefings. We come up with a plan for the day’s effort to create drills and scenarios to reduce variables and produce the highest quality testing results that can then be analyzed for strategy, design, and construction decisions constantly going on in the background of our base here in Bermuda. – Read on
Information for America’s Cup World Series New York on May 7-8 can be found here.
Transat bakerly Race – Erwan Le Roux, the skipper of FenetreA Cardinal, sustained substantial damage to the port float on his Multi50 trimaran
British entry in the Class40 fleet, Phil Sharp on board Imerys, has been referred to the Race Committee Jury He is competing in the Transat bakerly solo transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York
Rob Moore was only 58 years old when he succumbed to lung cancer on Jan. 6, 2012. He was among the 20% of lung cancer victims with no history of smoking. During Rob’s short tenure on the planet, he covered a lot of ground, and was both active in the sport and a popular contributor at the Latitude 38 publication.
Rob believed strongly that sailboat racing should be competitive and fun, and to encourage participation at all levels. He was discouraged by the downturn in participation in San Francisco Bay racing, and he was constantly trying to find ways to increase the number of boats on the water.
As a tribute to Rob, we annually share his “Ten Commandments of Beercan Racing” which he penned to help tune our focus…
I) Thou shalt not take anything other than safety too seriously. If you can only remember one commandment, this is the one. Relax, have fun, and keep it light. Late to the start? So what. Over early? Big deal. No instructions? Improvise. Too windy? Quit. Not enough wind? Break out the beer. The point is to have fun, but stay safe. Like the ad says, “Safe boating is no accident.”
II) Thou shalt honor the racing rules if thou knowest them. The Racing Rules of Sailing, unless specifically stated elsewhere in the Sailing Instructions, is the current rules bible. Few sailors we know have actually studied it cover to cover: it’s about as interesting as reading tax code or the phone book. For beer can racing, just remember some of the biggies (port tack boats shall avoid starboard ones; windward boats shall avoid leeward ones; and outside boats shall give room at the mark). Stay out of the way of bigger boats, pay your insurance premiums and keep a low profile unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing. Like most things, it boils down to common sense.
III) Thou shalt not run out of beer. Beer (a.k.a., brewskis, chill pills, thought cylinders) is the beverage that lends its name to ‘beer can’ racing; obviously, you don’t want to run out of the frothy nectar. Of course, you can drink whatever you want out there, but there’s a reason these things aren’t called milk bottle races, Coca-Cola can races, hot chocolate races or something else. Just why beer is so closely associated with this kind of racing escapes us at the moment, but it’s a tradition we’re happy to go along with.
IV) Thou shalt not covet thy competitor’s boat, sails, equipment, crew or PHRF rating. No excuses or whining; if you’re lucky enough to have a sailboat, just go use it! You don’t need the latest in zircon-encrusted widgetry or unobtanium sailcloth to have a great time out on the water with your friends. Even if your boat’s a heaving pig, make modest goals and work toward improving on them from week to week. Or don’t – it’s only beer can racing.
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Shots will be fired across the bow of PHRF-San Diego this weekend as the first Super 30 class start will be featured in the Cortez Racing Association’s Opening Day Regatta.
The Super 30’s will be racing under KMSi and boats are getting measured and rated for this and future events and we look forward to the same kind of racing we all enjoyed at the first Sailing Anarchy Regatta! The Ed has jumped in with his Melges 32 Anarchy. Shouldn’t you too?
If you are interested and want more information contact Chris Winnard (AKA Snapper). Contact details are in the NOR or PM him here.
On Wednesday May 4th, shortly after midnight and while sailing off Cape Finisterre in 25-30 knots of northeasterly wind, Sébastien Josse sustained serious damage to the batons on his mainsail, when he broached his IMOCA60 Edmond de Rothschild during a gybe.
The damage poses no immediate threat but is irreparable at sea, and after consultation with his technical team, Josse has made the difficult decision to retire from The Transat bakerly. He is now en route to Vigo in Galicia, Spain, where he will be joined by members of the Gitana team.
At the time of the incident, Josse was in a battle near the front of the IMOCA fleet with Vincent Riou on board PRB and Armel le Cleac’h’s Banque Populaire.
Friends Claudia Allison, Robert Baumann and I chartered a Colgate 26 for an afternoon sail on the SF Bay Friday 4/29/16. It proved to be quite an eventful day. After rescuing a downed windsurfer near the St Francis YC.
and transferring him to the Coast Guard response boat we decided to follow the two pods of whales that we’re circumnavigating the central bay.
For 3 hours we watched from a safe a legal distance as the whales showed off their baleen and treated us to playful displays of slapping the water with their fins and huge flukes. We were awed was when three whales breached in front on Fort Mason within 10 seconds of each other. We asked around and no one has ever recalled whales breaching in the bay
Sadly we only had cell phone cameras to record this rare event. – Anarchist Rod.
Top shots by Martina Barnetova as usual, this time taken at the Tornado German Open (..if any doubt on the scenery! On a second thoguht could Bariloche no problem). The Gaeblers took yet another crown. A-Cat sailor & German Champ Bob Baier sailed with one of his sons. Results at tornado-class.org/2016-german-championship-final-day/
Full Gallery by martina at the
All images sent by Christophe Launay – The French Olympic Sailing Team on the road for Rio.
Online gallery with 94 images
– Pierre le Coq
– Aquece Rio
– French Team
– Hyeres WC
Partly fresh and mostly puffy winds prevailed on the Alster in Hamburg during the first day of the inaugural Star Sailors League City Grand Slam. The 90 boats fleet, split in three groups, sailed three races each.
(May 3, 2016; Day 2) – After their first night at sea the 25 boats in The Transat bakerly solo transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York are spread out over 100 miles of ocean, with the leaders now well into the Bay of Biscay.
At the head of the fleet the three-strong Ultime class are powering their way southwards towards the northwest tip of Spain, looking to benefit from downwind conditions that could propel them west towards America.
Fourteen hours into the race, the overall lead was being disputed by Thomas Coville on Sodebo and Francois Gabart on Macif who were just a couple of miles apart and romping along at over 20 knots of boatspeed.
With only one exception all the skippers in each of the four classes – Ultimes, IMOCA 60s, Multi50s and Class40s – are favouring a southern route in the early stages that will take them towards Cape Finisterre and then further south before they begin heading west.
Most skippers will have had just a few minutes sleep as they recover from the challenges of the start and then the early stages, racing in close company with other boats and having to deal with the French Brittany coast and its commercial traffic.
Speaking on the satellite phone from on board Sodebo early this morning, Coville was in good spirits and said he had no doubt that south was the best option in a race more usually associated with the shorter, but more brutal, northern route.
“In fact, in recent days, we see that the southern route is somewhat less exposed than the northern route,” said the Sodebo skipper. “With the north affected by the ice gate (an exclusion zone imposed by the race director to ensure competitors avoid icebergs) which will force people to turn south, this southern route has advantages.”
Looking back on the start on Monday afternoon in Plymouth Sound, Coville said it had been a tricky getaway close to the breakwater and during the passage of a weather front. “We had to make the right sail choice before leaving and there was lots to think about – I did not want to take too much risk; I wanted to do it properly,” he said.
“Francois (Gabart) was a little early on the startline and had to bear away and then we were next to each other just like a classic race – it was magical. He gradually pulled away but it was nothing dramatic,” added Coville. The two giant trimarans raced on in sight of each other into Monday evening until they lost touch passing the island of Ushant off the French coast.
Behind the Ultimes, the leaders in the IMOCA 60 class are tightly-bunched in the north Biscay sailing downwind and making around 12 knots of boatspeed. The leading boats are both fitted with foils – Armel le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire and Sébastien Josse’s Edmond de Rothschild – and are only six miles apart. The first of the non-foilers in the leading bunch is Vincent Riou’s PRB which is 15 miles behind Josse.
In the five-strong Multi50 class, Pierre Antoine on board Olmix has decided to go it alone on a westerly heading, giving him the class lead at this stage, while his rivals head south. In that group Lalou Roucayrol on board Arkema is ahead, just over 10 miles to the good of Erwan Le Roux on Fenetrea-Cardinal.
Further north and still just south of Ushant, the 10-strong Class40 fleet are enjoying close racing with the lead being disputed by Britain’s Phil Sharp on Imerys and his French rival Maxime Sorel on V&B.
Sorel said he had seen 35 knots of wind overnight but conditions were moderating. He joked that he was following the same course as he had taken in the Route du Rhum in 2014 – a predominantly downwind race – as he surfed before a fresh northerly wind, even though it is a bit colder and wetter this time.
“The sea has calmed down a bit compared with the beginning of night,” he said. “All is well on board at this time but I have a couple of hours ahead when conditions will not be easy but then it should settle again. I haven’t eaten too much but I have been drinking lots and managed to get some rest.”
At the back of the fleet, meanwhile, Loick Peyron on board the 1960s-vintage 44ft ketch Pen Duick II is ploughing a lonely furrow due south of the Isles of Scilly. Peyron is taking on The Transat bakerly outside the main race in a tribute to the great French offshore sailor Eric Tabarly who won this race in 1964 on board Pen Duick II.
This morning Peyron was making just over five knots and heading west – for him the option of sailing fast to warmer weather south of the Biscay is not an option.
UPDATE: at 09h59 BST, The Transat bakerly Race Control received a call from the skipper Maxime Sorel aboard the Class40 VandB. He had a serious collision with a cargo ship, and the bowsprit has been damaged, with potential damage to the rig, which is still standing up. His present position is about 90 NM (165 kms) / 260° from Penmarc’h. The skipper is not injured, and he will now head to La Trinité sur Mer, or Lorient, to assess the damage.
Positions as of 0400 (GMT+1)
1. Yves Le Blevec (Actual) – 2908nm to the finish
2. Thomas Coville (Sodebo) – 2nm behind the leader
3. François Gabart (Macif) – 2.18nm behind the leader
1. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) – 2938nm from the finish
2. Sébastien Josse (Edmond de Rothschild) – 6.52nm behind the leader
3. Richard Tolkien (44) – 21nm behind the leader
1. Pierre Antoine (Olmix) – 2922nm to the finish
2. Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema) – 25nm behind the leader
3. Erwan Le Roux (FenetréA Cardinal) – 36nm behind the leader
1. Phil Sharp (Phil Sharp Racing) – 2979nm to the finish
2. Maxime Sorel (V&B) – 1.40nm behind the leader
3. Edouard Golbery (Région Normandie) – 11.96nm behind the leader
Loïck Peyron (Pen Duick II) – 2972nm to the finish
About The Transat
The OSTAR (Observer Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race) was created in 1960 by a handful of pioneering sailors. The race was organised every four years by the Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC) from 1960 through to the 2000 event, albeit with a lot of involvement from the French event organiser Pen Duick in the 90s, in order to cater for the demands of the professional campaigns that dominated the event.
After the 2000 edition, OC Sport stepped in to develop the event and acquired the rights to the professional part. OC Sport organised The Transat in 2004 and 2008, the 2012 edition was deferred at the request of IMOCA (the largest competing class).
The RWYC continues to organise a solo transatlantic race for Corinthian and non-professional sailors that is still known as the (O)STAR,. This race usually falls a year after the professional big boat race i.e. 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017. Both the amateur Yacht Club event and The Transat have the right to link to the history of the original race created in 1960, and to the rich history it has produced.
The first race was competed by just a handful of pioneering sailors including Francis Chichester and Blondie Hasler who coined the phrase: “One man, one boat, the ocean.” There has been tragedy, dramatic rescues and exceptional drama since the race began in 1960. Over time The Transat, as it is known today, has evolved and now serves the professional end of offshore sailing. But there are few modern day races that can reflect on such a long and outstanding history.
Monohull IMOCA 60 record: 12 days, 11 hours and 45 minutes set by Loick Peyron (FRA) on board Gitana in 2008. Multihull 60ft record: 8 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes set by Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) on board Géant in 2004.
Source: The Transat
Just three weeks remain until the start of the 2016 52 Super Series, and teams are getting ready for the inaugural event of the season.
(May 3, 2016) – Gunboat International was sold at auction to GL Yachting USA and the sale is expected to close on Friday. Principals at Grand Large Yachting, which consists of French builders Allures Yachting, Garcia Yachting and Outremer Yachting, reserved comment prior to the closing. Gunboat filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2015, with founder Peter Johnstone stepping down earlier this year. – Trade Only, full report
(May 3, 2016; Day 4) – A high pressure system approximately 100 miles off the Californian coast has the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams battling in light airs, as they search for every advantage with wind speeds dropping to as little as 0.4 knots. Full report.
Cut from the cloth of old-school sailmaking, Robbie Doyle has evolved to become one of the most technical sailmakers of his generation.
All Images Yacht Club Carnac – Full galleries & videos at yccarnac.com/eurocat_photos_et_videos.html – Orion Martin & Charles Gate dominated the Eurocat 2016 in the formula 18 Class winning Course & Long distance on a Cirrus R F18. Simon Northrop & Josh Obrien were 3rd in course & 2nd in the raid, keeping Northtrop performance from past year in a high level thanks to their
The Russian designer behind the Your Yacht Your Home concept, Max Zhivov has been speaking to YBW about his latest project.
The Your Yacht Your Home concept combines elements of architecture and luxury boat design.
Russian designer Max Zhivov, who trained as an architect, says his background in this field, helped him to create the futuristic looking superyacht.
“I usually try to bring some architectural details in yacht design,” he tells YBW. “And here, combining things like a classic gable roof house and a modern superyacht became a main idea of the project.”
See renders of Your Yacht Your Home below
Your Yacht Your Home, known as YYYH-40 m, does shake-up traditional superyacht designs. From the aft, the vessel looks like a small suburban home, while the bow has a more conventional feel.
Although still in its early stages, Zhivov believes that with advances in technology the concept will become a reality.
“As of now it is only a concept and a lot of detailed engineer work must be done. I don’t think it can appear soon. But, I believe that it can be realised in the near future,” he says.
The yacht is 40 metres long and 9.5 metres wide with a hull of steel. The upper part of the vessel is made of aluminium.
Special features include a pilothouse that can move inside the hull when the yacht is at anchor and a foredeck which can extend into a large lounge.
Zhivov is keen on designs which are both environmentally friendly and economical.
The designer recently unveiled his 60m superyacht concept, Sun Catcher, which has solar panels installed in the roof. The panels lay down vertically when the vessel is underway to avoid interference with Sun Catcher’s aerodynamics. At anchor, the panels position themselves to catch as much sun as possible.
With the Your Yacht Your Home concept, thin film solar panels completely cover the upper part of the vessel.
“I think nowadays economical operation becomes very important. Solar panels can afford independence. And if we can reduce consumption of fuel then less harm will be caused to the environment,” notes Zhivov.
The Your Yacht Your Home is aimed at those who will be living on board for long periods of time. Zhivov believes “it gives comfort of a cozy house, but also has the seaworthiness of a superyacht.”
The designer is currently working on a number of future projects, focusing on concepts for yachts between 10-20 metres. For the rest of the story from ybw.com CLICK HERE!
25 solo sailors are taking part in the 2016 Transat bakerly race is now on to reach the finish line in New York with the majority of the solo sailors favouring a southern route in the early stages.
After their first night at sea, the 25 boats in The Transat bakerly are spread out over 100 miles of ocean.
The three-strong Ultime class are leading the race and are now well into the Bay of Biscay. The skippers will be looking to benefit from downwind conditions that could propel them west towards New York.
See pictures of the start of the 2016 Transat bakerly below
The overall lead is being disputed by French sailors Thomas Coville on Sodebo and Francois Gabart on Macif, who are just miles apart and reaching speeds of over 20 knots.
Nearly all of the skippers in each of the four classes – Ultimes, IMOCA 60s, Multi50s and Class40s – are favouring a southern route in the early stages. This will take them towards Cape Finisterre, Spain, and then further south before they begin heading west.
Speaking on the satellite phone from on board Sodebo, Coville was in good spirits and said he had no doubt that south was the best option in a race more usually associated with the shorter, but more brutal, northern route.
“In fact, in recent days, we see that the southern route is somewhat less exposed than the northern route,” said the Sodebo skipper. “With the north affected by the ice gate (an exclusion zone imposed by the race director to ensure competitors avoid icebergs) which will force people to turn south, this southern route has advantages.”
Looking back on the start on 2 May in Plymouth Sound, Coville said it had been a tricky getaway close to the breakwater and during the passage of a weather front.
“We had to make the right sail choice before leaving and there was lots to think about – I did not want to take too much risk; I wanted to do it properly,” he said.
“Francois (Gabart) was a little early on the start line and had to bear away and then we were next to each other just like a classic race – it was magical. He gradually pulled away but it was nothing dramatic,” added Coville.
The two giant trimarans raced on in sight of each other into Monday evening until they lost touch passing the island of Ushant off the French coast.
Behind the Ultimes, the leaders in the IMOCA 60 class are tightly-bunched in the north Biscay sailing downwind and making around 12 knots.
The leading boats are both fitted with foils – Armel le Cleac’h’s Banque Populaire and Seb Josse’s Edmond de Rothschild – and are only six miles apart. The first of the non-foilers in the leading bunch is Vincent Riou’s PRB which is 15 miles behind Josse.
In the five-strong Multi50 class, Pierre Antoine on board Olmix has decided to go it alone on a westerly heading, giving him the class lead at this stage, while his rivals head south.
In that group, Lalou Roucayrol on board Arkema is ahead, just over 10 miles to the good of Erwan Le Roux on Fenetrea-Cardinal.
Further north and still just south of Ushant, the 10-strong Class40 fleet are enjoying close racing.
The lead was being disputed by Britain’s Phil Sharp on Imerys and his French rival Maxime Sorel on Vandb.
However, at 09h59 BST today (3 May), Sorel had a serious collision with a cargo ship. The bowsprit was damaged and there are also concerns about the rig, which was still standing up.
His present position is about 90 nautical miles from Penmarc’h. Sorel is not injured and is now heading to La Trinité sur Mer, or Lorient, to assess the damage.
Meanwhile, British skipper Phil Sharp appears to have sailed through a traffic separation scheme. Race Direction is aware of the course error and the Race Committee Jury has been notified.
Alongside the Transat bakerly fleet is a one-off entry by the Frenchman Loick Peyron.
He is sailing Eric Tabarly’s 44ft wooden ketch Pen Duick II in the same trim as the vessel was when Tabarly raced the ketch to victory in the OSTAR in 1964.
Peyron, who is expecting to take around 27 days to reach the finish at New York, is currently due south of the Isles of Scilly, making just over five knots.
Transat bakerly Race – VandB collides with cargo ship – skipper safe and uninjured…
Sir Ben Ainslie’s team mates have been testing the new life jacket, which will be used in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017. Watch the test here!
The new Spinlock life jacket has been developed to ensure the sailors will be better protected against the elements as they race.
Sir Ben Ainslie’s team mate, Nick Hutton, was assigned to work with the team’s official supplier, Henri Lloyd and technical supplier, Spinlock.
“We started with a traditional life jacket,” explained Hutton, “and the first aim was to improve the aerodynamics. What we’ve done to reduce the drag is to weld the rash vest material onto the life jacket to eliminate any air gaps, and maximise the aerodynamic efficiency as much as possible.”
“Then we reduced the foam so it was just above the amount required by the rules to keep the bulk to a minimum, integrating and recessing all the equipment to be as low profile and aerodynamic as possible,” he stated.
The new life jacket was then tested at Jaguar Land Rover’s wind tunnel, which is normally used for automotive research. Hutton’s team mates, Matt Cornwell and Leigh McMillan travelled to the facility in the Midlands to test the latest design and to see what further improvements could be made.
Land Rover BAR’s Chief Technology Officer, Andy Claughton commented: “In the wind tunnel we were able to do a lot of testing on the equipment that the sailors wear. What we’re trying to do is to optimise that as an aerodynamic package. It’s similar to the cycling teams where they are crucially interested in the texture and fit of the clothing. It’s very useful to do real testing on real athletes in real wind.”
Hutton said the latest design is comfortable, and that one more design will be created before the America’s Cup in June 2017.
“The problem with the traditional life jacket when you are grinding is that because it is slipped on and not attached anywhere, the jacket starts moving, whereas this is all tied in with the rash vest so everything is locked down and much more comfortable,” he explained.
The new life jack, along with the sailor’s other technical gear, has to be worn comfortably in all temperatures – from winter training in Portsmouth to racing in Bermuda in June.
“A massive part of all this work with Spinlock and Henri Lloyd is to make it as comfortable as possible so the guys don’t mind wearing it – everyone is happier if they are comfy,” said Hutton.
“There are a lot of details that you won’t notice unless you are wearing it every day. For instance, we have kept a flat lock stitch on the seams of the wetsuits, and if you sit on it or if it’s pressed against your body for a few hours, then you are going to know about it. So we had Henri Lloyd glue down the seam, so it’s smooth and you don’t even notice it’s there. Obviously though, Bermuda’s really hot, so we will be in Henri Lloyd warm weather pants and the Spinlock T2 jacket and that will be it,” he stated.
The spinal board of the Spinlock T2 jacket is made of D3O® material which is “flexible and soft when not under load,” explained Hutton, “But then if you smack it on the table it will be as hard as a piece of metal.”
Other details include the use of dry coated materials to ensure that the minimum amount of water is absorbed by the clothing to keep weight gain to a minimum.
Specific pockets have been provided for the communication equipment, with recesses cut into the foam to minimise bulk and reduce drag.
And finally, if the boat should capsize, the team can remove and discard the jacket within seconds if they need to.
“It’s been a lot of work,” summed up Hutton, “but these new jackets are a big improvement on anything else out there. It’s definitely been worth it.”
For Loick Peyron, the 25th Transat Bakerly is about getting back to the roots of sailing, for the IMOCA 60s, it’s a chance to flex their new foils.
Picture this: you’re 30 years old, almost 31. You’ve just completed your first ever Volvo Ocean Race – and you scooped the ‘best rookie’ award in the process. You’re at your physical peak – fit, hungry and raring to go. Oh, and you’re female.
Meet Sophie Ciszek, one of the stars of the SCA campaign – the first all-female team to enter the Volvo Ocean Race since 2001-02.
She’s six foot tall. She can run faster, longer and harder than you. She can almost certainly lift more weight than you. So why is this young athlete, at the peak of physical fitness and full of motivation, on the verge of quitting the sport altogether?
“The Volvo Ocean Race was a whirlwind of fun – the pinnacle of where I want to be,” she explains, taking a well-earned break from helping out at the Boatyard in Alicante.
“It was exactly what I wanted to do – to learn. We achieved amazing things, and I learned what it takes to be a pro Volvo Ocean Race athlete.
“And then, well, it just ended. You go home and you just want to keep sailing, but it’s so hard to get a ride on boats.”
You’d think that with her award-winning pedigree, Sophie would have the offers piling up – but that’s not the case.
“It’s super frustrating. I went home to Australia after the race and it took me over a month just to find someone willing to put me on board in the Sydney-Hobart Race.
“It’s not easy. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs since the end of the Volvo Ocean Race,” she reflects.
“To be honest, I just don’t think that female acceptance in the rest of the sailing world is there yet.”
Ah, the gender debate. It’s a contentious issue – and whether or not the actual perception of women in the sport is changing is a case that has been, and will be, argued for some time to come.
But, let’s face it – the truth is that this isn’t a problem that Sophie’s male Volvo Ocean Race under 30 counterparts have struggled with.
“Half of the under 30 guys who did the Volvo Ocean Race have now moved on to the America’s Cup, or are sailing Maxis, TPs or super-yachts in the Caribbean.
“A lot of people seem to have the same old perception of women, whether that’s being not as experienced, not as strong, or whatever. I think that’s always going to be there, but you have to prove your own worth and what your skills are, and show the guys what you can do.”
She smiles. “It’s like surfing – you paddle out and you’re in a line up with 20 guys, and you’re the only girl. They’ll all drop in on you and take your wave, until you stand up and take a wave and show them you can surf.” – Read on
I know most of us have heard the old excuse “there is usually more wind than this at this time of year”. That was being heard round Qingdao after 3 days of the Extreme Sailing Series event as the only foiling likely to be done if nothing changed was the wrapping of the Sunday roast. Of course those with memories that stretch back a couple of years to the Red Bull / Alinghi crash already knew that there was indeed often more wind in Qingdao in May.
That didn’t stop the racing being intense, close and challenging. One of the problems with the new Extreme Series boats is the narrow chord of both the daggerboards and rudders making low speed maneuverability somewhat difficult and when you have a start line which is not over endowed with length and boats that handle like a bus at low speeds, things can get interesting.
Racing was close too, with teams seeming to take it in turns to either gain a race victory or come last and Day 3 ended with Alinghi holding the narrowest of leads from Oman Air.
Things appeared to be better as we looked out from breakfast on the final day with one local journalist getting excited by the fluttering bunting outside the hotel. I tried to explain the Bernoulli effect of air being squeezed between two buildings but it was clearly beyond them BUT on getting down to the dock there did appear to be more breeze, or was it just wishful thinking.
I am happy to be able to report that the birds did indeed fly but along with the wind came the fog and the shots are far too grey to be usable so you will just have to trust me, they did get up on their foils, all be it briefly. In fact the fog that made photography difficult eventually shut down racing for the day with viz eventually falling to 50m or so.
Ironically, once the sailing was done and dusted in came the rain, the wind and the visibility – oh how mother nature likes to tease us sometimes. This morning saw white horses with enough wind to require a reef – sod’s law indeed.
Alinghi topped the leaderboard with 187 points, Oman Air followed with 181 and the podium completed with Red Bull on 166. Should we be surprised that those teams with experience once again float to the top?
The teams seemed to enjoy it, OC Sport were happy, the jetties round the race course were lined with people and it appears Qingdao wants the show back next year so all the boxes ticked – except lots of flying.
Ah well, there’s always next year.
As marine archaeological finds go, this is a biggie: The remains of Captain Cook’s famous HMS Endeavour has been found by scientists at the bottom of Narragansett Bay, just off Newport, RI. The little-known chronol…
The great irony for which the YRA’s 2016 Great Vallejo Race will be remembered is the use of downwind ratings to score an all-upwind race. Most years, the race from the Berkeley Circle to Vallejo Yacht Club on Saturday is m…
This spring, The International Ocean Film Tour sets sail for its third voyage to bring the best and most stunning ocean and watersport adventures to the big screen, this time making its way to American soil.
As Warren Miller once said, “since time began, snow melts every spring. The only constants we really have are water, gravity, our search for freedom and our instinct to return to the sea.”
Massive, powerful waves off the Tasmanian coast, the inherent natural beauty of Mexico, and a world record set by crossing the most dangerous ocean passage. That is the International Ocean Film Tour, Volume 3.
The U.S.Tour has begun. Click here for dates and locations.
(May 2, 2016; Day 3) – The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Seattle to Panama has seen a continuation of great downwind racing although conditions are starting to become lighter this morning (UTC) produced by an approaching weak front. The majority of the fleet has been on starboard tack for the past 8 hours heading offshore, but will be looking to gybe back in soon. The dilemma is where to find the best wind. Full report.
“La Semaine Affoilante”, a week dedicated to hydrofoils. Held at Saint Pierre Quiberon (France) on April 13 to 17, 2016. Video published on May 2, 2016.
Swiss team Alinghi today notched up their first win of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series after the final day of racing in Qingdao.
Aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2, American Joe Harris departed Newport (RI) on November 15 in a bid to break the 40 Foot Monohull Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record. That plan, however, got derailed with a detour to Cape Town to repair his energy systems and another pit stop in Uruguay due to hull damage. Joe provides an update on May 2…
It has been a bit tumultuous and somewhat frustrating week of squalls and calms since my last post. I am officially out of the Trade Wind belt, aka “la la land”, and am now firmly back into the reality of the North Atlantic, with all its wonders.
My rite of passage occurred Monday night (Apr 25), as I sailed into what was forecast as a major squall/frontal passage. During the day, the wind was between 15 and 20 knots, and I slowly prepared for the brawl by switching from the larger solent jib to the smaller staysail and then going from a full main, to one reef, to two reefs… so I felt ready for battle.
The sun set with dark clouds obscuring its descent, and as darkness fell, I began to watch the radar for the approaching front. But I did not need the radar to see the lightning begin to flicker on the horizon, an ominous signal to the coming squall. It came up quickly and hit me like a punch in the nose – a major wind shift forward, wind velocity increase from 15 to 30k, and torrential rain and lightning.
Holy guacamole batman – we were very suddenly in a serious shit show. The auto pilot could not handle the sudden wind shift from the NE to the NW, so the jib backed, and I was forced to tack the boat, to head away from the onslaught. We were now on the wrong tack – heading east instead of the desired NorthWest and screaming along at 13 knots.
I knew I needed to gybe the boat around to get back on the other tack but I was not excited about doing it. It’s now pitch black and pouring rain. I’m on my hands and knees in the cockpit, trying to steady my breath. Here we go…runners forward, main in the middle, gybe the main, get the jib around, back on the right tack, new runner on, trim the jib. All good except now I was fully facing the seething maelstrom of the squall.
Thunder cracks and lightning flashes from directly overhead as the rain pours down in buckets and I do my best to control the boat in 30k of wind and a 30° heel angle. I think randomly to myself…The Gods Must be Angry.
I try to sort out the spaghetti chaos of lines in the cockpit and check the radar to see how long we will be in this mess. The radar screen is aglow with the orange of rain – another 6 miles before we can escape. Seems interminable and I hide out under the cockpit coaming, soaked to the bone and shivering. Eventually the squall rolls away, the lightning fades, the rain abates, and the wind goes to near nothing and the sails now slat in the rolling sea.
Wow – what an experience… and all in less than 30 minutes.
So inevitably following a major squall passage like that there is a calm and you sit there with the sails slatting… wondering what just happened. This pattern has repeated itself numerous times over the past week, as squalls have rolled over us and then left only very light airs. These “park-ups” can become very long and frustrating, and it actually can require more effort and attention to keep the boat going 4 knots than to watch it sail effortlessly at 12 knots!
As I look longingly over the vast flat sea, I think back over the many miles sailed, Great Capes rounded, five season changes and two equator crossings I have just been through. It has been an amazing voyage from all perspectives, despite the two stopovers for repairs, which actually became great adventures unto themselves.
However, there is a lot going on with my family at home,and it is after all lacrosse season, and my scheduled March return has turned into May, so it is time to get back to Newport and then home to Hamilton.
Speaking of that, I just passed Bermuda – my old friend – and now have less than 460 miles to the finish line at Castle Hill Light in Newport. Between here and there is a major SW gale forecast for Tuesday/Wednesday and a crossing the of the Gulf Stream. So it looks like one more major test of GS2 and her weary skipper, and I hope I am up to this last challenge.
Both my Adrena weather routing program and Commanders Weather are forecasting a Thursday (May 5) finish in Newport, but as discussed earlier, there may be a calm period after the gales passes, so that may influence the finish time and possibly push it out to Friday.
So keep an eye on the YB Tracker and the count-down timer which estimates our finish time, and come on down to Newport to watch the finish.
Background: As a result of Joe’s 11-day detour to Cape Town (Dec 28-Jan 8), and his 10-day pit stop in Uruguay (Mar 22-31), Joe is no longer able to officially break the existing non-stop record of 137 days, 20 hours, 01 minute, 57 seconds – set by Chinese sailor Guo Chuan in 2013. However, he remains committed to completing the journey. Website: www.gryphonsolo2.com
The America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) is designed to offer practice to the teams, fulfillment to the sponsors, and heighten awareness for the 35th America’s Cup Match in 2017. But unlike the previous ACWS that led up to the 2013 Match, this edition also carries with it points that will benefit the series winner.
After four ACWS events, Emirates Team New Zealand tops the rank as the series comes to New York City on May 7-8. But unlike the America’s Cup Matches that had been in NYC from 1870 to 1920, held ‘free of headlands’ per the Deed of Gift, this race course lies in the shadow of lower Manhattan.
“This is certainly going to be a unique sailing regatta for everyone,” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby. “As always there are going to be the six teams not wanting to give an inch but fighting to take a mile out of each other – it will be full on but we are really looking forward to the challenge.”
With the course location convenient to the event village, the sailing conditions are expected to be some of the trickiest seen at any event yet mainly due to the swirly breeze and current.
“The current and tide will be a significant factor sailing on the Hudson River,” notes Roger Badham, meteorologist for the Kiwi team. “There is a tide that runs in and out which can be up to 2.5 knots and possibly 3 knots running down the river and that will then reverse for the incoming tide to run up the river at 1.5 to 2 knots with the flood tide and obviously the current will differ across the river – from the main stream to the banks.”
Badham and tactician Ray Davies have been studying the weather forecast and local conditions to try to get a handle of how best to approach the racing.
“The forecast right now is looking quite variable which is never easy,” admits Davies. “Add to this we have the Hudson River with its strong current flow as well as a very turbulent breeze which does funny things coming through the Manhattan skyline so this combined will create a very challenging racecourse.”
The New York event is the fifth ACWS regatta using the foiling AC45s, with possibly five more events to follow before the teams switch to the new 15-meter AC Class that will be used in 2017 in Bermuda.
(May 2, 2016) – The 25 boats in The Transat bakerly 2016 fleet set sail today on one of the great races in solo sailing, the 3,050-nautical mile passage across the north Atlantic from Plymouth to New York.
Spectators both on shore and on the water turned out to watch as the mainly French fleet gathered under grey skies on Plymouth Sound to answer the starter’s gun fired from the decks of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Kent at 14.30pm.
Ahead of the solo skippers and their boats lies one of the most daunting challenges in professional sport – the north Atlantic, complete with bitterly cold storm force headwinds, an ever-present adverse swell, freezing fog and even the danger of ice.
The forecast for this year’s race – the first time this classic has been staged since 2008 – is for a reasonably quiet start but for 45-knot headwinds and big seas for the leading yachts by Wednesday, as they head into the Western Approaches.
The fleet is divided into four classes, each of which will produce an official winner of The Transat bakerly. The fastest boats are the giant trimarans of the Ultime class, three of which are battling it out for line honours, with the first expected to reach the finish at New York in around eight days.
Behind them comes the five-strong fleet of smaller Multi50 trimarans which could fly across the “pond” in 12 days, alongside the six IMOCA 60s – the state-of-the-art monohulls used in the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race that starts later this year.
The slowest boats will be the smaller monohulls of the 10-strong Class40 fleet which should take around 15 days to complete the course, but in which we should see some of the tightest racing.
Alongside the fleet is a one-off entry by the French racing legend Loick Peyron who is sailing Eric Tabarly’s 44ft wooden ketch Pen Duick II in the same trim as she was when Tabarly raced her to victory in The Transat (then called the OSTAR) in 1964. Peyron is expecting to take around 27 days to reach the finish at New York. – Read on
The 25 boats in The Transat bakerly 2016 fleet set sail from just outside Plymouth breakwater on the 3,000+ mile passage across the North Atlantic to New York.
Hamburg, Germany (May 2, 2016) – The first Star Sailors League City Grand Slam gets underway tomorrow when 100 Star teams, representing 20 countries, begin racing on Lake Alster daily to May 7th. The Prize Purse for the SSL City Grand Slam is CHF 100,000 (104,730.47 USD) shared between the top twenty teams. Full coverage of all five days of action will be streamed live on the Internet for free. Full report.