RECORD BREAKERS – Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon. 45 years ago, sailing solo non-stop around the world was as big an adventure as space travel is today and even now, fewer people have sailed solo around the planet than have orbited it above the atmosphere.
On 22 April 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world after successfully completing the Sunday Times Golden Globe race, aboard his 32 foot ketch Suhaili. He had none of the modern technological aids sailors regard as standard today and even his radio failed for the majority of the ten month (312 days) 30,000 mile groundbreaking journey.
Reflecting on his historic feat, Sir Robin said: “It is hard to believe 45 years have passed since the day I completed that first historic circumnavigation. I’m still incredibly proud of the achievement, which was the start of many, memorable moments that I am proud of throughout my years at sea.
“Ocean racing has always been a fundamental part of my life, and as I prepare for my latest solo
challenge at what feels like the ripe age of 75, I am delighted to say that my thirst for the thrills and adventures has not ceased.”
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is one of Britain’s most celebrated mariners and this autumn he will compete again in a solo transatlantic race, the classic Route du Rhum.
Following his first circumnavigation, Robin skippered “Condor” to Line Honours in two legs of the 1977/8 Whitbread Race; co-skippered “Enza New Zealand” with the late Peter Blake to take the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994 for the fastest circumnavigation of the world; and completed the Velux5Oceans solo round the world race in 4th position in 2006/7, at the age of 68.
Sir Robin was knighted in 1995, and has uniquely been the UK’s Yachtsman of the Year 3 times. He was ISAF sailor of the Year with Peter Blake in 1994 and in 2007 was one of the first 6 inductees into the ISAF Hall of Fame.
In 1996 he created the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to offer people from all walks of life and ages the experience of ocean racing together with the opportunity of completing a circumnavigation.
Over 4,000 people have since been introduced to sailing through the unique event which is now the longest in the world at 40,000 miles and is currently three quarters of the way through its ninth edition. Sir Robin will welcome the Clipper 2013-14 Race fleet back to London on 12 July.
After competing with the Clipper Race fleet in the Australian classic Sydney-Hobart last December, Sir Robin, 75, recognised his competitive sailing days were far from over and last month announced his entry in the Route de Rhum solo transatlantic challenge in his Open 60 yacht Grey Power.
“Solo sailing is where I feel most at home,” Sir Robin confessed. “No one else can benefit you or let you down; it is all in my hands. The Route de Rhum is one of the classics.”
The tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Route de Rhum from St Malo in France to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe starts on 2 November 2014.
RC44 – After a tight start to the RC44 Championship Tour in the BVI nine weeks ago; where Team Aqua snatched victory from Peninsula Petroleum, the 12 teams are gearing up to do battle again, for round two, at the RC44 Cascais Cup, 23 – 27 April.
The event will be hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais for the third consecutive year in the Bay of Cascais, the venue may not be new but the fleet will welcome some new faces. Dutch businessman Nico Poons’ Team Charisma have chartered Puerto Calero Residence Club for the event, to sample their first taste of RC44 sailing. MAG Racing with new co-owner Artur Kasner, Terry Hutchinson, Tom Slingsby and John Kostecki all rejoin the Tour.
Owner Poons is no stranger to international yacht racing having won the Swan 45 World Championship and Farr 40 North American Championship previously. The Charisma crew will include Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning strategist, Tom Slingsby (AUS) as tactician. Volvo Ocean Race sailor Ross Halcrow (NZL) joins as trim and Mini Maxi and Maxi World Champion Chris Hosking (AUS) joins on main.
American Olympic silver medallist and America’s Cup veteran, John Kostecki (USA) will call the shots for Andrea Pozzi and his Italian team Bombarda Racing and one of the world’s most successful big boat tacticians Terry Hutchinson (USA) joins Vladimir Proshkin’s Team Nika.
Returning to the fleet after a break at the start of the season Polish team MAG Racing welcome new owner Artur Kasner who will share the helm event by event with current owner Krzysztof Krempec.
The event will kick off with a day of match racing within the picturesque Bay of Cascais; just a stone’s throw from the shore. The remaining four days of fleet racing will see the course move outside of the Bay. In previous year’s Cascais has served up a mix of challenging conditions for the sailors, with big swell and a sea breeze that gusts and lulls, demanding maximum concentration.
As the fleet continues to get more compact, Team Aqua the defending Champions, led by Chris Bake and tactician Cameron Appleton, have their work cut out defending their position at the top. Team Aqua’s grinder Ben Graham explains, “It has never been easy to win in this class but there are a lot of guys coming back from the America’s Cup and the teams are really stacking themselves up with some serious talent. It was hard in the BVI’s and I have no doubt it will be hard for the rest of the year, but that’s what makes it fun.”
One team applying the pressure is John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum, after a strong start to the first event of the season the team suffered an unfortunate collision on the final day of racing in the Caribbean that put the Gibraltar based crew in the runners up position, John explains “The last day in Virgin Gorda was bittersweet for us, but it has stoked the fire and we are ready for Cascais. We will keep making the small adjustments to improve, keep having fun and keep aiming for consistency.”
John adds, “It’s great to see new faces joining the fleet. The Class is in a good place at the moment. The Tour, the competition, the organisation, the boat design, everything is pushing the Class forward. There is uniformity and it makes it a joy to be part of.”
Sitting in third overall is Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev’s Synergy. The team were able to keep their cool at last year’s Cascais Cup, fending off five boats in contention for the title on the final day, to take their first ever RC44 event win.
Racing runs from Wednesday 23rd April for five days through to Sunday 27th. Follow the racing via the live blog at www.rc44.com.
RECORD BREAKERS – He’s done it! At 1738hrs UTC (1938hrs CET) on Monday 21st April 2014, the IDEC maxi-trimaran crossed the finishing line in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Francis Joyon has set a new reference time for the Friendship Route between Bordeaux (France) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). His race time: 13 days, 03 hours, 05 minutes and 19 seconds for the theoretical 4812 miles.
Francis Joyon left Bordeaux on Tuesday 8th April beginning in the Gironde Estuary at 1433hrs UTC. This was merely four days after officially going on stand by with the support in particular of the French football team, the Girondins de Bordeaux and Fabien Barthez among others. This new Friendship Route between Bordeaux and Rio de Janeiro was designed to bring together France and Brazil and come to the aid of charities in Brazil, as well as the ICM, the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute in France.
An average speed of 15.2 knots on the Great Circle Route and 18.1 knots out on the water
IDEC’s race time: 13 days, 03 hours, 05 minutes and 19 seconds to sail the 4812 miles of the theoretical route or 15.27 knots. In reality, IDEC sailed 910 miles more out on the water: 5722 nautical miles at an average speed of 18.16 knots. The explanation: Francis Joyon had to go around all the low-pressure areas from Cape Finisterre to the middle of the Atlantic. He had no hesitation in sailing 900 miles away from the direct route. Once again, Francis Joyon has managed to get the most out of his maxi trimaran to play with the various weather systems. He very often got up to around thirty knots…
The final 24 hours of sailing along the coast of Brazil were very demanding for the skipper of IDEC, who had to sail upwind for the final 120 miles to Rio de Janeiro. Exhausted after missing out on his sleep, Francis Joyon had to keep hard at it, carrying out changes of tack and many manoeuvres to reach the finishing line. These thirteen days of sailing were rather unusual as he had to sail a long way north to get to the west and this demanded a lot of effort. A few moments after crossing the line, Francis Joyon gave us his first impressions of this new record.
What Francis Joyon told us at the finish
His first reaction : “I’m really pleased to have finished, as the final 24 hours were very testing. Physically I’m exhausted. I haven’t slept for two days because of the conditions, but also because there is really a lot of shipping along the coast of Brazil. You have to remain alert all the time. This is a particularly exhausting job.”
The final 24 hours at sea
“The final hurdle was very stressful. Around midnight last night, I found myself in a huge storm, which was quite impressive… and the wind suddenly swung around 180 degrees. I went from downwind sailing to upwind sailing with the wind strength all over the place going from 10 to 25 knots in just a few seconds. Aboard a giant multihull like IDEC, these are challenging conditions. You have to keep manoeuvring, taking in reefs and making changes. And at the same time there is the threat of all the shipping between the coast and the offshore oil rigs. A tug came close to the boat, while I was carrying out manoeuvres for example. And with the wind coming straight at me, everyone knows that neither I nor the boat likes that. That’s why I’m particularly pleased to be here now in Brazil.”
The time and the route
“Before setting off from Bordeaux, I thought it would take around fifteen days. So thirteen days isn’t that bad, taking into account my route off to the west that was necessary to get around the lows in the Atlantic, then the width of the Doldrums (300 miles, editor’s note) where I was slowed down, but never came to a complete standstill. This route was excellent training for the Route du Rhum: when I finally got back on a southerly route in the Atlantic, I was only two days away from Guadeloupe! I sailed a lot of miles, a lot more than indicated on the theoretical route… and I learnt a lot. Each mile sailed, each manoeuvre carried out helps me get to know the boat. My time can of course be improved, if the weather cooperates allowing a more direct route.”
“I’m really pleased as IDEC has shown that she is still fast and reliable. I didn’t break anything important. The little problems I had along the way were routine incidents and not that important. I’m going to be able to sort them all out by myself here in Brazil. They are only minor details. So there is nothing to worry about on that score.”
For the ICM
“Sailing to support the ICM and for charities is very motivating for me. It adds something spiritual to the mere sport of sailing.”
This new record between Bordeaux and Rio de Janeiro was aimed at creating a friendly link between France and Brazil. It brought together ambassadors from both countries – personalities from the world of sport, the arts, business and the media to offer support to Brazilian charities and the ICM, the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute.
For this latest 4800-mile long route across the Atlantic, the big red trimaran hoisted the Sail of Hope, signed in France and Brazil by the ambassadors from both countries involved in this project. This sail will be auctioned for charity at the end of the year at a gala event in Paris with all the proceeds going to Brazilian charities and the ICM, the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute.
Joyon, the record hunter.
Francis Joyon was the first sailor to win the Ultimate Trophy. He is the only one to have held the four following records at the same time:
-The Round the World Record: 57 days 13 hours 34 minutes and 6 seconds, February 2008 (still the record today)
-The North Atlantic Record: 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds, June 2013 (still the record today)
-24-hour record: 666.2 miles sailed, July 2012
-Columbus Route Record (Cadiz – San Salvador): 8 days 16 hours 7 minutes and 5 seconds, February 2013
ISAF WORLD CUP HYERES – Glorious sunshine and a consistent cool spring breeze ensured the 1,111 sailors from 59 nations were spoilt on the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères yesterday.
Racing in the ten Olympic and two Paralympic events could not have been any better as the consistency of a 10-15 easterly breeze ensured excellent racing throughout the day.
The world’s finest sailing talent came to the forefront of their respective fleets with Hyères showcasing what it is all about.
Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) won gold at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca with a day to spare and they brought that same form into the first race day in Hyères.
Opening their account with a second they ramped it up for the day’s two other races by taking convincing victories in both races, “The day was really great, especially for a first day,” commented Besson after racing. “The wind conditions were cool and we got a second and two wins. It was very perfect conditions.”
With the discard coming into play after three races the French have a small single point lead over Pippa Wilson and John Gimson (GBR) but lose a second compared to the Britons seventh. Despite looking good at the early stage Besson doesn’t think an early victory will be on the cards, “Oh no,” exclaimed Besson. “With Marie we take it race by race and tomorrow is another race and same again the day after. We’ll keep our head clear and that’s all.”
After three races the points are extremely close with the top six all counting single number scores.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne winners and Mallorca bronze medallists Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) are one of those teams and whilst they were strong posting a 1-4-4 score line, Curtis found the day a bit of a learning curve, “We had this really steep uneven chop and I’ve never sailed in the cats in those conditions before and it was actually really cool to learn on the run and we actually won the first race.
“We’re pretty happy as all our results are keepers. That’s the idea, on the first day you want to get some keepers on the board and not use your drop up.”
The Nacra 17 is split into two fleets with further race victories going the way of Wilson and Gimson, Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond (GBR), and Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT).
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) hold the lead in the 49er after two bullets and a discarded 16th but displaying superb consistency was Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR).
The Brits took the first race win in the Yellow fleet and followed up with two third places and hold second overall. After racing Fletcher let his 1,200+ Twitter followers on @GBR49erTeam know about his and Sign’s day, “Wicked day racing in Hyeres, 1,3,3 with the last race our best after a great first beat to get back into the race #teamwork #longwaytogo.”
And a #longwaytogo it is with 15 more races scheduled over the remaining five days of competition.
Holding third overall after the first day is Diego Botin and Pablo Turrado (ESP) followed by Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS).
ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca gold medallists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) got their week off to a strong start after picking up two race wins and discarding a 14th.
The Brazilians are in familiar company atop of the leader board with many of the leading 49erFX sailors trailing them by a narrow margin.
Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) sit two points behind the Brazilians whilst Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR), who took the days other race win, occupy third.
2013 World Champions and defending Hyères champions Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) found their form after a disappointing week in Mallorca. Recording a second, a discarded 19th and a third they sit in fourth.
Greece’s Ioannis Mitakis came out of the traps flying in the Finn and after two races he has a five point lead.
The Greek racer, who won the Finn Europeans in 2012, took a second in the first race and then won a hard fought second as he explained, “Today was a really good day. I managed to stick to my plan from the start. I started both races by going left and the left paid off more.
“In the second race I had a problem with my sail as I decided to make a change last minute but I managed to do what I had planned in my mind and won the race.
“It was a quite close race. I passed the first mark in fourth place and then I found a way to pass those ahead of me. I’m really happy with my consistent day.”
The opening race win went the way of France’s Jonathan Lobert but a 28th in the second of the day sees him down in 13th place.
Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) and Caleb Paine (USA) occupy the remaining podium spots after the opening day of racing.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) took two race wins and discard a seventh to grasp an opening day race lead in the 81-boat Men’s 470 fleet.
Belcher first made an appearance in Hyères in 2001 and with two gold medals behind him he continues to relish the French breeze, “Hyeres is a fantastic event. It’s a regatta we can’t afford to miss on the circuit and we always try to prepare the best we can for the extreme conditions.
“I think the timing is quite critical for us. We warmed up in Palma and we’ve come here in better shape. They run a really good regatta, we’ve got almost 1,200 competitors and we love competing here.”
With two race victories behind them it’s easy to see why the Australians enjoy the French Riviera. In the opening bout they took the bullet by 21 seconds and in the third they edged out Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE).
The Greeks added a sixth and a fourth to sit in fourth place overall but Mantis was far from happy with his day, “If you don’t have a good start then you’ll start at the back. For us we managed with three bad starts, I don’t know what happened but our results were good.”
Despite their bad starts the Greek sailor explained why they recorded a strong line of results, “We like this kind of wind and we had good speed, that’s why. Finally I’m happy but we have to improve the starts because as the event goes on it will be more difficult.”
Onan Barreiros and Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP) are currently second overall followed by Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom (SWE).
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) and Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) took a race win apiece in the 51-boat Women’s 470 and hold the leading positions.
The Kiwis, who took gold at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao and Mallorca, continued their good form by taking the opening race win. An eighth place followed and after racing Powrie said, “We kept it pretty simple. We just got out of the blocks well and then chipped away from there. It was a top ten finish so it’s a keeper. We missed a few things on the first beat and we had to crawl back from there. We managed to come away with a decent result so we’re happy with the day.”
The Americans hold top spot having taken a fifth in Race 1 that was followed up with a bullet.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallists Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) are third overall.
If you blinked whilst watching the Men’s RS:X action you might have missed Poland’s Piotr Myszka as he sealed three consecutive race victories on the opening day of racing.
In the split 91-boat Men’s RS:X Myszka was a class above the rest in the yellow fleet and blew his rivals out of the water to hold an early lead.
Racing in the blue fleet was closer with three sailors taking the bullets. Kiran Badloe (NED), Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) and Toni Wilhelm (GER) took a race victory apiece. All three count results in the top six and trail the Polish sailor in second, third and fourth.
New Zealand’s Natalia Kosinska holds the Women’s RS:X lead after three races in Hyères. The Kiwi racer started off slow with a 12th place finish but bounced back with a bullet and a second that handed her the lead after she discarded her opening race result.
Poland’s Maja Dziarnowska was slightly more consistent than her Kiwi competitor with a sixth, a third and a bullet but with the discard in play she is a point behind. China’s Jiahui Wu is third overall.
Evi Van Acker (BEL) looked to banish her Mallorca demons as she took two race wins and a fifth to lead in Hyères.
The Belgian racer missed out on a podium spot at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca as she engaged in a battle for silver with Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) in the Medal Race. She finished the Medal Race in 10th and fell to fourth, missing out on a medal.
A strong performance in the Hyères has put her on the right route at the early stage of the event.
Annalise Murphy (IRL) enjoyed the big breeze as she scored a bullet, a discarded 27th and a third to sit second overall. ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne gold medallist Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) is third overall.
Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) took two race wins in the Laser and is the early leader in the 123-boat fleet. The French racer took two bullets from the day’s opening encounters and came through with a ninth in the third and final race of the opening day.
With two fleets the remaining race victories went the way of Robert Scheidt (BRA), Jesper Stalheim (SWE), Andy Maloney (NZL) and Matt Wearn (AUS).
Great Britain’s Megan Pascoe and Helena Lucas dominated ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami and Mallorca as they took a gold and silver apiece but the top of the leader board in Hyères is slightly different.
Heiko Kroger (GER) and Damien Seguin (FRA) took a race win and a second each to share the lead on three points. Pascoe was consistent with two thirds to sit in the final podium spot. Lucas meanwhile is down in sixth.
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas (GBR) sailed consistently in the Sonar to take the early advantage.
The British trio recorded a third and a second to lead on five points. The race victories went the way of Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka and Robert Prem (GER) who are second overall and Australia’s Colin Harrison, John Harris and Russell Boaden who are fifth.
Racing resumes on Tuesday 22 April at 11:00 local time as the qualification stage for the split fleets comes to a conclusion. FOLLOW THE RACING BY CLICKING HERE!
SAILING TATOOS – Tattoos have been around longer than sailboats. But as sailboat designs change so do tattoos – A growing trend in tattoos for women have been sailing themes. Check out this new form of sailing art from the most simple to the most elaborate by CLICKING HERE.
AC NEWS – Made just before the 34th AC, ESPN’s Jason Bennett goes behind the scenes with Aussie Americas Cup skipper Jimmy Spithill to explore his journey to the top and take a closer look at the incredible preparation and investment involved in competing for the oldest trophy in international sport.
SAILING HISTORY – Check out the ‘death roll’ at the start of the 1958 Newport to Burmuda race – great sailing history caught on film called Three Tough Days.
SOLO SAILORS – Find out more about Marc Guillemot, the french skipper of Safran. He takes part in the Ocean Masters World Championship with a sailing resume that is enviable. Check it out above!
FOILERS - With the race foiling frenzy post Americas Cup, plus the drive from from other beachcat projects like the Flying Phantom, Nacra decided to upgrade their flagship F20 Carbon to play in this new flying game. Check out the latest news on the Carbon 20 foiler and this great interview with the guys at NACRA by CatSailingNews.com by CLICKING HERE!
YOUTH SAILING – 2° World Youth Sailing Week – Vela Garda Trentino 29er Easter Regatta Circolo Vela Arco 12-14 April 2014. We love the 29er for kids! They master the boat well as they round the mark, pop the chutes and speed off to the next mark.
EXTREME SAILING – The final race of each Extreme Sailing Series™ Act is worth double points, and more often than not the outcome of the event is riding on it. Using the SAP sailing analytics, we took a look at all of the final races from the last 16 months, and found that keeping a cool head and performing under pressure can make all the difference.
Over the last nine Acts (seven in 2013, and two in 2014), the reigning champions The Wave, Muscat have won an incredibly impressive 67% of the events. Of the events they won, they also sailed to victory in 50% of the final races, often winning the Act in that moment. For the Omani team, the double points race seems to be of the upmost importance to their Act winning tactics.
For the Swiss America’s Cup winners on Alinghi, consistency is the name of the game – albeit boosted by the double pointer. In 2013, Alinghi were the only team to finish on the podium at every Act, and of the seven Acts completed, they only finished outside the top three in the final race twice. Of all the teams, Alinghi have the highest average number of points in the final race, with 15.78, compared to The Wave, Muscat at 14.89, which is ultimately reflected in their consistent positioning on the podium.
At Act 2, Singapore in 2013, the Danish match racers on SAP Extreme Sailing Team secured their first ever podium finish, after finishing the final double points race in third place. They continued the trend at Act 3, Qingdao, where again a third place in the final race led them to finish the regatta in third place overall.
So it seems the double pointer can be make or break. One team that seems to be bucking the trend is the Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team, who have not managed to finish in the top three in the final race at all in the last 16 months. Despite this, in 2013 the team did secure four podium finishes, and finished the season in third place overall. But the question the double Olympic champions on board will surely be asking themselves, is if the team could remain cool, calm and collected during the final race and post a better result, could they finally take their first ever as yet elusive Act win?
So what should a teams tactics be in the final double pointer? Is it better to sail your own race, or to keep a close eye on the opposition and mark them around the track, and in doing so risk loosing out on valuable points? Of course, you need to look at the overall regatta to paint a real picture of what it takes to win an Act, but one thing that is for sure, is the final double points race can make all the difference.
CLIPPER RACE – The Clipper Race has made a donation of $1000 to San Francisco sailing charity, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors.
The charity provides sailing programs to people with disabilities and their families to make the sport accessible for everyone.
During the San Francisco stopover, the charity allowed Clipper 70 OneDLL to moor in their usual club berth.
Clipper Race chairman and founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “We were delighted that the charity made a very generous offer for us to use the berth and in return we are pleased to make a donation. We have enjoyed meeting the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors during the stopover.”
Commodore of BAADS, Christine Rubke said: “It was great to have the Clipper Race here and meet all the teams who bought such an international
atmosphere to South Beach Yacht Club. The donation is very gratefully received, and it will go towards helping more sailors get out on the water to enjoy the beautiful bay area.”
#1 CRASH OF 2014 – Back by popular demand – The most unbelievable crash of 2014 or ever in all the years of the Extreme Sailing Series. We are surprised by the low number of views considering this very unique crash. If you have not seen it or have, it’s worth a look!
What happened? The penultimate days racing in Singapore delivered possibly one of the most dramatic moments of the Extreme Sailing Series™. In winds that were varying from 5 to 23 knots across the racecourse, Team Aberdeen Singapore caught one of the biggest gusts of the day as they came into the finish line struggling to hold off the pace and ploughing into the back of France’s Groupama sailing team.
Groupama sailing team skipper, Franck Cammas, explained what happened: “We had big gusts and as we were finishing a gybe we saw Aberdeen come really fast from behind and that’s the moment when they came over us breaking the mast. Tanguy Cariou is the only crew member hurt but it’s only superficial injuries. He was in the middle of the trampoline where the boat fell, which was the worst spot. Three crew members jumped off the boat. It’s the risk of racing. What is tricky here is that the wind is quite strong and very gusty which is difficult to anticipate. It’s not easy.”
LES VOILES DE ST. BARTH RACE – Les Voiles de St. Barth Race Committee, led by Race Director Luc Poupon, carefully chose race courses to fit the conditions, sending the Maxi and Spinnaker Zero, 1 and 2 classes on a 22 nautical mile course and Spinnaker 3 and 4, Non-Spinnaker, and Multihull on a 16 nm course.
To make up for a missed race Friday, the six-boat Melges 24 class completed two races, which were run in the more protected waters on the western side of the island. As a further provision, the class mutually agreed not to use spinnakers.
As spectators watched from a sculpted rock plateau 500 feet above the pristine beach of Colombier, the sailing conditions on the northern most point of St. Barths seemed epic: strong, fairly steady wind, with flat water at the starting area and the first rounding mark. At the next mark, however, the fleet began its beat around the island’s northern end into the ocean swell. A two-knot current running counter to the prevailing wind produced six-to-eight foot seas that, while uncomfortable upwind, made for a rollicking ride off the breeze.
Check out the highlights of sailing in paradise above!
YOUTH SAILING – After five days of action packed racing at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships, the RYA’s Selection Panel have announced the 12 sailors who will represent Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2014.
The names of the sailors who will travel to Tavira, Portugal from the 12-19 July 2014 to compete for the British Youth Sailing Team were revealed at the prize-giving of the RYA Youth National Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Leading the charge for British Team will be Olivier Greber and his new crew Jess Eales in the multi-hull catamaran class. Greber has a wealth of experience on his side, winning a bronze medal at last year’s event in Cyprus as well as a silver medal at the 2013 SL16 class World Championships with former sailing partner James Henson.
On winning selection for a second consecutive year, Eastbourne’s Greber said: “It’s fantastic to be selected for a second year running. It’s such an honour to represent your country at the biggest event in Youth sailing and also just to be a part of such a prestigious team.
The 18-year-old continued: “It is definitely a big goal for me to improve on the bronze medal from last year. It is going to be a tough year, especially as we are a new partnership, we’ve only been sailing together for five months but we’ve been doing everything we can to improve and it is going well so far.”
Lymington’s Eales, who will be competing at the event for the first time, added: “It will be amazing to represent my country and fly the flag for GBR, it is an opportunity I have never had before. I just want to do the best we can!”
Another 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds GBR representative returning to improve on last year’s result is 420 sailor Tim Riley, again with a new crew James Taylor.
EASTER BUNNY REPORT – Looks like after a busy morning of hiding eggs for the kids (and adults too) the Easter Bunny has been found relaxing on the water with an easy morning paddle. Reports say that Mr. EB preferred some windsurfing but could not find enough wind to go sailing. Maybe next year. Happy Easter holiday from the crew at XS!