MORE SAILING HISTORY – With our post below about foiling catamarans here is how far we have come… check out this old film on the Little America’s Cup back in 1967 called Catamaran Contest. It is short and incomplete but does show how leading edge the C-Class cat has always been. Do you know who won the series back in 1967?
FOILERS – With all the great news on boats converting to foils (like the GC32 cat) we thought it best to post a video that shows how the new breed of foilers work. We have been posting stories on the GC32 because this conventional, not really a stand out design, has now been transformed by thier new foil package to a leading edge rocket that many will follow.
A good story on the GC32 is on SA about this transformation from ‘skimmer’ to foiler and they confirm what we have been sailing all along about the future of high performance multihulls – they will all fly! The best part is they will be easier to sail than a conventional displacement boat.
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – This VERY POTENT drink is by the Tipsy Bartender….THE DEEP SEA DIVER. This cocktail is loaded with booze and possibly more dangerous than diving with sharks. Made with three kinds of rum, triple sec, lime juice, it’s a crazy concoction. The addition of two spoonfuls of sugar make it drinkable, and surprisingly smooth for the amount of liquor in it. Just be careful…this one WILL put you on your butt. Drink Responsibly!
CHARLESTON RACE WEEK – Final HD Highlight Show – 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week from Charleston Race Week on Vimeo. CHECK IT OUT!
CLIPPER RACE – The PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, which is Race 11 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway on Saturday at 1300 local time in San Francisco (2000 UTC). This very tactical race from the Californian city to Panama will take approximately three weeks to complete. The race sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year before starting Race 12 to Jamaica.
Thermal layers give way to sunscreen with the big question facing crews being whether to take the inshore or the offshore route.
The Californian Current flows south, but the helping hand this gives the fleet can be counteracted by heating effects from the North American land mass, which might change the winds unfavourably.
This race down to Panama should be fast, but it’s not over until the finish line is crossed in the Gulf of Panama, as changeable conditions near the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone or Doldrums) could decide the finishing positions in the final stages of the race.
The Race 11 start line will be off the Golden Gate Yacht Club this coming Saturday (19 April) with the yacht club kindly offering friends and family members of Clipper Race crew free entry to the club. The yacht club and bar will open from 1130 for a great view of the Parade of Sail between 1100 and 1200 ahead of the 1300 start.
The Clipper Race fleet is expected to arrive in Panama for the transit of the Panama Canal from 10-11 May with Race 12, to Jamaica starting on 14 May.
There is also a chance on Wednesday and Thursday (16 and 17 April) to get up close and personal to a Clipper Race yacht. Free boat tours are available at the South Beach Yacht Club at Pier 40 on both day 1500 until 1900.
MORE SAILING HISTORY – Yesterday, our posting of old sailing films was a hit – from Star and Scow sailing in the 1930′s to catamaran sailing in the 1950′s. Today check out this promo film of an English sailing school in 1953. The instructors did not get paid and the boats were, well lets just say… unique. We hope you enjoy!
SAFETY AT SEA – A man killed in a sailing accident Wednesday during a race near Redwood City has been identified as Yong Son of Burlingame, said an official at the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.
The 39-year-old was racing in the kickoff race for the weekly Beer Can regatta series sponsored by the Sequoia Yacht Club. Another sailor aboard Son’s vessel was injured.
The mast of the 42-foot Catalina, named the Bella, snapped after the sailboat hit a lighted channel marker shortly before 7 p.m., said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Mark Leahey.
AC NEWS -Artemis Racing seems to be the most active (potential) challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. Artemis Racing announced that it has signed Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, Simon Watin, Juan Garay and Matthew Davis, who will join the design team as Artemis Racing prepares for a possible 35th America’s Cup bid.
Both Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Simon Watin join from VPLP Design, a world leader in multihull racing and super yacht design founded in 1983. During the 34th America’s Cup they were part of the America’s Cup Race Management design and research team, established to create an initial design package for the high-tech wing-sailed AC72 catamarans.
Vincent Lauriot-Prévost is a naval architect and co-founder of VPLP Design based in France. During his career Lauriot-Prévost has contributed to some of the most advanced racing prototype projects, including the design of the six last winners of La Route du Rhum, the record holders of the transatlantic (New York – Lizard) and round the world (Jules Verne Trophy) races, as well as BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran USA 17, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup.
“Having always been at the cutting edge of fast multihull design from the early age of VPLP Design, we were first involved in the America’s Cup challenge in 2007, when the Cup turned definitively to multihulls,” said the naval architect. “This time, it is a great opportunity to collaborate with Artemis Racing on such a great foiling racing cat project, at this ultimate level of technology in the America’s Cup.”
A specialist in performance prediction, Watin graduated as a fluid mechanics engineer before specializing in naval architecture. In 2011 he joined the VPLP Yacht Design office in France where he developed in-house performance prediction and Computational Fluid Dynamics capabilities, and was involved in maxi racing trimaran projects (Prince de Bretagne 80, Sodebo 4 and Macif 100), as well as Open 60 projects (Safran 2 and Banque Populaire) for the 2016 Vendée Globe Race.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Artemis Racing team,” said Watin. “They have done an amazing job putting together a group of people that are not only very talented and experienced but also team players, and it is really motivating for me personally to have the chance to work in such an environment. Accurately predicting the performance of these boats will be quite a challenge, and we will have to sharpen our tools to be able make the right choices before launching the boats, especially since the sailing time may well be restricted.”
Artemis Racing also welcomes back British electronics engineer Matthew Davis and Argentine aero designer Juan Garay. Davis studied electrical and instrumentation engineering in Southampton, andhas sailed as navigator, engineer and crew member in multiple maxi yacht races including the Rolex Transatlantic Yacht Race and Maxi Worlds. In 2009 he received the Navigator’s Award for 1st in class for LA to Hawaii Transpac Race.
Matthew was Team Telefónica’s instrument engineer for both the 2008 and 2011 Volvo Ocean Races. The 35th America’s Cup will be his third campaign following the 32nd with Victory Challenge and the 34th with Artemis Racing.
Garay has over 20 years of experience in sail design with North Sails South America, and has been involved in a variety of classes and circuits since 1990.
Juan started designing sails for Team GBR in 2006 and worked with Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson and Ben Ainslie on multiple Olympic campaigns including Beijing 2008 and London 2012. He was the sail designer for Team Origin and +39 Challenge, and the 35th America’s Cup will be his second campaign with Artemis Racing, leading the aero program development.
“I am excited to work again with such a fantastic team,” said Garay. “I have great memories of working with Iain and Bart on two successful Olympic campaigns. We worked extremely hard but managed to enjoy it at the same time. Having that collaborative and open environment in an America’s Cup team is extremely motivating.”
“We are pleased to welcome Simon and Vincent into the team, and have Juan and Matthew back with us,” said Artemis Racing design team coordinator Adam May. “Simon came to us highly recommended by a number of sources, while Vincent’s experience with big multihulls is undeniable.
Juan and Matt are returning Artemis team members who bring with them a wealth of experience and great attitude in their respective areas. We continue to slowly grow our team, working hard to find the right fit of people within the group, and are fortunate to have had no shortage of great people reaching out to us, interested in getting involved,” concluded May.
Photo by Sander van der Borch
SAILING HISTORY – Check out this classic 1938 film of a Star class regatta in Naples – this was just before the start of World War 2. And check out the different styles of hiking and sailing trim. They even had spectators enjoying the racing.
ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE – A fleet of 34 international yachts started today’s 27th edition of the 565-nm Rolex China Sea Race. With Hong Kong’s impressive skyscraper skyline forming a domineering backdrop, the fleet made a clean start under a steady easterly breeze of eight knots.
The largest competing boat and favourite for line honours Ragamuffin 90 made a positive start, immediately pulling ahead of the fleet following the 13:20 start in Victoria Harbour. Syd Fischer, Ragamuffin’s legendary Australian skipper, was in confident mood dockside. “We believe we can get line honours as long as we don’t make mistakes or sit in a hole which can happen in this shifty weather. We’ve got to pay attention to detail. The golden rule for us is to get between the other boats and the finish!”
At 18:00 local time, Ragamuffin 90 maintained her lead over the fleet and lay some 525-nm from the finish. The four 52-ft yachts – Freefire, Hi Fi, Lucky and Standard Insurance Centennial were in close pursuit travelling at a consistent 10 knots. Ragamuffin 90 was forecasting an ETA at the finish line in Subic Bay, The Philippines of around two days, five hours meaning early Friday evening. That would be some way short of the current race record of 47 hours, 43 minutes.
Ernesto Echauz, Standard Insurance Centennial skipper and two-time race winner, was also in buoyant mood. “It is highly competitive race, with excellent sailors and scientific strategies. To win the key components are teamwork, equipment and good routing.” As the only Philippines entry, Echauz knows his crew will receive a warm welcome at the finish in Subic Bay.
“The long term forecast is for it to go light but that’s the South China Sea at this time of year,” explained Alex Johnston, Sailing Manager of organizers the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC). It is going to be a very tactically challenging race.”
MORE SAILING HISTORY – Here is some great footage of the Scows being sailed in 1939. Again, check out the sailing style and the claim they can sail at 20 knots in a blow… we believe it! There is even a gentle capsize at 56 secs. Enjoy!
VOR – The first team to officially qualify for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race is Dongfeng Race Team. Confirmation came direct from Jack Lloyd, Race Director of the Volvo Ocean Race that following the team’s recent 18 day training voyage, Dongfeng Race Team has met the official qualification requirements of sailing 2,000 nautical miles non-stop with 60% of the crew members for Leg 1 onboard.
Although it is great to be able to put a ‘tick’ in the box for this particular milestone in the preparation for the start, the predicted challenges continue for the team as Liu Xue and Yiran Zhang have decided to step back from the opportunity of joining the final race crew:
‘Obviously I’m disappointed,’ explained skipper Charles Caudrelier, ‘These are two men we hand picked who had the right attitude and the right level of experience. But the race will be unlike anything they’re ever done before and I understand their choice, even though I am disappointed. It is what it is and this is the Volvo Ocean Race and if you suffer from sea sickness that you can’t overcome or you feel that you’re not up to the challenge, now is the time to say.’
Nonetheless the performance of the four other Chinese crew – Kit, Horace, Wolf and Liu Ming – has been encouraging as they dealt with the demanding conditions on the training leg. These four will now go on to sail on board the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng alongside the Western pro crew during the transatlantic from Newport, USA to Lorient, France in late May. ‘We will be in full ‘race mode’ on the transatlantic,’ said Team Principal, Bruno Dubois. ‘And this will be another big step on the learning curve for our Chinese crew but the more we sail with them, the more we see their potential and feel convinced that for the next race and in future editions, Chinese sailors have a great future in the demanding discipline of offshore racing.’
Liu Xue and Yiran Zhang will remain part of the Dongfeng Race Team programme for now inside the support team. ‘Being a part of Dongfeng Race Team has been incredible,’ said Liu Xue. ‘It’s been an incredible experience sailing alongside the professional Western sailors but it’s just not right for me. Luckily l wasn’t sea sick like some of the others but I still know I have a choice to make and I no longer wish to be in the running for the final race team. I’m thankful for this rare journey I’ve been on and I will support the team every step of the way.’
The team are now looking forward to the transatlantic that will be one of the most testing parts of the training process for the crew but will ensure that the right team are in place come October. The VO65 Dongfeng is being shipped from Hong Kong to the United States on the 22nd April, arriving around the 20th May.
CATAMARAN SAILING HISTORY – Here is another classic film on sailing in 1950 – Check out the ‘babes on waves’ in this promotion of the fastest sailboat in 1950. They even tow a surfer behind the boat! Anybody know who disigned it? – we’re guessing Rudy Choy – not because we know but Rudy was the catamaran designer in Hawaii in the 1950′s – in fact – is that Rudy on the helm? Check it out and post your comments above in the upper right of this post.
C-CLASS FOILER – The future of sailing is here as more and more designers and builders are coming out with high performance foilers – here’s another one – a production C-Class platform and wing for the average guy – For info CLICK HERE.
YOUTH SAILING – The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy welcomed superb sunshine, big waves and a fresh 15-18 knots as racing ramped up on day two of the RYA Youth National Championships yesterday. Check out the re-cap above.
All classes took to the water as planned and completed the full schedule of races, with standout performances coming from the 29er race course with Gillies Munro-Daniel Harris and Ruth Allan-Alice Masterman mirroring each other’s performance in their respective flights, while Sam Barker-Ross McFarline stormed to success in the Spitfire.
Scottish 29er sailors Munro and Harris revelled in today’s gusty conditions out on race course area C to take an emphatic three races wins and a fifth, elevating themselves from 42nd into the podium positions at the close of play today.
“It was nice, lumpy and bumpy weather today which we love — it was great sailing so Weymouth definitely gets a thumbs up today. The wind was absolutely amazing, we really enjoyed the wind and the big waves and just had a seriously good day!” expressed Harris.
“Clean starts and then just going for absolute boat speed upwind made a massive difference today. Spotting the gusts was also crucial, there were some pretty big ones which came through so making the most of them is what made the difference.”
Both 17-years-old and members of Royal Findhorn Yacht Club, the Scottish due competed at the 2013 event at Largs Sailing Club, Scotland, and finished just outside the top ten in 11th.
“Our aims coming into this regatta was to just smash the starts and have a good consistent regatta. We also want to finish a place higher than last year so a top ten would be great. We are just going to take it one step at a time, one race at a time and see how we get on,” concluded Munro.
After an impressive opening day for Allan and Masterman yesterday, the duo continued to dominate their 29er flight with an imposing three races wins and fifth to cement their position at the top of the 29er leaderboard, opening up a ten point cushion over Munro and Harris before being split into Gold and Silver fleets for tomorrow’s racing. Owen Bowerman-Morgan Peach occupy third.
The full list of results from day two can be found here.
AC NEWS – As we posted earlier today of the 5-year suspension of AC sailor Dirk de Ridder we have to question if the jury (pictured above) went to extreme. We think they did. For a great story and analysis of the situation Sail-World nails it. CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY.
C-FLY FOILER – We have posted stories before on the C-Fly – This foiler is different than the others as they claim to have made an anti-pitchpole ocean going foiler system – Here is the latest update as told by Peter Kenchiington www.c-fly.co.uk
“Imagine a sailing boat that overcomes all of the practical and technical challenges of hydrofoil sailing:
-Cannot pitch-pole capsize (By design and proven)
-Sails in both flat and rough open water – Designed for offshore sailing
-Sails in light and strong winds
-Sails in both displacement and hydrofoil mode
-Sails without any form of active electronic control system, mechanical flaps or wands i.e. auto-stabilised
-Designed for maximum stability, speed, safety and high average speeds; cruising 25-40kts
-Conceptualized, designed, developed, tested and conforming to aerospace industry standards by leading aerospace engineers
-Benefits from greatly reduced drag, providing (at least) a 10 knot advantage over existing craft
-Ensuring very high average speeds in most conditions
Very smooth motion (or ride) providing much reduced fatigue of crew, equipment, rig and hulls.
-Elevated ‘flight’ means freedom form wave action and pounding.
-Cruises faster than an America’s Cup 45ft catamaran at full tilt (27 knots)
-Can set new and beat existing offshore sailing records. Creating new and acquiring existing trophies.
-Giving ‘Hot Seat’ experience that is more unique than going into space. (Fewer people have ‘foiled’ than have been into space).
Can be sailed by amateurs and pros alike!
-Generating unmatched and uniquely valuable PR opportunities
And is simply unique…..WE HAVE SUCCEEDED as proven with an 8m Coastal version.”
Check out more info and videos at www.c-fly.co.uk
BARCELONA WORLD RACE - Alex Thomson Racing (ATR) and sponsor, HUGO BOSS are pleased to announce that their new boat is complete and on the water as of 4 April 2014.
Previously named Virbac Paprec 3, this boat has an impressive history which includes placing 4th in the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe after losing its keel, 1st in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race, 2nd place in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet, and 1st place in the 2010 Transat Jacques Vabre.
ATR acquired Virbac Paprec 3 for Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes to compete in the upcoming 2014-2015 Barcelona World Race. The team have spent some time refitting and modifying the boat to include a new keel and HUGO BOSS branding. The boat is simply known as ‘HUGO BOSS’ and the ATR team look forward to taking the vastly improved speed machine out on the open ocean from Gosport, UK to Rhode Island, USA next week in preparation for the New York to Barcelona (NY-BCN) race in June.
The new boat is set to depart 22 April 2014 to Newport, Rhode Island where the OCEAN MASTERS New York to Barcelona Race will take place on 1 June 2014. This will be the first event run by Sir Keith Mills’ Lausanne-based Open Sports Management (OSM), commercial rights holder to the IMOCA class and will be supported by the Fundacio per la Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB) and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV).
The start of the transatlantic race itself will be off North Cove Marina on Sunday, 1st June. Competitors will sail pass the Statue of Liberty before exiting New York Harbour. The 3700 mile course crosses the North Atlantic, passing through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean, where crews will have to negotiate a tactical 525 miles along the Spanish coast before reaching the finish.
The prize giving will be held in Barcelona on 20 June 2014. En route competitors will be out to better the 12 days, 6 hours and 3 minutes course record set by Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer aboard the IMOCA 60 Estrella Damm in 2010.
The ‘HUGO BOSS’ boat will be led by Pepe Ribes and American co-skipper, Ryan Breymaier upon Alex Thomson’s announcement that he will be unable to take part in the NY-BCN race this year due to his wife’s pregnancy and conflicting due date.
Alex said: “This is a bittersweet situation for me; although I am disappointed that I cannot take part in the NY-BCN, I am thrilled that we will be having our second child. I had committed to competing before the official race date had been announced but it turns out that my wife’s due date will conflict and my family must come first, so, as to disrupt the team as little as possible, a replacement co-skipper had to be found. We searched long and hard but found Ryan Breymaier, who will now accompany Pepe Ribes as co-skipper.”
Alex will be with the boat for its delivery to Newport and up until its departure to Barcelona.
ATR’s new American co-skipper, Ryan Breymaier will now complete the NY-BCN alongside Pepe Ribes and is excited about having the opportunity. Ryan said: “I feel so fortunate to have been selected by Pepe, Alex and the rest of the team to take part in this race. I feel honoured to be the only American participant and plan to make both my country and teammates very proud.”
Finding the right co-skipper to accompany Pepe was a challenge and Stewart Hosford, Managing Director of 5 West and ATR commented: “This was not an easy task; finding a compatible co-skipper that has the skill, personality and mind-set to match the rest of the team is quite a challenge. That said, we have selected Ryan, are confident in his ability, and look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
YOUTH SAILING -2nd World Youth Sailing Week: Vela Garda Trentino organizes the largest international youth sailing event, unique in Italy with 1,750 young sailors from even 40 countries expected to race.
At Easter, on Garda Trentino, 10 days of great sailing dedicated to young people, thinking about sport, tourism and promotion of the territory: expected approximately 1,800 racers.
The sailing clubs of North Lake Garda, associated in Vela Garda Trentino with the goal of organizing international events that attract a very large number of athletes, coaches and team managers at Lake Garda, in Trentino, organize as first event in 2014 the second edition of the World Youth Sailing Week, planned during the 10 days before Easter.
The idea of this great event, created last year to strengthen the already existing single events on the territory and all dedicated to very young people aged between 9 and 18, sets up the world’s largest international youth sailing event organized in Italy with the participation of about 1,750 young sailors from even 40 countries, with a number of attendance equal to 100,000 people, considering the whole days spent between workouts and races not only of racers, but also of young athletes’ team managers and parents.
Each club involved, among Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole, will enhance the image of the territory along with that of sailing, a discipline that represents an increasingly important economic and tourist resource of the whole area. A synergy among clubs, (Circolo Surf Torbole, Circolo Vela Arco, Lega Navale italiana Sezione Riva del Garda and Fraglia Vela Riva), individual events and local authorities, which will take place from11th to 20th April under the aegis of Vela Garda Trentino, which will coordinate the activities distributed in the sailing clubs that are based in one of the windiest places in the world and that all the world envies us.
From 11th to 13th April the “double” preparatory to the acrobatic Olympic 49er Class, the 29er, hosted at the Circolo Vela Arco and committed to the organization of the 3^ 29er Easter Regatta, will mark the beginning of the regattas; about a hundred crews expected. The middle phase of the World Youth Sailing Week involves from 14th to 20th April “single” helmsmen engaged in the same period in two different classes, in two parallel events: at the Circolo Surf Torbole the windsurfing youth will be engaged for the 3rd Meeting Techno 293, the propaedeutic class to the olympics RS:X, where Italy has always excelled and represented an outstanding reference, thanks to the Olympic champion Alessandra Sensini, who created a youth movement worthy of her incredible victories.
As at every Easter at Fraglia Vela Riva the 32nd Meeting of the Garda Optimist will take place, the largest single-class regatta in the world, already certified Guinness World Records with almost 1,200 helmsmen on the water with the small Optimist boat, the school boat for excellence, which goes on forming the great champions of tomorrow. A show that leaves astonished all persons who will come to Lake Garda, a stretch of water that for a few days turns into a carpet of small sails! The record regatta, which joins the very high number of competitors to the equally high number of countries that oscillates between 30 and 40 depending on the year, is above all a big party that represents for competitors and team managers an unique experience, to be kept in their most important memories!
Vela Garda Trentino and Fraglia Vela Malcesine have teamed up to organise for the second World Juvenile Sailing Week the regattas for the Juvenile Laser 4.7-Laser Radial class together with the Laser Youth Easter Meeting (16th-19th April)!
All the up and coming athletes of international sailing will be involved during the 10 days leading up to Easter with the youngest of them competing in the 32nd Garda Optimist Meeting at Fraglia Vela Riva. The bigger ones will be competing on the preparatory classes which will eventually lead to their respective Olympic classes. The 29er (in preparation for the Olympic 49er), will compete at Circolo Vela Arco. The Techno 293 (in preparation for the Olympic RS: X), at Circolo Surf Torbole and the Laser 4.7 and Radial (in preparation for the Olympic F Radial and M Standard), at Fraglia Vela Malcesine. This project brings together the clubs of Upper Garda which regards sailing not only as a vital resource for young people, but also as a vital resource for the tourism of Garda Trentino.
The project looks forward to the organisation of World Youth Sailing Week and Garda Trentino Sailing Week, the first leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup and CICO, the Italian Olympic Class Championships for the Laser Standard and Radial and RS: X M and F.
EVENT WEBSITE CLICK HERE.
ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE – The race starts today as sailors from around the world sail from Hong Kong to Subic Bay.
On 7th April 1962, three yachts from RHKYC, one from Manila and one from Japan crossed the line at the start of the first China Sea Race. The yachts were escorted over the first 100 miles of their 600 mile journey by two minesweepers of the Hong Kong Royal Naval Reserve.
The finish was off Corregidor Island, crossing a line formed by vessels of the Philippines Navy, to be met by members of the Manila Yacht Club who had co-operated most generously with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in all the arrangements. Due to no radios being on board the yachts, Chris von Sydow’s Reveriecrossed the finish line after six days’ racing to find out that they were in first place.
The China Sea Race was subsequently held as a biennial event. In 1964 it attracted 12 entries and in 1966, 13, including the famous ketch Stormvogel. With each successive race, the event grew bigger. In 1968, it was included for the first time in the newly organised World Ocean Racing Championships and in 1972 it was officially recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Since then it has continued to attract interest and, as an undisputed Asian blue-water classic, has served to draw the attention of the international yachting fraternity to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
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