Monthly archives for January, 2012
HOTLINK – After two days at sea on Leg 3, the double-handed, Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s are dropping sharply south-east into the Pacific with the first three boats keeping close formation as they run off the wind in 30 knots of breeze in the Roaring Forties, leaving Chatham Island port. More here.
MOVING PICTURES – Catch up with the teams and all the action from the last 24 hours, as they head further down the infamous Malacca Straits.
MOVING PICTURES – Sunday, the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet started Leg 3 from Wellington, New Zealand, to Punta del Este, Uruguay, with a 6,200-mile course through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn and through the South Atlantic ahead of the five Class40s.
MOVING PICTURES – USSTAG member Graham Biehl discusses the technical aspects of the 470 class. Interview by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News.
MOVING PICTURES – Highlights from the sixth day at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, the second of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas
MOVING PICTURES – This Kiteboard video was sent in by an XS reader. Cool footage of mostly kites but some other stuff too. Good stuff!
MOVING PICTURES – Skipper Dean Barker talks about the big week ahead which includes practice racing in the AC45 against Luna Rossa.
HOTLINK – Vilified in some quarters for a recent uncharacteristic loss of self-control, an apologetic Ainslie still faces a Royal Yacht Association inquiry to be staged by the end of February at the latest which is likely to result with a verbal slap or fine, although within the remit of sanctions the absolute extreme is a ban that would remove his 2012 Olympic dream. More here.
MOVING PICTURES – It’s all hands on deck as the fleet crosses the Singapore Strait and heads towards the South China Sea.
MOVING PICTURES – Spindrift racing MOD70 n°5 launched in Lorient on January 27th 2012.
MOVING PICTURES – Interview with Michael Coxon at the 18-foot skiff Australian Championship after Race 4 yesterday with some cool highlights as well.
MOVING PICTURES – The Singaporean Clipper team joined the other yachts arriving to a rousing welcome at Keppel Bay Marina.
MOVING PICTURES – This week’s show heads to Auckland to check in with Luna Rossa Challenge.
MOVING PICTURES – The crew on-board Abu Dhabi make rapid repairs to their code zero sail after finding a tear.
Winner of the last Solitaire du Figaro, then the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Jean-Pierre Dick in the autumn, the skipper from Morlaix in Brittany, Jérémie Beyou announced on Friday morning that he will be taking part in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe aboard the monohull on which Michel Desjoyeaux won the last edition of the race. Jérémie Beyou will be making his return to the round the world race thanks to the support of his new partner, the Vendée based company Maître Coq, which specializes in high quality poultry products. He will become the sixteenth skipper to register for the 2012-2013 Vendee, which will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday 10th November.
HOTLINK – Under the Britanny sun, with CEO Yann Guichard and Director Léo Lucet in attendance, the new MOD70 N°05 owned by Spindrift racing was launched in Lorient. Accompanied by the technical team, already composed of Nicolas Debordes, Florent Le Gal, Tim Carrie and Philippe Echassoux, the trimaran had a first taste of the salty Atlantic. The boat will certainly become a true reference in her category. More here.
MOVING PICTURES – Going extreme with the AC45 in San Francisco Bay!
MOVING PICTURES – Checking out the Festival of Sails in Australia…
MOVING PICTURES – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are neck and neck as they enter Malacca Strait.
MOVING PICTURES – Weather expert Nick Leggatt discusses hints and tips for the third leg of the Global Ocean Race from Wellington
MOVING PICTURES – The 34th America’s Cup is looking to take the sport of sailing to a new level while promoting sustainability and responsibility at associated events, with an ambition to leave a lasting and positive legacy on communities and the natural environment.
HOTLINK– On Thursday evening local time, the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 2 prize giving was held at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC) on Oriental Parade on the western shore of Wellington Harbour.
The prize giving’s guest of honour, the Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, was joined by friends and family of the teams, team sponsors, club members and the media at the RPNYC’s waterside clubhouse and presented all the GOR teams with a Koru, unfurling fern frond, glass blown sculpture representing new life, growth, strength and peace, awarded by Wellington City Council. MORE STORY
The first ambitious challenge at a speed record in the North Atlantic by Giovanni Soldini and Maserati was announced today in Milan. As from early February a crew of eight led by Soldini will be engaged in seeking to become the new record holder between Cadiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas) on board Maserati, which has been completely overhauled. Maserati is a 70-foot racing yacht optimized for extreme speed.
In addition to skipper Soldini, Maserati will be crewed by 7 capable yachtsmen with a past track record in open ocean-going regattas and in competitions such as the America’s Cup. German Boris Herrmann (navigator), American Brad Van Liew (watch leader) and Spaniard David Vera (watch leader) will make up a team completed by four Italians: Gabriele Olivo (trimmer), Guido Broggi (boat captain), Gerardo Siciliano (second bowman), and Corrado Rossignoli (first bowman).
The record for Cadiz-San Salvador run, 3884 miles long, is monitored by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the international body that gives official status to the fastest sailing times along the historical routes once plied by clippers. In the past the record was set only by maxi trimarans. Maserati will attempt to be the first to establish the record for the monohull category. Two additional North Atlantic records that Soldini and crew will attempt to break in 2012 aboard Maserati include Miami-New York and New York-Lizard Point (UK).
“The challenge is a demanding one, given the length and the difficulty of the route,” explains Soldini. “During the first part our concerns will be with the area of high pressure blocking our path near the Azores. During the second part the difficulties will be posed by fronts and depressions which, if too low, will slow the boat down. At the same time it’s great to have a chance like this and I am delighted with the entire crew”.
American Brad Van Liew and Soldini have a notable history together, having both competed in the Around Alone race of 1998-99, when extreme weather in the Southern Ocean forced Soldini to the rescue of a capsized fellow competitor (Isabelle Autissier) and Van Liew to a dismasting.
“It is exciting to be working with my old friend Giovanni,” said Van Liew. “It is a wonderful collaborative effort and a fresh, new type of sailing for me. It takes me back to my crewed racing roots which is an exciting departure from my solo sailing competitions. I welcome the race against time.”
HOTLINK – Emirates Team New Zealand’s navigator Will Oxley helped maneuver Camper into the lead on day five of the second stage of Leg 3 to Sanya in China, as France’s Groupama sailing team also jumped up the rankings into second. More here.
HOTLINK – The Board of Supervisors rejected two appeals of the America’s Cup environmental report yesterday, meaning the event has some smooth sailing in front of it on the way to 2013. The vote was unanimously against the two appeals that threatened to nix Larry Ellison’s big event, but the Board did reject one part of the A-Cup plan: A massive jumbotron floating on a 140-foot barge in Aquatic Park. More here.