MOVING PICTURES – In 1926 the people of Stockholm in Sweden invented a new sport…Solo Ice-Skate Sailing!
Monthly archives for February, 2012
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MOVING PICTURES – Punta Del Este is the finish point for leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race. The racers will be there for about month getting the boats ready for Leg 4 which ends in Charleston NC.
MOVING PICTURES – The RS:X European windsurfing championship takes place this year in Madeira|Portugal. Here is the day 4 report. 2 races today with light winds
MOVING PICTURES – 45 days of the fastest sailing in the world. Around the planet on Banque Populaire V in 45 days, distilled into just 3 minutes! By Brian Thompson
MOVING PICTURES – MPTV host Jim Peck talks to Sailing Legend Harry “Buddy” Melges, Jr. As helmsman on America3, Buddy Melges was part of the 1992 team that took the America’s Cup yacht race.
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Morgan Larson at the helm of Oman Air on day 1 © Lloyd Images
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – American Morgan Larson, new skipper of Oman Air, had an incredible start to his Extreme Sailing Series career on the opening day of Act 1 in Muscat, Oman. The forty-year-old, a passionate surfer, who lives in Oregon, USA, has an outstanding sporting CV including 3 America’s Cup campaigns and 6 World Championship titles but few pundits would have predicted the outcome today which resulted in Oman Air sharing the top of the leaderboard after 6 races alongside pre-season favourites Groupe Edmond de Rothschild: “I didn’t really know what to expect to be honest. I know there are a lot of talented teams but I think the format of the sailing suits my style.” Modest on the day but when pushed there is an underlying confidence: “I believe we can win this, but we need podium positions at every event.”
Tomorrow the 8-boat Extreme 40 fleet will race in stadium mode inside the breakwater, surrounded by the outstanding residential development known as The Wave and home to Oman Sail. Watch the racing live online from 1130 GMT for the next 3 days.
The question everyone is asking here – who will win this season? The French team skippered by Pierre Pennec is renowned for their form and have been overall runners-up for the past two years. “We won the event last year and it’s always good to ‘mark’ your territory so to be competitive 100% on day one is good,” said trimmer Hervé Cunningham. On paper, this is the team to watch. Available online tomorrow, Daily Sail editor, James Boyd’s, 2012 form guide. MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – Slow Motion mark rounding on a 49’er. Watch the skipper walk on water.
MOVING PICTURES – Extremely cold sailing during Gul Grand Prix in Muiden the Netherlands. At 4:15 watch what ‘not to do’ in cold water.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Groupama sailing team continue to hold the lead and the furthest east position and at 0800 UTC this morning were charging along at an average of 18 knots — a speed only topped by PUMA Ocean racing powered by BERG and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. On the western flange of the fleet second placed the CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand crew were working flat out to claw back miles on the leaders. CAMPER Media Crew Member (MCM) Hamish Hooper described the scenario in his latest report from the boat. “At the moment it’s a slight waiting game until all of the fleet are nose down and pointing at New Zealand when the 2000-mile drag race starts to the Doldrums and a chain of Pacific Islands to penetrate before the last push to paradise. “It’s still full throttle down charging along getting every ounce of speed out of CAMPER to claw back some ground mile by mile. “Groupama have had a tough few skeds being caught further out to the east in lighter wind, which we know all too well about the pain of after recent days,” Hooper wrote. “However, we are short of sympathy for our French counterparts. “Thanks to that we have managed to take a couple of chunks out of their lead, which gave everyone a momentary additional spring in their step. “They are now back up to full speed again, in fact in the latest sked we had the least amount of wind. “It sure is swings in roundabouts. But we push on hard,” Hooper concluded.
MOVING PICTURES – Not what you want to hear while offshore. The sound of carbon fibre cracking is enough to fill any Volvo Ocean Race sailor with alarm, which is why the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team were scrambling on deck last night.
OLYMPIC CLASSES – Tornado President Roland Gaebler was interviewed by Martin from Cat Sailing News here are some of the questions and answers.
CSN: Have you sailed an F16? If so , how was it?
RG: Yes we did. I had the feeling I was back on a much smaller boat, personally it was just too small for us. We felt we were always about to front loop in the big waves. Maybe we sailed on the wrong boat but this was our impression. It will be great to see how the boats perform against each other in Santander at the evaluations.
CSN: The F18 is the most competitive and popular performance cat class, how do you see its future?
RG: Great racing everywhere. Okay, it has an old fashion Aluminum mast and is heavier than a Tornado but the big fleets around the world show the class is on the right track and the dealers are also pushing the class to the top. I think the F18 and A cat will be the biggest fleets in the future.
CSN:How do you see the future of cat racing and the AC ?
RG: The AC are at the top and hopefully a real flyer will come for the Olympics which will also promote our sport in the best possible way between all the other great classes. The multihull market will increase also in the leisure racing and sailing. It’s a win win situation for all of us. More boats. More jobs. More fun. The AC is the new undisputed F1 of the Multihull world and we are excited to see where they will lead our sport in the future. They really have been a media success and we have many lessons to learn from them, maybe we will see a trickle down effect into Olympic multihull sailing as they prove new technical concepts and media promotion. It is also great for us as a class to see so many previous Tornado sailors taking part in the campaigns.
CSN: If the T is not selected, which is your next option?
RG: For me the new Nacra 17 looks good, compliments to Nacra for coming up with such a boat at the right moment. So far this is my second favourite after Tornado but my only concern is that there has not yet been much testing on the water, let’s wait and see!
CSN: You will compete if an F16 is selected?
RG: No, personally this boat is far too small for us. We also believe that more than 50% of the actual mixed teams will also not sail F16 because they weight more than 140kg. It is really an excellent boat for the national and club youth programs, ISAF Youth Worlds and Youth Olympics. But I believe not for fully grown muscular female and male athletes. The Olympics should be a real sporting challenge for Olympic Athletes. I believe that 16 foot Cats are for the Youth, 18 foot is great for the leisure racing and 20 foot for the Olympics. This system has worked in harmony for the last few decades. This is the perfect configuration in cat sailing so why destroy this?
CSN: You are in a weight minimum campaign, tell us in your opinion how this affect to performance on smaller cats
RG: It’s very simple. If you are too heavy, you have no chance between 3 and 12 knots of Wind in a small cat. The “ultralights” will win the races and the Olympic Medals. If we looked to the majority of Olympic Classes for 2016 (470, skiff, windsurfing) we already have mostly boats for light sailors. We do not need another one.
CSN: I agree with you that pushing for a low min weight is not that healthy, and I think even the F16 can stand a wider range, so I don´t get why the 140kg limit- you’ve made a report on this, which were the results?
RG: We are unsure the reasoning behind the ISAF evaluation team making the 120-140kg target. A man above 80kg can only sail a Finn or stop his Olympic Dream. Same way the average weight of a Man/Olympic Male Athlete is 81kg. If you look to the light wind scenario in Rio de Janeiro, we may end up with teams up to 110kg if we use a smaller boat with less sail area. Nahid, my wife asked many mixed teams in F18, F20, Tornado and other classes about their weights and more than 70% are over the 140kg. We should have a higher minimum weight to represent real world athletes.
CSN:Final thoughts on the Trials and outcomings
RG: We can’t wait! We feel that it is bad that the new Hi Tech F18s have stopped their campaigns, we are unsure why, maybe you know more Martin? We would have loved to see more boats there! As the only class association lead boat at the trials, we feel that we are strongly positioned to offer great value as we don’t have a profit motive. Just a motive to offer spectacular ‘Olympic ring’ winning races for the public, media and IOC. It is nice to see that the AC45s are upgrading their wings with more sail area to deliver more
performance in light winds for media, spectators and sponsors. The forecast for Rio de Janeiro and the summer Olympics is mostly light winds. We are surprised the bigger boats didn’t come along to the trials. We believe that a new boat will change nothing. We must change the racing system. To get more nations we need supplied boats for ISAF World Cup Events, World- and Continental Champs and Olympics. That’s why the Laser is so successful. This system can also work for Olympic Multihull Sailing. To get the media, spectators and sponsors we need a real flyer, let Multihull win the media award again!
The decision is now with the MNAs and evaluation teams to decide what they want. Already the MNAs have lost the Star and the Elliots. Maybe they need new surfboards too. Imagine how much money they have lost in this period. Now they must decide if they want the same scenario in
Multihull with a new class or take the proven boats and quality we have. Many nations still have
Tornado’s sitting and waiting, they would have no expense.
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE – After 28 days at sea, the leading Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40 is closing in on the Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, following a week when tough decisions were made in the final approach to Cape Horn. Having taken the lead in the GOR, the period at the front of the fleet was short but very sweet for Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon on Class40 Financial Crisis and by the start of Week 4 (20-26 February) of Leg 3, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel were back in the lead on Cessna Citation with 450 miles remaining to the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate.
While progress through the Southern Ocean for the South African duo on Phesheya-Racing was momentarily stalled by a high pressure system producing exceptionally calm but frigid conditions in the Furious Fifties, a low pressure system forming off Antarctica forced hard strategic decisions on Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis. Colman and Kuttel opted to outrun the storm with Cessna Citation and reached at full-pace towards Drake Passage while Nannini and Ramon wisely chose a hove-to manoeuvre south-west of the cape, riding out 50-55 knots gusts withFinancial Crisis.
As Cessna Citation crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 16:25 GMT on Wednesday winning the trophy for the first GOR Class40 around the cape, Nannini and Ramon were gearing back-up on Financial Crisis as the low pressure chased Cessna Citation out of the Southern Ocean and into the South Atlantic. Late on Thursday, Financial Crisis rounded the cape and with light airs forecast, Nannini and Ramon sailed through the Le Maire Strait with a favourable current and emerged into the South Atlantic late on Friday. MORE STORY
RACING NEWS – The crew of “Dunkerque Plaisance” have won the second edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour. Winning four of the six races, Daniel Souben and his men, 2010 World Farr 30 Champions, four-time winners of the French Crewed Championship and double winners of the Tour de France à la Voile, sailed a superb competition and established themselves as the major protagonists in world crewed racing.
In so doing, the sailors from northern France have prepared for the 2012 M34 circuit in style and will unquestionably rank among the favourites in the Tour de France à la Voile, which will kick-off in the Urban Community of Dunkirk on 29 June-3 July for the 26th time! The Dunkirk crew’s Farr 30 adventure has culminated in the Middle East with a superb, outright victory in Sailing Arabia – The Tour. This boat, which has given them so much pleasure over recent years, will now remain in Omani waters. Daniel Souben, Nicolas Pauchet, Vincent Vandekherkove, Erwan Le Roux, Antoine Carpentier, Bertrand Castélnérac and Guillaume Berenger haven’t been particular about details over the past three weeks of competition in the Persian Gulf and the Omani race zones.
First across the finish line a total of four times, the “Courrier Dunkerque” team has demonstrated great precision, both in the way the crew drive the boat and the navigation in the true sense of the term. Up against their formidable adversaries from the Tour de France à la Voile, title holder Bertrand Pacé and Cédric Pouligny, the sailors supported by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, Veolia Environnement, the Dunes of Flanders and DK Bus, were quite simply stronger! The team from Dunkirk will now return to France in order to rediscover their M34 and warm up for the French Crewed Championship and notably the Spi Ouest France, in Brittany’s La Trinité-sur-Mer over Easter weekend.
Daniel Souben, skipper – manager of “Courrier Dunkerque”: “We’re pleased with this victory. Sailing Arabia – The Tour has a fine future ahead of it. We encountered a number of different sailing conditions and we were pretty good. This competition has been good training for us and has enabled us to prepare for our 2012 season and objectives such as the Tour de France à la Voile”.
MOVING PICTURES – Volvo Ocean Race leg 4 update.
MOVING PICTURES – Alpari Announces Title Sponsorship of World Match Racing Tour
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – A new team in the form of Team Trifork from Denmark can finally be unveiled today as the 8th team in the starting blocks for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2012 in Muscat, Oman. The team will be co-skippered by Jes Gram-Hansen on helm and Rasmus Kostner, tactician, who both come from a World Match Racing Tour and America’s Cup background, alongside the youngest member of the team, 26-year-old Jonas Hviid-Nielsen on bow combined with the Extreme 40 race experience of Pete Cummings (skipper of the winning Extreme 40 team in 2009) and Simon Hiscocks from the UK.
It has been a long journey for the Danish team that began a year ago as Jes Gram-Hansen explained: “Rasmus and myself went into different sailing programmes like RC44 and Farr 40 after the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia but all the time our dream was to create our own team. We analysed what kind of circuit would be the one to go with, and with the changes to the America’s Cup and the Extreme Sailing Series being more and more the series to be in, we decided to try and build a team for the Extreme Sailing Series. So we invested all our money into buying a boat a year ago and then we spent most of the year in Denmark taking out business people from companies to show them what we love and what we think would be a good way to be involved in the project. We have long-support from Trifork (a software company) which we have in been a good relationship over the years along with our clothing partner, Simon Spurr, to help get us here to the start line in Muscat.” MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – This is a fun clip to watch. Check out the barging start.
MOVING PICTURES – Check out this boardhead freestyln’! The location is cool too…Sa Barra is located in south west Sardinia on Sant’Antioco Island. It is spot perfect for all windsurfing levels.
AMERICAS CUP – Looks like someone is out testing foils on their daggerboards. Will this make it on the the AC72?
MOVING PICTURES – US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswomen of the Year Awards. Bill Hardesty and Anna Tunnicliffe were celebrated today at US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards in San Francisco.
MOVING PICTURES – We have had Kiteskiing, Kiteboarding and now Kiteboating. Kiteboat Project hits a top speed of 31.5 knots in San Francisco Bay.
Photo by Martina Barnet
OLYMPIC CLASSES – Tornado President Roland Gaebler was interviewed by Martin from Cat Sailing News here are some of the questioms and answers.
CNS – The Olympics trials are coming, tell us about your proposal for Santander
Roland Gaebler: The ITA is sending the One Design Marstrom and One Design Exploder Tornado, both boats will be using our Olympic and World championship winning, Ullman One Design Sails. The price of these boats will be €25,900 for the Marstrom and €15,900 for the Exploder, this price is for a ready to sail boat with Carbon Mast and a set of Ullman One Design Sails.
The Tornado stands for strict One Design and the highest quality. Roman Hagara sailed 3 Olympic Games with the same boat winning 2 Gold medals, an Olympic equipment record. We are sending used boats to the trials, because we want to show how good the quality is. Over multiple Olympic cycles the Tornado platform has proved to be excellent value for MNA’s and sailors compared to other Olympic classes. However sail development costs have been huge, deterring new teams.
ITA addressed these concerns, striking a great deal for the class with Ullman sails in 2009. Now a full suit costs just €2,450 ex tax/delivery. (fixed for 4years) These designs represent more than a decade of evolution by teams who now apply their knowledge in Americas Cup, VX40, The Volvo Ocean race, F18 and F16. It’s been fantastic to offer the best engines available to all of our sailors at prices which other classes struggle to touch. The ITA understand this is especially important in the current economic climate. The new ITA committee has a broad range of people and skills, who have learned from ITA’s past mistakes. We are keen to be fair and open with the ISAF and want to regain and retain their trust as an organisation that they can work with for Olympic sport. We recognize that we need to spend time committing to the ISAF process for the good of the Tornado and multihull sailing
CSN: Any other alternative? some rumours on a updated T….
RG: There may be rumours but we are extremely happy with our boat, it is available across the World and the sailors love the boat how it is. Yes, some people may think the hulls look a little outdated but the fact is it is one the most hi-tech rigs which has been developed on top of the platform.
If the class was to be selected as the Olympic Multihull I am sure we will be looking at how we can evolve and improve the boat, maybe by developing the hulls underneath the current rig. The important thing we have to remember is that we are a Class Association, we are not run by a manufacturer, everything we do needs to respect and support our sailors, whether they be Olympic sailors or weekend sailors.
For now, the Tornado Fleets are growing again across the World with great events for amateurs and professionals. The Tornado is a well-known brand in Multihull Sailing and we want to use the excellent image into the future. We want to push forward our strengths and not sail with designs which are not yet 100% proven. The Olympic Games, MNAs and sailors do not need any surprises. We have quality everyone can trust.
Currently some sailors in other Olympic Classes choose to buy 6 boats in one 4 year Olympic Campaign. Now more than ever with the World recession, we understand that MNA’s need affordability. We believe that over the Olympic cycle the Tornado has proved to offer the best value for money, beyond that of many existing Olympic classes.
CSN:You are on a campaign to elevate weight minimum, which was the average weight on past Tornado Olympics?
RG:It was between 130 and 170kg. In Qingdao we had many teams below 140kg. They made crazy diets to perform better in light winds. Also me, I went down from my average 83kg down to 73kg to be faster in light winds in Athens, Savannah and Busan. This made me very ill. In my opinion if we take a smaller boat for 2016, we may see cases of bulimia. We believe making yourself ill to be quicker is not the way to go, we would rather see more power in the sails.
CSN:What would happen if after Rio, “Open” is back , we will need to change boat again?
RG:This depends on the boat chosen, if a smaller boat is chosen then it is more likely, nobody knows at this stage.
CSN:How is the T class doing? You think sailors are looking for more modern options like F20c , is possible to create a new competitive 20′ class ?
RG: The Tornado is still one of the fastest cats and we see ourselves as the competitive 20′ class. In Texel 2011 the Tornado with a new youngster at the helm with Team McDonald’s (BEL) was just some minutes behind the new Nacra Carbon 20 after 3 hours of racing.
If sailors want to sail at World and European championships they can’t pick an F20, the class structure and events are not there.
MOVING PICTURES – IOM design, She is built from 4mm thick balsa and 200g/m2 glass fibre and West Systems resin.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – PUMA’s breakaway move directly north became their only option when local breezes prevented them heading east with the pack after passing the tip of Taiwan yesterday but has meant a risky split with the fleet.
Ay 2200 UTC tonight PUMA was more than 131 nautical miles apart from the furthest east boat, CAMPER.
Navigator Tom Addis said the PUMA crew were in good spirits and nervously hoping their northerly investment would pay off.
“We would have liked to have got more north and east like Groupama and CAMPER but we saw an opportunity in the north to go east quickly that could set us up for the long run south,” he said.
After being forced to sail almost directly north away from Auckland tonight PUMA finally were able to tack and head east parallel with the fleet. MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – The fleet head east in search of the trade winds, as going directly south to New Zealand is no longer an option.
MOVING PICTURES – Best Kiteboarding is very excited to announce the addition of Brock Callen to the Best National Team. His experience in Grand Prix Sailing and his ability to make everything go a bit faster make him a perfect asset to the Best Team.
AMERICAS CUP – ORACLE Racing welcomed to its base today Bill Hardesty and Anna Tunnicliffe, US Sailing’s Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year for their outstanding accomplishments in 2011.
Past winner Stan Honey, the ACEA Director of Technology who won the award for 2010, was on hand to honor the recipients at a luncheon in San Francisco.
Both skippers were joined by their crews for the base tour that lasted about 90 minutes. Afterwards they met with team skipper Jimmy Spithill, who’d just returned from the day’s practice session.
“It’s an amazing facility. There’s everything here you could need. It’s phenomenal to see it all,” said Tunnicliffe, who is the world’s top-ranked female match racer and is aiming to represent the U.S. in women’s match racing at the London Olympics this summer.
“Match racing multihulls is a slightly different game than the match racing we do, but it’s spectacular,” Tunnicliffe said. “Having watched the ACWS so far it seems your interactions – you have to think that much more precise in a multihull. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing the America’s Cup.”
Hardesty won the 81-boat Etchells Worlds last year and is tactician for skipper Ian Williams, the top-ranked match racing team in the world. Hardesty echoed Tunnicliffe in his observations of the ORACLE Racing base.
“We saw a pretty impressive boatbuilding operation,” said Hardesty. “There was the secret area we couldn’t get into, but the magnitude of the operation, the cleanliness and the organization is impressive.”
When asked about the America’s Cup moving to multihulls, Hardesty voiced support.
“I’ve always been a believer in advancements, and this is a good step,” Hardesty said. “It’s probably a necessary experiment. The sport needs a bit of a kick start.
“People say you can’t race multihulls, but they’ve been doing it forever in the C Class catamarans. And I watched the ACWS in San Diego, and it’s all the same stuff,” Hardesty continued. “It’s a little bit different turning radius and acceleration speeds, but the principles are all the same. The thing I find interesting is that the sailors aren’t necessarily traditional multihull sailors. They’re all good sailors, they’ve just learned to sail multihulls better.”
MOVING PICTURES – I just got off the ski slopes here in Southern Calif and found this video clip. Enjoy it
MOVING PICTURES – Washington to Alaska, sailing with 12 strangers over four months.
Exploring the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest, bears whales 200-year-old totems poles picture glyphs fjords and glaciers
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE – Having crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday at the head of the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel made a steep climb north-east out of the Southern Ocean with Class40 Cessna Citation. Leaving Cape San Juan at the eastern end of Isla de Los Estados to port almost 24 hours after rounding Cape Horn, Colman and Kuttel entered the South Atlantic on Thursday morning chased by the low pressure system they had outpaced at Cape Horn. On Wednesday morning, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon, south-west of Cape Horn in second place on Financial Crisis, were underway again while the low pressure system moved ahead of them. As the Italian-Spanish duo pushed east, Marco Nannini was satisfied with the decision to hove-to: “I think we found the right balance,” he confirmed late on Wednesday night. “We had sustained winds of 40-45 knots with occasional gusts into the 50-55 range, in line with what we expected,” says Nannini. “On two occasions we were hit by hailstone squalls and the only piece of advice I can leave you with is: Don’t look at a hailstone storm!” he advises. “The small pellets of ice shot into your eyeballs at nearly 100 kilometres an hour and really hurt!” MORE STORY
HOTLINK – Described by the skippers as the most tactically challenging leg of the tour to date, the third leg of Sailing Arabia – the Tour could have gone to any one of the first three teams home with less than ten minutes separating first to third, after a challenging 232-kilometre race.
The race started in fast 20-knot downwind conditions and it was again tour leader Daniel Souben and his professional French crew sailing Courrier Dunkerque that rounded the start mark ahead of the Qatari TeamCommercalbank and one of four Omani entries, Team BAE Systems.
Team Commercalbank and Team BAE Systems were able to eat into Courrier Dunkerque’s lead and sailed clear for the initial stages of the 30-mile run to the first gate. However Courrier Dunkerque were not going to go easy on them, and fought back hard, ultimately beating the Qatari team to first place by just 2min29sec, while Team BAE Systems held onto to third and finished a further 7min 7sec behind second-placed Team Commercialbank. MORE STORY
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE – During Leg 3 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the fleet will round Cape Horn, Chile, as they exit the Southern Ocean and enter the South Atlantic en route to the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay. At the longitude of Cape Horn, the boats will pass through the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate . Named after the late Chilean yachtsman and competitor in the inaugural 2008-09 GOR, the first GOR Class40 to round Cape Horn will receive a trophy presented by Felipe’s family and the Chilean skipper’s yacht club, the Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico. The trophy is a replica of the albatross statue installed on Horn Island west of the eastern lighthouse. MORE STORY
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE – In the middle of the Southern Ocean night at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate with Class40 Cessna Citation at the head of the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet.
The 28 year-old Kiwi, Colman, and his 41 year-old South African co-skipper, Kuttel, now join the ranks of Cape Horners and take the Felipe Cubillos Trophy in memory of the late Chilean yachtsman and skipper of the first Class40 to round Cape Horn in the 2008-09 GOR.
Colman and Kuttel had pushed hard throughout Tuesday hitting 14-knot averages to beat the gale forecast to hit Cape Horn: “It was pretty intense yesterday, with 30 knots sustained, gusting more,” Colman reported on Wednesday morning shortly after rounding the cape. “I put myself on the helm for nine hours straight to make the best progress possible with the small running spinnaker,” he explains. “Following a backing shift in the wind, we were still able to make good miles east with flatter sails and as the squalls intensified we ended up broad reaching under just the staysail and double-reefed main.” MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – The fleet are still heading upwind towards Taiwan and they’re still taking a beating from the swell. With the slamming they are checking the boats for stress.
MOVING PICTURES – Nate Clemett & Jack Toland sailing their 29’er in Shilshole.
HOTLINK – Defending champions Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage tightened their grip on the 2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship crown in Gotta Love It 7 when they absolutely destroyed the fleet in an awesome performance on Sydney Harbour today. The team scored their third win from the four races sailed so far in the regatta and did it in such a manner that the winning margin was an incredible 5m2s in the 8-12-knot SE breeze. Archie Massey, Dan Wilsdon and Mike McKensey finished second in Mojo Wine, a further 2m14s ahead of the third placed Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings). Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane) was fourth, ahead of Yandoo (John Winning) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney). Race 3 winner Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) failed to reproduce her previous boat speed and finished seventh more than 8½ minutes from the winner. MORE STORY
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – The first Act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ is just under a week away – the international teams are already training hard out in Oman, whilst the final details are being put in place to ensure that the 8-event global circuit is accessible to fans on and off site.
Whilst most of Europe has been gripped in an icy winter, the Extreme 40 sailors have been enjoying the warmth of the Omani climate training out of Mussanah. There is no doubting the caliber of the sailors involved but with plenty of new faces, it will take time for some teams to find their true form. On paper the favourites would have to be the French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild – runners-up for the last 2 years, will this be third time lucky for the all-French team? MORE STORY
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE– For the two frontrunners in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race (GOR) there has been a tactical dilemma over the past 24 hours as an intense low pressure system rumbles towards Drake Passage and Cape Horn. By Tuesday afternoon, both Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis had committed to their individual options and the next 24 hours will be the hardest sailing of the circumnavigation for the two teams.
Three options were available: Should Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis sail as hard as they can and attempt to outrun a gale that threatens Force 8-9 and pass through the shallow and treacherous passage ahead of the system? Should they battle on into Drake Passage towards a hostile coast with notoriously unpredictable conditions and hope their boats can withstand the punishment? Or should they slow down, judge the system’s track and – in theory – ride through the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate in the churning water behind the low pressure.
As the South Africans to the west on Phesheya-Racing deal with their own demons in the shape of a high pressure system forecast to frustrate progress to Cape Horn, for Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on Cessna Citation at the front of the fleet and Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in second on Financial Crisis, a low pressure system building west of the Antarctic Peninsular to the south of the boats has been a major focus for the past two days. With weather files predicting that the system will sweep quickly north-east delivering over 40+ knots and intercepting the two Class40s as they round Cape Horn, the situation was complex. MORE
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AMERICAS CUP – At an ORACLE Racing press conference today CEO Russell Coutts described how the team’s first AC72 catamaran is in an advanced state of construction at three locations around the Pacific Rim.
Workers at the team’s base at Pier 80 in San Francisco, Core Builders Composites in New Zealand and Janicki Industries in the Pacific Northwest are targeting July for the launch of the new class of America’s Cup yacht. America’s Cup rules permit teams to launch their first AC72 yacht after July 1.
“No question the AC72 will be a big step up from the AC45 we are currently racing on the America’s Cup World Series circuit,” says team skipper James Spithill. “The AC45s have proven spectacular; the AC72s will be sensational.”
The AC72 is the new class of America’s Cup yacht that is designed to a box rule, one that sets tight limits on parameters such as length, beam, weight and wingsail area.
The team has split production of its yacht between three sites because each is a center of excellence.
At Pier 80 in the 34th America’s Cup host city, the team builds the basic molds for the hulls and crossbeams of the catamaran. The molds are then shipped to Janicki Industries, north of Seattle, Wash., where the large structures are machined to fine tolerances.
In a process in which Janicki is a world leader, high-tech resin is applied to the molds and then machined to its final shape by a five-axis mill to tolerances finer than the thickness of a sheet of paper.
“We’ve worked with Janicki for nearly 10 years because every little fraction of accuracy you achieve accumulates. Greater accuracy means less material and less weight. That means the boat is built precisely as the designers conceived it,” said shore team manager Mark Turner. MORE STORY
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – After a long starboard leg towards the southern tip of Taiwan, there has been something of a tacking frenzy between 1600 and 2200 GMT, when all but PUMA’s Mar Mostro tacked onto port, followed shortly by Telefónica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand tacking back again. Tonight’s activity is the first in a series of arduous manoeuvres for the fleet in order to free themselves from the claws of the South China Sea.
At 2200 UTC tonight, CAMPER maintained a 10.4 nautical mile (nm) lead over Groupama 4 despite narrowly avoiding a huge unlit buoy earlier, something that navigator Will Oxley described as a ‘complete show-stopper in the dark’. The many oilrigs and platforms that dot the area south of Hong Kong have also kept the crews at the height of awareness for most of today. The team plans to slip just under the southern tip of Taiwan and sneak through the Luzon Strait before the wind shuts down and the whole area becomes a glassy, windless zone.
The solutions on how to exit the South China Sea effectively vary wildly. Options include shooting away to the southeast and just shaving the Philippines, while another suggests heading north around the island of Taiwan. It is a pivotal moment in the leg, where winners can be losers and vice versa. MORE STORY
CLIPPER RACE – De Lage Landen, the Dutch entry in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, has claimed its first victory in the world’s longest yacht race.
After taking into account the seven hours’ redress the team received after they responded to Gold Coast Australia’s call for assistance during the medevac of two of their crew, De Lage Landen crossed the Race 8 finish line at 1651 UTC (21 February). Geraldton Western Australia crossed the Race 8 finish line at 2351 sealing second place while Gold Coast Australia claimed the final podium position in the race from Singapore, crossing the line at 0143 UTC. Later today will see the teams experience a spectacular welcome into the Chinese city of Qingdao. The first three teams will arrive in Qingdao for their welcome ceremony from 1330 local time while Singapore are expected to cross the finish line within the next two hours.
MOVING PICTURES – Team Oracle is back in San Francisco testing boats and having some fun.