HOME MOVIES – Glen Roberts selfmade Hydrofoil trimaran, 15 year project, test run 2012. Description, Epoxy glass, plascore skin construction. Dimension 26ftx31ft with 3 T foils 9ft tall, with trailing flaps controlled by 3 foot pedals, powered with a 30hp longshaft suzuki 2 stroke. Next stage mast, rigging, sails and tramp. The goal is to sail level and 5ft clear of surface with a smooth fast ride.
Monthly archives for March, 2012
COOL THINGS – Movie theaters are inherently awesome places to be on their own, evoking memories of past big-screen adventures and nights spent eating popcorn and candy for supper. For a new film festival in Thailand called Film on the Rocks Yao Noi, an outdoor cinema was constructed in the most unlikely of places: right on top of the water. And it just might be the most amazing place you could ever want to watch a movie.
The amazing venue is called the Archipelago Cinema and is tucked away inside a bay surrounded by towering island rocks and lush jungle plants. It’s a natural paradise, and it just happens to be the perfect spot for a floating movie theater. The lagoon itself is shallow enough that it turns into a watery beach during low tide. Once the tide shifts, the ocean once again fills the area.
MOVING PICTURES – Music video. T2p.tv brings you the best shots from cameras off board, on board, go pros and from above!
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – The fleet are spread over 2000 miles and both boats and crew members are showing signs of wear and tear. The lucky ones are still on course for Cape Horn, while others are being forced into unplanned detours.
AMERICAS CUP – Story by Suzanne McFadden- Boating NZ
Now that the America’s Cup has finally got the green flag from the city of San Francisco, a buoyant Russell Coutts has turned his focus to the water.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors have unanimously approved a much scaled-back America’s Cup plan put up by event officials for the 2013 regatta; Cup defenders Oracle Racing describing the decision as “a long-awaited outcome after months of arduous negotiation”.
Coutts, Oracle’s CEO, put it more bluntly on his Facebook page: “Good news yesterday that the politicians in San Francisco finally stopped negotiating against themselves and approved the deal with America’s Cup! Maybe we can now focus on the racing???”
Under the newly-approved agreement, America’s Cup teams will be based at Piers 30/32 and the America’s Cup village at Piers 27/29. Original plans called for the America’s Cup Event Authority to put up most of the money to repair the city’s piers in exchange for long-term development rights.
But with only four teams having entered for the event so far, the plans were reduced to the Port of San Francisco and the city paying for the pier upgrades, at an estimated cost of $US22 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Coutts still has his fingers crossed that more challengers will come to the party in the next couple of months. So far, the start-list to find a challenger for Oracle Racing reads: Emirates Team New Zealand, Prada and Artemis.
“I haven’t heard anything definite. But we’re hoping there are going to be the Koreans, maybe one of the French teams and hopefully the Chinese,” says Coutts, who’s confident there is still time, despite the June 1 entry deadline.
“They would be one-boat programmes and there is quite a good design sitting there in the standard design package that those teams can access.”
A four-time America’s Cup winner, Coutts admits in hindsight more could have been done to attract a larger fleet.
“Maybe [the boat] should have been a one-design, or the AC72 could have been smaller. It could have been a 50 foot boat -Tom Schnackenberg suggested that in the early days,” he says. “One of the problems teams have is that they are trying to build their brands.
“Do we have all the right answers this time? Absolutely not. But these problems have been around for more than two decades now.”
He doubts whether the event could have attracted a stronger fleet, believing this could be one of the closest regattas in recent history. He also doubts Oracle Racing will have the considerable design advantage many perceive they will.
“I reckon it’s going to be a lot closer than other people are predicting, you know? I reckon this America’s Cup will be more about sailing. The use of technology will be important, but the way the rule is written – with boats the same length, the same weight, the same power – I think it will be a relatively even contest compared to what we have seen in the past. On these tight courses, the manoeuvering is going to be so important.”
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE – Held at the Conrad Hotel, Punta del Este, the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 Prize Giving was organised by the Yacht Club Punta del Este and the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism. An evening during which the GOR committed to retuning to Punta del Este for the 2013-14 GOR.
First award of the evening was the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Prize for the first GOR Class40 to round the infamous rock at the eastern limit of the Southern Ocean, named after the late Chilean yachtsman, philanthropist and competitor in the inaugural 2008-09 GOR, Felipe Cubillos Sigall (1962-2011). The trophy – a replica of the steel albatross statue by the Chilean sculptor, José Balcells, located on Horn Island – was presented by Luis Escobar and a team from Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico yacht club and the Desafío Levantemos Chile (Rise up Chile) charity of which Felipe Cubillos was an integral part. Felipe’s co-skipper in the 2008-09 GOR on Class40 Desafio Cabo de Hornos, José Muñoz, and his son, Felipe Cubillos Toro, presented the prizes. Having led the GOR fleet around Cape Horn after 24 days of racing through the Pacific with Cessna Citation, Conrad Colman accepted the award with Mark Blomfield standing in for Colman’s Leg 3 co-skipper, Adrian Kuttel. MORE STORY
MATCH RACING – The RC44 class kicked off in Cascais yesterday with Match Racing, teams fought in champagne conditions leaving Synergy on top with no losses and
taking the overall match racing leader board for 2012.
CLIPPER RACE – The Australian entry passed the gate at 08:53:55 UTC, completing the sprint in 25 hours 53 minutes and 42 seconds.
On board, skipper Richard Hewson reports, “I am very proud of my team and their efforts, this is a fantastic run averaging over eleven knots for the entire duration of the sprint.”
In competitive spirit Richard adds, “I believe that this time will be hard to beat and wish other yachts fair winds and the best of luck for the sprint.”
As the team waits with bated breath to see if their efforts will pay off and earn them the extra bonus point on offer, Richard explains how the strong and variable winds that have assisted their front running advantage, remain a challenge for life below deck.
“The sea and swell remain very confused making life below difficult and life in the galley an experience in itself. In these conditions it seems a helping hand is always required as demonstrated today while preparing lunch. The boat lurched and rolled over excessively, throwing the rice from the rice cooker into the lockers while also managing to spray chef Babs Yendell from head to toe. Assistant chef Gina Gourlay also got a pasting by the tomato puree as it flew across the galley. Thankfully some of the contents were still able to be scraped up and eaten for a very tasty lunch.”
He adds, “Amazingly the sun came out today and we also had more blue sky than we have seen since China. Last night, and also tonight, we can actually see the stars and the moon that make up the universe around us, giving us some comfort that we are approaching the end of an incredible set of weather systems and an incredible race.” MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – HyRaii is a student project from ETH Zurich
DESTOP NEWS – For this week’s agenda
1. the Rolex International Regatta à St Thomas
2. New Zealand for the Auckland Regatta
3. the Finn class European Championship
4. Marseille For the Massilia Cup
5. Coping with a storm in the Pacific
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Whether on a boat with one, two or three hulls, alone or with a team, the 43-year-old Frenchman has been there and done it – and now on his seventh lap of the planet, Coville said it’s tougher than ever.
“I try to give everything each time,” he said. “Each time, it feels like I’m experiencing the most difficult one!
“I must be amnesic because I keep going back. It’s not that the difficulty is the only interesting challenge — there is something enjoyable about this place.”
Like his skipper Franck Cammas, Coville has made a name for himself for taking on the toughest sailing challenges known to man.
Twice has he attempted to break the world record for the fastest solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, and he has also made two Jules Verne record attempts for the quickest crewed lap of the planet alongside Cammas.
Throw into the mix a Vendee Globe singlehanded campaign and victory in the 2005 Oryx Quest round the world race and it’s easy to see why Coville is so revered in the world of ocean racing.
But despite his wealth of experience, the challenge of sailing around the world doesn’t get any easier.
“The physical commitment is tougher than anything I have experienced until now, even on Groupama 3 for the Jules Verne trophies.
“We are way more exposed on deck. Even life inside, the proximity of leaving the 11 of us together, is harder to live with than on other projects.”
Having 10 team mates around does have its advantages from time to time though – during his solo attempts, Coville had to rely on an autopilot to steer down the huge, Southern Ocean swells if he were to get any sleep.
“I must admit that being able to come inside, go to sleep or, like now, speak on the phone, without the anxiety of leaving the boat to an autopilot, is comfortable,” he added.
“The solo sailor’s anxiety — going to sleep while leaving the boat in the hands of a technical feature, going to sleep knowing it can fail, the boat can capsize and you can die — that’s way stronger than today’s anxiety of making a mistake and breaking material. MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – Winds up to 50 knots do not mean “No Racing”, when it comes to the RS:x Class. Time for some speed contest then!
CLIPPER RACE – There’s a good reason Popeye the Sailor has bulging forearms. Just ask Singapore skipper, Ben Bowley. Typing his report to the Race Office this morning he explains, “I have just come off an hour on the wheel and my fingers are shaking a little from all the adrenaline pumping through my blood vessels right now.
“We have just reduced sail plan once again as the breeze kicks back in from the north west. For the last few hours while the wind was a moderately steady 35 knots of true, we had been enjoying almost continual speeds over 13 knots and Will Parbury managed a new speed record that should be pretty hard to top: 27.4 knots. Regular forays into the high teens and low 20s have been the order of the day. Unfortunately, gusts of over 50 knots of true were proving too much for even the best helms to handle a double reefed main and Yankee 2. The lactic acid build up in my forearms is testament to that!”
As the leading teams break through the 1,000 miles to go barrier, undoubtedly giving the exhausted sailors a much needed boost, the Pacific Ocean continues to throw her challenges at them.
“As the sun has now set and we see the wind filling in for the night we have opted for a much more conservative sail plan,” continues Ben. “The reason we had been flying the Yankee 2 in the first place is that this morning we noticed some nasty holes in the Yankee 3 where it had dragged across some broken hanks during setting it goose-winged. It was promptly dropped and our Mother Superior (Mererid) performed some excellent emergency surgery that should get us to Oakland at least.
“Varying wind strengths throughout the afternoon have kept our small crew very busy indeed. We are down two crew members due to injury, which effectively leaves a total of eight people between two watches when you remove the day’s mothers from the equation. As a result of this, all but the simplest of operations require both watches. There are some very sleepy heads aboard the big red bus today but we are determined not to let our second place slip this close to the end. Timmy Tough pills all round chaps!”
And maybe a tin or two of spinach. MORE STORY
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Overnight, leaders Groupama sailing team gybed away from the south easterly track that they and second placed PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG had been sailing for several days.
Groupama Media Crew Member (MCM) Yann Riou said the gybe had taken almost two hours of hard work as the sailors first prepared the boat above and below deck with the actual maneuver requiring the entire crew on deck.
“The gybe itself was a little stressful at night especially since it’s a week we spent on that tack,” Riou wrote in his latest report from the boat. “We immediately did a visual check rigging after the gybe. Then came the optimisation of the stack, below and above deck.”
By 0400 UTC today PUMA were yet to respond continuing south east, 48 nautical miles off the lead.
In third, Team Telefónica who yesterday confirmed plans to stop for repairs in Argentina also gybed to head north east shortly before reaching the eastern edge of the ice exclusion zone.
Telefónica MCM Diego Fructuoso said that although the boat and crew were holding up well the team had nevertheless decided to pitstop for repairs to protect their chances of a leg 5 podium result.
“Right now the first two have slipped away a bit and we have to start looking behind us, namely at Abu Dhabi who are at a considerable distance but starting to close,” Fructuoso wrote.
“We are sailing as fast as we can without damaging anything and it’s very cold. We have about four days to reach our first destination and we hope that conditions are not particularly hard on the way.
“We have to defend the podium on this stage and our lead in the standings that we have worked so hard for. We are 1,400 miles to the stop and then about 1,800 to Itajaí. Let us hope that everything goes well.¨
At 0400 UTC CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand — heading for a repair stop in Chile — remained fourth on the leaderboard as fifth placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing continued to make rapid progress to the south east having passed the central ice exclusion zone waypoint overnight.
At 0400 UTC Abu Dhabi were 1400 nm off the lead and averaging 22 knots.
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MOVING PICTURES – On the “World on Water” it has been a big “Volvo” week. The Auckland In-Port Race, the start of Leg 5 to Itajai and drama for Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Racing’s Azzam. We report on the mayhem in the 18 Foot skiffs when most of the fleet capsized, the 32nd St Maarten Heineken Regatta, the Australian Melges 32 Championships and we show the dramatic sequence when Melges 32 boat Red is T-boned by Bronco in the 2010 World Championships.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – With Sanya having suspended racing and two other boat needing urgent repair, this has already been an unforgiving leg.
Forecasts predict increasingly heavy weather to come .MORE STORY
HOME MOVIES – This video has 2 RC boats sailing around flying 2 hulls very impresive for their size.
ROLEX ST THOMAS – St. Thomas, USVI, It came down to the wire on the last day for winners in three of six classes at the International Rolex Regatta, which began Friday and hosted 68 boats and over 500 sailors representing the U.S., Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Canada, The Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Monaco and multiple Caribbean islands. The event, in its 39th year and hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club in the USVI, is the oldest regatta in Rolex’s portfolio of global sailing events, and is considered the “Crown Jewel” of Caribbean regattas.
Today’s tactically demanding Pillsbury Sound races, with courses that wound through the cays of St. Thomas and St. John, decided winners in one IRC and three CSA classes as well as a Beach Cat class, while one-design IC 24s completed six short-course races in Jersey Bay to determine that class’s victor. The races were sailed in picture-perfect conditions, which included plenty of sunshine and 15-knot breezes, which made the overcast skies and intermittent rain showers that prevailed over the last two days but a distant memory.
Peter Cunningham’s (George Town, CAY) 52-foot PowerPlay took overall victory in IRC, where nine boats were competing, and won a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Chronometer as a prize for its excellent performance. The team’s main competition was Willem Wester’s (Breskens, Zeeland, NED) Grand Soleil 46 Antilope (steered by Belgian Olympian Philippe Bergmans) andAshley Wolfe’s (Alberta, Canada) IRC 52 Mayhem, which finished second and third, respectively.
“We were head-to-head with Mayhem the whole regatta, which made it exciting,” said Cunningham, noting that Mayhem’s disqualification in the second race of the series (for a pre-start infraction) and the dismasting of Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Rothiemay’s (MON) IRC 52 Highland Fling XII were unfortunate. “We lost the first race today by one second to Mayhem and Antilope(who corrected out equally and posted 1.5 points each) to finished third. The sailing is so interesting here; you can’t relax even one second or it’s the difference between first and second.”
Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking (NED), tactician aboard Antilope, was pleased with second, especially since Antilope is a heavier displacement boat than the others, and he conceded that the story might have been different had Mayhem not shown a DSQ in her score line. “They would have had a second in that race, so you can count back and see that they would have done that much better,” said Bekking, “but that’s yacht racing.”
The competition today was unusually close in CSA 1, where Andrea Scarabelli’s (Cole Bay, St. Maarten) Melges 24 Budget Marine/GILL managed to maintain the lead it had established on day one and kept yesterday. It was by a mere half point in final regatta standings, however, that the team prevailed over Magnitude 400, a Farr 400 owned and skippered by Doug Baker (Long Beach, Calif.). The battle of the 40 footers, of which there were four in this class, had been billed as one to watch, but it quickly became clear that the Melges 24 came prepared to win. MORE STORY
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – The 32-year-old Australian fell twice in succession as Groupama 4 ploughed into massive waves in the Southern Ocean – and the injury means he can no longer take on his driving duties.
“At the moment it’s pretty tender and I’m not too sure what the damage is, or whether I can do the next leg,” Harmer said.
“We’re talking about me maybe missing the next leg to allow the shoulder to be right for the rest of the race.
“I’ll see the doctor and physio when we arrive in Itajaí, see what the damage is and assess it then.”
Harmer picked up the initial injury when he was thrown forward while bailing out water inside the boat as Leg 5 leaders Groupama 4 slammed into a wave at 28 knots.
“I flew through the front hatch and tried to stop myself by sticking my arm out and managed to damage my shoulder in some way,” he said.
“That put me out of action for a couple of days which was pretty frustrating, having to watch your mates sail the boat for you while you’re lying downstairs helpless.
“I managed to drag myself up on deck again a couple of days later, and then a similar thing happened.
“I came down off watch and went to the galley to get some food and we nose-dived and I managed to plough into the keel bulkhead on the same shoulder.”
With one arm out of action, Harmer’s jobs on deck have been reduced from steering, trimming the sails and grinding to hanging on to the mainsheet for hours on end in the freezing, wet conditions.
“As you can imagine in the Southern Ocean, hanging on to the mainsheet for four hours at a time gets pretty cold and boring,” he added.
“It’s nice to be able to help out the guys in some form – it really plays on your mind when you have to lie in your bunk not being able to help out.”
Meanwhile on PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, injured crewmen Casey Smith and Thomas Johanson were both recovering well after they were hurt in the early stages of the 6,700 nautical mile leg from Auckland to Itajaí.
“Thomas is back to 100 per cent, helming and trimming again,” PUMA navigator Tom Addis said.
“Casey is back in the watch but he’s not quite up to full bowman duties just yet. But every day he gets a little bit better.”
HOME MOVIES – Here is a cool video of a 420 salilng fast and having some wet fun.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – 2012 Double Handed Lightship. After a bit of a hiatus on the JS we are back to some racing. Just gotten back from a great race from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta on the good ship Ocelot. But I had missed sailing on the JS, she had been sitting on the dry for too long.
The Lightship is a buoy marking the center of the approach lanes into the San Francisco Bay. It extends another 9 miles past lands end in the middle of the Gulf of the Farallones. With the start at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, it made for a 25 mile race. Traditionally, we can have strong NW winds, that make for some upwind work out to the mark, rewarded by a screaming run back to the gate.
This is the doublehanded version of the race and Andrew had agreed to come out and play. We had been following the weather the whole week since there were a few storm systems approaching. The forecast continually deteriorated throughout the week from a southerly 15 – 25 knoter on Monday to 10 knots by Friday for our Saturday race. We missed the good winds by 10 hours. As they did clock the 25 knots Friday night but quickly diminished as the center of the storm passed us. We were left with light S-SE winds that clocked to the East throughout the day. If you have read any of my previous reports you know that 10 knots is not our ideal for the JS, but we had been looking forward to do this race and had all the tools in our inventory to be as competitive as we could. MORE STORY
SPEED SAILING – This morning at 11.50 am GMT (7.50 am local time, 1.50 pm Italian time) Maserati reached the Ambrose light station in the New York Bay, destination point of the Miami-New York record attempt.
AMERICAS CUP – During training today on San Francisco Bay ORACLE Racing — Team USA’s two AC45s were involved in an accident that left one of the boats with damage to the port hull.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Amazing footage of Volvo Ocean Race competitor Team Telefónica being slammed by two monster waves as they blast through the Southern Ocean in over 40 knots of wind on Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí in Brazil .
The footage, shot from one of the four fixed cameras on the boat, shows the entire on deck crew — including the helmsman — twice knocked off their feet by the impact of the up to 10 metre waves.
GLOBAL OCEAN RACE – On Thursday 15 March, Dutch yachtsman and Global Ocean Race (GOR) entry, Nico Budel, sailed into Puerto Punta del Este with his first generation Akilaria Class40 Sec. Hayai following a single-handed, 29-day delivery from Cape Town, South Africa. The following weekend, Budel was joined in Uruguay by his wife, Myrna, and Erik van Vuuren, his co-skipper for 5,700-mile Leg 4 from Punta del Este to Charleston, USA.
Van Vuuren, one of the Netherland’s most experienced big-boat professional inshore and offshore sailors, has – potentially – long term plans of Class40 sailing: “Four years ago I started a sailing consultancy,” says the 42-year-old Dutchman. “I’d seen some Class40s in France and I thought it would be great to sail one and see what it’s like and maybe try and organise bringing more Class40s to Holland,” he explains.
Van Vuuren is a multiple Dutch sailing champion and won the X99 World Championships in the early 1990s; has been part of a winning Admiral’s Cup team on two occasions and, more recently, won Les Voiles de St. Tropez and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2011. “The GOR is a good opportunity to sail a long leg on a Class40 and see how it goes,” adds Van Vuuren who has already spent time in Europe sailing with Budel. “A year and-a-half ago, Nico got in touch because he was doing weekly training on his Class40 in Scheveningen and that was the starting point,” he explains. “After a few weeks sailing together, he asked me to join him on one of the GOR legs.” MORE STORY
HOME MOVIES – Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and surfing all near the South Tower what a group.
MOVING PICTURES – The second day of the International ROLEX Regatta 2012 was all about perfect sailing conditions with a steady fifteen knots of wind and the stunning backdrop of the US Virgin Islands, and a great host in the St Thomas Yacht Club.
MOVING PICURES – Highlights video of the HSSWA Speed Championships, race #1 that was held in Drepano.
MOVING PICTURES – Sailing news from all over the world
MOVING PICTURES – Day 4, 3 races in both men and women fleets today with strong winds in the bay of Cadiz. Dorian van Rijsselberge and Lee Korzits are on top but there is still 3 days to go. Stay tuned!
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Catch up with all of today’s action, as CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ announce their detour to Chile, and we witness Team Telefonica take some severe punishment from an enormous rogue wave.
AMERICAS CUP – Story by C.W. Nevius, Chronicle Columnist.
The America’s Cup came to San Francisco with a trumpet fanfare and soaring expectations.
The Embarcadero waterfront would be transformed and finally developed. Up to 10 sailing teams would skim across the bay for the right to challenge for the Cup. Hundreds of thousands of people would attend an event that would create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and cost the city virtually nothing.
OK, that was fun. Now here’s the reality.
The waterfront will get a bit of a sprucing up, and the black hole known as Piers 30-32 will be shored up to extend their useful life another 15 to 20 years. There will be more like five sailing teams. And not only is the Cup not yet generating thousands of jobs, the America’s Cup Event Authority is cutting staff to save money. And frankly, we’re not sure how many spectators will show up, but the current thinking is to revise the numbers down.
Stephen Barclay, interim CEO of the event authority, says 28 employees were laid off Friday, but that only makes sense as we transition to America’s Cup Lite.
“We now know the deal,” he said. “It means we have a reduced footprint and we will pay more but earn less. It therefore gives us the opportunity to organize ourselves accordingly.”
Quite frankly, that’s just fine.
This may be a downsize from the original extravaganza, but it will still be an awesome event in the perfect spot. I continue to think that even people who don’t know a spinnaker from an anchor will find these races unexpectedly compelling. It will be a showcase for the city and the bay, and I will be extremely surprised if it isn’t a killer event.
There will be inevitable doomsayers as the expectations are downsized, but other than learning a good lesson about promising too much too soon, I don’t see this as a problem.
For starters, good for the city, the port and Cup organizers to reach a compromise for the repairs to Piers 30-32. The big, flat eyesore has been used as a parking lot, and there were high hopes of spending nearly $100 million to completely redo the pier and begin large-scale development.
When that deal fell apart amid inflated expenses, concerns about development and deadline pressure, Supervisors Mark Farrell and some newspaper columnists howled at the lost opportunity. The city, we complained, lost an opportunity to build something modern and cool on that asphalt wasteland and ruined the Cup’s plans too.
The idea was to stage the teams there, right in the middle of the waterfront, so spectators could come check out the boats. Organizers compared it to getting a pass to the pits at a NASCAR race. Without improvements to the piers, the boats were going to be pushed way down around the corner to Pier 80.
And to the credit of both sides, that’s when a compromise was reached.
“The costs (to completely redo the piers) ballooned from $10 million to around $92 million,” said Aaron Peskin, former Board of Supervisors president and influential critic of development. “We said you don’t have to do the platinum, Cadillac deal.”
Instead, a more modest revision will be done, shoring up the piers and making them usable for the team staging areas. Putting the boats there will be a huge improvement, consolidating the Cup venues in the same general area.
“It is far different and on a smaller scale than what might have been,” says Farrell. “But I am excited that we are going to do something.”
And now that expectations have been toned down, we can stop looking at this as a transformative real estate event or an economic boondoggle, and just see it for what it is – a boat race.
As for being ready, we’ve taken the liberty of already filling the bay with water. So our part is essentially done. Bring on the boats.
MOVING PICTURES – GBR 420 Coaches Neil Marsden and Jonny McGovern thought they would change there coaching gear for wetsuits and give the 420 National Youth squad a run for there money in weymouth harbour! (before people pick holes in the technique the word masterclass is in jest)…enjoy!
NEW BOATS – Decision, The first of three Carkeek 40 sisterships, has been “splashed” and is racing at the International Rolex Regatta this year, with its owner Stephen Murray, Jr., his father Steve Murray and another Steve, Steve Benjamin, who is serving as tactician and building one of the other two Carkeek 40s. by Leighton O’Connor
ROLEX REGATTA – The crown jewel of Caribbean yacht racing kicks off at the St. Thomas Yacht Club in the USVI.
MOVING PICTURES – Day 1 of the RS:X World Championship started today with ideal weather conditions. Medium winds and sunny weather! 3 races for both men and women fleets today with Bontemps and Korzits on top. Stay tuned for more action!
CLIPPER RACE – It has been a significant 24 hours for the non-professional sailors taking part in the world’s longest yacht race. As the Northern Hemisphere winter officially ended and the centre of the sun passed north of the Equator, the fleet crossed the International Date Line into the western hemisphere.
In a 40,000-mile circumnavigation in which the crews are people like you – from all walks of life and representing more than 40 nationalities – such milestones are to be celebrated, as much from a reflective viewpoint as a spur to overcome the challenges ahead.
The ten-strong fleet of 68-foot ocean racing yachts is approximately 800 miles north of Midway, a tiny atoll at the north western end of the Hawaiian island chain which shot to fame 60 years ago when, in June 1942, it became the scene of one of the decisive battles of the Second World War. Now the islands are a wildlife haven and home to the world’s largest colony of Laysan Albatrosses.
Midway by name and nature; the fleet is now just over half way through their mammoth Pacific Ocean crossing, although, as Singapore’s skipper pointed out in his report yesterday, they still have the equivalent of the breadth of the Atlantic to sail before they reach Oakland, California.
“We crossed the Date Line shortly after midnight last night and yesterday became today!” reports Ben Bowley. “A wee tot of rum was served to all and we reflected on how far we have come since leaving Southampton eight months ago.
“Conditions were perfect for making good miles last night and today the wind has continued to slowly veer round, leaving us on a fast reach straight to where we want go. It feels superb to be eating into the miles to San Francisco Bay and if we can keep this pace for a while yet we are looking good for a decent arrival time. MORE STORY
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Sanya suffers a broken rudder and takes on water in the aft section of the boat.
NEW BOATS – The weather Gods have continued to provide incredible sailing conditions for the sea-trials of the new J/70 Speedster in Rhode Island. After launching J/70 #1 last Monday, March 12th, it was time to launch J/70 #2 this past Tuesday, March 20th. Both boats gently slid off their trailers into the ocean waters off the Bristol boat ramp and shortly after were sailing on upper Narragansett Bay in a building southwesterly. By day’s end both boats were flying across the Bay at 12-15 kts with Team North and Team Quantum scoping out the new speedster. Overnight, some sail tweaks were done, and the boats were back out yesterday in similar 12-18 knot conditions. Sailing trials continue over the next several days as more sailmakers arrive. The plan is to lock in the class sail sizes by the end of next week. MORE STORY
SPEED SAILING – Miami, FL (March 22, 2012) – Italian, German, Spanish and American sailors, largely known for their independent offshore sailing expeditions, have come together in a quest to set a new pace for speed on the water under sail. The impressive collection of globetrotting extreme sailors collectively have more than one million miles of experience offshore. Italian Giovanni Soldini leads the rogue crew of eight, including German Boris Hermann as Navigator, and American Brad Van Liew and Spaniard David Vera as Watch Leaders. They set out today from Miami, Florida aboard the VOR70 Maserati to establish the official monohull sailing record from Miami to New York City.
“The wind directions should offer us nice downwind sailing,” said Navigator Boris Hermann. “The conditions are not perfect, but we hope to play the local shifts, the Gulf Stream and other weather details on the route.”
American Brad Van Liew added, “We had a fantastic hospitality event hosted by Maserati North America this week and now the crew is fired up and anxious to get back to the mission at hand: beating and setting records. The boat and crew are ready to get back up to full speed.”
This ambitious race against time is one of several records that Giovanni Soldini and his international crew aboard Maserati will attempt in the months ahead.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – As Team Sanya limp back towards New Zealand with a broken rudder, at the head of the field CAMPER has overhauled Groupama as the fleet tears east in a violent depression.
The depression is packing strong and very cold winds from the deep south and the weather is likely to be at its worst when the fleet reaches the western Ice Limit, 238 nautical miles (nm) ahead.
Onboard the French boat skipper Franck Cammas and his men have reduced sail to one reef in the mainsail and a small storm gennaker.
“We’re still a long way from the matter in hand and once we have 40-45 knots of breeze, the sea state will be all important. We will then have two reefs in the mainsail and the storm jib,” skipper Franck Cammas said.
He added that the whole crew is tense, wondering how the boat will cope in the very strong conditions expected between now and Saturday.
The next five days promise extreme conditions leading almost to survival mode for the crews as they race towards the notorious Cape Horn.
Once above the ice limit set at latitude 47 degrees south, the fleet will be able to run parallel to it in heavy breeze.
At 1900 UTC tonight, CAMPER led Groupama by 4.2 nm with PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) in third place, 18 nm off the lead. Telefónica in fourth were averaging the highest speed of 24 knots, 36 nm off the lead.
Sixth placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing at 42 degrees south and just under 300 nm in deficit, have accepted that it is going to be hard for them to catch the leaders, and are setting their own goals, working hard to maintain the intensity required to sail the boat fast.
“No longer will motivation be provided by the three-hourly position reports that help us judge how we are doing against the other teams. These will be meaningless with no boats in the near vicinity or in similar wind,” said skipper Ian Walker.
“At the moment, we’re trying to go as fast as we can, but we’re not fussed about the positions, we’re just trying not to break anything. The Southern Ocean is quite a serious place really,” said Tom Addis, PUMA’s navigator as the four leading boats headed into the back of the low pressure.
ROLEX REGATTA – St. Thomas, USVI (March 22, 2012) — Overcast skies and light showers cooled things down today at St. Thomas Yacht Club in the USVI where hundreds of sailors on 68 teams are preparing for the 39th International Rolex Regatta. The conditions, however, came with plenty of wind for practicing and did nothing to dampen the excitement building for the next three days of racing.
Right out of the box will be Stephen Murray, Jr.’s Carkeek 40 Decision, which has been designed to the newly developed HPR (High Performance Rule) and will headline in one of two CSA classes here that has no less than six other 40-footers “raring to compare.”
“There is no rating rule promoting the light (displacement) grand prix racing boats as a continuum between 30 and 70 feet,” said Sean Carkeek, the South African designer who has been working for a year on the rule as part of a technical committee developed specifically to fill this void. According to Carkeek, the HPR will change all that when regattas eventually adopt dual scoring under the widely used IRC rule and HPR in classes where it needs to apply. At the International Rolex Regatta, the likes of Michael Shlens’ (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.,) Blade and Doug Baker’s (Long Beach, Calif.) Magnitude 400, both Farr 400s, are sure to spice up the competition among the 40 footers. In addition, two Class 40 boats, which typically are outfitted for short-handed offshore sailing, are competing with accomplished skippers aboard. Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.) will take the helm of Icarus, while Berry Lewis (Mill Valley, Calif.) will steer 40 Degrees.
In IRC, it will be a trio of 52 footers– Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Rothiemay’s (MON) Highland Fling XII, Ashley Wolfe’s (Calgary, AB, CAN) Mayhem, and Peter Cunningham’s (Georgetown, Cay)PowerPlay — and a Cookson 50, Ron O’Hanley’s (Newport, R.I.) Privateer, that are likely to stand out, while the reborn 65-foot Rosebud, now called Equation, will be out for a first showing since bought by Bill Alcott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.). Among the power names onboard these boats are America’s Cup notables Peter Holmberg, Mike Toppa, Tony Rey, and George Skuodas. As well, Great Britain’s Brian Thompson, who layed to waste previous around-the-world speed records with his recent circumnavigation aboard the 130-foot trimaran Banque Populaire V, will be skippering the Safe Passage company’s Andrews 72 Safara, which is the largest boat competing here.
Willem Wester (Zeeland, The Netherlands), with Volvo Ocean Race veteran Boewe Bekking (NED) calling tactics, will attempt to repeat his IRC class victory from last year, sailing the Grand Soleil 46 Antilope. With tomorrow’s winds expected to be between 15 and 20 knots, Bekking says this may be hard to recreate, however. “When it’s windy the lighter displacement boats in our class this time should be going better,” said Bekking, “but if it’s light we can have a pretty fair race.”
For the USA’s Olympic medalist Charlie McKee (Seattle, Wash.), who is serving as tactician aboard Mayhem, it is mostly about the experience of being here for the first time that has him “expecting crazy, wild, mixed up racing that’s super fun!”
The International Rolex Regatta is a cornerstone of the spring Caribbean racing schedule, and as such attracts top programs from around the world for its mix of buoy and point-to-point races. It also distinguishes itself by having multiple races a day for all classes. “It’s all part of a unique mix of island-style fun and hard-core IRC, CSA and one design racing,” said Regatta Co-chair Bill Canfield, pointing out a massive, specially-constructed stage rising out of the water on the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s own beach. It is where a band will play on Friday and Saturday nights and where the Rolex Awards will wrap up the event on Sunday, when winners in select classes win coveted Rolex watches.
Spectators will get a treat tomorrow when all classes sail to Charlotte Amalie Harbor for their first race, then return to St. Thomas Yacht Club for their second (and some classes may have a third race). On Saturday, spectators can watch IC 24s and Beach Cats sail as many as eight buoy races in Great Bay, while other classes sail longer courses on the south side of St. John. On Sunday, while the IC 24s sail up to six races in Jersey Bay, all other classes will sail two “Pillsbury Sound” races.