SINGLE HANDED SAILING – In 2012 Open Sailing Offshore Racing is going to be the first to race a mini transat, a Pogo 2, in the Single Handed Transpac from San Francisco to Hawaii! Follow them at Open Sailing USA.
SINGLE HANDED SAILING – In 2012 Open Sailing Offshore Racing is going to be the first to race a mini transat, a Pogo 2, in the Single Handed Transpac from San Francisco to Hawaii! Follow them at Open Sailing USA.
MOVING PICTURES – At a special presentation in Lorient, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad announced a major change for the next race; the introduction of a new high performance, one design 65ft racing boat.
AMERICAS CUP – The first day of the America’s Cup World Series got underway in Newport at midday today. The conditions were light and shifty, until the sea breeze filled in, providing close racing for the eight international teams.
In the first fleet race of the series, Artemis struggled to get clear on the line, but had a good first run. Then on the second upwind leg, the breeze went hard right, which was another knock for the team. But Skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the crew stuck with it and battled back to slide into fourth place, narrowly ahead of Energy Team. Artemis then went directly into the match racing, lining up against Liock Peyron’s Energy Team.
Peyron suffered penalties in both of the two pre-starts. A port-starboard infraction in the first pre-start, then in race two Energy did a good job holding off Artemis off, but was a bit aggressive and collided with Artemis to put themselves over early. In both races, Artemis stretched their lead to win 2-0 over Energy Team.
“It was a great team day. The guys sailed really well,” said Terry. “We had a bit of luck in really trying conditions.” Racing continues tomorrow.
Artemis will line up against ORACLE Team USA Spithill in the Match Racing semi-finals for the best two out of three races, followed by a fleet race
AMERICAS CUP – It was a frenetic opening day of racing at the AC World Series in Newport, the sixth and final stop on the global international circuit. In glorious conditions on Thursday afternoon, the overall series leader, ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Spithill, extended his lead, while his nearest rival, Dean Barker, saw his season championship hopes sink with a dramatic and unexpected capsize.
Spithill had roaring start in the opening fleet race, powering off the starting line in light breezes to lead from start to finish, giving the American team top seeding in the match racing quarterfinals, which started immediately afterward. Pushed to the limit in the match racing, the team responded to advance to the semi finals.
“We went one-nil down, match point down, and I thought this was a great test for the guys to keep cool and fight back,” Spithill said of his match racing. “I’m really happy with how we performed under pressure.”
Conditions were tricky to start the day, with the forecast sea breeze not having filled in by race time at noon. But that didn’t trouble Spithill, who extended a narrow lead at the first mark all the way around the race course. A big wind shift late in the race gave the chasing pack some hope, but Spithill held on for what was doubtlessly a satisfying birthday present for the 33 year-old skipper.
With the sea breeze then beginning to build ahead of the match racing, anticipation was high for an action-packed afternoon. The thousands of fans lining the shoreline at Fort Adams and crowding the race course boundaries with spectator boats on Narragansett Bay were not disappointed. MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – 012 470 European Championship
27 June – 4 July 2012, Largs|UK 1st day of the Championship today with the top european teams participating in the Event. See the full action here!
MOVING PICTURES – After 4 years intense preparation the Swiss Olympic Sailing top team Marazzi De Maria review the key events of their Olympic preparation. 10 Star Teams have a real medal chance in London 2012, the last Olympic Star medals will be the hardest ever to win in this discipline.
MOVING PICTURES – SAILING ON TV – The America’s Cup is employing a series of ambitious augmented reality graphics to explain pro sailing to the television audience. Famed sailor Stan Honey explains his creation to help others understand sailing on TV. Click on the video above.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – PUMA skipper Ken Read says he and his crew are viewing this Saturday’s Bretagne In-Port Race as a must-win opportunity to close the gap on overall leaders Groupama.
Despite lying 23 points adrift of Franck Cammas’ crew with just the Lorient and Galway in-port races and final Leg 9 sprint to Ireland to go, Read said his team would keep on fighting as long as there was a glimmer of hope.
“If you look at the points, they are still there to be had, so you never quit,” Read said. “This crew never needs to be motivated beyond that fact.
“We have to put some points on Groupama for sure. I doubt they are going to have many friends on the racecourse right now.
“There are three guys within fighting distance at least of them, so I’m guessing the green boat finds not a lot of friends out there.
“If that is the case then somebody has got to get ahead and why not us?”
Despite the pressure to perform, Read said PUMA planned to approach the Bretagne In-Port Race in the same way as normal, but would be ready to pounce on any opportunity to steal points.
“We chat about certain things, certain strategies, certain ways to play things, but for the most part we will continue to do what we normally do,” he said. MORE STORY
AMERICAS CUP – Nearly ideal conditions greeted the AC World Series teams in Newport on Wednesday as they took to the water for official training – a final opportunity to tune up ahead of Thursday’s Championship Racing. Winds in the 10-15 knot range under sunny skies meant the Narragansett race course was perfect for the final tune-up. Crowds lined the north lawn of Fort Adams to soak up the atmosphere and watch the final preliminaries ahead of Championship Racing on Thursday.
Newport marks the sixth and final stop on the 2011-12 AC World Series circuit and with just four points separating the leading ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill from Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand, the races here will determine the overall season champion.
For Barker, tomorrow’s first day of racing could be the key to the championship. He says his team has to advance through the initial match racing stages if he is to have a chance at catching Spithill.
“We need to do well in the match racing and continue to do well in the fleet racing,” Barker said. “Tomorrow (Thursday) is the key day. You have to get through the quarter-finals of the match racing which we haven’t done in the last two events. So for us to have any chance of winning the overall we have to have a good day tomorrow. And if we do that, then let’s see what happens the rest of the week.” MORE STORY
RACE DELIVERY NEWS – The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee learned from Bermuda Harbour Radio on Tuesday that two boats returning from the Newport Bermuda Race had faced emergency situations that are being managed by Bermuda Radio and the US Coast Guard. Although they are not in control of the returning yachts, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America continue to monitor the situation and will assist as needed.
Returning crews were offered daily weather briefings and were advised by forecasters of the possibility of strong winds along their route home.
Many of the boats have elected to continue to use their Yellowbrick positioning recording devices for their return trip and may be tracked on http://gae.yb.tl/nb2012return. The position of Avenir has been returned to its 6/24 location at the request of the owner.
Following is the notice distributed by Bermuda Radio RCC:
Early this morning (Tuesday June 26) the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from the U.S. Coastguard in Norfolk, Virginia, requesting information on the Newport to Bermuda race boat ‘Avenir’.
41 ft sloop ‘Avenir’ which departed Bermuda two days ago bound for Newport, Rhode Island, reported that vessel had suffered rudder damage in position 230 miles Northwest of Bermuda and was in need of assistance. Unsuccessful attempts were made by the crew to jury rig a temporary rudder with Captain also reporting that some of the crew had become violently seasick. A decision was made by Captain and crew to abandon vessel.
Cruise ship ‘Norwegian Star’ was diverted to the yacht’s position, picking up the six survivors at 2:30 pm this afternoon. Norwegian Star is due into Bermuda tomorrow morning.
Early this afternoon [Tuesday] another ‘Newport to Bermuda’ race boat ‘Convictus Maximus’ contacted the U.S. Coastguard for assistance after a crew member onboard suffered a suspected spinal injury.
Sailing vessel ‘Convictus Maximus’, a 42 foot sloop with six persons onboard, located 230 miles Northwest of Bermuda, also departed Bermuda two days ago bound for Newport, Rhode Island.
Efforts are currently underway to have the injured crewmember brought ashore for medical treatment.
MOVING PICTURES – Discover Sailing from Learn to Sail to the Chartering around the world. The Sail America Discover Sailing Video shows you how easy it is to explore the world of sailing.
FARR 30 – Eight teams from Canada and the US sailed ten races over three days on picturesque English Bay in Vancouver. Hosted by the beautiful Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, conditions ranged from moderate to light breeze and pouring rain on day one, to glorious sunshine and a stable eight to ten knot breeze on the final day of racing.
After the first day’s racing, the scoring was tight with 6 of 8 boats clearly in the hunt. Canadians Andrew Hamilton (Through) and James Duess (M Power) were tied for the lead with 11 points, followed by local Fleet Captain, Richard Alban (Spiny Norman), Bruce Chan (65 Red Roses), and Dan Randolph (Nefarious) all with 17 points. Two other boats were close behind with 18 points.
On day two of racing Through found their stride and never looked back, scoring 4 consecutive bullets. Racing continued to be tight amongst the fleet providing some exciting moments downwind and at the mark roundings. After day two the fourth through fifth boats found themselves within one point of each other.
Ultimately there was no stopping the consistency of the team on Through and they rightly claimed the title of 2012 Canadian National Champion. The top three finishers were Andrew Hamilton on Through, Richard Alban sailing Spiny Norman and James Duess on M Power.
Special thanks to our gracious hosts the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, event chair Cory Wright, Sailing Director James Macdonald and Race Officer Peter Van Muyden.
DINGHY RACING – The last major event for the 470 Class before the Olympics is about to start. The European Championship in Largs, UK is the last test for the sailors to test their level and equipment. Check out this 470 Class – Promotional Video for 2012 470 World Championship and 2012 470 European Championship
MOVING PICTURES – Series leaders Jimmy Spithill & John Kostecki look ahead to the AC World Series-Newport as they attempt to close-out the 2011-12 overall championship.
AMERICAS CUP – The major hull components of the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 have arrived at the team base in Auckland.
“We have been working towards this day since the end of 2010,” said managing director Grant Dalton. “We started building in August last year and we’re now planning a public naming ceremony at the Viaduct Harbour in the early evening of July 21.”
Skipper Dean Barker is in Newport, preparing for the final stage of the 2011-12 AC World Series. But he says the AC72 is never far from his mind.
“We’re looking forward to getting it on the water and scaring ourselves to bits,” he says, acknowledging the size and power of the design.
“There’s going to be huge amount of respect for the boat to begin with. It’s a big boat, with big loads and we’ve seen how quickly the campaign can be changed around with what happened to Artemis (who damaged their AC72 wing in training). That was a big wake-up call that we are dealing with some serious equipment and the consequences can be very big.”
Four teams are in the final stages of AC72 construction, with launches expected throughout the summer. Under event Rules, teams may not begin sailing AC72s before July 1.
CLIPPER RACE – It has been an interesting 24 hours for the ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race which has seen new tactics come into play on the approach to the finish line.
The tactical decision to go south of the eye of ex tropical storm ‘Chris’ which has been dictating the fleet’s progress over the past few days has paid off for Singapore, which has taken a 19-mile lead over its more northerly positioned rival Welcome to Yorkshire.
Meanwhile yesterday’s frontrunner Gold Coast Australia has played another tactical card, as it entered into its 24 hour Stealth Mode and will reappear to the public at 1200 UTC today.
De Lage Landen and Geraldton Western Australia have entered the Ocean Sprint where the team sprinting the distance the fastest will be awarded an additional point.
On board the Dutch entry, skipper Stuart Jackson, reports, “We have finally started making decent ground now after taking ourselves so far south to stay on the southern side of the low. It has also been a relief not to be beating constantly, so is a lot more comfortable for everyone too.
“We have just entered the Ocean Sprint, so we’ll see if we can rival the times already set. The next few days is looking interesting as the northern group and southern group will start to merge together, we just have to hope that we can continue to make some ground on the others. So there is every chance that the mid-fleet positions could change hands a few times before the finish line.”
The leading yachts of the Clipper Race fleet are set to start arriving into Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, between 29 June and 1 July. Keep a close eye on the Race Viewer on the Clipper Race website to see which tactics pay dividends. MORE STORY
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson says his team are ready to roll after their first training session ahead of the Bretagne In-Port Race and Leg 9 start this weekend went better than expected.
“We had our first day on the water after a break and normally first days back are quite often disjointed and hard to get running smooth, but we had a good day out there,” Nicholson said.
With just three more scoring opportunities left in the current edition of the race, Nicholson said he had no plans to depart from the crew’s normal approach.
“We just have to do our normal thing and see what happens to the other teams,” he said. “Obviously we are looking to step up, but we also need to see whether the other teams step up or step backwards.
“At this stage of the race, with so many things going on there is a lot of tired people in all the programmes, and I think that if you can just keep on doing what you have been doing, that may well step you up against the others.”
CAMPER currently sit in third place in the overall standings, tied with fourth-placed Telefónica and five points behind second placed PUMA.
Despite having 28 points to make up on leaders Groupama, Nicholson still believes anything is possible as the race winds up to its closest finish ever.
“We all always thought it was going to be very close,” he said. “At the start nobody could pick who would win this race and now we still do not know who is going to win this race.
“Of course Groupama are looking strong, but we have seen other teams looking strong a different stages of this race, and I think there is still so much to play for here.”
CAMPER have little left in terms of new sails to bring out but Nicholson declared himself happy that their existing wardrobe was in good shape for the Leg 9 to Galway. MORE STORY
RACE NEWS – 2012 U.S. National Championship July 27 – 29 in Newport Rhode Island.
FROM OUR READERS – Let the trash talking end and the sailing begin! The Montgomery 23 “Dauntless” will sail against the Catalina 22mkII “Y-knot” June 29th.The course is Long Beach to San Diego…distance 87 miles as the crow flies…Track their progress at www.sailhavasu.com
MOVING PICTURES – This Leg 8 Documentary tracks the fleet as they leave the historic city of Lisbon, Portugal before starting their epic voyage through the North Atlantic Ocean, rounding the Azores, entering to the Bay of Biscay and finishing in Lorient, France. Catch all the drama and action as the teams experience some of the most extreme conditions in this race
FROM OUR READERS – This was sent to us from some of our readers. Looks like they were out having fun during the practice days over the weekend in Newport during the Americas Cup World Series.
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AMERICAS CUP – The decisive final day of dramatic racing at the AC World Series Newport will be shown coast to coast in the USA on NBC television on July 1, signaling the return of live America’s Cup racing to network television in the United States for the first time in 20 years.
The final day of racing on Sunday will determine not just the winner of the Newport event, but will also decide the 2011-12 AC World Series Championship. Currently, ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Spithill holds a narrow four-point lead in the overall series.
Televised action, including both the match racing and fleet racing finals, is scheduled to start at 14.30 EDT on Sunday July 1st. The 90-minute program will be available across the United States on the main NBC network.
NEW BOATS – A week ago the new blu30 by bluboats was launched on the Swiss Lake of Lucerne and delivered to her customer. The day-sailor comes with an eye-chatching teak deck, a carbon rig and a park avenue boom, an electro-hydraulic trim system and a state-of-the-art electric saildrive. The smart deck layout in combination with a gennaker chute system allow for single handed or small crew sailing. During the first successfull sail test we’ve been able to take some first pictures of the elegant nine meter yacht. MORE INFO
AMERICA’S CUP DESIGN UPDATE – What’s Up? How about the Oracle Team…during last week’s training session in San Francisco, ORACLE TEAM USA sailors were learning to fly on hydrofoils. An L-shaped daggerboard and T-shaped rudders were fitted to one of the team’s AC45s and the platform took flight.
Foiling is not a new phenomenon. Many high-speed ferries rely on hydrofoils for a smooth ride for their passengers. In sailing, the Moth class has experimented with foils since the early 1970s, about the same time that designers such as Rod Macalpine-Downey were experimenting with foils at Weymouth Speed Week. In 2009 the 60-foot foiling trimaran l’Hydroptere set the record at 51.36 knots.
Foils help reduce draft and increase speed. They are a very cost efficient way to gain performance. You can research them extensively in the computer before you build them, and they are small scale, compared with a wing. The foil project is a continuation of one started on USA 17, the team’s 90-foot trimaran that won the 2010 America’s Cup.
Press Release – June 25th 2012 – Border Run2 – With 70 entries to date the newest entry on the Newport Course for Border Run2 is Artie Means sailing his IKA Kiteboard. Artie has been kiteboarding for the last 6 years, but recently made the switch to the (now Olympic!) course race discipline. The IKA Course Race boards are designed to smoke upwind/downwind and at only 6 feet long are usually faster than any other boat on the water.
Artie (along with Brian Lake & Cameron Biehl) sailed the SDYC opening day race on kites and hope to put on another good show along side traditional boats at the Border Run2 race. Welcome to the party Artie!
The inaugural Border Run2 is to be held this Friday, June 29th 2012, one of the longest sailing days of the year. The Long Beach start-line is expected to be filled with a wide variety of designs from Lasers, multihulls, maxi’s and even kiteboards. The Send off party will be held at Gladstone’s Long Beach Thursday night June 28th. Entry deadline is this Tuesday June 26th at 5pm.
Competitors will race to one of four different destinations depending on the sailor’s preference. Racers can choose to sail to Newport Beach, Dana Point, San Diego or San Diego via the Coronado Islands into international waters. The good news for all the entrants is no matter which course they choose, a party will be awaiting their arrival. San Diego sailors will party at Driscoll’s Shipyard on Shelter Island ‘4th of July’ style with live music, barbecue, pizza and beer!
The 2012 Border Run2 is brought to you by XS Sailing.com, Shoreline Yacht Club (OA) and Dana Point Yacht Club and sponsored by West Marine, Gladstone’s Long Beach, Ullman Sails and outfitted by Pirates Lair. For more information and how to enter call 800-366-8584 or go to www.TheBorderRun2.org
MOVING PICTURES – An epic day in Lorient yesterday…Franck Cammas gave a master class in multi hull sailing to rival skippers Chris Nicholson and Mike Sanderson aboard Groupama 3…and then Yannick Noah rounded of the day in the race village with a concert that got the fans swooning.
BOATING NEWS – Foncia was spotted on Sunday sailing into Newport Rhode Island. they are here getting ready to sail in the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest France.
MOVING PICTURES – Lorient occupies a special place in the world of sailing. This submarine base now converted into an offshore centre was commemorating the achievements of French sailing legend Eric Tabarly. We speak with Alain Gautier and Franck Cammas about it.
AMERICAS CUP – The top team on the overall 2011-12 AC World Series leaderboard rolled into Newport today and were quick to get out on the water for their first training sail.
ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill holds a slender four-point lead on the overall results table over Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand. With 10 points available to the winner of each of the match and fleet racing championships in Newport, Artemis Racing’s Terry Hutchinson is also within striking distance.
“We’ve always just wanted to be in a position to win the championship, and now we’re there,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill from San Francisco earlier this week. “We’ll have a shot to wrap up the season and it’s obviously something we’d like to win.”
As he watched the team’s AC45 catamarans being lifted into the water by crane from in front of the team base in Newport, American tactician John Kostecki confirmed the crew was keen to get out on the water and get started on race training, after spending time on the water earlier this month in San Francisco working on design and performance testing.
“We’ve been sailing our other boats on San Francisco Bay, but we haven’t done any race training,” Kostecki said on Saturday morning. “We’ve been focused on performance development for the AC72, but now we have both race crews here and we’re going to go out and practise racing. That’s the plan for today: some match racing, some fleet racing, going around the buoys and just getting up to speed.
“I’ve sailed on this race course area once before and it’s a good place to race when the sea breeze is blowing. It’s a little bit tricky, there’s some current to think about, but we’re fortunate that we have a few Newport locals on our team to give us the local knowledge.”
The first briefing came today from Scott Ferguson, one of the wing designers on the team who, according to Kostecki, was to give both ORACLE TEAM USA crews his insight on local conditions before sailing today.
HOME MOVIES – Sailing on lake of two mountains near Montreal.
I was testing my brand new GoPro hd hero 2 camera, you can see the result in this video. The camera was setted 1080p at 30 frames per seconds. Sometimes it looks foggy, i accidently put my finger on the lense before the recording.
KITEBOARDING – CNN’s Mainsail looks at the close friendship and rivalry of kiteboarding’s top three competitors.
MOVING PICTURES – Check out the close calls as Stars tack upwind to the weather mark. Well done video by Sailing World.
MOVING PICTURES – In this week’s agenda
1. World Match Racing Tour — Korea match Cup
2. Volvo Ocean Race — Lisbon Portugal
3. Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta – Porto Cervo Sardenia
4. MAP’s Trophy — Douarnenez – France
5. Delta lloyd Regatta — Medemblik Netherland
6. Extreme Series Series — Istanbul Turkey
A weekly sailing updates program bringing you the latest from international regattas
CLIPPER RACE – What a difference a day makes in the life of an ocean racer as the ten international teams talking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have been doing all they can to keep approaching tropical storm ‘Chris’ at bay.
In the last 24 hours, the fleet has received warning that ‘Chris’, which was expected to pass by, has been moving closer towards them and could produce further challenging
conditions. Meteorologist and winning skipper of the Clipper Race in 2002, Simon Rowell, reports, “Today should be the strongest day of tropical storm ‘Chris’, with it forecasted to start curving northwards, reaching its furthest point east by midnight tonight. Depending where each team is positioned the centre could get pretty close to them, and even though the winds won’t be more than they have seen many times before, the speed of change in wind direction and the confusion will add to the sea state which will make helming quite challenging.”
With the tropical storm in sight, the teams have been busy plotting their best course to move away from its path whilst not jeopardising their position on the leader board, as well as carrying out preparations on board for the potential heavy upwind sailing.
Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire continue to lead the pack, whilst Visit Finland has emerged from its period in Stealth Mode in the middle of the leader board.
At 0500GMT this morning, Qingdao crew member Lynn Harmer had a fall below decks and sustained an injury. Lynn is in a stable condition and is being looked after by a medically qualified crew member on board. The yacht is in contact with Falmouth Coast Guard and the Clipper Race Office.
As a precaution Qingdao has changed course towards Newfoundland (approx. 450 miles north west) to get Lynn closer to shore based medical support if it is required. If her condition improves, a decision may be taken to resume racing towards Derry-Londonderry. Further updates will be posted on the website.
The Clipper Race fleet is set to arrive into Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland between 29 June and 1 July.
Click here for individual skipper reports.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Team Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez says his Spanish team are focused on finishing the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race on a high after two broken rudders during Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient all but dashed their hopes of overall victory.
“There is one offshore leg and two in-port races left to go and we will try to do our best in them,” Martínez said.
Telefónica dominated the early part of the race, winning the opening three offshore legs and the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, before being steadily pegged back by their rivals in the later legs.
Martínez said the closeness of the competition had built leg by leg, as the teams learned more and more about their boats and how to sail them at optimum performance.
“At the regatta’s halfway point all the boats reach their full potential; that happens in all editions,” he said. “At the start, we all have to learn about our boats and although each team prepares as much as they can, some have less time than others, so there are usually a lot of differences.
“But at the halfway point, after so much time spent competing against each other, everyone has had the chance to learn about their boat and how to get the most out of it. MORE STORY
SAFETY NEWS – Sometime around 1:30 a.m. on April 28, the SPOT device owned by Theo Mavromatis, the registered skipper of the Aegean, sent out a distress signal that was received by GEOS Alliance. According to one person I spoke with who is familiar with the incident, “there is no question that this was a distress signal sent by a person.”
Although the distress signal had no position data, Mavromatis had programmed the device to report his position every 10 minutes so that family could track the boat. Shortly after the distress signal went out, Mavromatis’ wife, Loren, received a phone call from GEOS Alliance. She was asleep, so the report of the distress signal from her husband’s SPOT went to voicemail. For several hours after that, it appears that there was no effort made by the monitoring agency to contact the U.S. Coast Guard or to confirm the distress alert, even though boat’s track clearly indicated trouble.
The Coast Guard search for Aegean‘s crew did not begin until more than eight hours later, after fellow racers came across debris from the wrecked Hunter and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard. Initially, it was thought a ship had collided with the boat, but when the track data surfaced later, the grounding on Coronado seemed the most likely explanation. MORE STORY
NEWPORT TO BERMUDA – Hamilton, Bermuda, June 21, 2012 – ‘Lilla’, the big red Briand 76 (IRL7600) owned by Simon and Nancy De Pietro of Cork, Ireland and Mattapoisett MA, sailed a fast straight-forward Newport Bermuda Race and won Class 13 in the Cruiser Division. ‘Lilla’ also took first place in the whole Cruiser Division and will be presented with the Carleton Mitchell Finesterre Trophy for first place.
‘Lilla’ led classmate ‘True’, a J-160 owned by Howard Hodgson of Ipswich MA by 1 hr 17 min on corrected time for the win in class and division. ‘True’ was second in both Class 13 and the division. Third place in the Cruiser division went to ‘Odyssey’ a Swan 55 sailed by Glenn Dexter from Halifax NS.
And there is Icing on the cake for ‘Lilla’. In 2011 she raced in the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race and set the 645-mile course record from Marion MA to Bermuda at 68:58:45. That performance last year and her top finish in the Newport Bermuda Race earn her the Bermuda Ocean Cruising Yacht Trophy presented by SAIL Magazine. This special combined competition trophy goes to the captain who has the best performance in consecutive Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda races. ‘Lilla’ sailed from Newport this time— a 10-mile shorter course in 63:17:13, some 5 hours and 41 minutes faster.
“The only problem we had,” said navigator Nancy De Pietro, “was getting water to the forward head and shower. The water tank we were using was aft, on the port side [That was the high side on the long port tack all the way down from Newport] and the pump had trouble because it was sucking air up there.”
“The one great thing about sailing on this type of boat is that we get to shower after coming off of every watch,” said Simon De Pietro with a smile.
Not having water for showers would have been a crisis for this cruiser crew… all good friends and family. It was an international crew with sailors from Ireland, the Dutch West Indies, England, Canada, South Africa and the USA. ‘Lilla’ has a comfortable 3-cabin layout and is used for charter as well as offshore racing.
MATCH RACING – London, UK – 21 June, 2012: After his thrilling Final victory against current World Champion, Ian Williams at the Korea Match Cup, Bjorn Hansen sits at the top of the leaderboard ahead of the third event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the STENA Match Cup Sweden, July 2 – 7.
Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team leads ahead of young Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team, who is level on 31 points after two good results but is yet to win an event. Sweden’s top match racer has jumped from 4th to a career-best 2nd place in the ISAF Match Racing World Rankings for June and will now go to his home event in Marstrand with an opportunity to put some distance between himself and the chasing pack. He said: “We’re very confident after a good result in Korea and with the support of our Swedish fans, and a really good week of sailing by our Mekonomen Sailing Team, we can continue a good start to the 2012 season.
“Stena Match Cup Sweden is an event we all love. We love the boats, we love the atmosphere and the magnitude of the local interest is fantastic. It is obvious that the other teams on the Tour also enjoy the regatta as we’ll have all nine Tour Card Holders competing in Marstrand.”
Despite the home advantage, STENA Match Cup Sweden has had mixed fortunes for Hansen’s Mekonomen Sailing Team, a 2nd in 2011 and sole victory in 2007 the highlights at an event which he first attended in 1999. Hansen, however, believes that this season the team are ready to go one better and prove to the home fans that his team are still number one in Sweden as well as a realistic title challenger for the Tour title this season: “We can definitely put some pressure on the other teams chasing top spot on the Tour leaderboard with a good result in Sweden. If we go into the second half of the season still amongst it, I think we can have the focus and attitude to mount a challenge for the title.”
After the STENA Match Cup Sweden, Hansen’s Mekonomen Sailing Team will fly to USA for the Chicago Match Cup (10 -15 July), the fourth event of the year and a new addition to the calendar. With four of the team’s five allocated point-scoring events completed after Chicago, which will contribute to their combined total ahead of the Monsoon Cup, it is a matter of weeks before Bjorn Hansen will know how close he can get to realising his season’s objectives.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – Nine months of intense racing around the world’s oceans has not only taken its toll on the sailors physically, but also emotionally, particularly for those who leave girlfriends, wives and children on the dock.
We spoke to three of the skippers during the Lorient stopover to find out how they and their families had dealt with the pain of separation during the current edition of the race.
PUMA skipper Ken Read said from a family point of view the 2011-12 race had been a very different experience than the previous one for him.
“In the last race I had a 12 year old daughter looking at the world with wide eyes,” Read said. “We took her out of school and she and my wife travelled the planet for a whole year. I think they saw 17 different countries during that tour.
“This time my daughter is at a boarding school, which we decided to put her in because we were doing the race again. That has proved to be a great experience for her, but it means she has been more like a student following her dad around the world from time to time.
“Also that means my wife has been a little more on her own this time around. My experience has been very different to when you have a little partner in crime going round the world with you and when you don’t.”
Read said the race was undeniably tough on the sailors’ children, particularly when they are old enough to comprehend the dangers. “The day that my daughter realised that dad had a dangerous job was when she was a little kid and Hans Horrevoets got washed over the side,” he said. “Before that, in her world, daddy went travelling and sailing, but nobody had told her that there was a possibility that daddy wouldn’t come home.
“The next time I left the dock I had that little kid holding on to my leg tighter than anything you have ever seen. That’s hard for her and it is tough on everyone concerned.”
Read said the advent of email communications between the sailors and their families and the multimedia output from the Media Crew Members, could at times be a double edged sword. MORE STORY
AMERICAS CUP – Will France be represented in the next America’s Cup in July 2013 in San Francisco? There are just 30 days left before the final decision must be taken. As for the Challenger, ENERGY TEAM set up by Loïck and Bruno Peyron is ready and over the past year has raised itself up to the highest standard, with a magnificent victory in Venice last month. But they are still lacking the required backing. In other words the support of one or more firms that are bold enough to join this French challenge in the world’s most prestigious sailing competition. Next week, Loïck Peyron and his crew will be attempting to confirm their success in Newport at the final leg of the 2011-2012 season of the America’s Cup World Series. Loïck and Bruno Peyron tell us about the state of play with a few days to go the start of racing and with one month left until the deadline runs out for registering for the America’s Cup.
Bruno Peyron: “A year ago, we set up the ENERGY TEAM challenge with the aim of bringing everything together to conquer the America’s Cup. Racing for the first time on a multihull, France is well placed to take up this incredible challenge, thanks to its technological expertise and wide knowledge of this type of boat. After a year of intense work, training and racing at the highest standard, ENERGY TEAM has achieved everything it set out to do and our win in Venice puts us right up there with the top teams. Representing the Yacht Club de France, we have become increasingly confident that our team is capable of reaching the highest level and our agreement with the Defender, ORACLE Team USA means we will have at our disposal one of the best multihulls for the qualifying phase (Louis Vuitton Cup). But we have 30 days left, before knowing whether we will be taking part or not.
This will be the moment of truth for us, as to be there in San Francisco in July 2013, ENERGY TEAM needs to complete its budget and start work in September on the construction of its maxi-multihull Having achieved such a high level of performance in terms of racing, technology and marketing, we know that our project represents an unprecedented opportunity for a group or a business willing to join us and take advantage of all the coverage around the world that will result from France competing in the 34th America’s Cup. Next week, Loïck and his crew will once again be attempting to show in Newport that our team has what it takes to succeed in this amazing challenge.” MORE STORY