AC NEWS – With NZ and Prada matching racing effortlessly and getting ready for the AC in September, here is some footage of the defender ORACLE trying to do a simple bear-away but can’t! Then, as they head up into the wind, the boat heels to weather as if they could capsize to weather! Is ORACLE going back to the drawing board or was it just bad crew work? Check it out! Also, if you have not voted in our XS POLL “Who will win the AC?” please do…the XS POLL box is to the right.
Monthly archives for February, 2013
TEAM EMIRATES – The AC72 testing programme in Auckland has gained new urgency as the team counts down towards the day we must pack up the base and start the migration to San Francisco. This week, Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis went along for the ride. It was a race training day with Luna Rossa and Team NZ sailing in a first time ever AC course practice race. Check out some raw footage below:
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NEW SAILORS – Glenn tells how learning to sail catamarans is full of thrills and spills. He learned how to sail the first time on a racing catamaran at his sailing club. We love his enthusiasm for the sport as he discovers sailing even as an adult! Music from Free Music Archive. “Goodwill Cowboys Ride Again” (by Michael Chapman & The Woodpiles)
COOL VIDEOS – Moth sailing around Hayling Island Sailing Club England
AMERICAS CUP – The Port and the City of San Francisco came together on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the James R Herman Cruise Ship Terminal on Piers 27/29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The building will be turned over to the America’s Cup Event Authority on March 1st, who will make it the centerpiece of the America’s Cup Park. The Cruise Ship Terminal will host the America’s Cup Media Center, and have areas for the competing teams, for public exhibitions, as well as food and beverage points. Following the Summer of Racing, it will be turned back to the Port and become a working Cruise Ship Terminal.
“I want to congratulate the City and the Port on achieving this milestone,” said Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “It’s been a fantastic effort to get to this point. We’re very proud to be the first tenant of this facility, which will host the international media, as well as thousands of guests and the public, who will come to the America’s Cup Park this summer.”
The waterfront was buzzing with anticipation on a warm and sunny San Francisco afternoon as Mayor Edwin M. Lee told the crowd the project was an example of the legacy this America’s Cup will leave for the city.
“The new Cruise Terminal is a legacy project that will not only boost tourism and create jobs this summer during the America’s Cup races, but it will welcome visitors and residents to our waterfront for generations to come,” said Mayor Lee. “This major infrastructure project that is being delivered on time and on budget is the centerpiece of the America’s Cup Park and when it begins serving the cruise industry next year, it will provide a significant economic impact to our City.”
Following the America’s Cup, the Port is scheduled to complete the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal by 2014 to make it operational for cruise ships, and create a new 2.5 acre public park known as the Northeast Wharf Plaza.
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – The Extreme Sailing Series is set to become a brand new international fixture on the Singapore sports calendar until 2015, in a three year deal announced today between Series organisers OC Sport, the Singapore Sports Council and Aberdeen Asset Management. And for the first time ever, a team representing Singapore, skippered by a Singaporean sailor and supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, will be on the start line at Act 2 hosted in Singapore from the 11-14 April.
For Aberdeen Asset Management, the sponsorship of Team Aberdeen Singapore and their status as the main Local Partner for the Singapore Act, adds to the global asset manager’s growing sailing sponsorship portfolio, which includes ‘Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week’; an event where they had their first foray into Extreme 40 sailing in 2011, entering a British team into the UK leg of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series. “We are delighted to bring the Extreme Sailing Series to Singapore as it promises lots of entertainment and we have developed a successful association with sailing elsewhere in the world” said Hugh Young, Managing Director at Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited. “We are happy to be able to support Singapore’s sailing ambitions and the inclusion of two young Singapore sailing stars will generate great local interest.”
An aspiring Olympic laser sailor, 22-year-old Scott Glen Sydney is the man charged with the task of skipper, making him the first ever Singaporean to skipper an Extreme 40. Together with fellow Singaporean and Asian Games keelboat match racing gold medallist Justin Wong, 27, the duo will line up against some of the world’s best sailors as part of Team Aberdeen Singapore as the invitational team in Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. The ‘invitational team’ concept was introduced to the Series this year to provide a platform for host nations to compete on their home waters, yet be part of the full season leaderboard.
Thrilled to be part of the inaugural team representing Singapore, Scott said, “I’m very excited at the prospect of representing Team Aberdeen Singapore in the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore. This is an immense opportunity and I hope to use this experience to become a more well-rounded sailor.”
Justin who is looking forward to race on home waters said, “The credentials of the competitors are very strong, racing against the world’s best sailors on home waters is a very rare opportunity. It’s a great privilege to be part of Team Aberdeen Singapore and I’m looking forward to exciting racing at the Extreme Sailing Series.” The three remaining crew members will be announced at a later date.
The action in Singapore will begin on the 11th April with the official media day before the free to enter public Race Village opens from the 12th. The Extreme 40 fleet will race in the circuit’s action packed ‘stadium’ format on Marina Bay Reservoir offering excellent spectator views of the racecourse from the Race Village and VIP areas and spectators will be spoiled with front row seats at The Promontory@Marina Bay. Whilst the conditions at this time of year are expected to be light, the tension on the racecourse will be enhanced by the enclosed stadium right at the heart of the city.
ROLEX YACHTSWOMAN AND YACHTSMAN – At an emotional ceremony today at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.) and Jennifer French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) were celebrated as US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Formally announced in January after being chosen for their outstanding on-water sailing accomplishments in 2012, the honorees were joined by family, friends, sailing dignitaries, fellow sailors and members of the media for a luncheon program.
The event was emceed by former US Sailing President Gary Jobson and the luncheon included a multi-media retrospective of their rise to the top of the sport. Heineken, the 2012 Kiteboarding Course Racing World Champion, and French, the 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist in the SKUD-18 class, each gave heartfelt speeches after being awarded specially engraved stainless steel and platinum Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Masters, symbolic of their achievements in excellence, by Rolex Watch U.S.A. President and CEO Stewart Wicht.
I am so honored to be amongst the fantastic sailors who were nominated in 2012 and even more honored to win,” said French. “It’s a huge move forward for disabled sailing, the only sport where sailors can leave their wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs behind and go out and compete against able-bodied people; that’s why it attracts me.” French took several seconds to leave her own wheelchair to stand during her acceptance speech, utilizing a neuroprosthetic system she helped pioneer after a 1998 snowboarding accident left her a quadriplegic.
French called her Paralympic silver medal performance “a fantastic journey” and said she couldn’t have done it without crew JP Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and many others who supported them. “We were standing on their shoulders and fortunate for our outcomes. To gain a silver medal…it was not only an honor to represent Team USA but also an honor to follow in the footsteps of (2005 Rolex Yachtsman) Nick Scandone and his legend as well.” Scandone’s wife, Mary Kate Scandone, had introduced French, saying, “For Jen to achieve her goals as a disabled sailor is amazing.” Nick Scandone, who died in 2009, won a Paralympic gold medal and was the first-ever disabled sailor named for this award. French is the second.
Heineken took the stage after being introduced by 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Bill Hardesty, who said, “Johnny has taken kiteboarding to the next level; he makes it look easy.” In fact, Heineken is a back-to-back kiteboarding course racing world champion (2011, 2012) after spending most of his life windsurfing and sailing. It wasn’t until 2009, that he learned to kiteboard.
“Kiteboarding is an evolution of sailing, not a new sport,” said Heineken, “and the fact that everyone is seeing it that way is pretty special. I’m amazed to have my name added to a list of sailors I’ve grown up idolizing.”
Heineken said winning one world championship was exciting but it was about “giving it a little more last year to win again” that was especially fulfilling. “Sailing has always been about speed to me,” he said, adding that he started out windsurfing with his father and progressed to racing a 29er in high school. “I’ve been working with the best guys to stay on top of the game, and I’m fortunate that many of them are from the Bay Area here. We’re seeing the sport take off, on the racing side especially; people are noticing they can go sailing in lighter and lighter conditions and still have fun. Kiteboard course racing is popping up all over in little clusters of local fleets.”
Heineken also gave St. Francis Yacht Club credit for pioneering the running of kiteboarding races locally. This was the second consecutive year that the awards were presented at the St. Francis Yacht Club.
Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. The process of determining the recipients starts each September when US Sailing invites its membership to make online nominations. A shortlist of nominees is then reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine the winners. Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 41 men and 34 women.
WOMEN SAILING – A team of Omani women has made it to the final stages of the Gulf region’s only long distance sailing event. The Sailing Arabia tour will head to Oman later on Thursday.
Despite a history of maritime trade and pearling, Omani sailors haven’t made much of a mark at an international level.
Now, the country is training a new generation to compete at the top level of the sport.
Al Jazeera’s Joanna Gasiorowska went to meet some of them in Doha.
AC NEWS – Some important decisions have been made in the last few days on the afterguard of the AC72 Luna Rossa catamaran, who will be participating in the Louis Vuitton Cup – America’s Cup Challenger Series – in San Francisco, CA, starting from July 6th.
Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena declared: “In all America’s Cup challenges you reach the point when this decision needs to be made. During these months Chris Draper has proved to be the best candidate to cover this role and I am convinced that his partnership with Francesco Bruni as a tactician will be one of our strengths. We may, for some races, decide to adopt a format in which Francesco Bruni will steer the boat in the pre-start, but this is a call that we will make from time to time, depending on the circumstances”.
FOILERS – Foilers with kites in R Class Leander way back in the 2010 Sprint Series Super Cup. Will everyone in the future be on foils?
AC NEWS – Artemis Racing announced today the addition of 2012 Olympic medalists Iain Jensen and Andrew Simpson as well as 2016 Olympic hopeful John Gimson. The newcomers will join the team’s decorated Olympians Percy, Lange, Outteridge, and Monk.
Jensen and Gimson will provide sailing and training support for the team including maintenance and logistics for the team’s AC45 and F18 fleet, while Simpson will provide weather and tactics support to the afterguard.
“The experience we have on the sailing team, balanced with the youth and enthusiasm John, Iain and Andrew bring to the team is a good mix for us,” said Sailing Team Director Iain Percy.
© Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing
Iain Jensen, as crew for Nathan Outteridge, won the Gold Medal in the 49er class in last summer’s games in London. Iain is a 49er world champion in 2009 and 2011 and a 49er European champion in 2011. His accolades include winning “Sail for Gold” in ‘09, ‘10, and ’12.
John Gimson is campaigning to represent Great Britain in the Nacra 17 in the Rio 2016 Olympic games. He has received many podium finishes ranging from the TP52 and Extreme 40 class to the Star, Etchells and Melges 24s.Andrew Simpson medaled in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the Star Class as crew for Artemis Racing Sailing Team Director Iain Percy winning a gold and silver medal. Simpson brings his experience from +39 Challenge and Team Origin America’s Cup teams to his role with Artemis Racing.
© Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing
“As an America’s Cup team, we are investing in the team’s future with guys like Andrew, Iain, John and Nathan,” said Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard. “These young sailors bring talent and enthusiasm to our team. They are the future of the America’s Cup.”
AC NEWS – Rumor here on the west coast says that ORACLE USA is back in the game…and maybe ahead of the game with thier rebuilt AC72. Flying is become routine and the boat is recording some crazy speeds. With our XS Poll over there on the right, Team NZ is leading as 70% of you say Team NZ will win the AC and 26% of you are saying ORACLE will. If you have not voted, cast your vote and we will see if the XS collective and predict the next AC winner.
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – The original high-performance, stadium-style global racing circuit, designed for spectators, is set to come alight with a rash of new talent in its seventh season, as 8 international teams with some of the worlds best sailors prepare for Act 1 of the 2013 global tour, to the held at The Wave, Muscat Oman 5th-8th March.
Three new skippers and two completely new teams will bring a wealth of fresh talent to the Extreme 40 fleet in 2013, along with a set of credentials that will make predicting not only the outcome of the opening Act but the entire Series a near impossibility.
The public race village opens on the 6th March with Red Bull Free Runners, a dedicated kids zone, a football tournament for local teams and try sailing amongst other activities all staged at the The Wave, Muscat community beach.
Follow the action on the official event website, www.extremesailingseries.com
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – Jim Kilroy’s long awaited autobiography is the no-holds-barred, behind the scenes story of commerce and competition; of what it takes to succeed; of adventure and glory on the high seas. Kilroy’s ocean racing yachts, all named Kialoa, amassed a record of victories that remains unrivaled in the highest levels of Grand Prix racing. In this lavishly illustrated full-color book he shares his secrets and his tale. On Wednesday, March 20, Jim Kilroy will be at the dinner meeting of California Yacht Club’s Sunset Book Club to tell the story of the book, his boats, his life … and so much more. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. The meeting is open to the public. Details: Wednesday, March 20 Buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Open to the Public – $25 Reservations required by Friday, March 15
MIAMI SAILING WEEK – The most anticipated multi-class regatta in Miami will take place from March 3rd to March 9th, 2013. Teams representing countries from all over the world will meet again and line up under Miami’s sunny skies on Biscayne Bay to compete for the celebrated Bacardi Cup and the BMSW regatta trophy.
The STAR Class will compete for the 86th time in the Bacardi Cup, the VIPER 640 will be back challenging for their EFG Bank Pan-American Championship, the Melges 24 look forward battling with the Europeans, the Melges 20 will be back competing for their Winter Series and the J/80 are excited to come back to Biscayne’s warm waters for the second year in a row. We are also thrilled to announce to all participants that this year the hottest one design boat on the market, the J/70 , will be joining the BACARDI Sailing Week Regattas both in Miami and Newport.
RECORD BREAKERS – Here is raw footage of Sean Langman on his ORMA 60 trimaran renamed to Team Australia finishing the Sydney Hobart race in record time. He beats Mari Cha III’s Sydney record, also beating the 100′ Wild Oats XI’s best time on the course. It’s a new WSSRC record of 29hrs 52mins for the Sydney to Hobart course. Congrats Sean!
AMERICA’S CUP – Who is Larry Ellison? Here is a cool 1999 interview with Larry from CNN on how he built one of the most successful companies in the world. At the end of the video he talks about how he survived the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race that claimed 6 sailors lives on his racing yacht at the time ‘Sayonara’. After watching this video go vote on our XS Poll over on the right on ‘who will win the upcoming America’s Cup’…after watching this video on Larry, it may influence your vote to vote for ORACLE to win.
RED BULL YOUTH AMERICAS CUP – Five of the best youth sailing teams in the world have qualified for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup following a grueling two-week Selection Series in San Francisco. The 12 crews, from 11 countries, were pushed to the limit as they fought for the right to compete in September’s races.
National crews from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland, made the cut to advance to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup where they will meet five crews supported by current America’s Cup teams
Double Olympic Gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, made the selections after closely monitoring the teams on and off the water during the two back-to-back selection weeks. With the high talent level and extreme motivation of the crews, there were hard choices to make.
COOL PICS – What a cool job and what a cool picture. Here is Team Emirates out sailing on a perfect day.
52 SUPER SERIES – How to you make your boat look cool when you race in the 52 Super Series? Add bow numbers on the boats before going sailing. It also makes it easier for the RC to call you ‘over early’ at the start!
52 SUPER SERIES – Here is Greg Gendell (Bowman) of Quantum sailing in action on the bow. Bowmen make or break a race for the race winners. Hail to the Bowman!
RACE NEWS – A superb performance by Team AISM throughout the 15 days and 760 nautical miles of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour has seen the Dubai based crew sail to victory in convincing fashion in the third edition of the region’s only long distance offshore race ahead of BAE Systems (2nd) and EFG Bank (Monaco)(3rd).
Nine world-class crews including a host of elite sailors from the Middle East completed the unique sailing challenge and showcase endurance race around the coastline of four different countries, covering seven legs between Bahrain and Muscat.
The culmination of three year’s development of offshore racing in the region, this season delivered on its promise of being the most competitive and successful yet involving some of the world’s and region’s most accomplished sailors all competing in the ideal sailing conditions of the Arabian Gulf.
David Graham, CEO of Oman Sail, organiser of the EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour commented of this year’s event: “It has been amazing. The level of competition has gone up as has the overall standard of the event. I’m particularly pleased with the girl’s boat and that they have four Omani sailors on board and have shown moments of brilliance. We have had some really interesting conversations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, so I’m looking forwards to seeing who will be on the start line next year. And the media-side has gone amazingly well.”
Graham believes that SATT next year will reach critical mass with more Gulf countries entered, 12-15 fully funded boats and a title sponsor.
“I am also particularly pleased that an Omani vision for the region, designed and managed this event, and we were able to get a prestigious international bank to put their confident in them and this race. By every possible measure this year’s EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour has been an outstanding success and significant strides have been made towards our vision of encouraging the growth of sailing across the region and reigniting the rich maritime heritage of the Gulf. Today we congratulate all the teams. Tomorrow we start working towards next year. That is the legacy of this truly unique spectacle” concluded Graham.
Today brisk downwind conditions, took the full fleet of nine Farr 30s home to The Wave, Muscat providing the perfect conclusion to this year’s EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour. The fleet leaving Mussanah Marina at dawn this morning was up to its full strength with the return of Adil Khaled and his Team Abu Dhabi, following their grounding and helicopter rescue on leg two.
A fitting end to the event was that honours on the leg should go to French America’s Cup helmsman Bertrand Pacé and the crew of AISM who have constantly dominated EFG Bank Sailing Arabia The Tour 2013. Over the last two and a half weeks they have won five of the seven offshore legs and set the tone for the in-ports when they claimed three out of three races in Doha. AISM won 2013 EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour by 10.25 points.
“We enjoyed this year’s event a lot,” said Pacé. “We have a good crew – everyone was very focussed on winning this race. It is much easier when the guys are working like that because we have good speed, good navigation and tactics. This tour was much easier than the previous years because there was less night sailing and more downwind. Conditions were similar to the Mediterranean this year with the thermal effect. But still it is two weeks of racing, so it is still hard.”
The pressure was fully on Cédric Pouligny and the crew of BAE Systems, going into this final leg just 0.5 points ahead of a hungry Sidney Gavignet and EFG Bank (Monaco) and with Bernard Pacé always one to aggressively defend his overall lead. In fact Pacé’s dirty work was done for him by Gavignet who attempted to luff BAE Systems off the course. However he never quite succeeded. In the end BAE Systems nosed ahead and although the two boats finished the leg in lowly seventh and eighth positions respectively, this was enough for them to take second and third places overall.
“We had more to lose than to gain, so basically it was a bit of a match race,” said Pouligny. “We had a very good start and were first at the upwind mark and then Bertrand Pace managed to pass us, but he was not really important. Sidney gained on us and was trying to make us go higher until we got separated from the fleet. We were in a difficult position, but we managed to have good speed and stay low.”
The EFG Bank (Monaco) skipper had a few regrets about how the leg had panned out: “We had a good race, but we should have gone and got them before the start line,” said Gavignet. “But it was a nice race, a nice fight with everyone.”
After knocking on the door of the podium throughout EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour, Mohsin al Busaidi and his Renaissance team finally came good on this leg taking third place behind Messe Frankfurt.
Attending the final prize giving at The Wave, Muscat this afternoon was event sponsor George Catsiapis, Managing Director of EFG Bank (Monaco), who has been following the event closely: “It was a stressful race with boats going aground – Abu Dhabi was the first victim and in a way they were the winners of the race because they showed the morale to come back and finish off the race. But it is the mixture of top international skippers and GCC sailors that is fantastic.”
Starlets of the show, regardless of where in the GCC they visited, have been Dee Caffari’s all-female crew on Al-Thuraya Bank Muscat.
Caffari, the first woman to have sailed singlehanded around the world non-stop in both directions, said today’s leg was a fine conclusion to SATT, even though they just missed the podium: “We had great wind and good conditions and really close racing. It was intense and a really good way to finish a great event. This was our chance to get on the podium and we missed it by just two gybes. On the finish line all the girls all burst into tears – I was quite emotional for them, but it shows just how much they wanted it – we wouldn’t have got that reaction two weeks ago.”
Almost speechless with disappointment, hiding behind her sunglasses, was Al-Thuraya’s Intisar Al-Tobi. “I am sad, because we were so close and we did our best and we tried SO hard to finish in the top three places,” she said.
Taking in four countries and eight ports of call, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour is a showcase of everything that the Gulf has to offer in terms of state-of-the-art facilities and idyllic sailing conditions
Leaving Manama on February 10th, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour calls at Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Dibba and Mussanah and ends February 25th in Muscat.
MATCH RACING NEWS – London, UK – 25 February 2013: The St Moritz Match Race, an official stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, has been postponed to 2014 due to a lack of commercial funding for the event this year.
“We are very sad to have to make this decision,” said Beryl Pieper, President of the St. Moritz Match Race organising committee. “We sincerely hope to be back in 2014 with a new elite international event for our beautiful region of Engadin. The St. Moritz Match Race has become a favourite among the international fleet of champions competing on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour each year, both for the hospitality and the quality of the racing. This event allowed us to put St. Moritz and Engadin on the international sailing map.”
During its 10 years on the international sailing calendar, the St. Moritz Match Race has crowned some of greatest champions of sailing as ‘King of the Mountain’ including Ed Baird, Mathieu Richard, Torvar Mirsky, Adam Minoprio and Ian Williams. The event has also made it possible for some of the best Swiss match racing teams, including the Monnin brothers (3rd in 2007), to compete on the world stage.
“This is obviously disappointing news for the Tour” commented James Pleasance, Executive Director of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. “The St Moritz Match Race has always been a popular event with sailors and guests, and we are working closely with the organisers to ensure the return of the event to the Tour next year.”
For more information on St Moritz Match Race – www.stmoritz-matchrace.ch
TEAM ARTEMIS – The Artemis team spent some time at the Bay Model learning how the water flows through the San Francisco bay.
RED BULL YOUTH AMERICAS CUPS – Congratulations to Objective Australia, STG/NRV Youth, Team Full Metal Jacket Racing, ROFF Cascais Sailing Team, TEAM TILT SAILING, who have been selected to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September.
FULL METAL JACKET RACING
ROFF CASCAIS SAILING
MELGES 32 – Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima are 2013 Otterbox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Champions! Congratulations Roberto!
Photo: ©2013 JOY
RED BULL YOUTH AMERICAS CUP – The racing program started yesterday (Feb 22) for the six teams in the second selection series of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. In wind conditions that started out light and built to about 17 knots in the afternoon, a total of five races were held in the round-robin format. Three of the teams got in three races while the other three completed two races. With decision day looming around the corner, the racing was intense.
The teams are evaluated on both their race results at the selection series, as well as their overall performance on and off the water, including fitness tests, training programs and professionalism.
RACE NEWS – AISM Lead overall, BAE Systems second and EFG Bank (Monaco) third as the final day beckons. Fleet leaves Mussanah tomorrow for the finish line in Muscat
Dutch Student Team Delft Challenge -TU Delft pulled off a stunning victory in today’s leg of the Gulf region’s only long distance offshore sailing race, finishing over an hour ahead of the nearest rival. The leg, which takes in some of the scenic backdrops on the Tour, should have been plain sailing for the leading three teams.
Issa Al Ismaili, Events Director of race organizer Oman Sail, however, knows that upsets are all part of the thrill of sailing: “It’s a sign of how wide open sailing can be as a sport – our mission is to show everyone in the region that sailing is an accessible sport, and there could be no greater vindication of that ideal than a win from one of our youngest teams. It’s a thrill to see Team Delft Challenge excel here on one of the final legs of the tour, in idyllic sailing conditions.”
All the boats competing in EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour are Farr 30 one designs, identical boats of identical speed and under normal circumstances in an offshore leg the boats are separated by minutes, if not seconds. However on the sixth leg of the event from Zighy Bay to Mussanah Marina, the leading boat, TU Delft, arrived one hour and 12 minutes ahead of her rivals.
After taking the risky tactics of splitting from the rest of the fleet and heading inshore in the early hours of this morning, the Dutch student team led by Kay Heemskerk had extended away at one point by more than 10 miles – impressive on a leg that ended up being less than 60 miles from start to finish, after it was shortened.
The result leaves TU Delft solidly in fourth place overall, while Bertrand Pace’s team on AISM continues to lead albeit with only a 4.25 point advantage over second-placed BAE Systems going into tomorrow’s final sprint leg of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour, from Mussanah Marina back to The Wave, Muscat.
But the real fight will be on for second place between the Sidney Gavignet on EFG Bank (Monaco) and the Cedric Pouligny-skippered BAE Systems, now just 0.5 points ahead of Gavignet’s team.
The winner of this duel will get second place overall.
On a day trip to Oman to experience the event his bank sponsors, Keith Gapp, Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications at EFG Bank, saw the boats arrive in Mussanah Marina.
“So far we’re very happy,” Gapp commented. “We are active across quite a broad front in sailing in the Americas, Europe and Asia, so this fills geographically a missing piece of the jigsaw and it touches quite a few points in the region which I think is useful in terms of making it distinctive for us from a marketing stand point.”
Fahad, Al Hasni on board of EFG Bank (Monaco) commented:
“We are excited to be here and to see all the fans here and to be home. It certainly helped us sailing back into home waters. Tomorrow it will be the last race and if we finish ahead of them [BAE Systems] we will be second. “
With just one leg to go, the crews are all resting well tonight, the top three on their guard to ensure that another upset can’t happen before the fleet reaches The Wave Muscat, the state of the art marina that is the final destination of this flagship sailing event for the Gulf region. Whatever the outcome tomorrow, however, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour has highlighted the great potential and ideal sailing on offer in the Gulf, and with ever increasing participation from local people in the sport, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour counts as a win for sailing and a win for all of the countries on the route from Manama to Muscat.
TEAM ORACLE – When the America’s Cup World Series circuit resumes, Tom Slingsby will take the helm for ORACLE TEAM USA. The Olympic gold medalist will skipper the team’s entry into the spring regatta, which runs April 16-21 in Naples, Italy.
“I’ve been in the tactician role, but now to steer in an America’s Cup World Series event, I can’t wait,” Slingsby said. “I saw my name on the wing the other day, and there was a realization that it’s going to happen. Having been the tactician and calling a lot of the shots on the water, it shouldn’t be too hard of a transition. Obviously our priority is the AC72 now, but hopefully we’ll get some good training time in.”
The Naples regatta will mark Slingsby’s first ACWS event as skipper. He served as tactician onboard the AC45 with ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS for the ACWS San Francisco in October 2012, and he was in the same role at the 2012 ACWS in Naples and at the ACWS San Diego in November 2011.
Alongside Slingsby, the ORACLE TEAM USA crew in Naples will feature San Newton (wing trimmer), Kinley Fowler (jib trimmer), Rome Kirby (runner) and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (bowman). Newton, Kirby and van Nieuwenhuijzen were also members of COUTTS crew in San Francisco.
Slingsby joined ORACLE TEAM USA in October 2011. In 2010 he was voted the International Sailing Federation’s World Sailor of the Year Award and he’s won six world championships. Last year, he captured the gold medal in the Laser class at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Over the next two months, the five-member crew will balance training on the AC45 for Naples and sailing the AC72 in preparation for the America’s Cup Final in September 2013.
The city of Naples hosts the grand finale of the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series. It marks the final regatta for the team prior to the 34th America’s Cup. Naples also hosted an ACWS in April 2012.
COOL DESIGNS – From the J design/build team that launched the J/70 and J/111, comes the NEW J/88, a 29’ mid-size family speedster with stability, style and sailing comfort. J/88 hits the sweet-spot in J Boat’s performance sprit range – large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner trailered and stored.
If sailing is having your cake and eating it too, then the J/88 will be like ordering the whole dessert menu. Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a carbon fiber, double-spreader mast – deck stepped for easy rigging, tuning and keeping the main cabin dry. The 6.5 ft fixed, low VCG keel with molded GRP finish is similar to the J/70’s, ensuring a fair, smooth foil for every boat. The result will be a ride that’s every bit as exciting as the J/88’s speedster siblings – fast and balanced upwind with planing performance downwind in moderate to fresh breezes.
On deck, the daysailing comforts include a spacious T-shaped cockpit (J/111 style) with seating and backrests forward of the floor-mounted traveler and a wide-open cockpit aft due to the tiller-steered, transom mounted high-aspect rudder. Adding to J/88’s ease-of-sailing characteristics is an in-deck jib furler, retractable carbon bowsprit and cockpit-led sail controls. Belowdecks, the J/88 sports a weekending layout with two full length settees, Igloo cooler, galley sink, private head forward of bulkhead and optional V-berth.
J/88 hull #1 is projected to launch in June 2013! For more J/88 sailing information and details, please contact your local J/Dealer or J/Boats at JBOATS
FARR 40 – Highlights from Day 1 of the Farr 40 National titles/ Hosted at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, the John Calvert-Jones trophy features the best boats in Australia. Sailors were met with fresh conditions, which made for some fantastic close racing.
US SAILING NEWS – First of all…who and what is US Sailing? US Sailing was originally organized as the North American Yacht Racing Union (NAYRU) on October 30, 1897. As the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, US Sailing’s mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States. The organization works to achieve this mission through a wide range of programs and events, geared towards providing an equal level playing field for all sailors.
US Sailing is taking racing skill instruction and education to a new level. The US Sailing Racing Clinics are now being offered around the country to yacht clubs, community sailing centers, and other organizations that offer sail racing clinics.
The goal of US Sailing’s Racing Clinic program is to assist sailing organizations with access to quality racing instruction to improve their members’ racing skills and overall sailing experience at their club. The US Sailing Racing Clinics aim to improve the competition at your club by keeping learning levels high. US Sailing contracts certified Level 3 coaches and maintains a maximum ratio of 15 sailors for every coach. Clinics will be offered in a new line of exciting and challenging boats.
“We are looking forward to assisting sailing organizations in offering top-notch coaching and instruction to their members,” said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. “Our certified coaches will foster first class learning experiences for sailors eager to improve their skills and help raise the level of racing at their club.”
Sailing organizations will have options regarding the racing clinic they choose. One or two day clinics at the novice or intermediate/advanced levels will be offered in fleet or team racing, including classroom instruction and on-the-water sessions. US Sailing will provide clinic materials for each participant. Additional education will be offered in conjunction with the clinics in the areas of Club Race Management and Umpire Training.
US Sailing is accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting a US Sailing Racing Clinic. Visit us at http://championships.ussailing.org/Clinics.htm for more details and information on how your sailing organization can be a host for a US Sailing Racing Clinic.
MOTH SAILING – For all you Austrian Mothies a new website has been created to help organize the class. Check it out by clicking HERE
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – West Marine seeks marine based charities to be beneficiaries at the grand re-opening celebration of its larger Long Beach store.
“Cruising for a Cause” Seeks Marine-Based Non-Profits In Southern California’s Boating, Sailing, Fishing and Environmental Communities.
West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announces their search for Southern California marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity celebration set for Friday, March 15, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The festivities will take place during West Marine’s Grand Re-Opening of its newly expanded at 251 North Marina Drive in Long Beach. In keeping with the company’s mission of conserving marine habitats and supporting local boating non-profits across the country—West Marine is eager to work with Long Beach-area charities that serve the local boating, fishing, sailing and marine environmental community.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales to the “Cruising for a Cause” event go to the local charities. West Marine holds similar events around the country that help charities as varied as local youth boating programs, angler data collection and education programs, and organizations that conserve marine habitat among others.
For the $10 ticket “Cruising for a Cause” attendees will receive food, beverages and entertainment provided by West Marine. For full details on how to apply to participate in “Cruising for a Cause” send an inquiry via e-mail to [email protected].
EXTREME SAILING – The inaugural Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one weeks time where Team Korea, the Korean America’s Cup syndicate, skippered by Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.
At 22 years of age, Burling is the youngest skipper in the Extreme 40 fleet, but age aside, the Kiwi has already earned his stripes in the international sailing arena. Not only does he already have two Olympic Games and a silver medal in the high-performance 49er class to his name, Burling is hoping his experience as skipper of Team Korea in the AC World Series help him adapt to the short course stadium format of the Extreme Sailing Series quickly. “I’m really excited about getting into the circuit, the racing looks really tough and I’m sure it will take a bit to find our feet. However the 49er and AC racing I have done in the past should hold us in good stead. I’m lucky to have a few very experienced crew on board to help fast track things.”
Calling tactics onboard will be Burling’s London 2012 silver medal winning 49er crew Blair Tuke (NZL), while Extreme 40 veteran and British Olympian, Mark Bulkeley, who is now entering his fifth season in the Extreme Sailing Series will be the teams Mainsail trimmer, a role he fulfilled in 2012 with GAC Pindar. Matt Cornwall (GBR), considered one of the most diverse sailors around with accolades ranging from Match Racing World Champion, to winning the Sydney-Hobart race as well as America’s Cup and Extreme 40 experience, will take on the role of Bowman.
In another first for Korea, the fifth crew member, who will be announced shortly, will be a Korean national, as part of Team Korea’s long term goal to develop a national sailing team. Team Korea was founded by Kim Dong Young, Team Principal and CEO, with the ambition of boosting public interest and attracting new people to take up the sport of sailing. Young commented: “We are realistic that it will be challenging for Team Korea to adapt to a new class, however we have put together an extremely strong team and a team we believe can be competitive within this world class fleet. Over time we aim to grow a national team of Korean sailors who can compete internationally and feel the Extreme 40 is the right boat for us to do that on and introduce our sailors to multihull racing.”
Team Korea will face experienced Extreme 40 teams including defending champion and one of the UK’s top multihull sailors Leigh McMillan on The Wave, Muscat, double Olympic gold medallist and Austria’s most successful summer sports star Roman Hagara and his energy-fueled team on Red Bull Sailing Team, and twice winner of the America’s Cup and winner of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2008 Alinghi led by Ernesto Bertarelli. However, surely even these experienced skippers will be keeping a close eye on Burling and his men, an as yet unknown entity in the Extreme Sailing Series who will be looking to quickly mark their mark. The full Muscat crew-lists will be announced on the 26th February. Read more about Team Korea here.
VENDEE GLOBE – Alessandro Di Benedetto (FRA – ITA) on Team Plastique has crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 15h 36 mn 30 s (French Time). He finishes eleventh in the race. In completing his race 26d 00h 17min 50s after race winner François Gabart, completed the course he ensures this seventh edition of the renowned solo non stop around the world race makes history with the shortest gap ever between the first and last finishers.
Di Benedetto’s elapsed time for the course is 104d 02H 34mn 30s. His average speed on the course was 9.8 kts. He actually sailed 28,840.00 miles on the water at an average speed of 11.5 kts. Reminder: the theoretical distance of the course is 24,394 miles.