FUN PHOTOS – Here comes Peter Cottontail SUPing down the water trail
FUN PHOTOS – Here comes Peter Cottontail SUPing down the water trail
TEAM ORACLE – Whats Up Doc. Some of the team getting into the Easter mood and having fun with their bunny ears on.
KITE RACING – Friday’s medal racing climax at the 2013 African Course Racing Championship in Soma Bay, Egypt dawned with lighter conditions compared to the past two days, and all was set for the most tense day of racing so far.
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WETA GREAT TIME! – Congrats to Randy Smyth and Toni Sacco who took out the first WetaFest ever, sponsored by Ronstan!
The first ever WetaFest was an awesome affair with plenty of wind, friends and fun in true Weta style! The regatta was held at Fort Walton Yacht Club in Florida over 3 days, with two days of sprint racing and one distance race.
Friday dawned windy, rainy and cold, (not what they put on the brochure) but Fort Walton YC did a great job to get 5 races away for those that braved the conditions. Toni Sacco from Ithaca, a Weta newbie, was a bit daunted about sailing around in 20+ knots by herself, so a quick ring around at the club and who did she ring in but Randy Smyth! Randy is a multihull legend, credited with teaching DC the finer points of multihull sailing on Stars and Stripes in the 1988 AC win and with two Olympic silver medals to his in name in the Tornado. He lives not far from the yacht club and was happy to come sail a Weta for the weekend. They quickly got the boat dialled in and won 3 out the 5 races, just a teaser of what was to come!
Chris Kitchen flew in from New Zealand to participate in the regatta and got off to a flying start with a 1,1,2 when he had a small mishap… in Chris’ words “I was going well until the start of race 4 when I dived into a gap on the line all powered up. As I helmed to go up the boat did not respond and powered up even more as the jib took over and the boat bore away downwind pointing straight at Brian Harrison in a green Weta. I quickly looked back to see why I had no steerage – rudder broke? Cavitation?? And I saw that the spongy grip on the tiller extension had come loose and slid down the extension. However it was too late and I powered into the brand new boat with the mother of all trimaran T bones! His prod went through my jib. My float crushed at 45 degrees and I put a nice hole in his main hull…… Had a late one last night fixing at Randy’s place. The guy is a legend. He did a professional repair job and we should be good to race today.”
There was more carnage when two boats flipped, with one sailing away after the owner mistimed his climb onboard after righting. A herculean leap onto the runaway boat brought it under control by John from TX, aka Superman.
Day two the conditions reversed and everyone started in a dying breeze that completely faded out by lunch time. The RC did well to get one race in, but with thunderstorms approaching everyone retired to the bar to nurse their battle scars from the previous day. A good day for Weta yarning and comparing notes!
Day three it all came right, sunny, warm and 20 knots, what more could a sailor want! The last race was a distance course, out and back with a long downwind and a long upwind, which took about 1.5 hours. Chris told me he couldn’t figure out the course, so he stopped and followed the local (Brian Harrison) who also had to take a moment to figure out the course! They got to the bottom mark in the end but without enough buffer on Toni and Randy (Toni driving today) who powered past on the upwind to take the win and secure the regatta.
This is the first time that a double handed crew have won a big Weta regatta. Admittedly conditions were good, the windy short courses on the first day suiting the extra weight upwind along with the extra pair of hands around the many corners. However there is no taking away that they sailed awesomely not to lose out to much on the down winds and keep their cool to take it out!
Chris was buzzing with how it went he says “everyone sailed really well and the windy and warm conditions made for awesome sailing. FWYC ran a great format, which made for exciting and close racing. The starts were tight, and I expect they will be even closer in future events. This is just a great group of sailors, and all were willing to share advice and their thinking over a few drinks after racing. It was a lot of fun and I’m already looking forward to next year!”
Check out the full results here http://www.fwyc.org/Regattas2013/Weta/2013%20Weta%20Results.htm
Thanks Ronstan for the awesome swag for prizes!
For more racing check out the calendar on the newly formed North American Weta Class Association website www.wetanorthamerica.com
18 FOOTER NEWS – Even if you don’t own or sail one of these great sailing machines they’re great to watch. The next event you can see these top sailors and boats sail is the European Grand Prix Season starting 27th – 30th Of April In Diessen!!! Here is news from the secretary of the 18 footer.org:
Dear 18 sailors,
Ten days ago I invited all of you for a new fantastic European season. Due to some failure of the organization we have to learn again after Turkey to depend on sponsors money for all teams makes the event very insecure if the sponsor jumps off for any reason. The organizer Pablo Raiz has disappeared to hospital and requests at the town mayor and the Yacht club showed quickly that there has been some talks 20 days ago but no signal from town or Yacht Club doing it this year.
My lesson from this is: Unless its absolutely secured AND the money is paid long before. Otherwise we will stay near the homebases of all teams. My apologizes again to all teams and thank you for trusting me further.
Now I want to focus you on the first event of the season in Germany that will be legen…dary! We had thanks to Prinz Luitpold of Bavaria and Ström an organizing team in the Segelclub Diessen that organizes the biggest and oldest skiff-only regatta in Germany. This time we will be alone (the rest of the classes follow one weekend later) and we had always around 11 german teams participating there so with international teams we will be much more.
The program contains some highlights:
Friday 26th April
Arrival Registration from 13.00
Saturday 27th April
11:00 First warning signal, Race 1.
Race 2 and 3 of the day ASAP after Race 1
Food party in the Club
Sunday 28th April
First warning signal, Race 1. watch the noticeboard
Race 2 and 3 of the day ASAP after Race 1
VIP-Race after the races with prominent people from sport , then bus ride to the race night on Kaltenberg Castle
Monday 29th April
7.00 Bus going to the Ski race at the Zugspitze of Skiclub Garmisch organized by Christoph Hagenmeyer for the Class Association, this race will count for the races (best two results of all three sailors will be middled and ranked)
Tuesday 30th April
First warning signal, Race 1. watch the noticeboard
Race 2 and 3 of the day ASAP after Race 1
Price giving ceremony 2 hours after the last race of the day.
Don’t forget to enter the races:
For more details see:
See you at the races!
With best regards
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RACE ANNOUNCEMENT! – Crew Declarations for the 2013 Audi Sailing Series Event No. 1 – Gaeta are due on Friday, March 29, 2013. If you and your team are planning on participating a crew declaration form must be submitted to the class by tomorrow!
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SAILING SYDNEY HARBOUR – What skiing is to Austrians, sailing is to Australians. That is why the Austrian Dirndl Ambassadors set sails in Sydney Harbour and checked-out if Lederhosen can be used for stand-up paddle boarding! The Alpine styled sailors afterwards engaged with Australian sailors in Middle Harbour Yacht Club and inspired them to visit Austria. Check out the great sailing venue Sydney has to offer any sailor.
ST. BARTH BUCKET REGATTA – No one could deny that Opening Day of the St. Barth Bucket included some magic on the water. Five historic J Boats competing against each other in a traditional fleet race was a rare and beautiful sight, and the finesse with which they were handled over a 15-mile course (six windward-leeward legs at around 2.5 miles each) was impressive…and then some.
The first two legs were all about Ranger fending off Hanuman, but then Lionheart made an ambitious play to overtake Hanuman and then eventually Ranger to lead by the gate at the bottom of the second downwind leg. What happened after that could only be described as Hanuman and its well-oiled team pulling a rabbit out of their hat. “We got a break we needed at the right time,” said Ken Read, the world champion and Volvo Ocean Race veteran who helmed Hanuman. “We were trying to go left all day, and we finally got the lane we wanted.”
Lionheart, Hanuman and Ranger had seemingly sailed into a hole after going left at the gate, and when Lionheart and Ranger tacked to go right (joining the side already chosen by Rainbow and Velsheda), Hanuman continued left…and left…and left…until it found the port rhumb line to the last windward mark. They would round it a full 15 boat lengths ahead of Lionheart, with Rainbow trailing 12 lengths behind that and Ranger and Velsheda pulling up the rear. The order would carry on to the finish where Hanuman’s official finish time topped Lionheart’s by almost three minutes.
“There was a transitioning cloud line in play all day long on the left side of the race course,” said Read, who named fellow Volvo sailors in his afterguard — Kelvin Harrup, Kimo Worthington and Juan Villa— as critical minds in his team’s decisions. “It was in play both upwind and down, and it was what sprung us in the end.”
Read made it a point to say that his all-star team was also a great group of friends, including owners Kristy and Jim Clark and their special guest today, Richard Branson.
The normally pristine waters were churned by an abundance of spectator boats, and it is expected to be an even more chaotically beautiful sight tomorrow when the J Boats are joined by an additional 31 superyachts that have signed up for this edition of the famous Bucket Regatta.
Lionheart’s Captain Toby Brand summed up the spark of excitement on board his boat today that will no doubt grow into a fire by Sunday, when the racing will have concluded after four days. “Everyone has been stoked about the Bucket,” said Brand, referencing the fact that there has not been a J Boat spectacle like this since 1936 when the yachts were in their America’s Cup heyday. “We all had a special feeling as we were going out today; we talked about is as a team. Just lining up on the starting line, everybody had a lump in their throats. We were chuffed to be here and be involved and get a really good fight on the water.”
Lionheart, unlike the other J Boats here, is not an original or replica of any boat from a previous age of sail. It was built from one of three rejected designs proposed for Ranger. The Ranger DNA, however, is evident in the knuckle bow.
The Ranger here, which won the Bucket overall in 2010, is a copy of the original Ranger that was built for Harold Vanderbilt and raced 34 times in her life, winning 32 of those races. It was broken up during the second World War to use as metal for the war effort.
Rainbow was built last year and is a copy of the original 1934 Rainbow built for Vanderbilt to defeat Endeavour. The new Rainbow is the only J Boat with a hybrid propulsion system, using a lithium ion battery and two generators.
Velsheda, the only original J Boat here, was built in 1933 for W.L. Stephenson, owner of the Woolworth chain of shops. It was relaunched after a rebuild in 1997.
The aluminum-hulled Hanuman, built in 2009, is a replica of the steel-hulled Endeavour II, which was built in 1937 to battle the J Boats in the America’s Cup Race that year. She was beaten by Ranger and scrapped in 1968.
AC NEWS – Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy spent his birthday flying high above the water on the re-vamped foiling AC45.
“AC45, foiling wing on my birthday… It was a good laugh,” Percy said. “It’s been a great project by the boys. They’ve just gone and made it (the conversion to foils) happen. I was spoiled to be taken out for a ride on my birthday!’.
“It was an awesome day. The boys have been working hard for a month on this boat,” said helmsman Nathan Outteridge. “The fact that we could get a bunch of the sailors and a few of the designers and go foiling in four weeks is just awesome.”.
In a separate interview, Outteridge said the goal with the AC45 was to, “…learn what we can now so when we go foiling on the big boat we don’t look too stupid. We’re learning as much as we can from the little boats and we’ll convert that to the big boat.”.
Artemis Racing recently returned to San Francisco Bay with its first AC72, but this boat has not been converted to fully foiling.
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KITE RACING – Day 4 at the 2013 African Course Racing Championships, with all to play for as the kiters focused on climbing into the top 10 on the leaderboard and qualify through to Friday’s medal series.
MOVING PICTURES – The International Rolex Regatta 2013 concluded with a compilation of the best shots from the weekend played on the big screen on the beach after the award ceremony. Check it out above!
AC NEWS – America’s Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray, known to many in the sailing community as ‘big fella’, spent Tuesday afternoon foiling around San Francisco Bay with ORACLE TEAM USA. It wasn’t a joyride however; Murray was assessing how the guest racer program could work on the AC72.
“They’re wonderful boats and fantastic crews as you would expect at the America’s Cup,” he said. “With some practical safety measures and time I think we can provide a good opportunity for guests this summer.”
Murray, who has spent plenty of time on high-performance monohulls from 18-foot skiffs to giant offshore race boats like Wild Oats, says the sensations on board an AC72 are very different.
SFO March Testing Session, San Francisco (USA) © ORACLE TEAM USA / Photo: Guilain Grenier
“The normal feedback of wind and waves that give you the sense of speed aren’t there on a catamaran,” he said. “It’s a very serene sense of speed. Almost unemotional compared to the fuss you get with a big yacht.”
And it’s a similarly subtle sensation as the boat lifts up onto the foils: “It’s actually quite hard to tell. You almost have to look. If you were blindfolded you probably wouldn’t know you were lifting out of the water. The biggest sign is the reduction in noise as the waves and splashing go away as the boat comes out of the water.”
And of course, the pure speed is impressive.
“The speed they travel and the ground they cover and the efficiency of the boats mean they just tear across the Bay,” Murray said. “The most impressive part to me was how efficient the boat was sailing upwind. Tacking was surprisingly good; they tacked as well as a monohull in my opinion.
“The Bay becomes a very small place in these boats. The races are going to go by very fast and I think it’s going to be quite a spectacle for the fans on shore.”
ISAF WORLD CUP – Palma de Mallorca, Spain (March 27, 2013) – Following the 2016 Olympic Quadrennium racing season debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, in January, the international fleet is in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the next event of the series.
From April 1-6, a group of American sailors, including members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and US Sailing Development Team, will compete in ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma against over 850 sailors from 53 countries. Photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be posted on US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider website, and posted on Facebook and Twitter channels
“Now that we are in the early days of the Rio 2016 Olympic Quad, an event like Sailing World Cup Palma is a good opportunity for U.S. sailors to gain high-level racing experience in the international fleet while working on new techniques, equipment, and, in some cases, teams,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing (Essex, Mass.).“For the sailors who have committed to sailing in Europe, this regatta is a starting off point for additional events through the spring and summer.”
U.S. athletes competing:
470 Men – Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.)*
470 Women – Anne Haeger (East Troy, Mich.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)*
470 Women – Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and Sarah Lihan (New York, N.Y.) * **
49er – Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.) and Zach Brown (San Diego, Calif.)*
49er – Ryan Pesch (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)*
49er – Brad Funk (Miami, Fla.) and Erik Aakhus (Corona del Mar, Calif.)**
49er FX – Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.) and Christine Neville (Oakland, Calif.) **
Finn – Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)*
Finn – Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.)*
Laser – Charlie Buckingham( San Diego, Calif.)*
Laser – Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.)
Nacra 17 – Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and John Casey (Longwood, Fla.)
RS:X Women – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
* Denotes member of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
** Denotes member of US Sailing Development Team
Racing starts Monday, April 1 and concludes with the medal race on Saturday, April 6 in the 10 Olympic Classes. Racing was cancelled in the SKUD-18 and Sonar classes. There are no Americans competing in the 2.4mR class. Results will be posted online at the event’s website.
Photo: ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Men’s 470 gold medalists David Hughes (left) and Stuart McNay. Credit: Mick Anderson/SailingPIX
CHARLESTON RACE WEEK – There were nearly 250 boats on the water last year, along with roughly 2,000 competitors and 300-plus volunteers – all of whom consumed more Goslings Rum than any other regatta in the U.S.
For 2013, the event is shaping up to be even bigger – and better. Registrations have reached 290 entries with several weeks to go. Here’s looking forward to doing it all again in mid April – Charleston style!
The video above will tell you everything you need to know to race. For more on the race CLICK HERE.
BVI SPRING REGATTA – check out the promo video for this great racing regatta in the BVI’s. What a great place to sail and racing is being held through the end of March. Here’s an update from the event:
In today’s Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup, Peter Corr’s Alia 82, Aiyana smashed the monohull record by nearly half an hour. Setting a new record of 3 hours, 29 minutes and 44 seconds for the 37-mile run around Tortola.
Aiyana is the largest yacht competing at the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival and the crew let out a big ‘cheer’ dockside as the news came through they had broken the course monohull record. However, at the start of the race it didn’t go according to plan as Aiyana’s owner, Peter Corr explains:
“At the start, we only had about 8 knots of wind and we had to do a restart, so we didn’t think the record was on, but the breeze built to about 12 knots and with the wind just south of east, it was a great direction for the race. As we went up the east side of Tortola, the breeze built and we were getting lifted all the time and managed to hoist an A-sail just around Beef Island. Things were really looking up as we peeled to our symmetrical kite at Scrub Island.”
“On the Atlantic coast of Tortola we were back on the A-Sail and stayed way out as we were worried about getting trapped with no wind under the island. We had some great boat speed on a tight reach but we knew that the most difficult part of the course lay ahead; getting through the narrow high sided gap between Tortola and St.John. Just off Soper’s Hole, we kept getting headed causing enough tacks to blister my thumbs, but we held it together and then we knew that the record was pretty much broken.”
Dockside, Peter Corr was delighted to hear that Nanny Cay Resort & Marina had put up a fabulous prize as new winners of the Nanny Cay Challenge for a record run: Dinner for 15 people and a Jeroboam of Champagne.
“Fantastic! We have 15 on board and they cost a small fortune to feed,” joked Peter. “I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Nanny Cay and I have to say that I have sailed all over the world but I love coming back to the BVI, the scenery is just beautiful. This is my third trip to the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival and it definitely won’t be the last.”
In the Cruising Class, Aiyana took overall line honours, however, after time correction, two yachts beat the 82’ sloop on handicap. Matthew Barker’s stunning 1930s sloop, Blue Peter was a magnificent sight, leaping to windward and utterly flamboyant under a huge spinnaker downwind, the timeless classic was to claim second in class but Swan 51, Northern Child skippered by Lucy Reynolds took the class win.
Winner in the Bareboat Class was Dundee, skippered by Dutch racing expert Radboud Crul who has competed in 25 North Sea Races. No doubt the crew will have enjoyed the warm tropical waters of the British Virgin Islands as the current sea temperature back home is close to freezing! Dundee got a great start to the race at the pin end and led from start to finish, but the competition in the class is unbelievable. In a race lasting about 5 hours, Dundee won by just 21 seconds from SAIL magazine Editor, Peter Neilson’s skipper of Merlin. The race for third was even closer, after time correction, John Pinheiro’sThe Whalers (Tatjana) and Justin Barton’s Justice could not be separated and a tie for third place was the conclusion.
In the Racing Class, Marcus Cholerton-Brown’s First 47.7, EH01 developed an engine problem before the start but they needn’t have worried, their boats speed under sail was exceptional and the British charter boat romped home to take the class win by over 12 minutes from Italian Swan 53, Meri Balletti, skippered by Jonathan Taylor. Canadian First 36.7 Hammertime II, skippered by Pasquale Leone was third.
Tonight, Peg Legs beach bar at Nanny Cay Marina will be buzzing, the Nanny Cay Cup Prize Giving will be followed by a Caribbean Buffet on the Beach with live music supplied by The Razor Blades and The Fungi band.
Racing continues tomorrow with the Caribbean Insurers Island Invitational Race to Norman Island.
For more on the race CLICK HERE.
KITE RACING – Day 3 at the 2013 African Course Racing Championships and stunning but challenging conditions delivered an impressive kiting spectacle at Soma Bay in Egypt.
AC NEWS – The ORACLE TEAM USA sailors were asked, “Out of all the sailors who do you think would win a karaoke contest?” Even Jimmy agrees he would lose to Kinley.
A-CLASS CAT NEWS – Here is another new foiler – Check out the video then check out the website at http://raphael-censier.jimdo.com. You can translate the page into almost any language.
KITE RACING – Day 2 at the 2013 African Course Racing Championships and the weather was not looking too promising early on in the day, with the turquoise waters of Soma Bay in Egypt distinctly mirror-like in appearance. However, a few hours of patience waiting ashore, were rewarded with breeze kicking into between 7-11 knots and two races were sailed for all 3 fleets. For more go to: www.kiteafricans.com
MOD 70 – The inaugural MOD70 racing season was deemed a great success proving the potential of the one-design MOD70 Class and the full value of this innovative concept in the sailing world through the boat performance, reliability, the tight races and exciting events. Over 850’000 visitors followed the competition in the race village of the “Krys Ocean Race” and “MOD70 European Tour”. Since the launch of the first MOD70, Race for Water, in March 2011, the circuit has generated an estimated 24 million Euro international media return.
2013 Competition Season
In the absence of a title sponsor for 2013, MOD and teams have opted on competing in events that include different classes.
The MOD70 fleet programme includes a European Tour in the “Route des Princes” next June and most likely the “Transat Jacques Vabre” race between Le Havre (France) and Itajai (Brazil) with scheduled start on the 3rd of November.
2014 – 2016 Horizon
It is important to note that the MOD70 fleet is growing with the launch of MOD70 nr.06 Virbac Paprec 70 (skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick) and the arrival of an American Team Orion Racing, which purchased MOD70 nr.02 (ex-Veolia Environnement) with Cam Lewis, regarded as one of the best multihull sailors in the USA, part of the team. A North-American team entry opens up new perspectives for the circuit.
With an international participation at the highest level composed of a minimum 7 teams, MOD’s objective is now to actively work on the 2014-2016 circuit programme, with notably the second edition of the “Krys Ocean Race” (from Brest to New York). The first edition, with a finish during the Tonnerres de Brest, proved a great success and the second edition is soon to be announced.
The Multi One Design core principles, being a one-design MOD70 fleet, an international circuit, with inshore/offshore races and being an eco-responsible model, continue to be the benchmarks to which work continues with partners on developing the circuit from 2014.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – With consistent precision, Dustin Durant of Long Beach Yacht Club won Sunday’s Butler Cup and with it the 2012-13 California Dreamin’ Series in the Grade 3 ISAF match race regatta.
On a weekend featuring a breeze that built each day from 6-15 knots, Durant posted 13 wins and only one loss. He showed why he was the favorite going into the regatta after winning the other two regattas (2012 October Butler Cup and San Diego Yacht Club Stop) in the three-race series.
“My team is consistent,” Durant said while crediting his Long Beach match racing team of Shane Young, Ben Wheatley, Alex Jacobs, Steve Natvig and Jack Bazz.
“We don’t have new guys, except for Steve, who I’ve raced with before. There’s nothing new to us. We’ve known each other for a long time. We also don’t talk a lot on the boat.
“When I’m thinking of doing something, it’s already done. That makes my job a lot easier.”
Peter Holz of Chicago Yacht Club finished second. He has been working hard on improving his ranking, currently ranked 205th, which is a long way from 550th just nine months ago. His team included two-time Ficker Cup winner Brian Angel of King Harbor Yacht Club, who was Holz’s tactician this weekend.
“We thought we did really well, especially since we didn’t really get to practice a whole lot on Friday,” said Angel, speaking on behalf of Holz, who had a plane to catch immediately after the race. “Other than me, the team doesn’t have a lot of experience on these (Catalina 37) boats.”
Finishing out the regatta in third place was Shala Lawrence of San Diego Yacht Club. Lawrence was sixth at the end of the day Saturday but greatly improved her position with great sailing and good tactics.
“It is totally my team that got us to this point,” Lawrence said, “and Dusty (Durant) gave us a few tips yesterday that really helped us. Although when we were leading him at the windward mark today I’m sure he was thinking, `Maybe I shouldn’t have helped them.’ ”
Rounding out the top eight were: Bruce Stone of St. Francis YC in fourth, followed by Dave Hood of LBYC, Dan Aeling of SDYC, Carson Reynolds of Balboa YC, and David Storrs of Pequot YC.
The event is named for Frank Butler, founder of Catalina Yachts, who in 1990 designed, built and donated the 11 Catalina 37s used for all of the match races held at the yacht club.
COLLISION AT SEA – On the 20th August 2010 the Andrea had finished fishing and was returning to port in the Netherlands. The skipper and rest of the crew were below leaving Jan Baarssen alone on the bridge in sole charge of the vessel. The Andrea is a 36.5 metre beam trawler registered in the UK but is based in the Netherlands. See what happens next in the video above…who was at fault?
At a hearing 30/05/2011 at Southampton Magistrates the Officer of the Watch of a fishing vessel pleaded guilty to one safety charge brought under Section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. He was fined £1,700 plus costs of £6,435.
TEAM ORACLE – AC Uncut’s Genny Tulloch catches up with Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill six months after their AC72 capsize. James talks the psychological benefit of going through the capsize, and how he believes Oracle Team USA is stronger than ever because of it.
KITEBOARDING – www.kiteafricans.com Hosted in the idyllic location of Soma Bay, Egypt, racing at the 2013 African Course Racing Championships got underway on Monday 25 March 2013 in perfect conditions.
© ACEA 2013/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
AMERICAS CUP – The America’s Cup Summer of Racing in San Francisco intends to be carbon neutral thanks to a partnership announced today between the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) and Vancouver, BC based Offsetters, North America’s leading carbon management solutions provider.
Today’s announcement supports ACEA’s commitment to sustainability while delivering one of the most fiercely competitive sporting events, as four teams race for the oldest trophy in international sport.
“Our unique partnership with Offsetters marks the 34th America’s Cup as the first in history to have an Official Carbon Credit Supplier, and is a crucial step forward to meeting our goal to make this race as sustainable as possible,” said Stephen Barclay, CEO of ACEA.
To help the America’s Cup reach its sustainability goals, Offsetters will provide a portfolio of high quality carbon credits that have strong links to marine benefits and the sport of sailing. Offsetters will also manage the America’s Cup Sustainability Credit (“ACSC”) Program.
Each ACSC is comprised of a carbon credit equivalent to removing one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and a cash donation to a restoration project in San Francisco Bay, where the sailing event takes place. The aquatics-related carbon credit projects will prevent emissions from entering into the atmosphere, thereby compensating for the emissions arising from the event that are under the control of the event organizers. All carbon credits will be sourced from high-quality projects, designed to meet or exceed the highest international standard for carbon accounting and offsetting.
The America’s Cup Sustainability Plan outlines the ACEA’s approach to delivering sustainable event activities in San Francisco. Strategies include diverting materials away from landfill, sourcing local and sustainable food, and reducing emissions from transportation. A robust event carbon management strategy is being implemented to measure the event carbon footprint, reduce ACEA’s owned emissions, and to compensate for ACEA’s unavoidable emissions associated with event activities in San Francisco.
Offsetters and ACEA will also work with interested stakeholders who want to compensate for their own emissions from the Summer of Racing – resulting from air travel and other carbon emitting activities – by encouraging them to acquire ACSC.
“We’re proud to partner with such a historic sporting event and to showcase ACEA’s forward-thinking leadership in environmental sustainability,” said Dr. James Tansey, CEO of Offsetters. “The projects we have chosen to offset its emissions will continue as living environmental legacies of the 34th America’s Cup, long after the athletes and spectators have returned home.”
Offsetters is North America’s leading carbon management solutions provider. Founded in 2005, the company helps organizations and individuals understand, reduce, and offset their climate impact. Offsetters was the first official supplier of carbon offsets in the history of the Olympic movement (Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games).
Its team of industry leaders specializes in the origination, development and commercialization of high-quality carbon offset projects and is proud to also provide clients with a comprehensive offering of sustainability consultancy services. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Offsetters has worked with over 150 of the world’s most prestigious organizations including Aimia and lululemon athletica. For more information, please visit www.offsetters.ca.
LITTLE AMERICA’S CUP – Team Hydros, a favourite for this year’s International Sailing Championships in Class C in the UK, has already won a victory. It will organize the next International Championships in 2015. The “Little Cup” will be held in September 2015 in Geneva at the Société Nautique de Genève.
Lausanne, 20 March 2013 – Located at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Team HYDROS will take part at the International Class C Championships (ICCC) in Falmouth (UK) in September 2013 with two ultra-modern catamaran sailboats. HYDROS developed sailboats have achieved several world firsts, including, among others, the use of TPT technology (“Thin Ply Technology”). Consequently, the Swiss team is one of the teams favoured to win.
HYDROS has already been awarded the decision to organize the next instalment of the prestigious ICCC, the so-called “Little Cup.” Jérémie Lagarrigue, in charge of Project Hydros, was delighted: “We were able to beat out many other applicant countries in the competitive bid. It was the reliability and the attractiveness of our approach that convinced the judges. It is a great honour and accomplishment for our team. We will now fight hard to organize an event at the highest level to share with the general public.”
Vincent Hagin, President of Swiss Sailing, the Swiss Sailing Federation, had this to say: “This is excellent news for Swiss sailing, for the Société Nautique de Genève and Team HYDROS. This event will demonstrate the dynamism of the Swiss sailing, both at the individual and club level, but also for the companies involved. From this amazing platform we will be able to show the best of what the sport of sailing has to offer.”
Founded in 1961, the so-called “Little Cup” is a symbol of basic research and technological development in the sport of sailing. The boats, which are controlled by two sailors, are allowed a maximum size of 7.62 x 4.2 meters and the sail area must not exceed an area of 27.8 m2.
This simple rule is also the strength of these championships in Class C. For teams and planners, there are no restrictions on the use of the latest technological developments. In fact, Class C catamarans have been using foils and wing masts for more than 30 years. For this reason. there is little doubt that they have also inspired the famous America’s Cup.
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It’s been a week since the arrival of the boat’s main components – the first hull came in from Persico, Italy, on March 14, followed two days later by the first deck built by Multiplast in France – and the team at Green Marine are making dramatic progress.
The boatbuilders have been taping the existing frames into the boat using pre-pregnated carbon fibres and the five remaining bulkheads.
Every third night throughout the process the whole boat is heated up to 75 degrees Celsius for all the glues and resins to be set to the correct specifications.
Launch date for the boat is in June.
“We’ve been keeping a keen eye on the construction specifications of the hull and deck which were unusually built by someone else,” adds Green Marine Construction Project Manager Connell Daino. “I’m very impressed with what I see.”
VOLVO OCEAN RACE – The latest in our behind-the-scenes series following the building of the Volvo Ocean 65s goes to New Zealand to catch up on the construction of the masts and booms.
Rick’s busy in the edit suite in Alicante this week so he calls in Volvo Ocean Race veteran Rob Salthouse to lend a helping hand and check out progress at the Southern Spars factory in Auckland.
Former Camper MCM Hamish Hooper handled the film making.
Expect more like this to be uploaded to the Official Volvo Ocean Race YouTube Channel in the future. Get all the latest updates on www.VolvoOceanRace.com
EXTREME SAILING – Singapore, 25 March 2013 – British sailing heavyweights Robert Greenhalgh, Andrew Walsh and Rick Peacock will add an injection of sailing talent to Team Aberdeen Singapore that will be skippered by Singaporean Scott Glen Sydney and fellow Singaporean Justin Wong as trimmer to complete the Team Aberdeen Singapore line-up.
The team will compete in Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, with Aberdeen Asset Management as the Local Partner, to be staged at the world famous [email protected] Bay from 11-14 April 2013. Team Aberdeen Singapore will race as the invitational team, a concept that enables local sailors in each region the global Series visits to compete with and against some of the world’s best. Scott, an aspiring Olympic sailor representing Singapore and Asia’s highest ranked Laser sailor in the ISAF world rankings, will skipper the boat and also assume the role of tactician whilst Justin, a gold medal winning match racer in the Asian Games, will take on the headsail trimmer position. For more information on Team Aberdeen Singapore visit the team page here.
However, the man in the driving seat of Team Aberdeen Singapore will be none other than Robert Greenhalgh, winner of the first-ever Extreme Sailing Series in 2007, who boasts three Volvo Ocean Races, seven Atlantic crossings, three World Championships titles and a host of European titles. Most recently, he steered the invitational home team at Act 1 Muscat, Team Duqm Oman, to fourth place in the opening Act of the 2013 Series. “I’m really looking forward to joining Team Aberdeen Singapore. The races are a great opportunity to showcase sailing to the Singapore public. With luck, we will have home support, and while it will be a challenge with a new crew in a new venue racing against established world class teams, we promise to put on a good show,” said Greenhalgh.
Fulfilling the role of mainsail trimmer is seasoned Extreme 40 sailor Andrew Walsh, 31, who has four editions of Extreme Sailing Series under his belt, including a third position as helm of BT in 2008. Walsh was also part of the invitational team line-up with Greenhalgh in Muscat just two weeks ago and the duo will be hoping the consistency on board will fast track them to success on the Singapore race course. Team GB 49er Olympic skiff sailor, Rick Peacock, 27, will be the team’s bowman, a role he assumed in 2012 with GAC Pindar and onboard the Aberdeen Asset Management sponsored Extreme 40 in the UK in 2011.
Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited Managing Director, Hugh Young, added, “We are delighted to confirm the line-up for Team Aberdeen Singapore. Given our company background, it’s wholly appropriate that we have an all Anglo-Singaporean crew. This is exciting for us and I’m sure Singaporeans will quickly identify with our boat once the action starts.” Aberdeen Asset Management is providing a three-year sponsorship of the Singapore Act with additional support from Singapore Sports Council.
Eight Extreme 40s will line-up in Singapore for what is expected to be a tense light wind event held within the confines of the world famous Marina Bay from the 11th to 14th April. Fans and spectators will enjoy complimentary access to the Race Village at The [email protected] Bay from the 12th April where they can enjoy all-day entertainment, including the return of the NeilPryde Racing Series, the main warm-up Act for the Extreme 40 action which will take place at all remaining Acts in 2013.
Team Aberdeen Singapore will be represented by:
Position / Name
Skipper/Tactician: Scott Glen Sydney (SIN)
Helm: Robert Greenhalgh (GBR)
Mainsail trim: Andrew Walsh (GBR)
Headsail trim: Justin Wong (SIN)
Bow: Rick Peacock (GBR)
GEAR FAILURE – Forestay failure caused TVS’ ‘SECOND’ dismasting on day 1 of the Auckland Regatta 2013. Caught on camara…check it out!
MELGES 32 -The final day of racing at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Event No. 2, held in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary edition of the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) awarded 21-year old Dalton DeVos on Delta division honors. In addition to winning his first ever Melges 32 regatta, he also went home with one of four Rolex watches presented as International Regatta trophies.
DeVos first sailed in the fleet at the raw age of 18, alongside of his father Doug. Now, some three years later, Dalton has driven his Delta Melges 32 to victory in St. Thomas accompanied by none other than world famous tactican Jonathan McKee and crew comprised of Morgan Reeser, Zach Hurst, Cody Schlup, William Sleeman, Linda Lindquist-Bishop and Nate Smith.
Finishing a proud second overall was Jason Carroll aboard Argo, followed by Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden in third.
The last triptych of races were held offshore in comparison to the previous days ‘bay style’ racing. Windward/leeward configurations, a solid 2-3 feet of chop and an absolutely near perfect 12-15 knots of breeze greeted the nine-strong fleet for the final Sunday afternoon showdown. From the very start, it appeared that boat speed would play a big part in the success of whoever came out on top. It would be an absolute necessity to win.
Ryan DeVos on Volpe came out with all guns firing upwind. After a great start, he took an immediate lead to round the mark in first, chased by Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima and Mark Plaxton on INTAC. Ryan extended throughout the race taking the win, Tomasini Grinover was second while Plaxton settled for third.
Race Two placed Carroll out front fast. He punched it on the starting line extending almost instantly. Ryan DeVos tried chasing him down but his effort was futile despite his own separation from the fleet in an effort to catch Carroll. Carroll easily took the win, followed by Ryan DeVos, and Tomasini Grinover finished up in third.
The stage was now set for a grande finale style face-off. Dalton DeVos had finished a disappointing sixth in the second race of the day. This result, combined with Carroll’s bullet meant the two were tied in points – 24 each. It was going to be do or die, as every spectator held their breath for the start. Carroll was hot off the pin end, while DeVos took to the committee boat side, splitting the difference from the get go – Carroll left and DeVos right. Tomasini Grinover beat the fleet to the top mark to take a solid lead ahead of Goransson in second. Carroll and Dalton DeVos battled hard as the two rounded almost dead last. DeVos found some clean air on the first run to the gate eventually leaving Carroll behind. Tomasini triumphed to take the race bullet, Goransson claimed second while DeVos rallied to finish third and won the overall regatta title and trophy.
Fantastic prizes awaited the Melges 32 teams at the beachside awards ceremony held during the early evening at STYC. Prizes included gorgeous event trophies, OtterBox® Virgin Island Sailing Series and a beautiful Rolex watch for the overall division winner. OtterBox® prizes were also supplied to the other winning teams at the prize giving such as defender cases, lanyards and product vouchers.
THE BEAT GOES ON
The International Rolex Regatta marks the second stop on the OtterBox® Virgin Island Sailing Series. With two events complete, Jason Carroll is now the new series leader, ahead of Roberto Tomasini Grinover by one little point. Seated third and fourth are Ryan DeVos and Richard Goransson with equal points. Thanks to a nice win in St. Thomas, Dalton DeVos rounds out the top five.
RACE NEWS – After Sundays check in. the fleet had 600+ miles to go. The lead boats were Meanie ORR-1, Alchemy ORR-2. Bretwalda 3 ORR-3, LoeReal Multihull. Dorade PHRF. Get tracking HERE
TEAM EMIRATES – ROLE: Machinist
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: The team environment
THE AMERICA’S CUP: Having a shot at winning the world’s oldest sporting trophy
TEAM ARTEIMS – A big step forward for Artemis Racing as we launched our foiling AC45 onto San Francisco Bay. This is the first step in our foiling training for our second AC72. The modifications from our one design AC45 to our now foiling AC45 took about a month to complete.
Adam May, our foiling expert at Artemis Racing was the project manager for this conversion. “We set up a little commando group of guys to get the 45 foiling. Things were kept simple to get foiling as quickly as possible, taking input from the ongoing work on boat 2, what we’ve seen in use by other teams, and a healthy dose of ‘just do it’ attitude. Our structural test day progressed quickly into controlled foiling flight, with the boat behaving really well and Nathan getting to grips with it in no time at all.”
The moral on the team is very positive and we are all excited to be getting back out on the water after all the hard work that has been happening inside the Artemis shed.
“Our shore and sailing teams have been working long days and nights to get us back on the water and foiling. To foil the new AC45 with complete control on our first outing gives our team great momentum. It’s going to be a very exciting summer!” explains helmsman, Nathan Outteridge.
18ft SKIFFS – Gotta Love It 7 made a clean sweep of the 2012-2013 Season championships when she took out the final race and the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.
With regular skipper Seve Jarvin taking his place as For’ard Hand today with regular crewman Peter Harris missing from the team, World Moth champion Josh McKnight, of the UK, joined the Gotta Love It 7 crew for the race.
The skiff’s regular Sheet Hand Scott Babbage, who was defeated in the World Moth Championship by McKnight, skippered Gotta Love It 7 to an all the way victory today.
Gotta Love It 7 grabbed the lead soon after the start in the 8-12-knot NE wind and took out the race by 2m57s from Appliancesonline.com.au (John Sweeny, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson).
Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, Ash Rooklyn, Geronimo Harrison) was a further 40s back in third place.
Gotta Love It 7 finished on 39 points in the championship, followed by Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) on 52.
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Yandoo (John Winning) finished on 62 points each, Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) 68 and Mojo Wine (James Dorron) on 90.
Asko Appliances took out the Alice Burton Memorial Trophy handicap section and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) won the Club’s Season Point Score series.
Babbage had Gotta Love It 7 1m ahead at the first windward mark, with today’s placegetters Appliancesonline.com.au and Asko Appliances heading the rest of the fleet.
It was a lead ‘7’ never looked likely to lose, but the race for the next six placings remained in doubt throughout.
Today’s race produced a first in the 120 years old class when three generations of one family comprised the entire crew of an 18 Footer.
Trevor Barnabas, a five times Giltinan champion, his son Trent, also a Giltinan champion, and Trent’s two sons Zac and Jake, sailed Thurlow Fisher Lawyers into 9th place.
MELGES 32 – The International Melges 32 Class Association will usher in round two of competition at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (VISS) this weekend, March 22-24, held in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI. Day one leader Dalton DeVos on Delta speaks with Andy Burdick apres racing.
TEAM OMAN – Sidney Gavignet’s new look crew on Oman’s flagship Multi One Design 70 Musandam-Oman Sail have brought with them new expectations for the 2013 season as their preparations start in earnest this week with an attempt on the long-standing Round Ireland record.
As part of an intensive three week training programme, the Oman Sail crew, featuring three new faces from last season, will make a bid on the 20 year-old record as a practice run for the team’s busy racing schedule later this summer.
The 700-mile sprint through the lumpy Irish Seas and the Atlantic Ocean is sure to be a baptism of fire for one of the new crew, Omani sailor Ahmed Al Maamari who only recently stepped aboard the MOD70.
Ahmed was one of the original recruits to Oman Sail in 2008 when the national initiative was first set up to provide sail training, life-long learning and development opportunities for the youth of Oman.
Since then he has competed in the Extreme 40s, Clipper Round the World Race and the Tour de France a la Voile having previously served as a member of the Sultan’s Special Forces in Oman.
He is a fast learner said Gavignet, who as skipper of Musandam-Oman Sail is responsible for developing the elite sailors coming through Oman Sail’s growing ranks of talented professionals.
“Ahmed is starting from scratch so the goal is to bring him up to standard as quickly as possible but from what I’ve seen so far, he is a good sailor and picks things up quickly so we are confident he will contribute to our performance this summer,” said Gavignet.
“It is a great honour to be selected for the MOD70 crew this summer and I am really looking forward to learning as much as I can and contributing as much as possible,” added Ahmed.
“Oman Sail has given me a superb opportunity to grow within this sport and I have worked hard to get to this place. I hope the young Omanis aspiring to sail at our sailing schools back home will see this as encouragement.”
He will not be short of opportunities for fast track learning since Gavignet has retained the services of both Frenchman Thomas Le Breton and Oman’s Fahad Al Hasni, who was one of the stars of Oman Sail’s 2012 campaign despite having vision problems. These happily have been corrected and Al Hasni’s rapid progress is set to continue apace.
Oman Sail has also snapped up two of the world’s most complete sailors in Britain’s Neal McDonald and Ireland’s Damian Foxall to complete their impressive line up for 2013.
A number of the crew raced together in the recent EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour and according to their skipper, are shaping up as a team capable of putting in consistently strong performances and posting victories.
“We did well to be close to the podium on the European Tour last year, competing against teams that were very experienced,” said Gavignet.
“I think on the basis of what we learned in 2012 and the progress we made, we can start winning this year. Last season we had less training and less experience than anyone else but this year we have done more training and we have a bit more experience so it is all going the right way. I expect the improvements to continue and we will be trying to win.”
The attempt on the Round Ireland record, due to start from Dun Laoghaire in Ireland, will be followed by more training at Port la Foret in France before their first two events, the Grand Prix Guyader and the AR Men Race, both in France in May.
But their main focus in 2013 will be the Route des Princes, starting from Valencia, Spain, in June in which they will be pitted against some old MOD70 adversaries from last year’s MOD70 European Tour.
The Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the classic yacht races on the biennial calendar, is in their sights in August with other commitments due to be confirmed in coming weeks.
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – Rum Runner
As the story goes, Rum Runners were invented in the late 1950’s at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida.
Supposedly, the bar had an excess of rum and certain liqueurs that needed to be moved before the arrival of more inventory.
A very tasty concoction was developed using the excess alcohol and voila! The Rum Runner! They named the drink after the real “Rum Runners” that inhabited the Florida Keys in the early days!
As with all great recipes, whether food or drink, changes are made as they are passed along. Most recipes are altered by using different amounts of the same ingredients. Sometimes an ingredient may be substituted or changed and the recipe will remain intact.
The rules of the recipe are meant to be altered to suit your individual taste, but you can’t change the main ingredients and still call it a rum runner!
The following recipe is a tried and true favorite among rum drinkers! Try a “Rum Runner” at your next get together! Try this recipe and if you like it, pay it forward! Share it with your family and friends!
To make by the gallon use 24oz of each ingredient
On the Rocks:
Fill glass with ice. Add the liquid contents. Pour the 151 in the straw or on the top. This is my favorite way to enjoy the Rum Runner. Enjoy!
No Hurricane glass available, no problem. Anything that will hold liquid will work!
NHYC CABO RACE – The Newport to Cabo San Lucas Race provides the Southern California offshore sailor a great opportunity to race down the Baja Coastline to the beautiful destination of Cabo San Lucas. The 800 mile yacht race allows competitors of all levels to sail with your friends or family as well as “tune-up” for the annual summer yacht races such as the Transpac or Pacific Cup. Typically a downwind run to Cabo San Lucas, racers enjoy the sunny afternoons and warm, moonlit evenings as they journey down the coast.
The PHRF claases start today and the ORR class starts Saturday. Both classes can be tracked HERE