TRANSPAC – With the Transpac just weeks away, the crew of the Tritium Racing prepares for safety. Switlik has outfitted Tritium Racing/Lending Club with a great selection of their premier safety and survival gear. Check out the ‘in the water’ testing in the chilly waters of Long Beach. Thumbs up from the boys who hope to break the Transpac record on this 73 foot speed machine.
Monthly archives for June, 2013
CLIPPER RACE – The 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is to be hosted by the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro this October. The port will conclude Leg 1 of the Clipper Race which departs London on 1 September, creating a fitting link between the hosts of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
“We are really pleased to be returning to Rio and to be based in the marina selected to host the 2016 Olympic sailing events,” said Clipper Race founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
“We have significant experience of working with Olympic venues such as Qingdao in China which hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympic sailing. Given that London is hosting the fleet departure, it’s a great destination for the first leg of the race and Marina da Gloria has the facilities we require to accommodate our new fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts.”
The Marina da Gloria has a long tradition of hosting major nautical events. The hosting of the ninth edition of the Clipper Race and its twelve-strong fleet of new third generation Clipper 70 ocean racing yachts is part of the strategy to consolidate Rio de Janeiro City as an international nautical destination. In addition it is recognised that the inclusive nature of events such as the Clipper Race help to disseminate the sport in many sectors of Brazilian society.
In its announcement, REX, the Marina da Gloria concessionary company, said: “Hosting a prestigious event such as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race demonstartes our capacity to support major maritime events, helping Rio de Janeiro to establish itself as a leading internationally destination. We look forward to welcoming the corageous Clipper Race crew and we are very proud to be hosting this event after meeting all its requirements in line with internatioal standards. Besides our spectacular setting, Marina da Gloria offers extensive facilities. We believe that hosting the Clipper Race will help to grow public interest and participation in nautical sport in Brazil.”
The Clipper Race has a long track record with developing Olympic facilities, legacy and public participation through its partnership with Qingdao in China which dates back to 2005 and currently extends to 2016, as the race’s longest relationship of six consecutive races. The Clipper Race has helped Qingdao prepare for the city’s hosting of the sailing events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and subsequently develop a strong legacy as China’s Sailing City, introducing hundreds of citizens into sailing, developing their marine economy and fielding Chinese crew on the Qingdao entries in the Clipper Race.
The IOC elected Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as host city for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad: The Sailing Competition will take place on Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay, the second largest bay in Brazil, at 159 square miles (412 sq k). Brazil has a proud record in Olympic sailing, in fact it is one of the nation’s most successful Olympic sports.
Leg 1 of the Clipper 13-14 Race will consist of two races, the first ending in Brest, France around 3-4 September. Race two starts 9 September and is expected to arrive at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro between 1-5 October 2013 and will depart on Leg 2 to Cape Town in South Africa on 11 October.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Check out the action as a fleet of M32’s tear up the water at the Gothenburg event!
RECORD BREAKERS – Here is a sneak preview of the new 40 meter long Spindrift 2 to be launched next Tuesday. Stay tuned!
SOLAR POWER – We know its not a sailboat but it’s as close as a powerboat can get. The world’s largest solar-powered ship stopped in New York City just 2 days ago. Check it out!
AC NEWS – As a sailor, yacht designer, and race administrator, Iain Murray was a natural choice for the America’s Cup teams when they selected a Regatta Director for the 2013 America’s Cup and CEO of America’s Cup Race Management.
As a sailor, Murray has won a record six consecutive 18ft Skiff World Championships, from 1977 to 1982. His success in the 18’ skiffs led to his selection as helmsman of his 1983 challenger Advance. Murray joined with the Kookaburra syndicate for Australia’s defense of the Cup in 1987 where they earned the right to defend the Cup. Murray also led the Spirit of Australia challenge for the 1992 Challenger Series. In 1995 Murray was a member of oneAustralia syndicate, which saw their IACC boat fracture and sink whilst racing against the winning New Zealand yacht. He has logged 18 Sydney-Hobart Races, including three overall victories and five line honors wins culminating in breaking their own race record in 2012.
From 1995-2001, Iain Murray was on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, including serving as Deputy Chairman for three years from 1998.
Here, Iain Murray writes about his 37 safety recommendations, with a particular focus on the “rudder elevators”:
Following the loss of Andrew Simpson when Artemis Racing capsized, I convened an expert safety review committee to consult with sailors, designers, engineers and shore team personnel to assess safety. After their review, I issued 37 safety recommendations to ensure our racing this summer will be as safe as possible.
Of the 37 recommendations, all have been strongly supported by the teams except for the one dealing with rudder elevators.
Currently, there is a lot of misinformation about what this recommendation is and what it means. There are two main factors to consider – the size of the rudder elevators and their angle of attack, plus a third point.
In simple terms rudder elevators are winglets on the rudder blade which act as control surfaces. The elevators are horizontal and control the pitch of the yacht. As with any rudder, a large surface area provides better control but comes with a drag cost.
My safety recommendations increase the span of the rudders to a minimum of 2.1 metres and stipulate a minimum size of the elevators at .32 square metres, attached to the bottom of the rudder in the most submerged position possible.
The aim is to minimise the chance of a pitch-pole (when the bow of the boat submerges and the stern rises out of the water). The AC72s need control at all times as they are travelling in excess of 40 knots and the hydrodynamic loads when turning the rudders /elevators at speed is substantial.
The current rule forces each competitor to fix the angle of the elevators each morning by 8:00 a.m., when the boat is measured. But different angles of attack on the elevators are necessary for different wind strengths. Under my safety recommendation, the teams can adjust the angle of attack on the elevators up until five minutes before the race start, allowing for more control in the conditions they are likely to encounter in that race. Under the current rule and under my proposal, the elevators can not be adjusted while racing.
After consultation with the teams over the past two weeks, I have been persuaded on a third point. The elevators can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. The penalty for offsetting the elevator (referred to as asymmetric) to one side of the rudder is that it introduces a bending moment into the 2.1 metre span of the rudder and as a result the rudders need to be stronger and heavier in construction.
I have yet to hear a convincing argument from any team that my recommendation will not enhance control and thus safety during racing. What I have heard is that this recommendation will make the boats easier to control and more stable.
This is a safety issue, pure and simple. Deeper, submerged rudders, with bigger elevators and control surfaces fixed at the most appropriate angle of attack for the conditions simply make the boats safer.
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK – Sailors walked down the docks to find extreme fog obscuring the boats at the dock! The fog never lifted, so only a few classes got a race off. Plus other surprises!
Celeritas, shown earlier this week, has all bullets in its score line. (Photo Credit www.photoboat.com)
MORE BLOCK ISLAND – In PGA golf, Saturday is called “moving day” because it’s the day where competitors try to set themselves up for the final push on Sunday; thus, there is frequently a noticeable advance by certain players up the leaderboard while others buckle under the pressure. Although it’s Thursday at the Storm Trysail Club’s 25th Anniversary Block Island Race Week, today was to be moving day for all 182 sailors in 19 classes before tomorrow’s final races, but pea soup fog interrupted the plan. After an hour and a half postponement ashore, the fleet headed out, still in fog, but hopeful that it would let up enough to get a race off. After another hour wait, three of four racing circles got sent home, and only Green Fleet – Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spinnaker, Double Handed, PHRF 4 and PHRF 5 – managed to complete a race. The leaders in those classes, however, remained the same at the end of the day.
Rival won its race today in PHRF 4, making seven straight victories for Dave Curtis and team. (Photo Credit www.photoboat.com)
“The southernmost Green circle has turned out to be the best all week, with more wind, and today, more visibility,” said Dave Curtis, who skippered the Taylor 38 Rival in PHRF 4 and added yet another win to his run of six straight class victories, including in Tuesday’s Around the Island Race, which he also won overall. “The hardest part of our race was on the way out—we’d lost our battery power so we had no electronics, just a hand-held GPS and a radio, but we made it to the course. For about an hour or so before the race we could actually see the island and the weather mark about a mile away. It turned out to be a good challenging race, where we actually trailed for the first time all week, but then got nicely ahead.”
With Curtis leading his closest competitor, David Alldian (Brick, N.J.) aboard the Sabre 362 Cymothoe, by a whopping 14 points, he looks to have the regatta pretty well wrapped up. It is closer in PHRF 5 where Air Express, a San Juan 30 skippered by Chris Fesenmeyer (Norwalk, Conn.) narrowed its three point gap on leader Stealth, an Evelyn 26 skippered by Jay Greenfield (Noank, Conn.), to just one point today by winning the race.
The only other team here with all victories in its score line is Celeritas, a Melges 32 in PHRF 1, skippered by Malcolm Gefter (Newport, R.I.). “We have been crossing the line first in every race even though others owe us time, but that’s understandable because we’ve been training all year for the Melges 32 Worlds in September, and like Bliksem (currently in second overall with 19 points to Celeritas’ six), which is training for the Farr 30 Worlds, we have a lot of pros onboard.”
Gefter’s eight-man team had planned all along to only sail the first three days of Race Week as “a practice session,” so most of them left the island after racing yesterday. Gefter, however, was convinced by a crew member to stay for today’s racing to secure victory in the class, so he filled in with some substitute crew. Today’s cancellation leaves him in good shape, mathematically, to win, even though he says he definitely will not compete tomorrow.
Interestingly, Gefter only learned to sail six years ago and his success in racing, he says, is due in large part to the classes with which he decides to get involved. “If I were to go with traditional classes, like J/24 or Etchells, then I couldn’t catch up with life-long sailors who dominate those,” said Gefter, who used to own a Swan 42, and now owns, along with his Melges 32, a Viper and a Marstrom 32. “If I go with fleets like the Swan 42, which was new when I was involved, and the Melges 32, which is only two or three years old, I’m more on equal footing with everyone who is learning the boat for the first time.
Buckaroo’s crew is mostly high school juniors and seniors (Photo Credit left Stefani Graf, right www.photoboat.com
That concept is something that would make total sense to Duff Archie (Alexandria, Virginia), a high school student who yesterday had his first experience as a bow man on Buckaroo, which is proudly in last place in the J 105 class. The boat was chartered by Robert Beguelin (Bethesda, Md.), who recruited eight high school juniors and seniors, including his son, to serve as crew. They are all from DC Sails, an organization in Washington, D.C. that teaches kids to sail using FJ dinghies. “The program is great,” said Beguelin, “but when it’s over, then what do the kids do? After this experience, they are miles ahead of their compatriots. Duff had three perfect spinnaker sets and three perfect take downs yesterday. He’s 131 pounds – what J/24 skipper wouldn’t want him to be a part of his crew if he’s experienced?” About Block Island Race Week and sailing in general, Duff Archie said, “I love the culture. I’m more confident and hopeful to get more crewing positions. I want to sail in college; something drew me into it, and I’m looking forward to keeping it up my whole life.”
This year’s edition of Block Island Race Week is serving as championships for IRC and J 80 one designs (North Americans); PHRF and J 29, J 44, J 105, and J 109 one designs (East Coasts); and Swan 42s (New Englands).
To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, the Storm Trysail Club brought back some of the shore side sports that were part of the event’s formative years in the 1960s. The most popular was Water Jousting in the “arena” of the Boat Basin, where a raucous crowd of revelers cheered on the competition from the lawn at The Oar Restaurant.
Water Jousting as a spectator sport at Block Island Race Week (Photo Credit Storm Trysail Club)
Sponsors for the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week are Rolex (also the official timepiece of the Storm Trysail Club), Caithness Energy, Mount Gay Rum, Vineyard Vines, Clarion Partners, Gill, Gowrie Group, UK Sailmakers, Hall Spars, Bainbridge International, Bitter End Yacht Club, New England Ropes, Heineken, Sailing World, WindCheck and PhotoBoat.com.
WindCheck publishes Race Week News, a daily newspaper with course reports, photos, scores, event news, people spotlights, anniversary tributes and more. For those not on the island, Race Week News and nightly reports are available on-line at www.blockislandraceweek.com. Daily racing video by T2p.tv also is posted there by 9 p.m. each evening. A scratch sheet for the event can be found athttp://www.yachtscoring.com/event_scratch_sheet.cfm?eID=739.
Block Island Race Week XXV
Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points
HPR (HPR – 6 Boats)
1. Corsair (HPR), TP 52, Andy Beeler, Annapolis, Md., USA – 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 (7)
2. Spookie (HPR), HPR Carkeek 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin, Norwalk, Conn., USA – 1, 2, 4, 3, 2/RDG, 2, (14)
3. Grundoom (HPR), Farr 400, James Grundy , Horsham, Penn., USA – 3, 4, 3, 2, 5, 3 (20)
IRC 1 (IRC – 7 Boats)
1. Corsair, TP 52, Andy Beeler, Annapolis, Md., USA – 4, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1.5 (11.5)
2. Spookie (HPR), HPR Carkeek 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin, Norwalk, Con.., USA – 1, 2, 4, 2, 1/RDG, 1.5 (11.5)
3. Decision, HPR Carkeek 40, Stephen Murray, New Orleans, La., USA – 3, 4, 2, 4, 2/RDG, 3 (18)
IRC 2 (IRC – 7 Boats)
1. DownTime, Summit 40, Ed Freitag / Molly Haley , Annapolis, Md., USA – 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 4 (11)
2. White Witch, King 40, Larry Landry, Newport, R.I., USA – 3, 4, 7, 1, 2, 2 (19)
3. Cool Breeze, Mills 43, John Cooper , Cane Hill, Mo., USA – 5, 3, 6, 5, 3, 1 (23)
IRC 3 (IRC – 11 Boats)
1. Christopher Dragon VIII, J 130, Andrew & Linda Weiss, Mamaroneck, N.Y., USA – 8, 2, 3, 2, 1, 2 (18)
2. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht , Port Washington, N.Y., USA – 2, 1, 1, 7, 4, 6.5 (21.5)
3. Orion, J 122, Paul Milo, Leesburg, Va., USA – 7, 3, 2, 1, 7, 3 (23)
IRC 4 (IRC – 8 Boats)
1. Out of Reach III, X-35, Louis Nees , Lower Gwynedd, Pa., USA – 2, 1.5, 2, 3, 2, 3 (13.5)
2. Lora Ann, Express 37, Richard Du Moulin, Larchmont, N.Y., USA – 3, 4, 1, 2, 5, 2 (17)
3. Shamrock Sensation, Nelson Marek 40, Ralph DiMattia, Quincy, Mass., USA – 1, 1.5, 6, 4, 1, 4 (17.5)
Swan 42 (One Design – 11 Boats)
1. Apparition, Swan 42, Ken Colburn , Dover, Mass., USA – 3, 3, 6, 2, 3, 1 (18)
2. Daring, Swan 42, John Hele , Rye, N.Y., USA – 2, 8, 3, 5, 2, 2 (22)
3. Bandit, Swan 42, Andrew & Melissa Fisher, Greenwich, Conn., USA – 1, 4, 2, 6, 5, 5 (23)
J 44 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Gold Digger, J 44, James D. Bishop, Jamestown, R.I., USA – 3, 1, 5, 2, 2, 1 (14)
2. Challenge IV, J 44, Jeffrey W. Willis , Huntington, N.Y., USA – 2, 3, 1, 4, 3, 4 (17)
3. Maxine, J 44, William Ketcham, Greenwich, Conn., USA – 4, 2, 3, 6, 1, 2 (18)
J 111 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Andiamo, J 111, Paul Strauch , Manhasset, N.Y., USA – 3, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1 (11)
2. Wicked 2.0, J 111, Douglas Curtiss , South Dartmouth, Mass., USA – 1, 1, 4, 1, 4, 6/RAF (17)
3. Eagles Dare, J 111, Mike Piper , Marblehead, Mass., USA – 4, 3, 5, 2, 3, 2 (19)
J 109 (One Design – 15 Boats)
1. Storm, J 109, Richard Lyall , Wilton, Conn., USA – 6, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 (11)
2. Caminos, J 109, Donald Filippelli , Amagansett , N.Y., USA – 3, 8, 2, 2, 2, 6 (23)
3. Gossip, J 109, Group W , Wainscott, N.Y., USA – 5, 2, 6, 4, 3, 3 (23)
J 105 (One Design – 13 Boats)
1. Eclipse, J 105, Damian Emery , Shoreham, N.Y., USA – 1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 2 (9)
2. LouLou, J 105, Bruce Stone , San Francisco, Calif., USA – 2, 2, 6, 2, 2, 1 (15)
3. Distant Passion, J 105, James Macdonald , Smiths, Bermuda – 3, 4, 2, 8, 6, 3 (26)
J 29 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Hustler, J 29, John & Tony Esposito , Mohegan Lake, N.Y., USA – 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1 (7)
2. Mighty Puffin, J 29, Steve Thurston , Bristol, R.I., USA – 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3 (16)
3. For Sail, J 29, Jim Mackevich , Edison, N.J., USA – 4, 2, 1, 4, 4, 2 (17)
J 80 (One Design – 16 Boats)
1. USA 1162, J 80, John White, Annapolis, Md., USA – 6, 7, 3, 1, 1, 1 (19)
2. R80, J 80, Will & Marie Crump / Thomas Klok , Annapolis, Md., USA – 3, 4, 1, 5, 3, 8 (24)
3. Courageous, J 80, Gary Panariello , Manhasset, N.Y., USA – 5, 8, 2, 7, 8, 2 (32)
PHRF 1 (PHRF – 13 Boats)
1. Celeritas, Melges 32, Malcolm Gefter , Newport, R.I., USA – 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 (6)
2. Menace-Bliksem, Farr 30, Pieter Taselaar , Newport, R.I., USA – 6, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3 (19)
3. Coyote, Megles 32, Bill Clemens , Riverside, Conn., USA – 3, 5, 4, 5.5, 6, 2 (25.5)
PHRF 2 (PHRF – 9 Boats)
1. Bluto, Evelyn 32, Ben Hall / Bill Berges , Tiverton, R.I., USA – 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1 (8)
2. Afterglow, Express 37, Team Afterglow , Easton, Conn., USA – 1, 6, 1, 2, 2, 2 (14)
3. Seraphim, J 35, David Saurette , Tiverton, R.I., USA – 3, 5, 3, 3, 3, 5 (22)
PHRF 3 (PHRF – 11 Boats)
1. XLR8, Evelyn 32, Brad Porter , Westbrook, Conn., USA – 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 1/Protest (13)
2. Whirlwind, Beneteau First 36.7, William Purdy, New York, N.Y., USA – 3, 2, 7, 1, 1, 2 (16)
3. Scorpion, Evelyn 32, Larry Hennessy, Middlefield, Conn., USA – 2, 3, 5, 5, 2, 3 (20)
Cruising Spinnaker (PHRF – 13 Boats)
1. Fidelio, S&S 39, Charles Townsend , Middletown, R.I., USA – 1, 1, 2, 2 (6)
2. SKYE, Swan 53, Ralph Worthington , New York, N.Y., USA – 2, 10, 1, 1 (14)
3. Orion , S2 10.3, Bryan Coon , Hicksville, N.Y., USA – 3, 3, 4, 6 (16)
Double Handed (PHRF – 8 Boats)
1. Skye, Farr 395, James T. Anderson , Riverside, Conn., USA – 1, 1, 1, 2 (5)
2. Flashpoint, J 100, Adrian Little , Westport, Conn., USA – 4, 4, 2, 1 (11)
3. RockIt, Elliott 770, Lance Ryley , Boston, Mass, USA – 2, 3, 4, 3 (12)
Cruising Non-Spinnaker (PHRF – 10 Boats)
1. Acadia, Cat Ketch 49, Burt Keenan , Hilton Head, S.C., USA – 1, 1, 2, 1 (5)
2. Testing Life, Tartan 46, Brian Mulhall , Boonton, N.J., USA – 2, 5, 1, 4 (12)
3. Rascal, Ericson 39, Christopher Schneider , Centerport, N.Y., USA – 3, 2, 5, 2 (12)
PHRF 4 (PHRF_ToT – 6 Boats)
1. Rival, Taylor 38, David Curtis , Marblehead, Mass., USA – 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 (7)
2. Cymothoe, Sabre 362, David Alldian , Brick, N.J., USA – 2, 2, 5, 2, 2, 2, 6 (21)
3. Loki 3, S2 9.1, Richard Correll , Huntington, N.Y., USA – 4, 5, 3, 4, 3, 3, 4 (26)
PHRF 5 (PHRF – 4 Boats)
1. Stealth, Evelyn 26, Jay Greenfield , Noank, Conn., USA – 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 3 (11)
2. Air Express, San Juan 30, Chris Fesenmeyer , Norwalk, Conn., USA – 2, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1 (12)
3. Leonessa, Finn Flyer, Raymond DeLeo , Bristol, R.I., USA – 4, 3, 3, 4, 2, 3, 2 (21)
ORACLE TEAM USA – Here is another video after ORACLE completed a first full day of two-boat testing in San Francisco.
AC NEWS – Emirates Team New Zealand confirms its intention to file a protest with the America’s Cup Jury seeking a ruling that the regatta director has exceeded his jurisdiction in seeking to unilaterally introduce changes to the AC 72 Class Rule.
The recommended changes relate to additional weight of the yachts and rudder elevators.
The team says that changes to the rule so close to the start of racing require the unanimous consent of all eligible competitors.
The proposed changes relate to two of the regatta director’s 37 safety recommendations issued on the 22nd May 2013 following the Review Committee’s report after the capsize of Artemis Racing.
Emirates Team New Zealand supports all the other safety recommendations, which have now been approved by competitors, including the reduction of wind limits and various new rules to ensure enhanced crew safety. However it is our view that the contentious Class Rule changes are performance-related rules not necessary to ensure safety.
The team says the organizers are wrong in seeking to legitimize the unauthorized Class Rule changes by seeking to use the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard to introduce these rules via the Marine Event Permit.
The decision of the jury will be final and binding on all parties, and contrary to some media speculation, any competitor who resorts to a Court in an issue where the Jury has jurisdiction immediately ceases to be eligible to compete.
Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said: “We look forward to the jury determining the issue so, whatever the decision is, we can get on with the racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup starting July 7.”
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AC NEWS – Here is great video of the ORACLE’s two AC72’s sparring on San Francisco Bay. Now with a two boat program does this change your mind on who will win the next AC? Our poll still has Team NZ way ahead. If you haven’t voted go vote in our XS Poll over there on the right hand side of our site. Who will win it all?
RC44 RACING – Watch the highlights from day one of fleet racing at the RC44 Sweden Cup 2013! These boats are always pretty to watch.
ORACLE TEAM USA – ORACLE has completed a first full day of two-boat testing today in San Francisco. Both of the team’s AC72 racing yachts spent the morning running through various tests and boat set-ups as they maneuvered around the San Francisco Bay.
“It was the best day of the campaign,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “It has taken a lot of work and a lot of energy to get two full crews up to this level, to operationally get to this level, to launch and have two boats ready to go. A lot of credit goes to the shore and build teams.
“Now, we have two competitive boats,” Spithill continued. “That’s a good position to be in as you never know what’s around the corner. For us to have two boats, with two race wings, and have a lot of depth in our sailing team, it certainly gives us a chance to produce more boat speed. And, from a racing point of view, it allows us to really learn the race track and build a playbook.”
Spithill took the helm of one AC72 while Ben Ainslie was behind the wheel of the other AC72. Two full crews – 22 sailors combined – were onboard for the morning session. Following testing, one boat returned to the base while the other spent time on the race course.
“It was a big day for the team, and exciting in many ways to have two AC72s out on the Bay,” Ainslie said. “It was foggy at the beginning – it was a bit eerie as we were sailing together and at one point you couldn’t see the other boat. But, the fog cleared and we had some fantastic conditions. We learned a huge amount.”
Through two-boat training, the crews run through a list of tests between the boats – from different sails to different mode settings. While several tests were accomplished today, the team will continue the two-boat program as conditions allow while keeping both boats maintained.
“While the other teams are worrying about rules minutiae, we are getting ready to race,” said CEO Russell Coutts.
ORACLE TEAM USA re-launched its first boat in February, while the second AC72 was launched at the end of April. Training on both boats has alternated independently since both have been on the water.
Racing among the challengers begins on July 7 with the Louis Vuitton Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA’s race schedule opens on September 7 with the first race of the 34th America’s Cup.
“One-boat testing is very difficult. And, when you try to do it in San Francisco – a dynamic place where the currents are always changing, the winds are shifting, the gradients different – its very tough. With two boats you have a benchmark and you can see the changes you make,” Spithill said. “Today was a very good day and has given us all a lot of confidence. There’s been a weight lifted off our shoulders, as we know we can go two-boat sailing. I think it will definitely make us stronger as a team, and more importantly, faster.”
L’HYDROPTERE HISTORY – As the famous flying boat L’Hydroptere continues to wait for the green light in her attempt to sail to Hawaii from Long Beach, Ca. in record time, here is CNET’s Molly Wood who meets Alain Thebault, the boat’s skipper, and gets an inside look at the tech that makes it glide.
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK – Breeze in the morning and big waves in the afternoon brought the coverage to the White and Green fleets. Don’t miss the first two minutes of this show either! Some of the saltiest sailors share their favorite memory of Block Island and they provided some pretty funny answers.
AC NEWS – No Second Place, a Red Bull Media House six-episode production in conjunction with the America’s Cup, offers a fascinating and dramatic perspective at the world of sailing with a behind-the-scenes look at the teams competing at the 34th America´s Cup, September 7-21, 2013 in San Francisco.
This documentary-style production goes inside the teams, boat designs, training regimens, rules, the speed of the sport, strategy and teamwork, among other elements.
In this first episode titled Racing to Win, we set the scene by showcasing the stunning power of the new AC72’s and the drama that envelopes day-to-day life as the America’s Cup speeds its way towards September. ORACLE TEAM USA wants to defend its title, but New Zealand, Italy and Sweden are all gunning for the trophy too.
These elite sailors are constantly pushing the limits of both themselves and the AC72 and this opening show delivers perspective from team members as they break down what it will take to raise the Cup. This is the pinnacle of racing and the oldest active trophy in International sports. There are national bragging rights at stake and there is “No Second Place.”
MOD70 RACING – Oman Air-Musandam slid across the finish line on Plymouth Sound at 18 h 53 mn 06 s local time on a glorious sunny Wednesday evening, then threaded their way through the local sailing fleets engaged in their club racing, the international crew drained but contented after a nerve shredding, intense leg from Dun Laoghaire, Ireland which started on Monday morning.
They finished just 15 minutes and 27 seconds ahead of second placed Edmond de Rothschild, breaking the finish line 2 days 7 hours 53 minutes and 6 seconds after starting in Dun Laoghaire.
Third MOD70 to finish was Jean-Pierre Dick’s Virbac-Paprec 70 at 19H 45MN 56S local time, 53 minutes and 50 seconds after the leg winner
Oman Air-Musandam had initially lost out on the fast downwind slide to the first points scoring opportunity at Wales’ Bardsey Island, but then made initial gains when they held inshore at Tuskar Rock, off Wexford, cheating the adverse tidal currents but running something of a risk as the winds close to the land were, they felt, lighter than offshore.
But they got the equation right and were able to eke out a small lead on the SE and S Irish coast, leading around Fastnet Rock.
Although they all but left their two MOD70 rivals standing after Fastnet Rock, stretching out to lead by a substantial 47 miles at one stage, it was always expected that the breezes would die off again before Bishop Rock at the Scilly Isles.
But when it did, suddenly, the MOD 70 dropping from 30kts boat speed to one knot over a 30 minutes period, and their main rival Sébastien Josse’s Edmond de Rothschild crew, then reached up to them at speed, the Oman Air-Musandam still held their nerves and their focus when the re-start happened, crept away again to win the two vital bonus points at Bishop Rock.
Oman Air-Musandam won the first leg from Valencia to Lisbon thanks to an early breakaway move, but finished third, 33 seconds behind second placed Edmond de Rothschild into Dun Laoghaire. Skipper Gavignet admitted that they had learned from their disappointing final miles into Dublin Bay when they lost out by 33 seconds to Josse’s crew.
“We kept fighting and we made it.” Said Gavignet, “Thinking about the end of the last leg we were more vigilant this time”.
For a team which purports to have no specialist navigator, skipper Gavignet and offshore ace Neal McDonald combining their thinking to devise their key strategies, Oman Air-Musandam have established a very strong record offshore. Of the offshore points scoring opportunities, it is only at Bardsey Island that they have not taken the points as leg leaders.
“Sidney and Neal have done a great job at putting us in the right place, they work well together on strategy with clear ideas.” Explains Damian Foxall, “ The situation can change very quickly and literally in 5 to 10 minutes you can miss a breeze and find yourself in something totally different. We end up looking at the big picture to see not where the wind is now but where it is going to be in three or four hours and what is the low risk option, what are the advantages and potential losses and I think we are doing that well.”
Overal standings after Leg 3
1- Oman Air-Musandam, 126pts
2- Edmond de Rothschild, 126 pts
3- Spindrift, 122 pts
4- Virbac Paprec 70, 98pts
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ORCI WORLDS – Ancona, Italy — It was indeed a long night for the fleet at the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, but dawn has brought a welcome 10-knot SE breeze to bring the teams home to the finish at the venue at Marina Dorica. The fleet was battered overnight by extremes of weather, from dead calm to thunderstorms and heavy squalls of 25-30 knot winds.
First to cross the finish line here for their long Class B race course of 83 miles was Vincenzo De Blasio’s NM38S Scugnizza. The reigning World Champion for this class finished at about 0930 local time, the first of both classes to cross the finish line, as the Class A boats are still out completing their longer 130-mile course. Seven minutes laterGiuseppe Giuffre’s M37 Low Noise crossed the line, correcting over Scugnizza by 3 minutes.
“We had a good first start, but it was canceled [because many boats could not cross the start line in time],” said De Blasio. “The second start of the race then was very interesting for us because we’ve been sailing all very close, very compact. It has been a great battle, we have really strong opponents and this motivates us to do better. Our strongest opponent is Low Noise, and though we got first in real-time, we owed them 10 minutes in this race.”
And while the complete corrected time results are evolving as the boats continue to come in to the long race finish, Giuffre and his reigning ORC European champion team did score second at the 36.80 mile scoring gate off Numana last night after 12.5 hours of racing. The winner at this short race gate was Alessandro Consiglio’s First 35 South Kensington, but only by 3 seconds over Low Noise, with Scugnizza finishing third. This puts Low Noise on scores of 1-2 in the first two races of the event, and with a good result likely in this long race a healthy lead in points in the standings for Class B.
“We went very well because we got second in the second race,” said Giuffre, “but the start of this race was so complicated and difficult with the calm wind and strong current. We had difficulty in starting, but we managed to position ourselves for the expected wind in the night. You also need to get lucky and we were able to get out of the doldrums in which others stumbled who were only a few minutes behind us.
At this point we flew toward the finish line, taking three violent storms including one with 30 knots of wind: situations where you have to have good qualities of seamanship. Anyway we went fine until now, but tomorrow we have to reset everything and start over. Scugnizza, Port of La Spezia, and Uka Uka are the boats that we have to keep our eyes on.”
At the Class A short race scoring gate of 57.46 miles last night, Piero Pannicia’s canting-keeled Cookson 50 Calipso IV defeated their nearest by a significant margin, namely 9:35 over the GS56R Marina Kastela, and 16:30 over Giorgio Martin’s TP52 Aniene. Race 1 winner Enfant Terrible finished in 5th place in this race, so its likely the Class A standings will be very tight going into tomorrow’s resumption of inshore racing.
But at 10:30 local time, much of the Class A fleet is now becalmed again, and while the fast boats are not far out, the remainder of the class is not expected in for another 8 hours at the current rate of progress. This puts them and the remainder of the Class B boats in jeopardy of hitting the 32-hour time limit for this race…this means a long fight for wind is still ahead, and corrected time results likely not available until the end of the day.
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FLYING PHANTOM UPDATE – Thanks to the development of the AC72’s the future of multihulls will never be the same. Already we see trickle down technology as an F18 catamaran flies on foils exceeding speeds of standard F18’s. The Flying Phantom project is making great gains as they pioneer this new technology. The language is in French but the images are universal. Congratulations Team flying Phantom for leading the way.
ROUTES DES PRINCES – When they crossed the finish line off Plymouth this afternoon at 14:37:50 hrs local time (13:37:50 UTC), Erwan Le Roux and the crew of FenêtréA-Cardinal won the Multi50 class on Leg 3, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin Bay to Plymouth, of the Routes des Princes multihull race around Europe.
FenêtréA-Cardinal were the first multihull to finish the stage which started in brisk winds on Monday afternoon on Dublin Bay but ended in very light breezes with strong tidal currents to contend with. The 340 miles course took the Multi 50 class from Dublin Bay to Bardsey Island off Wales’s Llyn Peninsula, past Bishop Rocks lighthouse at the Scilly Isles, to Eddystone Light to finish off Plymouth’s Knap buoy this afternoon.
FenêtréA-Cardinal’s elapsed time for the course is 2 days 3hours 37 minutes and 50 seconds. Their average speed over the course is 6.59kts. Le Roux’s victory today means that a different Multi50 team has won each of the three offshore legs sailed so far. The final leg to Morlaix in France, starts from Plymouth this Saturday evening.
HALL OF FAMERS – The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the 10 people who will make up its 2013 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee, and the NSHOF Board – reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.
Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media). Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations were also accepted. The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the NSHOF, which was formed in 2005 and has completed phase one of its plan to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland.
The 2013 class of inductees will be formally celebrated at the official Induction Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2013. The Induction, which is open to the public, will be held at the Annapolis City Dock – site of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame – adjacent to the U.S. Naval Academy.
National Sailing Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees: 1984 Star Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time Star World Champion Bill Buchan (Medina, Wash.); Catalina Yachts founder Frank Butler (Woodland Hills, Calif.); seven- time International Penguin Champion Runnie Colie, Jr. (East Windsor, N.J.); seven-time Etchells World
Champion Dave Curtis (Marblehead, Mass.); three-time U.S. Women’s Sailing Champion Timmy Larr (Oyster Bay, N.Y.); and 1968 Olympian and sailing author Stuart Walker (Annapolis, Md.).
National Sailing Hall of Fame 2013 Posthumous Inductees: naval architect John Gale Alden (Troy, N.Y./Marblehead, Mass.); Americas Cup icon and two-time Star World Champion Tom Blackaller, Jr. (Seattle, Wash./San Francisco, Calif.); naval architect and aviation pioneer Starling Burgess (Marblehead, Mass.); and marine photographer Morris Rosenfeld (Budapest, Hungary/New York, N.Y.).
For more on the Inductees, please visit: http://halloffamers.nshof.org
WOMEN SAILING – CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (June 26, 2013) – Thirty-nine doublehanded teams completed the first of three days of racing in Club 420’s at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, hosted by the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
Del Rey Yacht Club’s Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.) took the lead after Day One of the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship in Newport Beach, Calif. With a solid 1-9-1-5 finish, Obel and Garrett showed a mastery of the capricious conditions of Southern California.
The day started with characteristic “June Gloom” conditions: a thick marine layer and light breeze. By the start of Race Three, blue skies broke through, and the wind shifted right and picked up to 12 knots. The Race Committee stretched out the legs – providing a scenic tour along Newport’s palm tree-lined Balboa Peninsula and beaches. And the competitors stretched out too, as wind piped up enough for the teams to trapeze through the chop.
Trailing Obel by 12 points is Rebecca McElvain (San Diego, Calif.) and Mercedes McPhell (San Diego, Calif.) of the San Diego Yacht Club points. Elena VandenBerg (Annapolis, Md.) and Lilla Salvesen (Edgewater, Md.) of Annapolis Yacht Club are 13 points back. Race Four was won by Del Rey Yacht Club’s Mimi Paz (Marina del Ray, Calif.) and Sydney Avitia-Jacques (Marina del Ray, Calif.), who led from post to post, and is currently in 8th place with 37 points.
Four races were held today in the Pacific in the waters off Balboa Pier. Another four are scheduled for tomorrow with racing slated to begin at 12:00pm PT. Lighter wind conditions are expected.
The winning skipper and crew of the event will be presented the Ida Lewis Trophy (perpetual). US Sailing National Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Award will be presented to a team following the results of a secret ballot.
For results, standings, photos and more information on the 2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, please visit the event website at championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensDoublehanded.
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The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships sponsored by Gill North America and Zim Sailing, and is supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.
Race recap content provided by Betsy Crowfoot.
Photo by Joy Sailing / BCYC
EXTREME SAILING – Swiss teams Team Tilt and Realteam embark on intensive training programme in preparation for tight stadium race course.
After Acts in Oman, Singapore and China the Extreme 40 fleet is headed to Porto, Portugal, a venue that in 2012 attracted the biggest crowds the Extreme Sailing Series™ has ever witnessed. Watch the highlights from 2012 for a taste of what to expect when the fleet return from the 25-28 July here. With just over four weeks to go, two of the three Swiss teams competing have drawn the lines against each other as sparring partners over three days of intensive training. Realteam, a new entry for 2013 built around the successful team who claimed the D35 championship in 2012, and Team Tilt, the Swiss Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team who have been granted wildcard entry for Porto, spent three days on Lake Geneva in their Décision 35s fine tuning their skills in preparation for the Stadium Racecourse.
Team Tilt’s 23-year-old skipper Lucien Cujean, and Realteam’s Jérôme Clerc both admit adjusting from the Swiss lakes to ‘Stadium Racing’ is the biggest challenge in switching classes. With three Acts now under his belt this year, Clerc reflected on Realteam’s learning curve. “The biggest challenge for us has been to get used to this format of regattas. It is very short, very exciting, high-pressure racing. We have had to get used to this, I think we are on the way.” Cujean mirrored Clerc’s thoughts, predicting that for Team Tilt, “The toughest aspect will be to take quick decisions, avoid contact and navigate properly among a very competitive fleet. The Extreme Sailing Series has its own format of short and fast races that will be a change to what we are used to.”
The narrow starts and ultra-short course of the Extreme 40 stadium racecourse dictated the teams training regime, which is of particular value for Team Tilt who will only have 10 days sailing on an Extreme 40 under their belts before the Act in Porto (three days from the Pirelli Regatta and seven days training in Porto). Clerc gave a run down of what the training entailed: “Over the three days, we set up a lot of short races and practiced a lot of reaching starts to try and replicate the Extreme 40 racecourse. We were on different boats – the D35 – and we sailed with five crew instead of the usual six to try and match the Extreme 40. It was very demanding, but a good session to help us improve in this format.”
For Team Tilt the main benefit of the two-boat training was to fast track their learning, as Cujean explained, “Realteam is a very competitive crew and a great sparring partner. We were very lucky weather wise and did have optimum wind conditions for some great training on the water with our two coaches Laurent Voiron and Arnaud Psarofaghis, (who competed in 2012 aboard Groupe Edmond de Rothschild finishing third overall and with Realteam this year). So, all in all, it was very beneficial… but we will see in Porto how we will perform!”
Going on to talk about their objectives in Porto, Cujean continued, “Our objective is to be competitive enough to stay in the game. This is our first competition at the Extreme 40 level so we have no ambitions on the final results but we will fight hard on each race! Good starts will be crucial as well as mark approaches. This is also our last opportunity of high-level competition before our departure to San Francisco to start training on the AC45. We are also looking forward to competing in Porto with some of the other Youth teams.” The Kiwi Youth America’s Cup contingent on GAC Pindar compete as a full Series team, while the Portuguese outfit on ROFF Cascais Sailing Team will participate as the home nation team at the Portuguese Act.
And for Realteam? Well, with three Acts under their belt, the team is hoping they can up their game in the European Acts. “Our main aim? Don’t sail into the river wall! Seriously, we want to improve. We had some good results in China but we need to raise the bar of our average results. They have been mixed so far.”
Once again eight Extreme 40s will be on the starting grid in Porto, including current Series leader and fellow Swiss countrymen Alinghi led by Ernesto Bertarelli, the only team to have finished on the podium at every Act so far this year. Act 4, Istanbul has been postponed with an ongoing review of rescheduling later in the year by Series organisers OC Sport. For the latest information check the official website, www.extremesailingseries.com.
TRANSPAC NEWS – In partnership with Tritium Racing, Lending Club has been announced as the title sponsor of the effort to break the Transpacific record in July. Check it out above! Follow the Lending Club’s crews attempt here at XS Sailing as she tries to break the record!
SPINDRIFT CAPSIZE – In case you missed it… the capsize of the MOD70 Spindrift from many angles. This capsize has prevented Sprindrift from racing until she gets her new rig in place.
Photo by FABIO TACCOLA 2013 Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship – ORC Media
ORCI WORLDS – This morning on the first day of the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, things looked extremely promising: partly sunny skies, 14-17 knots of wind from the northwest, just enough to speckle whitecaps on the beautiful azure seas of the Adriatic. Race managers were excited about the day, planning to hold two out of the seven inshore races they intend for the week.
The 110 teams from 15 countries must have also been excited, with boats from both Class A and Class B rushing their first starting attempts into General Recalls, prompting immediate Black Flags on the two subsequent starts in an attempt to control the unruly crowds of over 50 boats on each starting line. But once the Black Flag was raised both classes were sent off successfully on their second starts to their respective 9.7 and 8.0-mile courses. This all looked like the week would be off to a spectacular start.
But two hours later, and fortunately after the finishes of both classes, a thick black cloud rolled off the coast from behind Ancona, bringing with it lightning, rain and a significant wind shift to the south. This left race managers no choice but to postpone racing for a while by sending the fleet into the safety of the harbor at the nearby Marina Dorica. And while after docking crews enjoyed a mid-afternoon coffee, this changed over to beer and pasta at 1600 local time when it became clear this cloud was not moving and it would be impractical to set up another inshore race course in the uncertain conditions.
Nonetheless, the first race was extremely close at the top of Class A, with reigning ORC Class A World Champion Alberto Rossi and his TP52 Enfant Terrible team earning the first victory of the week. But this was by an extremely close margin – a mere 4 seconds in corrected time – over Piero Paniccia’s canting-keeled Cookson 50Calypso. And the margin to third place was even less – only 1 second – to Giorgio Martin’s TP52 Aniene, followed in turn 12 seconds back by Marco Serafini’s TP52 Hurakan.
The positive result for Rossi is impressive, given that he had his boat delivered from the boatyard only on Thursday, after having made some recent rig and sail changes.
“We are still learning this boat and its modes,” said Rossi. “And we hope by the end of the week we will be sailing at full potential.”
Analyzing these results from his design office in Valencia, ORC International Technical Committee member Jason Ker said the close margins and diversity of boat types in the top ten is good news for the ORC VPP.
“In these conditions to have a mix of ten race boats and racer/cruisers competitive to under 3 minutes in corrected time is fantastic,” says Ker. “The top ten has both old and new race boats – a variety of TP52’s, a canting keel Cookson 50, an old IMS race boat (GS 42R), a Melges 32 and a Farr 40 – but also two racer/cruisers (Arya 415 and a modified Dehler 44). Its exciting that these can all be competitive racing together using ORCi.”
In contrast, the winner of the first race in Class B did so in more convincing style, with Giuseppe Giuffre’s M37 and reigning ORC European Class B champion Low Noise trailing UkaUka Racing’sComet 38S by a few boatlengths, but defeating them in corrected time by 51 seconds to take the first Class B victory. But just as in Class A, there was less than 3 minutes in corrected time from 1st to 10th place, with some positions determined by as little as 5 seconds.
Racing will continue here in Ancona tomorrow, with the long and short offshore races scheduled to start tomorrow morning and end about 24 hours later on Wednesday, although the intended course will not be announced until this evening. The format is to have a scoring gate positioned in the long course so that finish times can be taken for this short segment while the teams are en route to complete the course for the long race. Both short and long race are worth equal points (1.0, same as an inshore race), but the long offshore race cannot be discarded from a team’s overall scores.
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AC NEWS – Negotiations ended over the weekend over America’s Cup safety rules in the wake of a tragedy. Organizers say there was a lot of agreement, but it was not unanimous. Check out this report by ABC News on the latest possible AC deal breaker.
Spookie, a Carkeek 40, is leading IRC 1 after two races (Photo Credit www.photoboat.com)
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK – Saving for a rainy day is a good idea in sailboat racing just as it is in real life. That’s what early leaders were thinking after opening races at the Storm Trysail Club’s 25th Anniversary Block Island Race Week. With 182 teams racing in 19 classes (four IRC, five PHRF, seven one design, two cruising, one doublehand) and eight of those contesting major championships, the stakes are high over Race Week’s five full days of racing, and early plays for advantages in scoring are undoubtedly wise investments.
In IRC, where the North American Championship is on the line, Steve and Heidi Bejamin’s Carkeek 40 Spookie put a 1-2 in the bank today to lead, leaving fourth overall to the other Carkeek 40 in their class, Stephen Murray’s (New Orleans, La.) Decision. “It was a good tricky southwest day with flood current changing to ebb, so there were a lot of variables on the race course between race one and two,” said Steve Benjamin.
“Decision is a sister ship, so inherently we’re quite close on boat speed, but there are two others out there: the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron’s Corsair (skippered by Andy Beeler, Annapolis, Md.), which rates higher and owes us four and a half minutes on handicap, and Catapult (Marc Glimcher’s Ker 40, New York, N.Y.), which rates less and we owe them four minutes. So we have to sail against the clock more than anything.”
Corsair finished in second overall with a 4-1 today, but Catapult is right there, tied on points, in third position. According to Benjamin, who thinks the latter part of the week looks better weather-wise than originally thought, the early performances are important for “every regatta, but especially this one.”
R80 is third in J/80s(Photo Credit www.photoboat.com)
The J/80 one design, the largest class here with 18 entrants, is also holding its North Americans, and Will and Marie Crump/Thomas Klok’s (Annapolis, Md.) R80 turned in the winning performance (2-4) for the day.
“It was a nail biter,” said Will Crump, a 1999 J/80 North American champion (as tactician) who explained that his family crew (Will and Marie are married and Thomas is Marie’s brother) was joined by Annapolis tactician Chris Larson for the first time. “We didn’t do the practice race, because Marie broke one of her thumbs and we had to make a mad dash to the hospital yesterday. We were lucky to get to the line and race without major compromise.”
Crump explained that the wind, at 6-10 knots, had been forecast to blow at least five knots more. “These boats are good in the low teens, but you can be struggling in the light stuff. We were optimistic we’d get more breeze, but we finally said ‘we’re stuck with what we’ve got; let’s just figure it out.’ Sometimes we felt like heroes and other times we felt like we’d get sucked into the back. The fleet got spread out, and everyone was fighting up and down the course. There are a number of people who are competitive on any given day, and we saw a few of them pop out today.”
Crump mentioned FKA, which won today’s first race, and More Gostosa, which won the second. They are in fifth and third now, respectively. Angry Chameleon is in second, tied on points with R80.
The Swan 42 class was topped by Bandit (Photo Credit www.photoboat.com)
Block Island Race Week is also serving as the New England Championship for Swan 42 one designs, and Andrew and Melissa Fisher’s (Greenwich, Conn.) Bandit topped that class with a 1-4 today.
“The first race felt like we couldn’t do anything wrong,” said Andrew Fisher. “We were in our own breeze, which launched us. It’s easier to keep the lead in a fleet of boats that go the same speed. The second race was more interesting; we were more in the mix. Jack (Slattery, tactician) made some good calls, and we had especially good downwind performance. All and all a good day, but just because we’re in the lead now doesn’t mean much. The winner of our last regatta averaged top-three every race.”
Coincidentally, Ken Colburn’s (Dover, Mass.) Apparition finished 3-3 today. Peter Stalkus (Newport, R.I.), a four-time America’s Cup navigator who is trimming mainsail for the team, said, “yes, if we can average top-three for the rest of the event, we can win it.”
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(top-three results follow)
Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points
IRC 1 (IRC – 7 Boats)
1. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , Norwalk, CT, USA – 1, 2, ; 3
2. Corsair, TP 52, Andy Beeler , Annapolis, MD, USA – 4, 1, ; 5
3. Catapult, Ker 40, Marc Glimcher , New York, NY, USA – 2, 3, ; 5
IRC 2 (IRC – 7 Boats)
1. DownTime, Summit 40, Ed Freitag / Molly Haley , Annapolis, MD, USA – 1, 2, ; 3
2. Convictus Maximus, Farr 42, Donald Nicholson , Scotch Plains, NJ, USA – 4, 1, ; 5
3. White Witch, King 40, Larry Landry , Newport, RI, USA – 3, 4, ; 7
IRC 3 (IRC – 11 Boats)
1. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht , Port Washington, NY, USA – 2, 1, ; 3
2. Dolphin, J 122, Neil McMillan , Annapolis, MD, USA – 3, 4, ; 7
3. Spectre , Tripp 40, Brian Prinz , East Haven, CT, USA – 1, 9, ; 10
IRC 4 (IRC – 8 Boats)
1. Shamrock Sensation, Nelson Marek 40, Ralph DiMattia , Quincy, Mass., USA – 1, 1.5, ; 2.5
2. Out of Reach III, X-35, Louis Nees , Lower Gwynedd, PA, USA – 2, 1.5, ; 3.5
3. Lora Ann, Express 37, Richard Du Moulin , Larchmont, NY, USA – 3, 4, ; 7
Swan 42 (One Design – 11 Boats)
1. Bandit, Swan 42, Andrew & Melissa Fisher , Greenwich, CT, USA – 1, 4, ; 5
2. Apparition, Swan 42, Ken Colburn , Dover, MA, USA – 3, 3, ; 6
3. Barleycorn, Swan 42, Brendan Brownyard , Bay Shore, NY, USA – 7, 2, ; 9
J 44 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Gold Digger, J 44, James D. Bishop , Jamestown, RI, USA – 3, 1, ; 4
2. Resolute, J 44, Don and Rick Rave , Huntington Bay, NY, USA – 1, 4, ; 5
3. Challenge IV, J 44, Jeffrey W. Willis , Huntington, NY, USA – 2, 3, ; 5
J 111 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Wicked 2.0, J 111, Douglas Curtiss , South Dartmouth, MA, USA – 1, 1, ; 2
2. Andiamo, J 111, Paul Strauch , Manhasset, NY, USA – 3, 2, ; 5
3. Partnership, J 111, David and Maryellen Tortorello , Bridgeport, CT, USA – 2, 5, ; 7
J 109 (One Design – 15 Boats)
1. Rush, J 109, Bill Sweetser , Annapolis, MD, USA – 2, 4, ; 6
2. Storm, J 109, Richard Lyall , Wilton, CT, USA – 6, 1, ; 7
3. Gossip, J 109, Group W , Wainscott, NY, USA – 5, 2, ; 7
J 105 (One Design – 14 Boats)
1. Eclipse, J 105, Damian Emery , Shoreham, NY, USA – 1, 1, ; 2
2. LouLou, J 105, Bruce Stone , San Francisco, CA, USA – 2, 2, ; 4
3. Distant Passion, J 105, James Macdonald , Smiths, BER – 3, 4, ; 7
J 29 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Hustler, J 29, John & Tony Esposito , Mohegan Lake, NY, USA – 1, 1, ; 2
2. Mighty Puffin, J 29, Steve Thurston , Bristol, RI, USA – 2, 3, ; 5
3. For Sail, J 29, Jim Mackevich , Edison, NJ, USA – 4, 2, ; 6
J 80 (One Design – 16 Boats)
1. Knee Deep, J 80, Clarke McKinney , Solomons, MD, USA – 1, 2, ; 3
2. Angry Chameleon, J 80, Thomas Bowen , Charleston, SC, USA – 4, 3, ; 7
3. R80, J 80, Will & Marie Crump / Thomas Klok , Annapolis, MD, USA – 3, 4, ; 7
PHRF 1 (PHRF – 13 Boats)
1. Celeritas, Melges 32, Malcolm Gefter , Newport, RI, USA – 1, 1, ; 2
2. Press Gang, Farr 30, Roland Van Hazel , Etobicoke, Ont, CAN – 4, 2, ; 6
3. Jammy Beggar, Melges 32, Thomas Lee , Westbrook, CT, USA – 2, 6, ; 8
PHRF 2 (PHRF – 9 Boats)
1. Bluto, Evelyn 32 (modified), Ben Hall / Bill Berges , Tiverton, RI, USA – 2, 1, ; 3
2. Afterglow, Express 37, Team Afterglow , Easton, CT, USA – 1, 6, ; 7
3. Zuma, J 109, Macrae Sykes/ Steve Chronert , Old Greenwich, CT, USA – 4, 3, ; 7
PHRF 3 (PHRF – 11 Boats)
1. XLR8, Evelyn 32, Brad Porter , Westbrook, CT, USA – 4, 1, ; 5
2. Whirlwind, Beneteau First 36.7, William Purdy , New York, NY, USA – 3, 2, ; 5
3. Scorpion, Evelyn 32, Larry Hennessy , Middlefield, CT, USA – 2, 3, ; 5
Cruising Spinnaker (PHRF – 13 Boats)
1. Fidelio, S&S 39, Charles Townsend , Middletown, RI, USA – 1, ; 1
2. SKYE, Swan 53, Ralph Worthington , New York, NY, USA – 2, ; 2
3. Orion , S2 10.3, Bryan Coon , Hicksville, NY, USA – 3, ; 3
Double Handed (PHRF – 8 Boats)
1. Skye, Farr 395, James T. Anderson , Riverside, CT, USA – 1, ; 1
2. RockIt, Elliott 770, Lance Ryley , Boston, MA, USA – 2, ; 2
3. Fin II, Olson 30, Thomas O’Connell , Riverside, CT, USA – 3, ; 3
Cruising Non-Spinnaker (PHRF – 10 Boats)
1. Acadia, Cat Ketch 49, Burt Keenan , Hiltoh Head, SC, USA – 1, ; 1
2. Testing Life, Tartan 46, Brian Mulhall , Boonton, NJ, USA – 2, ; 2
3. Rascal, Ericson 39, Christopher Schneider , Centerport, NY, USA – 3, ; 3
PHRF 4 (PHRF – 6 Boats)
1. Rival, Taylor 38, David Curtis , Marblehead, MA, USA – 1, 1, ; 2
2. Cymothoe, Sabre 362, David Alldian , Brick, NJ, USA – 2, 2, ; 4
3. Pirate, Abbott 33, William Baxter , Stuart, FL, USA – 3, 4, ; 7
PHRF 5 (PHRF – 4 Boats)
1. Air Express, San Juan 30 30, Chris Fesenmeyer , Norwalk, CT, USA – 2, 1, ; 3
2. Stealth, Evelyn 26, Jay Greenfield , Noank, CT, USA – 1, 2, ; 3
3. Leonessa, Finn Flyer 31, Raymond DeLeo , Bristol, RI, USA – 4, 3, ; 7
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ROUTES DE PRINCES – After losing out slightly in the strong currents at Tuskar Rock on Ireland’s SE coast when they were climbing north towards Dun Laoghaire over a week ago, Sidney Gavignet’s Oman Air-Musandam made no such errors yesterday evening as they built a small lead on Leg 3 of the Routes des Princes race around Europe.
On the passage from Dun Laoghaire to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, which they should round later today, Oman Air-Musandam were the only one of the MOD70 crews to stay very close to the Irish coast and so lead by six miles ahead of Edmond de Rothschild.
This morning, with around 50 miles to go to reach Fastnet, Oman Air-Musandam have built that lead to 8.7 miles although more recently Edmond de Rothschild – leaders at Bardsey Island yesterday afternoon – have caught them a little.
In light airs and strong currents it was a trying first night at sea after a relatively fast downwind slide to Bardsey Island – off Wales’ Llyn peninsula – where Edmond de Rothschild and Yves Le Blevec collected the available bonus points for the MOD70 and Multi 50 classes.
Le Blévec and his crew were half an hour ahead at Bardsey but pushed into the adverse current when they lead by over ten miles and have seen that cushion cut right back to just 1.5 miles over Erwan Le Roux’s FenetreA-Cardinal.
The leading Multi50’s are upwind in light airs some 80 miles to the Scillies and Bishop Rock at 0600hrs UTC making around 6kts VMG. Winds should pick up slightly while the MOD70’s should get to Fastnet later this afternoon, or possibly earlier although when the tide changes they will have adverse current to push against.
Standings at 0600hrs UTC this morning
1- Actual, Yves Le Blevec
2- FenêtréA – Cardinal, Erwan Le Roux, + 1.53 miles to leader
3- Arkéma – Region Aquitaine, Lalou Roucayrol, + 6.37 miles to leader
4- Rennes Métropole – Saint Malo Agglomération, Gilles Lamiré, + 9.28 miles to leader
1- Oman Air – Musandam, Sidney Gavignet
2- Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse, +8.75 miles to leader
3- Virbac – Paprec 70, Jean-Pierre Dick, +9.36 miles to leader
1- Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne, Lionel Lemonchois
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AC NEWS – In the wake of the Artemis Racing capsize last month, Regatta Director Iain Murray has been charged with ensuring the racing this summer is as safe as possible.
After convening an expert review panel that interviewed more than two dozen sailors, designers, shore crew and engineers, Murray issued 37 Safety Recommendations. These have been included in an application for a Coast Guard Marine Event Permit, a permit that is necessary to conduct races on San Francisco Bay this summer.
To learn what happens next, we spoke to Iain Murray on Monday afternoon at the America’s Cup Race Management base in San Francisco.
He started by reflecting on what’s been happening since the Artemis Racing tragedy.
“The America’s Cup has been through a rough period in the last two months,” Murray said. “But we’re all working now towards a safer and better America’s Cup.”
AC.com: After four days of mediation with the International Jury and teams, why weren’t you able to get unanimous agreement on the Safety Recommendations?
Murray: The teams support increasing safety and the teams support all but one or two of the Safety Recommendations. But these are competitive racing teams and a couple of them are struggling with one or two specific points. I’ve been a competitor in the America’s Cup before and I know what’s at stake. For the record, not one of the teams is 100% happy with how all 37 recommendations affect them. But at the end of the day, safety means safety for everyone.
AC.com: Are you comfortable with the changes you’re recommending?
Murray: My job as Regatta Director is to stand back and take a bigger view. The safety recommendations were made in isolation and without influence from any stakeholder (team, sponsor or event) but after considerable consultation with the teams and sailors. I believe all 37 of these Safety Recommendations, which were handed down to all parties simultaneously on May 22, are important and necessary.
AC.com: What is the process that has to take place between now and the first day of on-the-water activity on July 5th?
Murray: The application to the Coast Guard for our Marine Safety Permit for the event includes my original 37 Safety Recommendations. We have expanded on how these general recommendations will become specific parts of the event documentation needed to obtain our Permit and then put it into effect.
AC.com: Will this involve changes to the Protocol, AC72 Class Rule and Racing Rules?
Murray: Yes. By attaching the Safety Recommendations to the application for the Coast Guard Event Permit, we are complying with the Coast Guard request that we have a thorough safety and management plan for the event.
AC.com: Is it possible, to make changes to these America’s Cup rules without the full agreement of all of the teams?
Murray: We’re probably taking an unprecedented step, but after the Artemis Racing tragedy, it’s a necessary step. Safety isn’t something we can compromise on. A man lost his life and we need to ensure, as much as we can, that it doesn’t happen again. We need to make changes.
AC.com: Why are these changes necessary?
Murray: We have to satisfy the Coast Guard that we can run a safe regatta this summer and the Safety Recommendations and rule changes are part and parcel of that. We have worked hard over the past few weeks to bring the teams together to agree on the specific rule changes and we have made a lot of progress. There are only a couple of items where, for competitive reasons, the teams can’t find common ground. But I won’t let those natural competitive instincts derail the process.
AC.com: Will the teams accept this or will there be a protest to the International Jury?
Murray: I can’t answer that. Time will tell whether they exercise that option. But I would hope they step back for a moment, as I have, and see that these are necessary changes. These changes haven’t been made to pick favorites. They have been made to enhance safety for everyone.
When they left the National YC dock this morning they were leaving race leader Spindrift tied forlornly to the pontoon. Plans to dive to recover the rig – broken when they capsized on Saturday – sails and standing rigging are well advanced, weather dependent.
On the initial, short 7.2 miles circuit before leaving Dublin Bay it was Virbac-Paprec 70 and FenêtréA-Cardinal which took command of the MOD70 and Multi 50 classes respectively, but this penultimate offshore leg to Plymouth promises to be very tactical, peppered with several zones of stop-start sailing. Once more a close finish, in light winds, is anticipated by the MOD70 skippers. As well as the sunshine and very light winds, there will be rain clouds at times, thick fog banks and strong tidal currents along the south coast of England, all providing different challenges or opportunities for the teams.
Leg 2 from Lisbon to Dun Laoghaire, Ireland was notable for successive opportunities for crews to claw back miles when the leaders slowed into light winds first, and on Leg 3, even more of this compression and even re-starts are anticipated.
The Multi50 course has been shortened to 345 miles by eliminating Fastnet Rock from the route which was originally planned for them. For the MOD70’s it will be at least 514 miles to Eddystone Rocks off Plymouth via Fastnet and Bishop Rock where the final marks will be detailed to the MOD70 teams.
All were heading SE this afternoon, working downwind in a fading NW’ly breeze towards Bardsey Island, which lies about 2 miles off the tip of Wales’ Llyn Peninsula. That is the first of the two marks where bonus points are awarded to the class leaders, the second being at Bishop Rock by the Scillies.
First to Bardsey Island was the Ultime 80 of Lionel Lemonchois Prince de Bretagne at 14H25 TU followed by Edmond de Rothshcild taking the two points as first MOD70 at 14h32 UTC.
“We made the decision to shorten the course for the Multi50’s due to the very light weather conditions forecast in the Irish Sea in the next 24 hours. Thus, instead of racing the 514 miles originally planned, they will do 345 “said Sylvie Viant, the Race Director.
For the MOD70’s and Prince de Bretagne the 195 miles section from Bardsey to Fastnet will start mainly upwind into a veering breeze but by the rock they will enter a confused area marking the centre of a low pressure cell. Out of the Fastnet on the course to Bishop Rock there might be the chance for a sudden gain for whichever boat manages to escape first into a W’ly pressure flow but this will die off before the Scillies.
The entire fleet should meet up at Bishop Rock lighthouse where winds will be very light, just 4-5kts at times and then racing on towards Eddystone light and Plymouth where the final finish of the race is expected on Wednesday afternoon. The tidal coefficients are high – between 100 and 105 which means currents might be up to 5-6 knots, and fog banks – especially off the Scillies and into the western English Channel.
The forecast light winds will be ideal for the Route des Princes offshore debut of 20 year old Omani Ahmed Al Hassani. The Oman Sail trainee is delighted at the prospect of building his offshore experience.
KIEL WEEK – Video above: Day 2 Highlights of Kieler Woche International TV from SAP follow the Laser Standard fleet with expert commentary from Marcus Baur and Andy Green.
Sailors from six nations are leading the fleet in eight olympic sailing disciplines and paralympic boat classes 2.4mR. With Andrews Marks in the Finn and Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntryre, the British are the first set for the Gold Fleet. In the 49er (Delle Karth/Resch) and 470 men (Schmidt/Reichsstaedter) Austrians take the lead after the second racing day, in the 49er FX (Jurczok/Lorenz) and the 2.4mR (Kroeger) German sailors are at the top. The Australian crew Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin keeps on going in the new olympic catamaran class Nacra 17, Finish sailor Tuula Tenkanen is in the front in the Laser Radial.
In his first year being the single head of organisation for the triangle courses for Kiel Week, Peter Ramcke can be happy to have a strong partner. The wind on the second day was great again and made it possible to continue with the successful start of the racing week with 48 race starts. The German athletes were well in front, being able to gain a major part of the first places, 20 in total.
Heiko Kroeger (Ammersbek) is the most confident among the German world-class sailors. The paralympics winner from 2000 dominates the 2.4mR fleet as he likes and could continue his successful races by becoming first in all three races. In the 49er, the athletes from the host country are not able to beat the Austrian duo Delle Karth/Nikolaus Resch. The team from the Alps became first four times in the eight races of the two days and is now the top team in the races of the best 25 crews, that will be competing in the Gold Fleet the next two days to decide on the six best teams for the final race on Wednesday.
SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO – Yann Elies and his Groupe Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir crossed the finish line off Dieppe at 20:05:09 to take second on the fourth and final leg from Roscoff, but overall honours in the 2013 Solitaire du Figaro.
On cumulative elapsed time, Elies won by 26 minutes and 30 seconds from Xavier Macaire (Skipper Herault) and was 33 minutes 6 seconds ahead of leg 3 winner Morgan Lagraviere (Vendee) in third. Over the last 24 hours both Macaire and Lagraviere had been in a position to take overall victory in this year’s race.
Significantly after he won last year, Elies is the only back to back winner in the race’s recent history, (the only other person ever to have scored consecutive victories being Guy Cornu in 1975/6). He also joins the elite club of double Solitaire winners including fellow competitors in this race Armel le Cleac’h (Banque Populaire), Jeremie Beyou (Maitre CoQ) and Gilles le Baud (Carnac Thalasso & SPA), plus in past years Cornu, Nicolas Troussel, Jean Marie Vidal, and Gilles Gahinet. Only Jean le Cam, Michel Desjoyeaux and Philippe Poupon, are the super-elite to have won the race three times.
For Elies, 39, this is his 14th participation in La Solitaire du Figaro, his first having been back in 1997. Aside from his being a regular fixture in this event, Elies is also a two time winner of the Jules Verne Trophy on both occasions with Bruno Peyron, first on board Orange 1 in 2002 and then with Orange 2 in 2005. In 2000 he competed in The Race aboard the Cam Lewis-skippered Team Adventure maxi-catamaran. However he is perhaps best known for competing in 2008 Vendee Globe when he had to be rescued from his yacht Generali by the Australian navy aft breaking his femur. He is also a second generation Figaro sailor – his father Patrick won the predecessor to La Solitaire, the Course de l’Aurore, in 1979.