Monthly archives for October, 2013
DUBAI TO MUSCAT – The 22nd edition of 360-mile Dubai Muscat Yacht Race commences Saturday, 2nd November 2013.
Competitors have been arriving in Dubai from all over the world including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Sailors from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman will also be taking part.
For the multihulls the new XS35 (pictured above) will be sailing in her first race since her delivery early this year to try to set a new multihull elapse record. Hot favorite for monohull Line Honours is Adrian Lee’s Irish Cookson 50 (pictured below), Lee Overlay Partners, which has been specially shipped from the UK for the race. The Cookson 50 has won the Rolex Fastnet Race and the RORC Caribbean 600 and weather conditions permitting, the Irish yacht could challenge the monohull course record, which has stood since 2000.
The race starts at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club in the tidal shallows of the Arabian Gulf. After approximately 100 miles of tactical racing, the fleet will reach the Strait of Hormuz, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and the gateway to the deep waters of the Indian Ocean. The fleet then turn south through the Gulf of Oman. Racing the last 260 miles in open waters, along the mountainous coast line to the finish at Jebel Sifah near Muscat.
Weather conditions can be variable to say the least, The Shamal (North Wind) can bring sudden and rapid increases in the wind strength, sand and even thunder storms. During the day, the air temperature will be over 30 degrees but will fall rapidly during the night, which may cause land breezes to form. The route from Dubai to Muscat is definitely a challenging one with awe-inspiring scenery.
Race fans, all over the world can follow the race live. Dubai based communications company, Xtra-Link has equipped the yachts with the latest satellite communications equipment. Including Thuraya XT satellite phones and hi-tech tracking devices.
WINDSURFING – Day seven of the JP Aloha Classic – presented by Nalu Kai – saw the excellent waves continue, but the light and gusty winds made for a tough day of competition for the AWT amateurs and the masters. The PWA fleet were released at 1pm with the forecast predicting better conditions for Thursday and Friday. Despite the light winds the amateurs put on an excellent display of sailing as they demonstrated pro-like wave selection and execution. Unfortunately the wind soon dropped at Ho’okipa meaning that the competition came to a premature end.
The forecast for tomorrow looks amazing – with many of the locals and sailors excited about the prospect of the conditions we should be greeted with – tomorrow sees a swell of 1.6m predicted with a 13 second period and a gradient wind of 14 knots, which should translate to 20+ knots on the water making for an epic day of sailing.
The skippers’ meeting for tomorrow has been called for 10am with the first possible start at 10:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into the livestream at www.pwaworldtour.com.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Carkeek Design Partners are now seeking to fully utilize their unprecedented recent work in the light high performance HPR/IRC arena and their winning track record in the class since its inception in Europe to develop a turnkey competitive TP52, aiming at success on the 52 SUPER SERIES.
“We are quite excited by the direction that the 52 rule has taken because it now allows us to really play to our unique strengths,” explains Shaun Carkeek. “For a variety of reasons, by necessity, development in the 52 Class has largely been limited to massaging existing hydro and aero concepts and in a largely typeformed design space over recent years. But now the new 2015 rule update will produce a slightly faster, more exciting TP52 that is closer in performance to the high performance designs that we have been fortunate to work on, like the C60, C47 and the C40 Mk1 and Mk2. In fact for example all our new designs for their length and displacement offer a proportionately better, faster all round performance and have effectively leapfrogged the 52s. But this new iteration of the 52 rule brings them up to date and closer to the arena we have been working in for the last three years.”
“We are ready to go,” Carkeek emphasises. “We are keen to hear from owners or sailing teams who are looking to benefit not just from our unique design advances which we have been able to deliver whilst the 52 Class has been relatively stationary in design terms, but also from the high level of experience and support that is part of the whole Carkeek design package.”
Carkeek will take full advantage and build on the existing working alliance with Premier Composite Technologies to offer a two or three TP52s build series using common build features to lower costs.
“We have developed and perfected a unique design and production methodology utilising precision CNC capabilities and software from the automotive and aerospace design industries. This results in a process where all parts and systems are designed in relation to one another upfront thus delivering highest accuracy, control and precision and lowering the turnaround time and cost. The product is unlike anything seen before for its size.”
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EXTREME SAILING – Programme 5 of the 2013 official TV Series is brought to you by double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson from the penultimate Act of the global tour on the Cote d’Azur, presented by Land Rover. Thousands lined the Promenade des Anglais to take in all the action from the Nice stadium as eight Extreme 40 catamarans with 40 of the worlds best sailors showcased their talents with the addition of home invitational team ‘the first club by ALL4ONE’.
Nice provided a battle that was contested in some of the most extreme conditions the fleet have encountered this season with 25 knots and two metre swell delivering what was described as “the best racing all year” by the Extreme 40 sailors. Check out all the action from the Nice racecourse including exclusive interviews with the elite sailors and race analytics by technical partners SAP here.
HALLOWEEN HOME MOVIES – Here’s proof that zombies exist! A 2011 video from the Cortez Racing Halloween Regatta in San Diego Bay. Sailing footage shot aboard the Columbia 30 Sport Boat, Mosh Pit skippered by Matt Anderson. The boat’s crew is sailed by crazy rock zombies dressed as businessmen. Will they be out this year? Beware!
DESTOPNEWS – Episode 44 – Before the short and sharp “Around the buoy’s Section”, “The Sailing Updates” takes you first to:
Transat Jacques Vabre & Prologue. Le havre
Around the Buoy
Geneva Match Race – Geneve
Farr 40 Queensland Championships – Brisbane
Spindrift Racing – Cadiz
CLIPPER RACE – Henri Lloyd has taken the overall lead of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race after completing the third stage of the 40,000-mile adventure.
A haul of 13 race points in Race 3 was enough to see the team, skippered by Eric Holden, climb above theGREAT Britain team in the overall standings.
Henri Lloyd finished second behind the British entry in the 3,400 mile race to Cape Town, but with two extra points secured from the Race 3 Ocean Sprint the team now boasts a three point lead at the top of the leader board.
“Each of the races so far have been very competitive and closely fought out, just 19 seconds separated first and second place during the race to Rio de Janeiro,” comments Race Director, Justin Taylor.
“After three races the overall leader board is really starting to take shape with Henri Lloyd proving the extra points available through winning the Ocean Sprint and Scoring Gates really make the difference. Without those extra points they’d be third rather than leading the race overall.”
With GREAT Britain in second PSP Logistics currently occupies the final podium place with OneDLL andInvest Africa just one and two
points behind respectively.
After a disappointing finish to Race 3, Qingdao andJamaica Get All Right will draw positives from their Scoring Gate points and stand sixth and eighth in the table.
Derry~Londonderry~Doire sits in between Chinese and Jamaican entries in seventh while only two points separates Team Garmin, Switzerland and Old Pulteney.
Mission Performance is currently twelfth in the standings with six points. Click here to view the overall standings.
MIRW – It’s day 3 here at the Marmaris International Race Week and after what was a long night for most of the boats yesterday with the last team finishing two hours after midnight, there was a much needed chance to regroup and prepare for the second coastal race that took place today. Yet again the competitors were treated to sunny conditions accompanied by some serious heat in the Marmaris Gulf as the 180 strong fleet gathered at the starting line. Check out the video replay above for all the action!
MINI TRANSAT UPDATE – After twenty-four hours of racing in northwestly and westerly winds accompanied by chaotic seas the Minis have at last begun to see some pleasant sailing conditions. Between the excitement of the start, the stress of the weather conditions and the reality of life aboard, many competitors have suffered from seasickness during the initial hours of the race. The wind is dropping and the pain is easing so now the tactical battle begins.
Driving the boat at full pace during the first hours of racing was not for the feint hearted. And it is surely no coincidence that, in both the prototypes and the series boat, that we find the big guys, who can take what ever is thrown at them, are in the lead. Just before the start, Ian Lipinski (Pas de Futur sans Numérique ) said : “We will play it tough, just like the Glénanaise … “. A product of the training of this famous sailing center, Ian admits that these extreme conditions are something of an advantage for him, as he is accustomed to sailing the hard way. It is also no coincidence that in the series boats those in the lead are the sailors who have completed the most sailing miles during the past two season. For example Jonas Gerkens (Netwerk 2), Renaud Mary (www. runo.fr ) or Aymeric Belloir (Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer)). In these specialist conditions, the wheat is quickly sorted from the chaff. It’s the same situation in prototypes, which are still led by the impeccable Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian). Clinging to his heels is the trio of Gwénolé Gahinet (Watever Longways) , Nicolas Boidevezi (Nature Addicts) and Julien Pulvé (MEXT -ICA), three sailors known for their larger than life characters. The first twenty-four hours were not necessarily the most technical, but they have been a test of character.
Complex strategic parameters
The battle that now opens up will be of a different nature. With a southwesterly regime in place they have to make choices. Heading west to take advantage of the pressure gradient is also taking the risk of facing unstable winds as the next front approaches and having progress slowed by difficult cross-seas, which are hard to negotiate for the 6.50m. Going south is playing the safety card and hoping to find an easier sea state in the lee of the Cantabrian coast. However, this comes with the certainty of facing very unstable winds in both direction and strength, as well as having to face one long single tack west at the end of the leg. But as we all know, sailors rarely like to bang the corners and this route does not leave them much tactical choice if there are unexpected wind shifts. Faced with this dilemma, the soloists will choose their route based on various factors : their ability to read and anticipate the coming weather changes, the potential of the machine and the helmsman upwind, and fatigue … All these parameters are taken into account . But this is all part of the charm of the Mini Transat. On these boats, where creature comforts are reduced to the minimum and where external sources of information are limited, the winner is rarely the one who has sailed the most accurate course. It is on the ability of the sailor to cope with all the technical and human elements that success usually depends.
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RECORD BREAKERS – The Maxi trimaran Spindrift has started her record attempt! Above is a video of the departure from the dock and the attitude and focus from her crew to break this record. Currently at the time of this posting, she is already 17 miles ahead of the record. Can she keep up this pace?
- Spindrift 2 on the Discovery Route
- – Favourable weather window
- – Good trade winds and area of transition to negotiate
Spindrift 2 – the world’s largest racing trimaran – crossed the start line on the Discovery Route on Wednesday October 30th at 15 hours, 19 minutes, 34 seconds GMT (16 hours, 19 minutes, 34 seconds French time) on a bid to beat the record between Cadiz – San Salvador in the Bahamas, via the Canaries, set in 2007 by Franck Cammas and the maxi trimaran Groupama 3. Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and the twelve crew members must cross the finish line in under Thursday November 07th, 02 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds (03 hours, 17 minutes, 27 seconds French time) to beat the current record of 7 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 53 seconds (21.70 knots of average speed).
Following four months of preparations, the Spindrift racing team enter a new phase in the project that was set out by both Dona and Yann. The Discovery Route is indeed a first for the trimaran in terms of races and a first transatlantic adventure for Dona Bertarelli. The Swiss sailor, surrounded by a high-flying team that combines both youth and experience, should benefit from the good weather window.
A favourable weather window
On standby in Portimao in southern Portugal since October 7th, Spindrift 2 is taking advantage today of the first serious weather window to arrive following a long period of low pressure systems. From the start of the race, the maxi trimaran should get the strong winds from the north that will propel it towards Gran Canaria, which they must leave to starboard. There will be a series of gybes to manage and the still rough sea state from the recent storms to contend with. “The boat is ready, the crew are ready, and the excitement of departure has gradually taken a hold over us”, says Dona Bertarelli.
“A fine weather window presents itself to us following three weeks of intense preparations. Conditions on the Atlantic look promising for Spindrift 2 to beat this record. It is a very long distance, and quite naturally, some uncertainties remain over the whole course”, explains Yann; “Although the situation is clearer regarding the finish zone in the Bahamas. With this sustained north wind, we will have to deal with a low lying system at the end of the fifth or sixth day of racing, an area of transition that we will have to manage with car and skill…”
A ” tense and tricky” start
From the start Spindrift 2, will face difficult sea conditions, “Nothing we can’t handle” Dona assures, “but rough sea is not favourable for high speeds…” Yann and Dona’s crew should have downwind conditions, a little too direct for the trimaran’s ideal course, for the first thirty hours of racing that will be marked by a series of gybes to reach Gran Canaria.
“We should then be not far off the Mauritania coastline” Dona continues, “and we must be alert to traffic, fishing boats and other craft … especially since there is no moon. These early hours will be stressful and will require full attention and concentration of the crew. We expect to get minimum rest and to have to forsake the watch rota we have planned; everyone will be on deck!” Next will follow three fine days of trade winds, during which Spindrift 2 will be able to race at her full potential. “It will be from then, and only from then that we will be more calm”, says Yann Guichard. “Our course will pass through the north in order to get the best wind angle”.
Then follows the highly strategic phase in this race against the clock, with the quest for the best transition from one system to another. “The collaboration and exchanges between our onshore router Richard Silvani, Erwan Israel (navigator) and myself will be intense“, says Yann. “This is the most uncertain part of the race, and the most exciting” insists Dona. “This is the phase of the course that contains the most unknown elements, and we will have to be positive to keep all our chances going …
“We are setting off to break the record”
The Discovery Route is the first major ocean challenge for Spindrift 2 and crew of fourteen men and women, who won the Rolex Fastnet Race (in real time). Whilst vigilance and safety remains Yann and Dona’s priority, the desire to start the challenge and conclude these three long weeks of being on standby with a win is felt by each of the 12 crewmembers. “We set out on taking care to keep to the plan we have been setting up for weeks; taking great care on the manoeuvres, look after the hardware and the crew, maintain good on board communications between watches and take all safety precautions.
This is a very long record attempt compared to the North Atlantic (3 days 19 hours), and we will have to be on good form throughout … ” This is a record lived as a collective adventure with a group of carefully chosen individuals whose selection is based on talent and the ability to work as a team seamlessly and at ease at sea.
“Dona and I are proud to set off on this first trip, on this first adventure with the Spindrift racing team.” Highlights Yann. “This is my 11th Atlantic crossing, and everything seems different. The pressure is positive and whilst leading this a crew is no trivial matter, the shared adventure has all the ingredients and fun one feels on great crossings. To win this challenge we have set ourselves would be a great reward for the whole team, both on shore and at sea, who has worked on this project.”
Weather routing : Richard Silvani
Time to beat : 7 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes, 53 seconds
Current record : Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas) in 2007
Distance : 3884 milles (WSSRC)
To follow the record attempt:
• Map showing Spindrift 2 positions updated every 15 minutes can be seen
• A dedicated “Discovery Route” site with information on the record attempt and the crew on board Spindrift 2
• Daily news update each morning with will have a brief summary of the record attempt, show the time difference against the current record holder, update on the past hours, the games ahead etc…
• Daily weather update provided by Richard Silvani, the Spindrift racing team router, looking at the situation and forecast for the record attempt
• Daily log book entry sent from the boat by one of the crew
• Photos and videos sent from on board to follow the adventure more closely
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – The TAG 60 is a sailing boat that’s designed for serious sailors, who want a luxury cruising catamaran that comes along with with high-tech racing features like a high aspect ratio mainsail, carbon wing rig, and high aspect dagger-boards. The reviewer James Nolan came across it at the Cannes Boat Show, where it stood out even among the crowd of high-dollar luxury yachts and sailing boats.
As James discovered, even the boat’s construction reflects race-boat thinking. It’s all carbon, and is engineered to handle extreme loads. In fact, safety gets an extra nod with sensors in the rigging which sense when loads become too extreme, and slack off the sails. The builder likens it to the suspension system on an advanced sports car, which can be dialed in to best accommodate the driver. Watch the video to learn more, and you can also read sailing expert Zuzana Prochazka’s review of the TAG 60 on Boats.com.
VOR – A team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company and run by leading sailing company OC Sport, will race in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race. Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew, as well as its support team.
Team Dongfeng is the third campaign to announce their participation in the 12th edition of the world’s leading crewed offshore race that starts on October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain. Seven Volvo Ocean 65 boats are currently being constructed in readiness for the next race.
Check out the great videos and new website that this formidable team has launched by clicking HERE.
MINI TRANSAT UPDATE!
- The race will be temporarily halted at the tip of Spain
- The port of Sada (near La Coruna) is ready for the Minis
- A break necessitated by deteriorating weather
MINI TRANSAT – Here is a great home movie of the start of the race. To follow the racers click HERE.
F18 AMERICAS – The final day of racing and awards of the F18 Americas Championship. Enjoy!
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – So easy to sail and win races with the new Columbia Carbon 32, even 10-year old Cooper (pictured above) has no problem trimming the backstays as ‘Six Brothers’ wins another race to finish the season on a high note.
“Six Brothers” owned by Christian Kramer, sailing under the American Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club burgees, raced his new CC32 with his six sons this season with great success.
Just one of their wins this season was First to Finish and First Overall in the 46 mile 2013 Stratford Shoal Race. ‘Six Brothers’ owner reports:
“It was great fun with the A3 spinnaker up heading to Stratford at 11 to 14 knots! We were sailing as fast or faster than true wind – the boat has amazing acceleration. We made the turn in about 2 hours and then close reached back to Oyster Bay at 8 knots. I love the boat!
For more on the Columbia Carbon 32 go to COLUMBIA YACHTS.COM
AC NEWS – The skipper of the first challenger to win the America’s Cup, Australian John Bertrand, has told the Sydney Morning Herald he is excited by the newest antipodean challenge for the Cup.
”There’s no one better in this country,” Bertrand said, speaking about Bob and Sandy Oatley, the father and son pair behind the Australian challenge from Hamilton Island Yacht Club. “The interesting thing is that [until now] Bob has never really professed interest in throwing his hat into the America’s Cup. But this is a new world.”
Bertrand says he’s willing to help the effort in any way he can and cautions the task may be daunting. The Oatleys, he says, “must create a world-best organisation. Nothing less will do. You have no control over the opposition.
“The level we saw was jaw-dropping on San Francisco Bay. In three or four years, it will be at another level.”
Australia is well-positioned to make a strong challenge, with Australian sailors playing key roles on several syndicates in the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco this summer.
Jimmy Spithill, Kyle Langford and Tom Slingsby were in glamor roles on board the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, while multihull ace Glenn Ashby was a key performer for Emirates Team New Zealand.
And there’s more talent to pull from, with Australia’s deep Olympic sailing squad.
“For the first time our Olympic sailors have relevance to the America’s Cup,” Bertrand says. “High-performance America’s Cup is directly relevant to the high-performance element of the Olympic Games which is like the 49ers; whereas before you had to have a whole bunch of grey hair before you had a chance at the America’s Cup. It is a wonderful development for young people to develop a sustainable career.”
Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club is the challenger of record for the 35th America’s Cup.
Read the full story here.
RECORD BREAKERS – The weather window that is coming into play means the Spindrift racing crew can plan for the imminent start of their Discovery Route record attempt. The navigation team has been analysing and refining the best possible time to set off since yesterday. The start, initially planned has been delayed.
Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and the whole Spindrift racing team have been focused on the weather forecasts since officially entering standby mode for the Discovery Route. They aim to make the most of the few days of the weather window which is opening in their favour. “As we do not have a big margin to beat this record with, each minute and hour we can gain counts; that is why the strategists’ ability lies in finding the most favourable time at which to leave during this opening,” Dona Bertarelli says. Spindrift 2 should cross the virtual start line of the Discovery Route in front of Cadiz on Wednesday.
EXTREME CARNAGE – Here is some repeat footage of heavy weather sailing carnage in Qingdaoa at the Extreme Sailing Series. The public witnessed some extraordinary adrenalin fueled ‘stadium’ racing… and 4 catamaran capsizes including Oman Air and a major mast breaking crash.
VOR – With one year until the start of the 2014 – 15 Volvo Ocean Race, the girls of Team SCA are fired up about their new boat and the training regime ahead of them. Check out the video report above on their training and ‘can win’ attitude.
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MINI TRANSAT – The Mini Transat got underway on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:19 (local time ) in a building wind of about 12 knots, gusting up towards 30.
LASER SAILING – Almost all of Britain, France, Germany and Italy’s top world ranked sailors will be among the the crack 126 strong fleet gunning for gold when the 2013 Laser Standard Men’s World Championships organised by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Sail gets underway in Oman on 16 November.
But they will be hard pressed to get past the world’s best four as of the latest ISAF rankings from 21 October 2013 – Australia’s Tom Burton, Croatia’s Tonci Stipanović, Brazil’s Bruno Fontes and Sweden’s Jesper Stalheim – in the star-studded fleet that will feature forty six of the worlds’ top fifty ISAF ranked Laser Standard Men’s sailors including Olympic, world and national champions from 48 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North, South and Central America.
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MINI TRANSAT – It’s on for the Mini Transat … The weather will finally allow the fleet of 84 Minis to leave the shores of Brittany today! Although the crossing of the Bay of Biscay should be completed safely, the passage around Cape Finisterre could be tricky for the final competitors. However, it is by far the best conditions for the past two weeks. Follow the fleet by clicking HERE.
THE MIRW – The 24th Marmaris International Race Week, is held, as the name suggests, on the beautiful Marmaris coast in the south west of Turkey. Netsel Marina will be playing host for the week, providing top notch hospitality for all of the competitors and spectators, ensuring there’s plenty of fun to be had on shore as well as out on the water.
The success of this event has grown year on year and this week sees an impressive turn out of around 180 competitors gracing the Marmaris shores. CHECK OUT THE PROMO VIDEO ABOVE!
LUXURY RACING – Antigua Sailing Week attracts sailors and millionaire owners from around the world in a five-day round of races. It’s one of the most exclusive yachting events of the year, with some of the finest and most expensive boats taking part. The Luxury Channel followed a number of owners and crews at the 41st outing of this exclusive yachting event as they battled for the much coveted Lord Nelson trophy. Next year’s race starts in April just in case you want to attend!
F18 NORTH AMERICANS – The sailors racing in the Gulf of Mexico, were paid a special visit by Batgirl and Wonder Woman as they enjoy the evening and tell their tales of victory and defeat on the water. Check out the highlights above! For final results of the regatta CLICK HERE.
CLIPPER RACE – Clipper Race veteran and Chief Instructor Ben Bowley (30) is to take the helm of Team Garmin in the next stage of the current edition of the race from South Africa to Western Australia, where a permanent replacement will be appointed following the departure of the team’s current skipper in Cape Town.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the crew and taking the Clipper 70 into the Southern Ocean,” commented Ben Bowley who achieved an overall podium position for histeam in the 2011-12 edition. “Having been closely involved in crew training and the commissioning of the new fleet, I am really looking forward to seeing how the new yachts perform in the Roaring Forties. I’m expecting great things. The Southern Ocean has
always filled me with a great sense of excitement; it is the most beautiful seascape in the world.”
British skipper Ben boasts a wealth of big boat ocean racing and coaching experience in addition to his Clipper Race credentials. He will arrive in Cape Town tomorrow to meet Team Garmin and prepare for Race 4 to Albany on the southern tip of Western Australia.
Clipper Race founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Ben is a very competent skipper and Chief Instructor, so is already familiar to many of the crew from the extensive pre-race training. He will hand over to a permanent replacement in Albany. The need to replace a skipper in the race from time to time is not unusual. Leading an amateur team
in the world’s longest ocean race is very demanding.”
Ben Bowley replaces Australian Damian Parnham who has decided to leave the race in Cape Town.
Race 4 in the 16 race global series will depart for Albany, Western Australia on Monday 4 November.
The 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race takes eleven months to visit six continents and will finish back where it started in front of Tower Bridge London in July next year.
CHINA CUP – Vanke Longcheer dominated the final day’s competition with a 2,1 score to win the 35-boat Beneteau 40.7 fleet at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. The level of Zeng Haitao’s dominance in the fleet led to questions about whether their sails were permissible for an event where the majority of teams use charter boats with equipment as supplied. Lying in 3rd place at the end of racing, Tobias O’Connell’s team on Yo! launched a protest at the two boats ahead in the overall standings, Vanke Longcheer and Vatti Sailing.
After long deliberations, the International Jury let the provisional results stand. The provisional winner was crowned the definitive winner. At last Zeng Haitao and his crew of Australian professionals could celebrate victory in an event that is attracting an increasingly high standard of sailors, and with it the kind of controversy that took place today.
“A great week on and off the water,” said Vanke crewman Marcus Ashley-Jones. “We were lucky enough to get here a few days early. We arrived for a bit of crew training at Longcheer Yacht Club and then we found we were competitive speed-wise. We had a lot of battles with the Vatti team. It’s been great.” As to the controversy around Vanke Longcheer’s sails. “The rules that are written for this event are quite open ended, and it does allow for quite an uneven playing field. What’s happened has happened, we can’t change that.
“But for the next event I think we should look at it, the event is getting so big, it’s attracting more and more talented sailors who are pushing the limits more. They need to rewrite the rules to accommodate this. It’s attracting a lot more attention globally. You’ve got Olympic gold medallists, TP52 sailors coming to compete here. To keep level of the Beneteau 40.7 class high, they need to build some tighter rules around it.”
Jamie Wilmot, sailing with his Olympic Champion son Nathan aboard Tobias O’Connell’s Yo!, explained the rationale behind their final-day protest against the top two boats ahead of them. “This regatta is a great template for others to follow,” he said. “It’s the absolute future of racing – but let’s do it properly. If you have a fleet of charter boats, they should all have the same sails. To get away from this situation, in future we should have teams swap boats after the end of every day.”
Jono Rankine won last year and came back with a crew that on paper was the strongest of the regatta, with talent that included 470 Olympic Champion Jo Aleh and 49er World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Pete Burling. Rankine said there was nothing wrong with his team, but using charter-supplied sails they lacked the raw pace to take the fight to Vanke Longcheer. “The guys have worked very hard to keep us in the game and get us round the course. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to defend our title from last year, but the guys have done us proud. We’ve been racing a boat that’s almost in another division in terms of their relative speed to us.”
Other class winners were Xie Jun’s China Spirit in IRC C, Zhang Peng’s CYA Great Wall in the Soto 27 one-design fleet, Tiger Zeng’s TT who dominated HKPN Division 1 with a string of bullets, and Szeto Yiu Kwai’s HuaAn Cutting Edge in HKPN 2.
Tonight the teams go to the final prizegiving and closing ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel Dameisha. The 100 teams from nations all around the world will look back on four days of tough competition and start their plans for returning to the 8th edition of the China Cup International Regatta in October 2014.
* The China Cup International Regatta 2013 took place on 25th to 28th October 2013 in the waters of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. It consisted of four days of racing organised by Water Sports Administration Center of the General Administration of Sport of China, Shenzhen Municipal Administration of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Shenzhen Marine Sports Base and Shenzhen Vanke Longcheer Yacht Club (LYC). There were 100 entries with teams from around many nations around the world including Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Dubai, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. China Cup International Regatta was awarded ‘Asian Regatta of the year 2012’ at the Asian Marine and Boating Awards.
Regatta Website: www.chncup.com
CLIPPER RACE – The crew of Jamaica Get All Right, which arrived in Cape Town last night, paused from deep clean duties today to welcome in the penultimate team to finish, Mission Performance.
Jamaica Get All Right crossed the line in Table Bay yesterday at 2057 UTC (2257 local). Skipper Pete Stirling commented, “It’s fantastic to arrive into Cape Town. It was a hard upwind beat out of Rio for a few days, but the morale on board really changed when we decided to go for the Scoring Gate which we won.
“Overall we finished in tenth position, but I’m pretty happy the way we sailed the boat, finishing the race in fifteen days is still a fast time.”
Mission Performance crossed the line at 1022 UTC (1222 local) after crawling in light airs before a final flourish gave them the boost they needed to cross the line.
Skipper Matt Mitchell was very pleased to be in Cape Town despite the challenging leg, “The Race from Cape Town to Rio was a really exciting one. We started off really well, but we encountered a few problems along the way which saw us lose our position in the race and slip to the back of the fleet. We’re looking forward to a day or two of rest, then we will start to turn our attentions to Race 4”
Qingdao has accepted twelfth place and is now using its engine to make best speed in very light winds. The team are estimated to be alongside in the V&A Waterfront by around 1730 local (1530 UTC)
The provisional results for Race 3 are therefore as follows:
GREAT Britain – 12 points
Henri Lloyd – 11 points
Invest Africa – 10 points
OneDLL – 9 points
Old Pulteney – 8 points
Switzerland – 7 points
Derry~Londonderry~Doire – 6 points
PSP Logistics – 5 points
Team Garmin – 4 points
Jamaica Get All Right – 3 points
Mission Performance – 2 points
Qingdao – 1 point
The Prize Giving will take place in the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Wednesday 30 October from 1715 local time.
SB20 SAILING – At the end of a three-day 12 race class clash in a wide array of conditions, the new SB20 Australian champion is Ian Brown’s One Design Sailing from Sydney.
The pre-regatta favourite, Brown and his crew of twin brothers Patrick Conway (bow & tactics) and Alex (mainsheet & tactics) and Scott Cotton (fourth hand) sailed a classy series with few errors. Their final scorecard of 19 points, a whopping 32.5 points from the nearest threat, proved an unclimbable mountain.
Brown’s new partner in this SB20 is Alistair Murray, the CEO of Ronstan Australia. With most class action happening in the southern states of Victoria and Tasmania, One Design Sailing will now live in Melbourne closer to the active fleets.
“We didn’t expect to win by such a margin,” admitted Brown. “Fitness in the fresh conditions on the first two days and learning the techniques definitely played a big part. The young fit fellas were very proactive around the course and keen as mustard to go to the next level.
“The race committee did a great job and it’s a top venue,” Brown expanded. “Sandringham Yacht Club’s terrific ambience comes from its mix of sports boats, keel boats and dinghies for its youth program, and it all works; it’s definitely one of the premier yacht clubs in Australia.”
Brown was sheethand when Nathan Outteridge skippered One Design Sailing to victory at the Port Stephens SB20 nationals two years ago. The 470 Olympic bronze medallist has finished top dog again, this time ably helming his own boat.
Next for Brown’s talented 470 sailors are Sail Melbourne and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on James Cameron’s Hick 35 Legasea in December.
Multiple Dragon world champion Nick Rogers, skippering the Tasmanian SB20 Karabos with his regular Dragon crew of Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows, was second overall with 51.5 points, Rogers’ best class result.
“Our first target as a crew was to lose 20 kilos, which we did. Our second was to convert from the Dragon to the SB20, which we achieved,” said Rogers. “To finish second in this high quality fleet is fantastic, today wasn’t so good for us but we’d done the hard yards in the first two days and it was just enough.”
Nick Dare and his young guns on BMW Brighton, representing the host Sandringham Yacht Club, was third with 57 points and fourth was clubmate Callum Burns’ Purple Patch.
The first two days of fresh winds and a wintry chill blowing off Bass Strait had crews rugged up to ward off the cold. On finals day, Sunday 27th October, the sun shone weakly down on the Brighton BMW SB20 Nationals off SYC’s clubhouse and breakwater. The brave ones shed some layers and even the odd pair of white legs was on show.
The trade off from the high pressure system hanging over Port Phillip was light winds bending south west through south to south east. With the exception of one short postponement it was enough to propel these lightweight 20-footers around the course and complete the scheduled four final races.
After race 9 the wind dropped out to a barely there 1 knot and tracked towards to the west for a spell. The race committee hoisted the ‘Where’s Wally’ flag and postponed racing until a new breeze line answered prayers, filling in from the SSW at a steady 6 knots.
Two general recalls led to a black flag start for race 11, which settled everyone down.
Looking back at the regatta, Principle Race Officer Steve Aulich said, “We had a huge variety of conditions, from 25 knots down to 1; it’s been a very fair regatta for all abilities.
“The volunteers on the race management team were the highest quality, and hopefully that’s appreciated by the class.
“We tried to be all inclusive in terms of understanding what the class wanted. Having a morning session each day gave all SB20 competitors an opportunity to give feedback and request variations, which were agreed to when there was consensus.”
At the trophy presentation crews acknowledged the support of series sponsor Brighton BMW and brand new Australian SB20 champion Ian Brown declared, “We are a happy BMW owner family with our 3 Series Touring, which is great for towing boats!”
Final results at Sandringham Yacht Club
About the SB20s:
SB20 (formerly Laser SB3)
The Laser SB3 was designed by Tony Castro and launched in 2002. In 2012, Tony Castro appointed a new builder, Sportsboat World. At this time, the Laser SB3 was renamed the SB20 and building was returned to the UK from Malaysia. The boat is a strict one design class, economic to buy and campaign, easy to sail with a simple deck layout and electric downwind performance delivered by the generous sail plan. The boat has a lifting keel, can easily be launched from a slipway and towed behind a car.
Image by Teri Dodds.
18 FOOTERS – Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett made it two-in-a-row victories when they steered their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix 18ft Skiff home an easy winner of Race 3 of the 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour today.
Lumix took the lead mid way up the first windward leg of the course then had little difficulty maintaining the lead for the rest of the course before scoring a 2m24s win from Race 1 winner Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings) .
Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson, Peter Nicholson and Geoff Bauchop) was a further 1m7s back in third place, ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Jack Macartney), Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster) and Yandoo (John Winning).
Today’s windward-return course was set for a north-east breeze but the first of several wind shifts arrived shortly after the start and split the fleet into two distinctive groups.
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) won the start but Lumix and Fisher & Paykel took full advantage of the shift when they went to the southern side of the course.
Mojo Wine’s crew saw the advantage being created and came back to mid stream while The Kitchen Maker (Darren McKavanagh) led those on the north.
Lumix also benefitted from the 3-buoys handicapping and went around the ‘red’ buoy to open up a lead of more than one minute.
Fisher & Paykel was in second place ahead of Mojo Wine and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).
The spinnaker run back to the bottom mark was tight as the fleet battled the light breeze which was coming from the East-ESE.
Smeg was the big improver as the skiff moved into third place just ahead of Haier Appliances and Mojo Wine.
With little work required over the next two laps of the course, the race became a little processional as Lumix set a cracking pace.
At the bottom mark on the second lap her lead had been extended to 2mins as Smeg moved up into second place.
The leading positions didn’t change over the final lap of the course.
CLIPPER RACE – With nine yachts now safely berthed in Cape Town, just three boats remain at sea pushing as hard as they can to complete Race 3.
Earlier in the race, Qingdao and Jamaica Get All Rightheaded further north than the rest of the fleet to go for the valuable extra Scoring Gate points on offer.
Tactically, the risk didn’t pay off in the end, with the two yachts experiencing lighter winds as they headed south.Qingdao is in twelfth position and due in tomorrow late afternoon and Jamaica Get All Right tenth place and due in this evening.
Mission Performance is still racing in eleventh position and is due in during the early hours of tomorrow.
Jamaica Get All Right skipper Pete Stirling, in tenth position, said he was disappointed but his crew had sailed very well and were consistently matched.
“It comes down to tactics. I made the decision to stay north and go for the Scoring Gate which, at the time, looked like a good call but the weather didn’t pan out quite as forecast. We got three points from the Scoring Gate so that’s one bonus at least. The crew have developed tremendously and are becoming seasoned ocean racers.”
CHINA CUP – Day 3 of the China Cup International Regatta saw a clear leader emerge in the competitive 35-boat Beneteau 40.7 fleet, as Zeng Haitao’s Vanke Longcheer won both races in light winds on a very lumpy and bumpy sea. Top Aussie match racing professional Jordan Reece is steering the boat. “In the first race we were over early on the start line but we battled back,” he said. “We’ve had good speed all week, the communications on board is good, and it was great to win that race. The next one we took an early lead and held it from there.”
Reece hasn’t sailed the Beneteau 40.7 before, but sails with four other team members on a Farr 40 back in Sydney. “Pretty happy with the training we’ve done here, and we’re looking forward to seeing if we can get the win tomorrow.”
Last year’s winners of the Beneteau 40.7 division, Vatti Sailing skippered by Jono Rankine, certainly have a lot to do if they’re to catch Zeng Haitao’s runaway boat. With Vanke on 6 points and Vatti on 15, the Kiwis really need the Aussies to slip up tomorrow. For 470 Olympic Champion Jo Aleh, the China Cup is her first foray into competitive keelboat racing. “We’re happy with how we sailed today, with two clean races. It was easy to get wrong, so we’re happy to get two keepers.”
As to whether they can defend their title? “It’s going to be game on, it’s never over till its over in sailing. We’ve got a bit of battle with a lot of boats close behind and one a fair few points ahead.” Of those biting at Vatti’s heels, closest is Yo! in third place with another 470 Olympic Champion, Nathan Wilmot, calling tactics. “We’re not quite as fast downwind as some of the other boats but we’ll see what we can do,” said Wilmot.
While there is a clear leader in the Beneteau 40.7s, the other divisions see a number of head-to-head battles developing among the top boats, with just a point here or there between them. In IRC B there is some good friendly banter between the two frontrunners, Tonny Chun’s Talkinghead sitting a point in front of Whiskey Jack skippered by Nick Southward.
Whiskey Jack crewman Guy Nowell said: “Each of us got a 1 and a 2 today. Tomorrow we’ll take it seriously when we have to, but whatever happens we always have to have a couple of Whiskey Jacks when we hit the dock.” Tonny Chun looked forward to the battle but more than anything was enjoying the camaraderie of the China Cup. “The racing is efficient, we are having a good time, we have a chance of winning and we have made a lot of friends here this week.”
HuaAn Sailing Team, a McConaghy 38 co-skippered by Li Qing and Dominic Law, continues to lead IRC A, although only by a point from Denis Logutenko’s Russky Team, with Yan Yuye’s Sea Wolf and Frank Pong’s Jelik still within striking distance. HuaAn’s helmsman, former 49er sailor from Sweden Peter Backe, said the big rolling swell with light winds did not suit their broad-beamed powerful hull shape. “Starting after the Beneteau 40.7s, you were faced with a wall of bad air to break through,” he said, “and it was hard to find a lane. But we managed to tack our way out and had a pretty good day considering the difficult conditions.”
In the Soto 27 one-design fleet, one of China’s most accomplished female Olympic sailors, Song Xiaqun has justified the faith put in her appointment to the helm of Team Alpha Pirates, by leading the division. “We didn’t have a great first day, but today was much better and it is good to be leading. I think we have a really good team spirit,” she said.
Tonight the teams attend another lavish banquet and prizegiving ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel Dameisha. On Monday the China Cup concludes with a two-race day, including a round-the-island medium distance race.
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AC HISTORY – It was just over one month ago, on September 25, when ORACLE TEAM USA completed an astounding comeback to retain the America’s Cup.
The American defender rallied from being down 8-1, to win eight consecutive matches over a very tough Emirates Team New Zealand. ORACLE TEAM USA would win the America’s Cup by a 9-8 score.
Re-live the magic… Watch the full race broadcast again above!
AC NEWS – Official sources have now confirmed that the Dutch national sailing authority has decided not to take any further action against Dirk de Ridder (NED) following an adverse report by the International Jury during the 34th America’s Cup. See Appeal Case findings below:
Appeal Case [13-13]
Investigation by the Zeilraad (Dutch Appeal Committee) whether or not to conduct a hearing based on:
Report of the AC34 Jury in accordance with RRS (AC edition) rule 69.1(c);
JURY CASE AC31 against Dirk de Ridder (MNA: Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond)
69.2 RRS (AC edition) Action by a National Authority or Initial Action by the ISAF
(a) When a national authority or the ISAF receives a report alleging a gross breach of a rule, good manners or sportsmanship, or a report alleging conduct that has brought the sport into disrepute, or a report required by rule 69.1(c) or 69.1(e), it may conduct an investigation and, when appropriate, shall conduct a hearing. It may then take any disciplinary action within its jurisdiction it considers appropriate against the competitor or yacht, or other person involved, including suspending eligibility, permanently or for a specified period of time, to compete in any event held within its jurisdiction, and suspending ISAF eligibility under ISAF Regulation 19.
Facts found by the International Jury (AC34): (excerpt)
Dirk de Ridder:
During June 2012, at the site of the AC45 Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, Dirk effectively gave instructions or direction to Bryce Ruthenberg and Andrew Walker to add lead to the king post of boat 4, knowing this to be in contravention of the AC45 Class Rule. The instruction or direction may not have been explicit, but it was such that Bryce and Andrew were left in no doubt that they should carry out the work.
Dirk disputed that he gave the instruction to put weight in the king post. However, Bryce gave clear evidence that he received the instruction or direction from Dirk and the Jury accepts Bryce as a more credible witness.
Furthermore, the signed interview record (exhibit 17) shows that Dirk accepted that he knew the weight had been added to the king post either at the time of the Newport or San Francisco Regatta. At the hearing, Dirk disputed that he had said that he knew weight had been put in the king post.
Exhibit 17 includes the phrase ‘aware of work done in dolphin striker but not amount weight or time’. When cross-examined, Dirk claimed that the word ‘weight’ was referring to a desire to make the king post longer, which would add weight (a change of less than 100 grams but which would have required permission from the Measurement Committee). The Jury considers his explanation as unconvincing and does not accept this as a credible explanation.
Another phrase included in exhibit 17 was ‘don’t know when aware’. It is the Jury’s view from the cross-examination that Dirk had indicated the truth at the pre-hearing interview – that he knew about the weight in the forward king post.
The Jury is satisfied that Dirk knew that the weight had been added to the forward king post, knowing it was in breach of the AC45 Class Rule, during the Newport Regatta.
Dirk is a very successful and experienced sailor. Like many successful sailors, he has a reputation for attention to detail and a philosophy of many small increments having a significant effect on the performance of the boat. He is assertive by nature and respected by the shore crew.
The Jury is comfortably satisfied that:
Dirk gave the instruction or direction to add the weight to the forward king post; Dirk knew the weight had been added;
Dirk knew it was a breach of the AC45 Class Rule;
Dirk did not tell the truth in the hearing in this regard.
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Decision of the International Jury (AC34):
The Jury is comfortably satisfied that this conduct was a gross breach of a rule and of good sportsmanship.
Dirk is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th America’s Cup. RRSAC Rule 69.1(c) requires the Jury to inform his National Authority (Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond) and the International Sailing Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties.
RECOMMENDATION TO KNWV & ISAF: The Jury makes no recommendation.
Findings and considerations of the Zeilraad (Dutch Appeal Committee)
In accordance with established procedures the KNWV ordered the Zeilraad to conduct an investigation and, when appropriate, conduct a hearing in this matter.
Dirk de Ridder is a member of a Dutch yachting club and therefore within jurisdiction of the Dutch MNA
The Zeilraad has applied the rules as stated in the RRCAC and considered the report sent by the AC jury as a report under rule 69.2(a) of the RRSAC.
- is aware of the extensive work done by the AC Jury;
- noticed the facts found, as worded in the AC Jury-report;
- noticed the wording in reports, particularly JN177 ;
- noticed the Jury has based its decision on the “comfortable satisfaction” standard of proof asused in the RRS 2013-2016, Rule 69.2(c).
- noticed the different recommendations by the AC Jury, regarding the four penalized persons;
- noticed from studies in the archives of appeal cases only one remotely resembles this case,no further reference could be found;
- is aware that it has only limited knowledge of all evidence presented and used by the AC jury.th
The Zeilraad further considered that being excluded from further participation in any role in the 34 America’s Cup for a gross breach of a rule and of good sportsmanship, combined with the world wide publicity on TV/radio, Internet and newspapers, is by itself, a severe penalty.
Having considered all evidence the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to impose an additional penalty
After this investigation the Zeilraad finds that it is not appropriate to conduct a hearing and decides that no further action will be taken in this matter by the Dutch MNA.
rd Nieuwegein, October 23 , 2013
RECORD BREAKERS – Spindrift 2, the world’s largest racing trimaran, and its 14-strong crew, led by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, can at last foresee a weather window within the next 24 hours which could launch their attempt to beat the record set between Cadiz and San Salvador (Bahamas). Spindrift 2 has been on standby in Portimao, southern Portugal, since 7 October, waiting to attack the record set by the maxi trimaran Groupama in 2007. The large black and white trimaran is hoping to cross the start line in the bay of Cadiz on Tuesday 29 October around 12:00 GMT.
The three weeks enforced “standby” in Portimao was partly because of the significant collapse of the Azores high-pressure system and the continuous chain of active low-pressure systems hitting the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The high pressure is finally gathering strength and generating sustained North-Easterly winds ideal for the first stage of the crossing towards the Canary Islands. “This means the trade winds are picking up again,” explains Richard Silvani from Météo France, weather analysis and routing partner to Spindrift 2 on her first great transatlantic challenge. “The Azores high pressure system is moving into the ideal position for Spindrift 2,” he says.“
Dona and Yann will therefore be able to make the most of this opportunity to start and will continue to refine the exact time to set off across the virtual start line from Cadiz. “The window that is being presented is pretty good with a sustained trade winds for the most part of the course,” explains Silvani. “At the start they will have to get away from the Spanish coastline and any areas of no wind to get the most out of the northern breeze, which should fluctuate between 25 to 30 knots.” Outlining the options, Guichard added; “The first part up to the Canaries will be quite fast, with a steady breeze and a number of gybes. The storms that have been sweeping across the Atlantic for the last few weeks have generated a North, North-West sea swell that is not good for fast sailing and we expect to have 4-metre waves. Once we have rounded the Canary Islands by the right it will be a matter of fine tuning our strategy and choosing the best possible course to join San Salvador. The options are a more northerly course, closer to the direct route, or a more southerly course, further off the direct course but presenting better conditions.”
As always on long course record attempts, there is a certain amount of uncertainty with any forecasts beyond five days and the finish area in San Salvador is currently under the influence of low pressure, sitting between two systems where there is very light winOnce the stopwatch starts, the whole Spindrift 2 crew will be totally focussed on its first race against the clock on what looks like being a fast sail. “The pressure will be intense from beginning to end and we are going to have to keep the pace going throughout the crossing, says Dona Bertarelli. “We do not have much margin to play with.”
Crew of the maxi Spindrift 2 for The Discovery Route:
Jean Baptiste le Vaillant
Weather routing : Richard Silvani
CLIPPER RACE – GREAT Britain takes line honours in Race 3 from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, securing its first win of the 40,000 mile Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race. The team crossed the line at 08.48.58 UTC (10.48.58 local time) in front of the spectacular back drop of Table Mountain. Henri Lloyd has finished in second place crossing the line at 11.40.56 UTC (13.40.56 local time) with Invest Africa and OneDLL expected to finish later this afternoon.