18 FOOTERS – Sail back into time when boats were made of wood and cloth in the Historic 18 Footer Australian Championship 2014. Enjoy!
Monthly archives for January, 2014
AC NEWS – Could San Francisco’s chance to host the next America’s Cup be sailing away? That’s what one of the race organizers recently said, indicating that they were looking at other strong venues like Hawaii and San Diego or is SF playing hardball? Great article and audio on what may happen to the AC and SF. Click Here for more.
RECORD BREAKERS – The French skipper sailing the Maxi Trimaran Solo Banque Populaire VII, improved this morning at 1:15am, his own distance record for sailing solo in 24 hours to 682 miles, just one day after having established the previous one at 677 miles. Previously this record stood at 666 miles, set by Francis Joyon a year ago.
This great performance comes exactly one year after his second place in the Vendée Globe round-the-world non-stop race, having crossed the finish line only 3:17 minutes and 12 seconds behind the winner François Gabart, an unforgettable event.
The Maxi Trimaran Solo Banque Populaire VII continues its advance on the Discovery Route between Cadiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas). This morning, the skipper from Finistère lies 370 miles ahead of the reference record. The wind has weakened in the mid-Atlantic (20 knots anyway) and at 1,791 miles from the finish, Armel should jibe during the day to get an angle to allow him, as he did in the last few days, to take full advantage of his powerful giant trimaran.
This new record is now pending ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. It previosuly belonged to Francis Joyon with 666.2 miles.
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ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP – Grey skies but good breeze filled Biscayne Bay for the fourth day of racing yesterday at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Fleets managed to get good racing in as it comes to the business end of the week.
CLIPPER RACE – It’s been a frustrating 24 hours for the Clipper Race fleet, as the predicted lighter winds have played havoc with the teams progress, and with just a few hundred miles left until the Sarangani waypoint every knot of wind and mile covered counts at this stage of the race.
With the wind expected to fill in first to the north, OneDLL, Old Pulteney and Derry~Londonderry~Doire decided to follow the rest of the pack and head further north in search of the favourable winds. With the wind proving tricky to predict at this stage, skipper of OneDLLOllyCotterell who has led for the majority of Race 8, knows that in the last 100 miles any of the teams could win the race.
“As the boat speeds have decreased (along with the wind) not for the first time this race, the current is playing havoc with our course and at the moment we are trying to stay out of negative VMG (Velocity MadeGood) or going backwards. The next 24 hours or so will be a bit of a lottery for us in terms of wind while others in the fleet will get steadier conditions. Brace yourselves at home for some snakes and ladders…I have a feeling the last few miles of this race may be exceedingly close.”
Meanwhile, Qingdao’s tactic seems to be paying off as the most northerly yacht in the fleet has climbed into second place, with skipper Gareth Glover and team enjoying, ‘some of the best racing yet for us, our north tactic and finding a different weather system has paid off ‘.
Henri Lloyd which is currently in the middle of the fleet continues to make steady progress. Skipper Eric Holden describes the conditions which have led the team into sixth place, just 40 miles behind the leader OneDLL.
“The last 24 hours has been some of the best racing yet for us, our northerly tactic and finding a differentweather system has paid off for the time being, but we just need the forecast to stay the same and we may make a few more miles yet. There is still a long way to go on this race and all it needs is for us to find a wind hole or make a mistake for the last miles to the waypoint.”
In other news Invest Africa and Team Garmin have now both anointed their new Pollywog crew members after crossing the Equator into the Northern Hemisphere several days ago. After a traditional and slightly messy initiation ceremony the new crew members became trusty honourable Shellbacks.
To keep an eye on the fleets progress and to view the Official Race Viewer click here
To read all the skipper reports click here
MELGES 24 – It was Australia Day all over again on day three of racing at the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014, when three Aussie lads unleashed some of their best work. Not enough to worry the top shelf though.
There has been movement at the top of the leaderboard after three more windward leeward races, Flavio Favini’s Blu Moon (SUI) switching up into first overall and leading Harry Melges’ team STAR (USA) by 1.5 points.
The STAR crew had a day they need to forget and move on from, an eighth in race seven and a 13th in race eight.
Following a general recall in race eight the race committee flew the IZ flag, which meant anyone subsequently breaking the start had to go around one end of the gate to restart and would in addition incur a 20% place penalty.
Three Melges 24 teams cut it too fine, including the STAR team.
Melges cleverly picked his way back through the fleet from second last and finished in a respectable position, but with the penalty applied STAR had to carry their worst result and single drop for the series. Adding insult to injury was the gaping hole in their kite.
Suddenly STAR was level pegged with Chris Larson and Cavallino McLube (CAN) in first place with one race before home time.
A bullet to Favini in race nine, third for Melges and a 10th for Larson shuffled the results and gave Favini, one of Italy’s most successful helmsmen, the top spot.
“We didn’t have such a good day,” admitted Melges. “I’ve been in this situation many times and you have to forget about it and start afresh. It was a great day’s sailing all and all, just not for us.”
Cavallino/McLube is now third and Bora Gulari’s West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes (USA) fourth.
A second, first and a sixth today has moved Warwick Rooklyn’s Bandit from Sydney, Australia, into eighth overall behind Nathan Wilmot’s Melges Asia Pacific Kaito (AUS).
“We finally found some form,” acknowledged Rooklyn, who as Australian class president has worked closely with the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and International Melges 24 Class Association to bring the worlds to Australia.
On his new young team members and the circle work they have been doing due to infringements on the track, Rooklyn said, “I’ve got the young and the restless in the boat”.
“Dougie [McGain] and I have had a chat to the young pups and today it fell into place. It’s about fleet management and staying out of trouble. Hopefully we can keep that up.”
As one of the organisers Rooklyn commented, “All the internationals have said they are enjoying being here and they are very complimentary of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the waters and the competition.
Series Results [Open] up to Race 9 (Drops = 1)
1 – BLU MOON Flavio Favini (SUI825)
2 – STAR Harry Melges (USA841)
3 – CAVILLINO / MCLUBE (CAN795)
4 – WEST MARINE RIGGING/NEW ENGLAND ROPES Bora Gulari (USA820)
5 – AUDI Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA840)
Series Results [Corinthian] up to Race 9 (Drops = 1)
1 – ROGER THAT Cameron Miles (AUS750)
2 – REDMIST Robin Deussen (AUS607)
3 – AMIGOS Geoff Fogarty (AUS816)
18 FOOTERS – There is now just four weeks to the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, which celebrates the 75 years history of the world’s greatest 18 Footer event, since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938. Pictured above is the first ‘sail off’ back in 1969.
The historical significance has not been lost on organizers, who are anxious to include as many past winners as possible at the 2014 series from 1-9 March.
Over the next four weeks we will not only preview the 2014 regatta, but also take a look at some of the people and history contributing to the success of this great championship.
World famous designers such as Ben Lexcen, Bruce Farr, Iain Murray and Julian Bethwaite have all been successful as winners of the Giltinan Championship while the list of competitors covers every level of world success in numerous classes.
The Australian 18 Footers League are expecting large crowds, particularly on the two Sundays, and have arranged for additional spectator ferries if necessary.
Live video streaming, GPS tracking and social media, as well as the support we get from the sailing media/websites around the world will make the event highly visible to all who want to keep up to date throughout the entire championship.
Australian 18 Footers League
SODEBO UPDATE!!! – Weather conditions ahead, the accumulated and routings not looking good, the competitor Thomas Coville, in agreement with its partner Sodebo decided to pull the plug and to abandon his attempt to sail record round the world. The maxi-trimaran will return to its home port of La Trinité-sur-Mer. More info to come on the site CLICK HERE.
RECORD BREAKERS – Fred Le Peutrec , Patrice Richardot Gurloës Merrien and Quentin MONEGIER landed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are currently working to gather all the necessary equipment to retrieve the Maxi80 Prince de Bretagne and its skipper.
In Lorient, Arnaud Aubry is in the final formalities for leasing the tug that will go to the position of the capsized craft and evaluate, in cooperation with the firm architect VPLP, the possible solutions to proceed with turning the boat at sea.
Lionel Lemonchois , which is more than 800 miles off the coast of Brazil off Trinidad island, continues to work on securing the platform. For the last two days , he is preparing for the upcoming operation.
This morning, he cleaned the inside of the central hull which had spread engine oil during capsize. In addition, said Arnaud Aubry, with whom he is in contact twice a day, Lionel is suffering a bit from the heat. Due to the latitude where he is located, the temperature during the day is more than 40 ° C.
He also said that the swell was a little more flat since last night and the boat was slamming a little less, which allowed him a better night’s sleep.
Finally, he expressed his astonishment to see neither bird nor fish around him, they obviously preferring more shallow waters .
COOL BOAT DESIGNS AND BUILDERS – Check out the craftmanship and boat building skills of the crew at Fairlie Yachts as they build the F55 in this 12-minute video.
Designed for both cruising and racing, the Fairlie 55 reflects the style and quality of a golden age of yachting. This coupled with a modern underwater body and rig, creates a yacht which is as easy to handle as any modern yacht on the market today. She will be admired and envied in any marina or anchorage and with her performance rig and sails will show many of her closest rivals a clean pair of heels.
In the Autumn of 2011 this beautiful modern classic turned heads on the Cote d’Azur & ‘wowed’ all admirers at the shows and regattas. When reviewing the Fairlie 55, Yachting World commented – “I can guarantee you will be enchanted with the Fairlie 55. She champions wooden boatbuilding skill and craftsmanship, and she sails beautifully” – Toby Hodges YW.
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SPINDRIFT RACING – Through Spindrift racing, Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard share their passion for sailing, a sport of many facets, where performance relies primarily on a motivated and efficient team ready to advance together and take on new challenges. The entrepreneurial spirit of the team is reflected today in the first two partners in the Spindrift adventure. The bank Mirabaud (Gold Partner) and the watchmaker Zenith (Official Timekeeper) have committed for three years with, from 2014, to sharing significant challenges on Lake Geneva and all around the Atlantic.
Being bold while remaining pragmatic and organised is the approach adopted by the team from its inception in 2011 and it has been rewarded. Whether sailing the Decision 35 Ladycat, the MOD70 trimaran, or the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, the results speak for themselves. On board this year, 2013 was notable for the record-breaking feat of the Discovery Route crew (Cadiz, Spain-San Salvador, Bahamas) lowering the time by more than 20 hours after crossing in 6 days, 14 hours, with an average speed of 24.5 knots.
“Spindrift racing is a young team that brings together a group of professionals whose work has quickly borne fruit,” says Dona Bertarelli, owner and skipper of Spindrift racing. “Our project has grown and already has a good international reputation. With Yann, we have the cards in hand to take the next steps.”
Spindrift racing, the spirit of a professional team
“The support of partners has been part of the strategy of the team from the outset,” says Bertarelli. “We want to nurture our entrepreneurial approach by developing synergies with other companies who are also leaders in their field. Meeting the needs of companies who trust us enough to share these big adventures lifts us all up together and enriches the story that we are writing each day. Whether risk management in the banking sector or the high-tech business of precision watches, Mirabaud and Zenith understand what we are doing. I am very pleased to welcome to Spindrift racing these two Swiss leaders who are such symbols of success and long-term partners of major human achievements and challenges.”
Mirabaud and Zenith, the first commitments
Mirabaud has been on all the world’s oceans with the Swiss skipper, Dominique Wavre. The banking and financial group also gives its name to the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, the headline regatta on Lake Geneva.“Mirabaud & and financial continues, through this partnership, its involvement in the world of sailing at the highest level, both on a regional and international level,” explains Antonio Palma, Partner of Mirabaud.“Spindrift Racing has strong links to Lake Geneva, especially with the Decision 35 catamaran that will contest all the great races in the region. But it is also an international project, which has a strong presence around the world. Spindrift is now clearly the most important project in Swiss sailing, and we are proud to be associated.”
From Louis Blériot to Felix Baumgartner, Zenith has left its mark on the history of aviation and space. Equipping many explorers, the watchmaker has contributed to major advances. It is in this spirit that it has joined Spindrift racing as Official Timekeeper. Jean-Frédéric Dufour, President & CEO, Zenith states that:“At Zenith, we like to focus on personalities and projects are going places. Dona, Yann and their teammates have the makings of these modern heroes who are creators of dreams. We are honored to join our watches to their future performances.”
2014, new challenges for Spindrift racing
From the catamaran on the lake to the largest ocean trimaran in the world, the team strives for excellence with an extraordinary freedom of choice and action. “This is probably one of our greatest strengths,” says Yann Guichard, president and skipper of Spindrift racing before presenting this year’s program.
“Ladycat will contest the Vulcain Trophy for the eighth consecutive season,” says Guichard, the team’s D35 tactician. “At the helm, Dona will be supported by a crew from the maxi-trimaran to further optimise the understanding and bond of this already strong team.”
In parallel, Spindrift racing is focusing on an ambitious and unprecedented dual mission with the maxi-trimaran.
“This summer, Spindrift 2 will take on the impressive record time set across the North Atlantic in 2009 by Pascal Bidégorry and his crew on board the same boat,” says Guichard. “With a time of 3 days, 15 hours and a top speed of almost 33 knots, we will need an equally exceptional weather window and optimised machine to break it. We will also attempt the 24-hour record in this window if conditions allow.”
Guichard is also officially announcing that he will be on the start line of the Route du Rhum, solo aboard Spindrift 2. The Queen of the transats is run every four years bringing together the most accomplished sailors of the moment to sprint between Saint-Malo (France) and Pointe-A-Pitre (Guadeloupe). “This is an opportunity to share a special moment with our partners while providing an exciting challenge for the team,”says Guichard. “As a competitor, I have a deep desire to pit myself against other Ultimate class trimarans. However, it was never a question of transforming Spindrift 2 into a ‘solo’ boat, but rather to find the best compromise in order to be efficient for the dual purpose of the North Atlantic crewed record and the Rhum. The decision was developed in accordance with Dona and our partners. The transatlantic trip from Miami last winter, when I skippered under reduced sail and operated alone, was what finally convinced me. The shortened mast, general weight-reductions, autopilot adaptions and a number of other details will allow us to realise this and other challenges. While this XXL boat (40 metres) will be the largest port in Saint-Malo, we will be facing machines made or optimised for one man. However, I’m a competitor and we are working to ensure we can play at the front. And for someone with a passion for multihulls like me, riding alone on such a boat will absolutely unforgettable!”
EXTREME SAILING – SAP Extreme Sailing Team have confirmed their team line up for the opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore. January saw the SAP Extreme Sailing team focus on gearing up in the South of France, with training and trialing ahead of the start of this year’s series. The team sealed their crew member selection to feature at the Singapore start line and now welcomes trimmers Thierry Douillard (FRA) and Peter Wibroe (DK) as they join Co-skippers Rasmus Kostner (DK) and Jes Gram-Hansen (DK) with Bowman Nicolai Sehested (DK), returning for his second year with the team.
The competition has intensified even further this year on the Extreme Sailing Series with strong competition on the starting grid. Both Thierry and Peter are eager to establish themselves within the Danish team to continue capitalising on gains made last year on the circuit by the team.
WINDSURFING – In 1998, Abderazaq Labdi was just another kid enjoying the pleasures of life by the sea. He wanted to go windsurfing, but he didn’t own proper equipment.
The photograph above was taken in Morocco. Essaouira, Labdi’s home town, had great wind conditions for sailing away in the Atlantic Ocean, the boy was too young to have his own windsurfing gear.
Abderazaq lived near Moulay, one of the best windsurfing spots in Morocco. Here, the northeast “Charki” trade wind blows all year round, so it’s easy to get into sailing.
With no money for brand new windsurf boards and sails, Abderazaq Labdi decided he had to build a similar custom-made model. With a few meters of plastic and wooden sticks, he built the sail. With a plank of wood, he shaped the board.
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BART’S BASH – The winning entry has been unveiled after a competition to create a logo for a race in memory of Olympic sailing champion Andrew “Bart” Simpson. More than 65 entries were received, including many by schoolchildren, but the organisers eventually chose a logo by a professional graphic designer Polly Durant. Polly, from Dorchester, said her logo reflected the “give it a try” ethos of the Bart’s Bash dinghy race. The event is being held simultaneously at UK sailing clubs in September. For More CLICK HERE.
ISAF WORLD CUP MIAMI – With the last 3 days of no racing, there is reason for optimism that today will be good day of racing on Biscayne Bay for the 580 sailors from 50 nations, who are ready to prove themselves against the world’s best.
Slightly cooler temperatures this morning with wind speeds ranging from 6 to 8 knots out of the NNW under overcast skies. The breeze is expected to build throughout the day to 15 knots. However, isolated thunderstorms are moving across South Florida.
Today’s Racing Schedule:
Lasers Blue/Yellow: 10:00 & 10:15
470 Men – 10:45,
470 women – 10:50
Finn – 11:00
2.4mR – 11:00
RS:X M/W – 11:00
Radial – 11:00
49er – 11:00
Nacra 17 – 11:00
Sonar – 13:00
Skud 18 – 13:15
49er FX – 14:00
Stand by for more Live Coverage, sponsored by Gowrie Group, on today’s racing schedule, results, conditions, and more.
Live Tracking by Swiss Timing will be available and can be viewed on the ISAF website. We may be experiencing some technical difficulties. Please stand by and thank you for your patience.
VOR – The dream goes back to their first meeting on the set of a Disney sailing movie. Seven years later, Charlie Enright and Mark Towill’s vision of a round the world race campaign is coming true as the two friends enter the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with Team Alvimedica.
Aged 29, Charlie Enright recently married and lives in Rhode Island, on the American northeast coast. Mark Towill is 26, a kid from Kaneohe, Hawaii. They attended university together. Both are friendly and easy-going – they could be your next-door neighbours.
Except that these guys are going to race around the world in the next Volvo Ocean Race. That’s something your neighbour will not be doing – and these two have dreamt about it and worked to make it happen for a long time.
“We were part of the Morning Light project with Walt Disney in 2006,” Enright told me over Skype. “I met Mark during the trials for that – we both considered that project to be the beginning of our ocean sailing dream, which is the Volvo Ocean Race.”
The reality film Morning Light followed a group of young sailors on their cross-Pacific boat voyage. Inspired by their Volvo mentors, the two friends then went on to set up their own company, All-American Ocean Racing. To build their Volvo Ocean Race profile, they sailed transatlantic and Fastnet races as an all under-30 American syndicate.
Their dream began to take shape when the race CEO Knut Frostad invited the pair to Alicante for the start of the last edition in October 2011.
“It’s not been easy by any means despite the great start we had with the Disney movie,” said Towill. “We’ve spent long hours treading the sidewalks trying to get a break and it’s been all about making our own opportunities. We’ve also had a lot of help from many, many people making this become a reality.”
After dropping most other commitments in the search for a title sponsor, Enright and Towill finally found an innovative medical devices company from Turkey – Alvimedica – to back up their project.
This ambitious young company is the perfect match for a team that aims to have a crew mostly drawn from a pool of sailors under 30.
Team Alvimedica was launched this Thursday in Istanbul, with Charlie Enright to be skipper and Mark Towill, manager. Towill is also the only other crew member confirmed so far.
I questioned whether their friendship would survive the challenge and wondered if they could even start to imagine what the Volvo Ocean Race is going to be like.
“We’ve had plenty of time to talk about this over the last couple of years,” declared Enright. “We’ve developed quite a relationship working on this together. It’s been a challenge getting to this point so I’m confident we can be successful in anything now!”
His mate agreed. “There is always a little bit of fear just in the fact that it is something we have never done before but I think it is healthy. You have to have respect for the ocean and the wilderness, but we are really excited for the challenge.
“This is going to be one of the hardest – if not the hardest – things we’ll ever be taking on. I’m confident based on our personal relationship and our previous sailing successes.”
Now that the entry is officially announced, it’s time to start building a team and to launch their Volvo Ocean 65. Together with their greatly experienced CEO Bill Erkelens, they need to recruit a crew and start training. But as for this moment, our two friends just want to savour this very special moment.
“This is the first time we are in the same place at the same time since the contract with Alvimedica has been signed,” added Enright. “We’re looking forward to celebrating – and yes, it has a lot to do with what Istanbul has to offer!”
MELGES 24 – With three more races completed today at the 12 race Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014, the visitors continue to dictate terms after the second day of racing.
Following race six in the 10-12 knot sou’easter, Harry Melges’ Star and crew Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund and Federico Michetti, sailing for New York and Lauderdale yacht clubs, are lead boat and have created some breathing space.
Chris Larson’s Cavallino/McLube (CAN) is five points off Melges on 14, a 10th in race four denting yesterday’s pointscore leader’s chance for an encore. Third overall at the series midway point is Flavio Favini’s Blu Moon (SUI) with 17 points and fourth is Riccardo Simoneschi’s Audi (ITA) with 19 points.
The top three on the ladder are all past Melges 24 world champions.
Favini and the Blu Moon team are one of the longest running and most successful Melges 24 crews in the world. On today’s better performance Favini said, “We had a good day, we sailed well”.
Favini has been taught that fifty percent of a race is determined by the start. This is small field compared to class events in the northern hemisphere, but still you could walk across the start line traversing the decks of the tightly packed bunch.
“The start happens very quickly and at times a small difference in the positioning at launching makes a huge difference. It’s the most chaotic moment, and it’s fun,” said Favini.
The second pressure point is the first top mark rounding where the jury, the eyes and ears of the race committee, lie in wait for the chaos to unfold and ready to point the red flag.
So far Favini’s crew has avoided a collision. “We try to avoid it but it happens. That’s boat racing,” he laughed.
During this world championship most of the professional international crews head off early after a sausage in bread and cold beer at Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Nights are quiet so the crew is rested.
“We are having dinner at home, we cook for ourselves and we eat anything but mostly Italian…pasta of course…and fish. We like the seafood here,” Favini added.
Nathan Wilmot’s Melges Asia Pacific Kaito heads up the best placed Australian team in seventh overall from 26 starters.
Doing bow for Nathan is his wife Shona, one of a handful of women contesting the world championship in the high-end sports boat class.
She says there are fewer opportunities for women among the Australian keelboat scene because the boats are so physically demanding.
“There’s not as much room in keelboat racing to have a good role on a boat these days. The Melges 24s are good because there are five on the boat and everyone has an important role,” Shona said.
“Being up the front is very task focused. Most of the time I have no idea where we are on the racecourse, where we started and where we finished.”
Lucy Simoneschi does the bow on the Italian based Melges 24 Audi and her husband Riccardo helms. Europe offers more openings to professional women sailors, but still she says women have to work twice as hard to be fully accepted at the elite level.
“If you are very passionate and happy to dedicate a lot of time to sailing you can have opportunities,” Lucy said this afternoon after racing. “You have to put twice the time in as a man to be accepted. You have to really train and work a lot.”
Audi is well-positioned in fourth and Lucy says they are problem free, though would like the wind dial turned up.
Robin Deussen’s Red Mist from South Australia put in another fine effort to be ninth overall and again the top placed Corinthian boat, which means there are no professionals among the crew.
Watches could be almost set with the reliable Corio Bay afternoon sea breeze. Between 1pm and 2pm in the summer the sou’easter floats in from Limeburners Point, filling Stingaree Bay to the east and then Corio Bay proper.
Today Melges 24 crews milled around to the north of the bay during a short postponement prior to the commencement of racing then right on cue the breeze filtered in.
A hoodoo on the third and final race continued on day two, the fleet general recalled by PRO Hank Stuart twice and allowed through the gate at the third attempt.
The day began in the dark for the No Comment and Zinzi Silver Jewels crew and the youngest competitors at these worlds.
Ten year old Zac Heyes from Outrage-us and 15 year old Harley Walters from Melges Asia Pacific Kaito were on national television early this morning for a prime time weather cross with Channel 7’s Sunrise program. In the background, demonstrating the manoeuvrability of the class, No Comment and Zinzi were going through their paces for the camera.
There were some new additions to the look of the fleet today, country flag stickers on each mainsail and backstay flags indicating the current divisional leaders that will be presented each morning at the daily competitor’s briefing held at the host club.
The Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 wraps up on Sunday, February 2nd 2014.
Results after Day 2 (Top 5 of 26; 6 races, 1 discard)
1 – STAR Harry Melges (USA841), 2-2-3-(5)-1-1, 9 points
2 – CAVILLINO / MCLUBE Chris Larson (CAN795), 1-1-5-(10)-4-3, 14
3 – BLU MOON Flavio Favini (SUI825), 6-3-(7)-1-2-5, 17
4 – AUDI Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA840), 4-4-(19)-4-3-4, 19
5 – WEST MARINE RIGGING Bora Gulari (USA820), (8)-7-6-2-6-2, 23
CLIPPER RACE – The last 24 hours has seen the fleet make steady progress to the Sarangani waypoint after the forecasted calmer conditions failed to materialise, allowing some of the fleet to take full advantage of 25 to 35 knots of breeze on deck. However, with a dreaded wind hole on the horizon, will the most northerly yachts be able to claw back the lead in Race 8?
After battling through fickle winds and cruel currents for thousands of miles a wind hole looks set to shake up the leaderboard all over again as Mother Nature plays her cruellest card. Decision time now looms for the front runners – will the leaders continue to battle on in the favourable winds, but risk being becalmed in the forecast wind hole? Or will they join the rest of the fleet further north, in hope of finding the north east trade winds? With so much at risk at this stage, skipper of OneDLL Olly Cotterell knows that his lead could soon disappear:
“If the weather goes the right way for them the boats to the north pose a real threat even though they are hundreds of miles to the east of us. If we stop and they get fair conditions, as has been shown in previous legs, our lead now is no lead at all, so it is all to play for. As it is the northern yachts are making steady gains every schedule on us as they get a more favourable wind direction.”
Both Mission Performance and Team Garmin received a royal visitor in the shape of King Neptune, to anoint the new Shellbacks, as the new crew members crossed the Equator for the very first time. Matt Mitchell, skipper of Mission Performance describes his team’s unconventional royal ceremony:
“Over our lunchtime session today Queen Neptuna (round the world crew member Sophie Hetherton)hosted her court to welcome our Pollywogs into her domain and grant them the title of Shellbacks. The forfeits were suitably gross involving the fools halter, last nights dinner mixed with grey tank water, bilge water, coffee grounds and pancake mix, as well as a good flouring for good measure. Everybody held themselves with great aplomb and earned their new title!”
SAILING HISTORY – In a replica wooden lifeboat with 100-year-old equipment, a team of six men battles the ocean in an attempt to find out what happened on Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. Great video about survival at sea.
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2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – Sailors and their coaches made the most of morning down time for the second consecutive day, as the breeze refused to cooperate early on Biscayne Bay.
The AP flags began to drop around the five sailing venues in Miami between 14:00 and 15:00 local time. Race Committees prepared to fit in one race each during the afternoon session. The local breeze on the bay hit 4 knots by late afternoon, giving the committee hope that racing was possible.
Whilst the sun was out, the breeze came in slowly allowing one race per fleet apart from the RS:X and Nacra 17 fleets that managed to squeeze in two.
Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini showed great technique and physical prowess to remain consistent in the Women’s RS:X notching up the best score line of the day.
Tartaglini won the third race after a tight battle with Brazil’s Patricia Freitas. The Brazilian worked her way up to the fleet, reducing a 30 second deficit to four seconds. With just metres separating the front pair Tartaglini stayed strong to cross the line ahead of her Brazilian rival.
Bryony Shaw (GBR) picked up the second race victory, finishing well ahead of Tartaglini but the Italian was pleased with how things went, “It was pretty tough with light conditions between 4 and 7 knots. I am pretty happy with the day.
“You need a lot of physical training and just time on the water in these conditions. There’s lots of pumping but you need good technique so it’s a combination between pumping and going out on the water when it’s really light.
“Sometimes you don’t want to go out in the light wind but you need to, to train on your technique.”
The Italian and British sailors are locked on four points apiece at the top of the leader board with plenty of race action to come.
Brazil’s Freitas currently occupies the final podium spot.
After two bullets on day one, Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) added another and a third place as he displayed great consistency in the light breeze.
The Greek RS:X racer holds a four point lead over Makoto Tomizawa (JPN) who took the days other race win.
With the light breeze making proceedings tricky, Kokkalanis knows the combination of fitness and reading the situation plays a big part in tricky wind, “It was a good day in the end,” commented the Greek sailor.“The conditions were light, lighter than yesterday and all the athletes had to put a lot of effort in to make these boards go so it was a hard job for everybody.
“I just happen to stay on the right side all the time and make good choices. I have the speed so I try and keep up with the good guys in the fleet and if it’s possible then stay clear and move in front of them.”
2013 RS:X Youth World Champion Mattia Camboni finished both races in second and sits third overall.
In the Blue fleet, 2013 Laser World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA) won a hard fought battle in Race 3 that propelled him up the leaderboard. Balazs Tomai (HUN) took the lead at the first windward mark and had the lead for most of the race. After several lead changes, Scheidt took a slight advantage at the second windward mark and carried the lead through the final sprint. Tomai took second and Fredrick Vranizan (Shoreline, Wash. USA) took home third.
The London 2012 Olympic Star Bronze Medalist commented about the race and the lengthy delay, “These conditions are very testing as we were never sheeted block to block or sitting out of the boat. I like to sail in all conditions, but I am hoping for more wind for the rest of the week.
“During postponement, I stay focused by being active; I did a little bit of swimming and jogging. During today’s race, it was important to trust the way you were going and stay on the right edge of the course in the pressure.”
In the Yellow fleet, ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao Gold Medalist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) won Race 3. Stipanovic garnered silver medal honors in Miami last year. He led after the first windward mark, but Pavlos Kontides (CYP) passed him downwind and led at the leeward mark. However, Stipanovic got the inside track at the gate and never relinquished the lead. Stefano Peschiera (PER) finished second and Giovanni Coccoluto (ITA) placed third.
Race 3 in the Laser Radial fleet was dominated by the Peruvians. Paloma Schmidt finished first and Caterina Romero placed third. Current leader Paige Railey (USA) was second. Schmidt was just seventh around the first mark, but she used a strong first leeward run to take the lead for good.
“It was very shifty out there,” said Schmidt. “I had a hard time deciding which way to go before the race, but I knew I had to get to an edge of the course for pressure. During the start sequence, I saw more pressure on the right so I lined up near the boat. Although I had a bad start, I was able to tack out to the right and recover by getting to that side. It was all about boat speed and having a free lane all the time.”
Getting off to a great start in Race 3 was Barbara Cornudella and Sara Lopez Ravetllat (ESP). The Spanish duo had a lead through each of the first four marks before Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre took over and won the race by three second in an exciting dash to the finish line on the downwind stretch Placing second was Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA).
Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) finished third, while Cornudellas and Ravetllat dropped to fourth.
World #3 Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) were dominant in Race 3. They captured first place and enjoyed a lead of nearly 90 meters on the final downwind stretch. It was a three way race throughout. Placing second was Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE). The team of Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström (SWE) sailed through the finish line in third.
Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) continue to show their strength in the Nacra 17 with a steady display. Two second places ensure they open up a five point lead over Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond (GBR).
Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke (CAN) secured their first win in Miami in the opening race to move up to third overall. The days other race win went the way of Iker Martinez and Tara Pacheco (ESP). The Spaniards are sixth in the 31-boat fleet.
Italy’s Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich moved into the 49erFX lead after they won the day’s sole race.
The pair led the 34-boat fleet from the off, maintaining a good distance between themselves and overnight leaders Noora Ruskola and Camilla Cedercreutz (FIN). The Finnish pair attempted to chip away at the Italians but it was not to be as Conti and Clapcich maintained their bright start that hasn’t seen them drop out of the top three.
Ruskola and Cedercreutz dropped down to second with Jena Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen (DEN) in third.
John Pink and Stuart Bithell (GBR) picked up their first race win together in the 49er and with it, the overall lead. Sitting on six points the British pair are three points ahead of Julien D’Ortoli and Noe Delpech (FRA) and Jonathan Bay and Christopher Thorsell (DEN).
Former ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Champion Giles Scott (GBR) used a late surge to roll over on upstart Luke Lawrence (USA) on the final downwind sprint to win Race 3. The 2011 ISAF Sailing World Champion narrowly defeated Lawrence and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO).
Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) remain perfect in the SKUD18 and hold three race wins out of three races.
The American team of Alphonsus Doerr, Hugh Freund and Timothy Angle lead the way in the Sonar but face pressure from France’s Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont Vicary. The French trio took the one bullet of the day and sit just a point off of the leaders.
Megan Pascoe (GBR) continued her bright start in the 2.4mR and has steadily progressed in the three races. In Race 1 she came through in third, Race 2 in second and Race 3 in third. Canada’s Allan Leibel holds the same scores and is tied on three points with Pascoe at the top of the leader board.
There is some optimism that the breeze will be sufficient on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s forecast predicts 7 to 9 knots in the morning out of the south. Rain showers are expected to move through in the afternoon and possibly make for unstable breeze. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s.
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NACRA 17 SAILING – Miami World Cup Day 2 daily report by Nina Curtis. Check it out above!
MEXICO REPORT – We’re not sure why it took so long, but in the January 27 issue, Reforma, the much respected ‘New York Times of Mexico,’ took SAT/AGACE, the Mexican IRS, to task over the impounding of 338 foreign-owned boats, almost all of which remain impounded after two months.
The headline in the Mexico City newspaper roughly translates to “Mexican IRS makes a shipwreck of nautical tourism.” Similar articles appeared in El Norte, the most influential newspaper in Monterrey, the business capital of Mexico, and a number of other important state and local newspapers in Mexico. They additionally reported that SAT officials were scaring foreign boat owners over a $50 permit. It actually wasn’t over not having a permit, as almost all boats did, but they sure were scaring boat owners, no matter if they had a permit or not.
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DESTOPNEWS – Destopnews 2014 — Episode 05 — The Sailing Updates — Full edition
1. The TP 52’s fleet is back in the United States.
2. In the family of the Record’s hunters,
• Armel is laughing, (24Hrs Record)
• Thomas is clinching his teeth (Slow)
• Lionel is sobbing. (Capsize)
DANGERS OF CRUISING – By the BBC – St Lucia death, ‘Shocking end’ to sailing adventure friends of a yachtsman who was killed by raiders in the Caribbean have been speaking of their shock. Three men are in custody and are being questioned. We hate reporting stories like these but we can only hope it makes sailors aware and better prepare to take precaution at all times when out cruising in foriegn waters.
AC NEWS – A desire to grow up and achieve great things on the world stage and actually doing it isn’t an impossible dream. This was the story told by three members of America’s Cup winning Oracle Team USA who spoke at the St. Thomas Yacht Club Sunday night about their beginnings in the sport and their roles in the biggest come-from-behind victory in sporting history.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill, a native of Australia, made a name for himself on the junior match racing circuit and was tapped for his first America’s Cup back in 1999 as a 19-year-old. Grinder Shannon Falcone, from Antigua, got his start as an 8-year-old hanging on the backstay of his father’s boat while sailing in events like the St. Thomas International Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week. Designer Kirst Feddersen, born and raised in St. Thomas, sailed small dinghies during his public and private school years on the island, then embarked on a nautical design career after graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Collectively, with the 147 other members of Oracle Team USA, Spithill, Falcone and Feddersen made history by winning the 34th America’s Cup – the oldest international sporting trophy dating back to a Deed of Gift given in 1851 – in a way that made sports history.
What was it that led Oracle Team USA, on the brink of defeat after losing 8 to 1 to Emirates Team New Zealand, to come back and champion 8 consecutive races to take home the trophy?
“It wasn’t so much one thing as lots of little things,” explains Spithill. “The boats were very technical. It was akin to driving a Formula 1 race car. It was good this wasn’t a weekend race but spanned a couple of weeks so we could have that learning curve take place. In the end we just kept chipping away until we won. After all, it’s not about how you start but how you finish.”
Falcone’s advice to young people who want to follow in these footsteps is this: “Be willing to put your head down and work hard, be a team player, and be able to learn from your mistakes. Your reputation is everything in the sailing world.”
Even those who aren’t activity sailing can be part of an America’s Cup team via other skill sets, says Feddersen. “There’s a need, for example, for electrical engineers, boat builders and riggers.”
Spithill, Falcone and Feddersen all agreed that the Caribbean was the ideal place to learn to sail given the year-round warm weather and constant tradewinds. Sales of tickets and raffle prizes from the night’s talk benefit the St. Thomas Yacht Club Youth 420 sailing program.
Youth interested in learning to sail can take lessons at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Prospective sailors must be at least 5 years old and know how to swim to participate.
“Stopping by the Club on a Saturday morning is a great way for young, interested sailors to see what goes on and talk about signing up for the spring session that starts in April,” invites Margo Lynch, the Club’s head of junior sailing. “Currently, all learn to sail classes are scheduled for Saturdays. Financial aid is available.”
For more information about the Club’s sailing program or to make donations, call (340) 775-6320 or Email: [email protected]
MELGES 24 – A honking northerly breeze and an outdoor temperature of 40 degrees have meant a subdued start to the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 at Geelong in Victoria, Australia. A practice race was scheduled for this afternoon, but winds of 28 knots gusting to 35 are well above the class’ upper limit. At the skipper’s briefing this morning at the host club, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all of the 26 teams opted to remain ashore. Video by boatsontv.
A-CLASS WORLDS – The fleet which will gather in Takapuna, New Zealand, in mid-February, will arguably be the strongest fleet ever to contest an A Class Catamaran World Title. And it will very much be a contest between the professional sailors, and the talented amateurs. The professionals will be largely drawn from the Emirates Team New Zealand, with a strong input also from the helmsman of the Artemis AC 72.
The amateurs will be drawn from both the class stalwarts, some of whom have sailed in the class for years, as well as some recently signed up emerging talent. Headlining the field is Glenn Ashby, 10 time Australian, 7 time World A Cat Champion, Olympic Silver Medallist, and the Wing trimmer on the ETNZ AC 72. Glenn reconfirmed his A Class status by winning the recent Australian Titles.
Nathan Outteridge will be making his 5th appearance in a major A Cat regatta. He has already won a New South Wales title, and was runner up to Glenn in the star studded Aussie Championship of 2011, an event in which he left Brewin, Spithill, Slingsby, Landenberger, and Anderson in his wake. Nathan has recently signed up with another America’s Cup Campaign with Artemis. He enjoys sailing in the class for its good racing, and skill development. He will be sailing Glenn Ashby’s spare boat.
Dean Barker will be making his first appearance at an A Cat World’s, although he has previously sailed the boat in Australian National Titles. His AC 72 team tactician, Ray Davies will be making his A Cat racing debut.
Several of the ETNZ design team members will also have the opportunity to take on their sailing team members. Luc Du Bois, a performance analyst, first with Alinghi, and then ETNZ, has always sailed well, and has been at the cutting edge of catamaran sailing technological innovation.
Pete Melvin, hull designer and analyst in ETNZ, also knows his A Cats well, having previously won the A Cat World Title twice. Nat Shaver (foil design and analysis) will be having his first year in the class.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been singled out by Glenn as ones to watch. They are the London Olympic 49er Silver medallist’s and current World Champions, as well as the Youth America’s Cup winners on the AC 45. They have just signed up with ETNZ for the next America’s Cup match.
Mischa Heemskerk, the 2012 A Class World Champion, will be defending the title that he won in Islamorada, Florida. In 2013, Mischa was heavily involved in the “Hydros” International C Class Catamaran project, and has accumulated many hours experience of these foiling designs. It will be interesting to see how all that experience translates to flying on his DNA design with its “J” shaped centreboards. He should do very well, particularly if it is windy series.
Challenging the professional’s is quite a large pool of talented amateurs, including some whom have acquired an Olympic medal along the way. The current top performer in this group is Steve Brewin, twice World Champion, current European Champion, and the chap who sailed bow to bow around the course with Glenn Ashby at the recent Aussie Nationals. Steve is a full time builder, and a sail maker in his spare time.
Andrew Landenberger, who has an Olympic Silver medal in the trophy cabinet, as well as a number of podium finishes in European and World A Cat titles, will be taking a break from his sheep and cattle farming duties to compete in Takapuna. Always the innovator, it will be interesting to see what hardware Landy turns up with in NZ.
1984 Olympic bronze medallists Scott Anderson and Chris Cairns, now class veterans, continue to perform well, particularly in the light to moderate conditions, and should figure in the top group.
The emerging talent group includes Stephen Brayshaw and Adam Beattie, whom have been shining in the Australian regattas. Both are very strong and agile, and are able to drive their boats hard when the going gets heavy.
Leading a numerically strong German contingent is Thilo Keller, the current German and Dutch Champion, a talented naval architect, who will be sailing his own “Arrow Design”. This design has already drawn many accolades, both in Europe, and Down Under.
The most distant traveller will be Thomas Paasch from Denmark, another strongly performing amateur on his Nikita design.
The United States will be well represented, with nine boats making the trip down under across the Pacific. The US talent pool includes Lars Gluck, Ben Moon, and Ben Hall.
The Kiwis are renowned for their yachting organisational skills and hospitality, and this regatta should be a remarkable event both on and off the water.
The curtain raiser for the World’s will be the New Zealand National titles starting on the 6th of February. The 11 days of sailing across both events should be a great carnival of catamaran sailing.
REPORT BY Bob Griffits.
RECORD BREAKERS – On Monday afternoon, at precisely 3:57 pm, Lionel Lemonchois manually triggered the distress beacon of his 80-foot maxi trimaran Prince de Bretagne. He had started his 11th day at sea, trying to break the Mauricienne record, from Port-Louis in Brittany to Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius. When the beacon was triggered the trimaran was approximately 800 miles off the Brazilian coast, at the latitude of Rio de Janeiro, sailing under a southeasterly breeze between 16 and 18 knots.
Following the activation of the emergency beacon, the Prince de Bretagne shore crew in France was unable to get in contact with Lemonchois. However, early in the evening, the French sailor called his team to inform them that the trimaran had capsized. He was sound and safe inside the boat’s central hull but was forced to to cut her rigging.
CLIPPER RACE – The Race 8 course will be shortened because of unseasonable weather conditions which is hindering the fleet’s progress towards Singapore.
Clipper Race director Justin Taylor said that just as in Race 2, where the Doldrums lasted an unseasonably long time, the fleet is now experiencing uncommon and unexpected weather patterns.
Justin said: “The sea area where they are sailing in currently should be characterised by north easterly trade winds which should be allowing for fast downwind sailing conditions.
“Instead the fleet is battling against strong headwindswhich are being produced by a depression
which is north of them. These strong winds are forecasted to last for another four to five days, therefore the intention is to shorten course at Sarangani virtual mark.
“When Sarangani virtual mark bears true north (000T) each yacht shall record their time. The cruise phase of the race will then commence from this point and not Basilan Gate as originally intended.”
Sarangani virtual mark is a GPS position that the yachts are required to leave to their starboard side. It is already on the original race route and will not cause any of the yachts to deviate from the tactics and strategy that they have chosen. The shortened course finish line will update on the Race Viewer shortly.
The front of the fleet is about 850 miles from Sarangani and where the course will be shortened which is approximately five days’ sailing in these conditions.
Due to the headwinds that the fleet is tacking through, it is now impossible for the fleet to arrive in Singapore as planned. It is anticipated that the first arrivals will be on 10 February and into 11 February.
Race re-start from Singapore to China will now be on 16 February and not on February 15.
OMAN SAIL – For 2014, The Wave, Muscat team welcomes Nasser Al Mashari, America’s Cup sailor Kinley Fowler and UK Olympic Gold medallist Sarah Ayton onboard – they join skipper Leigh McMillan and Pete Greenhalgh.
McMillan first won the Extreme Sailing Series and rose again in 2013 when he became the first skipper to win it in consecutive years, ensuring The Wave, Muscat colours were seen around the world.
On Sunday evening, at a special ceremony at The Wave, Muscat in Oman that included distinguished guests His Excellency Engineer Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthi, Chairman of The Wave, Muscat, Hawazen Esber, its Chief Executive Officer and officials from Oman Sail, McMillan and fellow crewmembers, Musab Al Hadi and Hashim Al Rashdi were congratulated on their achievements in 2013 and wished the very best of luck for 2014. This year the level of competition promises to escalate even further with the addition of Sir Ben Ainslie and Dean Barker to the Extreme Sailing Series rostrum.
“The Wave, Muscat is very proud to renew its partnership with this elite multihull racing team. This is the fourth year of our partnership and we are pleased to be able to continue our strong relationship with Oman Sail in providing opportunities for young Omanis to perform on the world sporting stage. At The Wave we aim to provide a platform for excellence in all the fields in which we operate. We are delighted to be able to support Oman Sail’s fantastic work in the world of sailing through this partnership,” said Hawazen Esber.
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SEAMASTER SAILING – Here is a good video for lunch time. This 11-minute video brings you the story of five British offshore sailors striving for Vendée Globe success. Members of the Artemis Offshore Academy, the sailors begin their solo preparation racing on the competitive Classe Figaro circuit. Training with the Academy and taking part in several warm up races, the Brits prepare to do battle in the Solitaire du Figaro – the highlight race of the class Figaro calendar.
EXTREME SAILING – Find out what the elite level sailors taking part in the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series have to say about the upcoming season. The 2014 season looks better than ever with many of the AC sailors getting involved. Check it out above.
MELGES 24 SAILING – Harry Melges’ is the new Australian Open National Melges 24 Champion, the lake sailor from central USA right at home on Geelong’s Corio Bay with his crew of the Melges 24 Star. Second on the leaderboard was Flavio Favini’s Swiss entry Blu Moon with 26 points. Third was Canada’s Zarko Draganic and Chris Larson’s Melges 24 Cavillino/McLube with 39 points.
On Australia’s national day, 26 January, the foreigners flexed their muscles and held the locals out of the top five in the 8-10 knot nor’easter breeze.
The Melges 24 Open Nationals was a four-day tune up for the majority of teams backing up next week for the 2014 Gill Melges 24 World Championship, Wednesday 29 – Sunday 2 February, 2014.
Melges 24 – Australian National Championsip, Final positions
1st USA841 STAR, Harry Melges 17 pts
2nd SUI825 BLU MOON, Flavio Favini 26 pts
3rd CAN795 CAVILLINO / MCLUBE,c /Larson 39 pts
4th ITA840 AUDI, Riccardo Simoneschi 51 pts
5th JPN797 THREEBOND, Tetsuya Matsunaga 51 pts
6th AUS709 MELGES ASIA – KAITO, Nathan Wilmot 53 pts
7th USA747 MONSOON, Brucey Ayrres 58 pts
8th AUS814 BANDIT, Warwick Rooklyn 63 pts
9th AUS607 REDMIST, Robin Deussen 74 pts
10th AUS750 ROGER THAT, Cameron Miles 83 pts