COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Team Cobalt are completing their 3 year build of the Team Cobalt Catamaran, a hydrofoiling 20′ Catamaran designed to realise the team’s goal of breaking the Round the Isle of Wight Record. This film brings you up-to-date on the project and shows the cat sailing – hydrofoiling for the first time.
Monthly archives for February, 2014
UNTIE THE LINES – Here is weekly report #25
It’s time to find out the truth…so I have to take down the paint of KARL’s hull to see if there are more holes hiding underneath. What a job! It’s day number seven of grinding now and I just finished the second side. But I haven’t found any more holes so far, so that is good news.
Find out more about my life with KARL on www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates. If you enjoy watching my documentary and therefore want to contribute a little bit for internet costs / video equipment, then you can do so here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr…. Thank you for your support!
To catch you up, if you don’t know about her adventure, here is the beginning of her journey and a video on KARL, her boat in the videos below:
BACARDI CUP – The most anticipated multi-class regatta in Miami will take place from March 2nd to March 8th, 2014. Teams representing countries from all over the world will meet again and line up under Miami’s sunny skies on Biscayne Bay to compete for the celebrated Bacardi Cup and the BMSW regatta trophy.
The STAR Class will compete for the 87th time in the Bacardi Cup, the VIPER 640 will be back challenging for their EFG Bank Pan-American Championship, the Melges 24 look forward battling with the Europeans, the Melges 20 will be back competing for their Winter Series. TheJ/80’s and J/70’s are coming back numerously for their 2nd and 3rd year. We are also thrilled to announce to all participants that this year the VX One , will be joining the BACARDI Sailing Week Regattas both in Miami and Newport.
SAILING IN MEXICO – In Puerto Aventuras is where the 2014 Circuito Mexicano de Vela starts with the 3rd edition of the Copa Riviera Maya. Circuito Mexicano consists of 8 stops, that take place across Mexico and hosts both big boats and dinghies. A real festival of sails that from its final ranking the national Mexican team emerges. Circuito Mexicano de Vela hosts both national and international participants from Guatemala, USA, Argentina and other countries competing in 7 classes (Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Hobie 16, RS:X, Optimist, 420 and Bic Techno Class). And the level is high enough with many of the young athletes battling out for a spot at the 2014 ISAF youth sailing worlds that will take place in Portugal during the summer. Check out the highlights above (spanish voice over). If you don’t understand spanish the sailing is all you need. Sailing is the universal language!
The first day of the event started with rain during the morning, not the best possible conditions but luckily soon the rain stopped and under the cloudy weather the first races started. The wind was quite strong and in combination with the strong current that was reaching 3.5 mph, it made sailing harder for the competitors. The championship started well with all classes completing their scheduled races.
As the skies cleared during the second day, the sun came and so did the wind. Conditions were very good with stable offshore wind that was reaching up to 15 knots and with bigger waves making it more challenging for the sailors. The day closed with all classes completing their schedule and athletes having a tough and demanding day in the water. So recharging the batteries before the last day was crucial.
Final day strong wind, hard competition, capsizes. The races were over and the results were formed. Next stop for the Circuito Mexicano de Vela is in late March. With events covering almost all year long the Circuito is keeping the interest high and the sailors active travelling around Mexico and visiting beautiful places. The MexORC and the Copa WesMex are the next two that will take place almost at the same time, and include both offshore and dinghy classes. The action is transferred to the west coast of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
18 FOOTERS – From the 18 Footers League:
Welcome to the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championships, proudly supported by Sydney City Marine. This will be the 75th year for the premier event for the International 18 foot skiff class.
Since the first regatta on Sydney Harbour in 1938, many of its competitors have become world, Olympic and national champions in a variety of yachting classes.
The Giltinan Championship regatta is held annually on Sydney Harbour and provides spectators (both on the water and along the harbour foreshores) with the world’s most spectacular racing.
This year, you will also be able to watch live via 18 footers TV, live tracking, or on social media. No matter where you are, you can be a part of the 75th JJ Giltinan Championships.
Race Dates are:
Saturday 1 March Race 1
Sunday 2 March Race 2
Tuesday 4 March Race 3
Wednesday 5 March Race 4
Thursday 6 March Race 5
Saturday 8 March Race 6
Sunday 9 March Race 7
The fleet for the championship:
1 Gotta Love It 7 Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage
2 Thurlow Fisher Lawyers Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas
3 Mojo Wine Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey, Ricky Bridge
4 C-Tech Alex Vallings, Chris Kitchen, Joshua McCormack
5 Coopers 62-Rag Famish Hotel Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris
6 Sydney City Marine David Witt, Tom Clout, Matt Wark
7 Smeg Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings
8 Yamaha David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald, Mark Overington
9 Fisher & Paykel Grant Rollerson, Peter Nicholson, Geoff Bauchop
10 Asko Appliances Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron, Jeronimo Harrison
11 Lumix Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack, Aron Everett
12 Pica Jamie Mears, Stewart Mears,Matt Searle
13 CST Composites Howie Hamlin, Mike Martin, Nick Catley
14 Winning Appliances Shane Smith, Shane Dickson, Jake Restall
15 Yandoo John Winning, Andrew Hay, Jim Beck
16 Appliancesonline.com.au Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson
17 Haier Appliances Rick Peacock, Tristan Hutt, Nick Murray
18 Rabbitohs-Kenwood Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle, Kurt Fatouris
19 The Kitchen Maker Will Phillips, Malcolm Page, Cameron McDonald
20 Knight Frank Riley Dean, Matt Coutts, John Little
21 Original Chia Flemming Clausen, Soren Clausen, Kez Cameron
22 De’Longhi-Rabbitohs Simon Nearn, Kieryn Cowan, Keagan York
23 Pure Blonde Nick Daly, John Walton, James Smithers
24 Black Dog Jarrod Simpson, Daniel Nixon, John Sweeny
25 Maersk Line Graham Catley, Matt Randell, Brad Collins
26 Hyde Sails Jack Grogan, Sam Caslin, Michael Banks
27 Magic Marine Norbetr Peter, Finn Mrugalla, Eike Dietrich
28 Compassforex.com.au Pedro Vozone, Jakub Jankowski, Daniel Watson
29 EuroLink Friedrich Renner, Christian Meissner, Thomas Eggersdorfer
30 PB Towage Josh Franklin, Tristan Hamilton, Barry Flanagan
31 Viagogo Alexandra South, Greg Dixon, James Slee
32 Ilve Oliver Hartas, Josh Marks, Tim Lake
33 Brisbane 18 Footers Laurie Williamson, Daniel Smith, Nathan Smittmann
34 Layline Automation Skip McCormack, Jody McCormack, Joe Penrod
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ISAF – Episode One: The Year of Santander
The ISAF Sailing World Championships is the ultimate test of racing skill, short of the Olympic Games itself. Get onboard with members of the US national sailing team as they prepare for this crucial challenge in 2014.
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is the national sailing team of the United States. The top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in the sport are selected annually to the roster, and compete around the globe. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken and Team McLube.
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HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – The TIPSY BARTENDER girls do a blind taste test of ADULT CHOCOLATE MILK. They have to describe the taste in one word unrelated to food or drink. It’s funny!
TRACK RACING – Video of the 2014 Tiger Trophy pursuit race at Rutland Sailing Club, the final event in the 2013/14 GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series. Working for the first time with Garmin, SailRacer also mounted a Garmin VIRB Elite action camera to the bow of the OK sailed by Charlie Cumbley, the North Sails One-Design manager more often seen in a Solo.
Andy Rice interviews North Sail’s Charlie Cumbley, with on-board footage from Garmin and SailRacer GPS Tracking (sponsored by Rule 26). Last event in GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2013-14. Hosted by Rutland Sailing Club, in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST).
18 FOOTER – The Haier GBR 18ft Skiff team training on Sydney Harbour in 30 knot nor’easters in the lead up to the 2014 JJ’s. On board and off the boat footage; good rides, good air and good carnage. A Sunset Productions film.
CRAZY CAT SAILORS – From Cat Sailing News: Bourgnon is way nuts. He is the King of nuts Catsailors. Yvan was left without his main sponsor support early in the trip, and in Martinique his crew also left.
Update from Forward Sailing: “He just finished the first part of his adventure: The Atlantic. He arrived in Panama the 9th of February, after a 10000km trip from Les Sables d’Olonne, where he left the 5th of October.
Leaving Bourgnon to continue his round the world trip Solo… Alone.
He is looking for additional support.
Visit his site for more info ledefidyvanbourgnon.com
For more of the story go to catsailingnews.com
DRAGON RACING – Britain’s Lawrie Smith won the second race on the opening day of the Dragon Grand Prix at Cannes, to finish the day in sixth overall. After two races completed, Denmark’s Lars Hendriksen and Jorgen Schonherr are tied on nine points for the overall lead. Hendriksen won the first race from Philipp Malte of Monaco with Thomas Muller of Germany in third.
Smith followed his 14th place in race 1 with victory in the second race ahead of Dmitry Samokhin of Russia with Schonherr third. 57 teams from 14 nations are taking part.
Dragon – Grand Prix, Cannes FRA – Day 1 after 2 races (52 entries)
1 DEN 138 HENDRIKSEN Lars (ESTPV2) 1.0 8.0 9.00pts
2 DEN 406 SCHONHERR Jorgen (DENJS4) KDY – 6.0 3.0 9.00pts
3 RUS 35 FOGELSON Victor (RUSVF5) PIROGOVO – 5.0 6.0 11.00pts
4 RUS 27 LOGINOV Anatoly (RUSAL4) – 9.0 5.0 14.00pts
5 GBR 785 SMITH Lawrie – 15.0 1.0 16.00pts
6 MON 9 MALTE Philipp MONACO YACHT CLUB – 2.0 14.0 16.00pts
7 FRA 396 ARNAUD Remy (FRARA3) – 4.0 12.0 16.00pts
8 GER 1111 BRUHNS Arnt (GERAB27) NRV – 7.0 10.0 17.00pts
9 GER 1133 MÜLLER Thomas (GERTM13) – 3.0 16.0 19.00pts
10 RUS 76 SAMOKHIN Dmitry (RUSDS9) YC ST BPETERSBURG – 21.0 2.0 23.00pts
11 FRA 409 BLANC Gerard Y C CANNES – 16.0 9.0 25.00pts
12 GER 1125 LINK Stephan (GERSL1) BYC – 22.0 4.0 26.00pts
13 FIN 83 LINDGREN Jouko – 8.0 20.0 28.00pts
14 RUS 98 GOIHBERG Igor (RUSIG4) YC ST PETERSBURG – 18.0 11.0 29.00pts
15 ITA 56 DUCA Giuseppe COMPAGNIA DELLA VELA – 12.0 21.0pts
16 GBR 795 VERNON Tom – 29.0 7.0 36.00pts
17 DEN 403 HVALSO Soren (DENSH8) – 13.0 24.0 37.00pts
18 GBR 761 WILKINSON – COX Gavia (GBRGW40) RCYC – – 14.0 26.0 40.00pts
19 GER 1123 ZANKEL Michael (FRAMP39) N R V – 25.0 18.0 43.00pts
20 GBR 789 PAYNE Martin (GBRMP55) SALCOMBE – 26.0 19.0 45.00pts
UNTIE THE LINES – ‘Untie the Lines’ is a weekly solo sailing documentary. A young woman takes off to a journey that can be anything between three month and three years, starting in Panama. Every friday, she will give you a little insight about how she is coping with putting one of her biggest dreams into reality. Above is the first video posted back in July 2013.
Below is week #24 posted last Friday… see where she is now almost a 8 months later. Unfortunately her dream has hit a rough spot as her boat has holes in the hull that need to be repaired. It’s almost too much for her but we hope she keeps going on her journey.
To catch up on her journey from the first day and buying her boat to her current video CLICK HERE. It’s a good story of one chasing the dream of a simple life on the water.
CLIPPER RACE – Crews have been taking advantage of downtime while motorsailing towards Hong Kong to learn new skills whilst carrying our drills and doing maintenance.
Switzerland crew members have been learning about astro-navigation as an alternative to using a GPS.
Vicky Ellis, skipper of Switzerland, said earlier on the leg she and the crew had run through the theory of how astronavigation techniques can find the yacht’s position on the earth’s surface. Now they are practicing again.
“Today, out came the sextant and the morning’s watch learnt how to tune and play this precious piece of equipment used for finding the altitude (angular height) of the sun in the sky.
“Next watch we will look at how to take sun sights and for those with the mathematical patience we may even reduce a few to find our position. It is a long process but the results are far more satisfying than glancing at the Garmin chart plotter to find our location.”
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Astronavigation is a dying art, and it won’t be long before only a very few people know how to do it.
“It is extremely satisfying and I’m chuffed the Switzerland crew are learning. I want to give the sailors the chance to learn the widest range of skills possible so they are well equipped when they finish the race.”
Race Director Justin Taylor commented: “It is important to be able to understand how it all works and go back to the first principles of astronavigation.
“It takes a lot of practice but it is a good skill to have.”
Olly Cotterell, skipper of OneDLL, said his team has set up to do maintenance and drills over the next few days.
“We want to arrive as ready as possible into Hong Kong so that we can start Race 9 as close to the other yachts as possible.
“The base of OneDLL’s performance pyramid is being prepared. Opportunity has the uncanny habit of favouring those who have paid the price of preparation.”
COOL EQUIPMENT – The Hike Pro revolutionizes hiking bench training by providing a dynamic hiking workout which closely emulates sail training in a dinghy on the water. Even if you can’t launch your dinghy for every opportunity to train, you can easily hop on the hiking bench and build those hiking muscles! Read up on the hiking bench, see photos, watch the video above.
SPINDRIFT RACING – So, how can one man drive a 40-metre trimaran? The Spindrift racing team are modest but what is happening behind the scenes in the boatyard is anything but. In Episode 4 of the ’40 metres solo’ series, Édouard Touchard, part of the design team, explains how the deck of the Spindrift 2 is being adapted to the needs of this season and solo sailing.
There will be 10 teammates for the North Atlantic record this summer, then Yann Guichard will be alone for the ‘Rhum’ between Saint-Malo and Pointe-À-Pitre. There is no question of putting electronic winches (electric aids have been forbidden by the jury); only his two arms, his two legs and all his multihull experience can be used to complete his mission. The conductor of the Spindrift sailing crew, the skipper will become a one-man band, reading the score as a soloist.
RORC – JUST IN! Hap Fauth’s JV72, Bella Mente, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2014 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 26th February in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 5 mins, 44 seconds. Bella Mente was outside the course record set by George David’s Rambler 100 of 40 hours, 20 minutes and 2 seconds.
RORC – MORNING UPDATE – The closest finish in the six year history of the RORC Caribbean 600 is playing out on the last leg of the course for the IRC Zero leaders. At 0700 on Day Three, Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente, George David’s Rambler and George Sakellaris’ Shockwave were approaching the last island of the course in fighter formation, readying themselves for a battle royale.
After exiting the Stealth Zone at Guadeloupe, the American trio, lit the afterburners, at times sending it at 20 knots of boat speed, towards Barbuda. A hair-raising reach to reach gybe, in darkness, at Barbuda and then the battle resumed as they blasted to Redonda.
As dawn broke on what will be the last day for the leaders race, torrential rain has engulfed the area, reducing visibility but soaking away the salt of a ballistic reach to Barbuda and a broad spinnaker reach to Redonda. The adrenalin levels on board will be peaking, as the teams work their stations to maximize the performance, all three yachts are speeding at over 15 knots, but it will be a cold beat on the rail back to the finish in Antigua. After an incredibly demanding 40 hours of non-stop action, the teams will be exhausted but digging deep to summon the energy for a last push to victory.
Rambler should be quicker than both of the Mini Maxis on the beat back to Redonda and George David’s team will throw everything at the last leg of the race to take Line Honours. With the speed of all three yachts, one handling error or wrong tactical decision will prove very costly. The Line Honours Prize is most definitely on.
Although Shockwave is behind Bella Mente, on corrected time, George Sakellaris’ team is ahead after time correction, but by a slender five minutes. The beat to finish will be a titanic struggle between three world class teams. It’s every hand to his sheet or winch, where quick’s the word and sharp’s the action.
Follow the race web site http://caribbean600.rorc.org
There will be news stories, blogs from the race course, images, video and daily race reports. Follow all the action as it unfolds on the RORC Caribbean 600 website.
RACE AROUND THE WORLD – Jimmy Cornell the founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) and organiser of five round the world sailing events, has launched a global race for amateur sailors.
“I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,” declares the three times circumnavigator whose successful rallies, websites and books have always responded to the aims and interests of amateur sailors.
“In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world in a competitive event but see themselves excluded by the dominance of all current offshore races by sponsored high-tech yachts sailed by professional crews. The World Odyssey will answer this demand by bringing back the Corinthian spirit of earlier round the world races.”
|Cape Horn landfall|
|Cape of Good Hope|
In order to keep costs at a reasonable level, only production mono-hulled boats between 40 and 60 ft LOA will be eligible, with no performance enhancing modifications being allowed to the standard design. There will be separate classes for double-handed and fully crewed boats. The World Odyssey will be run under the IRC rating rule and is scheduled to be held every two years.
The ten-month-long Odyssey will start in summer 2016 from a port in Atlantic France and follow the traditional sailing route around the three great capes of the Southern Ocean: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn.
The 28,300 mile route has been divided into 11 legs, with stopovers in ports with good yachting facilities that are also attractive destinations. A longer stop has been planned in the New Zealand capital Wellington for families and friends to join the crews for the Christmas holiday season. Having successfully weathered the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn, an extended sojourn in Ushuaia will allow the crews to enjoy Patagonia during the austral summer.
During their circumnavigation participants in the World Odyssey will take part in a number of oceanographic and meteorological projects by deploying autonomous scientific instruments, gathering and transmitting data from remote ocean areas from where there is an acute absence of up-to-date information on climatic conditions.
In recognition for this valuable contribution to scientific research, the World Odyssey will be run under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organisation and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
|1. Start port – Arrecife (Lanzarote)||1200||Sat 23.07.2016|
|2. Arrecife – Rio de Janeiro||3650||Thu 04.08.2016|
|3. Rio de Janeiro – Cape Town||3320||Wed 07.09.2016|
|4. Cape Town – Fremantle||4720||Sun 09.10.2016|
|5. Fremantle – Melbourne||1720||Sun 20.11.2016|
|6. Melbourne – Wellington||1660||Sat 10.12.2016|
|7. Wellington – Ushuaia||4600||Mon 02.01.2017|
|8. Ushuaia – Mar del Plata||1180||Sun 19.02.2017|
|9. Mar del Plata – Salvador da Bahia||1920||Thu 08.03.2017|
|10. Salvador da Bahia – Horta (Azores)||3200||Sun 26.03.2017|
|11. Horta – Start port||1180||Sun 23.04.2017|
RORC – New video in of the 60 yachts that started the 6th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 in spectacular conditions. High above the Pillars of Hercules, the magnificent international fleet of yachts enjoyed a sparkling start of warm trade winds, Caribbean swell and brilliant sunshine. Ahead of the yachts lies a breath-taking course around 11 islands with more twists and turns than the Monte Carlo race track. Check out the start!
SAFETY AT SEA – The Maersk Svendborg lost over 500 containers after being battered by huge waves and 60-knot winds in the Bay of Biscay, about 75 miles south-west of Land’s End.
Maersk, the owners of the 1138ft (347m) vessel, confirmed that 520 containers were lost but that most, around 85%, were empty. The full extent of the damage wasn’t realised until the ship docked in Malaga, southern Spain, last week.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed that the majority of the containers had sunk in French waters. The agency’s aerial surveillance aircraft have been searching for the remaining containers, which can float just below the surface.
Read more at motorboatsmonthly.co.uk
WETA SAILING – Woah Weta Davo. The wind was gusting, so it was not an easy task. As soon as we cleared the harbor, the wind stretched it’s fingers and wrapped us in whoa! Check out how the Weta handled it!
VOR – It’s Charles Caudrelier’s 40th birthday this Wednesday; it’s also his first official day as Dongfeng Race Team’s skipper in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. “A key step as a sailor and as a man” for the Frenchman and winner of the last race.
He doesn’t underestimate the task. He knows the challenges that lay ahead, the human pressure and the rough conditions in the world’s leading offshore professional crewed sailing race which begins in October.
Caudrelier is no stranger to the round-the-world 38,739-mile marathon as a key figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12. Announced as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team at the official christening this Wednesday in Sanya, he understands what it means to guide a team through the next edition.
“I’ve seen it on my skipper and friend Franck Cammas in the last race: being a skipper is a huge responsibility and it’s demanding from a human point of view. But I’ve learned from my past experiences and I want to take these skills further.”
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COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Roger Taylor made his name writing books about his solo voyages into gale-torn northern latitudes in his junk rigged 21ft Corribee Mingming. Yachting Monthly’s Dick Durham meets him while refitting Mingming 2, an Achilles 24, to find out where he’s going next.
HOME MOVIES – Check out what happens just after 2:30 in the video. Watch the lone foredeck crewmember scramble to hang on the mast when he sees what is about to happen. Does he make it?
RORC CARIBBEAN 600 – At 0700 local time, on Day Two of the RORC Caribbean 600, George David’s RP90, Rambler, had opened up a four mile lead on the water from Hap Fauth’s JV72, Bella Mente. Rambler’s water-line length is a big advantage on the longest reaching leg of the course and the American Maxi is expected to extend that advantage during the day, on the water at least.
Overnight, Bella Mente had stretched six miles ahead of George Sakellaris’ RP72, Shockwave, to lead IRC Zero on corrected time by 15 minutes. Johnny Vincent’s Pace was in a solid third place in class and will be hoping that the lead boats will run out of breeze at some stage of the race so that the British TP52 can press home their rating advantage.
During the first night squalls were ripping through the race course at regular intervals, bringing cold rain and erratic wind, both in speed and direction, testing the mettle of the 60 strong fleet. One of the smallest yachts in the race, Hot Stuff, crewed by Girls 4 Sail, was approaching St.Kitts. The rest of the fleet, bar Rambler, Bella Menteand Shockwave, were negotiating the chicane at the top of the course, weaving through the stunning islands that make the RORC Caribbean 600 one of the most beautiful offshore races in the world.
The twin masted schooners, Adela and Athos, have covered over 230 miles in just 20 hours. Athos is just a mile ahead of Adela on the water but, after time correction, Adela leads the Superyacht Class. The two largest yachts in the race are about to enter the narrow confines of the Anguilla Channel and a tacking duel of epic proportions is the likely outcome.
In IRC One, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, has covered over 200 miles of the course in just 20 hours and continues to lead the class, both on the water and on corrected time. Behind Tonnerre are two displacement Swans: Colin Buffin’s Uxorious IV, and Todd Stuart’sWhite Rhino. Taking into account time correction, the beat through the Anguilla Channel and the reach down to Guadeloupe may favour the two heavyweight competitors, especially as the current wind speed is sub 15 knots which is too little for the light displacement Tonnerre to use her planing ability.
In IRC Two, all 12 yachts have averaged close to eight knots since the start, providing a highly competitive fleet. Peter Sowrey’s First 40,Lancelot II, has been punching above her weight, no doubt aided by the talents of solo round the world sailor, Alex Thomson. On the water, Global Yacht Racing’s First 47.7, EH01, and Bernie Evan Wong’s Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8, are having an intense battle for line honours in the class, with Lt Col Paul Macro’s Royal Armoured Corps team on Southern Child just a mile behind the on-the-water leaders.
In IRC Three, Classic S&S 52, Dorade, has stretched out a five mile lead on the water and leads the class after time correction. Adrian Lower’s Swan 44, Selene, has taken an absolutely flier. After rounding Saba, Selene tacked and bore away to take up an extreme offshore position, looking to lay St.Barths in one tack: Banging the Corner. Presumably, Selene feel that this tactic will pay off but it is quite a gamble.
Follow the race web site http://caribbean600.rorc.org
There will be news stories, blogs from the race course, images, video and daily race reports. Follow all the action as it unfolds on the RORC Caribbean 600 website.
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DESTOPNEWS – Destopnews 2014 — Episode 09 — The Sailing Updates — Extreme Carnage
1. The highly anticipated Extreme Sailing Series Circuit starts in Singapore
2. Destopinion — Is this really reasonable ?
FARR 30 WORLDS – The spectacular city of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY) will host the 2014 Farr 30 World Championship from August 24 to 30. This storied event returns to Europe after a successful 2012 World Championship sailed in Bastad, Sweden where nineteen teams from seven countries battled it out for the title of World Champion. This year organizers are expecting twenty five entries to showcase their skills in the highly competitive and beloved Farr 30 One Design.
Much to the relief of the fleet, former Class President and three time Farr 30 World Champion, Deneen Demourkas ( pictured above) will not be sailing this event however, she will be onsite to offer words of wisdom and to present the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Trophy to the newly crowned World Champion. Demourkas, who has competed in every Mumm/Farr 30 World Championship since 2003 said “it will be very strange to sit on the sidelines for this World Championship and I’m not a very good observer of sailing, I get quite frustrated simply watching”. When asked why she will sit this one out? “It’s time to open the door. I love this Class, I love this boat and I find nothing more satisfying to sail than the Farr 30 however, its time to pass the torch.”
You can bet Class stalwart Harald Bruening of Germany has his eyes on the prize. He too has been sailing the Farr 30 as long as Demourkas and with a string of top five finishes at World Championships, he has yet to win it. “This is our year” says Bruening. “Our boat is perfect, our crew are hungry and we are ready to fight.” Class President Patrick Lindblom is very pleased with the winning bid from KDY stating “Copenhagen is an ideal location from a geographical point of view, a location that allows for good logistics, but more so, offers a fantastic sailing arena on the waters outside Copenhagen. And with a new fantastic club house, we can be sure to enjoy some great social activities off the water. Conditions on the water offer the challenges you would expect from a World Championship, strong currents and rough seas if the weather conditions allows”.
The NOR will be posted after March 1, www.farr30.org
2014 BORDER RUN – On Saturday, February 22, 2014, hundreds of sailors set sail to race to Dana Point and San Diego in the 2014 annual Border Run International Sailing Event. Everything was set in place…the boats, beautiful warm weather, a half moon for nighttime sailing, plenty of dolphins and whales and a spectacular sunset (photo above taken aboard Cat Attack 2 during the race) – everything except the wind. But that did not stop sailors that came from far away as Arizona, Texas, New York and Maine, from having a great time. In the end, only a total of 11 diehard crews out of 94 crossed the finish line before the race deadline.
It all started off on Friday night at the Balboa Inn in Newport Beach at the Pre-Race Send-Off party with live music, good food and guest speaker Gino Morrelli from Morrelli and Melvin of America’s Cup fame. Gino gave Border Run sailors a first glimpse into the new AC boat and the possible venues of the next America’s Cup. It was a great way to start the event.
“Gino was awesome! He explained the differences between Team New Zealand and Team ORACLE USA from the technical side and the future of the next America’s Cup with a great visual presentation. During the ‘question and answer’ part of the presentation I could see the reaction of the sailors – they were really into the discussion.” said co-founder Randy Reynolds .
The next day was race day. At 11:00 AM off the Balboa pier in Newport Beach, the 6th annual Border Run fleet started off in a southwest wind heading toward Dana Point and San Diego. The race committee from South Shore Yacht Club started all classes in flawless form. In keeping with the Border Run’s theme “Where Everyone’s Invited”, boats of all kinds and sizes, ranging from 14-feet to 70-feet, crossed the starting line to take on the challenging course.
There were boats of every size and shape competing on the race course. From Casey Mulligans’ 14-foot Weta trimaran to Howard Enloe’s 60-foot ORMA beast. The fleet included some of the highest profile yachts on the west coast. Boats ranging from sleds, cruisers, dinghies, sportboats and multihulls – all were represented.
High profile sailors were also lining up at the start – Spectators were craning their necks to see Dennis Conner sailing his beloved wooden boat classic ‘Splendor’ (pictured above) and Cam Lewis sailing the fastest boat on the course, Enloe’s ‘Mighty Merloe’.
“To see and shoot boats of every different type and size on the water at the same time is very unusual. You just don’t see a sailboat race like this anywhere else in Southern California.” said event photographer Mike Reed.
After the start, just four hours into the race, most the fleet were carrying their spins or code-zeros when the wind switched to a south/southeast wind direction. That meant sailing to weather in very light winds in only two to four knots. Eventually, this took a toll on the fleet and crews started to drop out one by one. Out of the 94-boat fleet, only six boats finished the Dana Point course and only five finished the 70-mile San Diego course.
“When we knew it was going to be a long night with light wind on the nose, we took the approach that we would take shifts to stay alert, eat a lot, try to stay warm and play the shifts the best we could. It paid off in the morning when we were greeted with better winds that allowed us to make the finish line before the 2 p.m. cut off time” said crewman Larry McDowell aboard the 4th finishing boat Cat Attack 2, who finished at 10:50 in the morning.
At the Trophy parties in Dana Point and San Diego, the event ended with sailors trading sea stories about the great competition before the wind shut off. They spoke of the clear night skies with a bright half moon, the abundance of dolphin and whales swimming through glowing phosphorescence and an incredible sunset complete with the elusive “green flash”. Even without wind, sailors on both courses expressed that the event was a great time and the adventure of sailing in light conditions was worth the trip – saying that they will be back next year.
“Even though we made the decision to abandon the race due to lack of wind, estimating we could not make the 2 p.m. cut-off time, we had a great time. We will be back next year!” said Russ Turk sailing his Ranger 33 ‘American Jane’.
And for the eleven boats and their hearty and tenacious crews that finished the challenging course, they can take pride that they finished the 2014 Border Run, going into the record books as sailors that won’t give up. John Marshall of South Shore Yacht Club, Race Chairman and speaker at the trophy parties summed up the conditions of the race best when he quoted his father, a past commodore and Cal-20 Class National Champion, as saying:
“Anyone can sail with good wind – only the best sailors can race and win with light winds.”
XSsailing.com created the Border Run and South Shore Yacht Club of Newport Beach is the Organizing Authority of the racing. Many yacht clubs were involved including Dana Point Yacht Club, Lido Isle Yacht Club, Shoreline Yacht Club of Long Beach and Lake Mission Viejo Yacht Club. Sponsors included Ullman Sails, Pirates Lair, Just-Marine, West Coast Multihulls and West Marine. For more photos and full results go to www.TheBorderRun.org. Photos by Mike Reed.
SAILING HISTORY – Go back in time and check out this old Sunfish Association promo video and see how sailing a Sunfish and sailing dinghies in general was back in the 1970’s in the USA.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Updates from Michele Petrucci on his S.9 . A really cool downsized A-Cat, capable to foil using a double Moth wand system. The S.9 can be sailed standard floating mode too. Michele is talking about this project to be offered as a production boat soon. Contact Michele facebook.com/catamaran.stunt. More info on this cool boat design at Cat sailing news.
WETAFEST – Story by Miranda Powrie.
It’s late summer in New Zealand, the weather is warm, and the sailing is good but I’m leaving this week for a place that is experiencing quite a harsh winter. Why? Because WetaFest in Florida is on!
First I’m traveling to Boston to do the last three days of the New England Boat Show (Feb. 22-Mar. 2). I’m looking forward to meeting Bob and Ira from the Multihull Source and talking to Weta owners and prospective Weta owners. (A Weta is a slick 14-foot trimaran)
But then I am heading south for the main event: the second annual WetaFest on March 7-9 at Fort Walton Yacht Club in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This promises to be a really fun regatta, and with 19 entries listed – and a few more promised – it will be the biggest Weta fleet that I’ve ever raced in.
I’m really looking forward to experiencing Weta racing as it was meant to be. As a long time Laser sailor and a new convert to F18 and F16 catamarans, the Weta is the perfect combination of the two. Fun, close, fast and tactical racing!
And let’s not forget what’s happening off the water, good food, good drink and good parties, Fort Walton knows how to put on a regatta, and our sponsors are going to make it even better. Plus keep an eye on the weather with WRI, who will be providing forecasts each day starting March 5. These forecasts will be available by visiting this link.
This promises to be a great regatta. Hopefully it’ll still be summer back home when I return.
18 FOOTERS – In one of the closest finishes seen on the harbour for 2-3 seasons, Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris) came back in the final 100 metres to take the victory by just4s.
But that did not stop Gotta Love It 7 as they became the 2013-2014 NSW 18ft Skiff champion after finishing second today behind Rabbitohs-Kenwood in Race 5 of the championship.
Sydney City Marine (David Witt, Tom Clout and Matt Wark) was 1m23s back in third place, ahead of Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Smeg (Nick Press).
Gotta Love It 7, with two replacement crew members, Dave Gilmour and Rhys Mara (for Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton), joining regular sheet hand Scott Babbage for the day, finished with a final total of five points to defeat Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas) who finished second overall with 14points.
Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings) also finished with a total of 14 points and was placed third behind Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on countback.
Sydney City Marine was fourth on 15 points, followed by Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) on 21 and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) on 25.
Today’s last race of the NSW Championship was sailed in a 10-15 knot SE wind which produced a close race and a wonderful finish which had the crowd on the spectator ferry cheering wildly.
The first windward leg across the harbour from Taylor Bay to Rose Bay saw the fleet split into two groups.
Most teams elected to sail the conventional (eastern) side of Shark Island while Rabbitohs-Kenwood led a small group which went to the western side.
When the two groups met in Rose Bay, Rabbitohs-Kenwood led Gotta Love It 7 by 35s, with The Kitchen Maker (Rob Bell) in third place ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Pure Blonde (Nick Daly), Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton), Sydney City Marine, Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Haier Appliances (John Sweeny).
The Rabbitohs-Kenwood crew set their spinnaker soon after rounding the mark while most of those behind them elected to two-sail reach before going for their spinnakers.
It was a winning move as it allowed Rabbitohs-Kenwood to open up a lead of 1∏m at the bottom mark.
The breeze was a lot lighter at that part of the harbour and positions changed dramatically throughout the fleet.
Gotta Love It 7 showed far superior speed upwind and halved Rabbitohs-Kenwood’s lead at the Clarke Island buoy. Sydney City Marine was in third place, more than another minute behind ‘7’.
On the next leg to Chowder Bay, Gotta Love It 7 set a spinnaker soon after rounding Clarke Island buoy while Rabbitohs-Kenwood went for the two-sail reach until late in the leg.
This proved to be the best method again for Van Munster and his team as they increased their margin to more than one minute over Gotta Love It 7.
The two teams were having a great battle and things excited the crowd when ‘7’ got to within 10s with three legs of the course still to be sailed.
Rabbitohs-Kenwood created some breathing space at Rose Bay for the final time, but each team reversed their original decision on the first lap of the course for the run to the bottom mark.
It was the first mistake by the Rabbitohs-Kenwood team and allowed Gotta Love It 7 turn for home with a 4s lead.
All looked lost for Rabbitohs-Kenwood as the two boats sailed leg for leg up the final work to the finish and it wasn’t until the last 100 metres before Rabbitohs-Kenwood regained the lead.
The race had additional interest for local spectators as two of the visiting international teams (CST Composites USA and EuroLink Germany) took the opportunity of having a hit out prior to next week’s JJ Giltinan Championship.
NEXT WEEK IS THE BIG ONE, THE 2014 JJ GILTINAN 18ft SKIFF CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday February 28, 2014 Invitation Race (no spectator ferry)
Saturday March 1, 2014 Race 1
Sunday March 2, 2014 Race 2
Tuesday March 4, 2014 Race 3
Wednesday March 5, 2014 Race 4
Thursday March 6, 2014 Race 5
Saturday March 8, 2014 Race 6
Sunday March 9, 2014 Race 7
*** Race 1 will also be sailed for the George Calligeros Trophy
Races start at 3pm, with the exception of Races 1 and 6 (March 1 and 8), which will start at 4pm.
The Australian 18 Footers League’s spectator ferry will follow each of the seven championship races, leaving Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the race.
Live video coverage of each race in the championship can be seen on www.18footerstv.com. You can also try your luck at picking the top three each day by entering “Pick the Podium”
Australian 18 Footers League
EXTREME CRASHES – The penultimate days racing in Singapore delivered possibly one of the most dramatic moments in the eight-year history of Extreme Sailing Series™. In winds that were varying from 5 to 23 knots across the racecourse, Team Aberdeen Singapore caught one of the biggest gusts of the day as they came into the finish line struggling to hold off the pace and ploughing into the back of France’s Groupama sailing team. The Extreme 40 pitlane, built on part of Singapore’s F1 track, is busy tonight with Groupama fully expecting to be back on the racetrack with a new mast. However, the damage assessment is not yet complete on Team Aberdeen Singapore. A full update will be available within the next two hours.
Groupama sailing team skipper, Franck Cammas, explained what happened: “We had big gusts and as we were finishing a gybe we saw Aberdeen come really fast from behind and that’s the moment when they came over us breaking the mast. Besides the broken mast the damage is not too serious and it is mainly on the mast, the mainsail, the jib and a hole on the trampoline so I think we will be able to race tomorrow with another mast. Tanguy Cariou is the only crew member hurt but it’s only superficial injuries. He was in the middle of the trampoline where the boat fell, which was the worst spot. Three crew members jumped off the boat. It’s the risk of racing. What is tricky here is that the wind is quite strong and very gusty which is difficult to anticipate. It’s not easy.”
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CLIPPER RACE – Owing to the failure of three of the forestay bottlescrews in the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the current Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the fleet has been instructed to stop racing as a precaution and make its way to Hong Kong.
“There is clearly a fault with this part of the rigging and we are not prepared to take any risks with the remaining boats so far unaffected,” explained Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder and chairman of race organisers Clipper Ventures. “In Hong Kong the forestay bottlescrews will be replaced with a system we have just had approved by the MCA surveyor.”
Hong Kong is 770 miles from the leading yacht’s present position and the best estimate of arrival is Saturday 1
March. The boats will be turned round as speedily as possible and then will start racing together to Qingdao.
The options for the Hong Kong to Qingdao leg are being assessed at present and further information will be forthcoming, but it appears unlikely that the Qingdao schedule will be affected very much, if at all, because of the availability of more direct routing optons.
The forestay supports the mast and is also what the Yankee headsail is attached to. A few days ago Jamaica Get All Right suffered the first failure and diverted to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia; Last night PSP Logisticsexperienced the second failure, followed a few hours later by Derry~Londonderry~Doire.
The crew on board all the vessels are fine and well and conditions safe as a spare Yankee halyard is being used as a temporary forestay to stabilise the rig.
All of the boats will now make their way to Hong Kong. No points will be awarded and Race 9 will start afresh from Hong Kong to Qingdao. The yachts that have retired will therefore not be penalised and will rejoin the race from Hong Kong.
EXTREME SAILING – The bustling and vibrant Asian garden city of Singapore was the Host Venue for the opening Act of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™, providing the ultimate venue for Stadium Racing, with the support of Host Venue Partner, Aberdeen Asset Management. 12 elite level teams with 60 of the world’s best sailors battled it out on Marina Bay, and the event more than lived up to all the pre-season hype and expectation. The Singapore wind played its tricks with the teams, with huge gusts blowing across the bay like a bullet, delivering one of the most action-packed Acts in the eight-year history of the elite level Stadium Racing circuit. Watch the highlights above and read the outcome below…
The opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ more than lived up to all the pre-season hype and expectation, where the new teams got stuck in on the Singapore stadium racecourse – but couldn’t quite topple the old order – with three returning teams from 2013 taking honours. An estimated 30,000 spectators watched over four days, as the Swiss team Alinghi sailed a near perfect regatta, with Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei and Yves Detrey, finishing more than 50% of the 29 races in the top three. The team had the Act wrapped up before the final double-points race – a feat rarely seen on the circuit.
“We couldn’t have dreamed for a better start,”commented an ecstatic Larson after racing.“It was challenging here and with the level of competition a couple of notches higher this season – I think we just carried on from last year and we’re the only team that hasn’t changed any of our crew. We will try and build on from last year and enjoy this victory!”
The outcome of who would be stood to the left and right of the Swiss team on the podium was not so clear-cut, with Emirates Team New Zealand, The Wave, Muscat and Realstone all vying for glory. The Kiwi’s came flying off the start line in the final race, but it all went wrong for Dean Barker and his team shortly after that, and a penalty in the first beat for a port-starboard incident against The Wave, Muscat, lost them not only second place to the Omani boat, but third place to the Swiss. Barker commented:
“It’s the first time we have raced together in five months, and our first time back on the circuit since 2011, and for sure we wanted to get a podium here, but couldn’t get away with it. We’re still rusty and have to focus our thoughts, but we’ll get there. We definitely had a great time here in Singapore.”
The reigning champions on The Wave, Muscat have a new line-up this year, including double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton – one of five women competing in Singapore. Skipper Leigh McMillan, who has been a dominate force in the Extreme 40 class for the last two years, looked ahead to what is shaping up to be a fantastic year of competition.
“I think it’s great that we are proving the quality of the fleet for the last two years and how competitive it has been. But by no means do we think it will remain that way and we are going to have a lot on our hands in the upcoming events. We are just delighted to finish in second place and kick off the season with a great result.”
The Swiss team Realstone led the regatta after day one, and even missing a days racing after a collision earlier in the week couldn’t stop Jerome Clerc and his men, with a third place in the final race enough to clinch third place overall.
“This is our best result since our debut in the Extreme 40 Racing. It wasn’t easy at all and we have been through every emotion this week but we have finished really strongly. It proves that we are working in the right direction, although there are obvious improvements we can make – well done to Alinghi who just dominated over the event.”
While the regatta in Singapore may have gone to the old-guard, the new teams pushed them the whole way, with eight of the 12 boat fleet sailing to race victories over the course of the last four days. While some of the new faces struggled for consistency, they all showed moments of winning brilliance, and the battle mid-leaderboard was fierce, with Groupama sailing team and their multihull expert skipper Franck Cammas, who last competed in the Series in 2010, clinching fifth place from the experienced hands on Red Bull Sailing, by just four points.
Ben Ainslie’s team, J.P. Morgan BAR, which includes some of the UK’s top sailing talent, finished the regatta on a high, winning the final double-pointer to bring the Act home in seventh place. Eighth and ninth went to two previous Series winning helms, who finish the Act tied on points – Gazprom Team Russia, with two-times Series winner Paul Campbell-James on the tiller and Russian Igor Lisovenko as skipper, and winner of the inaugural Series, Rob Greenhalgh, with his team Oman Air. The Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team brought home the event in tenth place.
The local boat Team Aberdeen Singapore, supported by Host Venue Partner Aberdeen Asset Management, made an extraordinary comeback after yesterdays’ huge crash with Groupama sailing team, to be back on the racetrack today, and even upgraded their position on the overall standings to eleventh place ahead of GAC Pindar. Skipper Moloney summed up the atmosphere, and the feeling amongst the fleet this week.
“We’ve had an amazing and spectacular time in Singapore. This venue is the encompassment of the stadium format – wind, bumps and scrapes. It’s amazing for spectators and really difficult to sail with all the wind shifts around the buildings. No spot in the world lets us sail like this. For the sailors it was completely full on.”
The Act in Singapore will be remembered as one of the most action packed Acts in the eight-year history of the elite level Stadium Racing circuit. The next stop is Muscat, Oman – in just over three weeks time.
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 Act 1, Singapore standings after Day 4, 29 races (23.02.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 217 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 193 points.
3rd Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Thierry Wassem, Sebastien Stephant 178 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 168 points.
5th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Pierre Leclainche, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 160 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Haylee Outteridge 156 points.
7th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 152 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 128 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Will Howden, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 128 points.
10th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 126 points.
11th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Scott Glen Sydney, Tom Dawson, Justin Wong 82 points.
12th GAC Pindar (AUS) Seve Jarvin, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 59 points.
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NACRA 17 – Here is a video of the French squad training together: Besson, Vaireux, Vandame, Ogerau , Cammas and the list goes one. This will only make the French one of the favorites in the Olympic in Rio. Check it out and get your program together!
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – The pressure turned up a notch on the second day of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 curtain raiser in Singapore, with the wind, and the heat from the city, cranking up. The 12 elite level teams battled a huge wind range from three knots right through to gusts that peaked at 24 knots, using all their tactical prowess to muscle their Extreme 40s around the racecourse in a series of short, sharp races, which saw a reshuffle on the overall leaderboard.
Six races were sailed on Marina Bay and Alinghi stamped their dominance, with two race wins, and three second places to upgrade their overall position to first place. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Swiss, and in race 13 their Californian helm Morgan Larson did well to control the over-powered catamaran when the biggest gust of the day caught the team off-guard, bringing it back from the brink of a capsize, as Larson explained:
“Coming into today we said we wouldn’t push it as hard otherwise we’ll end up in the water. But early on, we got lifted right up on one hull, and we just thought, if we were to go any further we’re definitely going to tip over. Things were definitely smiling in our favour today! There was no shouting onboard, we all kind of looked at each other and thought: we got lucky there!” And the key to getting good results? “The winds are gusty and shifty, so it challenges you tactically. In a lot of venues, starting is crucial, but here I think it’s just getting away from the other boats and then picking your moments to build up the fleet.”
Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand hadn’t competed together for five months before this week, and the team of Kiwi America’s Cup legends are quickly getting to grips with the stadium format of the Extreme Sailing Series. A string of results in the top half of the fleet, including a win in the fourth race of the day, promoted them to second place from yesterday’s fourth. The biggest upgrade of the day came for the defending champions The Wave, Muscat with three race wins bringing them within six points of the Kiwis. With two days left, McMillan’s attentions are already turning to the end result.
“It was a pretty solid day and I’ll be pushing harder the next two days. We’re now in competition for the podium and that’s the most important thing for the first event.”
Realstone had a superb opening day yesterday, and were on form again today before a collision with Oman Air, which could be heard by the crowds around the bay, put an end to the Swiss teams winning run. Realstone’s skipper Jerome Clerc explained what happened:
“Oman Air tried to bear away behind us, and under the pressure, that isn’t always easy, so Rob (Greenhalgh) didn’t achieve his manoeuvre and hit us at the back of the boat. They smashed into the rudder and created a big hole, we started sinking but we pushed ourselves to finish that race.”
With damage to their steering system, the Swiss were forced to retire and limped back to the pitlane, missing the final race of the day, while the Omani team made a quick repair on the water to their bow. Both boats will be craned out tonight, but expect them to be back ready to race tomorrow. Oman Air received a 45 second starting penalty in the next race, and Realstone will be seeking redress form the jury first thing tomorrow morning.
Red Bull Sailing Team are a familiar fixture on the Series, but this year are fielding a new line-up. The Austrian team, who finished third overall in 2013 and are currently eighth in Singapore, have had a mixed bag of results so far this week as they adapt to their new line up, but with just 40 points separating them from first placed Alinghi, their experienced skipper Roman Hagara spoke tactics for putting that right.
“I think we just have to focus a little more on our starts, we had some really shocking starts today and then on the second downwind we made some major mistakes and we lost a couple of boats at times. We’ve just discussed this in our de-brief and that’s definitely what we have to look towards tomorrow!”
Even the most experienced of Extreme 40 sailors are struggling to be consistent with the unpredictable breeze on the tricky stadium racecourse. Paul Campbell-James, helm of Gazprom Team Russia, is a two-time Series winning helm, but admits stepping back into the Series for the first time since 2011 has been a challenge.
“I’m really enjoying it but I am definitely showing some sure signs of rust! It is a bit of frustrating obviously, the last time I sailed an Extreme 40 was here in Singapore and we won with the event! It’s a bit harder to be at the back of the fleet. The main thing is the starting and that’s the thing we didn’t do well at all the last couple of days. We will get there. We’re still on a learning curve. Everything is positive.”
The local representative on Team Aberdeen Singapore, who got the biggest cheers from the fans around the bay, and narrowed the gap over 11th placed GAC Pindar to just one point. The public are expected to be out in the droves over the weekend to watch the elite level racing, right in the heart of this high-rise city.
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 Act 1, Singapore standings after Day 2, 15 races (21.02.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 111 points.
2nd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 90 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 84 points.
4th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 81 points.
5th Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Thierry Wassem, Sébastien Stephant 81 points.
6th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 80 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 73 points.
8th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Haylee Outteridge 71 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Will Howden, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 61 points.
10th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 56 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) Seve Jarvin, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 32 points.
12th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Scott Glen Sydney, Tom Dawson, Justin Wong 31 points.
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HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – From our ever so happy Tipsy Bartender he’s demonstrating how to make another tropical and delicious drink ….THE HAWAIIAN SEX ON THE BEACH! With wintertime so cold for many land locked sailors, it’s always good to think of Hawaii anyway you can! Check it out!
BART’S BASH – Organizers of Bart’s Bash announced the sign up of the 400th sailing club to take part in the world record attempt.
At a sign up rate that continues to match just short of seven clubs a day worldwide, the event is on track to become the largest sailing event ever on the planet.
Yachts, dinghies and windsurfers are being encouraged to take part in racing at hundreds of locations across the world simultaneously on 21 September 2014 at 11am (BST) in memory of double Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.
Messages from some of the biggest names in the sailing world continue to be sent through to the Bart’s Bash organising team.
‘What a fantastic idea,’ said New Zealander Sir Russell Coutts, a five-time America’s Cup winner, Olympic Gold medallist and previous ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year.
Talk to your club today to hold a regatta on Sept 21 at 11am (BST).