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Macatawa Bay, MI (May 31, 2015) – Twenty-three teams competed in the 2015 Melges 17 US National Championship (May 29-31), with Harry Melges IV and team mate Vincent Porter taking the title. With only four races completed, Melges IV came from behind to take the top overall position. Melges finished 3 points ahead of early event leader Rob Terry who tied with Sean Fidler but won on count back for second place. Click headline for full report.
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Team Seven gagne le Bol d’Or du lac de Neuchâtel en trois heures
Troisième étape du TeamWork M2 Speed Tour, le Bol d’or du lac de Neuchâtel a été remporté par l’équipe d’Auvernier Team Seven menée par Christophe Peclard, devant Genolier et TeamWork. Les vainqueurs ont bouclé le parcours
21 days, 19 hours, 32 minutes, 54 seconds is the time it takes for Maserati to travel the Route of Tea, namely the route from San Francisco to Shanghai, crossed in mid-800 for commercial purposes by the most adventurous and modern clipper era.
A great time of crossing, that Giovanni Soldini and Maserati will ask to ratify the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the international body that certifies the best travel times of modern boats on routes of historic clipper.
Maserati crossed the finish line in Shanghai
Sad news learned over the weekend as the leader of Team Peckerhead found out that supporting
a loaded forklift with foot is a bad idea. There had been rumors of another E-Scow attempt for the record books
which is now on hold. Surviving members will carry the flame none the less aboard a giant slayer of great secrecy!
Send your condolences,
Matteo Ferraglia & Lorenzo Bianchini continue to lead the 2015 Italian Nats. They’ve been riding for a while the Australian built Windrush Edge with good results. I Hope they can attend to Kiel Worlds in some weeks along with Marco Radman and other top Italian riders.
Images & Report sent by Alessandro Pelliccia / Italian Assoc. More pics and full results at www.formula18.it
"Third Day of
A nice tribute to Moms everywhere…
After giving up racing for 6 years and the loss of two very old friends that raced with me, I just let the boat sit at the dock. Time commitment, finding crew and the new generation of immediate gradification youth just got to be to much. Especially after the great crews that I had on the boat.
Amazingly, after one year of absence of even going to the marina, I went to the boat yesterday and spent about four hours just cleaning, draining, fixing and washing. And then just sat back, relaxed, in clothes that were soaked in sweat , and enjoyed the beauty of that ridiculously wonderful and beautiful damn boat. Great weather in the morning after the Houston floods.
I don’t want to start racing again, but it was a very nice morning to just relax with the past. I also lost about five pounds of weight for all the work, but I am starting to get a really nice tan! How many of us old racers know how good of a day that can be?
I never wanted to have anyone else help prep the boat for a race. I liked the mindless work (like the house gardens) to just spend time getting ready and being on the boat all alone and enjoy the weather and the experience. At the end of my racing “hobby”, I would get the boat ready and let the crew take it racing.
I went out on a power boat to watch. I think I liked the precision of preparation and then seeing the results. So, regarding a delayed Mothers Day tribute, thanks Mom, you made it all happen. I got into sailing and eventually racing because of a graduation present from Texas Tech University from my Mom. She let me have my summer of graduation to just go surfing and camping on the Texas beaches.
I grew up in Southern Ca. surfing and got a baseball scholarship to TTU. Now that was a change from beaches to the high plains, and long drives home across the southern US to visit the girl friend and go surfing. Mom sent me money each month of that graduation summer so I could just have the experience and time to decide what to do next. That took a lot of trust and risk. Or maybe not, she knew I would make good decisions. So, I guess it was Mom that got me into sailing.
And here is why Mom is responsible.
One night of that summer I was in Corpus Christi, TX sitting on a place in the yacht basin called the “T Head”.
I went into town from the beach to get dinner before the night I planned to go home to Harlingen, TX to go to work. It was about 9:00 p.m. and I was thinking about driving home that night or the next day to end the summer when I heard some sounds from the water that were musical. It was a boat tacking to go to the boat dock. I sat there and watched for about an hour. I was hooked.
From that night, in August of 1973, I knew that I was going to own a sail boat. I bought my first boat in 1983, It took ten years, but I did it. And then I wanted to start racing. I bought my first racing boat in 1990, and it was slow and not competitive, but I learned a lot about success.
Seven more years of saving and commitment to spending the money to compete.
Then in 1990, I bought “Motel Jet” and is was fast and a winner. And the folks in Ventura/Oxnard know that boat. An Andrews 26 MORC rocket.
That is the boat that was almost sunk by a delivery captain on the way to North Sails Race Week in Long Beach in 1998, but the event got me an invitation to see Pywaket when W.D junior saw the boat in the Long Beach boat yard, damaged and hurting and gave me a tour of his boat. And Walt Jr. was a hell of a man. Pywaket was in prep for the run to Hawaii. I got the invitation when his wife came on deck of Pywaket and said ” Walt, come look the shrunk our boat”. That was a great afternoon.
But, I decided that I didn’t want to keep sailing because it took so much effort and money to be a respected competitor.
Ten years later, I found that I needed to finish my dream and so, I headed to Detroit, and spent about two hours with my Pakistani cab driver that had a problem understanding “I am going to the Bay View Yacht Club”, and bought “Bondi Tram” in the middle of the 911 situation. That was an interesting reintroduction to racing!
After seventeen years of effort and commitment and learning, you know what? I was the best in the fleet for many years in my sailing venue and have life long memories.
And from all the effort I learned, “this is a tough sport to master,”
I probably would have a lot more money if I didn’t get into sail boat racing, but it was worth every penny. It scared me at times, and I wondered more than once, “Why am I doing this”. But what I learned is, “sometimes, you just have to jump into to something that is all about being who you are”. And the people that raced with me are life long friends.
I plan to spend a few more days getting the boat up to being able to be sailed again. God help me. Maybe just go motoring around the Bay to take a look and watch some races.
It’s about taking chances. And Mom would have understood.
Thank you Mom, it has been a life gift.
– Anarchist Clark.
Images Delta Lloyd Regatta / Laurens Morel & Sander van der Borch. Full galleries at Delta Lloyd regatta official website Deltalloydregatta | Great work done by the Danes, dominating over historic & current mosnters of the Catracing scene. More considering the windy conditions they had all week.
Lin Ea Cenholt & Christian Peter Lübeck won over their fellow Viking sailors, Allan
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday late afternoon at the start to the 1st leg of the 2015 Solitaire du Figaro in Paulliac at the mouth of the Garonne River. First among the 39 SoloSkippers to reach the outbound …
After the three good races of Saturday, the weather changed drastically with rain and no wind yesterday.
The ranking lists of Saturday become therefore final with Yvette Bouwman YCL winning in the Lasers 4.7, Damian …
Despite the rapid improvement shown over the last two days by Spindrift racing, it was Sultanate of Oman that came out on top to claim the Austria Cup, the opening event of the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour.
Crews arrived in the race centre in Gmunden this morning to a glassy Lake Traunsee. In an attempt to find wind, the race area was transported 12km to the southern end of the lake at Ebensee. Fortunately this proved a success with 8-10 knot winds that were stable, albeit inadequate to get the GC32s foiling. Nonetheless six races were sailed in swift succession.
With Sultanate of Oman out in front, the fight was intense for the remaining podium places between Alinghi, Spindrift racing and Team ENGIE. This at one point caused a monumental three way match race with boats putting in eight tacks up the 700m long beat.
Alinghi had an up and down day, with two wins and two lower results, but, as on Saturday, it was Spindrift racing that excelled – the only team never finishing off the podium today, a performance that caused them to finish second overall, three points ahead of Alinghi.
“We have been the best for the last two days – which was a nice result,” said a beaming Spindrift racing skipper, Yann Guichard. “The first two days were hard for us, but we improved day after day and climbed the leaderboard to second place. I am really proud of the team – they did a fantastic job.”
Guichard, a multihull specialist who this year is campaigning boats ranging from the 40m Spindrift 2 to the 7.3m Diam trimaran, is enthusiastic about the GC32 after completing his first regatta in it. “It is easy when you start, but after if you want to progress you need to spend time training. But it is a really nice boat – you can feel its potential in only eight knots – you can fly.”
Morgan Larson, helmsman on Alinghi, came ashore pleased after a day sailing in better conditions, but unhappy to have been beaten by Spindrift racing. “It was nice to finally work on things that we were struggling with within our team, eg: communication and where to position ourselves. Unfortunately Spindrift had a fantastic day and overtook us, but hats off to them for doing that.” Larson paid tribute to his arch rival from the Extreme Sailing Series, Sultanate of Oman, predicting that the Omani team has set a new benchmark in the class.
The ‘benchmark’ here, despite two deep results today, finished the Bullitt GC32 Austria Cup with an eight point lead. Skipper Leigh McMillan said he enjoyed today’s steadier breeze that made for more ‘normal’ racing and expressed surprise at his team’s victory: “It’s quite unexpected! We hadn’t even used the spinnaker before we came here. We had one day to try and figure out how to gybe, to do the boards, etc. In lighter winds for sure it is easier, a bit more like an Extreme 40 rather than when you are up and fully foiling, so that probably played into our hands.”
McMillan is looking forward to the Cowes Cup for the GC32s, taking place over 24-27th June, when he hopes for more wind and the possibility of breaking Alinghi’s new record of 39.2 knots in a GC32. “Getting up on the foils and getting it absolutely rippin’ is great…”
Team ENGIE put in a sterling effort, finishing off the podium, just four points off Alinghi. Skipper Sebastien Rogues was very satisfied with their performance: “We proved we can match Alinghi and Oman who’ve won the Extreme Sailing Series, so yes, we are happy. I began multihull sailing just four months ago and I’ve been up against guys who’ve been sailing them for 20 years or more. For that I thank my team.”
Having won the GC32 last events in Key West and in Marseille, Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team had a disappointing regatta, finishing last which their Swiss three time Olympic Star sailor skipper attributed to the influx of Extreme Sailing Series teams and America’s Cup sailors to the class and their greater experience. “We still have to learn a lot about how to handle this boat and where to put it at the start and how to get off the line in clear air.”
As GC32 International Class Association President, Marazzi commented: “Lake Traunsee is a great location, but we need better wind conditions to show off potential of these boats on foils when they can sail at 30+ knots. This event is always really well organised. I look forward to the GC32s returning in 2016.”
Next up for the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour is the Cowes Cup over 24-27th June that will culminate in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
Chicago, IL (May 31, 2015) – Extreme conditions of wind, waves and cold temperatures on Lake Michigan this weekend truncated the format of racing at the Chicago Match Race Center’s first event of the season, the Grade 3 Spring Invitational on May 30-31. Within these four flights, the only undefeated team was led by local-based Steven Lowery, who won all three of his sailed matches to claim overall victory. Click headline for full report.
Newport, RI (May 31, 2015) – Today was the third and final day of the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship on Narragansett Bay. This event is the second of three collegiate sailing national championships co-hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University and New York Yacht Club this spring. After three days of racing Yale University is the national champion and winner of the Walter C. Wood Trophy for the third year in a row.
The day began with completing the top eight round robin. Racing got underway around 9:30 a.m. Competitors sailed in CFJs on digital N courses for the top eight and in Z420s for the final four round. The remaining 13 races were completed in the top eight round today. The conditions were cloudy with lingering rain and thunderstorms in the area. Winds started around 10-12 knots and by the end of the day a southwesterly sea breeze brought steady 15 knots with gusts around 20 knots.
The race officials kept the races going and by 1 p.m. the competitors were into the final four racing. A total of 154 races were completed in the event.
Today the teams were fighting to advance into the final four round. Due to the competitiveness of each team in this event, no one went through undefeated. Yale finished the top eight round with three losses, Boston College with two, Stanford University with four and College of Charleston with two. Then again in the final four everyone took a hit, but Yale came out on top.
The winning team members are: Ian Barrows ’17, Graham Landy ’15, Malcolm Lamphere ’18, Clara Robertson ’17, Natalya Doris ’17, Christopher Champa ’18, Katherine Gaumond ’15, Charlotte Belling ’16 and Meredith Megarry ’17.
The spring nationals conclude with the Gill Coed Dinghy National Semi-Final and Final Championship, with 36 teams which qualified through their district to compete on June 1-4.
Click headline for full report and photos.
Skating and sailing – two great activities that are great together. Guy Trudeau posted this video with his new windskate Scorpion concept which includes a foot retainer. Video published on May 30, 2015.
Paul Smith’s Valhalla, the current British Six Meter Champion and winner of the 2012 European Championship in Nynashamm, claimed the prestigious Annual Regatta at Sea Trophy
The Bayview One Design Regatta attracted 163 entrants to compete May 29-31 on Lake St. Clair in Detroit, MI. Hosted by Bayview Yacht Club, the race schedule for the 17 classes was interrupted on the final day when high winds and rain forced further racing to be cancelled. The Lightning class drew the largest fleet, with Todd Wake toppling the 28 entrants. Details.
The Naples Sabot Senior National Championship will be held June 6-7 on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA. The Naples Sabot Senior National Championship is held for sailors 18 years of age and older. Separate divisions include Seniors, Masters (age 40 and greater), Grand Masters (age 65 and greater), and Clydesdale (sailing weight 220 lbs. and greater). Click headline for details.
Gmunden, Austria (May 31, 2015) – Despite the rapid improvement shown over the last two days by Spindrift racing, it was Sultanate of Oman that came out on top to claim the Austria Cup, the opening event of the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. Click headline for full report.
A larger-than-usual list of early entries for the 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series (RBBS) is representative of the marketing efforts by host St Francis Yacht Club, with a variety of boats and fleets, including a surge in some new fleets, coming for the September 17-20 event. Click headline for details.
Day 18 – Happy days
The last couple of days have been very special ones aboard Doris.
Yesterday I received news via our sat phone that I have become an auntie for the first time. My older sister Emily and her husband Ben have welcomed a little boy. It’s sad not to be at home at such a special time for our family, but it was fantastic to receive the news out in the middle of the Pacific. I can’t wait to get home and meet my little nephew – I will just have to be patient.
After a peaceful night on the oars,
After four races Sunday, Fin and Dan Armstrong took a heroic overall win to become 2015 RS Feva National Champions, after another day of perfect results
Less than a month remains before the start of the 2015 Giraglia Rolex Cup, the popular and historic event encompassing the Mediterranean’s oldest offshore race.
Start of the le Solitaire du Figaro in Bordueax .
The 4 leg 5 stop 2000 nm singlehanded tour of waters off France, Spain, Ireland and Britain with 40 contestants competing
in the unofficial world championship of solo offshore sailing.
In his own words, “I just want to BLAST OFF,” and so Peter A. VanDyck (PVD) did on May 27, 2015 at 2300GMT. He suffered a full ventricular arrest on May 25th and never regained consciousness (10/23/46 – 05/27/15).
Pete was raised in Connecticut, where he started sailing, and spent many summers in Maine. He received a B.S. in Physics from Roanoke College and went to work for IBM upon graduation.
During the 70’s he was active in offshore racing on most of the premier boats of the era. His expertise with mechanical and electrical systems, combined with his ability to quickly analyze situations, made him an invaluable crew member. Everyone on the boat always looked to and awaited Pete’s input; so much so, that in one race an owner called out for him in the midst of a Chinese Fire Drill. PVD, as it turned out, wasn’t even sailing in that race.
He participated in most of the major regattas during the 70’s: SORC, Trans-Atlantic, Mediterranean and Rio Circuits, Congressional Cup, One Ton, Onion Patch, Bermuda, Chicago-Mac, etc.
In the 80’s Peter relocated to California. As a General Contractor he concentrated on challenging projects that most builders would not entertain. Later, he focused on Residential Technology specializing in the installation of Surveillance Systems and Home Theatres. As technology advanced, Peter ignored retirement so he could assist his clients with constantly needed system upgrades.
Having PVD on board was always a pleasure and he will be missed on all future sails. – Fil Fraser
Lisbon, Portugal (May 30, 2015) – Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS) shore crew chief, Neil Cox, breathed a huge sigh of relief as his boat was successfully returned to the water this weekend for its first sail since grounding on a reef in the Indian Ocean back in November.
“It’s no longer a boat-building race,” he said, sporting the biggest smile in Lisbon. “We’re back in a boat race.”
The battle to return Vestas Wind to the Volvo Ocean Race has been one of the most absorbing stories of the entire nine-month marathon event – and one of the most remarkable in its 41-year history.
After crashing on to a reef near the Cargados Carajos Shoals on November 29 during Leg 2 and damaging huge sections of the hull, many observers expected the team to call quits there and then on the campaign.
But the Danish-based, global wind energy company Vestas, and their backers including Powerhouse, were determined to salvage what they could and then set a highly ambitious target of returning to offshore sailing’s most prestigious event for Legs 8 and 9.
That involved two huge hurdles: recovering the boat as intact as possible from the reef where it grounded, and rebuilding the shattered Volvo Ocean 65 in four months, half the time it normally takes to construct the one-design vessel.
Part one of ‘Mission Nearly Impossible’ was successfully completed when the Vestas Wind made a moonlit arrival in the Portuguese capital midweek. Part two was the boat’s first sail from Lisbon to Cascais and back, on Saturday, May 30.
Sure, it had been rebuilt according to the exacting one-design standards demanded by the Race, but would any problems show up once it started sailing?
Cox, skipper Chris Nicholson, and the rest of the Team Vestas Wind crew had the answer they wanted in the kind of testing conditions they will face during Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient, France: 25 knots of breeze with the boat’s canting keel bulb almost lifted out of the water.
Afterwards, Australian Cox was delighted to see how the boat had fared.
“On Friday, getting the boat in the water was a huge thing in the sense that it was a milestone,” he explained. But I knew that we still hadn’t been sailing – all we had was a boat in the water. Now, we needed to sail it. The nervousness and anticipation around being fit for purpose focused on today (Saturday).
“Now we have a work list that’s all about going forward – not backwards,” Cox continued. “It’s certainly been the hardest thing I’ve had to do. It’s a collective effort, no one person could have done it. On a personal level, I’d say it’s the biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome.”
Cox and the rest of the team have paid fulsome tribute to the workers of the Italian boatyard of Persico, who toiled night and day to return the Vestas Wind to join the other six boats on the Lisbon start line.
On June 6, Team Vestas Wind will join the competition once more with the Lisbon In-Port Race, before taking on the 647-nautical mile Leg 8 to Lorient the following day.
“We’ve discovered the world. We’re proud of our sailing heritage.”
Farr 40 West Coast Championship 2015 on May 27-30 at Cabrillo Beach, CA.
Photos by Sara Proctor.
It’s 7.30pm on what’s been a beautiful day in Lisbon – and as the sun melts into the ocean, Team Vestas Wind Shore Manager Neil Cox stands, hands on hips, looking out onto the horizon.
The Medal Race format in Olympic sailing is designed to create drama and uncertainty, especially when the wind is blowing hard – which it did on the final day of Delta Lloyd Regatta.
The Volvo Ocean Race International Jury is to hear the four outstanding Protests arising from Leg 7 of the race from 10:00 AM on Wednesday 3 June in Lisbon
San Pedro, CA (May 30, 2015) – When organizers announced there would only be one race on Saturday, the crew aboard Enfant Terrible did not think there was any chance they could capture the Farr 40 West Coast Championship.
The Italian entry entered the day in third place, four points behind overall leader Groovederci. Tactician Tommaso Chieffi had hoped there would be two races as planned.
“When word came there would be one race, we figured we would not be able to win,” he said. “Our goal going into the last race was to just hold onto third.”
It turns out that things fell into place perfectly for Enfant Terrible, which finished second in Race 10 then watched as the chief competition faltered. Groovederci, which came into the day holding the lead by one point, finished sixth. Estate Master, which had been three points ahead of Enfant Terrible, absorbed its worst result of the regatta with a 10th.
“We are very, very happy to win this regatta. I give a lot of credit to the crew for never losing confidence even when things did not look good,” Chieffi said. “We were very patient and waited for our opportunities. We have a great group of guys who have been sailing together a long time and they never gave up.”
Roberto Strappati filled in for owner Alberto Rossi as helmsman and acquitted himself well, Chieffi said. “Roberto did an excellent job. He had to replace Alberto, which is not easy because Alberto knows the boat so well and is an outstanding driver. Roberto was a big part of this victory,” Chieffi said.
Enfant Terrible had a difficult second day, suffering a sixth and a ninth and falling down in the standings. The Italian team closed the regatta strong, finishing no lower than fourth in the final four races.
“Day two it all went wrong, but the crew did not get down. They just kept working and battling and when it was all said and done we found ourselves in first place,” Chieffi said.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Groovederci owner John Demourkas, who was attempting to win a regatta for the first time since 2012. Lengthy postponements ashore and again on the water did not help the Santa Barbara skipper’s mindset.
Santa Barbara skipper John Demourkas was pleased with the performance of his boat and crew during the West Coast Championship despite settling for second place.
“Bobbing around for hours is not good for me. I hate that because I tend to lose my focus,” Demourkas said. “All of a sudden it’s time to race and you have to get your head back in the game.”
Groovederci was the victim of some bad luck, such as when it had a perfect layline on the first upwind mark, but got pushed off target by several other boats. “We didn’t quite make the mark and had to duck a bunch of boats, which really put us behind the eight ball,” Demourkas said.
Enfant Terrible and Groovederci wound up tied with 42 points. Both boats had one victory and a pair of seconds so the tiebreaker went to number of third place finishes and that gave the Italian team the title. It was the second straight victory on the Farr 40 International Circuit for Enfant Terrible, which won the Midwinter Championship off San Diego in early March.
“It is very nice to win the first two events, but Alberto is more concerned with the world championship,” Chieffi said. “The competition in this class is very, very tough and the other boats will get stronger as the season progresses so we have to continue to improve as well.”
While not happy to settle for second place, Demourkas was encouraged by the performance of his boat and crew. Groovederci was very consistent throughout the four-day regatta and placed fifth or better in seven of the 10 races.
“I wish I had a do-over on that last race, but the good thing is that we are going in an upward direction,” Demourkas said. “(Tactician) John Kostecki has brought a new level of intensity to the boat and I think our crew is jelling.”
Demourkas, one of the longest-tenured owners in the Farr 40 class, had high praise for host Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. “This venue was terrific and all the members of Cabrillo Beach treated us like champs. The commodore could not have been more welcoming,” he said.
German skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and the Struntje Light team finished the regatta strong and posted its second victory of the series in Race 10.
German skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and his Struntje Light team came on strong toward the end of the regatta and closed things out by getting the gun in Race 10. Struntje Light came off the starting line in second-to-last place within the 15-boat fleet and really had to battle to get back into contention.
“We had a terrible start, but the crew did a really good job of not giving up,” Schaefer said. “What gave us a chance to win the race was the second run. We were on the correct side of the course and passed a lot of boats.”
Ray Davies called tactics aboard Struntje Light, which overtook Flash Gordon 6 to secure fifth place in the overall standings. Schaefer posted two bullets and six Top 5 finishes during the regatta.
“It appears we have taken a step forward. We continue to have a couple bad races that hurt us, but overall I am very pleased with the way we are sailing,” he said. “I would like to say that the competition level of this regatta was very high. The Corinthian boats are all getting better and better, which is good for the class.”
Skipper Rick Goebel and the Insanity crew once again set the pace in the Corinthian Division, posting a second and a pair of thirds in totaling 74 points. White Knight (Zoltan Katinszky) was runner-up among the eight Corinthian boats.
“Our boat speed was very good and the crew did a great job of getting us around the corners,” said Goebel, who also topped the Corinthian Division at the Midwinter Championship. “We have a pretty fast boat and we are improving as a team every time we go out on the water.”
It was reported in Friday’s press release that Blade 2 was the only Corinthian boat to win a race on the International Circuit during the current two-year run on the West Coast. That is not the case as skipper Lloyd Clark and the Voodoo Chile crew posted a pair of first place finishes en route to winning the Corinthian Division at last year’s West Coast Championship.
Skipper Rick Goebel steered Insanity to a convincing victory in Corinthian Division at the West Coast Championship. It was Insanity’s second straight Corinthian crown.
Final Results (10 races, no discard)
1. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi , ITA – 2 -7 -1 -4 -6 -9 -3 -4 -4 -2 ; 42
2. Groovederci, John Demourkas , USA – 5 -4 -4 -7 -2 -2 -5 -6 -1 -6 ; 42
3. Estate Master, Martin Hill , AUS – 3 -8 -3 -3 -1 -1 -7 -5 -6 -10 ; 47
4. Plenty, Alex Roepers , USA – 1 -6 -5 -1 -14 -4 -4 -1 -9 -3 ; 48
5. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer , GER – 4 -1 -9 -5 -7 -10 -6 -3 -5 -1 ; 51
6. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn , USA – 7 -5 -2 -6 -12 -7 -1 -2 -7 -4 ; 53
7. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil , USA – 6 -3 -7 -2 -5 -8 -2 -12 -8 -8 ; 61
8. Insanity, Rick Goebel , USA – 10 -2 -6 -14 -9 -3 -10 -8 -3 -9 ; 74
9. White Knight, Zoltan Katinszky , USA – 11 -9 -8 -13 -8 -11 -11 -9 -13 -5 ; 98
10. Temptress, Ray Godwin , USA – 8 -11 -14 -10 -13 -6 -8 -10 -11 -7 ; 98
11. Twisted, M. Tony Pohl , USA – 9 -12 -11 -9 -15 -12 -13 -7 -2 -11 ; 101
12. Blade 2 , Michael Shlens , USA – 12 -10 -10 -8 -3 -16 -9 -11 -15 -12 ; 106
13. Foil, Gordon Leon , USA – 13 -14 -12 -11 -4 -5 -12 -13 -12 -13 ; 109
14. Huckleberry3, Jim Murrell , USA – 14 -13 -13 -12 -14 -13 -14 -14 -10 -14 ; 131
15. Coquille, Gary Ezor , USA – 15 -15 -15 -15 -10 -14 -15 -15 -14 -15 ; 143
2015 International Circuit
March 4-7: F40 Midwinter Champ – San Diego, CA
May 27-30: F40 Event # 2 – Cabrillo Beach, CA
July 22-25: California Cup – Marina del Rey, CA
August 19-22: Rolex North Americans – Santa Barbara, CA
September 24-27: Rolex World Championship – Long Beach, CA
Click here for full 2015 calendar.
On Lake Traunsee, another severely testing day at the Austria Cup, the opening event of the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, allowed just two races to be competed, but not for want of trying by PRO A
The 7th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, from Newport, US to Lisbon, Portugal, has come to a close. The teams covered the 3000 nautical mile journey in 9.5 days, and the finish was one of the most exciting in the race so far!
Image Guilain Grenier / GC32 Racing Tour – Oman with McMillan & Ashby onboard continue to lead the pack at lake Traunsee. follow Live Racing tomorrow at www.gc32racing.com (starting at 1100 CET)
Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 30/05/2015
On Lake Traunsee, another severely testing day at the Austria Cup, the opening event of the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, allowed just
Light winds and warm sun were the order of the day for the start of the Société Nautique de Genève’s Annual Regatta at Sea for the International Six Metre Class
Newport, RI (May 30, 2015) – Racing continued today in the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship on Narragansett Bay, co-hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University and New York Yacht Club. The top sixteen collegiate team racing teams in the nation are vying for the national title and the Walter C. Wood Trophy.
The sailors were greeted by fog this morning and light winds. The fog came in and out all day making for interesting conditions with wind pressure up and down. The winds started around 8-12 knots and when the sea breeze came in this afternoon it picked up to 12-15 knots with higher gusts. Temperatures stayed in the low 70s.
The first round with all 16 teams was completed today. There were 36 races left in the round and places 9-16 was determined as well as the top eight teams, who advanced to the next round of racing. Sailors competed in both FJs and Z420s on a digital N course in the first round, but the top eight round will be sailed in only FJs. The scores from each round carry over to the next.
A sail off between Tufts University and the U.S. Naval Academy took place after the first round was finished to break a tie and determine who would take eighth place and advance to the top eight round of racing. Tufts took the win and advanced, which was a result of some great racing for them today after not being in a position to advance yesterday when they finished the day in 11th place.
First Round Robin Results (wins and losses)
1. Yale University, 15-0
2. Stanford University, 13-2
3. Boston College, 12-3*
4. Roger Williams University, 12-3**
5. College of Charleston, 11-4
6. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 10-5*
7. Georgetown University, 10-5**
8. Tufts University, 7-8*
9. U.S. Naval Academy, 7-8**
10. University of South Florida, 6-9*
11. Fordham University, 6-9**
12. University of Wisconsin, 5-10
13. University of Michigan, 3-12
14. University of California at Santa Barbara, 2-13
15. Oregon State University, 1-14
16. Texas A&M University at Galveston, 0-15
* Number of races won when tied teams met (1)
** Number of races won when tied teams met (0)
Top eight racing got underway around 1:45 p.m and wrapped up before 5 p.m. Fifteen races were completed in the second round today with 13 more to go. The conditions changed in the afternoon with a stronger sea breeze and a change in the tide, which also affected the racers with chop and a different dynamic on the starting line. In the morning racing the current was pushing boats over the starting line, but in the afternoon it was causing them to be further off of the line.
Yale continues to hold onto their lead with only one loss that they suffered in the top eight round against Tufts University.
“It was a tight race,” says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale. “One of our skippers fell overboard at the start, so we were playing catch up the whole time,” he says. “They [Tufts] did a good job with a 1,2 combination and maintained it for the whole race,” says Healy.
Healy says they also had good races with St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Georgetown University.
“We are still feeling comfortable and focused for tomorrow,” Healy says, “We will keep digging.”
Sailing for Yale is: Ian Barrows ’17, Graham Landy ’15, Malcolm Lamphere ’18, Chandler Gregoire ’17, Charlotte Belling ’16, Meredith Megarry ’17, Katherine Gaumond ’15, Clara Robertson ’17, Natalya Doris ’17 and Christopher Champa ’18.
Finishing in second place today was Boston College who only lost one race to Georgetown.
In third place was Stanford University who suffered three losses in the second round.
“The races we lost were because of starting issues,” says John Vandemoer, head coach for Stanford. “All of the teams are really good – there is no bottom team – so it’s important to get off the line well and be in the race from the start,” says Vandemoer.
Sailing for Stanford is: Antoine Screve ’16, Hans Henken ’15, Kieran Chung ’15, John Cannistraro ’17, Nicolette Obel ’17 and Haley Kirk ’15.
The final day of the Team Race Nationals is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Once the top eight is completed racing will begin in Z420s in the final four round. No race can start after 5 p.m. An awards ceremony for the competitors will be held after racing at New York Yacht Club.
Top Eight Results (wins and losses)
1. Yale University, 17-1
2. Boston College, 15-4
3. Stanford University, 14-5
4. College of Charleston, 13-5
5. Roger Williams University, 13-6
6. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 12-7*
7. Georgetown University, 12-7**
8. Tufts University, 9-10
* Number of races won when tied teams met (2)
** Number of races won when tied teams met (0)
Source: ICSA media
Background: The Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s three national championships, Sperry Women’s National Semi-Final and Final Championship, LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, and the Gill Coed Dinghy National Semi-Final and Final Championship will be held May 25-June 4, with schools racing Z420s and Club FJs on the waters of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay in Newport, RI. The events are hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University and the New York Yacht Club.
Full results and more pics at the Italian F18 Assoc new website.Report sent by Alessandro Pelliccia / www.formula18.it
"The 2015 Italian F18 Championship started this weekend in Punta Ala at the Camping Resort and organized by the Sailing Center Punta Ala .Venue where the 2015 A-Class Worlds and past F18 2004 Worlds.Three races held today with a westerly wind on 8/10 knots. Excellent
Gmunden, Austria (May 30, 2015) – On Lake Traunsee, another severely testing day at the Austria Cup, the opening event of the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, allowed just two races to be competed, but not for want of trying by PRO Anne Mallédant-Vadré.
The opening race – race 10 of the series – took place in the most stable conditions we have seen here – a SSWerly peaking at 9-10 knots, blowing up the length of the lake. Apart from one tense moment at the top of the first beat, this was led from almost start to finish by the immaculately sailed Sultanate of Oman, skippered by Leigh McMillan.
After a short postponement, a second race saw more of the fluky, unpredictable conditions that have marked this regatta. A big right hand shift soon after the start made the first run heavily port gybe-favoured and it was Spindrift racing that led from the start, until they were overtaken by the Omanis approaching the leeward gate. Going into the leeward gate for a second time, the leaders sailing into less pressure caused a compression. Rounding in fourth place, Armin Strom Sailing Team was the only boat to stay on the starboard side of the beat where she was first to pick up pressure, enabling them to not only lay the final mark of the course but to come in at speed. This fast track enabled Armin Strom to pick off three boats, motoring home to her first ‘bullet’ of the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. All five boats competing have now won races.
Marazzi, who represented Switzerland three times at the Olympic Games in the Star keelboat, admitted that his crew don’t like light airs, particularly when it redefines ‘fickle’ as it has done to date on Lake Traunsee. “In these short, light air races, it is a big advantage for the teams that have sailed in the Extreme Sailing Series,” he says. “We have slowly figured out how it works and our communication is improving, but we still have to learn. It is good to finally achieve what we’ve been fighting for.”
As President of the GC32 International Class Association, Marazzi says he is pleased that here the class has an unprecedented heights in terms of its competition. “We haven’t even been close to this in the last two years.” But he is craving a day with winds of 15+ knots when the one design foiling catamarans can really show themselves off.
Top scoring boat of the day was Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli’s Spindrift racing, posting a 2-2. This was enough to leave them level with Alinghi, the team of Bertarelli’s brother Ernesto, but ahead according to the GC32’s tiebreak rules where the boat with the better result in the last race prevails.
“I am happy, but today it was really difficult conditions – really tricky and unpredictable,” said Guichard. “Saying that – our starts and our tactics were very good.”
Key to success on Lake Traunsee is staying in the breeze, but this challenge reached a new level in the two unsuccessful attempts to complete race 12. As Guichard described one moment: “It was bizarre: two lengths behind us there was a southerly wind and one length ahead it was northerly. You just had to try to manage with the wind you had. Sometimes there would be only 10m between the boats, but they would be in completely different winds.” In one particularly extraordinary race both Spindrift racing and Team ENGIE ended up sailing several hundred metres beyond the leeward gate before they could work their way back to it.
Going into the final day of the Bullitt GC32 Austria Cup, Sultanate of Oman holds a commanding nine point lead, despite posting their first result here off the podium today (a fourth in race 11). So is their secret their two America’s Cup sailors: Emirates Team New Zealand wing trimmer and ten time A-Class catamaran World Champion Glenn Ashby and ex-Luna Rossa crewman Alister Richardson?
“I think we are sailing the boat fairly relaxed and keeping our heads out of the boat,” said Ashby. “There is obviously a lot of experience with Leigh [McMillan], Pete [Greenalgh] and Nasser [al Mashari] sailing together and Alister and I coming in and looking at the same sort of things. It feels like we are on the same page and its working nicely.”
Ashby is a fan of the GC32: “The boat is great – they are really good fun to sail. They are a bit of a slave ship in 10 knots – having to use the full-sized gennikers, make it a boat handling issue at times, but it forces you to prioritise the important things and put your fireman’s hat on and put out the right fire at the right time in the manoeuvres! But the boats sails really well.”
|1||Sultanate of Oman (OMA)||2||2||1||3||1||2||3||1||2||1||4||22|
|2||Spindrift racing (FRA)||5||4||4||2||2||1||4||4||1||2||2||31|
|4||Team ENGIE (FRA)||1||3||2||5||3||4||2||2||5||5||3||35|
|5||Armin Strom Sailing Team (SUI)||4||5||5||4||4||5||5||5||4||4||1||46|
Racing at the Bullitt GC32 Austria Cup continues through May 31 with live online broadcast at 1100 CET.
Report by class media Photos by Sander van der Borch.
GC32 Racing Tour 2015
28-31 May: Austria Cup – Lake Traunsee, Austria
25-27 June: Cowes Cup – Cowes, UK
30 July-2 August: Kiel, Germany
27-30 August: Rome Cup – Fiumicino, Rome, Italy
30 September-3 October: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France