The 225 amateur crew led by professional skippers on 12 identical 70 ft ocean racing yachts completed the race successfully after more than 30 yachts retired with damage and injuries after some of the worst conditions to hit the Australian bluewater classic for many years. Winning Clipper Race class Australian female skipper Wendy Tuck, led Da Nang – Viet Nam to 22nd place in the overall line honours out of the 77 boats to complete the race out of the original 108 starters.
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – Winner images by Stefano Gattini
Apparently World Sailing had never heard of the Malaysian policy to refuse Israel visas, despite the negotiations that had apparently taken place to confirm Langkawi as the venue.
And the Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin saying, “The world federation had been informed of the nation’s stance about Israel’s involvement in any world championship hosted by Malaysia.”
Overnight, light winds brought a steady stream of competitors up the Derwent River to the finish line…
Sailing and stats. If you love numbers just as much as knots, and trivia as much as tacking, then you’re in the right place.
The Sailor Girl wrapped up the Rolex Sydney Hobart for 2015 on board Primitive Cool this afternoon at Constitution Dock and ran into the winners aboard Balance.
The last 24 hours has seen a small amount of joy for the crews of Spindrift 2 and IDEC Sport in their respective quests to break Banque Populaire V’s time for the…
Coconut Grove, Florida (December 30, 2015) – The 53rd annual Open Orange Bowl Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, and co-sponsored by the Orange Bowl Committee, was held December 27 – 30, 2015 in Biscayne Bay, Florida. The regatta was open to the Laser, Laser Masters, and Laser Radials, the International 420’s (who were also racing for their U.S. National Championship), and the 29er class.
In the 29er class, 15 boats competed, completing 12 races. Ryan Ratliffe and Samuel Merson from Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA, dominated the class. Their throw-out race was a third, the boys finished with 15 points, ten points ahead of fellow Mission Bay Yacht Club members, Max Brill and Ian Brill. Finishing in third with 32 points, were David Eastwood and Wells Drayton, also from Southern California.
Thirty six I420’s raced for the US National Championship, 10 races were completed. Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin, from Riverside Yacht Club in Connecticut, won every race of the regatta. They retired the last race, their throw-out, and finished with a very impressive 9 points. Behind in second place were Jack Johansson and Ian Robinson (CRYC/Bayview Yacht Club) with 55 points. In third, winning the tiebreaker, was Henry Burnes and Peter Barron (Wianno Yacht Club/ Three Mile Harbor Sailing Club). They tied at 58 points with Kathryn Hall and Ashton Borcherding, who were the top females. Matt Logue and Cam Giblin finished 7th overall and were the top juniors.
Three Laser Radials competed in 10 races, Daniela Rivera (EVAV) won every race. Christina Persson was second with 18 points, Monica Wilson finished third with 26 points.
In the Laser Class, 8 boats raced in 10 races. Jose Gutierrez won every race, finishing with 9 points in first place. In second, Ross Murdoch from Kingston YC, finished with 29 points. Close behind, in third with 33 points, was Eric Lawrence.
The Laser Masters had 8 skippers racing in 10 races. Ernesto Rodriguez got the bullet in every race, finishing first overall with 9 points. At 19 points, Mike Matan finished in second, followed by Will Glenn in third with 29 points.
Shane Kearns was in front seat to win Rolex Sydney Race but Quikpoint Azzurro became the ‘little boat that nearly did’…
Seven races have been completet in Hvar and Igor Les MNE can celebrate his premature victory in the Lasers Standard with seven race wins. In the Radials, the tight duel on top is going on with Marin Desabota CRO leading one …
Newport, RI (December 30, 2015) – Manuka Sports Event Management confirmed their plans for the second edition of Ocean Race North, an offshore race running north from Charleston to Newport to start May 6. In addition, Fort Lauderdale to Charleston will run on April 8, 2016.
Ocean Race North was created to bring boats north after the winter sailing season. The first edition of the race in 2015 went from Charleston to Annapolis to allow teams to compete in the Annapolis-Newport race. In 2016, Ocean Race North will bring competitors to Newport in time to compete in the biennial Newport-Bermuda race.
The 700 nautical mile course will be one of the most challenging offshore courses on the east coast taking competitors around Cape Hatteras through the Gulf Stream and up to Newport. The race is open to ORR, PHRF and IRC boats. Entry details and Notice of Race can be found online at: http://oceanracenorth.com.
Yachts competing in both Fort Lauderdale to Charleston and Ocean Race North will be part of the East Coast Ocean Series which is an overall point standings and trophy. The first offshore race in the series is Fort Lauderdale to Charleston starting on April 8. Upon arrival in Charleston, teams will have the option of competing in Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week.
Ocean Race North will be the second leg of the Series. To participate in the series a boat must race in both legs, however the same sailors do not need to be on board for both races. A final Awards Party and Trophy Presentation will be held in Newport following Ocean Race North. Signing up for the series is free and can be completed when signing up for the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race.
Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Managing Partner, Hugh Piggin, said, “We are excited to be running Ocean Race North again in 2016. Charleston to Newport is an extremely challenging offshore challenge and we look forward to continuing to promote offshore racing in the United States.“
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About Fort Lauderdale to Charleston
The Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Race is the first leg of the East Coast Ocean Series. The race starts Saturday April 8th (the Saturday before Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week April 14th-17th).
About Ocean Race North (ORN)
Ocean Race North is an offshore race from the creators of the Atlantic Cup designed to fill the void in the schedule for a race traveling north at the beginning of the summer season. The second edition of ORN will be raced from Charleston to Newport starting on May 6, 2016. For more information please visit OceanRaceNorth.com
The traditional Starclass Christmas Race in Nice ended yesterday with two morning races, started in a 12 kn breeze, decreasing to 2 kn at the end of race 2. Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA added two more bullets …
Victoria’s Secret model and Comanche co-owner Kristy Hinze-Clark speaks about tough sailing conditions in the Sydney to Hobart race.
The World Sailing executive has now received the interim report on the situation concerning the participation and conditions placed on Israeli sailors for the Youth Sailing World Championships in Malaysia.
World Sailing has demanded an immediate full explanation from both the Malaysian and Israeli Sailing Organisations (Member National Authorities) on this issue.
World Sailing stands by its commitment to both the Olympic ideals and ensuring that competitions taking place under the auspices of World Sailing permit all sailors to represent their country and to compete fully and equally. World Sailing has always taken this issue very seriously and undertakes to clarify and strengthen this requirement of all future World Sailing event organisers, if required, once the full report is concluded.
With regards to the current situation with Israel and Malaysia, World Sailing whilst adamant that the situation is not acceptable under the above principles, acknowledges that delays in communication by both Israeli and Malaysian officials in the lead up to the regatta have contributed to the situation spiralling into the current controversy. This is something that could have been prevented and will be actively managed in the future. World Sailing only learnt of Israel’s withdrawal on 24 December, with immediate action taken to obtain factual information on the ground in Malaysia and to respond appropriately to this challenging situation.
These diplomatic issues are faced by all sports of this nature. World Sailing cannot solve all such problems, but as an organisation it, and its members can work towards acceptance of all nations and towards finding suitable solutions within the current political arena. As a result of this, World Sailing shall strengthen its processes to prevent discrimination within the sport.
World Sailing had the full support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the build up to the Youth Worlds and will continue to enlist their help and expertise in this matter.
Further information on the report and the proposed actions will be provided after the emergency Executive Committee meeting on the 8 January.
(December 30, 2015; Day 39) – As the wind has veered and the trade winds have filled the sails, the IDEC SPORT 31.5m maxi trimaran has been lifted and her speed towards the Equator has increased. Joyon and his troops are making the most of what the wind is throwing at them in their quest for the Jules Verne Trophy.
The situation has clearly improved on IDEC SPORT on this 39th day of sailing after three horrendous days of tacking upwind in light airs. While the trajectory taken by the multihull still is not as straight as in the Indian Ocean for example, it is becoming more so with each passing hour, as the trade wind shifts further and further to the east. They can now head due north and it is only down to squalls that the boat has moved slightly towards the west at times.
“We are taking advantage of each wind shift,” explained Francis. “When it strengthened late in the night, we even removed the foil and lifted the daggerboard, which is something we haven’t done for ages.”
The helmsmen were thus able to get back up to speeds above 25 knots for a few hours, a situation the men on IDEC SPORT hope will stabilise today to become the norm until they reach the Equator. “The charts are looking more positive now,” Joyon said sounding upbeat. “According to our latest analysis, the trade wind should strengthen, allowing us to get to the Equator on the night of the 1st-2nd January.” The Equator and the climb back up towards the Horn of Brazil are the current goals.
It is true that back on dry land, Marcel van Triest, and at sea the six men on IDEC SPORT are also looking ahead to the weather patterns in the North Atlantic. But for the time being, the important thing is finishing this climb back up the coast of Brazil with its paradise resorts, as efficiently as possible. After the recent painful experiences in the Southern Hemisphere, IDEC SPORT hopes to begin 2016 in style with a dash towards the tip of Brittany with the spray flying and very high speeds.
As of 21:00 UTC
Distance to finish: 4303.83 nm
Distance for 24 hours: 397.27 nm
Distance ahead of record: -1330.32 nm
(December 30, 2015; Day 39) – We know what to wish the 40m maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 for the start of 2016: good weather in the North Atlantic for a faster, more direct route than the large detour west that the current Jules Verne Trophy record holder had to take. A day before crossing the equator for the second time as she sails back up the Atlantic Ocean, Spindrift 2 has enjoyed stronger south-east trade winds than expected and has just entered the doldrums, which are being rather kind.
The crew will enter the northern hemisphere during New Year’s Eve, before enjoying strong, sustained, north-easterly trade winds, a more benign Azores High than four years ago, and a succession of favourable lows above Europe, but there are still 4,000 nautical miles to go to Ushant, and with one week left, the result still hangs in the balance.
With the Equator still 24 hours on the horizon, Spindrift 2 is more than a day behind the Jules Verne Trophy holder. But if the last five days have been particularly difficult on board and unproductive in terms of their overall goal, the weather situation is now clearing up ahead of the bows of the black and gold trimaran.
Eight days ago, as they rounded Cape Horn, Spindrift 2 was more than 500 miles ahead of Banque Populaire V. Today, the day before New Year’s Eve, the black and gold trimaran is nearly 800 miles behind. It is a balance sheet that is simply the result of unfavourable weather systems in an area where, four years earlier, the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy managed an extremely fast ascent of the South Atlantic: 7 days 4 hours 27 minutes.
While two years before that, the record breakers on Groupama 3 registered 9d 16h 35′. That is almost exactly the time that Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their 12 teammates need to match to reach the Equator on the night of December 31.
From the Le Maire Strait, the average speed dropped to less than 15 knots. Then on Christmas Eve, the mast started showing a depression in its lower part and the crew had to repair it. They had to slow down just as conditions were enabling a quicker escape from the miasma of weather systems off Argentina. It was a few lost hours that cost them dear. And when the speeds went back up off the Uruguayan and then the Brazilian coast, they had to tack against a north-easterly breeze until they reached the latitude of Salvador de Bahia.
It was only on the 38th day at sea that Spindrift 2 began to be able to express its potential in an easterly trade wind of around 20 knots. The deficit is unlikely to stop growing until tomorrow night because Banque Populaire V was very fast until they crossed the Equator. This is especially so, because the trimaran skippered by Yann Guichard is still slightly handicapped on starboard tacks since the lower part of the port foil is damaged following an impact.
The situation may seem bleak with only seven days to cross the longitude of the Créac’h lighthouse at Ushant, but everything will depend on the Azores. The Jules Verne Trophy holder had to make a big circle round to avoid this area of high pressure, deviating from its route by heading towards the West Indies and finishing on the coast of Ireland. It was a detour that took 7d 10h 58′ between the Equator and Ushant.
Though it is still too early to anticipate the behaviour of the Azores High, it is, however, clear that the Doldrums (the area of light Equatorial winds), located around 1° 30 South is not very active, while, by contrast, the North Atlantic trade winds are quite strong, with over 20 knots from east. The first few days of the new year are thus promising to be very fast and the succession of depressions sweeping Europe for two weeks is not about to disintegrate: everything will therefore depend on this transition zone between the sustained easterly wind at the level of Cape Verde and a powerful Westerly wind at the latitude of the Azores.
Spindrift 2 can therefore fight back after crossing the Equator and enjoy the redistribution of weather cards at the start of the year. Aside from the port foil, the black and gold trimaran is still at full potential, particularly for the final push and the crew can bring to bear all its strengths: an unwavering motivation, a keen sense of competition and the certainty that the record will not be decided for a little while yet.
As of 2100 UTC
Distance to finish: 3712.4 nm
Distance for 24 hours: 544.6 nm
Distance ahead of record: – 707.78 nm
Two races were sailed yesterday at the Starboat Christmas Race in NIizza FRA in moderate morning thermal breeze from the land. The seabreeze in the aftenoon did not fill in sufficiently for additional racing…
Aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2, American Joe Harris departed Newport (RI) on November 15 in a bid to break the 40 Foot Monohull Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record. Although Joe diverted to Cape Town, South Africa, in order to replace the burned regulator box for the hydro-gen system on board, he is determined to press on. Here’s an update from Joe on December 30…
Sorry for being quiet for a bit but it’s been very busy! Where do I begin?
Came into Cape Town on Monday night- after a wild sail up the coast from the Cape of Good Hope. The coastline is spectacular and a strong wind from the Southeast took me up the shore in no time- arrived in Table Bay about midnight and Harbormaster Steven Bentley came out in a RIB to guide me in to Victoria Basin in 35 knots of wind in Table Bay. Very glad to get to the dock.
Yesterday was incredibly busy. We replaced the converter box for the hydro-generators and that went well. We went for a sail/sea trial to test them in Table Bay where it always seems to be blowing 35k and everything worked well. I am very psyched to have my hydros back in action!
However… I had been having trouble with my alternator/regulator for charging the batteries while running the engine- so the technician finally determined that the problem was in the alternator- so we pulled it out of the boat and took it to a repair shop for new brushes and diodes. I hope to get it back today and re-install and test- but not sure on the time table.
I found that the solent jib had significant chafe so had to take the sail down and do a fairly large repair on the dock. Lots of helpers- which was great. Sail is now back on the boat and ready to go. Thank you to Terry Halpin for getting your pal Mike to help me- a very knowledgeable guy.
My old high school pal Peter Claypool lives and works here in Cape Town and has been a huge help- it has been very nice to have an old friend here for moral support. We had a great dinner last night and he is helping me round up supplies. Thank you, Clay.
Filled up with diesel and fresh water- now off to the grocery store for a few things- hope to depart tonight- but may be tomorrow. Although very tempting to stay here in beautiful Cape Town with people could not be more helpful and friendly. Hope a weather window opens so I can get south quickly.
So that’s about it- I got a very nice note from my German competitor Henrik who broke his ankle and had to stop his voyage. He also pulled in here to Cape Town and was quickly flown back to Germany for surgery. His boat is the marina just down the road. Best wishes to you Henrik for a speedy recovery- I will be continuing my voyage with you and mind- hope I can make it around for both of us.
All the best to everyone for continued holiday fun.
Background: While Joe will no longer be able to officially break the existing record of 137 days, 20 hours, 01 minute, 57 seconds – set by Chinese sailor Guo Chuan in 2013 – he will continue to unofficially better the mark. Finishing in Newport, Joe will need to average 195 miles per day, or approximately 8.2 knots, to improve on Chuan’s pace. Website: www.gryphonsolo2.com
Paul Clitheroe’s TP52 Balance has been confirmed as winner of the Tattersall’s Cup for the 2015 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race…
White water rafting in under five knots? The 130 competitors at the 2015 Bic O’pen World Cup can do!
The chances to beat the round the world record is about to vanish, as the last 24 hours on the South Atlantic were again disappointing concerning the wind…
Sydney, Australia (December 30, 2015) – Paul Clitheroe is one of just a dozen yachts to have finished the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and since doing so, has been in the box seat to claim overall honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race.
Now Clitheroe, known to the public as the ‘Money Man’, has to sit and wait for the smallest and second oldest boat in the fleet to finish to discover whether his TP52 Balance has won the race – or not. Will the ‘Balance’ be tipped in his favour remains to be seen.
These guys don’t get it? This is the latest press release title sent out by World Sailing (see above). With all the bad press going on about the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships in Malaysia you would think somebody would have caught this. How insensitive and ironic at the same time. Who’s running the show over there? Another good job by the new and improved World Sailing!
Israeli foreign minister Moshe Sharett visited Kuala Lumpur in 1956, the year prior to the independence of the Federation of Malaya. He described the reception of his proposal to appoint an Israeli consul as “favorable without hesitation” on the part of his tengku host. When Malaya’s bid for membership in the United Nations came up in 1957, Israel voted in support of Malaya’s acceptance. By the early 1960s the Malayans had declined numerous Israeli attempts to formalise low-level relations, explaining that domestic radical-Islamic opposition and foreign Arab pressures had put Malaya in a sensitive position vis-a-vis Israel.
As negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians gained momentum in the early 1990s, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad considered establishing actual diplomatic relations with Israel. Chua Jui Meng, then Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, suggested in 1994 that Israel’s market could eventually become a destination for Malaysian investments.
Mahathir Mohamed, Malaysia’s prime minister in 1981-2003, has accused his critics of being agents of Zionism and has accused Zionists of undermining Malaysia’s integrity and trying to destroy Islam.:45–47 Mahathir had sent letters to Israeli prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak in the years 1993, 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 2012 the contents of these letters were made public to dispel allegations that Mahathir’s government had moved in the direction of recognising the State of Israel.
With Prominent US and international news conglomerate, Fox News picking up on the exclusion of two Israeli Sailors and their coach from the 2015 World Youth Championships we’ll say it again… don’t sail!
Fox News Reports: A special visa from Malaysia forbidding Israeli athletes from wearing the Israeli flag during a sailing competition or having their national anthem played if they were to win the gold medal has Israel’s sailing federation threatening legal action.
The 45th edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships has been declared open by World Sailing Vice President Chris Atkins at the opening ceremony in Langkawi, Malaysia.
But the event was not open to all. Two Israeli windsurfers and their coach have effectively been denied their right to compete in the World Sailing Youth Championships, which are underway in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Israeli sailors were also denied visas to the ISAF Sailing World Cup finals in 2014 and just a couple of months ago in 2015, and we’re talking about a Beijing Bronze Medalist being banned from one of ISAF’s signature events – because of nationality and religion.
Why wait for ISAF/World Sailing to act? They can’t even write a proper press release without adding fuel to the fire as demonstrated in their last press release titled “PERFECT YOUTH WORLDS DAY FOR A SELECT FEW” (see post above)!
The XS Blowhard wants to remind all sailors at the Worlds they have the power to change this discrimination. Support your fellow ‘banned’ sailors by not sailing. Especially the windsurfers. Stop sailing until organizers and World Sailing admit wrong doing and effect change. Remember, without the sailors there is no event.
Anyone who sails at this event is condoning crazy politics and discrimination that do not belong in this great sport of ours … take back their power and stop sailing! It’s not worth the trophy.
Please share this post with sailors in the event and around the world. The sailors ultimately have the power to stop this non negotiable condition that ALL sailors are owed… the right to sail and win, regardless of nationality or religion.
Yachting NZ, which has an 18 strong team in Malaysia, are now calling on the world sailing organization to make a stand.
The Malaysian government has effectively banned the Israeli team from competing at the Youth Sailing World Champs.
Yachting New Zealand, which has an 18 strong team in Malaysia, are now calling on the world sailing organisation to make a stand.
World Sailing have released a video boasting a record 80 countries at the Youth Worlds. There would have been one more if Malaysia hadn’t denied the Israelis their visas.
Sail-World editor Richard Gladwell says the decision is outdated.
‘They’ve used the tactics that we saw in the apartheid era to keep the All Blacks or the Maori out of rugby teams by basically putting visa restrictions on them.’
Malaysia, a long-time supporter of Palestine, has no diplomatic ties with Israel which produced the boys windsurfing champion at last year’s youth worlds – a result Gladwell believes may have influenced the host’s government.
‘Of course that was going to be hugely embarrassing for the Malaysian government.
‘Suddenly they’ve got an Israeli athlete standing on the podium with a gold medal round his neck playing the national anthem.’
Three sailors – Four World Champions from Israel – Mens U-19, U-17 amd Womens U-17 and U-19 World Champions – 2015 RS:X Class Youth World Championships, Gdynia, PolandRS:X class.com ©
Such embarrassment was never going to happen at this year’s worlds in Lankawi with Malaysia drawing up a list of conditions for the Israelis to be considered for visas…
(December 30, 2015) – The final fight to the finish line of Race 5 of the 2015-16 Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR), is going to be tight and tactical for the Clipper 70s as they battle for the podium and points in forecast light winds on the Derwent.
The last 24 hours have been described as a cruel game of wind-hole snakes and wind-funnel ladders. As at midday local time (0100 UTC) today, Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, our first female Australian Skipper, had a narrow lead of around seven nautical miles aboard Da Nang – Viet Nam over second-placed GREAT Britain and LMAX Exchange, third.
At one point the gap had narrowed to less than 3 nautical miles before Wendo opened up her lead. But as she turns into Storm Bay her speed is dropping and the rest of the fleet is closing in once more. It has been a relentless fight, but the team’s overall line honours position of 21st reflects the achievement.
“Not much sleep has been happening on board,” Wendo reported. “After a long light spot last night the fleet has caught up, but we are giving it all we have. We are fighting till the end. Crew morale is awesome, my crew are awesome and I am tired.”
As Wendo leads her team and the fleet into Storm Bay and up the Derwent all bets could be off as forecast light winds will probably see the fleet compress and fortunes left to the mercy of the roll of Mother Nature’s wind dice.
UPDATE! – Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, the first female Australian Skipper in the history of the Clipper Race, has clinched first place in the Clipper 70 class of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Wendy, the Sydney Skipper of Da Nang – Viet Nam, managed to hold off GREAT Britain and LMAX Exchange in a tight, tactical battle up the Derwent River. The team crossed the line at 1601 AEDT (0501 UTC) and finished in 22nd place in overall line honours.
At one point over the last 24 hours, the gap had narrowed to less than 3 nautical miles before Wendo opened up her lead to 10 nautical miles in the final few hours. Da Nang – Viet Nam managed to keep up good speed over the last 30 miles after the threat of lightening winds didn’t materialise. It is the first podium for Wendo and team in the Clipper 2015-16 Race global series. This is Race 5 of 14.
“This is my favourite Sydney Hobart ever,” said Wendy who has now finished her ninth Sydney Hobart.
For the overall RSHYR rankings, click here.
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On the fifth day of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the lion’s share of the fleet has rounded Tasman Island…
Kitesurfing getting caught in a Dangerous Storm – 4 years ago – Winter Squall hits kitesurfers in S.Wales UK… great airtime!
Photos: © ROLEX/StudioBorlenghi/StefanoGattini
Nearly two dozen yacht clubs from across the country have requested an invitation to the 2016 Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs. The regatta, which is an evolution of the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (USQS), will be held September 12 to 17, 2016, out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I.
“We’re extremely pleased with the number and diversity of the requests thus far,” says Resolute Cup event chair Patricia O’Donnell. “We have received interest from clubs on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts as well as a handful of freshwater clubs. We anticipate a very competitive fleet gathering in Newport next September.”
Among the clubs requesting invitations are some of the most well known yacht clubs in the country, including Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., which won the inaugural USQS in 2010, and New York’s Larchmont Yacht Club, which won in 2012.
Plenty of lesser known clubs are also eager to test their mettle. Sea Cliff Yacht Club describes itself as a “small family yacht club on Long Island’s North Shore; home to 150 family members.” While the club is no stranger to large events, having organized the Around Long Island Race since 1977, its membership is less than one-tenth that of clubs such as Chicago Yacht Club or St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, both of which have also requested invitations.
But it takes just a handful of talented sailors to win the Resolute Cup, teams are comprised of three or four club members, and Sea Cliff is off to a strong start with team captain Doug Wefer, a four-time collegiate All-American for the University of Michigan and an accomplished match-racing crew.
“This struck me as an opportunity to have the club really get behind a major sailing accomplishment,” says Wefer, an insurance broker specializing in rare and antique musical instruments. “It would be a real honor to participate.”
Invitations for the event will be issued in early 2016. The form to request an invitation can be accessed by clicking here.
A short video on the 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series can be found here.
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Former US Sailing Team member John Casey launched the sport’s first real podcast last week, and he’s not screwing around; JC’s most recently-dropped show features former US Marine and now US Sailing Team Sperry racer Danny Evans getting deep into – well, everything. You’ll get two hours of a very interesting guest chat, including the gory details of Evans’ horrendous injury (fast forward if you’re squeamish), the real reasons the Paralympics dropped sailing from the 2020 Olympics, how amputees can best sail fast beach cats and foilers, how much quicker John Casey’s Nacra 20FCS is than Ben Ainslie’s, and how much JC wishes he had Danny’s upper body. A great two hours of sailing chitchat, and we listened to every second. You should too.
A pair of 85-year-old twins from Brooklyn, Van and Carl Vollmer, have a wish. Some would call it a death wish; others know that their wish is merely to live, and die, on their own terms.
Earlier this year, Patch reporter Simone Wilson presented the story of these brothers — the what and the why — in a piece called, “The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins.”
The dream of these brothers is both simple and profound: To recruit a crew, set sail and live their final days on the water. The crew would be directed to dump the brothers’ bodies at sea. (The twins continue their quest.)
The Vollmer story was but one of many stories on Patch that delved beneath the surface to highlight the beauty of the human spirit — and at times the darkness of the human heart — and put that on display for readers of our network of more than 900 Patches.
Here is the story of the Vollmers and more of the Best of Patch, 2015.
Prominent US and international news conglomerate, Fox News has picked up on the exclusion of two Israeli Sailors and their coach from the 2015 World Youth Championships
Fox News Reports: A special visa from Malaysia forbidding Israeli athletes from wearing the Israeli flag during a sailing competition or having their national anthem played if they were to win the gold medal has Israel’s sailing federation threatening legal action.
There is the usual banter in the Hobart Media office today that always starts at about this time in the race, as we…
(December 29, 2015; Day 38) – Pragmatic and realistic, Francis Joyon and his crew of five aboard the 31.5m maxi trimaran Idec Sport are taking each difficulty as it comes. “We’ll see what happens at the Equator.” The one that they have been dealing with for the past couple of days is associated with the huge area of high pressure blocking the South Atlantic at the latitude of Rio, destroying the dream position IDEC SPORT took up in the east after rounding the Horn, while racing for the Jules Verne Trophy.
The maxi trimaran has since sailed close to the wind, a point of sail hated by sailors and three-hulled machines, which is both uncomfortable and especially not very profitable in terms of making gains towards the finish. There is now light at the end of this tunnel and Francis hopes to pick up some more wind this evening.
The wind shifting to the east should allow the big, red trimaran to accelerate and make good headway towards the Equator, which will be when Francis, Guéno, Boris, Alex, Bernard and Clément can really see the state of play in this Jules Verne Trophy attempt after the expensive toll they had to pay in the South Atlantic.
It was another uncomfortable night on IDEC SPORT, which continued on the port tack on the edge of the St. Helena high. A bumpy old road, where they were slowed down heading into a very light NW’ly. At around lunchtime, Francis and his troops changed tack and carried out what they hope will be one of the final manoeuvres before reaching the trade winds.
They will sail on a long tack northwards to get to the Equator as quickly as they can. At that point they will be able to judge how much of a penalty charge they had to pay in the Southern Hemisphere after all the hurdles they have faced in recent days. The extent to which the St. Helena high has expanded westwards has certainly not been kind to Francis and his crew.
“We were hoping to gain an advantage from our positioning off to the East after the Falklands,” admitted Joyon, “but we had to head back west to avoid being becalmed, which meant sailing upwind in a northerly flow along the coast of Brazil.”
Far from abdicating at this point, and in spite of the clock ticking, the men on IDEC SPORT are continuing to give it their all. They remain as enthusiastic and determined as ever, which is something they can be proud of after all the work done over the past 38 days by all six of them on a boat designed for ten. They have sacrificed rest and sleep to ensure they have been getting the most out of the boat.
“The boat is in perfect condition,” Francis stressed, before praising his crew for their vigilance over the past few weeks. “The South Atlantic wasn’t on our side,” he said smiling. “Let’s hope the North Atlantic will allow us to finish this round the world voyage in style.”
As of 21:00 UTC
Distance to finish: 4647.83 nm
Distance for 24 hours: 306.42 nm
Distance ahead of record: -1178.00 nm
(December 29, 2015; Day 38) – After a turbulent start to the South Atlantic; bouncing between being becalmed, squalls, headwinds and very messy seas, with the boat banging, slamming and vibrating; the 40m maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, on her quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, has finally managed to extricate itself from the clutches of this anticyclone, which has offered no respite.
Now, driven by south-east trade winds of 15-20 knots, the sailors are heading for the famous Doldrums known for being easier to cross at this time of year in the West Atlantic. They will be sailing on a starboard tack for at least 6,000km (3,728 miles) to the Azores high.
From onboard, Dona Bertarelli, helmsman-trimmer, said, “We are finally out of the salad spinner. There are two ways of seeing things and of describing how we lived through this period: a realistic, brutal and predictable way; or a more playful, cheerful and lyrical way. I think the Beatles song, Twist and Shout, sums up the situation we just experienced perfectly. The Beatles’ “Babe” is second to none because there it has as much movement as sound. We even had the right lighting, as if we were in a concert, with flashes of lightning illuminating the black night. The crowd, that is to say, us, (not screaming, but at the end of our tethers) cheered Aeolus and Neptune, who have taken pleasure in playing this song on a loop.”
The weather forecast is favorable, finally in the South Atlantic with trade winds that are flowing nicely from ENE to ESE at 15-20 kts, good for sailing, punctuated with refreshing squalls, on the way to the Doldrums, which should be arranged sympathetically at this time of year.
The future sees Spindrift 2 crossing the Equator as a New Year’s Day present, then the climb up the North Atlantic with the Azores as the final judge.
As of 2100 UTC
Distance to finish: 4256.5 nm
Distance for 24 hours: 376.8 nm
Distance ahead of record: -717.26 nm