No luck with the weather situation at the Lugano Laser Europacup! The humid air from the Mediterranean Sea brought nothing but rain without wind, and the forecast for today is even worse. Too bad for the almost…
No luck with the weather situation at the Lugano Laser Europacup! The humid air from the Mediterranean Sea brought nothing but rain without wind, and the forecast for today is even worse. Too bad for the almost…
Tortola, BVI (March 31, 2016) – Today was all about switching gears and changing pace, with the 3rd Annual VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge being raced off Nanny Cay as part of the BVI Spring Regatta’s Maritime Heritage Day. The Challenge brings to life the significance that the beautiful old Tortola Sloops played in island life more than a hundred years ago, and celebrates the theme of sailing which has always been a mainstay of island culture.
Historically the Tortola Sloop was the lifeline of the Virgin Islands, which comprise some 60 islands, ferrying people and produce. For example, beef was raised on Tortola and Jost Van Dyke, which was “shipped” by Tortola sloop to other islands. Daily life revolved around sailing, as this was a long time before motorized vessels and refrigeration.
On board Tortola Sloop, Youth Instructor: John S. Duncan OBE, Governor of the British Virgin Islands and President of VP Bank, Sjoerd Koster © Todd VanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta
The VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge, considered a Category “F” sailing event with fun being the primary goal, saw two races sailed today on a windward leeward course set off Nanny Cay for easy spectator viewing. Four boats competed, with the 100-year old Intrepid taking first place, Esmie placed second, and Youth Instructor took third. Unfortunately for the new boat on the dock, Endeavour II, a DQ for an over early start in race one put them out of the running for a podium place.
John S. Duncan OBE, Governor of the British Virgin Islands raced today on Youth Instructor, along with today’s event sponsor Sjoerd Kosted, President, VP Bank (BVI) Limited. The Governor enjoys sailing on his home turf in the BVI although he’s usually on something a little drier and easier to handle than the Tortola Sloop.
Jost van Dyke Preservation Society’s Endeavour II sailed to Tortola to compete at the BVI Sailing Festival’s Maritime Heritage Day © Todd VanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta
“It was heavy going out there, there was quite a swell and quite a wind, and these boats aren’t built for racing, they’re built for trade and cows,” Governor Duncan commented. “But it’s good to be part of the sailing heritage of the BVI and even better that the Governor can go out there and do that!
Governor Duncan had his work cut out for him aboard Youth Instructor, commenting, “She’s one of the heaviest of these boats and I think strength is a requirement for sailing these boats. I was on the helm for most of the upwind leg and it was quite tough going as without much of a rudder and small keel, you need to use the sails to steer with as much as anything else. She’s a lovely machine even though there are no push buttons!”
Sjoerd Koster, President, VP Bank (BVI) Limited and sponsor for today’s event, also raced on Youth Instructor, arriving back at the dock just a little soaked from the experience, “I wouldn’t call myself a sailor but it was fantastic out there, it’s such a pleasure to be able to sail such a beautiful old boat which is part of the BVI heritage. VP Bank is extremely pleased to be able to do this for the third year in a row, and we hope to continue it for many more years.”
VP Bank sponsors the Sloop race every year at Spring Regatta, as well as other projects throughout the year. They have supported the publication of a book on how to build a Tortola Sloop, and Koster stated that he’s hoping their next project will be raising funds to rebuild one of the sloops that is still to be finished. “We are trying to be as involved as we can to continue this heritage,” Koster said.
Four boats raced in the 3rd VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge off Nanny Cay as part of the BVI Sailing Festival © Todd VanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta
Endeavour II, a new addition to the local sloop fleet, was built by the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society. Susan Zaluski, the Society director, raced her today and reminds that while she’s fun to sail, she’s by no means a race boat. “Today was all about fun, but she’s not really a race boat and we’re not racers!”
Zaluski explained that because maritime traditions were fading in the BVI, the Society determined to build a replica of the Tortola Sloop. Endeavour II is built upon the design of the original Tortola Sloop but a little bigger all around, as Zaluski explained.
“She’s a new build, constructed from wood and epoxy, and sheathed in fiberglass,” Zaluski said. “So that she could be more useable and longer lasting, she’s larger than the other sloops in the BVI fleet and has a full keel for heavy weather sailing. Among other things, we use her to teach boat handling and as a research vessel for the Society.”
Racing in the 45th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival resumes tomorrow (Friday April 1) at 1000, with 13 classes racing on three courses. For now the Regatta Village at Nanny Cay is buzzing with anticipation, the docks are full, and the bars are open!
Results: 3rd VP Bank Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge:
1st place: Intrepid + perpetual trophy
2nd place: Esmie
3rd place: Youth Instructor
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Photo: Laurens Morel. – Thomas Zajac & Tanja Franck have been pretty consistent during current Rio campaign, and they are keeping the pace on a great performance level. The same for the Italian crew. Denmark had two competitive crews, finally Allan Norregaard & Anette Viborg will represent the danish vikings and are also showing they are honoring the selection overr Lin Ea Cenholt & Peter…
A better day for the British Team competitors, with Giles Scott regaining the lead in the Finn and Tom Squires extending his lead in the RS:X…
There it is, right out of the Horse’s ass mouth. He’s not handicapped, yet the “technical director” of US Sailing said, ” well I think you qualify.” Really? Really?? It doesn’t matter that he isn’t actually handicapped, but let’s see if the good ol’ boy network can make sure that he “qualifies” as disabled?
Rome Kirby trimming to leeward. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
At the still-tender age of 26-almost 27-American Rome Kirby has racked up the sort of sailing resume that’s the stuff of dreams. For starters, Kirby grew up in the sailing-obsessed Mecca of Newport, Rhode Island, where he quickly found his way onto performance-oriented dinghies, skiffs and-as he got a bit older-the Grand Prix maxi yacht. Moreover, Kirby also grew up around the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, as his dad, the legendary Jerry Kirby (easily one of the nicest people you will ever meet in the sport of sailing), was actively campaigning and racing some of the world’s most advanced yachts in far-flung locations.
Not surprisingly, the younger Kirby quickly became obsessed with sailing but-unlike his legendary bowman father-Rome was always more at home closer to the afterguard, be it as a trimmer, tactician or helmsman. Kirby’s first shot at the Big Leagues came during the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), where he served as an alternate for Kenny Read and his Puma Ocean Racing team, which finished in second place. Next up was the 2011/2012 VOR, where Kirby served as a trimmer and completed his first lap of the planet. This round-the-world experience was quickly followed by his work with Oracle Team USA during the 34th America’s Cup, where he served as part of the comeback team that won the Cup despite facing a deep leaderboard deficit and sudden-death situation with Emirates Team New Zealand.
Kirby is working with Oracle Team USA again for “AC35” as a tactician, trimmer and grinder. I caught up with Kirby via a Skype call that stretched from Seattle to Bermuda to learn more about Kirby’s work with Oracle in this latest Cup campaign.
Rome Kirby changing clew attachments for different sheeting angles on a large genoa. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race) Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Can you talk to me a little bit about the current state of play with Oracle? What kind of sailing you’ve been doing and what kind of boats you’ve been training on?
We modified our old AC45s for testing, so they’re pretty similar to what the 50 will be. Right now, we have two boats going, and we’re just out training every day that’s half decent.
Nice-sounds like a ton of sailing then.
Yeah, for the most part. The winter is kind of hit or miss with the weather [in Bermuda], it’s a lot of frontal stuff coming through. So, you’ll get two or three good days and then maybe five days where it’s blown-out.
That’s got to be kind of frustrating sometimes.
Yeah, but Bermuda’s pretty good.
It’s a beautiful place.
So, how many sailors are currently on the payroll at Oracle right now?
I think there are 14 sailors at the moment.
One Swedish millionaire is putting his vision into motion, creating a path for young pros and injecting new blood into professional multihull match racing.
(March 31, 2016; Day 11) – The upcoming Scoring Gate is on the minds of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Skippers as they debate weather options and the routing implications for the next four days on the Seattle Pacific Challenge.
With another low forecast further north, the teams must decide whether they head further north to the Scoring Gate some 600 nautical miles away in search of extra points, or stay further south and keep heading east with a better wind angle.
Following a day of light winds yesterday, the fleet is reporting that the sky has gone grey again, and the front is expected to hit soon. Gusts shouldn’t get to more than about 35 to 40 knots, but individual large squall clouds may, and probably will, give localised stronger ones, Simon Rowell, the Clipper Race’s Meteorologist advised the Skippers in their weather briefing today.
The teams are split into two distinct but closely packed groups, with the leading pack to the east, and the chasing pack further west but also further north where it is making good progress.
Unicef is still at the front of the fleet, with Garmin in second, and LMAX Exchange in third with just 4nM separating the trio.
Max Stunell, Skipper of PSP Logistics, in ninth place in the western part of the fleet, writes about the dilemmas facing the teams in his blog today.
“After running into a patch of light airs yesterday, we have been travelling in a north-easterly direction. It’s raining and the temperature is noticeably colder than yesterday.
“The Scoring Gate for once isn’t easy pickings for the leaders and currently looks like it may be the wrong side of a low pressure system which would mean smashing into some pretty big headwinds and no doubt sea state, but as this area of ocean is so remote there is comparatively little data and the weather forecasts may change,” Max said.
Darren Ladd, Skipper of IchorCoal, in twelfth place, says due to the unpredictability of the localised weather so far, for almost the first time this leg, he was able to follow a route projected by the Nobletec software.
“The last few schedules have helped us regain some of the lost miles between us and the speedy Unicef et al. Despite the distinct lack of desirable choices heading a little further north seems to be paying off for now. I am out of range of PSP Logistics and Visit Seattle on the Automatic Identification System but I look forward to seeing how we have all progressed against the rest.
“The crew are on standby as reefs are put in and out with the constant shifting of the wind strength. As the low passes north of us we should get an opportunity to fly a spinnaker,” Darren added.
Summarising the weather forecast today, Simon Rowell added: “Behind the front there’s probably about 12-18 hours of 35-45 knots north-north-westerly winds.
“After the front goes through then the West Pacific becomes somewhat of a one-system ocean for a while as the low spreads and moves east. This could give really good sailing conditions for a few days with moderate to strong north-north-westerly to north-north-easterly winds if the fleet can then keep ahead of the ridge of high pressure developing behind it,” Simon concluded.
Who will go for the Scoring Gate in search of three, two and one extra point for first, second and third to cross?
*All positions correct as of 1000UTC.
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Background: The 40,000 mile Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race began in London, UK on August 30 for the fleet of twelve identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The series is divided into 16 individual races, with the team with the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew.
The fleet departed on March 21 from Qingdao, China for the 6,637 mile course to Seattle, USA and are expected to arrive between April 15 to 20.
The ports along the race route are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Albany, Sydney, Hobart and Airlie Beach, Australia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Qingdao, China; Seattle, USA; Panama; New York, USA; Derry-Londonderry, Ireland; and Den Helder, Netherlands before returning to London by late July.
With one day of racing behind them, competitors in the 45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival rolled right into today’s race, the Scrub Island Invitational, a 12 mile upwind ride for the CS…
Spookie, the TP52 owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin (USA), took first in CSA Racing class in the 45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival…
For two years my best friend and I lived aboard a 27-foot sailboat. That’s correct, my house was 27 feet long and 9 feet wide. Space was tight. Amenities minimal. When our daily lives weren’t frustrating, they were hilarious.
So I began writing a simple list: The best things about living aboard a tiny sailboat. I shocked myself with the amount of bullet points that dotted this category. It was as if they had been pent up in my mind waiting to be released onto paper. I then began my second list: The worst things about living aboard a tiny sailboat. My brain fired again, and the thoughts struck the exact same points as the first.
Every reason that was the best was also the worst. My lists were nearly a perfect match. Contradicting? Well, kind of, yes, but let me explain:
Simplicity // You have with you one of everything you need and nothing more. You have left all the clutter behind. Your diet is simple. Your wardrobe is slim. You might have two pairs of shoes. You sleep when the sun goes down, and you awake when it rises. You stop paying attention to time, calendars and all of numbers that once defined you. When you have no Internet, you read a book, and when your phone dies, you write letters. You perfect the art of sitting still. You find joy in the simplest of moments.
Take your home anywhere // The longer you live aboard the boat, the more foreign a square house in a cement neighborhood begins to feel. This vessel becomes your home, your comfort zone, your friend, your transportation and your ticket to explore the world. Restrictions are slim, and opportunities are endless.
Jack of all trades // You get to try on a lot of different hats. When something breaks, you take the time to figure it out on your own before making a phone call. When you are on a tight budget with plenty of time, you will be amazed at what you are capable of fixing, much the opposite of those who have a plentiful budget and are tight on time. You suddenly find yourself to be a bit of a mechanic, plumber, electrician, craftsman, sailor and a navigator.
Mother Nature // As you can imagine, this reason is self-explanatory. Sunrises. Sunsets. Harvest moons. Wildlife. Rare birds. Otters. Dolphins. Alligators. Manatees. Sharks. The brightest of stars. Incredible cloud formations. Thrilling thunderstorms. Blinding rain. Flowing rivers. Fresh water lakes. Vast salty oceans. Ever changing scenery. It never gets old.
Uncertainty // Every day your goal is to get from point A to point B. You don’t really ever know if you are going to make it. In my opinion, there is nothing more thrilling nor motivating than a good challenge. There is a perpetual flood of unanswered questions, and you are constantly educating yourself simply by being curious.
Simplicity // When it rains, you get wet. When it’s unbearably hot, there is no air conditioner. When the deck frosts over, you have no heat source. When all of your clothes are dirty, you have no laundry. When you are starving, you open a can of tuna with a side of brown avocado. When you are filthy, you jump in a salty ocean or a muddy river for a bath. When the sun goes down, you turn on your headlamp. Above all else, there is sometimes never-ending physical discomfort.
Take your home anywhere // Once you are used to constantly being on the go, it is very, very difficult to flip that switch off. You are never settled. It’s hard to stay at a job. It’s hard to stay in a relationship. It’s hard to stay in one place—period—knowing you can untie the lines at any time you please. The ability to move your home trumps everything. So you go, and you keep going, and you are constantly saying goodbye.
Jack of all trades // When your engine quits, you will sit in front of it for countless hours praying that your intense stare will fix the problem. When you can’t fix the engine, you become the sailor who sails in every direction besides the right one. When your head breaks, you are the plumber. When salt corrodes your electric wires, you are the questionable electrician. When you are lost, you are still the navigator. The dirty jobs cannot be pawned off to highly-qualified tradesmen.
Mother Nature // There is no negotiating with Mother Nature. Quite frankly, she couldn’t care less about you and your needs. She will change her mind at any moment, day or night, forcing you to alter your route, take shelter or ride it out. You are always at her mercy.
Uncertainty // Again, you are never certain if you are going to make it to where you are trying to go. The variables and obstacles that could be chucked at you throughout your daily travels will keep coming, but you will never know when. Having to re-route, seek out plan C or backtrack is common. Nothing is certain. Even when you have firm plans, you must understand that things may not go accordingly.
You see what I am saying? It is merely a matter of perspective. If your glass is half full, you understand list one and might consider this a lifestyle for you. If your glass is half empty, list two is enough to make you cringe every time you see a sailboat hereafter. But, to me, there is no question in my mind that list one outshines list two.
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In the early hours of Wednesday, Safran was relaunched in Port-la-Forêt…
Mark Turner, one of the most respected figures in professional sailing, has been appointed Volvo Ocean Race CEO, stepping down after 23 years at the helm of global sports marketing company, OC Sport.
Last year we published an article on Bob Fischer retrofitting an older Bimare with FP/F20 J board style. The change made the formerly floating A an instant foiler, but not complying with IACA racing rules.
Past seasons there have been some legal and outstanding foiling retrofits like Thomas Paasch Nikita and others. The work done by Stefano Tacchi on his own Flyer and on several other boats…
Just cool sailing! Check out the boats going to weather after the start… a hobby horsing contest!
For the second time in its history, the organization of the EDHEC Sailing Cup sets up the project to welcome an Israeli-Palestinian sailing team – the Peace Boat – to its event. Indeed, during one week, six students from Israel and six students from Palestine will navigate together in order to win the world’s first intercollegiate regatta on yachts. At the time when the Peace Process in the Middle East is at worst, they want to use the notoriety of the EDHEC Sailing Cup to broadcast a message of tolerance and humanity.
Tortola, BV – With one day of racing behind them, competitors in the 45th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival rolled right into today’s race, the Scrub Island Invitational, a 12nm upwind ride for the CSA Cruising, Bareboat and Multihull fleets, and a 17nm course for the CSA Racing fleet. Conditions were again breezier than expected with 22 knots from the east and bumpy seas for the 10am start.
Located off the north east end of Tortola, Scrub Island is a new race destination for this year’s BVI Spring Festival fleet. A private resort island with classic Caribbean white sand beaches and docks at the ready was a welcome sight for race-goers who, on arrival, didn’t waste any time stripping down to bathing suits and finding their way to the poolside bar.
Norwood Smith, VP Marketing, Scrub Island said: “This is our first-ever sailing regatta and it’s amazing to be part of the 45th legacy of this event; to be able to host all the boats here and to have Scrub Island as their destination is exciting. While we’re a private island resort, we’re thrilled to be hosting people from all over the world here today.”
SPOOKIE, the TP52 owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin (USA), took first in CSA Racing class, followed by Quokka – Performance Yacht Racing, the Grand Soleil 43 skippered by Christian Reynolds (GBR), and in third place, Northern Child, the Swan 51 skippered by Eric Bos (GBR).
Feeling very satisfied with a second place, Reynolds said, “We had a really good sail today. I’ve got people with varied experience onboard but everyone’s smart and enthusiastic. We won the start among some very serious racers and had a few challenging maneuvers out there, for some of the guys. They’re learning a whole new level of racing so it was great to take second.”
Renato Faria (BRA) helmed his Dufour 500 Ventaneiro 3 to another first place today, in the CSA Cruising class, all the while claiming his boat really isn’t that fast, it’s his fabulous crew.
“It’s not so fast, it’s a cruising boat!” Faria laughed. “We had a nice sail today and were happy to win. We just tried to do our best. We got a good start and followed the coast closely all the time, it was easy racing. We’ve got really nice team work and one of our crew was trying to qualify for the Olympics in the 49’er, so we’re lucky to have him on board.”
Windward Spirit, the Jeanneau 54DS skippered by Serge Bisson (CAN) took second in the CSA Cruising class and Sam of Hamble, a Sigma 38 helmed by Peter Hopps (GBR), took third.
First place in the multihull division was Slow Motion, skippered by Werner Puche (GER)
, while the Outremer 51 Ten Directions, skippered by Glenn Davis (USA), took second. Puche and his family; wife Erena and sons Leon (11) and Robert (9) who are just learning to sail, are having a blast in the BVI.
“We made a few mistakes yesterday – we were seven minutes late for the start,” Puche laughed. “But today we hit it on the dot, which makes a big difference to one’s mood! The boat is easy to handle and I’m glad the wind was just at the limit where we didn’t have to reef so we were able to stay with full sails all the way. We had a good time, with no mistakes. The boys have been helping with the timing at the starts, and they’re my look-out guys.”
Taking another win today in CSA Bareboat was Warvor, helmed by Willem Ellemeet (NED). This group of seven friends celebrated their win with a bottle of champagne on the dock on arrival at Scrub Island Resort.
“We had a reasonable start but tacked away early so we could sail our own race and that was a good decision. We stayed as deep as possible to the shore and that also worked. Our boat is definitely sluggish but everyone’s got the same challenge. We’re really enjoying the sailing here and the more intimate feel of the Regatta compared to others.”
Crews had a fun afternoon at the Scrub Island Invitational Race in the BVI Sailing Festival © Todd VanSickle
Mary Jewell, the Sunsail 50 skippered by Larry Caillouet (USA) took second in CSA Bareboat, while ACTIFORCE-Ivoire (NED), a Moorings 51, skippered by Willem Klomp, took third place in class.
Looking out to the start of the three-day BVI Spring Regatta on Friday, Warwick Dunnett (USA), skipper of the Beneteau Oceanis 50 JogFund, racing in the CSA Bareboat class is grateful for the practice racing over the past two days.
“I was glad to have this time to get the boat dialed in,” Dunnett commented. “While we had a great start today and were first over the line, we were experimenting with jib set and figuring out the new SailRacer app which can be distracting. A navigational error also didn’t help us but we have the boat rigged well now so are looking forward to improved racing later in the week.”
Thursday is an official lay-day but there will be plenty happening at Nanny Cay, host for the Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, with the Maritime Heritage Day featuring VP Banks 3rd Annual Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge. Traditional Virgin Islands sloops will compete for prizes and honours starting at 11am and the presentation of the Sloop Awards follows racing. The BVI Spring Regatta Skipper’s Meeting is at 5:30pm and the Mount Gay Welcome Party kicks off 5-7pm, with live music from the MJ Blues Band until midnight.
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After it was announced on February 29 that Oman was withdrawing from hosting the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships, World Sailing today reports that the selection for a replacement venue is in progress. Bidding closed on March 24 and all interested parties have submitted the appropriate bidding documentation for consideration. World Sailing hopes to announce the new host by mid-April with the event ideally to be held at the end of this year.
Here are some moments in sailing history stored in the Scuttlebutt archives…
5 years ago: Britt Viehman, a U.S. national team coach and certified instructor trainer, is the person behind the Clearwater Community Sailing Center’s youth windsurfing team. Viehman of St. Pete Beach (FL) started the team a few years ago as part of the sailing center’s summer sailing program, and now its members are competing both nationally and internationally in highly competitive windsurfing regattas. With the focus in the U.S. on Optimist and Club 420s for youth sailing, Viehman comments on what he sees as the ‘ingredients’ needed to broaden the youth scope in North America to include windsurfing. Full report
10 years ago: Edward du Moulin, of Sands Point, New York, passed away Tuesday morning, March 28, at the age of 91 after battling leukemia for his last year. Until developing the disease, Ed had never spent a night in a hospital, did his daily pushups, and sailed his 42-foot cutter Lady Del almost daily through the end of the summer of 2005. Ed was elected to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame for his management of multiple America’s Cup Campaigns in the 1970’s and 1980’s, mostly teamed with Fritz and Lucy Jewett, Malin and Roberta Burnham, and Dennis Conner. Full report
15 years ago: The cancellation of the Admiral’s Cup and its replacement with a substitute regatta is expected to be announced by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the event which, since its inception in 1957, has been the most important for offshore yachts held in British waters. This will certainly be a traumatic day for the club, akin to rugby authorities being forced to announce the cancellation of the Six Nations, but the reality is that Admiral’s Cup has been in steady decline since the beginning of the 1990s while at the same time the sport of sailing has enjoyed a spectacular rise in popularity and British sailors have enjoyed unprecedented success. Full report
Founded in 2010 by Hunt and Betsy Lawrence, Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY has become one of the premier training centers in the US. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck met up with Executive Director Dawn Riley for an update.
What is the mission behind Oakcliff Sailing?
We’re building American leaders through sailing. That allows us to not worry about winning races, but to focus on giving everybody the skills required to do the big events. We work on the business side, the mechanical side, the sailing side, but the primary theme is building the leaders and trying to get people to do what’s right.
Is Oakcliff a reaction to how the sport had evolved?
Yes. It’s a little bit of self-perspective reaction, but absolutely. I was a member of the board of US Sailing and was doing a lot of sailing when I got hired to determine the direction needed. I had the luxury of somebody underwriting the effort, which gave me the time to conduct a proper study. I did a SWOT analysis, I did research, I talked to people, and nearly a year later I assembled a report on the state of the union. Oakcliff Sailing was one of the solutions that stepped forward.
Where does Oakcliff Sailing fit into the landscape?
We are the place to go after youth sailing. We don’t want to duplicate what anybody else is doing. We are the next step. The young kids that are in junior sailing are getting so much coaching now, but then they don’t know where to go next. Community Sailing programs are bringing people of all ages into the sport, but the road forward in no clearer for them either. So we’re not specific.
Are you seeking to create well-rounded sailors?
Absolutely. It’s necessary to be well-rounded sailor if you want to continue sailing. Contrary to everybody’s dream, there are very, very few people that actually get paid to only go sailing. They get paid to be a rigger, they get to deliver a boat, they are doing a business project for an owner. Of all of my friends, there’s only a handful that make their living 100% from sailing.
When trying to instill sailing into someone, to really get them hooked for life, what are some of the elements which contribute to that?
One of the biggest ones is being well-rounded, for a person to be exposed to wide swath of the sport. This contributes to their curiosity and their ability to problem solve. That’s probably the absolute single most important thing… the critical thinking needed to fully enjoy the sport.
Whether it’s figuring out how to go a tenth of a knot faster, or how to get the electronics working because your engines run out of fuel, or how to put together sponsorship package. People get connected when they can figure things out. It’s the evolution of what Dennis Connor said, something about waking up every morning, thinking about sailing, and how you’re going to screw the other guy [chuckles].
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Bay of Palma, Spain (March 30, 2016) – As the 47th Trofeo Pincesa Sofia IBEROSTAR moved into the Finals phase unfortunately the usually reliable sea breezes had not taken note of the transition to the real business end of the key Olympic indicator event.
Through the early part of the racing day light, lazy unsettled airs threatened the schedule. But a long day of waiting – both on the water and around the boat parks – was rewarded with racing for all classes.
Top North Americans: Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA) posted a 7-18 but remain in second in the Men’s 470. Moving up to third in the Women’s 470 with a 1-2 is Annie Haeger and Brian Provancha (USA) while Charlie Buckingham (USA) slipped to fourth with 9-19 in the Laser. Also slipping was Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke (CAN), now in seventh after a 15-2-23 in the Nacra 17.
Note: Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on March 28-April 2, one of the world’s most enduring Olympic classes regattas, is the final USA selection event to determine the Olympic representative in the Men’s Laser, the Men’s RS:X and the Women’s RS:X events. Details.
Full report and video… click here.
Ft Lauderdale, FL (March 30, 2016) – The final stage of the 2015-16 Melges 32 Blue Water Series (BWS) commences with the Lauderdale Cup on April 1-3. Three days and eight races are scheduled for the post-Easter weekend and the weather/breeze forecast looks to be superb. Full report.
(March 30, 2016; Day 10) – After a day of strong headwinds and breaking seas, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet has been heading east to try and stay in the wind as long as possible while a high pressure ridge chases it down from the west. Whilst the winds have eased again with reefs being shaken out and full sails re-hoisted, the next low is forecast to move over the fleet in the next 24-36 hours and it is looking complicated again. Full report.
We cannot understand why the fuck people are still killing whales, and the Japanese ‘research” slaughter just ended with a tally of 333 whales, 200 of them pregnant females – an increase over the last whale hunt season. Read it and weep. Photo from Sea Shepherd.
You might consider Jack van Ommen, one of Latitudes heroes. Readers might remember that after going bankrupt in his early 60s, van Ommen had almost nothing left to his name but Fleetwood, a Nadja 29 he completed …
Now in its 89th year, the Brightlingsea One Design (BOD) Class – a classic 18-foot three-man clinker dayboat – Easter Friday saw the launch of the very latest addition to the fleet, C65 Never Say Never…
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia number 47 is crucial because it is so close to the Olympics. Here you have all the details in our brand new video web
ISAF World Sailing has happily continued with their attempt at “Word Domination”, attacking the first two events on the International Federation of Kiteboarding Organization calendar as “Prohibited” for one reason only: The IFKO are choosing to use their own rules, not ISAF’s. Under the RRS, World Sailing believes it has the right to completely ban any competitor at these IFKO events from ANY future racing on the water. This ban would include all junior boarders at the now-’prohibited’ Junior Freestyle World Cup.
That’s right, folks: World Sailing actually believes it has the right to ban a 12 year old kid from racing his Opti for years solely because the kid entered a freestyle kiteboarding competition. Or they can ban you from racing the Sydney Hobart on a cruiser because you did backflips on your kiteboard at the kitesurf world series. Seriously!
There’s plenty of background on this issue in the story we ran in February, but the long and the short of it is this: Under the laws of MANY countries in which it functions, legal experts agree that World Sailing is prohibited from disciplining sailors for competing in events that contravene the bizarre prohibition against non-RRS events using the word “World” in their titles. The claimed reason? “Eliminating confusion” amongst sailors and the public about what is a ‘World’ level event. The real reason? ISAF sells the use of the word for thousands and thousands of dollars. The bigger reason? ISAF absolutely MUST control the introduction of kiting to the Olympics or they lose millions.
Those same experts said that they can’t find any other sport that claims this type of control over a common word, in some cases because they were told by their lawyers long ago that it wouldn’t fly. But because yacht races are largely run by Yacht Clubs rather than transparent, publicly accountable organizations, the status quo has endured. Don’t rock the boat, old boy.
Read the World Sailing press release if you want to see just how out of hand ISAF has gotten. They are actually threatening junior sailors with a ban on all racing activities solely because these kids want to go freeriding at a cool event.
As we’ve said before, we encourage IFKO competitors to stay strong and continue to buck the bullshit artists trying to extort and threaten them into submission. And of course you need to send us any and all correspondence you receive from ISAF World Sailing or the IKA on this issue. Only sunlight can cure this infection.
When the 52-year-old Bill Koch won the 1992 America’s Cup, he was not impressed with an event that he estimated had about $600 million spent by the challengers and defenders as they prepared for the 1992 event. “It’s gotten obscene and wasteful,” said Koch.
Thinking that a $20 million budget would cover the cost, Koch soon succumbed to the competitive treadmill. With the eventual Italian challenger Il Moro di Venezia syndicate building five boats, Koch built four. Koch’s victory, he estimated, rose to $64 million.
With Larry Ellison spending north of $200 million on his 2013 defense, how else does a billionaire “responsibly” spend his money? As passionate as Koch was with his sailing, he also has a thing for wine. Now, after almost 40 years of accumulating a cellar that would be the envy of any collector, Koch realizes he has too much.
“I once did the calculation of how long I would have to live to drink all those 43,000 bottles and I’m afraid I’m not going to live that long,” Koch notes. “I’d have to have a wine party every day for the rest of my life.”
Enlisting Sotheby’s to auction off about half of his wine collection, there will be more than 60 lots of Petrus including magnums, double magnums, jeroboams and imperials as well as more than 60 lots of Château d’Yquem wines from vintages in the 1920s, ’40s, and ’60s.
The proceeds from the May 19-21 sale should net between $10.5 million and $15 million, or about half of what Groupama Team France estimates to be their budget for the 2017 America’s Cup. Better not tell the French challenger what kind of party they are missing…
Monster superyachts and the classic Js, watch the big boats do battle in the Caribbean at the 2016 St. Barth Bucket Regatta!
Tortola, BVI (March, 29, 2016) – The BVI Sailing Festival Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup and Nanny Cay Challenge started promptly at 09:30 today in seas a little rougher than normal due to last week’s high winds, and an easterly breeze of 18+ knots.
The trimaran Triple Jack, owned by Richard Wooldridge and Steve Davis (BVI), charged off the start to an early lead in the CSA Multihull class, making its way around the island in corrected time of 3:46:38, taking first place overall in the 2016 Nanny Cay Cup.
Woolridge commented: “It was a beautiful day for it, the wind was perhaps a little more than forecasted, blowing a good 18 at the start and gusting 20+. We had a very fast trip down the north side with the spinnaker up, jousting with SPOOKIE and while they started after us, it was great finishing before them. We did break our main halyard on the last beat up from West End and there was also a large cruise ship in West End which made tacking through the Narrows interesting.”
Davis said: “Having raced Triple Jack since 1998, improving our performance over the years has been a combination of racing conditions and doing a lot of work on the boat as she was built in 1979. She’s like an old MG so we do have to be a little careful!”
Penalized by an over early in the start of the CSA Racing Class was not enough to hold back TP52 SPOOKIE, owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin (USA) from taking first in class. More significantly, however, SPOOKIE broke the Monohull Nanny Cay Challenge record in an elapsed time of 3:08:43, a whopping 21 minutes off the previous record of 03:29:44, set in March 2013 by Peter Corr’s Aiyana, an Alia 82.
With a new record under his belt, Steve Benjamin, SPOOKIE’s skipper, was one happy guy when his boat pulled into the dock after a fantastic ride around Tortola.
“We were really trying to get inside that record for the Nanny Cay Challenge,” Benjamin explained. “Once we got into the lead after our over early start, we beat all the way to the top of the island, fetched the rocks at the top then set a fractional code zero and took off on a screaming reach which was beautiful and proceeded to get lifted on starboard as the wind went right, so we set our 4A, our bigger spinnaker. I guess we hit 21 knots, saw gusts to 23 and had a beautiful run down the back side of the island, making it in one jibe and planing a lot of the time. It was really fantastic!”
The team will certainly enjoy their Nanny Cay Challenge prize: a jeroboam of “Drappier” champagne, sponsored by Tico, a BVI distributor, dinner for 15 crew at Peg Legs restaurant at Nanny Cay, and a donation of $250 to benefit BVI youth sailing, which the team has generously matched.
In the Racing class, John Bamberger’s Canadian Farr 45 Spitfire was also over early at the start, having to return to the line along with SPOOKIE, while the remainder of the 11-strong fleet took off in a tight bunch. TP52 Team Magnitude – Conviction, skippered by Doug Baker (USA) initially took the lead before being caught by SPOOKIE and finishing second in class. Quokka-Performance Yacht Charters, the Grand Soleil 43 skippered by Christian Reynolds, took third.
Renato Faria and his Brazilian team steered his Dufour 500 Ventaneiro 3 to an early lead and first place in the CSA Cruising Class, followed by Peter Hopps’ British Sigma 38, Sam of Hamble who have competed twice before with Patricia Nolan’s Moorings 445, Seabiscuit from Tortola.
Warvor, the Sunsail 44i skippered by Willem Ellemeet and his team from the Netherlands took first in CSA Bareboat, with Larry Caillouet’s Sunsail 50, Mary Jewell from Kentucky, USA in third place in the competitive Bareboat fleet. Wednesday takes the fleet racing to Scrub Island, located off the north east end of Tortola, for the Scrub Island Invitational. Race start time is 1000 and the exact course will depend on weather and conditions. An afternoon of relaxation and fun is planned for crews, their families and friends on the island.
Report by event media.
Photo: Laurens Morel / SaltyColours.com – 2 Races completed today so far, top ten below. Full results at trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall
AUT, GER & DEN pushing for the top 3. Altough the Nr 1 might have been secured by now with the French freaks standing 20pts ahead of their nearest competitors.
Vitto & Silvia with a bullet today for 5th overall, and first win in
The boat carrying the guns was thought to be heading to Somali.
The French Navy has seized a huge arsenal of illegal weapons after one of its helicopters spotted the boat carrying them on 20 March during a routine surveillance mission.
The vessel, carrying hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles and anti-tank artillery, was spotted in the Indian Ocean and was thought to be heading towards Somalia.
The French Navy helicopter contacted the FS FREMM destroyer Provence frigate and the suspicious boat was stopped and boarded by French marines who discovered the vast quantity of weapons.
It’s unknown where the craft had travelled from but it’s believed it was heading to Somalia to deliver the arms to Islamist militants.
The weapons were confiscated under the United Nations arms embargo.
A Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) spokesperson said: “France has been supporting Combined Maritime Forces operations since their inception. This seizure is another French contribution to the stabilisation of the region.”
The FS Provence was working as part of the Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a multinational force which conducts maritime security and counter terrorism operations.
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First drawings of this 20 feet foiler were sent by Bruce in Nov 2014. No the platform is finished and looking good, I like the carbon beams shape. On the foils I think further developed 4pt setup will be the new standard, so any new built I would consider cases able to fit A-Class ‘Z’ board type. Also he is planning to sell plans & parts, check comments by Bruce:
GP14 Worlds now available…
No sailing but check out the scenery as this ship travels through some amazing waterways… where is this? Leave a comment above if you know!
Highlights from the 2016 international training camp on Lake Garda.
Sailing with a Twist. Learn about the advantages of the rigid wing sails on our America’s Cup racing catamarans from Scott Ferguson of the ORACLE TEAM USA design team in this feature by Javier Salinas / ORACLE TEAM USA.