Cygnus Montanus is the first new build by Yachting Developments in four years. She departed New Zealand in July.
Cygnus Montanus is the first new build by Yachting Developments in four years. She departed New Zealand in July.
The biennial Pacific Cup attracted 64 entrants for the 2070 nm course from San Francisco to Hawaii, with the fleet divided among four staggered starts on July 11, 12, 14, and 15.
The 2016 Pacific Cup will be remembered for the big wind and seas that challenged some racers with broken boats and bodies, but pushed many in the fleet to record breaking passages.
Manouch Moshayedi’s super maxi Rio100 sped across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup Fastest Passage record. With an elapsed time of 5 days, 2 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, Rio100 knocked two hours off the record set in 2004 by Robert Miller, whose 139-foot Mari Cha IV finished with an elapsed time of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds.
The overall Pacific Cup was won by the Moore 24, Mas!. Double handers Mark English and Ian Rogers pulled off a grand slam, also taking honors in overall PHRF and the Kolea Division (Double Handed 1). They also broke the previous Moore 24 Pac Cup record of 11 days 9 hours, 48 minutes, 25 seconds that stood for 18 years.
Second in the Kolea Division and fifth overall in both PHRF and the Pacific Cup went to Rhys Balmer and Martin Gibson on another Moore 24, Evermoore. The duo also took the Best First Passage trophy which is awarded to the best passage by a “rookie” yacht and crew as determined by the Race Committee. In a hard fought battle for third, were Rowena Carlson and Robb Walker on Nozomi.
Second overall in the Pacific Cup and PHRF, and first in the North Sails Division (Double Handed 2) was the MORC30 Wolfpack, skippered by Melinda and Bill Erkelens. They were also awarded the Latitude 38 Performance Trophy which is awarded to the yacht with the most convincing win relative to its own division. Also in the North Sails Division, this year’s award for Best Prepared Yacht went to the Schumacher 28 Spadefoot, skippered by Christina and Justin Wolfe. This award is presented to the yacht, identified by the chief inspector, with input from all inspectors, that best demonstrates a thorough, thoughtful, and seamanlike preparation for the race including implementation of the Equipment Requirements. New this year, the Passage Nautical trophy for best performance by a Beneteau went to Charles Devanneaux and Fred Courouble on Sailing for ALS.
In the Honu Division (PHRF A), Walter Smith’s Cal 40, Redhead, came in first, with a third in both overall PHRF and the Pacific Cup. Redhead’s navigator, Rowan Fennell, was awarded the Henri Lloyd Navigator’s trophy. This coveted award is presented to the navigator of a division-winning yacht who is deemed the most skillful in navigation and routing by a panel comprised of all division-winning navigators. In second and third place respectively in the Honu Division were Kerry Sheehan’s Windswept Lady and Kit Wiegman’s Cassiopeia.
In the Weems & Plath Division (PHRF B), the J/42, Tiki J, took division honors as well as the Best Family Trophy. The Best Family Award goes to the best performing yacht crewed by family members. Skipper Scott Dickinson’s crew included his wife Kim Worsham, her brother Brad Worsham and their two sons Max, 12, and Cody, 9. Wayne Koide’s Encore was second in the division, and Bill Williams Viajante was third.
Placing first in the Alaska Airlines Division (PHRF C) was Shawn Ivie’s Express 37 Limitless, which also placed fourth in PHRF and fourth in the overall Pacific Cup. The division included three other Express 37s, but second went to the Farr 36 Sweet Okole who was in a tight race with Limitless for much of the crossing. Limitless was also awarded the Carl Schumacher Trophy for best performance by a Schumacher designed boat.
The Santa Cruz 50s swept the Pasha Hawaii Division (ORR D). J World’s Hula Girl came in first, setting a new Santa Cruz 50 Pac Cup record and coming in second in the ORR Group. J World’s Hula Girl also took home the inaugural Bill Lee “Wizard” perpetual trophy for best performance by a Bill Lee designed boat. Michael Moradzadeh’s Oaxaca and Shana Bagley Howe’s Adrenalin placed second and third in the division and third and fourth in ORR. Gib Black’s Chasch Mer was awarded the perpetual trophy for First Hawaiian Boat to Finish.
In the BMW of San Rafael Division (ORR E), Roy P. Disney’s Andrews 70 Pyewacket came in first, also nabbing top honors in the overall ORR Group. Edward Marez’s Santa Cruz 70 Buono Sera and Hector Velarde’s Andrews 70 Runaway were second and third in this division.
In other awards, the team trophy for best total performance by a three-boat team from a single yacht club went to Richmond Yacht Club’s trio Mas!, Rufless, and Wolfpack.
The Latitude 38 Cruising Division was not racing officially – but that didn’t mean they didn’t sail hard. Every boat that finished was awarded a trophy for some aspect of the race as noted in their log. Notably, Gene Scott, skipper of Agasea, was presented with the Seamanship Award, for coming to the aid of the J/124 Albion when she experienced chain plate failure.
Background: The Pacific Cup Yacht Club is responsible for organizing the biennial Pacific Cup, dubbed the “FUN race to Hawaii.” Since 1980, the Pacific Cup has been sailed from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii every other year, and since 1988 the finish has been at the warm and welcoming Kaneohe Yacht Club on the island of Oahu. With an emphasis on pre-race preparation for the 2070 nm race, PCYC’s volunteer membership has helped to ensure that thousands of racers have been delighted with their Pacific Cup experience.
Source: Pacific Cup Yacht Club
Great shots from Laurens Morel / www.saltycolours.com – For me his best set yet from those I’ve published. Taking shots of the foilers is not easy and grabbing a perfect frame & boat angle for the floating ones neither. For buying yours check his entire gallery at www.saltycolours.com – More info and results of the Nacra Championships 2016 held at Lake Como go to
Ian Pinnell and Alex Davies ramped up the pressure on the 505 Worlds fleet with another sparkling performance on Sunday…
By the time the fleet got to the race track in east Weymouth Bay, the course was being swept by a solid 12 – 14kt breeze
A fleet of 28 Laser Radials competed at the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, held July 29-31 on Lake Washington in Seattle, WA. In the end, it was Washington native, Talia Toland (Kirkland, Wash.), who ran away with the title in her home state. Full report.
With Saturday’s Opening Ceremony formally kicking off the 2016 420 and 470 Junior European Championship
As a result, yesterday’s scores stand, with France Blue claiming victory in Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup on 160 points…
Concise is first home and Avenarius & Gorm Gondesen’s German Ker 46 Shakti was the overall winner of the RORC Channel Race…
San Diego YC, Tom Carruthers, leads the Etchells class Royal Thames Yacht Club’s Gertrude Cup invitational event after two races…
When Alinghi crossed the finish line in third place, Morgan Larson and his crew were trailing in fifth place…
Marblehead, MA (July 30, 2016) – Steady, moderate winds and sunny skies made for perfect racing conditions on Saturday as 55 Laser and Laser Radial sailors joined the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week. With more than 190 entries in 10 classes, this is the largest Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD in years.
Marblehead is the only one of five national stops in this year’s series that includes dedicated races for the singlehanded Lasers, known for physically demanding and competitive fleets that attract master-level sailors including current and past Olympians.
Marek Zaleski, of Norwalk, Conn., dominated with first-place finishes in all five races, while Marblehead sailor Nicole Torrie edged out the competition in the Laser Radial class and finished the day with a one-point lead.
For the largest boats in the regatta, moderate winds mean close racing, and Saturday proved to be just that in the J/105 fleet. Fred deNapoli, of Danvers, Mass., led Allegro Semplicita to the top spot with two second-place finishes. As the fleet lead, his team will fly the Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker in Sunday’s races.
As part of its premier sponsorship of the Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD, Wilmington Trust, a leading provider of wealth and institutional client services, is providing a new spinnaker to the overall winner in the J/105 class.
In the popular J/70 class, the Weston, Mass.-based team on Savasana climbed to the top spot after one fourth-place and three first-place finishes. Five local teens competing as the first-ever Helly Hansen Junior Crew at Marblehead Race Week ended the day at fifteenth overall of 26 teams.
The Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD overall winner, selected based on the strongest finish in the most competitive class, will be invited to compete in the 2016 Helly Hansen NOOD Championship Regatta on Oct. 23-28 in the British Virgin Islands.
Source: Evily Giannopoulos, Bonnier Corp
High tides and a stormy sea are blamed for the partial collapse of the new launch ramp at the Rio Olympic sailing venue on Saturday
Massachusetts student Henry Marshall has won the Boys KBC Laser Radial World title in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon…
The 40,000 mile Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race came to a close on July 30 as the fleet finished in London, UK.
The race began in London on August 30 for the twelve identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The series was divided into 16 individual races, with the team with the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team was led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew.
The ports along the race route were 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 July 30.
Held biennially, the next edition of the Clipper Race will start in Summer 2017.
I’m sure most of you will have now signed out of your social media accounts and turned off the news to ensure you can focus on the job at hand, winning a medal for your country. But just in case you are still lurking in the background, I just wanted to wish you all the best of luck.
At this point the most important thing for you to do is to ignore all the negatively surrounding the sailing waters, the collapsed ramp, zika virus, raw sewage and body parts. Us media type people are all the same. We will post the stories that will gain momentum, and sadly the worst stories are always the best. But I wanted to put all that aside for moment, and look beyond the headline.
Congratulations for making it this far and for not letting those obvious obstacles interfere with your regatta, however I really hope that a detached arm doesn’t hinder a gold medal race for anyone!
The world will be watching you via TV networks, websites, apps and live from the sailing venue itself. Impressionable eyes young and old will be hanging on your every tack, gybe and potential capsize, so whatever you do, just keep your mouth closed and avoid sipping the murky waters that will float you to potential race wins.
I will never be the level that you’re at, and I just want to say how much I respect each and every one of you for reaching the pinnacle event of your careers. So many people aspire to be where you are, myself included, and the admiration held for you is immense.
It’s great to see that there was no massive boycott of the event because of the unsanitary conditions. A lot of mainstream people won’t understand why you are following through with the competition, but they probably just don’t understand, respect or appreciate just how tough the sport is anyway. The bad things are just part of the new venue recipe and what will ultimately separate the best from the greatest.
Thank you to all of you for being role models to the next generation of aspiring Olympians. Thank you for making sailing awesome, but most of all, thank you for taking up the sport in the first place!
Sailing is the best sport in the world, and every four years, we get to show it off at the Olympic Games. I can’t wait to see what happens and witness history being made.
Now shut up and send it, ride it like you stole it, and have an amazing time!
The eighth Vendée Globe, the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance, will set off from Les Sables d’Olonne on France’s Atlantic seaboard on November 6. Sailed in the IMOCA 60, 30 sailors have signed up for this eighth edition, of whom 28 have already qualified. Full report.
April’s collapse of the new “Olympic Bike Path” killed two people. Saturday, waves flooded out a newly constructed Beach Volleyball TV studio. Sailing wasn’t immune from negligent construction, either; above is a shot of the this massive, brand new Marina De Gloria dinghy launch ramp that lasted a grand total of one day. You can read the typically ridiculous comments from officials in this news piece, while our own sources on the ground have their own take:
Biggest swell that we have seen yet in Rio this weekend. Surfers all around inside Guanabarra Bay.
The attached pics are of the progressive demise of the very large main launching ramp in Marina Gloria. The ramp was completed (in haste) on 29 July and collapsed on 30 July in the swell that made it into Marina Gloria.
The attached pics are at 9am and 530pm where the patient was pronounced dead at the scene. A rough day, for numerous reasons!
To athletes like Megan Kalmoe, intent on whining to ‘Leave Rio Alone!”, next time you decide that the media’s reporting on Olympic incompetence is hurting your little game, try to remember the dozens of lives that will be lost in total so that you can get on TV and try to win a piece of metal and ribbon. For you, it’s a sport. For Brazil, it’s life, death, and the future.
Medemblik, Netherlands (July 30, 2016) – On the final day of the 29er Worlds 2016, Tom Crockett and Harry Morton from Australia finished the job and grabbed the World title. Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier from France took silver as best youth team. The British sailors Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling secured bronze. But the girls fought the biggest battle for being best all female team. Annabelle Davies and Hayley Clark from Australia won buy one point in ninth position. The North American team was Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs (USA) in 19th. Full report.
Tom Crockett and Harry Morton of Australia are the 29er World Champions, finishing the final day four points clear of Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier of France
The supermaxi Scallywag has retired from the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race after a keel ram exploded
Photo: Marcela Zapiola. Arg Nats 2011. Low entry fee ends tomorrow. For those who are looking forward to join the container Nacra is preparing, which the IF18CA through its President Olivier Bovyn, is supporting economically on my request, I advice to those same sailors to take advantage of the low entry fee alternative , as it doesn´t seems right the IF18CA putting money to support the
A torrent of early entries to the NZ Millennium Cup 2017 signal the largest fleet may race since the turn of the century
Bobbing on Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay in a blue and white fishing boat, American sailor Brad Funk uses a plastic bin to scoop rubbish from the waters where Olympic sailing races will take place next month.
Funk missed out on his dream of competing in Rio 2016 in the two-man 49er sailing class, but travelled to Brazil anyway with the aim of clearing the path for those who did, including his girlfriend British windsurfer Bryony Shaw.
A native of Clearwater, Florida, Funk is leading his own clean-up effort to help remove rubbish from the Bay which is clogged by sewage from some 15 municipalities, home to some 9 million people.
“I decided that if I am not going to compete, I want the sailors to not have problems when they sail,” he told Reuters. “I love Rio, and it is very important to me that the Olympic Games is a success and the trash does not get stuck on the sailboats, taking medals away from them.”
In recent months, concern flared over pollution levels in the bay and nearby sea, where sailing, windsurfing and long-distance swimming events are being held.
Two academic studies seen by Reuters in June showed the waters were infected by drug-resistant super bacteria and microbes normally found only in hospitals.
The State Environmental Agency (Inea), which is conducting daily monitoring of water quality with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO), insists the water quality is fine, helped by the rapid movement of water through the mouth of the bay where events will be held.
More worrying for many competitors, however, is the floating debris which could crash against boats and slow them down in the competition.
Inea has deployed 12 green eco-boats – each with a wire metal scoop on the front that lifts rubbish out of the water and into its hull. It has also placed 17 red floating eco-barriers across the mouth of rivers and canals feeding the bay, which collect debris floating on the water’s surface.
Just the eco-barrier in the Canal do Cunha had collected 208 tonnes of rubbish in the last month, Inea said.
Brazilian sailors said recently that the work of eco-boats picking up rubbish along competition routes had improved the situation considerably, but that more needed to be done.
Inea has appealed to Rio’s citizens to stop throwing waste into canals and into the bay.
On the airplane over to Rio, Funk met Camila Avelar who decided to volunteer to help his effort, hoping to inspire a chain reaction.
“A lot of people say that the two of us trying to clear the rubbish from the sea will not make any difference,” Avelar said.
“But I don’t think that is the point, it is the attitude and encouraging other people to do the same thing.”
Video report from Day 7 – Interviews with RORC Racing Manager, Nick Elliott and leading skippers – France Blue, Flanders North Sea, France White
At the Rio Games on August 8-19, each of the 10 sailing events will have favorites and spoilers. Here are the sailors to look for in the Heavyweight Dinghy (Finn) event…
Twenty-three Finn sailors will race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with one name in particular touted as the one to watch. Great Britain’s Giles Scott.
The towering Briton has dominated in the Finn, winning 19 of 21 events over the last four years. The ones he didn’t win, he finished second, within a whisker of the eventual winners. Throughout the Rio 2016 quadrennial Scott has amassed three World Championship titles and two key victories at the 2014 and 2015 Olympic Test Events to hand him the tag as favourite.
When racing starts at 13:00 local time on Tuesday 9 August on the Pao de Acucar racing area, Scott will be joined by an experienced bunch of competitors. London 2012 silver medallist Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN), bronze medallist Jonathan Lobert (FRA), European Champion Pieter Jan Postma (NED) and two-time Olympic Laser medallist Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) will be racing to win.
“There is a pack of about eight, nine, possibly ten guys all capable of medalling,” explained Scott. “I wouldn’t be able to single out any one person, it’s the usual suspects like the Kiwis, Danish, French, Croatians, Dutch. I’m certainly where I want to be and I think if you asked anyone of my competitors they would all be happy enough to say they’d want to go into the Olympics with a string of results that I’ve had.
“But that doesn’t change anything for the Olympics, you still have to go there and prove that you’re the man who deserves to win. It’s like no other regatta.”
Scott missed out on selection at London 2012 to Sir Ben Ainslie and saw his compatriot defeat Denmark’s Hogh Christensen to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. Since then Scott has been on a mission with a single goal in mind, “For three and a half years the gold medal in Rio has been the main driving force behind everything I’ve been doing, every day of the year.
“Like all athletes you’ve had highs and lows to get to this point. The lowest point was not qualifying for London. Being sat on the Nothe watching the racing going on wasn’t the easiest thing to do but I’m glad that I stuck around and put myself through it because I saw what it was all about. Longer term a lot of positives have come from that. Highlights have been winning Olympic test events, winning World Championships, European Championships, beating people like Ben Ainslie. I’d like to be able to say in a few months’ time I’ve got another one but we’ll see.”
The fleet is jam packed with experienced athletes, all capable of performing on the grandest stage in sailing, the Olympic Games.
Hogh Christensen will be making his fourth Olympic appearance, France’s Lobert will be out to upgrade his London 2012 bronze, Zbogar will be gunning for another podium finish and Postma will be wanting to right some wrongs.
At London 2012, as Postma sailed to the finish, he was primed to finish on the podium. But as he pushed harder his boom hit Dan Slater’s (NZL) boat and he was forced to do penalty turns. As sailors passed him he slipped into fourth overall, missing out on a medal.
Four years on and the Dutchman is brimming with confidence. He knows what it takes at the Olympic Games, he knows how to put together an efficient campaign and most importantly, he knows what sailing in Rio is all about.
“I will be among the medal contenders,” expressed Postma. “I feel good about it. I have got to trust, but you have always got to see where you end up and how it will go.
“In the last two Games I felt I trained too much – just kept pushing. This time I am keeping calmer. I am getting more all-round and seeing the picture more clearly, so I can train more effectively. I feel my timing is good; much more comfortable than London.
“I like the conditions in Rio, but at the same time Rio is different every day – so you have to be open.”
Postma finished on the podium at the 2015 Olympic Test Event and took home a bronze from the 2016 World Championships. His form is good and will certainly be at the top of the pack in Rio.
Further contenders in the Finn include Olympic first-timers Jake Lilley (AUS) and Josh Junior (NZL), Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, Brazilian home-town favourite Jorge Zarif , Deniss Karpak (EST), Tapio Nirkko (FIN), London 2012 Star gold medallist Max Salminen (SWE) and USA’s Caleb Paine.
The Finn sailors will commence racing at 13:00 local time on the Pao de Acucar racing area on Tuesday 9 August.
For more information about the Finn… click here.
How to follow the Olympics… click here.
Source: World Sailing
The Swiss team had an outstanding day posting six outright wins but Morgan and his Oman Air crew were never far behind.
At a remote point break on the Pacific coast of Baja, windsurfers from around the world are gathering for annual contest
Jan Saugmann and Jakob Karbo of Denmark are the early leaders of the 505 World Championships in Weymouth, tied with Australia’s Mike Quirk and Reeve Dunn
Energa Sopot Match Race claimed a worthy winner today in Nicklas Dackhammar and his Essiq Racing team.
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race…
New RS800 European Champions Luke and Emma McEwen finished the event on Lake Garda in style with back to back wins…
Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 4, Hamburg…
The Topper Worlds website is showing that the winner of the 5.3 event is Elliott Kuzyk of Parkstone SC
Like the vast majority of you we have not watched much AC World Series action for a host of reasons we’ve documented many times before, but we’re always happy to share it with you when we find it for free! Thanks to Canal + for continuing to post full race videos like one of the Portsmouth days above; now let’s see if Russell’s minions allow it to stay online…
High definition video of Comanche crossing the virtual finish line off the Lizard to set a new monohull trans-Atlantic record…
Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma…
Britain’s Will Pank and Finlay Dickinson are the 2016 RS Feva World Champions. Second are Freddie Peters and Louis Johnson
The aftermath of the Mackinac Race wreck of the chartered 1D48 WhoDo shows a heck of a lot more damage than just a mangled rudder post; we don’t yet know how much of the blown out bow above and the torn off rudder was part of the sinking, damage from the wave action on the bottom, or salvage damage, but it’s nasty! SA’er ‘blunted’, sailing aboard the mighty Melges 30 Peerless, said there were ‘things available to hit on the field’. “We passed at last one 4-5′ long log, that was 14″ in diameter. That would have had our rudder akimbo had we hit it at the speed we were going at the time.“
All involved in the WhoDo mess would’ve likely wished she sank in the 200 feet of fresh water she sat in when SA’er ‘peacefrog’ and the crew of the C&C 30 CityGirl made the rescue; as it was, Whodo later drifted in and settled on one of the few shallow spots on a deep stretch of Michigan coast and came to rest with half her mast in the air. After an airbag lift, she was towed into the Michigan shore and now sits in Harbor Springs.
For a very, very rare look at a fresh catch of sailors straight after a rescue, check Russell Madsen’s video from City Girl. Very cool shit and well done to all!
In her quest to sail across the ocean and conquer new hearts, it seems the world’s biggest replica Viking long ship has found an enemy she can’t do anything about; the US Coast Guard’s red tape. Mike McPhate has the story from the New York Times; we begin with an excerpt:
When a Viking ship, meticulously recreated in Norway, crossed the Atlantic last month, the feat captivated history buffs in the United States. They could hardly wait to get a look at the vessel, which was scheduled to visit a series of ship festivals along the Great Lakes this summer.
After making stops at Canadian ports, the Draken’s crew was told by Coast Guard officials last week that if it wanted to sail through the Great Lakes, it had to hire a certified pilot, paid at an hourly rate that would amount to about $400,000 by the trip’s end. If unable to pay, the vessel would be forced to turn back.
“The crew has been devastated,” Woody Wiest, a watch leader on the Draken, said at the time. Many of the team are volunteers, he added. “They changed their lives to be on the ship.”
The standoff set off a frantic campaign by supporters. A petition calling for the Coast Guard to rescind the requirement drew more than 10,000 signatures, festival organizers vowed to find money to help and online fund-raisers pleaded for donations from the public.
By Wednesday, the Draken crew said enough money had been raised to sail as far as Chicago, the ship’s third American destination on the Great Lakes. But stops scheduled for August in Green Bay, Wisc., and Duluth, Minn., remained in doubt.
“The struggle is not yet over,” a statement from the ship said.