ISAF WORLD CUP – DAY 4 – Spotlight on the Laser, Men’s RS:X, Nacra 17 and Laser Radial at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – The Weta was created by Roger Kitche. It all started as a scribble on a school note pad for. Roger and son Chris, researched around the world for a boat that was simple to teach in but still fast and exciting. No one else seemed to have the answer, so in typical kiwi style they thought, bugger it, we’ll just build one ourselves. So the garage was cleared out and the help of a few experts enlisted (Tim Clissold of TC designs did the original design) and the rest is history. Check out the his story above then check out the Weta at WETAMARINE!
VOR – That’s when the heart pumps, and the knees tremble. The rope jumps, the feet stumble.
When you’re 27 metres up in the air, the wind whistling past your ears and gravity pulling heavy at your limbs, there’s only one thing to do: walk the line.
That’s what Austrian professional slackline walker, Mich Kemeter, did on December 28 at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Abu Dhabi.
And as he began perilously tiptoeing across the 22 metre-long line suspended between two state-of-the-art Volvo Ocean 65s, the Team Alvimedica and Team SCA sailors onboard their respective boats looked up in open-mouthed awe.
It was a challenge designed to push boundaries. To inspire new ideas. And to combine two very different worlds, sailing and slacklining, sharing one passion: extreme sport.
“This project was just the first attempt at something which is much bigger,” said Kemeter.
“Because when you try something for the first time, it doesn’t matter so much if it works or not – it’s just important that it’s something unique that you’re doing.”
Red Bull Project Coordinator Thijs Engelbertink, who devised and produced the stunt, explained why the Volvo Ocean Race was the perfect platform to showcase the stunt.
“The Volvo Ocean Race is all about life at the extreme and is one of the toughest races on the planet, so where better to push Mich further than he’s ever been before?” he said.
With the waves bobbing the boats unpredictably around in the water, and the breeze picking up to five knots, every step was a leap into the unknown – even for an expert daredevil like Mich.
“I had no clue what would happen to me, or the boats,” he adds. “It was a really intense feeling to walk those steps – but now I can’t wait to walk the whole way.
“It’s definitely possible. And it’s going to happen.”
Read more on RedBull.com
COMANCHE – Take a look at the 100ft carbon sloop Comanche built for Jim and Kristy Clark. From the first layers of carbon being layed in to the hull at Hodgdon’s yard in Maine to her first offshore passage from Newport to Charleston, SC. Ken Read tells the Comanche story just days before the boat takes on the Sydney to Hobart race!
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – If you’re not sailing this Sunday you are probably watching the Super Bowl – If so, here is something guaranteed to make your Super Bowl party the best on the block… the SUPER BOWL BEER TOWER!
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – The world’s elite sailors are preparing to meet in Singapore for the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™, which is set to bring the world famous Marina Bay alive with its pioneering Stadium Racing concept. With the transfer window now closed, some new players will enter the arena as the Series launches into its ninth season, with the continued support of Series Main Partner Land Rover.
Nine teams with 45 world-class sailors from 10 nations will lock horns from the 5 to the 8 of February, under the gaze of the towering downtown city skyline with the support of Host Venue Partner Aberdeen Asset Management. With just one week to go, here’s a lowdown on the teams and their line-ups.
THE LINE UP – ACT 1 SINGAPORE
GAC Pindar (GBR)- Skipper Seve Jarvin returns for his second season on the circuit, this year sharing duties with four-times World Match Racing champion Ian Williams. Aussies James Wierzbowski and Tyson Lymond both return to the GAC Pindar line-up, and the team welcomes Aussie 18-foot skiff champions Jack Macartney and Marcus Ashley-Jones. Skipper/Helm: Seve Jarvin (AUS) Tactician: Jack Macartney (AUS) Mainsail Trimmer: James Wierzbowski (AUS) Headsail Trimmers: Marcus Ashley-Jones (AUS) Bowman: Tyson Lamond (AUS)
Gazprom Team Russia (RUS)- Russia’s 2014 Olympic Laser sailor Igor Lisovenko leads the team flying his home flag in his second season, this time with three Russians onboard including newcomer Alexander Bozhko. Kiwi match racing supremo Phil Robertson will remain at the helm, with his Waka Racing teammate Garth Ellingham continuing as the teams Trimmer. Skipper/Tactician: Igor Lisovenko (RUS) Helm: Phil Robertson (NZL) Mainsail Trimmer: Garth Ellingham (NZL) Headsail Trimmer: Alexander Bozhko (RUS) Bowman: Aleksey Kulakov (RUS)
Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA)- A new syndicate for 2015, the Italian team is led by Lorenzo Bressani, who has twice been nominated as ISAF World Sailor of the Year. Bressani and the Italian crew of Enrico Zennaro and Gabriele Olivo have an impressive combined CV that includes 20 World Championship titles across numerous classes, while Adam Kay and Tom Buggy from the UK will provide valuable Extreme 40 class insight in Singapore. Skipper/Helm: Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) Mainsail Trimmer: Enrico Zennaro (ITA) Headsail Trimmer: Gabriele Olivo (ITA) Bowman: Tom Buggy (GBR) Floater: Adam Kay (GBR)
Oman Air (OMA)- Another new face to the tour is 49er World Champion Stevie Morrison, who will take the reigns of Oman Air and will be joined by his Team GB teammates Ed Powys and Nic Asher. Ted Hackney and Ali Al Balashi return for their second year with the Omani syndicate bringing their knowledge from the previous season. Skipper/Helm: Stevie Morrison (GBR) Tactician: Nic Asher (GBR) Mainsail Trimmer: Ed Powys (GBR) Headsail Trimmer: Ted Hackney (AUS) Bowmen: Ali Al Balashi (OMA)
Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)-Red Bull Sailing Team will bring in some fresh blood with Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailor Jason Waterhouse as skipper. The team will continue to be spearheaded by the Austrian double Olympic gold medal-winning duo Hagara and Steinacher, with New Zealand’s Stewart Dodson and the UK’s Shaun Mason both now in their second year on the circuit. Skipper: Jason Waterhouse (AUS) Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT) Tactician: Hans-Peter Steinacher (AUT) Trimmer: Stewart Dodson (NZL) Bowman: Shaun Mason (GBR)
SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)-The Danish-run SAP Extreme Sailing Team are back for their fourth year on the circuit, with co-skippers Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner. Brad Farrand and Thierry Douillard will continue their tenure, with Mads Emil Stephensen, a silver medallist at the 49er Worlds, adding to the line up. Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN) Mainsail Trimmer: Mads Emil Stephensen (DEN) Headsail Trimmer: Thierry Douillard (FRA) Bowman: Brad Farrand (NZL)
Team Aberdeen (SIN)-The local entry supported by Aberdeen Asset Management includes some of the hottest international sailing talent. Skipper Nick Moloney is joined by America’s Cup and accomplished dinghy sailor Adam Beashel; experienced Extreme 40 trimmer and a former Team GB sailor Tom Dawson; UK high-performance dinghy sailor Freddie White and Asian Games gold medallist Justin Wong. Skipper / Helm: Nick Moloney (AUS) Tactician: Adam Beashel (AUS) Mainsail Trimmer: Tom Dawson (GBR) Headsail Trimmer: Freddie White (GBR) Bowman: Justin Wong (SIN)
Team Turx (TUR)-A brand new syndicate for 2015, Extreme 40 veteran and class co-creator Mitch Booth and world-class multihull sailor Edhem Dirvana will share skipper duties. Turkey’s national sailing team members Selim Kakış and Anıl Berk Baki and Portugal’s Diogo Cayolla will all embark on their first full Extreme 40 season. Co-Skipper/Helm: Mitch Booth (AUS) Co-Skipper/Floater: Edhem Dirvana (TUR) Mainsail Trimmer: Selim Kakış (TUR) Headsail Trimmer: Diogo Cayolla (POR) Bowman: Anıl Berk Baki (TUR)
The Wave, Muscat (OMA)-The team from Oman are two-time overall Series winners and 2014 runners up, led by British Olympian Leigh McMillan. McMillan will field the same crew as 2014, with British Extreme 40 heavyweight Pete Greenhalgh, double Olympic gold medallist and the only female in the circuit Sarah Ayton, America’s Cup sailor Ed Smyth and Omani national Nasser Al Mashari as the team look to reclaim their title, with McMillan vowing to settle “unfinished business”. Skipper/Helm: Leigh McMillan (GBR) Tactician: Sarah Ayton (GBR) Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR) Headsail Trimmer: Ed Smyth (NZL/AUS) Bowman: Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)
A-CLASS CATS – “The Aussie A Class nationals are all done and the sailors are all back at work, but if you want to relive the experience, or if you missed the action be sure to check out this short video that one of local members put together. ” Good A-Class sailing and foiling!
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SAILING HISTORY – In 1965, a new 64 trimaran name Triptych, was built in England and sailed by a family to the Caribbean. Was this the first trimaran to sail across the Atlantic? Leave a comment above!
BWR – For all that the Southern Ocean is renowned for big winds and big seas, the Spanish duo which lies in third place in the Barcelona Round the World Race maybe found it incongruous that they spent time today trying to make just two or three knots of boat speed in next to no wind, but all the time fourth placed Renault Captur were catching miles back on them, and the two leaders were moving further away.
Corbella and Marin were putting a brave face on their delicate predicament, and reported that they would use the enforced downtime to make small repairs and get their IMOCA 60 close to 100% potential again.
GAES Centros Auditivos have seen Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur gain 60 miles on them in the last 24 hours to 1400hrs UTC this afternoon, while Cheminées Poujoulat, race leaders for two weeks now, have moved another 121 miles ahead of GAES Centros Auditivos.
“It is a frustrating day on GAES Centros Auditivos today. We are caught in the anticylone and are losing miles. We can not do anything. Having a limiting zone to the south to avoid ice, there is no way to avoid this happening. If there were no exclusion zone we would head south but we dont want to find ice. It’s a bit unfair, but this is a long race and we hope to get our chance to recover these lost miles. We will use this lull to repair, to get our jobs list back to zero, and get ready for the rest of the Big South. So it is not all bad.”
We will scarcely have taken time to reflect on the fact they have been making the pace at the front of the fleet now for two weeks, half of the race duration so far. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, who should pass north of the Crozet Islands tomorrow, have made a slight southwards arc in the last 36 hours and are now just 30 miles north of the course taken by second placed Neutrogena, Gullermo Altadill and JoséMunoz. Cheminées Poujoulat have a margin now of 225 miles although boat speeds of the two leading IMOCA 60s are much more even now.
As well as enjoying some of the best conditions on the race course just now and making the best gains – 70 miles on boats both ahead and behind – Bruno and Willy Garcia sent a hearfelt message of solidarity and admiration to Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman today, expressing their huge respect for the Hungarian and Kiwi duo’s grit and determination, as well as their repairing skills:
“This is our first time sailing in these latitudes and we are discovering everything with open eyes as amateurs who are passionate about sailing and life as we are. We were sent a picture of your misfortune with the halyard of the main sail with you Nandor up the mast showing the repair performed by you both.”
” We don’t think we would be able to perform such a fortune rapair even if we share the intense determination to finish our round the world race as best as we can. We feel that we don’t have the same skills as you despite we share the fact that our preparation was also really short. Anyway we want you to know that we are really proud to participate in such a great adventure with people like you Conrad and Nandor. That really gives an idea to people of how double handed sailing is, or should be. And above everything you show to us that it is not the position in the race that makes boats and crew better, but their story and the demonstration of determination and human skills.”
Spirit of Hungary’s Nandor Fa returned his thanks to the Barcelona brothers who have been such an influence on the careers of other younger solo and shorthanded ocean racers who followed in their wake, like Alex Pella, Corbella and Marin. For his own return to the South, for the first time in 23 years, Nandor Fa was delighted to be back in the lower latitudes:
“Nothing has changed. The wind is wind and the waves are waves. The boat is changed and the company has changed. Now I am in a nice boat with Conrad. We have seen a few birds and I feel in myself very well.”
Aleix Gelabert, One Planet One Ocean:” Now it is windy, we have 33 to 34 knots of wind which is normal, we have a front coming and so we need to be careful. We feel very good for the moment in the south. The south will be worse for sure in the next days in the next weeks, but then one of the things about the south is that it is very hard, it is very long and so we need to be careful and keep going every day and then there will be the exit from the south. We are really enjoying it here in the south, it is more or less what we expected. We are OK so we feel good.”
Nandor Fa, Spirit of Hungary:” At the moment we are sailing quite fast, and for two days we have been sailing quite fast. We have 32 kts of wind from the south and we make very nice speeds, about 16-22kts, it is interesting because for two days we have been going faster. And in spite of the sun it is still cold. Everything is OK on board, we solved the problem with the mast and we have the boat well prepared and it is working well right now. Yes we have faith in the boat, we are progressing well, the boat behaves well. As far as I can see all the details are working, we have some more issues to fix but mostly we are at 99 per cent.
It is since 1992, so 23 years, that I have been here. And nothing has changed. The wind is wind and the waves are waves. The boat is changed and the company has changed. Now I am in a nice boat with Conrad. We have seen a few birds and I feel in myself very well. It became winter very quickly.
I feel more safe this time, the boat is safe and strong and is sailing easily. She is OK for the south and the conditions are already like the Southern Ocean, everything is positive. “
about the email from the Garcia brothers
” It is fantastic, these two men in front of us are nice people, they have a big soul. And the letter was so nice, so human . We appreciate them especially in these conditions, they had the energy and thought to write this letter. I answered and Conrad answered also. We were very happy and the letter is a good example how human this race is. It is a professional race but there is a great human interaction. It was very important for us and I am very hppay to receive the letter.”
Ranking at 1400hrs Thursday 29th January 2015
1 Cheminées Poujoulat (B Stamm – J Le Cam) at 16 154,8 miles to finish
2 Neutrogena (G Altadill – J Muñoz) +225 miles
3 GAES Centros Auditivos (A Corbella – G Marin) + 721,9 miles
4 Renault Captur (J Riechers – S Audigane) + 1193,4 miles
5 We Are Water (B Garcia – W Garcia) + 1728,2 miles
6 One Planet One Ocean & Pharmaton (A Gelabert – D Costa) + 2333,7 miles
7 Spirit of Hungary (N Fa – C Colman) + 2890,7 miles
GC 32 FOILER – The future of sailing is, quite literally, flying. The catamarans that soared above the waves in the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco have taken the sailing world by storm. The boats have revolutionised sailing technology and competition, giving rise to the creation of new classes. The GC32 is one such class, a 10m one-design catamaran which can “take off” in wind speeds of just 8 knots. The carbon-fibre dragonfly has already established its place in regattas around the world, both in costal venues and on some of Europe’s most beautiful lakes. Multihull experts Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and their Spindrift racing team are passionate about innovation and elite international competition, and have decided to join the GC32 Racing Tour 2015.
Spindrift racing has also confirmed its participation in the Tour de France à la Voile in July, this year to be sailed in Diam 24 trimarans, as well the D35 championship on Lake Geneva, where Dona Bertarelli will be at the helm of Ladycat for the 9th consecutive season. Offshore, the team will make its first attempt at beating the Jules Verne Trophy record aboard the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2.
So why take part in the GC32 circuit?
“It’s clear that the future of sailing is currently leaning towards these foiling boats,” explains Yann Guichard. “It’s not just in the America’s Cup – it’s happening with other contact racing boats too, such as the GC32. Even in offshore racing, the new Vendée Globe monohulls have foils to partially raise the boats into the air so they can sail faster. Performance and innovation are part of Spindrift racing’s DNA, as is our desire to compete at the very top level of international sailing. The GC32 circuit is a perfect match to satisfy both our sporting goals and our partners’ objectives, who will benefit from international exposure in the five host countries. We are excited by the opportunity to learn to foil in a matter of weeks and to compete against the crème de la crème in what promises to be an ultra-competitive circuit.”
A booming circuit
Thanks to their L-foils and T-rudders, the GC32s take off in very light winds and quickly reach speeds of 25 knots, with occasional bursts of more than 35 knots. You don’t have to be an expert to be blown away by the sight of these boats as they glide more than a foot above the water’s surface. Last season the class attracted competitors from a wide range of sailing backgrounds, from Olympic champions and America’s Cup veterans to passionate boat owners. The first official pictures from the event created a huge buzz, doing justice to the pun used by the organisers to describe the event: ‘Foiling in love’! This year’s GC32 circuit will have a larger fleet and will visit Austria, England, Germany, Italy and France over the coming months.
“One of Spindrift racing’s goals is to defend our colours in the biggest events in professional sailing,” says Dona Bertarelli. “We are thrilled to be able to join these pioneers who are inventing the multihull of tomorrow, giving our partners access to a circuit that is highly visible across Europe. Yann competed in the Extreme 40 class for a number of seasons and was among the first to compete in the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, always with the aim of producing good results. Together, we will race on the elegant, demanding boats of the D35 class on Lake Leman, again in search of a podium finish. The G32 is a logical next step for the team but, more importantly, it’s a tremendous sporting challenge.”
GC32 RACING TOUR 2015 SCHEDULE
23-26 April Warm-Up, Marseille / France / Official Practice
27-31 May Austria Cup / AUSTRIA / Lake Traunsee
24-27 June Cowes Cup / ENGLAND / Cowes
30 July-2 August Sailing Cup Kiel / GERMANY / Kiel
27-30 August Trofeo di Roma / ITALY / Rome Fiumicino
30 Sept-3 October Marseille One Design / FRANCE / Marseille
Designed by Dr Martin Fischer based on an idea by Laurent Lenne
Length: 10m and 12m including bowsprit
Beam: 6 m
Weight: 750 kg
Appendages: L-foils, T-rudders
Rotating mast: 16.50 m
Mainsail: 60 m²
Genoa: 23.50 m²
Gennaker: 90 m²
Foils downwind in 8 knots wind
Foils upwind in 20 knots wind
Sails at 25 knots with peaks of 35 knots
Five crew members and one guest
More info at www.gc32racing.com
SOLO SAILORS – Project Coyote is a documentary film that explores the story of American single-handed skipper, Mike Plant. When Plant went missing mid-Atlantic in 1992, the sailing world held its breath. After only five years of single-handed sailing, Plant logged over 100,000 miles at sea, twice set the American record for the fastest solo circumnavigation and was recognized as one of five skippers in history to complete three solo trips around the world.
An adrenaline-fueled life drifts in his wake, including a solo trek of South America (12,000 miles), an escape from Greek authorities on a drug-trafficking charge and time behind bars in a Portuguese prison. One can only wonder if the storm within Plant’s unconventional path in life contributed to his ability to stay alive during the storm at sea. In Plant’s words, his story “Proves that there are people with a sense of adventure and enough belief in themselves to take the risks and do things beyond the reach of everyday life – [life is] a great adventure.”
“[Plant] is as close as yachting gets to a James Dean character, going his own way, in his own time, but always with an eye to the sea.” — Barbara Lloyd, New York Times
FOR MORE INFO GO TO: projectcoyotemovie.com
VOR – A glimpse back at, what many of our teams have referred to as the most stressful leg so far… a Leg with an historic outcome!
ICE SAILING – Light winds prevailed off Kingston CAN yesterday and only the Silverfleet completed one race with the top 12 qualifying for the Goldfleet at the DN worlds. Mike Dye USA was the winner. The small European delegation is sailing in the Goldfleet with Karel Jablonski POL in the overall lead winning the two races completed so far. For more info go to results and the DN website. Above is the video summary of day one produced by a Canadian TV show. You don’t need to understand French to see that these sailors are having a great time!
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – First race, first win for Jerry Fiat’s F32XRSC all carbon tri in San Diego. Light air, up to 12 knots of wind, boat speed 8-16. Very fun driving thru the monohull fleet on an upwind leg pointing as well as any of them! Corrected out 8 mins ahead of an RP 65 in light air IN THE CABRILLO SERIES. Must be all the Colligo Rigging and Furlers!
COOL ROBOT SAILBOAT DESIGNS – A group of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver in West Canada has a dream, a dream to launch the first unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The students motivation is neither class credit nor financial gain, they are simply passionate about complex programming, advanced electronics, and sailing.
The students have designed a robotic sailboat that they call a “Sailbot”. The plan is to launch the so-called “Sailbot” off the coast of Newfoundland in the far east of Canada this summer. After winning the International Robotic Sailing Regatta consecutively for the past three years, the students believe they are ready to take on the Atlantic Ocean.
Packing an advanced electronics package, accurate sensors, and satellite communication systems into a carbon fiber hull will ensure that the vessel can survive what the Atlantic Ocean has to offer. In addition, their advanced sailing logic and course planning software can optimize voyage time while minimizing risk of damage from storms or shipping traffic. A fully autonomous sailboat, the Sailbot will sail the North Atlantic for roughly two weeks before hopefully completing a 2,500-kilometer race in Dingle, an island off the west coast of Ireland.
The boat not only has to navigate across the ocean, it must do so totally under power provided by the Kevlar reinforced sails. The boat can sail at a speed of 10 knots and if all goes as planned the trip will take about 14 days, but it must rely on wind speed and direction, and plan its route accordingly based on updated weather information.
Since 2010, the group of 66 UBC students has been competing and winning at other robotic sailboat regattas with smaller versions of this automated vessel. Josh Andrews, a UBC Sailbot team member, said that the team had contacted the Microtransat Challenge, which is a transatlantic race of fully autonomous sailing boats.
The wind-powered boat controls itself with satellite navigation and infrared imaging. As it sails, it will send route information back to a website so the team and people around the world can monitor its progress through the icebergs and rough shipping channels of the North Atlantic.
“It’s all done with computers on board. There are basically two types of systems that we use. One is a navigational system that determines the route to go across the Atlantic Ocean, and the other is a sailing system that knows how to get from point A to point B. So when the two systems work together, it will get all the way across,” Andrews said.
Andrews said the main challenge would be the harsh Atlantic weather that could batter the ship or swallow it entirely. Running into other vessels could also be a problem. The ship, when completed in the next few months, will be able to use its thermal imaging equipment to recognize obstacles and navigate around them. Andrews said the computer system could also make the boat brace for impacts.
“I think a lot of the work that we’ve done has actually already been proven on a smaller scale, so we’re taking that technology and expanding it and making it work on a bigger scale which is the Atlantic Ocean,” he added. The team has had great press motivating the students to work harder at finishing the project. They are currently testing materials for the bow and building the few remaining bulkheads.
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AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS – (Milford, CT): Christopher (CJ) Salustro has joined North Sails as the sail care manager in Milford, CT. An experienced sailmaker and marine industry professional, Salustro will manage the sailmaking team in Milford, CT for the world’s leading sailmaker.
“North Sails is proud to have CJ back after a six year hiatus where he worked in other areas of the marine world,” said Pete Colby, North Sails’ North American Sail Care Manager. “He has over 20 years of sailmaking experience and has participated in a number of notable events including the Annapolis to Newport Race, Marblehead to Halifax Race and Block Island Race Week just to name a few. He has logged thousands of offshore miles so he understands the importance of making sails that are durable and appropriate for their application,” Colby continued. “CJ has also worked as a sailing instructor so he knows how to translate his knowledge and experience to younger sailmakers which will make our Milford loft a great environment for up and coming sailmakers to learn the trade,” Colby concluded.
CJ grew up near the Connecticut shoreline and has enjoyed both racing and cruising in the waters from New York to Newport, RI and beyond. His sailing experience is vast – he has done everything from frostbiting on Lasers to racing offshore – and he spent three years working for J/World in Eastport, MD teaching adults to sail.
“Returning to North Sails is great and I am proud to be back with the industry leader,” said Salustro. “I still enjoy competitive sailing whenever time allows but right now I am focused on working with North clients to be sure their sails are ready for the upcoming season. North Sails is known for innovation and technology and I look forward to delivering top quality sail care to match our reputation and the expectations of our clients,” concluded Salustro.
Contact – CJ Salustro: [email protected], 203-783-4270
GOING BACK IN TIME – An introduction to the construction of the new educational tall ship (brigantine) Matthew Turner in Sausalito and how she will carry out the educational mission of Call of the Sea . Produced by Peter Strietmann.
ISAF WORLD CUP – Spotlight on the 49er, Women’s RS:X, 49erFX and Finn at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella. FOR FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE!
There’s a world of difference between skiing a long, smooth run and skiing on moguls. Today, forget the waves, it was the breeze on Biscayne Bay that was “moguls.” Shift upon shift upon shift upon shift.
This is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, with 599 boats and 768 sailors who were adjusting all day to one thing or another. If it wasn’t the wind direction that was changing, it was the wind speed. Which made it all the more notable that three classes produced back-to-back race winners.
Dave Ullman, among many things the 1996 US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and a three-time 470 world champion, is now coaching U.S. Olympic hopefuls. He was a keen observer of the day’s events. The direction shifts, he said, were coming at “15 to 20 degrees, but more than that it was about velocity-on and velocity-off. Downwind, if you were in the velocity, you could make big gains.
“It was much windier today than the forecast called for,” Ullman said, “but the racecourse is fine. The race officials are doing a good job with some challenging circumstances.
“But, it was cold out there.”
He wasn’t the only one who said so.
Wednesday was the third of six days of racing for ten Olympic classes. Top qualifiers will sail a Medal Race on Saturday. Competitors in three Paralympic classes will conclude their racing on Friday.
A second win in six races settled Luke Patience and Elliot Willis of Great Britain into a six-point lead in their 44-boat fleet, and they had reason to be glad that race six went as long as it did, and ended when it did. They had boats to pass. And then it was over. Second-place skipper Mat Belcher of Australia observed that Patience and Willis had a good second weather leg, “They went heavily to the right, and that got them around a lot of boats.”
With four more races scheduled before Saturday’s Medals Race, Patience and Willis have scores of 1-2-(5)-4-3-1 to a count of 5-1-2-(12)-2-7 for Belcher and crew Will Ryan. The six-point delta allows for discarding worst scores. Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis dropped out of their leadership position (two firsts on Tuesday) and now are looking at (25)-4-1-1-8-10 for third place.
Farther down in the lists, Matthias Schmid’s Austrian crewman, Florian Reichsteaedter, like everyone out there in a 470, spent his day balancing on the wire, adjusting in and out with the puffs. “There was no system to it” he said. “Sometimes you had to be on the left. Sometimes you had to be on the right. And it was up and down, up and down all day. Eight knots. Eighteen knots.
“And it was cold out there.”
His handshake proved that.
And we may have already mentioned that. But, to be fair, it was Miami-on-the-water cold. Readers in northern climes, please hold those cards and letters.
The London 2012 gold medalists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, aka Team Jolly, tightened their grip on the lead in the Women’s 470 with a pair of firsts, demonstrating that, yes, there must be an answer to the dilemma of a dicey racecourse. “We’re sort of getting used to the wind being up and down and shifty,” Aleh said.
She offered, “If you can’t pick the right place to be on the racecourse, try to not pick the wrong place. We didn’t always have the best start or the best first leg, but we would keep chipping away and chipping away until we could look around and say, Oh, we’re in front. We’ll take it.”
Team Jolly, sailing out of Auckland, New Zealand, has placings of 2-2-1-(7)-1-1. The London 2012 silver medalists, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Great Britain, are nine points back at 6-1-(7)-1-3-5.
Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntire, also of Great Britain, are in third, another ten points back.
Diego Botin and Iago Lopez’s (ESP) overnight 14 point lead was shattered by a culmination of bad results and tight performances from their rivals.
John Pink and Stuart Bithell (GBR) and Joel Turner and Iain Jensen (AUS) kept things together, remaining at the front of the pack and now share the lead on 42 points. But for Botin and Lopez, a U flag penalty, a tenth and an 18th allowed the British and Australian teams to advance, leaving them one point behind.
Last to arrive back on-shore, last to take their sails down and last out of the boat park, Botin and Lopez looked deflated on the slipway. After their bright start they received a thorough debrief from their coach upon conclusion of the third day. All is not lost. They remain in contention; teachings will be applied and tomorrow is another day.
For Turner and Jensen, their short term partnership, is a one off for Miami with Jensen’s usual helm Nathan Outteridge missing out for personal reasons.
“It’s the first time I’ve sailed the 49er without Nathan for a long time,” said Jensen. “Joel’s doing great and he’s picking some clever shifts out there and we’re doing a lot better than we expected considering we only had three days in the boat together before this.”
Routine, rhythm and reliability are three buzz words for Outteridge and Jensen. The pair sailed together as teenagers, winning the ISAF Youth Worlds, and a partnership in the 49er was inevitable.
Seven years after forming, three 49er world titles and an Olympic gold medal later, Miami is the first time Jensen has been without his formidable helm in the Men’s Skiff, “If you sail with someone for years, like I have with Nathan, you get stuck in your routine. It’s always the same but if you sail with someone else it forces you to problem solve differently and that’s beneficial for when you go back with the other person.
“The roles are still the same with Joel as with Nathan. There are subtleties with the way he [Turner] sails and the way Nathan steers and approaches things. Neither is right or wrong, it’s just the individual style.”
Whilst the partnership is flourishing in Miami, when teased with the question – reckon you’ll stick with Turner? – Jensen replied, “Joel’s doing an awesome job and I think he’ll be a force in the 49er for years to come, he’s 19-years-old and got a bright future but in the next couple of years I might just stick with what I know.”
Outteridge will be flying in on Thursday, ensuring his crew sticks to what he knows and to enjoy the Miami racing from the coach boat.
When those around you all discard 41 points from a DNF or a DNC, the odds will always be stacked in your favour. That’s the case for Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) who have opened up a 25 point lead in the 49erFX.
The Kiwis were just one of eight teams to complete the single race on the first day and they are reaping the rewards. Their discard is a 21 and they hold a comfortable advantage after nine races.
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) are second overall on 62 points whilst Nina Keijzer and Claire Blom (NED) sit third on 90 points.
Maloney and Meech certainly won’t be resting on their laurels with six fleet races and Saturday’s Medal Race ahead of them but things are certainly going their way.
Two wins and a second is a perfect day for some but not for 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final gold medallist Bryony Shaw (GBR).
On the face of it, the Briton dominated the day but in her words, “It’s strange, it didn’t feel like a perfect day out there. I made a lot of mistakes actually. It was really shifty and puffy and I think it was my awareness, especially on the downwinds that really pulled me through.
“I made a couple of silly calls by going a bit too extreme at the start so I had to make some pretty big comebacks today.”
Shaw, the defending champion, is firmly in control. She is 17 points clear of the second placed Olga Maslivets (RUS) and is carrying a superb 2014 conclusion forward into the New Year, “I feel like this [leading in Miami] is momentum from winning in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year and the event we had in Rio. It’s nice to come out here and put on a good show.
“I really feel like 2015 is my year and it’s important for performance. I want to try and be selected for the games and win a medal in Rio, so I need to be performing at that level now.”
Consistency was at a premium for the first day of gold fleet racing in what was an up and down day for all.
Only the second placed Nick Dempsey (GBR) put together a trio of top ten finishes, 8-8-3, whilst those around him finished out of the top ten at least once.
It’s still France atop of the leader board, but with a new face lighting the path ahead. Overnight leader Louis Giard (FRA) has dropped to fourth whilst Thomas Goyard (FRA) claimed a 12-4-2 which is enough for a slender one point lead over Dempsey.
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) took out the first bullet of the day and is third overall. The remaining victories went the way of Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) who is in seventh and the 14th placed Mattia Camboni (ITA).
If others demonstrated that it is possible to win two race back-to-back on a wacky race course, five-time Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt of Brazil demonstrated that the best can stumble. He won his first race of the day, then burned his throw-out race on a 27th.
Scheidt’s closest competition, Australian Matthew Wearn, went with him and burned his throw-out on a 20th.
Neither of the two leaders can afford another bad race. Scheidt has a seven-point cushion over Wearn, but Germany’s Philipp Buhl is only one point behind Wearn, and only four points separate him from Julio Alsogaray of Argentina and Nick Thompson of Great Britain.
At 106 boats in two divisions, the Laser is by far the largest class here and as hard as any when it comes to getting to the top. A few years ago, American Jensen Mctigh was acing it in the Snipe class. Here he’s paying his dues (“I’m probably the youngest person here”) with three-digit standings, but he’s seeing the racecourse as clearly as anyone. McTigh’s take from his end of the Laser fleet, “The shifts were bigger yesterday, but those blew evenly across the course. Today the shifts were smaller, but they never stopped. They never stopped.”
Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom took two bullets today.
And, frankly, that ought to be enough said. Difficult. Shifty, Tricky. Challenging. Those are the sort of words used throughout ten Olympic and three Paralympic fleets to describe race day three and – Did we mention, Anne-Marie Rindom took two bullets today. She was 13th at the 2012 Olympics. She was seventh at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Santander. Maybe something made her mad.
Allowing for a throw-out race apiece, Rindom is now in first with a four-point lead over Annalise Murphy of Ireland and a 12-point lead over the Santander winner from the Netherlands, Marit Bouwmeester.
Bouwmeester was the Radial silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics.
Murphy, known for liking a big breeze, took advantage of a big-breeze day at the Worlds in Santander to qualify Ireland for the Laser Radial class in the Rio de Janeiro Olympiad of 2016.
And Miami? It’s a long week.
It was Ioannis Mitakis day in the Finn fleet on Biscayne Bay today.
Mitakis, who represented Greece in the 2012 Olympic Games and won the European Finn Championship the same year-leading the Medal Race start to finish-today took back-to-back firsts. Fleet leader Giles Scott of Great Britain faded.
Faded, but not far enough to cost Scott the lead that he hopes will keep an 18-month winning streak intact.
With a worst score of sixth to discard, Scott now has finishes of 1-1-1-5-4-(6). Computing throw-out races, he has a five-point lead over Jake Lilley of Australia and a 12-point lead over Mitakis. Anything can happen, but Lilley is carrying a 22nd as his discard. Another bad race would probably sink him below the podium. It’s game faces all around.
It’s a high scoring affair in the Nacra 17 with consistency a rarity in a highly competitive fleet.
Defending Miami champions Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) and Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves (GBR) share the lead on 50 points. The teams recorded two scores outside the top ten with one top ten finish.
Anything can happen in the 49-boat fleet and early front runners Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL) fell victim to a 29-14-28 day that sees them drop to seventh. Not helped by a late night disqualification after a jury hearing the pair count all three scores and are 36 points off the top. But as shown, anything can happen.
There’s a tussle at the top in the 2.4mR between Megan Pascoe (GBR), Helena Lucas (GBR) and Bjornar Erikstad (NOR) with one point of separation. An intriguing two days is ahead with four more races to decide the winner.
Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) are on track to make it two ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta wins in a row with a two point lead over Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) in the SKUD18. Defending champions Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) complete the podium after six races.
In the Sonar, Alphonsus Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund (USA) and John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas (GBR) are tied atop on 11 points.
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