SAILING HISTORY – Check out this classic 1938 film of a Star class regatta in Naples – this was just before the start of World War 2. And check out the different styles of hiking and sailing trim. They even had spectators enjoying the racing.
ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE – A fleet of 34 international yachts started today’s 27th edition of the 565-nm Rolex China Sea Race. With Hong Kong’s impressive skyscraper skyline forming a domineering backdrop, the fleet made a clean start under a steady easterly breeze of eight knots.
The largest competing boat and favourite for line honours Ragamuffin 90 made a positive start, immediately pulling ahead of the fleet following the 13:20 start in Victoria Harbour. Syd Fischer, Ragamuffin’s legendary Australian skipper, was in confident mood dockside. “We believe we can get line honours as long as we don’t make mistakes or sit in a hole which can happen in this shifty weather. We’ve got to pay attention to detail. The golden rule for us is to get between the other boats and the finish!”
At 18:00 local time, Ragamuffin 90 maintained her lead over the fleet and lay some 525-nm from the finish. The four 52-ft yachts – Freefire, Hi Fi, Lucky and Standard Insurance Centennial were in close pursuit travelling at a consistent 10 knots. Ragamuffin 90 was forecasting an ETA at the finish line in Subic Bay, The Philippines of around two days, five hours meaning early Friday evening. That would be some way short of the current race record of 47 hours, 43 minutes.
Ernesto Echauz, Standard Insurance Centennial skipper and two-time race winner, was also in buoyant mood. “It is highly competitive race, with excellent sailors and scientific strategies. To win the key components are teamwork, equipment and good routing.” As the only Philippines entry, Echauz knows his crew will receive a warm welcome at the finish in Subic Bay.
“The long term forecast is for it to go light but that’s the South China Sea at this time of year,” explained Alex Johnston, Sailing Manager of organizers the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC). It is going to be a very tactically challenging race.”
MORE SAILING HISTORY – Here is some great footage of the Scows being sailed in 1939. Again, check out the sailing style and the claim they can sail at 20 knots in a blow… we believe it! Enjoy
VOR – The first team to officially qualify for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race is Dongfeng Race Team. Confirmation came direct from Jack Lloyd, Race Director of the Volvo Ocean Race that following the team’s recent 18 day training voyage, Dongfeng Race Team has met the official qualification requirements of sailing 2,000 nautical miles non-stop with 60% of the crew members for Leg 1 onboard.
Although it is great to be able to put a ‘tick’ in the box for this particular milestone in the preparation for the start, the predicted challenges continue for the team as Liu Xue and Yiran Zhang have decided to step back from the opportunity of joining the final race crew:
‘Obviously I’m disappointed,’ explained skipper Charles Caudrelier, ‘These are two men we hand picked who had the right attitude and the right level of experience. But the race will be unlike anything they’re ever done before and I understand their choice, even though I am disappointed. It is what it is and this is the Volvo Ocean Race and if you suffer from sea sickness that you can’t overcome or you feel that you’re not up to the challenge, now is the time to say.’
Nonetheless the performance of the four other Chinese crew – Kit, Horace, Wolf and Liu Ming – has been encouraging as they dealt with the demanding conditions on the training leg. These four will now go on to sail on board the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng alongside the Western pro crew during the transatlantic from Newport, USA to Lorient, France in late May. ‘We will be in full ‘race mode’ on the transatlantic,’ said Team Principal, Bruno Dubois. ‘And this will be another big step on the learning curve for our Chinese crew but the more we sail with them, the more we see their potential and feel convinced that for the next race and in future editions, Chinese sailors have a great future in the demanding discipline of offshore racing.’
Liu Xue and Yiran Zhang will remain part of the Dongfeng Race Team programme for now inside the support team. ‘Being a part of Dongfeng Race Team has been incredible,’ said Liu Xue. ‘It’s been an incredible experience sailing alongside the professional Western sailors but it’s just not right for me. Luckily l wasn’t sea sick like some of the others but I still know I have a choice to make and I no longer wish to be in the running for the final race team. I’m thankful for this rare journey I’ve been on and I will support the team every step of the way.’
The team are now looking forward to the transatlantic that will be one of the most testing parts of the training process for the crew but will ensure that the right team are in place come October. The VO65 Dongfeng is being shipped from Hong Kong to the United States on the 22nd April, arriving around the 20th May.
CATAMARAN SAILING HISTORY – Here is another classic film on sailing in 1950 – Check out the ‘babes on waves’ in this promotion of the fastest sailboat in 1950. They even tow a surfer behind the boat! Anybody know who disigned it? – we’re guessing Rudy Choy – not because we know but Rudy was the catamaran designer in Hawaii in the 1950′s – in fact – is that Rudy on the helm? Check it out and post your comments above in the upper right of this post.
C-CLASS FOILER – The future of sailing is here as more and more designers and builders are coming out with high performance foilers – here’s another one – a production C-Class platform and wing for the average guy – For info CLICK HERE.
YOUTH SAILING – The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy welcomed superb sunshine, big waves and a fresh 15-18 knots as racing ramped up on day two of the RYA Youth National Championships yesterday. Check out the re-cap above.
All classes took to the water as planned and completed the full schedule of races, with standout performances coming from the 29er race course with Gillies Munro-Daniel Harris and Ruth Allan-Alice Masterman mirroring each other’s performance in their respective flights, while Sam Barker-Ross McFarline stormed to success in the Spitfire.
Scottish 29er sailors Munro and Harris revelled in today’s gusty conditions out on race course area C to take an emphatic three races wins and a fifth, elevating themselves from 42nd into the podium positions at the close of play today.
“It was nice, lumpy and bumpy weather today which we love — it was great sailing so Weymouth definitely gets a thumbs up today. The wind was absolutely amazing, we really enjoyed the wind and the big waves and just had a seriously good day!” expressed Harris.
“Clean starts and then just going for absolute boat speed upwind made a massive difference today. Spotting the gusts was also crucial, there were some pretty big ones which came through so making the most of them is what made the difference.”
Both 17-years-old and members of Royal Findhorn Yacht Club, the Scottish due competed at the 2013 event at Largs Sailing Club, Scotland, and finished just outside the top ten in 11th.
“Our aims coming into this regatta was to just smash the starts and have a good consistent regatta. We also want to finish a place higher than last year so a top ten would be great. We are just going to take it one step at a time, one race at a time and see how we get on,” concluded Munro.
After an impressive opening day for Allan and Masterman yesterday, the duo continued to dominate their 29er flight with an imposing three races wins and fifth to cement their position at the top of the 29er leaderboard, opening up a ten point cushion over Munro and Harris before being split into Gold and Silver fleets for tomorrow’s racing. Owen Bowerman-Morgan Peach occupy third.
The full list of results from day two can be found here.
AC NEWS – As we posted earlier today of the 5-year suspension of AC sailor Dirk de Ridder we have to question if the jury (pictured above) went to extreme. We think they did. For a great story and analysis of the situation Sail-World nails it. CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY.
C-FLY FOILER – We have posted stories before on the C-Fly – This foiler is different than the others as they claim to have made an anti-pitchpole ocean going foiler system – Here is the latest update as told by Peter Kenchiington www.c-fly.co.uk
“Imagine a sailing boat that overcomes all of the practical and technical challenges of hydrofoil sailing:
-Cannot pitch-pole capsize (By design and proven)
-Sails in both flat and rough open water – Designed for offshore sailing
-Sails in light and strong winds
-Sails in both displacement and hydrofoil mode
-Sails without any form of active electronic control system, mechanical flaps or wands i.e. auto-stabilised
-Designed for maximum stability, speed, safety and high average speeds; cruising 25-40kts
-Conceptualized, designed, developed, tested and conforming to aerospace industry standards by leading aerospace engineers
-Benefits from greatly reduced drag, providing (at least) a 10 knot advantage over existing craft
-Ensuring very high average speeds in most conditions
Very smooth motion (or ride) providing much reduced fatigue of crew, equipment, rig and hulls.
-Elevated ‘flight’ means freedom form wave action and pounding.
-Cruises faster than an America’s Cup 45ft catamaran at full tilt (27 knots)
-Can set new and beat existing offshore sailing records. Creating new and acquiring existing trophies.
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BARCELONA WORLD RACE - Alex Thomson Racing (ATR) and sponsor, HUGO BOSS are pleased to announce that their new boat is complete and on the water as of 4 April 2014.
Previously named Virbac Paprec 3, this boat has an impressive history which includes placing 4th in the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe after losing its keel, 1st in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race, 2nd place in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet, and 1st place in the 2010 Transat Jacques Vabre.
ATR acquired Virbac Paprec 3 for Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes to compete in the upcoming 2014-2015 Barcelona World Race. The team have spent some time refitting and modifying the boat to include a new keel and HUGO BOSS branding. The boat is simply known as ‘HUGO BOSS’ and the ATR team look forward to taking the vastly improved speed machine out on the open ocean from Gosport, UK to Rhode Island, USA next week in preparation for the New York to Barcelona (NY-BCN) race in June.
The new boat is set to depart 22 April 2014 to Newport, Rhode Island where the OCEAN MASTERS New York to Barcelona Race will take place on 1 June 2014. This will be the first event run by Sir Keith Mills’ Lausanne-based Open Sports Management (OSM), commercial rights holder to the IMOCA class and will be supported by the Fundacio per la Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB) and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV).
The start of the transatlantic race itself will be off North Cove Marina on Sunday, 1st June. Competitors will sail pass the Statue of Liberty before exiting New York Harbour. The 3700 mile course crosses the North Atlantic, passing through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean, where crews will have to negotiate a tactical 525 miles along the Spanish coast before reaching the finish.
The prize giving will be held in Barcelona on 20 June 2014. En route competitors will be out to better the 12 days, 6 hours and 3 minutes course record set by Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer aboard the IMOCA 60 Estrella Damm in 2010.
The ‘HUGO BOSS’ boat will be led by Pepe Ribes and American co-skipper, Ryan Breymaier upon Alex Thomson’s announcement that he will be unable to take part in the NY-BCN race this year due to his wife’s pregnancy and conflicting due date.
Alex said: “This is a bittersweet situation for me; although I am disappointed that I cannot take part in the NY-BCN, I am thrilled that we will be having our second child. I had committed to competing before the official race date had been announced but it turns out that my wife’s due date will conflict and my family must come first, so, as to disrupt the team as little as possible, a replacement co-skipper had to be found. We searched long and hard but found Ryan Breymaier, who will now accompany Pepe Ribes as co-skipper.”
Alex will be with the boat for its delivery to Newport and up until its departure to Barcelona.
ATR’s new American co-skipper, Ryan Breymaier will now complete the NY-BCN alongside Pepe Ribes and is excited about having the opportunity. Ryan said: “I feel so fortunate to have been selected by Pepe, Alex and the rest of the team to take part in this race. I feel honoured to be the only American participant and plan to make both my country and teammates very proud.”
Finding the right co-skipper to accompany Pepe was a challenge and Stewart Hosford, Managing Director of 5 West and ATR commented: “This was not an easy task; finding a compatible co-skipper that has the skill, personality and mind-set to match the rest of the team is quite a challenge. That said, we have selected Ryan, are confident in his ability, and look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
YOUTH SAILING -2nd World Youth Sailing Week: Vela Garda Trentino organizes the largest international youth sailing event, unique in Italy with 1,750 young sailors from even 40 countries expected to race.
At Easter, on Garda Trentino, 10 days of great sailing dedicated to young people, thinking about sport, tourism and promotion of the territory: expected approximately 1,800 racers.
The sailing clubs of North Lake Garda, associated in Vela Garda Trentino with the goal of organizing international events that attract a very large number of athletes, coaches and team managers at Lake Garda, in Trentino, organize as first event in 2014 the second edition of the World Youth Sailing Week, planned during the 10 days before Easter.
The idea of this great event, created last year to strengthen the already existing single events on the territory and all dedicated to very young people aged between 9 and 18, sets up the world’s largest international youth sailing event organized in Italy with the participation of about 1,750 young sailors from even 40 countries, with a number of attendance equal to 100,000 people, considering the whole days spent between workouts and races not only of racers, but also of young athletes’ team managers and parents.
Each club involved, among Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole, will enhance the image of the territory along with that of sailing, a discipline that represents an increasingly important economic and tourist resource of the whole area. A synergy among clubs, (Circolo Surf Torbole, Circolo Vela Arco, Lega Navale italiana Sezione Riva del Garda and Fraglia Vela Riva), individual events and local authorities, which will take place from11th to 20th April under the aegis of Vela Garda Trentino, which will coordinate the activities distributed in the sailing clubs that are based in one of the windiest places in the world and that all the world envies us.
From 11th to 13th April the “double” preparatory to the acrobatic Olympic 49er Class, the 29er, hosted at the Circolo Vela Arco and committed to the organization of the 3^ 29er Easter Regatta, will mark the beginning of the regattas; about a hundred crews expected. The middle phase of the World Youth Sailing Week involves from 14th to 20th April “single” helmsmen engaged in the same period in two different classes, in two parallel events: at the Circolo Surf Torbole the windsurfing youth will be engaged for the 3rd Meeting Techno 293, the propaedeutic class to the olympics RS:X, where Italy has always excelled and represented an outstanding reference, thanks to the Olympic champion Alessandra Sensini, who created a youth movement worthy of her incredible victories.
As at every Easter at Fraglia Vela Riva the 32nd Meeting of the Garda Optimist will take place, the largest single-class regatta in the world, already certified Guinness World Records with almost 1,200 helmsmen on the water with the small Optimist boat, the school boat for excellence, which goes on forming the great champions of tomorrow. A show that leaves astonished all persons who will come to Lake Garda, a stretch of water that for a few days turns into a carpet of small sails! The record regatta, which joins the very high number of competitors to the equally high number of countries that oscillates between 30 and 40 depending on the year, is above all a big party that represents for competitors and team managers an unique experience, to be kept in their most important memories!
Vela Garda Trentino and Fraglia Vela Malcesine have teamed up to organise for the second World Juvenile Sailing Week the regattas for the Juvenile Laser 4.7-Laser Radial class together with the Laser Youth Easter Meeting (16th-19th April)!
All the up and coming athletes of international sailing will be involved during the 10 days leading up to Easter with the youngest of them competing in the 32nd Garda Optimist Meeting at Fraglia Vela Riva. The bigger ones will be competing on the preparatory classes which will eventually lead to their respective Olympic classes. The 29er (in preparation for the Olympic 49er), will compete at Circolo Vela Arco. The Techno 293 (in preparation for the Olympic RS: X), at Circolo Surf Torbole and the Laser 4.7 and Radial (in preparation for the Olympic F Radial and M Standard), at Fraglia Vela Malcesine. This project brings together the clubs of Upper Garda which regards sailing not only as a vital resource for young people, but also as a vital resource for the tourism of Garda Trentino.
The project looks forward to the organisation of World Youth Sailing Week and Garda Trentino Sailing Week, the first leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup and CICO, the Italian Olympic Class Championships for the Laser Standard and Radial and RS: X M and F.
EVENT WEBSITE CLICK HERE.
ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE – The race starts today as sailors from around the world sail from Hong Kong to Subic Bay.
On 7th April 1962, three yachts from RHKYC, one from Manila and one from Japan crossed the line at the start of the first China Sea Race. The yachts were escorted over the first 100 miles of their 600 mile journey by two minesweepers of the Hong Kong Royal Naval Reserve.
The finish was off Corregidor Island, crossing a line formed by vessels of the Philippines Navy, to be met by members of the Manila Yacht Club who had co-operated most generously with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in all the arrangements. Due to no radios being on board the yachts, Chris von Sydow’s Reveriecrossed the finish line after six days’ racing to find out that they were in first place.
The China Sea Race was subsequently held as a biennial event. In 1964 it attracted 12 entries and in 1966, 13, including the famous ketch Stormvogel. With each successive race, the event grew bigger. In 1968, it was included for the first time in the newly organised World Ocean Racing Championships and in 1972 it was officially recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Since then it has continued to attract interest and, as an undisputed Asian blue-water classic, has served to draw the attention of the international yachting fraternity to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
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VOR – Cem Boskurt is the CEO of Turkey’s largest medical device company and Volvo Ocean Race’s newest and most unlikely character. Call him ‘Gem’. That’s how it’s pronounced. Check out his story above.
AC NEWS – Footage from Artemis Racing’s March 2014 training session on San Francisco Bay. Team Manager Iain Percy, Skipper Nathan Outteridge and Trimmer Christian Kamp provide their thoughts on the camp; along with special guests Freddie Lööf and Niclas Düring.
AC NEWS – America’s Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder has been suspended from sanctioned events for five years by sailing’s international governing body, two people with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.
The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the suspension is being appealed.
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DESTOPNEWS – Destopnews N°16-The Sailing Updates–Full Edition
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CLIPPER RACE – The crew members of GREAT Britain, Henri Lloyd and Invest Africa have received their winner’s pennants for Race 10, Qingdao, China to San Francisco at a prizegiving ceremony.
The teams collected their pennants from Race Director Justin Taylor and Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston after the results were verified.
Justin congratulated all the skippers and crews for conquering the Mighty Pacific with a special mention going to the crew of OneDLL for rendering assistance toDerry~Londonderry~Doire during its Man Overboard incident.
He also commended the crew ofDerry~Londonderry~Doire for remaining calm and professional in recovering their Man Overboard, whilePSP Logistics’ crew were praised for their determination and persistence.
Race 10 was dominated by a high-pressure system in the final stages which slowed the fleet down and sawGREAT Britain victorious over Henri Lloyd.
“Henri Lloyd opted for an inshore route and paid the price. The breeze began to die and go behind it which brought slower boat speed than that for GREAT Britainwho managed to overhaul a 20 mile deficit and claim first place across the finish line under the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Justin.
“GREAT Britain managed to knock 16 hours off of the previous Clipper Race record set by Gold Coast Australiain the 2011-12 Race for the Pacific crossing, recording a time of 603 hours. This means they averaged 9.6 knots from start to finish.”
Henri Lloyd has gone back to the top of the overall leaderboard with 97.9 points, with OneDLL dropping into second place with 92 points after missing out on a podium in Race 10, coming in fourth position. GREAT Britain is back in third place with 86 points after its Race 10 victory, knocking Derry~Londonderry~Doire back into fourth on the overall leader board, just one point behind on 85 points.
GREAT Britain recorded its fourth win of the race. Henri Lloyd also gained two extra points for the Ocean Sprint and a further two points for the Scoring Gate.
Invest Africa also recorded its first Scoring Gate, adding on three to the total and the team stands in seventh place on the leaderboard after its third podium of the race.
The full race standings for all teams, excluding any Leg 6 penalty points, have been updated and can be viewed HERE.
GC32 – We have more video of the GC32 catamaran foiling in light winds. The boat is showing great performance since refitted with foils. Check out this upwind sailing in light winds. We want one!
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Check out this cool new trimaran design. A powerful and light multihull soon to get splashed! – FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE.