The start of the 2016 Atlantic Cup is just a few days away, and teams are getting ready in Charleston.
After the first official yacht race from the United States to Cuba under renewed diplomatic ties, a haggard fleet arrives to open arms.
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While “AC35” is over a year away, these are busy times for Paul Bieker and Oracle Team USA’s design team.
Medemblik, the Netherlands (May 25, 2016) – For Day two of 2016 Para World Sailing Championships, competitors saw a complete contrast from day one with very light wind that caused a shake-up in results across all Paralympic fleets.
With high winds on day one, on day two there were ups and downs, highs and lows with only a chosen few keeping consistency high at the top of their fleet in the light breeze on the Ijsselmeer. Whether you were a world champion, Paralympic medallist or Sailing World Cup winner it didn’t seem to matter today, inconsistency was coming for you.
It was anyone’s guess who would finish in what position for the Sonar as there was a mix of results from race one and race two throughout the fleet and an upturn in fortunes from the day one winds.
Australia’s Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden scored a 12,4. France’s Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary scored a 13,8. Day one leaders, Great Britain’s John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas could only post two seventh placed finishes, finishes that drops them down to second overall.
It was down to Lasse Klotzing, Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka (GER) and Rick Doerr, Bradley Kendell and Hugh Freund (USA) to restore some order with steady results. The German team took two second places to move up to third overall while Team USA went to the top of the leader board with a bullet and a third place.
As others around them seemed to struggle to some degree, the Americans chose a different tactic and used the conditions on offer to put in to action some things they have been looking to improve upon, and they seemed to work.
“It was light and tricky out there today, and having patience was the name of the game,” explains Kendell. “We also had two good starts which helped us out. We’ve been focusing on our starting technique for months now. We also were very aggressive in our weight placement and boat handling, with Hugh [Freund] and I moving around constantly.”
When it mattered at race time the movement and starting practice came to the fore and if the team can continue making the improvements they showed on the day they stand a very good chance of staying at the top and in and around the medals.
While Team USA had one of the bullets on offer the other was taken by Israel’s Dror Cohen, Arnon Efrati and Shimon Ben Yaacov. Not immune from the diversity of results, the Israeli’s slipped back to sixth in the second race but still feel that they improved from day one.
“Our day started good, then was medium, but we managed to pull up and get back in the game again at the end,” explains Cohen. “We had a good day compared to yesterday. We are looking forward to the next few days to just make it all work.”
They certainly did make it work in the first race chasing after something that was in short supply on the Ijsselmeer, the wind, “The guys who went after the wind got it and got to the first mark ahead, that was really the turning point. Whoever saw the wind seemed to get it while the others were just left standing. We did it very well in the first race but in the second we missed a little in the first upwind, but we managed to stay in the game.”
The shake-up in results has certainly left no clear favourite, and Cohen thinks that is the way it will stay throughout the regatta, with his team in with a shout come medal time, “We are happy, working hard, ready to compete and everyone is good here. Nobody is giving up and there are seven or eight boats that could win the gold and we are one of those, so let’s see what happens.”
Top of the SKUD18 fleet are Poland’s Monika Gibes and Piotr Cichocki who seem to have forgotten that there is a world championship on the line, or maybe it is the perfect tactic as the pair have performed consistently over the first two days scoring a 2,2,2,1.
Gibes and Cichocki’s coach, Grzegorz Prokopowicz, has got in to the mind of his sailors to do one important thing in Medemblik, as Prokopowicz explains, “We don’t think about winning a world championship, we think about having fun and sailing. It’s six more races and we all just want to focus and have fun.”
Talking about the bullet and second his team notched up, that word comes up again, “The day was great for Piotr and Monika, they enjoyed their time on the water and had a lot of fun in the races.”
Fun may be the focus of the team and the coach but at some point they will have to think about winning that championship gold if their consistency stays with them through the regatta.
Currently the Polish teams nearest rivals are Great Britain’s Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell who had a 5,2 for the day. With two fourth place finishes John Mcroberts and Jackie Gay (CAN) sit in third overall.
As well as a fight for medals, there is also a fight on to get to the Rio 2016 Paralympics as the Para Worlds is the second of two trial regattas for the USA SKUD18 teams. Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker are in eighth on the leader board but more importantly ahead of their compatriots Ryan Porteous and Maureen Mckinnon-Tucker who sit in 12th.
“We had some frustration today because we were winning the first race, which was cancelled,” said Walker. “After that, it was hard to stay on track, since the breeze kept petering out. We know and the fleet knows that we can be really good when we connect all of our good moments together and sail the way we know we can.”
With selection so close between the teams, Ryan Porteous will not have wanted to start his regatta being hit on the head on day one from a bit of freak bad luck. Porteous was flagged at the start of race one, caught an anchor line while doing a turn, hit the race committee boat and caught a blow from the boom. A DNF and a DNS is not the way you wish to start an important selection competition, but thankfully Porteous has come back to score a 14, 8 on day two. The selection battle lives on.
2.4 Norlin OD
Not to be outdone by the highs and lows of results in other fleets, Germany’s Heiko Kroeger started day two with a lowly 20th place only to come back and get a bullet in the next.
When talking about his own performance, the German just happened to sum up the day perfectly across the board, “Light and shade were so close together today.” He was spot on.
The light for Kroeger was that bullet, but he had to get through his shade to get there and it just so happened that in his shade there was no wind at all, as he explains half chuckling, “I mean the first race I just had no wind and boats overtook me from left and right. The only thing I could do was count the boats, that was it.” With the chuckle subsided Kroeger continues, “I was just unlucky in the first race. Sometimes you need 5% luck to make up the rest of the 95% from the race to get the result.”
Luckily for Kroeger the maths added up and thanks to his first he currently sits in third overall on 25 points.
Sitting above in second is Australia’s Matt Bugg who picked up a third and tenth on the day to give him 19 points total. Still ahead and in pole position is current world champion Damien Seguin (FRA). Considering the differences elsewhere the Frenchman would be relatively happy with a 4,5 to sit on 11 points.
Outside the top three and in ninth on the leader board you will find young gun Fia Fjelddahl (SWE). Arguably the rising star of the 2.4 Norlin OD, Fjelddahl was excited to come ashore with a bullet from race one in a very competitive fleet and will be hoping that can spur her on to push her way up the overalls with what is undoubtedly a confidence boost for the youngster.
Note: The Para Worlds are being sailed in conjunction with the Delta Lloyd Regatta on May 24-28.
Source: World Sailing, US Sailing Team
The Japanese sailor reached New York 14 days behind the Gabart who took line honours after a downwind sleigh ride…
Today’s conditions was strong southerly wind from morning which is not ideal for non-experienced sailors to handle Moth
When several of the America’s Cup teams descended on the 2014 A-Class World Championship in New Zealand, they brought with them that kind of professional approach that can leave a development class screaming in pain. But the class has seemingly survived their tinkering, with over 133 entries signed up to vie for the 2016 title. Gordon Upton provides this update…
The 2016 A-Cat World Championship will be held in the picturesque Dutch town of Medemblik, on the Western shore of the IJselmeer, on June 20 to 24. So, what can we expect this time? As a development class limited only by boat weight, length, width, and sail area, things can move on at a pace in the A-Cat world.
It was less than a year ago that Mischa Heemskerk unveiled his latest version of the decksweeper sail, and beat all comers by some margin, including the World Champion Glenn Ashby, at the Dutch Nationals last summer.
But then a few weeks later, Ashby had chopped up one of his sails, made it into a decksweeper and turned up at the 2015 Worlds in Punta Ala to get him back. There were only 4 decksweepers at that event, but all proved their efficiency in all but the really light stuff, where the Southern German lake sailors got up into the points.
But that was in September, and now poor old Ashby just 8 months later must return the perpetual for the 2016 title to be decided.
This year may be a little different as many of the top sailors, who are sailing on the foiling boats, have now all got their decksweepers, both with or without booms. So the playing field becomes a little leveler again.
Also, add into the mix the fact that builders Exploder, DNA, and Vision all have brand new re-designed platforms that have more optimized foiling positions and will allow the boat to foil earlier. Plus, with the Schuerer design having new foil packages too, the whole business goes up another couple of notches.
Rather like the first race of the new season in Formula One. No one is quite sure what is going to happen until the first start.
This year, alongside the usual suspects we will be seeing Darren Bundock, Ashby’s Olympic crewmate and former America’s Cup rival, who may be keen to show him who is top dog and would like to add an A Class Catamaran World Championship to complete his collection of the big four cat classes. He already has his name on the F16, F18 and Tornado trophies. – Read on
Nine Class40 teams representing the U.S., Canada, Sweden, England, France and Spain will start the 2016 Atlantic Cup on May 28. Originally set for 12 teams a month ago, and then 10 teams a week ago, the latest drop out was Louis Duc’s Carac which suffered damage in The Transat race.
The fifth edition of the race begins with a 648-nm doublehanded leg from Charleston, SC to Brooklyn, NY. From there, the second doublehanded leg starts June 4 for 360 nm to Portland, ME. The final stage on June 10-11 will have 6-person teams complete an inshore series of races in Portland.
The race’s first female duo is Oakcliff Racing’s Liz Shaw and Libby Greenhalgh. “We have had an excellent prep session, we are feeling really prepared with only have a few loose ends to tidy up,” remarked Shaw. “The competition is incredible, the organizers have done an incredible job of gathering competition from all over the world. It’s a dynamic fleet and we’re really excited to get on the course.”
For more on the Atlantic Cup: AtlanticCup.org
About The Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is, at 1,045 nautical miles, the longest offshore in the Western Atlantic. The Atlantic Cup was created and is owned by Manuka Sports Event Management. It started in 2011 as a concept event and grew to a multi-stage race. Since its inception, the Atlantic Cup has aimed to be the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. The race is sailed solely in Class40s, a monohull race boat designed for shorthanded racing.
The first doublehanded leg takes the fleet 648 nm to Brooklyn, NY, with the second doublehanded leg starting June 4 for 360 nm to Portland, ME. The final stage on June 10-11 will have 6-person teams complete an inshore series of races in Portland.
The Atlantic Cup ran annually in May from 2011 through 2014. After 2014, the race moved to a biennial event. The course in 2011 was a sprint from New York to Newport with an inshore series in Newport. From 2012-2014, the race was a three-stage event that started in Charleston, South Carolina included a stop-over in New York City and finished in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2016, the Atlantic Cup will continue to comprise of three legs, with stop-overs in Charleston, S.C., Brooklyn, N.Y., and for the first time, Portland, Maine.
Patience was the essential ingredient on the second day of regatta in Medemblik, which incorporates the 2016 Para Worlds
Along the race dock of Marina di Scarlino the nervous tension bubbled from morning right through until dockout time…
High School Sailing (Interscholastic Sailing Association – ISSA) concludes the spring Championship season with the Team Racing Championship, to be held May 28-29 in Anacortes, WA. The Baker Trophy, dedicated in 1990, will be held in Club Flying Juniors for the 12 schools which advanced from the seven U.S. districts.
The following schools advanced from their district qualifiers:
Northwest (1): Sehome High School (Bellingham, WA)
Pacific Coast (2): Point Loma HS (San Diego, CA); Newport Harbor HS (Newport Beach, CA)
New England (2): St. George’s School (Middletown, RI); Tabor Academy (Marion, MA)
Mid Atlantic (2): Christchurch School (Christchurch, VA); Severn School (Severna Park, MD)
South Atlantic (2): Antilles School (St Thomas, ISV); St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Midwest (2): Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest, IL); Minnetonka High School (Minnetonka, MN)
Southeast (1): Clear Falls High School (League City, TX)
Event details: http://www.hssailing.org/event/home/baker
by John Vigor, boating writer
The community of sailors has its fair share of bargain hunters. I think it’s reasonable to say that there are very few of us who haven’t at some time thought about finding a cheap boat, a boat we can update and renovate, and enjoy for next to nothing. The only problem is that it almost never happens that way. We never learn. A cheap boat seldom turns out to be a bargain.
There’s a fellow called Joe who used to live in Oakland, California, who related his experience on a boating website. Joe bought a Santana 22 with a trailer, a good hull, mast and boom, and several sets of usable sails for $500.
“I’ve spent two years working on the project so far,” he wrote. “I have invested somewhere close to $4,500 out of pocket, not counting storage, and now have a seaworthy (though not yet class-competitive for racing ) boat that I use on San Francisco Bay.”
During those first two years, Joe reckoned he worked on the boat for about 10 hours every week. He spent a lot of time rebedding hardware, adding epoxy plugs in the deck core all over the place and replacing a section of the aft bulkhead where fresh water had caused rot.
“That sounds like a short list,” he noted, “but the real list of tiny projects would go on for pages.”
Near the end of the project, Joe moved the Santana to a boatyard for a bottom job and to fair and repaint the keel and set up the rig. The big-cost items were the new rigging and the bill from the yard for the lay days while he did the work.
“I use a Johnson 6-horsepower two-stroke outboard, which I also bought cheap and rebuilt,” he said. “I never learn.
“I agree with others who have said that the Santana 22 is a great design. I also have to agree with others who have suggested that you should find a boat whose current condition and inventory of gear closely matches your ultimate needs. I take great satisfaction from the work I have done. I enjoyed the work, and it was a way to spread the cost out, etc., etc., etc. — but the investment required to do it this way completely overwhelms the cost of buying a boat in good condition and with adequate gear.”
Joe estimated that if he figured his own labor as an expense (even at minimum wage) and added that to what he’d spent, he could have bought three of the better Santanas in the Bay area for the same total cost — or he could have had a nice one in one-third of the time.
“I know this isn’t what any hopeful shopper wants to hear,” Joe concluded, “and I ignored the people who told me the same, but a cheap or free hull is not a bargain.”
John Vigor posts his boating columns to his blog on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
All images by Pavao Mirosevic / Murter Challenge 2016 — Report and pics sent by Drasko Andric.
Murter Challenge will surely become a classic raid in the future, the Croatian sailors keep looking for boats to expand their fleet, and they are willing to host sailors from Europe to share experience with this local growing fleet. The Croatians have the wind, the
I made it for race four of the Moth Worlds in Japan thanks to an awesome bunch of sailors from Keio University!
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – IchorCoal and Qingdao arrived in Panama on Wednesday morning (local time)
This English classic run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, is a weekend race starting at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes
British publication The Telegraph went about creating a list of the most dangerous places in the world to go sailing:
• Gulf of Aden – located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen, on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa.
• Straits of Malacca – between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
• Gulf of Guinea – northeasternmost part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean between Cape Lopez in Gabon, north and west to Cape Three Points in Western region Ghana.
• Margarita Island – largest island in the Venezuelan state of Nueva Esparta, situated off the northeastern coast of the country, in the Caribbean Sea.
• Cape of Good Hope – a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
• Point Conception – headland along the Pacific coast of California, located in southwestern Santa Barbara County.
• Cape Horn – southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile,
But not making the list was the Bermuda Triangle, which is no deemed no more or no less dangerous than any other region of water in the North Atlantic Ocean. Additional details here.
2016 52 Super Series – The 11 teams competing know only too well how important it is to make the best possible opening.
Three races kicked off the YANMAR Moth Worlds 2016 taking place in Hayama, Japan, 23-29 May 29th.
John Pounder was on water at Laser Standard Masters World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3.
LMAX Exchange and Unicef have joined ClipperTelemed+ and Derry~Londonderry~Doire in Panama today…
In five races, top three J/111s were less than 30 seconds apart and the winner of J/111 Class was decided on countback…
With nine teams lining up in Riva del Garda for the GC32 Riva Cup, the team is expecting some strong competition…
Tris are fast, but at this size for an offshore cruiser, comfortable wise and on reliability (amas connections) I would stick with a fast cruising Cat. In any case this Tri looks like a weapon. Rapido 60 Trimaran designed by Morrelli & Melvin. More info at www.rapidotrimarans.com
Here is the latest on the Melges family drama. As a victim of draconian court-mandated divorce custody restraints a few years ago, I know of the pain and despair that one can feel when the court decides to punish one side or the other. And they do punish. Always.
I don’t know what the full story is, but those of you who have been victimized by divorce lawyer whores and their whore master judges, certainly know of what I speak. Let’s hope this story has a better ending than the beginning…. – the ed.
A Lake Geneva woman found in Savannah, Ga., with her three young sons after the four were reported missing was charged Tuesday with three felony counts of interfering with child custody, according to state court records. Michalene Melges, 40, was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of contributing to truancy and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, according to the records.
Melges, along with Hans Melges, 14, Kristian “Max” Melges, 12, and Maverik “Buddy” Melges, 10, were reported missing Monday by Lake Geneva police. Michalene Melges rented a van in Lake Bluff, Ill. May 9, she and her sons were seen leaving their residence on May 10 and the van was returned to a rental company in Plano, Texas, May 13, according to police.
An arrest warrant was issued for her, and she and her sons were found safe Tuesday by Savannah police and FBI agents and taken into protective custody, according to a news release from the City of Lake Geneva Police Department.
Melges is the former daughter-in-law of famed sailor Harry C. “Buddy” Melges Jr. She and Hans Erik Melges were divorced earlier this year, according to state court records.
It’s the coolest competition in sailing, and our own Petey Crawford – the King Pimp himself – has hit the road to restore an old Melges 24 to ‘like new’ glory for the Pimp My Ride competition in association with Sailing Anarchy, a pile of sponsors, and the 2016 Miami Melges 24 Worlds. The saga begins today and runs all summer long. Who needs reality TV when we’ve got everythere right here on the interwebs?
When longtime Anarchist and now world cruiser BJ Porter joined Sailing Anarchy, his son was probably too young to talk. And now, a decade and a half later, Will Porter is now a Naval Architecture student and the author of one of the most interesting threads on the Sailing Anarchy Forums in some time. We’ll feature a new post from Will’s thread “Southampton Solent University Model Yacht Competition” all week, beginning with this one:
My design was one of the most unusual in the race because it had a wing sail (which took an extra 100 hours to build). It also is one of the only that use modular construction (think structure module like Francis Lee) and 3D printed parts. In addition, my boat was the only one designed entirely in 3D using Rhino because we’re not supposed to learn how to use that software until year 2.
My idea for that was to make the boat sail better upwind as that’s where all the points in the races are. It worked very well, apparently combining a skinny monohull with a wing gives good pointing ability. My boat sailed almost into the wind, the first race I started on the leeward side of the start line and finished first to weather of all the other boats. When I was testing the boat I had problems with it sailing so high the jib would collapse but the boat would keep going in a straight line into the wind. I think most of the time the wing was doing all of the work. You can see how high she was sailing in the photo below (relative to the ripples in the lake).
San Diego, CA (May 24, 2016) – The Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s spring nationals began today with the start of the Sperry Women’s National Semi-Final and Final Championship. Thirty-six college teams from across the U.S. set out on San Diego Bay, enduring a long day interrupted by squalls and shifting winds.
The Semi-Finals on May 24-25 divides the fleet into two 18-team regattas, with the top nine teams from each group advancing to the Finals Round – an 18-boat regatta on May 26-27. Entering the Nationals, the latest Sailing World’s College Rankings had Rhode Island and Coast Guard as the top two schools, and that’s how the results are looking after day one.
In the Eastern Semi-Finals, the University of Rhode Island Rams holds a 12 point lead on the fleet (after races 8A and 6B), while the Coast Guard Bears dominated the day in the Western Semi-Finals, building a 27 point lead (after races 6A and 6B).
But since the Semi-Final scores don’t roll into the Finals, it is all about finishing in the top nine to qualify. After day one, the bubble teams are Virginia and MIT in the East and Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Navy in the West.
Sail, eat, sleep, repeat. It was another great day of sailing for the Laser Standard Masters Worlds in Riviera Nayarit
The first event of the 2016 52 Super Series is getting underway in Scarlino, and 11 teams are bringing the heat for a shot at upsetting the reigning champs.
The early bird reduced entry to the 2016 UKGlobal Flying 15 Nationals at Hayling Island SC ends 30 May
About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says.
Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.
The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
It’s not clear if the increase is related to Brazil’s outbreak of the Zika virus. The Associated Press asked the question of the IOC in an email on Friday but did not receive an immediate response.
The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes, but can also be transmitted sexually. The virus is linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized brains and skulls.
The condoms will be distributed free from a clinic in the Athletes’ Village, or from vending machines. The village opens on July 24 with the Olympics opening on Aug. 5.
Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said between 100,000 to 150,000 condoms had been supplied at Olympics since 2000 in Sydney. The Sao Paulo paper, citing the IOC and local organizers, said the increase was not related to the Zika virus.
Source: Stephen Wade, Associated Press
In all 21 races were sailed with mixed fortunes throughout the fleets and many cold fingers and unforced errors.
ROBBERY: Spain’s Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Fernando Echavarri said he was fortunate to have escaped with his life after being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro as he and two fellow Spaniards walked to breakfast.
“We were a bit naive, a bit too daring and we are lucky to have survived,” said Echavarri while at Rio’s Olympic sailing venue to train for the Nacra 17 event. “We were too confident, and being confident in Rio is not a good thing.”
Echavarri and two other members of the Spanish sailing team were robbed Friday morning (May 20) when five young men – “not more than 16 years old,” Echavarri said – poked pistol barrels into the Spaniards’ ribs and chests. Full report.
POLLUTION: “We want an absolutely fair playing field; getting the rubbish out of the water,” said Andy Hunt, the CEO of World Sailing. “We don’t want to have any stories of sailors with plastic bags, or whatever it might be that in anyway impacts performance.”
There has been one big improvement so far: the new Marina da Gloria. The new marina building is sparkling, and the water is clearer just months after a new sewage system was installed to stop brown, untreated sludge from being poured into the small harbor. World Sailing is also attacking the problems it can see: spotting and collecting floating rubbish during the Olympic sailing events. Full report
SAFE SEX: About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied. The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex. Full report.
Hayama, Japan (May 24, 2016) – The YANMAR Moth Worlds got underway today in southerly winds of 5-10 knots. While the first race saw the lighter range, the second and third races were full foiling. Robert Greenhalgh (GBR), posting a 1-4-1, is currently leading the competitions. Fellow British sailors Paul Goodison and Chris Rashley follow in second and third. Winds are predicted to get stronger tomorrow with three races scheduled. Full report and video highlight.
The fourth stop on the World Match Racing Tour comes to Newport, RI where the field will be competing in the M32 catamaran off historic Fort Adams. With 17 of the 20 teams confirmed for the Tour event on May 30 to June 4, a qualifier on May 26-28 opens the door for eight teams to vie for the final three slots.
For those competing in World Match Racing Tour Newport, on the line is a USD 200,000 prize pool with USD 33,000 for the winner.
A former Olympic Yngling and Match Racing World Champion, American Sally Barkow and her all-female crew will be looking to improve on their last event two weeks ago in Copenhagen, where they finished sixth of 20 teams, claiming major scalps along the way.
Among the favorites for the Newport title is Taylor Canfield and his US One team. The US Virgin Islands skipper is the leader after three events, having won the Copenhagen event along with the season’s only monohull event, the Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA.
While match racers like Barkow and Canfield are working to master the M32 catamaran, the field in Newport will include skilled multihull teams seeking to grasp the match racing techniques.
At the first M32 Tour event in Australia, Hans Wallén (SWE) and Yann Guichard (FRA) were in the semi-finals by virtue of their cat skills. The pattern repeated at the second M32 Tour event in Denmark, with Iker Martinez (ESP) and Guichard advancing to the semi-finals with very little match racing experience.
In both events, the finals pitted match racers against cat sailors, with the match racers winning. But if you look at the scores of the two M32 events, it is Guichard’s team that leads the overall standings.
“The best match racers will always say if you win the boat race, there is no need to match race,” notes Dee Smith, who helped to coach Team New Zealand during the 2013 America’s Cup. “If the cat sailors learn how to match race before the match racers learn to sail cats, this could be fun to watch.”
Among the eight teams in the qualifying series for the remaining three of the 20 berths is a team led by Mark Mendelblatt, who has represented the US at the Olympic Games in both the Laser and the Star along with competing in the America’s Cup and on numerous big boat campaigns.
Further local match racing talent comes in the form of William Gammell, while also entering the fray are two of the original Rhode Island M32 owners and their teams: Malcolm Gefter and Michael Dominguez whose respective Lift Off and Bronco crews have the advantage of having had the longest tenure in the M32 class.
Organised in association with Sail Newport, the World Match Racing Tour Newport will be based out of Fort Adams State Park. The race course is located off downtown Newport, between Fort Adams and Goat Island.
Confirmed for WMRT Newport – May 30-June 4
Sally Barkow (USA)
Johnie Berntsson (SWE)
Taylor Canfield (ISV)
Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE)
Yann Guichard (FRA)
Matt Jerwood (AUS)
Iker Martinez (ESP)
Eric Monnin (SUI)
Chris Poole (USA)
Mattias Rahm (SWE)
Phil Robertson (NZL)
Nicolai Sehsted (DEN)
Keith Swinton (AUS)
Steven Thomas (AUS)
Evan Walker (AUS)
Hans Wallén (SWE)
Ian Williams (GBR)
Qualifier (Top 3 advance to WMRT Newport) – May 26-28
Michael Dominguez (USA)
William Gammell (USA)
Malcolm Gefter (USA)
David Gilmour (AUS)
Mark Mendelblatt (USA)
Torvar Mirsky (AUS)
Anna Ostling (SWE)
Chris Steele (NZL)
Mankind has been decimating oceans since the first hominid figured out how to sew a net, and the net effect on sea life – fish stocks a tiny fraction of their size just a few decades ago, coral reef and major species extinction, and worldwide pollution – has been horrifying. But one group of critters has not only dodged the bullet – they’re thriving nearly everywhere.
That’s the conclusion of a recent study in Current Biology, as reported by Gizmodo.
Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.
Okay, that last statement is probably pure paranoia. But it is a bit unsettling that cephalopods—squids, octopuses, cuttlefish—are booming, and scientists don’t know why. An analysis published today in Current Biology indicates that numerous species across the world’s oceans have increased in numbers since the 1950s.
There are plenty of theories to explain the “squid…squid…boom!” effect, but nothing concrete just yet. We urge our Anarchist cruiser/fisherman friends to add these tasty cephalopods to your onboard fishing target list – they’re mostly easy to catch compared to more gamey fish (the experience of reeling in a 10 KG giant squid on a rod-and-reel is a truly special one) and they’re a great source of protein. Octopus require traps or spears, but squid are almost everywhere and you can learn to catch them here.
We love the recent surge of historical recreations of famous trips; not only do they set out to verify important facts about history, but they introduce a typically diverse and young pool of landlubbers to the soul of sailing. The Hokulea project has been racking up the miles (most recently seen dockside during Charleston Race Week), but the Draken is even more up the SA alley.
While the volunteer crew was already chosen for the America 2016 voyage of this massive Viking replica (from over 4000 applicants!), you can still go and check her out when she visits the Canadian maritimes and then the Great Lakes this summer. And if you really want to sail aboard, here’s a tip from an old square rig mariner: Drop them a line anyway and let them know your background and availability. Typically, there’s some serious attrition on these voyages, and if you’re available, you might just get the call.
Tip o’ the hat to SA’er “Driftw00d”. Thread here.
Despite widespread doubt at pro racer Dee Smith’s disability, he passed whatever disability exam ISAF threw at him and has already been selected as the US Paralympic sailor for the 2.4 mR competition in Rio this summer. Medemblik, Netherlands is Dee’s first regatta since scoring the slot, and he started off his career as an Olympian today with a literal “Bang!”.
We don’t know what happened at all, but we do know what a huge hole in the pre-start on the starboard side of the boat means 99% of the time. See the title of this piece for more information…
Screenshot from Dee’s Facebook page.
Soft shackles made from Dyneema are lighter and stronger than stainless steel, they are also kinder to your boat and your hands. Yachting Monthly demonstrate how to make a soft shackle in 5mm 12-strand Dyneema. Video published on May 24, 2016.
As the internet evolved, a concern at Scuttlebutt World Headquarters has been how one design classes often do not have a long term plan to preserve their championship history. Here’s the frequent progression for one design championship events:
1) A unique event website address is purchased for 2-3 years.
2) The event uses the website for event communication.
3) When the event ends, the website address is not renewed.
4) The event information is gone when the website address expires.
On this subject, we published a report in Scuttlebutt 3752 (Jan. 11, 2013) which included three events as examples. Here is what we said three years ago:
♦ A recent announcement by the Melges 24 class regarding their 2013 World Championship noted the event website would be www.melges24worlds13.com. We predict this website address is temporary, and all the links that point toward this website will be useless in a couple years. Unless the information from this website is moved to another website, it will all be lost too.
♦ Let’s use the 2012 J/80 World Championship as an example. The event was held in Dartmouth, England on June 9-15, but that’s all we know about it. The event website has already expired: www.j80worlds2012.com
♦ This week we received an announcement from the Finn class regarding their 2013 World Championship, which the class refers to as the Gold Cup. The announcement noted that the event website would be www.finngoldcup.org/2013. We predict this website address is the permanent home for their championship information.
Did you click on the links? Only the Finn class passed the test. Three years later, have these classes made progress? Here are the links to their 2016 championship events:
Melges 24: The class has retained www.melges24worlds.com but it is unclear what becomes of the event history each year. Without an extension for each event, we are not optimistic.
J/70: No progress here. The 2015 Worlds website was www.j70worlds2015.com and the 2016 Worlds website is an extension of the host yacht club site. A class needs to control its information, not the host club.
Finn: The class continues to show good practices by hosting each year as an extension of their championship website: http://2016.finngoldcup.org
For additional thoughts about the Internet, events websites, and press releases, Scuttlebutt has collected valuable information that is indexed here: www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/tag/event-communication
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Australian competitors lead 3 of the 4 divisions at the Laser Masters World Championships
Clipper Race fleet are currently heading for Panama ahead of the transit of the Panama Canal, below are the latest ETAs.