William Pank and Finlay Dickinson from Norwich School are taking a big lead into the final day of the RS Feva Worlds but they have already used their discard…
William Pank and Finlay Dickinson from Norwich School are taking a big lead into the final day of the RS Feva Worlds but they have already used their discard…
A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sebastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet…
A win in the final race confirmed a second OK World Championship title for Britain’s Jim Hunt…
Aussies Tom Crockett and Harry Morton are back in the lead of the 29er Worlds, now 16 points ahead of the French duo Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier…
In this episode the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup circus is at Sir Ben Ainslie’s HQ in Portsmouth and Saturday and Sunday saw close racing in front of the young Royals and an enthusiastic local crowd, while the Tour de France is in the mountains the French sailors are racing in the Med, Phil Tufnull has the words on the British Olympic Sailors and we get to see the real talents in the team, David Witt skipper of the new branded super-maxi “Scallywag” which is getting ready for the new owners first race the Land Rover Sydney-Gold Coast Race, the Gazprom European Dragons are in Saint Petersburg and Day 1 of the RORC Brewin Dolphim Commodores’ Cup and the French are showing that they are a contender…
(July 29, 2016; Day 1) – A tight battle in the final denouement of the circumnavigation is playing out across the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet, with constant trimming and little sleep in the North Sea.
After a downwind start with spinnakers trimmed in light airs against the tide off Den Helder on the Dutch coast yesterday, the fleet has been match racing across the North Sea towards the Thames Estuary.
There is little opportunity for tactical moves and the timings of tacks are crucial if teams want to make any vital gains and avoid slipping a place.
The standings have been changing regularly in the final fight for points and ultimate leaderboard positions.
As of 0700 UTC, Derry~Londonderry~Doire was in the lead, with Visit Seattle 0.32 nautical miles behind, and LMAX Exchange 1.87 NMs behind the leader in third.
Even if Derry~Londonderry~Doire win Race 14 and the 12 points, it will not be enough to knock LMAX Exchange off the top of the overall leaderboard and prevent it being crowned the champion tomorrow as the team is currently only two places behind in third.
Rich Gould, Skipper of IchorCoal, in fourth place, described the start and ensuing race so far in his final blog of the circumnavigation.
“The last race start of this epic journey certainly did not disappoint. A downwind line start is always an exciting one, with all boats hoisting and setting kites as the final gun goes.
“What followed was a short kite run, pushing for shallow water to try to hide from the foul tide. The team did nothing short of an epic job and we certainly gained a few places in the short distance that we ran the kite for. As the course came round it was time for the Yankee 1 and staysail to go back up and the kite to come down.
“The whole fleet compressed and fought to windward in the light breeze, again trying to remain in the shallower water to avoid the foul tide. Lots of crossing amongst the whole fleet, with only a few feet between boats at times certainly made for a high adrenalin, memorable final race start.
“It now seems the fleet have split in to two distinct groups. Many of the fleet, ourselves included, find themselves in the situation of the result of this final race having a direct link to the final standings of the whole round the world race so it’s going to be nail biting stuff,” added Rich.
On board Derry~Londonderry~Doire, a good start and hoist of the medium-weight spinnaker meant that team was soon into first place coming off the start line.
However, a question over which buoy was the correct buoy to go around meant Skipper Dan Smith made a small detour dropping its kite, re-rounding buoy “T1” not “TX1” and re-hoisting its lightweight spinnaker and re-joining the pack.
Skipper Dan Smith explains: “This dropped us back from first to last but a shifting light wind and great work from the crew allowed us to work our way back amongst the top few boats.
“LMAX Exchange was putting its Skipper Olivier’s match racing skills to good use and it became apparent that no amount of quick or sneaky tacking was going to allow us to break free from LMAX Exchange’s cover so we focussed on sailing fast, got into some clean wind and have since been able to sail our own race.
“We are currently approaching the second mark of the course and will soon turn south west towards the entrance to the Thames where we’ll have sandbanks, tides and 11 other yachts all eager to win into London and boost their overall result to contend with,” Dan added.
Qingdao Skipper Bob Beggs’ team is in fifth place as he match races his team’s leaderboard competitors. He described the final race: “It has been a long night with few of the crew getting much sleep. As we occasionally cross tacks with our competitors we can see the crews all lined up on the windward rails.
“Qingdao is joint fifth on points with Da Nang – Viet Nam, Mission Performance, and ClipperTelemed+ they are all just behind us but there is still some hours to go with fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place still to be decided in the next few hours,” Bob added.
Will Derry~Londonderry~Doire win Race 14, its fourth overall race win of the series?
The fleet is expected to start finishing the circumnavigation off Southend Pier from 1800 BST. Keep on eye on our social media for updates.
The Race Viewer will poll every 30 minutes throughout Race 14.
To read more about the Race 14 course, route and battle for points, click here.
To see all the details and timings for the London Race Finish and Parade of Sail on the River Thames, click here.
Background: The 40,000 mile Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race began in London, UK on August 30 for the fleet of twelve identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The series is divided into 16 individual races, with the team with the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew.
The fleet is now on the final 198 nm leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Den Helder, The Netherlands to London, UK.
The ports along the race route are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Albany, Sydney, Hobart and Airlie Beach, Australia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Qingdao, China; Seattle, USA; Panama; New York, USA; Derry-Londonderry, Ireland; and Den Helder, Netherlands before returning to London by July 30.
Source: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
All Images CVBErquy – Stage 2 Full gallery at cvberquy.org/costa/photos/2016/etape2/? Stage 1 & 2 Results: cvberquy.org/costa/resultats/2016/
When diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, the Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a forced 13-year hiatus. From Tuesday, January 24 through Friday, February 3, 2017, the storied event, also known as Key West Cuba Race Week, is scheduled for its ninth edition, or if counting backward, its second consecutive running since U.S travel restrictions to Cuba were lifted. Full report.
A recent blog post by Dr. Jeff Masters got the entire weather community thinking: Could there be a Category 6 hurricane?
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale currently runs from Category 1 through Category 5, and Category 5 is classified as 157-plus mph. But how far above 157 mph could the winds go while still being considered Category 5 wind speeds?
Last year, Hurricane Patricia reached maximum sustained winds of 215 mph in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on those 1-minute maximum sustained surface winds on Oct. 23, 2015.
The storm set records for maximum strength, rate of intensification and rate of weakening. It recorded the second-lowest minimum central surface pressure on record, bottoming out at 872 millibars, just shy of Typhoon Tip in 1979, which reached 870 millibars.
While not quite as strong as Patricia, Hurricane Wilma in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico in October 2005 reached maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. The storm’s central pressure dropped to 882 millibars, still a record low in the Atlantic Basin.
Hurricanes Patricia and Wilma featured winds well above the 157-mph criteria of a Category 5 hurricane. But should either of those storms be considered a Category 6?
The only way that is possible is if the National Hurricane Center (NHC) decides in the future to adjust its Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Future Category 6 Hurricanes?
In his blog post, Masters analyzes research that was published in Natural Climate Change in 2015 by Kerry Emanuel of MIT and Ning Lin of Princeton University.
The scientists ran hurricane models within six different global climate models, and the results were mind-boggling.
The results showed that three vulnerable areas of the world are at risk for a “high-end” Category 5 tropical cyclone by the end of the 21st century due to the Earth’s changing climate: Tampa, USA; Cairns, Australia; and the Persian Gulf.
These potential Category 6 hurricanes may be up to 14 times more likely by 2100, according to the study.
The worst-case potential future hurricane put out by the climate models for the Tampa Bay area is unlike anything ever seen – maximum sustained winds of 233 mph with a minimum central pressure of 830 millibars, traveling parallel along Florida’s Gulf Coast, producing a devastating 36-foot storm surge.
Those wind speeds are comparable to the EF5 tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011, except the damage would be along a swath 22 miles wide rather than only a few hundred yards.
While this seems unfathomable now, with continued unchecked planetary warming leading to warmer ocean water, it’s not out of the question a hurricane this intense could form later in the century, potentially landfalling in a heavily-populated, storm-surge vulernable city.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, held July 22-24 and won by British America’s Cup challenger Land Rover BAR, can be viewed July 30 in the USA as a one-hour highlight show broadcast on NBC Sports at 1:00pm ET.
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Great action shots and interviews with top sailors in the Solent’s premier biennial regatta, the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup – Video here
John M. MacCausland, known to most of the Star community as Big Mac, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 (1933 – 2016). Big Mac was more than just a Star sailor. It has been said that, “Big Mac was the Star Class.” He was passionate about it and his life work revolved around Stars.
John’s passion for sailing was ignited during his childhood summers at the Jersey shore where he raced small one-design boats. He began sailing Star boats in the 1960s, achieving great success in District 2 regattas and International events. He finished third in the 1984 North Americans and won a daily race award at the 1973 World’s.
John also served as North American Class Vice President during the 1980’s and 1990’s. During this time, he organized many continental championships, and set a new standard for excellence for Silver Star events. He was instrumental in updating many Star class rules to modern standards.
In addition to racing Stars and working behind the scenes at the Class, he ran a family-owned Star boat supply business. In the 1980s and 1990s, Big Mac’s van was a staple at Star events providing parts and service. But it was not the parts he provided that made his business special, it was the time he invested with each sailor. Whether you needed just one cleat or a whole new rigged mast, he was there to help and offer advice because he loved the Star. Many Star sailors enjoyed seeking Big Mac’s counsel and advice.
In 2006, the Star Class awarded John the Harry Nye Trophy for his years of outstanding service to the Star Class. He was passionate about improving the Star Class for all sailors – from the weekend lake sailor to the World Champion. He truly loved the sport.
In his racing days, John was a competitor and a gentleman on the water. In his administrative capacity with the class, he was attentive to details and always fair. In his business, he was a professional that went the extra mile. To his friends and family, he was loving and fiercely loyal and always ready with a good practical joke.
Many will miss Big Mac, but know he is glad to be back with the only thing he loved more than Stars, his wife, Ruth.
They wake up first and go to bed last. When athletes fail it’s their fault, when succeed they usually get no credit…
Quantum Racing stand on the threshold of their third regatta win of the season after sailing to their fourth win today…
The One-Design 48 WhoDo, owned by Erik Owen of Northport, Michigan, was refloated after sinking during the stormy Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Full report and photos.
Scallywag is a 100′ Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man…
Dublin, Ireland (July 28, 2016) – After three days of light winds at the KBC Laser Radial World Championships, it was all change today when fresh westerlies blew up ideal championship conditions of 15–20 knots and over for the Youth and Mens fleets. With qualifying complete, the massive 229–boat boys fleet is now split into gold, silver, bronze and emerald divisions for the final two days of the regatta. American Henry Marshall, ninth overall at the 2015 World Championships, leads the boys after eight races by 13 points. Full report.
Like a cat playing with a mouse, the wind knocked the fleet from side to side before showing a bit of tooth and claw…
Hamburg, Germany (July 28, 20165) – Hamburg’s River Elbe offered a narrow course, passing traffic, high walls, shifty light winds and strong currents for the fleet on the opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series. Despite the conditions, Morgan Larsen (USA) led the Oman Air team to first both races to take the early lead. Full report and video.
(July 28, 2016) – Comanche, the 100 foot racing yacht owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark, has successfully set a new monohull transatlantic record of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds.
Comanche had left New York (USA) on July 22 at 20:58 UTC in hopes of breaking the monohull transatlantic record from West to East (Ambrose Light Tower to Lizard Point) of 6 days 17 hours 52 minutes and 39 seconds, set by Mari Cha IV in October 2003.
At 12:19:41 UTC today, Comanche passed Lizard Point (UK) to complete the 2,880 nautical miles route to beat the previous record by 1 day, 3 hours 31 minutes 14 seconds in a total elapsed time of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds at an average speed of 21.44 knots.
Comanche’s owner Jim Clark said: “Comanche was built to break ocean records and the guys have once again powered our fantastic fat-bottomed girl to another title. I am so proud of the entire team and everyone involved in the entire program from top to bottom, the best in world, getting the best out of Comanche. Perfect harmony, and Kristy and I are over the moon.”
Comanche had been on standby for a number of weeks waiting for optimum conditions to slingshot across the Atlantic, managing a fluid rota of over 30 world class sailors on standby over a three month period, primed to be ready at a moment’s notice. On July 21, the team was moved to a ‘green’ as world class navigator Stan Honey alongside skipper Ken Read, agreed that this was the time to go.
With Comanche skipper Ken Read committed to TV commentating at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in England, the world class crew was led by team leaders Casey Smith, Tony Mutter, Richard Clarke and Navigator Stan Honey. Due to other commitments, Comanche was also missing regular crewmen such as Kelvin Harrap, Warwick Fluery, Jimmy Spithill and Ryan Godfrey (see full crew list below).
Ken Read concluded: “This latest record is testament to Jim and Kristy’s vision. This is the culmination of six years of hard work and a huge team of experts offshore and onshore all working as one. I never had any doubt this crew would deliver the goods – the boat was in perfect condition and the only thing that would scupper the record would be Mother Nature. Luckily she didn’t throw a spanner in the works and this team have once again proven why they are some of the best in the business.”
The weather window promised fast conditions with strong winds, great angles and flat seas all the way to Europe. And overall it delivered, enabling the team to tear across the Atlantic in record time, using only manual powered winches and hydraulics.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing, the crew encountered some cold, foggy and squally weather with some nail biting lighter patches that kept them all guessing and hoping that they could stay in the same weather system for the duration of the crossing. They also encountered the danger of ice ensuring the team remained on high alert making the trip, and the record, even more of an achievement.
Quotes from the boat:
Casey Smith: “What a boat! Now we have got the 24 hours record, the Sydney Hobart, and now the transatlantic. What a boat! Awesome!”
Stan Honey: “There are only about two weather windows a year where a monohull can make it all the way across the Atlantic in one system, and we found one of them. Beating this record by more than a day is above my expectations and I am delighted.”
Tony Mutter: “To achieve something like that, it is important to be fast and reliable. I am happy for all the people involved in this project from the very beginning up to now.”
Richard Clarke: “Delighted. Awesome trip, I have been loving every minute of it. Now I am proud of the accomplishment for the boat and for the team.”
Pablo Arrarte: “I think this is something big. I don’t think anyone will beat it in the near future.”
Shannon Falcone: “This was sort of the Everest of the whole Comanche program, and I am both proud and delighted to be part of it.”
The record continues to illustrate Comanche’s pedigree since the Supermaxi was launched in October 2013. Comanche has taken line honors in all races but one entered and currently holds four ocean records.
The new record must still to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Council.
Photos by Yann Riou:
In 2015, Comanche set the 24 hour monohull distance record of 618 miles as they raced across the Atlantic (at an average speed of 25.75 knots). Comanche crew for the Transatlantic Record Attempt:
Casey Smith (AUS), Boat Captain
Stan Honey (USA), Navigator
Tony Mutter (NZL), Trimmer
Dirk de Ridder (NED), Main Trim
Chris Maxted (AUS), Boat Crew
Jon von Schwarz (USA), Grinder
Juggy Clougher (AUS), Bow
Julien Cressant (FRA), Pit
Nick Dana (USA), Bow
Pablo Arrarte (ESP), Runners
Pepe Ribes (ESP), Bow
Peter van Niekerk (NED), Trimmer
Phil Harmer (AUS), Grinder
Richard Clarke (CAN), Runners
Robert Greenhalgh (GBR), Main Trim
Shannon Falcone (ATG), Grinder
Yann Riou (FRA), Media
Source: Tim Kelly, Camilla Green
The US supermaxi Comanche is fast closing in on the finish of her attempt on two world sailing records…
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The Rio 2016 One Person Dinghy (Laser) fleet will welcome a bumper 46 boats, making it the largest fleet at the Olympic Games. When racing starts on August 8, on the Escola Naval course, a large percentage of the racers will start with high hopes and great expectations.
Laser sailing will see some of the closest, compact racing of any of the Olympic fleets with each sailor receiving a supplied boat, ensuring an even playing field. With races scheduled for inside and outside Guanabara Bay, it will see the best all-round sailor conquer.
2015 and 2016 World Champion Nick Thompson (GBR), London 2012 silver medalist Pavlos Kontides (CYP), World #1 Philipp Buhl (GER), World #2 Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and 2015 Olympic Test Event winner Francesco Marrai (ITA) will all be major contenders.
However, there is one name on the list of athletes that shines brightly and has achieved more than the entire fleet put together.
Stand up, Brazil’s own Robert Scheidt, one of his country’s most successful Olympians who will carry the hopes of his nation on his shoulders at Rio 2016.
Scheidt is bidding to become the most decorated sailor in history by winning six consecutive medals at six Olympic Games. In fact, this feat, in any sport, has only been achieved once by Hungarian swordsman Aladar Gerevich who won medals at six consecutive Olympiads from 1932 – 1960.
Scheidt won gold in 1996 and 2004 as well as a silver in 2000 in the Laser. He moved into the Men’s Keelboat (Star) after Athens 2004 and won silver in 2008 and bronze in 2012. He stepped back into the Laser in 2013, winning the World Championship for the ninth time.
At 43, Scheidt will be the oldest competitor in the Laser fleet and has signified that the 2016 Olympic Games will be his last. Racing in his home nation, in front of a partisan crowd, Scheidt has an opportunity to engrave his name into Brazilian sporting history for the perfect send off. The 46-boat fleet only includes one other Olympic medallist, and in the pressure pot of Olympic sailing, Scheidt knows how to reach the top.
“The fire, for sure, keeps burning,” explained Scheidt, “I would really like to get one more medal and I think the mental part is really important at the Games because the pressure is huge.
“Everybody knows they only have that week and that one shot. I’m in a pretty comfortable situation because I’ve already medalled five times. I’ve done all of that. The experience counts a lot and I think I am going to be able to be mentally strong at the Games which will be an important thing.”
A sailor’s mentality at an Olympic Games is vital. Tom Slingsby (AUS) entered the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as overwhelming favourite in the Laser but things did not go his way. Four years on, older and wiser with Olympic experience behind him he won gold at London 2012.
Great Britain’s Paul Goodison was in with a shot of a medal at his first Olympic Games, Athens 2004, but narrowly missed out. Four years later, at Beijing 2008, he stormed to gold.
With Scheidt’s ‘I know how to get it done’ attitude, he can be considered a favourite, especially as strong, leading contenders like Great Britain’s Thompson, Australia’s Tom Burton and Italy’s Marrai, who all have various accolades, will be sailing at their first Olympic Games.
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Laser sailing will commence at 13:00 local time on Monday 8 August at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but what’s the history of the one-person dinghy, where does its roots lie? Well we’ve done all the hard work to provide you with the answers…
Previous Olympic Medalists
The first ever Olympic medal in the Laser was won by Brazil’s Robert Scheidt at the Atlanta 1996 Games after a dramatic start line duel with British rival Ben Ainslie. Sydney 2000 saw Ainslie’s revenge, as the Brit match raced the Brazilian for the Gold. Following Ainslie’s switch to the Finn for the Athens 2004 quadrennial Robert Scheidt dominated the class and ultimately made a triumphant return to the top of the podium – his second Olympic Gold medal. Scheidt then switched classes to the Star, leaving another Brit, Paul Goodison, to take Gold at Beijing 2008. London 2012 saw a long-awaited gold for Australia, after years of strong Australian performances Tom Slingsby was finally able to capture the top step for the boxing kangaroos.
Recent World Champions
The Rio 2016 quadrennial kicked off in Oman where Robert Scheidt (BRA) announced his return to the Laser in style by taking his ninth Laser World Championship title. Nicholas Heiner (NED) won in 2014 but the Rio 2016 quad was really dominated by Nick Thompson (GBR) who took third place in 2014 and followed it with back to back World Champion titles in 2015 and 2016.
Life as an Olympic Event
The Laser never fails to deliver drama to proceedings. Five Olympic sailing competitions have seen it all; fierce rivalries, winner-takes-all match racing, surprise upsets, Olympic firsts and of course some of the closest racing on the Olympic sailing program.
The Laser was introduced to the Games as an open class for the 1996 Quadrennial. The simple single-person dinghy already had a cult following of thousands all over the world and inclusion was almost viewed as a forgone conclusion. In 2004 the Laser was changed to from open to men’s lightweight equipment following the inclusion of the Laser Radial as women’s single person dinghy for the 2008 cycle.
The Laser’s low cost means it has the widest pool of nations competing of any Olympic Sailing Class and it’s not unusual to see sailors from nations that aren’t traditionally viewed as big sailing nations on the podium.
What’s it like to sail?
Deceptively simple. The Laser is known as a boat that’s easy to sail badly. Laser sailing and racing presents a unique set of physical and skill based challenges. At the top level it’s a physical class, requiring a very high level of core fitness in order to endure the hiking and body-torque techniques essential to get the boat moving fast.
Short History of the Class and Key specs
The Laser is a 4.19m long, 56.7 kg hiking dinghy with a single 7.06 m2 sail. While not the most high performance class at the Games the Laser probably has the most enthusiastic following.
Tim Sadler and Richard Sault holding a convincing lead so far after winning the first two races of the Enterprise National Championship…
Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points.
Dublin, Ireland (July 27, 2016) – Wexford Boat Club’s Ronan Wallace leads the KBC Mens Laser Radial World Championships at the halfway stage of the competition. In the boys division Howth Yacht Club’s Ewan McMahon has produced a stand out performance after five races to be in third position in the biggest fleet of the competition. The girls fleet sailed three races today leaving them only two behind the full programme. Norway’s 18–year–old Caroline Rosmo leads her 76–boat fleet with three race wins from four starts. Full Report.
Puerto Portals, Spain (July 27, 2016) – Two hard earned wins for Quantum Racing elevates the team which is steered by owner Doug DeVos to a lead of four points ahead of Azzurra at the 52 SUPER SERIES’ Puerto Portals Sailing Week on the Bay of Palma. The two teams which have shared all championship title wins over the first four years of the 52 SUPER SERIES, two apiece, started Wednesday locked on the same points aggregate. But Quantum Racing were on imperious form around the windward-leeward and coastal courses which were contested, winning both. Full Report.
(July 27, 2016) – Comanche, the record-breaking 100ft yacht owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark, looks set to conclude their transatlantic record bid at Lizard Point (UK) on Thursday July 28. The latest ETA puts the Supermaxi at the finish point around 12 PM UTC (1 PM BST), which would see the experienced crew secure another major ocean record. Full Report.
Den Helder, Netherlands (July 27, 2016) – The final race of the global circumnavigation series, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Race 14 from Den Helder to London, starts tomorrow in The Netherlands. It’s going to be one of the most nail-biting yet with just six points separating the top two teams when there are still twelve points up for grabs. Full Story.
Two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Charlie McKee is in his first quad as High Performance Director for the US team as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck spoke with Charlie about Rio and beyond.
Let’s discuss what is needed to get ready for the Rio Games.
There’s always the psychological component when you go somewhere and you feel out of your element. That’s when it’s not as easy to perform. Then, for the Olympic Games, people often take the strategy that they’re just going to pretend it’s just another regatta. But that’s just not realistic or possible. It really isn’t.
This is an area we’ve spent a lot of thought on from day one, and Josh Adams has been very strong about this, that our people are going to be comfortable and confident in Rio. While none of that wins you medals if you’re not good enough, it does give yourself a chance to perform well. Becoming comfortable on land and on the water are two areas that we have covered pretty well.
We have a few people who qualified for the Games who have not spent much time in Rio, but they are now making up that deficit as much as possible. We’re definitely not taking the approach of just training the people up and then we go to the Games. And frankly, most countries are taking the same approach we have. We’re pretty organized and we were lucky that some of our top sailors from early on believed that too and have spent a lot of time there.
Those sailors that have spent a lot time in Rio like it there. They like going to Rio; they like sailing there. And that all gets lost in all the news reports about Rio’s water quality. The fact of the matter is they’ve been running regattas for 50 years in Rio and they’re still running regattas, and our sailors sail there are a lot, and the more our sailors go there, those are the ones that like it the most and are the most comfortable there. And we know that puts you in a frame of mind to be successful. We have also benefited from a good training base that is away from the chaos of downtown Rio. It’s quieter, calmer, and safer which has helps us be more productive.
The 2000 Games in Sydney rotated the events amongst a number of quite different race course. That is the plan for Rio too. The knowledge needed must be quite extensive.
Sydney is the best example. That was the first Games where they as a matter of policy, moved different events to different courses, and the differences between the different courses was extreme in terms of conditions. Rio’s exactly the same way.
Racing outside Guanabara Bay is nothing like racing inside. And even the different Rio inside courses are very, very different. One is extremely current oriented. The wind on another course is extremely influenced by being underneath Sugarloaf Mountain. One is sort of in the middle, influenced by both current and geography. Another has moderate shifts and small chop. It doesn’t take much of a course move for the conditions to drastically change. Our sailors will have to be ready for that wide variety of conditions. And that’s good. That’s going to make it a great Games.
Salinas, Ecuador (July 27, 2016) – The Lightning Youth World Championship concluded today. Team Brazil did not have to race the final, sixth race of the regatta as Felipe Rondina with crew Thomas Petrie Sylvestre and Christian Lacerda Shaw posted first place in each of the previous five races. Martin Cloos / Bautista Menendez / Lucas Elias from Argentina finished second with 28 points, in third was the team of Matias Dyck with crew John Birkett and Jose Andres Lecaro from Ecuador, 29 points.
The UK duo, Andy Smith and Tim Needham, carried the form shown in winning Keil Week last month into the first two races of the 505 UK national championships. With a first and a second place they top the leader board at the end of the first day. However, there is little danger of complacency in their boat, as defending World Champion, Mike Holt, crewed by Carl Smit, from the USA scored an emphatic victory in Race 1, and were never far away in Race 2, finally ending up fourth.
The conditions were just about perfect for the 96 boats that came to the start, with the earlier gloomy conditions giving way to a bright afternoon, with a solid 12 knot breeze across the race track in Weymouth Bay giving good planning conditions off wind. Others showing strongly at this stage include class stalwarts, Ian Pinnell and Alex Davies, and returning double World Champions, Mark Upton Brown and Ian Mitchell. The Danish team of Nikolaj Hoffmann Buhl and Henrik Buhl also showed good speed and if it had not been for a navigation error which caused them to round the wrong mark in the first race they would also have been up with the early leaders.
The UK championship is also serving as an amuse-bouche for the SAP Championship series starting on Saturday and running through until 5 August, which has over 140 entries from 14 different countries. Some of the leading contenders for the worlds are still either to arrive or are using the UK series as an opportunity to fettle their boats, so we can expect the competition to start hotting up soon. More here.
Jim Hunt has maintained his lead after a very tricky day at the OK Dinghy World Championships in Quiberon, France,
The all-but-extinct art of wooden shipbuilding and maintenance is alive and well in the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. Skilled craftspeople combine historic tools and methods with modern technology to preserve historic vessels of all kinds.
Published on Jul 27, 2016
To support the top-class sailing events, the government of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed to provide financial means…
Andy Smith and Tim Needham, carried the form shown in winning Keil Week last month into the first two races of the 505 UK national championships…
Australian 29er leaders Tom Crockett and Harry Morton extended their lead, after four races were sailed at the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik on Wednesday…