http://www.sailing-islands.com/phuket… video is about Oscar, a monkey we know and meet every time we sail to the Butang Islands. At first you had to swim to him to give the banana but now he comes swimming out to get it… check out the teeth on Oscar!
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There were at least four different race leaders, but three teams withdrew from the race while in the lead. Seems there may have been superstition on their minds regarding victory in the Invitation Race.
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified two records set by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and 12 crew as they attempted to win the Jules Verne Trophy on the 40m trimaran Spindrift 2. Full report.
The fourth day of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships is underway in Clearwater, Florida, USA
A champion British kitesurfer is fighting for his life in a coma after his stunt went horribly wrong.
Since its inception in 1997, the Farr 40 Class Association has had an Australian presence, with Sydney now in the spotlight as it serves as site for the 2016 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship on February 16-19. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will host the renowned event for the second time with a talent-laden fleet of 12 boats slated to compete in the four day, 11-race event.
Victoria native John Calvert-Jones was one of the original owners and the past class president would skipper Southern Star to victory at the 2000 World Championship. Calvert-Jones, who received a tremendous honor when he was named the first Life Member of the class, was the first of many owners from the Land Down Under.
The class has seen many Aussie stalwarts with the list including Richard Perini, Neville Crichton, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Marcus Blackmore, Lang and Sue Walker, Lisa and Martin Hill, and current Australian Yachting president Matt Allen and wife Lisa.
Australia’s stature as a hotbed for Farr 40 one-design racing was solidified in 2005 when the International Class Association selected Sydney to host the 2005 Rolex World Championship. That move was inevitable after the fleet on the country’s East Coast grew considerably following construction of Farr 40-footers was established at McConaghy and later in Malaysia.
Perini steered Evolution to victory at the 2005 Worlds, nipping countryman Crichton and Team Shockwave via tiebreaker. Sydney again hosted the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in 2011 and this time it was Belgiorni-Nettis and the Transfusion team that came out on top.
The class continues to be active in Australia, evidenced by the number of boats still sailing and the strong season circuit that exists. A deep fleet of 10 boats recently contested the Australian Open Series with Transfusion taking the title.
“We are delighted to accept the role of hosting such a prestigious regatta,” commodore Richard Chapman said. “The Squadron has a long association with the Farr 40s, having hosted numerous major regattas – highlighted by the 2011 Worlds. We are looking forward to renewing friendships with many owners and crew who have previously sailed out of the Squadron.”
Headlining the fleet are three boats that have been battled-tested by many wars on the Farr 40 International Circuit – past world champions Flash Gordon 6 (2012) and Plenty (2014) along with multiple podium placer Struntje Light.
New York skipper Alex Roepers and the Plenty team enjoyed a dream season in 2014, winning the Circuit Crown then taking the Rolex World Championship on the waters of San Francisco Bay. Things didn’t go quite as smoothly last year as Plenty did not win an event and placed second to Groovederci by a mere one point at the 2015 Worlds.
Roepers said crew work and boat speed were not issues last season, noting that a lost protest doomed Plenty at the Rolex Farr 40 North Americans while a Z flag penalty for being over the start line early proved costly at the West Coast Championships. Plenty opened the circuit with a runner-up result at the Midwinter Championship and closed by coming up just shy of defending its world title.
“I prefer to look forward rather than backward, but the short story is that we were victims of a string of unfortunate events last season. We controlled all the variables we could. We just made some minor, but very costly mistakes,” Roepers said. “For the most part, we sailed the boat just almost as well in 2015 as we did in 2014. Other than a couple disappointing races, we put up winning score lines.”
Tactician Terry Hutchinson, jib trimmer Morgan Trubovich, main trimmer Skip Baxter and the rest of the team return intact with Roepers eager to make reclaim the crown. “We are as motivated as any team. Terry and the crew are in Australia as we speak fine-tuning the boat and sails,” said Roepers.
This will mark the second time Roepers has raced out of Sydney, having competed in the 2011 World Championship. “I am continually impressed by Alex’s ability to show up and sail the boat at a high level,” Hutchinson said of the Atlantic Investment Management founder.
Struntje Light closed the 2015 campaign on a high note, placing third at the Rolex World Championship that was held off Long Beach, California. German surgeon Wolfgang Schaefer, among the most popular and respected owners in the class, steered the boat to victory in three of 11 races while placing second in two others.
Plenty covered Struntje Light throughout the final race in order to protect a one-point lead in the regatta, but the tactic proved costly to both as Groovederci placed second to slip passed both in the final standings.
“We were pleased with how we sailed at the worlds and that was a great result for the team,” said Schaefer, who campaigns the boat along with his wife – Dr. Angela Schaefer. “It was very tight racing and the last race produced a photo finish. Rolex video showed us slightly ahead, but that does not count. That is Farr 40 sailing – very close and the regatta is never over until you have crossed the finish line of the last race.”
Schaefer is returning to Australia for the first time since securing victory in the Corinthian Division at the 2011 Worlds.
“This 2016 campaign will be a completely new game. Unusual for the European and American boats, this season will start with the Worlds and none of us have any idea how we will place in this fleet,” Schaefer said. “The Australian boats have already done most of their season and know where they stand. That is an advantage for them and an extra challenge for us that will make the regatta even more exciting.”
Coming off an impressive victory at the Australian Open Series National Championship, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Transfusion would appear an early favorite going into the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. However, Belgiorno-Nettis has been competing in the class too long to put much stock in that result.
“We have been working very hard to get the crew and boat organized. We are on the right path, but we are not there yet,” Belgiorno-Nettis said. “Flash, Struntje and Plenty are veterans of the International Circuit and I expect them to be the benchmark. We are very anxious to see how we stack up against them. Pre-Worlds is the last chance to really test ourselves and we will see what the standard is.”
Renowned tactician and four-time Farr 40 world champion John Kostecki, winning skipper of the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race aboard Illbruck Challenge, has come board Transfusion as tactician and helped take the team to another level.
“John is a very tough taskmaster who expects everybody to be at the top of their game and to perform their job capably,” Belgiorno-Nettis said.
Transfusion defeated Walker and the crew on Kokomo by five points at the Australian Nationals, which were held late last month. “While we are very happy with that win, the final score line is not indicative of how competitive the regatta was. We have not come close to reaching our peak, and that’s a good thing because we will need to be at our very best to win the worlds,” Belgiorno-Nettis said.
Estate Master, sailed by the husband-wife team of Lisa and Martin Hill, placed third at nationals – 11 points astern of Kokomo. Martin Hill called that result a “wakeup call” and said a revamped crew was not in sync.
“We went from first to last in one race because the spinnaker went over the bow, which was not good. We are working to get some of our old crew back for worlds in order to address that problem,” Hill said. “One positive we learned from nationals is that our boat is still fast.”
Veteran professional Chris Larson is calling tactics on Estate Master, which was runner-up to Plenty at the 2014 Rolex World Championship. The Hills sailed the boat to fourth place at the 2011 Worlds off Sydney.
“Chris is a very capable tactician and we fully expect he will get the crew mechanics sharpened. We have a lot of training sessions scheduled between now and worlds,” Hill said.
Hill noted that every race of nationals was held on short courses set inside Sydney Harbour while the world championships will include offshore racing of longer distances. Principal race officer Rob Ridley intends to utilize both the Manly and Macquarie circles on the Pacific Ocean to give the fleet some variety.
Ridley has been a race officer for all the Farr 40 national championships hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and acted as assistant to Peter Reggio during the 2011 World Championships. Ridley earned ISAF International Race Officer certification five years ago and has overseen many major events since doing so.
Commodore Chapman said prevailing winds off Sydney in February are from the northeast and range from 10 to 20 knots. However, cold southerly winds are not uncommon this time of the year while there is also the occasional westerly.
“Wind and sea conditions area quite variable and not very predictable,” said Jeff Carter, who skippered Edake to the Corinthian title at the 2016 Australian National Championship.
Carter took delivery of Edake two months before the 2011 Worlds and was not quite up to speed as a result. He’s a 10-year veteran of the class, having previously co-owned a boat.
“It has been a long haul. We have seen the back end of the fleet then the middle and now the front,” Carter said. “My team is really looking forward to the opportunity to compete in another world championship regatta. I have no doubt the international boats will set the pace, but the Australian class is very competitive. Our goal is to capture the Corinthian Trophy, but I would be ecstatic if we could find a way to finish in the top five.”
Source: Farr 40 class
In this episode we look at “What Went Wrong” in the 34th Americas Cup, Alex Thomson gears up for another Vendee Globe but will he make it, the Warren Jones International Regatta in Perth, the Millennium Cup in the Bay of Islands in NZ, and Sebastien Destmemau enters the Vendee Globe. It’s a “crashing” good show.
The 2nd annual SoCal 300 offshore race from Santa Barbara to San Diego will be the 3rd leg in the inaugural California Offshore Race Week. Video published on Feb 12, 2016.
San Francisco, CA (February 12, 2016) – A federal judge dismissed without prejudice an America’s Cup sailor’s claim that Oracle Team USA breached his contract by blaming him for a crewmate’s mistake, though the judge found it “difficult to imagine” how the sailor could successfully amend his lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge Vincent Chhabria found Wednesday that Matthew Charles Mitchell lacks standing to pursue the lawsuit he filed last year, but gave him 14 days to amend it.
Mitchell claimed that Oracle blamed him for nonparty Simeon Tienpont’s violation of the rules: adding weight to a race boat, in the form of resin.
Mitchell claimed “that the team’s failure to suspend or fire Tienpont caused Mitchell to become a scapegoat in disciplinary proceedings before the America’s Cup jury,” Chhabria wrote in his summary of the case. “In other words, Mitchell seems to believe that if the Oracle Team had suspended or fired Tienpont, the America’s Cup jury would somehow have treated Mitchell differently during disciplinary proceedings.
“But according to the allegations in Mitchell’s own complaint, as well as the exhibits he attaches to the complaint, the America’s Cup jury was aware that Tienpont added resin to the kingpost. Therefore, the Oracle Team’s alleged failure to suspend or fire Tienpont could not have caused Mitchell’s alleged injury.” (Citation omitted.)
However, Mitchell’s lawyer insisted on Thursday (Feb 11) that if Tienpont had been suspended or fired, the America’s Cup jury would not have gone after Mitchell. Attorney Patricia Barlow said it was significant that the judge’s order included to what the jury knew about Tienpont’s involvement.
Mitchell, who had been hired to help prepare for the 34th America’s Cup, sued Oracle Racing dba Oracle Team USA in July last year. He sought $400,000 in damages.
The main event in 2013, featuring 72-foot catamarans in San Francisco Bay, was preceded by the America’s Cup World Series, for which the Oracle Team prepared three 45-foot multihull race boats called AC45s.
Before the race, and official discovered that lead and resin had been added to an AC45. Mitchell claimed that his reputation was hurt and he was excluded from sailing in the first four America’s Cup races because Oracle Team did not suspend or fire Tienpont for the extra weight.
He said he did not perform any work on the kingpost, nor did he supervise Tienpont, who did do the work.
The kingpost is a sturdy post near the bow that rises above the deck.
After a two-day hearing in 2013, the America’s Cup International Jury decided that Mitchell probably participated in filling the kingpost with heavy resinous material.
Chhabria ruled on Wednesday that even if Mitchell had standing to sue, he cannot claim that Oracle Team acted in bad faith, or refusing to fire or suspend Tienpont constituted negligence.
“Mitchell’s employment contract with Oracle had nothing to do with the Oracle Team’s employment of Tienpont, so nothing that the Oracle Team did (or didn’t do) to Tienpont could have breached the Oracle Team’s duty to act fairly and in good faith in performing its contract with Mitchell,” Chhabria wrote. (Parentheses in ruling.)
Admiralty law gives employers the right to fire an employee unless it would violate a specific provision of the employee’s contract, and Oracle Team’s decision to retain Tienpont did not violate Mitchell’s employment deal, Chhabria said.
The judge concluded that Mitchell had not made a plausible claim that Tienpont’s continued employment caused Mitchell any actual harm.
Punitive damages were also taken off the table, because without substantive claims, Mitchell cannot seek them as a remedy.
Though Chhabria gave Mitchell 14 days to amend his complaint, he wrote that it would be “difficult to imagine how Mitchell could amend his complaint … to allege either standing or a legitimate theory of liability based on the Oracle Team’s failure to suspend or fire Tienpont.”
But attorney Barlow said Mitchell plans to press ahead.
“We have reviewed the order and we now have to explain how Oracle’s treatment of Tienpont would have caused Mitchell’s injury,” Barlow said.
Oracle Team’s attorney, Ashley Baltazar with Hanson Bridgett, did not respond to phone and emailed requests for comment.
Source: Courthouse News Service
Day 4 of the Nacra 17 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida, USA. Billy Besson and Marie Riou of France were back to form with a win in race 9
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has for decades served as the final arbiter on sports disputes throughout the world, ruling on thousands of cases ranging from trifling to momentous.
The court enabled Oscar Pistorius to run against able-bodied athletes, upheld the cyclist Floyd Landis’s doping suspension and prevented Luis Suárez from overturning his suspension from soccer for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup.
The court was involved in the case which resulted in Simon Daubney being the first person in the America’s Cup to be banned for drugs. The court also heard a case that impacted the results at the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta.
All Olympic federations and the World-Anti Doping Agency recognize the court’s supremacy, and athletes can compete only if they waive their right to bring sports cases to their national courts by signing arbitration clauses binding them to the sports court, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A speedskater from Germany, however, is on the verge of turning this entrenched system of justice on its head.
Claudia Pechstein, Germany’s most decorated Winter Olympian, has challenged the fairness of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a German court, and a ruling next month could drastically alter how justice is meted out in the sports arena.
If she prevails, athletes may be able to bypass international sports’ normal dispute-resolution systems and instead seek redress for their grievances through their national courts — a radical notion considering the vastly different justice systems around the world.
Full story in NY Times… click here.
St. Petersburg, FL (February 12, 2016) – The largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, opened its 28th season in St. Petersburg with 11 classes and more than 125 competing on Tampa Bay for the event’s top prize – a trip to the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Championship Regatta hosted by Sunsail.
Starting off slow, the races were delayed until 12:15 pm when wind finally filled the sails, ranging from six to 10 knots. The eight-boat, J/24 class completed three races and had stiff competition throughout the day. Travis Odenbach and his team aboard HoneyBadger currently sit in first place with five points, followed by Nobuyuki Imai’s team, Siesta, with five points, and trailing by three points in third is skipper Carter White and his crew aboard Sea Bag’s Sailing Team.
“The Japanese team is sailing really well and they were always right in front of us, which was a little frustrating,” said White, from Maine. “The key will be my wife, Molly, who is flying in tonight. She always makes our team better. We sailed the event last year, and always look forward to the warm weather when it’s four degrees at home.”
White added, “It was all fairly average sailing for us today, we have a new team member, Mike Miller, from Minnesota. He’s never sailed with us before so we were all just trying to figure out how to make it work. We’ll change up our technique and switch into our heavy air mode tomorrow and tighten turn-buckles, make sure everything is in ship-shape, tighten the main sheet and just go.”
The PHRF 1 class consisted of 11 boats. Wasabi, skippered by Jeff Rosen and Adam Marks, sits in first with four points, while David Ruark and Ed German’s Madcow2 has seven points. In third, Mike Bruno and his crew aboard Wings, have 10 points.
“We had a really nice leeward mark rounding today. We were sailing downwind, really close to a few boats. We approached on the right side of the mark and had inside. As we rounded, our takedown was better than the other boats, and we anticipated the current a little better,” said German. “We popped out and started to head upwind, and we were about 8 boat lengths ahead. We picked a lot up on them and never looked back. It was beautiful.”
“Our team has been sailing together for a long time. Everyone on the boat has been sailing together for at least four or five years, so we have it together,” added German.
To recognize exception individual performances in each boat class, NOOD Premiere Sponsor, North Sails, will present daily awards for the top three daily crews in each class. Additionally, on each Saturday of the season, North Sails will present the best performing local boat with an award for that day’s best racing. The final awards will be presented on Sunday, February 14, at the culmination of the event.
Day One Results:
Sonar (One Design – 9 Boats)
1. CAN 835, CAN835, Paul Tingley – 3 -1 -1 ; 5
2. Bandit, USA810, Andrew Fisher – 5 -2 -2 ; 9
3. Valiant, USA1, Rick Doerr – 2 -3 -4 ; 9
4. Tantrum, GBR748, Hannah Stodel – 1 -6 -3 ; 10
5. Spare Part, GBR747, Steven Palmer – 6 -5 -5 ; 16
6. Warrior Sailing Team , USATBD, Sammy Lugo – 4 -7 -7 ; 18
7. Misfit Toy Island Express, USA2, Ann Sager – 7 -4 -8 ; 19
8. Pingrrrrr, USA774, Susan Davidson – 9 -8 -6 ; 23
9. If, IRL8, Eugene Hinkel – 8 -9 -9 ; 26
J/24 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. HoneyBadger, USA5432, Travis Odenbach – 1 -1 -3 ; 5
2. Siesta, JPN5179, Nobuyuki Imai – 2 -2 -1 ; 5
3. Sea Bags Sailing Team, USA2785, Carter White – 3 -3 -2 ; 8
4. 2XS, USA3962, Mark Soya – 4 -5 -4 ; 13
5. J-Peas, USA451, Paul Anstey – 5 -4 -6 ; 15
6. Fat Lady, USA4159, David Mendelblatt – 6 -6 -5 ; 17
7. WOODJCHUCK, CAN3880, Matthew Jeffs – 7 -7 -7 ; 21
8. Shock Wave, USA2535, Seth Rosenthal – 9 -9 -8 ; 26
Lightning (One Design – 10 Boats)
1. Bad Larry , USA15255, Michael Zonnenberg – 1 -1 -6 ; 8
2. Somethind Good, USA14866, Bill Mauk – 2 -7 -1 ; 10
3. Go Broncos!, USA15265, Steven Davis – 4 -4 -2 ; 10
4. I’d Rather Be Lucky, USA14777, Eric Oetgen – 5 -3 -4 ; 12
5. Flying Circus, USA15512, Mark Allen – 8 -2 -5 ; 15
6. 14520, USA14520, Fisk Hayden – 3 -5 -7 ; 15
7. Still Running with Scissors, USA14044, Bill Wiggins – 7 -6 -3 ; 16
8. Rudy, USA14176, Willi Hofmeister – 6 -9 -8 ; 23
9. 15180, USA15180, Pamela Burke – 9 -8 -9 ; 26
10. Gen 5, USA14748, Jeffrey Hayden – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
A Cats (One Design – 24 Boats)
1. el Presidente, USA*320, White, Bailey – 1 -1 -1 ; 3
2. Hall Spars, USA*99, Hall, Ben – 3 -4 -3 ; 10
3. Exploder A14, USA*230, Hodges, Bob – 2 -3 -7 ; 12
4. ShackAttack, AUS*192, Marshack, Ken – 5 -5 -4 ; 14
5. OH Rodgers, USA*73, Rodgers, OH – 4 -8 -8 ; 20
6. Kiwi Magic, NZL*268, Burdett, Andrew – 7 -7 -6 ; 20
7. Woodscraft, CAN*44, Woods, Larry – 6 -10 -5 ; 21
8. Fabbys Xmas Gift, USA*342, Romey, Dustin – 8 -6 -9 ; 23
9. Bello, USA*357, Bello, Joseph – 24 -2 -2 ; 28
10. Niki, USA*309, Vining, Bill – 10 -11 -10 ; 31
11. A-Cat, USA*358, Vandenoever, Tony – 12 -9 -11 ; 32
12. Last Year’s Model, USA*108, Orr, Bob – 11 -12 -14 ; 37
13. Full Circle, USA*293, Roth, Ronald – 14 -14 -13 ; 41
14. Homey, USA*310, Cope, Woody – 9 -13 -25 ; 47
15. 18karat, USA*347, Cerf, Emmanuel – 15 -16 -16 ; 47
16. SteadyState, USA*332, Back, Terry – 24 -15 -12 ; 51
17. I dont’ name boats under 40ft, USA*290, Skeels, Mark – 13 -25 -25 ; 63
18. No Name, USA*308, Mitchell Warren – 25 -25 -15 ; 65
19. Entendre, USA*361, Rubin, Greg – 24 -25 -25 ; 74
20. Zhik USA, USA*294, Krantz, Mike – 24 -25 -25 ; 74
21. Furious, USA*231, Bird, Rush – 24 -25 -25 ; 74
22. ReBo #1, USA*22, Boyle, Ryan – 24 -25 -25 ; 74
23. Hallspars Barracude 2, USA*143, Herendeen, Mark – 24 -25 -25 ; 74
24. USA 369, USA*369, Jordan, Boyd – 25 -25 -25 ; 75
A Cats Classic (One Design – 10 Boats)
1. Hall Spars, USA99, Ben Hall – 1 -1 -1 ; 3
2. ShackAttack, AUS192, Ken Marshack – 2 -2 -2 ; 6
3. Fabbys Xmas Gift, USA342, Dustin Romey – 3 -3 -3 ; 9
4. Last Year’s Model, USA108, Bob Orr – 4 -4 -5 ; 13
5. SteadyState, USA332, Terry Back – 11 -5 -4 ; 20
6. No Name, USA308, Warren Mitchell – 11 -11 -6 ; 28
7. USA 369, USA369, Boyd Jordan – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
8. ReBo #1, USA22, Ryan Boyle – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
9. Furious, USA231, Rush Bird (M) – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
10. Entendre, USA361, Greg Rubin – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
A Cats Foiling (One Design – 14 Boats)
1. el Presidente, USA320, Bailey White – 1 -1 -1 ; 3
2. Exploder A14, USA230, Bob Hodges – 2 -3 -5 ; 10
3. Kiwi Magic, NZL268, Andrew Burdett – 5 -4 -4 ; 13
4. Woodscraft, CAN44, Larry Woods – 4 -7 -3 ; 14
5. OH Rodgers, USA73, OH Rodgers – 3 -5 -6 ; 14
6. Joseph Bello, USA357, Joseph Bello – 15 -2 -2 ; 19
7. A-Cat, USA358, Tony Vandenoever – 8 -6 -8 ; 22
8. Niki, USA309, Bill Vining – 7 -8 -7 ; 22
9. Full Circle, USA293, Ronald Roth – 10 -10 -9 ; 29
10. Homey, USA310, Woody Cope – 6 -9 -15 ; 30
11. 18karat, USA347, Emmanuel Cerf – 11 -11 -10 ; 32
12. I dont’ name boats under 40ft, USA290, Mark Skeels (M) – 9 -15 -15 ; 39
13. Zhik USA, USA294, Mike Krantz – 15 -15 -15 ; 45
14. Hallspars Barracuda 2, USA143, Mark Herendeen – 15 -15 -15 ; 45
J/70 (One Design – 23 Boats)
1. Sea Bags Sailing Team, USA248, Will Welles – 2 -1 -2 ; 5
2. Savasana, USA96, Brian Keane – 1 -4 -3 ; 8
3. Stampede, USA086, Bruno Pasquinelli – 5 -5 -1 ; 11
4. Menace, USA4, Kerry Klingler – 4 -3 -4 ; 11
5. Victura, USA404, Allan Stern & Bill Walker – 6 -2 -8 ; 16
6. USA 25, USA25, Geoff Becker – 3 -9 -5 ; 17
7. Hot Mess, USA397, Rob Britts – 7 -8 -9 ; 24
8. Africa, USA179, Jason D’Agostino – 15 -6 -6 ; 27
9. 167, USA167, Brendan Feeney – 8 -7 -12 ; 27
10. Wind Czar , USA899, Richard Lehmann – 10 -13 -7 ; 30
11. lil’ Grizzly, USA37, Charles Bayer – 13 -11 -11 ; 35
12. Tea Dance Snake, USA381, Peter Bowe – 9 -12 -16 ; 37
13. Zombie, USA382, Kristen Robinson – 18 -10 -13 ; 41
14. 378, USA378, Jeff Schaefer – 11 -15 -15 ; 41
15. Spring, USA157, Dave Franzel – 12 -17 -14 ; 43
16. Sail22 fäle, USA322, Ed Furry – 14 -21 -10 ; 45
17. DangerMouse, USA357, Taz Coffey – 16 -14 -18 ; 48
18. Down The Line, USA363, Kristen Berry – 17 -16 -20 ; 53
19. Maverick, CAN813, Rich Jones – 21 -18 -17 ; 56
20. Bazinga!, USA6, Kevin Kenny – 19 -20 -19 ; 58
21. White Rabbit, USA345, Steve Kiemele – 20 -19 -21 ; 60
22. Taipan SB, USA36, Lloyd Karzen – 22 -22 -22 ; 66
Melges 24 (One Design – 9 Boats)
1. USA 505, USA505, David King – 1 -1 -2 ; 4
2. OBSESSION, USA587, Gary Schwarting – 2 -5 -1 ; 8
3. Decorum, USA805, Hunter Ratliff – 3 -3 -4 ; 10
4. The 300 , USA839, Steven Boho – 5 -2 -5 ; 12
5. Hermes, USA610, Tony Stanley – 4 -6 -7 ; 17
6. Wicked Witch, USA719, Joe Blouin – 8 -7 -3 ; 18
7. Rippin, USA736, Frank Davenport – 9 -4 -6 ; 19
8. Firewater, USA687, George Haynie – 6 -8 -8 ; 22
9. Apex, USA419, Kent Picknell – 7 -9 -9 ; 25
S2 7.9 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Matros , USA520, Bryant/ Gamache – 3 -2 -1 ; 6
2. Rebel496, USA496, John Spierling – 6 -1 -2 ; 9
3. Hunting Party, USA448, Mark Gutteridge – 1 -4 -5 ; 10
4. Scratch, USA544, Paul Latour – 2 -6 -3 ; 11
5. Unborrowed, USA497, Kevin Lemonds – 4 -7 -4 ; 15
6. ALZYK, USA508, AL Wolczyk – 7 -3 -6 ; 16
7. Straight Up, USA518, Jeffrey Danhauer – 5 -5 -7 ; 17
8. Zoom, USA221, Marino Garci – 9 -8 -8 ; 25
PHRF 1 (PHRF – 11 Boats)
1. Wasabi, USA39523, Adam/Jeff Rosen/Marks – 2 -1 -1 ; 4
2. Madcow2, USA46453, David/Ed German/Ruark – 3 -2 -2 ; 7
3. Wings, USA80, Mike Bruno – 4 -3 -3 ; 10
4. Morning Glory, USA41035, Robert/Leslie/Paul Hobbs/Fisher/Silvernail – 1 -4 -6 ; 11
5. Warrior, USA42341, Grant Dumas – 5 -5.5 -4 ; 14.5
6. Tack Tick, USA11, Michael Siedlecki – 7 -5.5 -5 ; 17.5
7. J Hawk, USA46625, David Arata – 6 -9 -7 ; 22
8. Fire & Ice, USA83198, George Cussins – 8 -7 -8 ; 23
9. Eagle’s Eye, USA1, Blair McCarthy – 9 -8 -9 ; 26
10. Shazaam, USA52910, Roger Gatewood – 10 -10 -10 ; 30
11. curragh, USA11, Peter Tuite – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
PHRF 2 (PHRF – 12 Boats)
1. Semper Fi, USA152, Raymond Mannix – 1 -6 -1 ; 8
2. Bay Wolf, 40177, John Brennan – 5 -1 -2 ; 8
3. Alliance, 734, Glaser Barry – 2 -2 -4 ; 8
4. Attractive Nuisance, USA97083, Jamie Myers – 3 -4 -3 ; 10
5. Fully Involved, USA97925, Steve Vincent – 4 -3 -10 ; 17
6. Meltemi, USA40787, Alexander Korakis – 6 -5 -6 ; 17
7. Family Circus, USA40429, Robert Wetmore – 7 -9 -5 ; 21
8. Back Off, USA29, Tony Barrett – 8 -7 -8 ; 23
9. Volcano, USA7170, Donald Rychel – 9 -8 -7 ; 24
10. Project Mayhem, USA97921, Steve Young – 10 -10 -9 ; 29
11. SOWILO, 21519 / 581, Pete Weld – 11 -11 -11 ; 33
12. Salsa, USA110, Michael Richardson – 13 -13 -13 ; 39
Report by Robyn Sheckler.
During a stroll between Le Conquet and Roscoff on the Brittany West coast battered by storm Imogen from Christophe Launay. Check out all the shots.
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin made the best of a light airs day three at the Nacra 17 Worlds in Clearwater, Florida, to move to third overall after the young Australians scored 5,4,1.
Day three of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, FL kicked off sunny with 4-8 knot winds allowing everyone to breath a sigh of relief with finally a full day of racing on the car
(February 12, 2016; Day 24) – As the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enters the final stages of the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race, the teams continue towards various waypoints on the route, enjoying comfortable sailing conditions along the way. Visit Seattle and Mission Performance continue their journey south, while the other ten boats are now all northbound.
Having faced a tough beat out of Rio in Race 2, and again out of Albany towards Sydney in Race 4, heading windward towards Da Nang, is proving much easier to manage for the teams, as Qingdao Skipper Bob Beggs explains: “Well, they say gentlemen never go to windward, but if they do, they should do it as we are doing today. The sea is flat with no waves and the wind is from a constant angle and steady. We are heeled over but comfortably so and helming isn’t a struggle.
“Our medium weight spinnaker has been refurbished yet again by round the world crew members Sophie Dummer and Jane Harvey, after getting wrapped around the forestay several days ago and is ready for the next hoist on the run to Da Nang.
“The weather forecast is much the same over the next few days as we beat our way up the course. Easy sailing and we best enjoy it because the race to Qingdao is measuring up to be a tough one,” added Bob, whose team currently lie in fourth place.
The front three teams remain the same as yesterday with GREAT Britain and Garmin leading the chase to catch Derry~Londonderry~Doire which has been the front boat for the majority of Race 7.
Overall Clipper 2015-16 Race leader LMAX Exchange is in fifth place, followed by Da Nang – Viet Nam, heading to its home port where Skipper Wendy Tuck and her crew know a rapturous welcome lies in wait.
Despite a dramatic spinnaker wrap a few days ago that caused ClipperTelemed+ to temporarily suspend racing in order to rectify, the team maintains seventh place, ahead of IchorCoal. Skipper Matt Mitchell says: “Another day glides effortlessly by as we make sedate progress upwind in an easing breeze and a flat sea. We are around 230 nautical miles away from Virtual Mark 4, at the rate we are going that will take 48 hours to reach.
“We have managed to hold on to seventh position and somehow managed to make up a bit of ground on sixth, despite the foul currents and wind. The deck is a quiet place to be with just the susurration of the water against the hull.”
For the teams, knowing that they are not far from Race Finish in Da Nang which will mark the completion of the seventh of this fourteen race series, many of them are reflecting on the highs of this global endurance challenge. Darren Ladd, Skipper of IchorCoal says: It’s sometimes easy to forget what beautiful surroundings we are in and how enjoyable sailing can be for the mind and body. The good ship IchorCoal is making reasonable upwind speed, the heel angle is a manageable 25 degrees and life could be a lot worse.
“The midday meeting was a positive one. The stage of the trip has been reached where requisitions are in and a plan for the maintenance jobs in Da Nang, Vietnam are well underway. There is a stock take going on in the galley and a general relaxed air of a content crew around the boat,” Darren continued.
“Our tactics are straight forward enough. We are going to tack our way up the rhumb line, using the localised wind shifts to gain any advantage we can. It means more tacking, but it keeps the crew out of mischief and we all get a spell on the low side. Winner, winner!”
PSP Logistics has joined the beat northwards and Unicef has Virtual Mark 1 to round before doing the same. The first teams are due into Da Nang on 17 February where an action-packed and fun-filled stopover will begin in this first time Host Port.
The Race Director intends to manage the length of the race to try and ensure that the yachts arrive on 17 February which is the first day of the arrival window. He expects most yachts to arrive on this date.
As you will have noticed on the Race Viewer, with the new course and teams crossing paths, the Current Race Standings table may not always be exact so please refer to the map for more accurate positions.
*Positions correct as at 0900 UTC.
Report by event media.
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 departed Australia on January 18 for the 6,070 nm leg from Whitsundays to Da Nang, Vietnam, with the fleet expected to arrive between February 17 and 21.
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 late July.
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Apparently feeling the effects of 10 years of bottom paint testing, Practical Sailor editor Darrell Nicholson riffs on Charles Darwin, barnacle sex, and organ envy in this report…
While gathering data for this month’s bottom paint report, my research, as often happens, took a strange turn. There clearly is something about the whiff of solvents and fungicides that stirs my neural cells into a minestrone soup. I became obsessed with fouling organisms, those small, crusty invertebrates that arrive uninvited, latch on to our boat’s hull and call it their home.
The oceanic equivalent of implacable in-laws, they addled me to no end. Do they ever stop eating? Do they ever sleep? Why won’t they leave my boat alone? Their unrelenting click, click, clicks on the hull kept me up at night. An obsession bordering on madness set in. My only comfort was that barnacles on the brain can have interesting side effects, like an idea that changes our view of the world.
For seven years, long before his famous voyages aboard HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin immersed himself in the study of barnacles, and with each passing year, he became more and more confounded. Rebecca Stott describes Darwin’s almost single-minded obsession with the barnacle in her compelling book “Darwin and the Barnacle.”
To a sailor, it’s no wonder why a nineteenth-century scientist would dedicate himself to the study of something so small and seemingly insignificant. Even today, in the age of slippery, high-speed ships, the tiny creatures induce fuel-guzzling drag that peels away shipping profits. During Darwin’s time, more than swift passages were at stake. How many ships were lost at sea for want of an extra knot? – Full report
by Norm Schultz, Trade Only Today
Manning the Discover Boating center at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show surely reminds me that Hispanic families like boating and that they are an important target market for boating’s future growth.
It might be more apparent in Miami where more than 61 percent of the population is Hispanic, but many areas around the country boast large communities. In fact, there are already more than 25 key Hispanic markets in the U.S.
In the Discover Boating center here, we get the chance to talk with so many Hispanic families that show manager Cathy Rick-Joule arranges for a Spanish-speaking assistant in the display. And if there’s any doubt Hispanics are interested in boating and fishing, just spend an hour in this exhibit.
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More specifically, the average Hispanic mobile user consumes 658 minutes per month on their mobile plan. This is far more than the average 510 minutes per month for consumers overall. Compared to other ethnic groups, they are highly loyal customers, too, least likely to switch and change. It clearly suggests that Hispanics stay with brands they like and with which they are familiar. Their high usage of mobile devices provides a lucrative opportunity for those dealers in the mobile space.
Targeting the Hispanic market makes sense on many levels. For example, Hispanics will represent more than 50 percent of the population growth in the nation by 2020 and nearly 85 percent of the growth by 2060. In addition, their current $1.4 trillion spending power will only grow. – Read on
The 2016 World Championship for the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX – the three fastest Olympic sailing events – is February 9-14 in Clearwater, FL. Over 120 teams from more than 37 countries will be competing in front of the Pier on Clearwater Beach. Here’s a report from February 11…
The third day of the championship marked the first day that all three fleets completed multiple races. A light and variable breeze filled in mid-morning, and did not exceed ten knots at any stage of the day. Nevertheless, race organizers worked hard to complete as many races as possible, and get a regatta previously plagued by extreme conditions back on track.
After no races yesterday, the 49er men rigged up and got after it early launching to make a 10am start. After one general recall, one race was sailed in a slowly dying 5-7 knots, with a third of the fleets getting DNF due to the almost non-existent pressure. After a two hours delay, a building sea breeze allowed the boys to sail three more races for a total of four today before the 49erFX ladies were sent out mid-afternoon to complete four races.
US 49er team Judge Ryan and Hans Henken had an impressive day on the water, recording three scores in the top six over four races and jumping over thirty spots to 14th place overall and top North American. “Today was about not being forced to tack early,” said Henken. “It was hard holding a lane because there was a lot of current. For us, it was a day of focusing on sailing well and keeping our heads out of the boat.”
Americans Paris Henken and Helena Scutt dramatically improved their position by recording three top-five scores over four races, and now sit in 12th overall and are top North American. “We’re really happy with how the day went,” said Scutt. “During one race we were pretty worried about a possible black flag penalty, but it worked out. Our speed was good, and our tactical moves were strong.”
It was a long day on the water for the Nacra 17s, almost six hours to complete three races. US team Michael Easton and Katie Pettibone, sitting in 15th overall, took over the top North American position. “It was quite a change from yesterday, conditions-wise,” said Pettibone. “Today we had to focus on current and big shifts. There were no definitive tactical trends. It stayed pretty cold, however.”
For the US teams, the Worlds is the final event of their selection series. Details here.
Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director tells The Associated Press that “everything that can be done is being done” to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Full report.
The Nacra 17 started day 3 of their world Championship with Race 6 and a win for Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli of Argentina
(February 11, 2016) – Following the start yesterday for the 46 entrants in the first-ever Miami to Havana Race, Marc Glimcher’s chartered RP69 Trebuchet was the elapsed time Winner, crossing the finish line this morning at 08:41:10. Glimcher’s team completed the 210 mile course in 19 hours, 36 minutes, 10 seconds. Trebuchet currently holds IRC overall honors with only Stephen Murray’s Carkeek 40 Decision also reported as finished. Full report.
This commentary by Tom MacSweeney for the Irish publication Afloat.ie has stirred a lively debate about how sailing’s elitist image remains a barrier to newcomers…
It’s annual general meeting time and for most sailing clubs one of the big issues will be membership. Some readers and club members may prefer the description ‘yacht’ clubs, but ‘Sailing’ was chosen by the national association a few years ago to popularise the sport.
Many of the bigger clubs still remain YCs and there is nothing inherently wrong in that, provided that the description doesn’t keep potential newcomers away from the sport rather than encouraging them into it.
Exclusivity may be more in the eye of the beholder of clubs these days, from the outside, rather than within the clubs themselves but, whether or not you like it being mentioned, it remains an issue in some places and our sport could do without it.
I remember when as Marine Correspondent with RTE News, being abused by a rather obnoxious member of a Dun Laoghaire waterfront club who emerged from its impressive palatial-like frontage to assail the camera crew and myself who were filming the premises from the roadway and being told by him that we should not be there and should realize the club wished to have privacy from the public.
However, we were there at the express request of the club for coverage of a racing event, but this individual had decided to express his own view of the exclusiveness of sailing. While myself being involved in the sport, I could rather bluntly tell him what to do with his opinion, the camera crew were left with a bad impression of sailing.
‘Private – members only’ signage outside some clubs has been criticized, but clubs are entitled to protect their premises. There are golf clubs just the same, as are some other sporting establishments … but sailing seems to have been a particular source of criticism.
My media work has given me a access to clubs all over the country, so maybe I don’t experience what the general public does but it is reasonable to expect people to pay to become members and for the entitlement then to avail of the facilities provided. That is what a ‘club’ – a group or association of people with a common interest – is.
While I have also experienced a welcome at clubs all over the country, it cannot be denied that the sport of sailing has an unfortunate legacy in a public impression left behind by a minority of individuals who did not represent it well, because they favored exclusivity rather than inclusivity, which has to be the hallmark of the ‘sport for all … and for life’ – which sailing should be in an island nation.
There is a challenge ahead for many sailing and yacht clubs as they hold their annual meetings – and that is to maintain their base of membership, much of which is ageing, so to encourage younger members and families to become and remain members and to get newcomers to join… thus ensuring the future of the sport.
Getting members in… instead of keeping people out….
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Day 3 of the 49er, 49erFX & Nacra17 World Championships at Clearwater in Florida, USA. First results are in for the men’s 49er
(February 11, 2016; Day 23) – With six days to go until the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arrives in Vietnam, the teams heading north are enjoying much easier upwind conditions which are forecast to continue for the next couple of days, making for an enjoyable finish to the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race. Full report.
Few sailors have had a bigger impact on the pop culture of sailboat racing than multihull pioneer Randy Smythe. From Olympic medals to Hollywood helmsman to America’s Cup winner/Dennis Conner trainer, Randy’s done it all. Perhaps more importantly, he remembers it all, and loves to tell the stories. Listen to a couple of hours of ‘em as John Casey’s podcast just keeps getting better and better. Subscribe to JC’s world on iTunes.
Race Chairman Chris Woolsey gets personal as he heads to Cuba to welcome in the Miami-Havana Race fleet. Marco Oquendo photo of the line honors winner Trebuchet with a bunch more on SORC Facebook. From the race thread.
Okay, after many months of preparation and 24/7 phone calls and emails, arguing with PayPal, various government agencies, and so on, SORC’s Miami to Havana Race finally came to fruition today. The last few months have been an exercise in not giving up when hearing the word “no”. I have not heard the word “no” as often as I have in the past year since I stopped frequenting singles bars. Fortunately, I can be pretty stubborn. Even more fortunately, there was a small army of volunteers, boosters, and problem solvers helping to make it all happen.
Last night’s party was epic, gathering a crowd at Coral Reef Yacht Club as large as any that I have seen there for any offshore race I have ever seen, and I did my first race there over 40 years ago. We wanted to have a send off party with a distinctly Cuban beat, for which a couple of SORC volunteers literally walked Calle Ocho on a weekend evening until they heard the right sound, and voila!, a four piece band for the party. The check in process went relatively smoothly, as did the skippers meeting, though we did run out of apparel at the end of the night, something we may remedy with a bit more merchandise and an online store.
Today’s start was picture perfect, with clear skies and light shifty breeze keeping crews on their toes, with some big gains and losses available early on. All classes started on time, without any issues other than one boat being a bit tardy to the line. You can see the rest from the tracker. We set out to lay the foundation for a great race, but not to try to create a puffed up bloviating PR monster that would be impossible to live up to; we didn’t talk any shit, we just set out to run a clean race with no issues, and so far we met every goal and then some, with 46 boats crossing the line on their way south. There is a long way to go before the deal is done. I head down tomorrow morning for the rest of the fun. So now I get to drop a line I’ve wanted to use ever since seeing the movie “A Few Good Men”, about something I have wanted to do since I was a very little kid: ”See you when I get back from Cuba.”
These sailors don´t need much tech to have fun, Paper Tiger always looking such a cool little cat to sail. Pics & report sent by Ryan Leatham, Publicity Officer New Zealand Paper Tiger Owners Association / www.papertiger.org.nz
Mark O makes it three in a row “Mark Orams (Torbay) has made it three New Zealand National Paper Tiger Championships in a row with a win at…
Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Here is the January report…
Quantum Key West Race Week was hosted by Storm TrySail Club, welcoming 133 boats in 12 classes including the One Design division – Melges 24. Richard Reid’s boat ‘Zingara’ was stacked with Canadian powerhouses Greg Douglas (RCYC) and Billy Gooderham (RCYC) placing 3rd overall in their division.
The Sailing World Cup Miami was a pinnacle event for Canadian sailors on the journey to the Rio. The North American continental qualifier was a last chance opportunity for Canadian Olympic hopefuls looking to secure a country berth for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The light wind regatta proved fruitful for six Canadian classes including RS:X Men and Women, 470 Men and Women, Finn and Nacra 17. On a performance note, the 470 Mens team Jake and Graeme Saunders (RNSYS) broke through to their first World Cup medal race, finishing 2nd in the race and 7th overall.
The Canadian Paralympic team secured their ticket to Rio at the 2014 Para World Championships, thus now shifting the main focus to podium performances for the 2.4mR and Sonar class in Miami. Bruce Millar (RVicYC) set his sights on overtaking GBR’s Helena Lucas. After sailing a strong opening series, Millar slipped behind Lucas in the final race days of the event to finish with a silver medal.
The Canadian Sonar Team is consistent podium performers but other top nations such as AUS, GBR and FRA have stood in the way of Canadian gold – until now. Paul Tingley (RNSYS), Scott Lutes (AQVA), and Logan Campbell (SSC) put on a clinic in smart sailing, scoring three bullets and top three in 7 races.
“We knew what we had to do and we executed exactly as planned,” explains Tingley. “It is a good feeling knowing that the process is producing the desired result. We sailed against the best in the world and we beat the best in the world.”
Mission accomplished for Team Tingley as they prove their gold medal potential in Rio. A Paralympic showdown not to be missed in September!
Sail Canada applauds all the outstanding sailors for their achievements including our Sailor of the Month in January – Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes, and Logan Campbell. This team is also 2015 Rolex Sailor of the Year finalists and 2014 Skippers’ Plan Team of the Year.
Dating back to December 2006, Melges 32 teams from all over the world have looked to cash in on the reliable venue and world-class race committee found in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Fast forward to 2016, as the class experiences a resurgence, the relationship with Lauderdale Yacht Club continues this week as 13 Melges 32 teams gather for the annual Gold Cup event.
A historical aspect of the event is the inclusion of Take A Junior Sailing day, thanks to the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF). With a complete portfolio of some of the brightest, up-and-coming junior sailors in the country, each Melges 32 team will have a youngster aboard on Saturday, February 13 (weather permitting).
Just imagine young sailors having the opportunity to sail with and against the likes of Vasco Vascotto, Jonathan McKee and Mark Mendelblatt. This is an excellent opportunity to expose young sailors to the sport beyond their youth events.
Taking it a step further is Team Hydra, an initiative by Melges 32 class members Jason Carroll and the DeVos family that is hoping to help bridge the gap between post-junior/college sailing and entering into a grand prix racing arena.
Under the guidance of longtime Melges 32 sailor Marty Kullman, the team includes 2015 Female College Sailor of the Year Morgan Kiss, Mac Agnese, Lexi Petters, Mitchell Kiss, Alex Post, Alex Brown, Matt Kaplan, and Henry Fernberger.
Skippered by Morgan Kiss, this youthful team has already competed at the Melges 32 U.S. National Championship in December, and is locked in to a schedule that will carry them to the 2016 Nationals (Aug 19-21) and the Worlds (Sep 29-Oct 2), both events held in Newport, RI. – Read on
One of the most respected men in 18 Footer Racing is the 1996 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff champion Stephen Quigley
A Q&A with Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, about the team’s efforts prior to the 2016 Games.
Allan Norregaard and Anette Viborg Andreasen rocketed up to second place overall in the Nacra 17 World Championships
50 years ago the wooden 35ft French sailboat Beligou sailed around the world. The crew of three were amongst the first to make a round the world voyage in a small sailing boat. One of the crew has finally published their story, it’s a free” Internet book” and there are no advertisements. I am hoping you will inform your readers about this most interesting story. I believe that the one who cannot read French will be pleased to have a look at more than 400 B/W and several Kodachrome pictures.
It was in the Solent where, when I was 16 years old, I had the great pleasure to be a crew member on this boat, sleeping on a wooden bench in the bow. To give you some impression of the book, it recalls Panama Canal fees of 7 US $ and making the passage under full sail. Once in the Pacific, on Galapagos they were to free to go everywhere and hunt goats (for food) with UNESCO “benediction” approval because the many goats were devastating the grass.
Six yachts in Horta at the time (now 1100) – another world.
In addition, there are 30 pages, nicely hand illustrated, dedicated to the building of the yacht. Also the full 164 pages scanned from the golden book where for example Beryl Smeeton, (Once in Enough), Pat and Barry Cullen (on board Sandefjord) and other famous sailors have written some interesting and amusing comments, some of them in English. Also included are some paper notebooks showing position calculations with sextant and old tables (not HO249), forecast maps received by Morse, etc.
Their accounts book shows an incredible number of rum bottles and red wine…to assist deals/barter at every harbor or haven along the way. When they returned back in 1968, she was sold and passed through the hands of 3 different owners but no one took proper care of her. But 30 years ago, a French guy bought her and renewed her. Except engine, painting, varnishes, sails, and shrouds, all is original including Spruce mast and enormous Goiot winch which was used as an anchor windlass.
And she sails, she is not a house boat! The new owner did all the work himself, it was not refurbished by an expensive “refit” shipyard.
The writer is to day 81, and visited her old boat in December 2015 in a South Brittany marina. He was astonished at the superb restoration. If you like it, please be kind enough to inform your readers. I think you will agree this is an important part of our common yachting history. The web address is http://www.beligou.fr/
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Probably not exactly what the Hawaiian Board of Tourism wanted to hear…
The mayor of Hawaii Island has declared a state of emergency after more than 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since late October. The island, commonly referred to as the Big Island, is a popular tourist destination, with more than 1.5 million visitors to the island in 2015.
Mayor William P. Kenoi made the emergency proclamation Monday. Officials are using mosquito control measures along with public education and outreach to break the cycle of infection and transmission. The emergency period will be in place for 60 days or until further notice from officials.
Dengue fever is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The disease causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, nausea and joint and muscle pain. In severe cases it can cause bleeding from the nose or gums, persistent vomiting and can be fatal, according to Health Canada. Read on.
The fresh West wind of up to 30 kn stayed on over the Côte dAzur yesterday, and the 57 Finns …
GRASS LAKE, Mich. — For decades, Mel Nichols traveled across the country to sail competitively.
From frozen lakes in Michigan and Minnesota, to soft water in Tennessee and near Tampa Bay — the now 97-year-old filled a shelf with trophies and was once a nationally ranked competitor.
Heading into his 80s, however, Nichols retired — though has never stopped thinking like a sailor.
“Oh, I look out at that ice and think it sure is inviting,” Nichols said from inside his home on the shores of Wolf Lake. “You’d have to experience it … It’s about the most thrilling sport I can think of.”
“You never get it out of your blood,” he added.
Ryan Breymaier and John Sangmeister’s Tritium Racing made a quick pit stop this afternoon in sunny Santa Barbara, during their 390 mile SF-LB delivery that began on monday. Rough.
We took John and Ryan to grab some diesel, planning for the worst. (tritium motors at 4.5 knots in calm water and 5.5 with a bit of wind filling the main.) And of course, had to grab some food and drinks for the guys.
We threw them back on the boat, and not 2 minutes later, the jib was unfurled, and they turned southward and activated warpdrive, doing 16 knots in 12-14 TWS. We applaud them for their suffering. Keep your eyes on Tritium later this year – rumor has it we may see a Newport to Ensenada record attempt…. -anarchist zac
Fly alongside the Land Rover BAR Academy team with GoPro and get a unique point of view, as they put their GC32 through its paces, to mark the launch of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Dubai, and get a glimpse of the world-class line-up of teams competing this year.
No luck so far at day 2 of the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, Florida, USA. But the Nacra 17 are racing…
The February 2016 edition of SpinSheet is already thinking about summer with several articles discussing youth sailing. Here’s one of our favorites…
Holly O’Hare started the Eastport Yacht Club program in Annapolis in 2004 with borrowed boats, one staff, many volunteers, and no funds. Now they have a fleet of 25 sailboats, three Whalers, eight kayaks, and six paddleboards. Last summer, they had 10 staff and 225 kids, plus adult sailing, safe powerboat handling, and high school sailing. This upcoming summer, they expect over 300 kids to pass through seven weeks of programs.
What’s your sailing background?
My dad bought a brand new Cal 33 in 1972 when I was four, and I have been sailing ever since. I started sailing lessons at the Erie YC in Erie, PA, at age eight, and was teaching by 15. I have been racing some 35 plus years on anything from dinghies, catamarans, to keelboats as skipper or crew. I have taught sailing in some form for more than 20 years. My husband Gavin and I race Snipes together, but I’m looking forward to the day my daughters take over my position.
What’s something creative you do to get kids excited?
Kids love to sing… I love singing with kids. Nothing more fun than singing silly songs while sailing. (Say that 10 times.)
What do you to do keep it fun?
Every lesson plan needs a fun component to reemphasize the skill being taught. Just sailing around buoys is boring. Teaching sailing is different than 20 years ago…kids don’t want to just sail; they want to do other stuff on the water. So at EYC we incorporate kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing other boats. We added the Sunfish to our fleet, so beginner kids can sail with friends and not be overwhelmed. Our Bay Week program is a huge hit highlighting the maritime industry and exploring the Chesapeake Bay. Plus we look fun on the water with all our colorful sails, the brighter the better.
What do you do to emphasize safety?
The three components to a good program are safety, learning, and fun. Safety is number one. To do this you need a well-trained and professional staff. Instructors need to understand their responsibilities are well beyond just teaching sailing. Just like fun, at EYC we add a safety element to every lesson plan.
What do you wish parents knew about what you do in the junior program?
A lot of parents think I’m a full-time paid employee. They are surprised to learn I am a volunteer with kids and a real job. I do spend a tremendous amount of time with volunteers and staff getting the program prepared, so their children are in great hands. I don’t mind phone calls or emails either. I am happy to answer their questions.
Why do you do this?
Because someone did this for me. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for all those who give to junior sailing. Junior sailing has given me far more than I can give back…but I will try.