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KITE FOILING – Check out Erika Heineken sailing her kiteboard above the water – she makes it look so easy, makes you want to go ‘fly a kite’!
AC NEWS – FROM ORACLE TEAM USA - ORACLE Team USA hosted a meeting with four of the teams who have entered the 35th America’s Cup or plan to by the 8th August 2014; Luna Rossa, Artemis Racing, Team France and Ben Ainslie Racing.
A positive meeting saw a number of points debated, the key points agreed between all parties present were:
• Regular meetings encompassing all teams in order to work collectively to maximize the potential of both this America’s Cup and future editions.
• Each team plan to host an America’s Cup World Series event in either their own country, or a country of their choice.
• All the teams present agreed that they would commit – if they were to win the Cup in 2017 – to continue with the America’s Cup World Series.
• A commitment to further reduce the costs for both this Cup and future editions.
• Support for the choice of host venue, be it Bermuda or San Diego.
• A working group to agree on the date and event structure of the 36th America’s Cup, to lay the foundations for a sustainable event.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Luxury yacht builder Perini Navi completed the mast stepping operation today of Perseus3 a 60 meter sloop with one of the tallest masts in the world.
Built of carbon fiber by Future Fibres, this 75.8m, 16.4 ton mast is among the top three tallest masts in the world and will soon fly the world’s largest sail, a 2,602 square meter A2 asymmetrical spinnaker.
Future Fibres notes that 4,752 kilometers of carbon fiber was used to make the rigging which also includes a 23.4m carbon fiber pre-preg furling boom, carbon fiber cap stays and diagonals, as well as fore and aft stays made of a combination of Carbon, PBO and Kevlar.
Doyle sailmakers spent 6,000 hours designing the 10,000 square meter sail inventory, an area which is 1000 square meters larger than the playing field at NRG Stadium, or half the size of the MCG in Melbourne. Doyle notes the A2 is comprised of 3,200 yards of Dyneema and Polyester fabric.
VOR – So, you’ve said goodbye to the pets. You’ve told your Facebook friends that you’re going to be away for a while.
Now, suited and booted in your cutting edge, waterproof extreme protection gear, you’re up to your knees in freeze-dried food – and you’ve even taken your seasickness tablet.
But what else do you need to know, before you join us on this nine month, round the world voyage – the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race?
Well, a scoring guide might be useful. After all, racing full throttle across nearly 39,000 nautical miles, at break-neck speed, through wind, and rain, and bone-shaking thunder and lightning storms…wait, come back!
No really, don’t worry. Help is at hand. The conditions might be hard, but that doesn’t mean that the points system needs to be.
When it comes to the rules, Volvo Ocean Race Director Jack Lloyd has all the answers. Well, he should – he wrote most of them.
Hailing from New Zealand, this edition will be his third Volvo Ocean Race – and he’s also worked on other elite events such as the Vendée Globe, the America’s Cup and the Olympics.
Basically, when it comes to sailing, Jack’s been there, done it, and has the slightly damp, salty t-shirt to prove it. The water is his kingdom.
“We’ve actually turned the scoring system right around this year,” he explains.
“Previously, we’ve always used high points scoring. So, if a team finished first out of seven in either an in-port race they’d be awarded seven points, or in an off-shore race, 35 points, as the latter was weighted to be worth five times more than the former.”
Got that? Oh. Nope, me neither. But don’t worry – it’s all much simpler this time around.
“This edition, we’ve moved to low points scoring for the first time,” he adds. “It means that the team that finishes first in an off-shore leg, or an in-port race, will be awarded one point.”
“The team that finishes second, two points – and third, three points. If you are disqualified, or have to retire, then you earn an extra point.”
“There’s no weighting – the points are the same across the off-shore legs and the in-port races.”
“Now, the objective for all teams is to reach the June finale in Gothenburg with as few points as possible – the lowest wins.”
Ah, like golf, then – sounds easy enough. But that’s not the only benefit of the new system, says Jack.
“It means that, at any time, you can look at how many points a team was awarded for a leg, and instantly know where they finished.”
“But also, from an administration point of view, the move has brought the Volvo Ocean Race into line with the rest of sailing as a sport.”
“It’s much easier to act if two teams tie – the jury use the knowledge that they already have, and they can just refer to the sailing rulebook. We don’t have to write our own”.
And in another change from previous editions, the off-shore legs and the in-port races will be run as two separate series’ – side by side.
The benefits of splitting the two wildly different events are clear, according to Jack.
“We used to have an overall in-port race winner – so it was already a separate series, if you like.”
“But on closer inspection, that meant that a team could win the in-port series, but there was no trophy for the team who performed the best on the off-shore legs.”
“In some ways, that meant that we were making more of the in-port races than we were the off-shore legs. Yet, ultimately, we are an off-shore race.”
But isn’t there a risk that the sailors might treat the in-port series as a secondary competition?
Jack shakes his head. “No, they’ll still take it really seriously. Yes, the Volvo Ocean Race will be decided by winning legs – but there’s a possibility that teams could tie on off-shore leg points because of that.”
“What we’ve agreed is that, if that’s the case, then whatever your place in the in-port series will break the tie – meaning that performing well in the in-ports is vital, as it could be the difference between winning and losing.”
And, actually, Jack reckons that, with boats so close that fans can almost touch them, the short, sharp and intense in-port races could be more popular than ever this time around.
“It’s more of a spectacle now. When I took over, the in-ports were about three and a half hours long. This year they will be more like one hour – smaller and closer in-shore. We’re bringing racing right into the beaches.”
So, there you have it. Make no mistake – that 647nm jaunt from Lorient to Lisbon is just as important as the 6,487nm opening leg slog from Alicante to Cape Town.
In terms of approach, they’re completely different ball games, but they’re both worth the same amount of points in the quest for first place.
And with the IWC Schaffhausen 24-Hour Speed Record Challenge once again to play for – measuring the fastest team in any 24-hour period over each leg – the teams have an extra incentive to keep their brand new, state-of-the-art Volvo Ocean 65’s going full pelt.
But then that’s the beauty of the Volvo Ocean Race – it’s the ultimate test for any sailor. Skill vs speed. Tactics vs throttle. Experience vs exuberance.
“Life at the extreme?” I ask. Jack smiles. “The writers want to write a really good story, the photographers want to take a really good photograph – I just want to run a really good yacht race.”
DESTOPNEWS – Sailing Update N°31
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VIDEO OF THE DAY – Come sail aboard ‘Menace’ around the buoys racing in the 2014 MC38 Harbour Regatta with Royal Sydney Yacht Squdaron with this cool video made by LiveSailDie.com. Enjoy the ride!
AC NEWS – If America’s Cup challengers are to get on the same tack as defending champions Oracle Team USA heading into the next regatta, they will do so without Emirates Team New Zealand – at least for the time being.
It’s quite obvious the whole reason we’re having a meeting is we don’t agree on everything, especially everything that we as defender are proposing.
America’s Cup boss Russell Coutts said he told the Kiwis not to come to a meeting in London on Tuesday at which competitors would try to hash out differences after a week of bruising publicity.
For the rest of the story CLICK HERE!
WINDSURFING -The 2014 RS:X European and Youth Championships and Open Trophy was hosted in the beautiful town of Cesme from 30th of June till 5th of July. The popularity and success of the Championship was proved from the number of athletes having competed. 39 nations were represented, with 81 men and 52 women in the senior division and 67 boys and 27 girls in the youth division – for a total of 227 competitors from all 6 continents. The racing series in a whole range of weather conditions was more than enough to determine very deserving Champions. CHECK IT OUT ABOVE!
TORNADO SAILING - On day three of the European Tornado Championships, Roland and Nahid defended their 2nd place with 2 firsts and a 2nd place in conditions between 6 and 11 knots. The Greek duo hat trouble crossing the start line because of a speedboat crossing the line seconds into the first race. They had to veer away and restart again, rolling up the field from behind, ending 4th behind the The Czechs David and Adam, Martin and Marc.
The 2nd and 3rd races with a little more wind, downwind a flyer brought better results for Kostas and Dani nailing a 1st in the last race of the day. At 5pm the Trave Short Track races took place in front of 25,000 spectators!
The day began with strong rain showers and waiting for the competitors. By 10am it was clear that most probably we wouldn’t be sailing before 12, maybe not at all. At 11am Dani and Kostas decided to surprise us with an informal question and answer round, on tactics and any trouble shooting.
At 12am the waiting for racing was ended and 2014 had new European Champions. Dani & Kostas 1st, Nahid and Roland 2nd and Rusterholz and Baier 3rd. In Mixed, 1st place went to Nahid and Roland, 2nd to Maurer and Oldenburg and 3rd to Sarah and Jürgen Jentsch.
420 WORLDS - An impressive line-up of 111 teams from 27 nations in the Open event and 84 teams from 21 nations will be contesting the 2014 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Travemuende, Germany.
A celebration of sailors and nations was the tone of the 420 Worlds Opening Ceremony on Sunday 27 July, as teams from each of the 27 nations paraded in front of a crowd of supporters, to the accompaniment of their national anthem and thunderous applause. Two members of the 28 boat German team declared the Sailors’ Oath on behalf of all teams, before Nino Shmueli, President of the International 420 Class Association declared the Championship officially open.
2014 marks a great year for participation as the popularity of the 420 Class continues to grow and is reflected in the high entry numbers. Entry quotas limit the number of teams a nation can send to compete, with just 7 teams in each of the divisions, ensuring that the best teams in the world are on the start line. Many nations run national selection events to qualify their teams, with the quota places hotly contested.
Germany is fielding the largest team, with 14 teams, a right which is accorded to them as host nation. Nations across every continent are competing, from Angola to Korea, Chile to Turkey, Canada to Australia – to name just a few.
LASER RACING – We got to know the best from the best in Laser Radial. The representative of Poland Jonasz Stelmaszyk, sail number POL 205300. He was the leader from the very beginning and gained the title of World Champion.
After two final races, the sailors officially finished. All of them were invited to the closing ceremony, where the prize giving and a concert took place.
The World Championships closing ceremony was very spectacular. It started with the participating countries flags presentation, followed by raising three country flags of the best sailors and singing the winner’s national anthem.
The final ranking – CLICK HERE!
The organizers of the World Championships also gave special prizes to some of the sailors. The title of the nicest sailor of the championships, the regular visitor in the race office, one who has stolen our hearts was Mathieu de By from the Netherlands. The Dutch were also given the prize for the friendliest team. Last but not least, special prize for Jacques Osinski from France, the most ambitious sailor who for the first time sailed in such difficult conditions.
KITE SURFING – The ultimate day of the Kitesurf Tour Europe arrived and it was all to play for in the course racing division. With the Freestyle competition finished yesterday, all eyes turned to the top formula riders competing for the title. CHECK OUT THE ACTION ABOVE!
AC NEWS – Luna Rossa Challenge, which announced its team for the 35th America’s Cup team on June 12, is hard at work on a challenge capable of making a full-scale assault on the America’ s Cup in 2017.
From its training base in Cagliari, the team has been making design modifications to its AC45s so that they can foil and fly above the water, like the AC62 that the team will design and build to race in the challenger series in 2017.
The first of those boats was launched last month and team skipper Max Sirena is very pleased with the result.
“Everything is going very well with our training with the new foiling AC45,” he said. “The design team and the builders did a very nice job in designing and modifying it and now the sailors are learning more each day they are training about things we can feed back in for the design of the AC62.”
Meanwhile, team members are competing in events on the match racing tour, in big boat racing at various events around the world, the Moth World Championships and for Sirena himself, even winning the 12-meter world championship in Barcelona on board team principal Patrizio Bertelli’s Nyala.
“This is a transition period for Luna Rossa,” Sirena said. “In many ways it is like a brand new team with new people joining our core team from last time. It’s good to have smaller groups who go out and race in all sorts of events but then as a larger team we get together at our base in Cagliari and that is when we really grow as a team.”
Sirena says there is no comparison between this campaign and the last one, when the team was a late entry and operated a smaller program in an effort to stay current with the new foiling, wing sailed catamarans.
While the team has success on the water, reaching the challenger series final for the third time in four attempts and winning the 2012/13 AC World Series, the main objective was to create a base of knowledge and experience for this time around, when the goal isn’t to learn, but to win.
“Last time was an important part of the process. For us, the only way to take part seriously in this America’s Cup was to do what we did in the last Cup. To start from zero today would have been very, very hard. So even though last time we started late and only had one boat, it was a big building block for where we are today,” Sirena said.
And where are they today?
“Our aim is to win the America’s Cup,” Sirena says with conviction. “To do that, we will have to give our very best from the first day to the last day of the campaign. The main racing this time does not start until 2017, but if we are going to win in three years, we have to start with what we are doing right now.”
KITE SURFING – Let’s go fly a kite! Watch this video on how I fell in love with kitesurfing, and why I think it is the best sport in the world. I kitesurf every day on Necker and see it as a great way to get away from it all, as well as enjoy the thrill of the sport. Life is a lot more fun if you can make time for sport – I 100% recommend it.
XS WORLD NEWS – Go to our XS World News page for sailing news from around the world! We keep adding links and RSS feeds so you can get sailing news and events from around the world. The page is constantly being updated everyday and every hour thru RSS feeds. And of course, through out the day, we will add our own XS brand of sailing news as it happens – XS Sailing -Where Sailing Lives!
KITESURFING – Freestyler dominating day 2 of the KTE Italy the morning we started again with the Skippers’ meeting at 10 am. The wind was already stronger than the day before, so that we were able to start with Formula Racing at 11 am. Race Director Markus Schwendtner decided to start the day with three races and keep an eye on the increasing wind. Olly once again dominated the races winning 2 of the 3 races, and coming a close 2nd in the final race, due to hitting a plastic bag in the water just 10m from the line.
AC NEWS FROM ORACLE – Here is the latest from ORACLE – seems everyone is happy again. See Challenger statement below:
Following the announcement of Team Australia – representative of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Challenger of Record of the 35th America’s Cup – of its intention to withdraw from the competition, the teams Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France – jointly with the yacht clubs they represent – confirm their full support to the event, regardless from the host venue that will be selected.
The four teams, who have so far made clear their involvement, also reiterate their commitment to co-operate in a constructive way with the Defender to the sporting and commercial success of the 35th America’s Cup, with the aim of bringing this event to the peak of the world’s professional sport in terms of media, show, public and the intense sporting competition which has always characterised the America’s Cup.
The teams look forward to establish a constant dialogue with the Defender Oracle Team USA with the intent to fully preserve the principle of “friendly competition between foreign countries“ – one of the core elements of the Deed of Gift that rules the America’s Cup – and to co-operate actively with the Defender to adapt the rules where need be and outline the America’s Cup World Series calendar, as well as the format of the Challengers’ Selection Series and of the America’s Cup finals.
Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, declared: “All the elements for the success of the event are there: after the 34th America’s Cup it is no longer questionable how spectacular the full foiling wing-sail catamarans are! Neither is questionable the excitement, intense competition and high-adrenaline this racing offers!”
Ben Ainslie, Team Principal of BAR, commented: “We are really focussed to help build a successful and sustainable America’s Cup for the future. The America’s Cup is about pushing the technical boundaries of the sport through continued innovation. The AC62 will again be incredibly exciting to watch, both on and off the water, all the ingredients you need for a great sporting event.”
Iain Percy, Team Manager of Artemis Racing, stated: “The next America’s Cup is likely to be the most competitive, exciting and sustainable ever. We cannot wait to compete.”
Franck Cammas, skipper of Team France, declared: “We believe that the format of the next America’s Cup will bring a friendly but fierce competition between the best sailors on the most spectacular machines the America’s Cup has ever seen. The 35th America’s Cup will confirm a new era for sailing, but also for the sport in general and the related technologies, with the most intense competition possible and Team France will be proud to be part of it!”
Cagliari, Portsmouth, Alameda, Paris, 25th of July 2014.
AC NEWS – (Reuters) – Four European teams promised on Friday to compete for the next America’s Cup, ensuring the event would be viable after official challenger Team Australia pulled out because of rising costs.