AC NEWS – Just a reminder to Larry and the ORACLE Team – Steady strong winds made the last AC a great event – Although we would love to see the AC in San Diego, nothing compares to the format and wind of San Francisco – give SF what they want – and just in case you forgot how great the series was, check out your video above when you won the America’s Cup – Don’t go backwards – Sail in SF!
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OPTI SAILING – The BC Opti Team sailing in San Francisco take to the water. Thank you to Tine Moberg-Parker, Paul Mendham, and all of the parents for making this trip happen!
PROMOTING SAILING - The Community Sailing Center on Burlington’s waterfront combines two seemingly polar opposites for the Skateboarding and Sailing Summer Camp. Check it out above!
ISAF SAILING – The 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds was a record breaker. Enjoy the best of what was an amazing event in the video ABOVE!
NYYC RACE WEEK – Here are the video highlights of the final day of racing for the offshore classes. Check out the One Design 30 take off at about 10 minutes in the video in light wind. Below is a summary of the event:
After Wednesday’s (July 16) opening day races were cancelled due to the threat of thunderstorms, Thursday’s and Friday’s racing was pushed from mid-morning to early afternoon to allow Newport’s dependable southwesterly sea breeze to kick in, and although that breeze was light on both days, there was still plenty of action for the 73 teams competing. Rotating each day to one of three different circles, one on Narragansett Bay and two on Rhode Island Sound, sailors counted 4, 5, 6 or 9 races in their score lines going into today when a light easterly kicked in early to allow three races each in Swan 42, J/109, IRC 1, IRC 2, and IRC 3 classes and two each in J/44, PHRF and Marstrom 32 class.
Three Rolex timepieces were awarded: one to Jim Swartz’s (Park City, Utah) IRC 52 Vesper, the IRC overall winner; one to Glenn Darden/Philip Williamson’s (Fort Worth, Texas) Hoss, the new Swan 42 National Champion; and one to Jim Vos’s (New Canaan, Conn.) Skoot, winner of the J/109s and that class’s North American Championship.
“We are elated but we’re not going to gloat, because there are some very good boats that had a tough day today,” said Vos, giving a nod to his tactician Danny Cameron and adding that the class has been joined by lots of new “incredibly competitive” teams this year, including J/109 newcomer Jonathan Rechtschaffer’s Emoticon, which held the lead here for the first two days. “The J/109 fleet is stronger now than it has ever been, so if you’re behind at any point during a race it is very hard to come back. The outcome could have gone many ways this week.”
Glenn Darden and Philip Williamson have been sailing in the Swan 42 fleet since it was created seven years ago, never to win a nationals, but this week their team onboard Hoss got it right. “There was a lot of talent here, so it was fun to race,” said Darden who was at the helm this week. Hoss was in first place after the first day of racing, but slipped down to third on Friday. It wasn’t until the second-to-last race this afternoon that the team reclaimed the lead. “The Swan 42 National Championship is a very difficult regatta to win,” added Darden, who raced against 12 other top-notch competitors, including three former Swan 42 national champions: Phil Lotz (Arethusa), John Hele (Daring) and Ken Colburn (Apparition). “Our strategy was just to get off the line and sail a good race.”
A total of 27 IRC boats sailed (10 of those were dual-scored for HPR), and in addition to Vesper’s victory, Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s (Norwalk, Conn.) Spookie won IRC 2, while Ed Freitag and Molly Haley’s (Annapolis, Md.) DownTime prevailed in IRC 3.
Spookie had as many victories (5) in its scoreline as Vesper but one less race to count in the overall IRC victory calculations.
After the first day of light air, Freitag, who also won this class two years ago at Race Week, was tied on point score with Wings and Avalanche. He said his team liked 10 knots, nothing lighter, but would take anything that was thrown at them. DownTime went on to break ahead yesterday and secure victory today.
In PHRF class, which sailed both buoy races and navigator’s courses, David and Maryellen Tororello’s (Bridgeport, Conn.) J/111 Partnership turned in five victories over eight races to win, while William Ketcham’s (Greenwich, Conn.) Maxine, won J/44 class on a tie breaker with Jim Bishop’s (Jamestown, R.I.) perennial favorite Gold Digger, which was leading going into today.
For the Marstrom 32 fast-catamaran class, Michael Dominguez’s (Bristol, R.I.) Bronco posted seven victories in 11 races to win.
Organizers tried some new concepts never tried before at Race Week or, for that matter, at any other traditional regatta held here in the sailing capitol of America. Most popular was the stadium style racing that took place on Thursday and Friday and made viewable from the shorelines of Jamestown and Newport the windward-leeward laps of the keelboats, while the swift Marstrom 32 catamarans wove in and out and about as fast as they could on America’s Cup style courses.
For the largest boat in the regatta, George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) 90-foot Rambler (in IRC 1), the 1.2 mile legs made for an exhilarating, if not exhausting, ride.
“Those are tough courses for us,” he said, explaining that the speed of the boat combined with two (or three) laps and four (or six) corners to turn mean sail changes come quickly and pose great physical challenges, “but it was great race committee work, and we liked it a lot. It was nice to see land passing by and a lot of fun pushing a boat like this around with 50-foot boats on the line. As soon as we get on the line, we’re gone and pretty much pick where we want to go.”
Celebrating an end of an era, the Rambler team posed for a group photo after their finish today. David is retiring the boat, which has broken the Newport to Bermuda Race record, among others, and has sailed more than 20,000 miles with mostly the same crew members as competed today. He will debut a new Juan K 88-footer, being built in Rhode Island, in September. “It’s a little sad to put Rambler away after seven glorious years, but we’re happy looking back and happy looking forward. It’s as well known a boat as you have on the water, and I’m looking at 21 guys who have remained a remarkably solid, mature team.”
The New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was held at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse. Entrants came from as far away as Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland (1 each). The state with the most boats entered was Rhode Island (18), followed by Massachusetts (12), New York (14), Connecticut (7), Maryland, New Jersey and Texas (4 each), Virginia and Utah (2 each), and California and Missouri (1 each).
For results and photos, visit www.nyyc.org. Nightly videos produced by T2p.tv are available on the website and at http://bit.ly/1q8JEVD after each day of racing. “Like” us on the NYYC Regattas Facebook page and use official event hashtag #NYYCRaceWeek when posting on social media platforms.
Photo of the Swan 42 class by Rolex/Daniel Forster
NYYC Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex – PART II – One-Design and Handicap
Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points
Full Results can be found by clicking here.
Swan 42 (One Design – 13 Boats)
1. Hoss, Swan 42, Glenn Darden/ Philip Williamson , Fort Worth, TX, USA – 1, 3, 1, 12, 5, 2, 8, 1, 4, ; 37
2. Cuordileone, Swan 42, Ettore Mattiello , Florence, ITA – 2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 9/SCP, 13, 12, 1, ; 47
3. Arethusa, Swan 42, Phil Lotz , Newport, RI, USA – 4, 5, 6, 4, 1, 1, 5, 11, 12, ; 49
J 109 (One Design – 17 Boats)
1. Skoot, J/109, Jim Vos , New Canaan, CT, USA – 3, 12, 2, 5, 3, 2, 6, 1, 5, ; 39
2. Caminos, J/109, Donald Filippelli , Amagansett , NY, USA – 2, 8, 1, 1, 8, 1, 10, 11, 1, ; 43
3. Emoticon, J/109, Jonathan Rechtschaffer , Montclair, NJ, USA – 1, 1, 6, 4, 1, 3, 11, 10, 7, ; 44
IRC 1 (IRC – 7 Boats)
1. Vesper, IRC 52, Jim Swartz , Park City, UT, USA – 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 4, 3, ; 14
2. Near Miss, IRC 52, Franck Noel , Geneve, SUI – 3, 3, 3, 1, 2, 2.5, 1, 1.5, ; 17
3. SLED, IRC 52, Takashi Okura , Alpine, NJ, USA – 2, 2, 2, 3, 6, 2.5, 2, 5, ; 24.5
IRC 2 (IRC – 9 Boats)
1. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , Norwalk, CT, USA – 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ; 10
2. Cool Breeze, Mills 43 Custom, John Cooper , Cane Hill, MO, USA – 1, 3, 3, 2, 4, 2, 1, ; 16
3. Temptation-Oakcliff, Custom Ker 50, Arthur Santry – Oakcliff Sailing , Arlington, VA, USA – 4, 4, 5, 4, 3, 3, 3, ; 26
IRC 3 (IRC – 11 Boats)
1. DownTime, Summit 40, Ed Freitag / Molly Haley , Annapolis, MD, USA – 3, 3, 1, 2, 5, 1, 2, ; 17
2. Wings, J/122, Michael Bruno , Armonk, NY, USA – 5, 1, 4, 3, 2, 2, 5, ; 22
3. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht , Sea Cliff, NY, USA – 2, 4, 2, 5, 3, 4, 3, ; 23
Marstrom 32 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Bronco, Marstrom 32, Michael Dominguez , Barrington, RI, USA – 2, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 3, 4, 1, 1, ; 19
2. LIFTOFF, Marstrom 32, Malcolm Gefter, Newport, RI, USA – 1, 3, 2, 2, 1, 2, 4, 1, 2, 2, 3, ; 23
3. POW!, Marstrom 32, Ken Read , Newport, RI, USA – 4, 5, 4, 5, 2, 3, 2, 6/OCS, 1, 3, 2, ; 37
J 44 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Maxine, J/44, William Ketcham , Greenwich, CT, USA – 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 2, 2, 4, ; 20
2. Gold Digger, J/44, James D. Bishop , Jamestown, RI, USA – 3, 2, 3, 1, 1, 3, 5, 2, ; 20
3. Challenge IV, J/44, Jeffrey W. Willis , Huntington, NY, USA – 1, 4, 2, 5, 3, 5, 1, 1, ; 22
PHRF & J Class (PHRF – 8 Boats)
1. Partnership, J/111, David and Maryellen Tortorello , Bridgeport, CT, USA – 1, 1, 8, 1, 1, 3, 3, 1, ; 19
2. Odyssey, J/111, David/ Alfred Brodsky/ Van Liew , Middletown, R.I., USA – 6, 4, 5, 3, 2, 4, 1, 2, ; 27
3. Bravo, J/111, Sedgwick Ward , Rye, NY, USA – 3, 3, 7, 2, 4, 1, 4, 3, ; 27
SOLO SAILORS – On the 24th July, Natasha will sail from her hometown of Cowes, Isle of Wight, to embark on a month-long challenge sailing her 21ft Mini Transat, Miss Isle Too, single-handed down the South West coast of England to Wales.
Natasha does not have use of her hands and sails her yacht using her mouth to operate a ‘sip and puff’ mechanism that was engineered by her father and is based on a straw mounted inside a cycling helmet.
Having completed the sailing part, Natasha will then swap her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker and will climb Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in Britain south of the Snowdonia mountain range.
Accompanied by her coach Phil Devereux, the Sea and Summit challenge will see Natasha sail 430 miles and climb 2,907ft whilst raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.
This will not be Natasha’s first challenge. Last year, her sense for adventure inspired her to sail across the English Channel from Boulogne to Dover, a voyage which she completed in just four hours. In 2012 she conquered her first challenge sailing around the Isle of Wight.
MOTH WORLDS – Video highlights of day 2 at the 2014 Moth Worlds in Hayling Island, UK. Interviews with Paul Goodison(GBR) and Scott Babbage(AUS).
Full results found here:
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!
AC NEWS – Herald yachting reporter and America’s Cup expert Dana Johannsen answers the big questions following this latest twist why Team Australia pulled out of the AC. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY!
PACIFIC CUP – Frank Slootman’s R/P 63 Mini Maxi Invisible Hand (formerly Limit) is the first boat to finish in the 2014 Pacific Cup with an unofficial finish time of 12:44:11 PDT. The Hand has an all-star crew comprising America’s Cup and Olympic champions, sailmakers, and others with significant ocean racing experience.
The 2070-mile Pacific Cup had staggered starts on July 6 through July 11 for the nine divisions. Since 1980, the race has been sailed from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii every other year, and since 1988 the finish has been at Kaneohe Yacht Club on Oahu. The Pacific Cup is organized by Pacific Cup Yacht Club in association with Richmond Yacht Club.
MELGES 32 RACING – 2014 Melges 32 European Championship – Aerial Video – Riva Del Garda – Supported by Melges Europe.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After Nine Races, One Discard)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 3-4-3-2-2-1-2-5- = 22
2.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 5--1-9-1-3-1-[5/SCP]-2 = 27
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT; 4-1-2-3-3--4-7-3 = 27
4.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; [12/SCP2]-10-6-1-7-7-6-1-1 = 39
5.) Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, Azimut by STIG; 10-8-4--10-2-5-4-7 = 50
6.) Claudia Rossi/Nicola Celon, Wilma; 2-5-7-10--5-14-6-4 = 53
7.) Roberto Mazzuccato/Gabriele Benussi, Margherita; 8--11-8-6-6-3-3- = 58
8.) Aurturo Di Lorenzo/Matteo Ivaldi, Malafemmena; -7-8-6-4-9-8-8-9 = 59
9.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Hugo Rocha, G Spot; 11-2-10--5-12-7-10-14 = 71
10.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeniy Neugodnikov, Tavatuy; 9-11-15-11-8-4--11-5 = 74
AC NEWS – What’s happening to the America’s Cup? With the news of Australia withdrawing as Challenger of Record it seems that Oracle is taking one of the greatest events of last year and jack’n it up! All they had to do is duplicate last year – The AC in San Francisco in more affordable boats – easy, right?
They had a Challenger of Record quickly but then it went down hill after that – it took forever to announce the AC62 – and they still have no venue!
Com’n guys – negotiate with SF now and get the AC back in SF – no one wants to see the AC in San Diego or Bermuda. The sailors want it in SF! WIND is what made last years AC! – Then do whatever it takes to keep the Challenger of Record and get more challengers by reducing the entry fee!
Com’on Larry, take control and get the train back on the track. You had a winner last year… even a non-billionaire knows what you have to do!
What do you think Oracle needs to do? Give us your comments at [email protected]
AC NEWS – The America’s Cup organizers have received notification from the principals of Hamilton Island Yacht Club of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
“We are very disappointed to be receiving this news,” said Russell Coutts, Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). “We were excited to have Australia as a challenger and we were also looking forward to the prospect of holding America’s Cup World Series events in Australia.
“But our focus going forward is with the teams that have already submitted challenges and the teams that have told us of their intent to do so before the entry deadline on August 8th.
In the meantime, ACEA is continuing its work to select a host venue for the America’s Cup in 2017. The selection process is progressing well with an aim to announce the final venue in October.
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), which revealed its America’s Cup team in a gala ceremony in London last month, had this comment:
We remain supportive of the Defender’s continued drive towards a more commercial event format, along with a more sustainable future for this historic trophy. BAR will be bidding to host two America’s Cup World Series events in 2015/16 at our new home in Portsmouth; as a key part of the road to the 35th America’s Cup. While the withdrawal of the Challenger of Record is regrettable, it is also not unusual and we will continue our own preparations for the 35th America’s Cup and look forward to an exciting future.
SAILING TIPS – Since the introduction of the 49erFX to Olympic classes sailing, female competitors around the globe have spent every minute of the day mastering the art of high performance skiff sailing in preparation for its debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
And with a European bronze medal and a top ten finish from the classes two European Championships so far, as well as podium finishes on the ISAF Sailing World Cup and EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup circuits this year, the British Sailing Team’s Frances Peters and Nicola Groves are among some of the world’s top 49erFX sailors.
Taking time out of their busy training schedule as they prepare for the summer’s key regattas, the girls share their top tips for sailing a high performance skiff.
AC NEWS – Skipper Jimmy Spithill’s team mates react to his photo in ESPN The Magazine “Body” issue. While Jimmy gets a rough go from his team, there’s a lot of sympathy for “Goobs” (Iain Jensen, Artemis Racing), who lent Jimmy his Moth for the photo shoot.
PACIFIC CUP – The past 24 hours have produced numerous lead changes and some unintended drama for the 55-boat fleet competing in the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii. Steve Stroub’s Santa Cruz 37, Tiburon, reported losing its rudder yesterday afternoon. Cayenne, a Passport 40 and one of the communications boats, skippered by Michael Moradzadeh, suspended racing and provided extra water and their emergency rudder.
Approximately 800 miles from the finish, Tiburon expects to continue sailing under a double headsail rig with their alternative steering system. Morale on-board is reported to be good, there are no injuries, and they have adequate food and water for their remaining passage.
The Yellowbrick tracking will likely go LIVE (6 hour delay will vanish) on Thursday as the first boat comes within 200 miles of the finish. The first boat to trip the line should be Venture, a Jenneau 49 in Cruising Division). The tracker is being delayed to prevent, to some degree, a racing boat’s ability to view what its competitors are doing at the moment.
Prior to the implementation of tracking systems, the only information racers, friends and family received about other boats was at the daily morning check-in, a once-a-day snapshot of competitors’ positions. Trackers have proven to be a game-changer especially for the shore-based crowd who can now follow the race in detail throughout the day. As Blade Runner’s blog warned, “Try it, pretty addictive.”
Many of those who drove north of the rhumb line have now gybed over onto port and are close to their heading for the finish. The fleet is now spread out over 450nm from north to south and the leaderboard has once again seen some changes.
Snafu in the ‘Iwi Division appears to have a firm hold on the lead with only Blade Runner and Green Buffalo in striking distance. Wolfpack has a similar grip in the Kolea Division, again posting a remarkable 219nm day. Thirsty is the only other boat in this division with a shot.
California Girl has wrestled the lead away from sister-ship Azure by a slim margin – watch for these two to swap the lead all the way to the finish. Both of these boats trail Green Buffalo for the Cal 40 One-Design trophy, and collectively they are currently in 3rd, 4th, and 5th positions in the PHRF Rating Division.
Sweet Okole continues to lead the Weems & Plath Division, and Free Bowl of Soup will need magic to catch them. Time is running out for Encore to overtake Por Favor in the Matson Division and the rest of the group is not a threat.
Hamachi has solidified her lead in the competitive Sonnen BMW Division, moving into 4th in the ORR Rating Group and 7th overall. Swazik and Surprise are pressing hard but may not have enough time to reel Hamachi in before the finish.
In the Latitude 38 Division, Scarlett Runner has a bowsprit-length lead over Pyewacket, but this race is far from over – both are extremely well sailed boats, so watch for many lead changes here. Invisible Hand will likely be first to finish, overtaking Venture in the last 200nm.
Report by event media.
The 2070-mile Pacific Cup has staggered starts on July 6 through July 11 for the nine divisions. Since 1980, the race has been sailed from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii every other year, and since 1988 the finish has been at Kaneohe Yacht Club on Oahu. The Pacific Cup is organized by Pacific Cup Yacht Club in association with Richmond Yacht Club.
GOVERNOR’S CUP - The top eight youth match teams at the Governor’s Cup competed in the Quarter Final Round Robin, completing six of the seven flights. At the top of the rank are teams led by Nevin Snow (USA) and Sam Gilmour (AUS), who recently competed in the World University Match Racing Championships in Italy, with Snow edging out Gilmour in the finals.
After the first six flights of the Quarter Final Round Robin with the top eight teams, San Diego Yacht Club’s Nevin Snow and his team have won five of their matches, Nevin lost only to Royal Freshwater Bay’s Sam Gilmour. Nevin knows how to win since he was the 2011 Gov Cup winner. He and his teammate AJ Reiter who attend Georgetown University have just returned from the World University Match Racing Championships in Italy where they won over nineteen teams from all over the world. Also with five wins, last year’s winner Sam Gilmour of Australia’s Freshwater Bay Yacht Club lost only to BYC’s Ryan Davidson’s team. Sam came in second in the races in Italy.
Three teams have three wins and three losses each. They include both BYC teams as well as Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The results of the final race on Friday will decide which two of those will be in the final four. The remaining four will then begin a series of races to decide their final standings. Chicago Yacht Club and Royal Port Nicholson each have 2 wins and four losses, while St. Francis Yacht Club has only prevailed over Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
The four teams who are having a sail-off for the Silver Flight have completed four races with Charlie LaLumiere’s Portland/Oakcliffe team winning all four. The young team from Newport Harbor won three while Royal New Zealand had one win. The young team from Vancouver Canada has maintained their enthusiasm despite their losses. They are very enthusiastic about their experiences here and are learning what they need to work on in the future. They hope to be back.
The change in the weather may have made a difference for some of the teams, since the wind has been strong and steady today, coming from the west and maintaining about fifteen knots. The temperature has been in the mid-70’s and we hope will continue to provide excellent sailing.
The Balboa Yacht Club scene is a busy one with the extensive junior program going on each day, the Monday evening dinner celebration of the beginning of the 48th Governor’s Cup Regatta, the Wednesday evening racing of non- keel boats, the Thursday evening Beer Can races, and the Friday night reception that includes the actual America’s Cup, with Gary Jobson, NBC and ESPN commentator. BYC’s Andy Rose, Gov Cup winner in 1969 and 70 and America’s Cup Tactician will enjoy interviewing the Gov Cup racers.
The thirty-six racing participants in the Governor’s Cup are enjoying a variety of activities, including racing on Thursday evening on the larger racers who compete in Newport Harbor in the Beer Cans. The Beer Cans are a long term tradition in our harbor with exciting competition every Thursday evening throughout the summer.
Racing will be held through Saturday in the ocean near the Newport Pier. Umpires on the water followed each match to make instant decisions if there are rules infractions. The weather cooperated today, with the overcast disappearing and steady wind about 8 knots coming from the west. Temperatures remained in the mid 70’s.
The Governor’s Cup is principally sponsored by HOM Sotheby’s International Realty, Pretend City, CR&R, Telescope Peak and the Newport Balboa Sailing and Seamanship Association. Team supporters include David and Deborah Lake, Faucet Depot, Island Marine Fuel and Skyline Resources.
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – Feel like you are relaxing on the beaches of Mexico with…THE MEXICAN SHANDY. It’s tequila, beer, lime and salt all coming together in this super refreshing cocktail. Enjoy and drink responsibly!
SHARK LEGENDS – Who really made the JAWS shark? Was it Steven Spielburg? The famous shark is back in the news again as the Harvard Sailing Team claims they made JAWS and reveal how they made this legendary shark come to life. Check out their story above.