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Star Sailors League Finals winner – Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih USA take the title and the money
Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire takes back lead from Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss – Video here…
A fifteenth place finish in the single race completed Friday at the Melges 24 Worlds, put the celebrations on hold for Ireland’s Conor Clarke and his Embarr crew…
Dubai, UAE (December 3, 2016) – The Melges 40™, the largest, fastest and only canting keel sailboat ever offered by Melges Performance Sailboats (MPS), has successfully completed sea trials in Dubai.
Designed by Botin Partners Naval Architecture and built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), the vision for the Melges 40 is for ‘pure one-design’ racing, with the technical features seeking the combination of absolute performance and innovation.
Over the last several months, Melges has embarked on a journey by which more collaboration with the best owners, sailors, teams and yacht clubs have taken place, all in the interest of re-defining the best and highest level of windward/leeward one-design racing.
Brought to life through the skilled and creative talents of Marcelino Botin and Adolfo Carrau, the Melges 40 represents the first Melges keelboat built entirely of carbon material. The design rests solid upon the laurels of Premier as it is the world leader in composite material technology.
The Melges 40 has completed its sea trials in Dubai with Melges Performance Sailboats and Premier Composite Technologies experts on hand. Boat no. 1, owned by Melges Premier Performance (MPP), has been used for overall product development including fine tuning systems in an effort to finalize one-design Class Rules.
Currently, new Melges 40 owners Valentin Zavadnikov of Team Synergy, Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden and Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG are sailing it for the first time.
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(December 3, 2016; Day 8, 0900 UTC) – Lloyd Thornburg’s American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the second year running. The American MOD70 completed the course in 6 days 13 hours 39 minutes and 55 seconds.
Although the team was outside their race record set last year (5 days 22 hours 46 minutes 03 seconds), Phadeo3 is well ahead of their 2016 rivals, Giovanni Soldini’s Italian MOD70 Maserati, which is expected to finish the race on later night.
Team Phaedo for RORC Transatlantic Race:
Arriving under the cover of darkness, Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70, Phaedo3 crosses the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race in Grenada to take Multihull Line Honours © RORC/Arthur Daniel
Despite the fatigue of seven days of Atlantic racing, morale is high aboard Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70 who has top Canarian sailors on board including Carlos Hernández and Oliver Herrera: “The whole team is enormously satisfied with the speeds logged during their race and the huge progress hailed by her successful ocean foiling,” says Soldini, who is using the race as a test bed for the multihulls new foiling set up. With 200 miles to the finish line, Maserati will be the next boat to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race later this evening.
• The third RORC Transatlantic Race starts in Lanzarote on Saturday November 26, 2016 and the 2,995 nautical mile race runs through the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to arrive in Grenada
• The race is run in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA)
• The winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy for best elapsed time under IRC in 2015 was Jean-Paul Riviere’s 100ft Finot-Conq. Nomad IV also won IRC overall and the IMA Trophy for monohull line honours. Nomad IV also set a new monohull record for the RORC Transatlantic Race: 10 days 07 hours 06 minutes and 59 seconds
Source: Louay Habib. RORC
Light airs forced a delay to the start of the fourth and final day of the SSL Qualifying Rounds to select ten teams for the SSL Finals 2016, which take place tomorrow.
Although we feel privileged on the sailing conditions and our immense river, sometimes we want to foil no chop or mini chop at all, we have plenty of flat days at Rio de la Plata, but sailing As on a lake is the perfect venue for flying, so this weekend we headed to Chascomus, 1h trip from downtown Buenos Aires searching for perfect flat conditions, we arrived 4pm, but wind didn´t came in.
For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems, patiently accepting that his two closest adversaries were going to be able to steal a march on him thanks to the more favourable conditions at the head of the race.
The trickier conditions of today, with a light breeze from 040° that filled in only in the afternoon, forced the Race Committee to raise AP flag until 2.50pm, moment when the fleet was eventually given the preparatory signal and allowed to sail the first and only race of the day.
Phaedo^3 in the cover of dark finishes with line honours the RORC Transatlantic Race 2016 at 01 hours 49 minutes and 55 seconds on Saturday 3rd December 2016 to take Multihull Line Honours and provisionally win the Multihull Class.
Today was the final day of the Qualification Series at the SSL Final and it didn’t go as well as Josh and I hoped for. We ended up where we started the day… in 15th. We had glimpses of upward movement; leading at the first mark of the first race. But I forgot to go back to the well on the second windward leg and ended up eighth in a race that we led in.
(December 2, 2016; Day 25, 19:38 UTC) – Testing weather for Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM have cost him some miles in his attempt to break the solo round the world record. After a northerly course shift and numerous gybes, his latest 24 hour run of 548.5 nm decreases his margin to 1126.91 (-128 nm) ahead of the current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008.
Background: Thomas Coville (FRA) and the 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM started the attempt to break the solo round the world record from in Brest (France) on November 6. The current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s, which starts and finishes between the island of Ushant and Lizard Point in southern England, was set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008.
Source: Team Sodebo
(December 2, 2016; Day 26) – The leaders in the 8th Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. Although they have only sailed 330 miles in 24h at an average speed of 13.9 knots for Alex Thomson and 13.4 knots for Armel Le Cléac’h, this has been one of the rare days when their foilers have not clocked up amazing distances. The skipper of Hugo Boss has already sailed 10,700 miles since leaving Les Sables at an average speed of 17.3 knots.
Further back, Sébastien Josse (Edmond de Rothschild) is continuing to narrow the gap recovering 140 miles in 24 hours and was the second fastest in the fleet after StMichel-Virbac.
The contest is still raging between Paul Meilhat (SMA) and Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) who are finishing a hard day of work upwind. In these conditions, Paul on his foiler has been speeding along and is now 8 miles ahead of Beyou.
Jean-Pierre Dick, the fastest in the fleet averaged 22.5 knots in 4 hours and has left Le Cam and Ruyant 239 miles behind. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord pour Le Projet Imagine has slowed following damage to his mainsail battens. Yesterday he was 23 miles behind Le Cam and today 100…
Finally in the pack, Louis Burton is sailing more than 100 miles ahead of the Japanese sailor, Kojiro Shiraishi (Spirit of Yukoh). The battle is raging between Kojiro and Conrad Colman (Foresight Natural Energy), with just six miles between them. Finally, Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline) is catching up in the windy conditions in the South Atlantic winning back twenty miles a day to find himself in 14th place this evening 20 miles behind the New Zealander.
Didac Costa (One Planet One Ocean) and Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-faceOcean) are suffering in the ridge of high pressure with depressing speeds: 5.4 knots over the past 24 hours for Sébastien and 7.2 knots for Didac.
Ranking (Top 5 of 29 as of 18:00 UTC)
1. Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson (GBR), 14430 nm to finish
2. Banque Populaire VIII, Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA), 18.48 nm to leader
3. Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse (FRA), 528.61 nm
4. SMA, Paul Meilhat (FRA), 1157.46 nm
5. Maître CoQ, Jérémie Beyou (FRA), 1165.83 nm
The eighth Vendée Globe, which began November 6 from Les Sables d’Olonn, France, is the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. Twenty-nine skippers representing four continents and ten nations set sail on IMOCA 60s in pursuit of the record time set by François Gabart in the 2012-13 race of 78 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes.
For the first time in the history of the event, seven skippers will set sail on IMOCA 60s fitted with foils: six new boats (Banque Populaire VIII, Edmond de Rothschild, Hugo Boss, No Way Back, Safran, and StMichel-Virbac) and one older generation boat (Maitre Coq). The foils allow the boat to reduce displacement for speed gains in certain conditions. It will be a test to see if the gains can topple the traditional daggerboard configuration during the long and demanding race.
Source: Vendee Globe
French sailor Yann Eliès was today doing all he could to slow his 60ft raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm heading straight for him.
In this episode we have the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race which is a “feeder” for boats in Europe for the RORC Caribbean 600 in February, the Beneteau Owners Beneteau Cup on Sydney Harbour, Day 4 Fleet racing for the RC 44 Fleet, the launch at the hist club the CYCA for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Enda O’Ccoineen a character in the Vendee Globe bemoans the lack of a mirror on his boat and the Star Sailors League Final Day 1.
The six-month 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which annually extends from June 1 to November 30, had the most storms since 2010 and was the first season that saw more storms than normal since 2012. The most memorable storm was deadly and devastating Hurricane Matthew, which left hundreds dead in Haiti and led to horrendous flooding in the Carolinas after spinning up the U.S. East Coast.
The season was an unusually long one as well, starting with bizarre Hurricane Alex in January and ending with Hurricane Otto, which made a rare Thanksgiving landfall in Central America. In all, a total of 15 named tropical storms formed during 2016, seven of which turned into hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermine, Matthew, Nicole and Otto), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The 2016 Melges 24 World Championship is now for Ireland’s Conor Clarke to lose. That is the position of Clarke and his crew on Embarr after a stunning day on the water
Annabel Vose has become the first woman to be selected for the Land Rover BAR Academy, which aims to provide a pathway into the America’s Cup.
The winner of four World Championships, Annabel Vose is the first female sailor to be accepted to the Land Rover BAR Academy. The 22-year-old, who grew up in Southampton, will now be making a pitch for a place on the team’s race boat at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC) in Bermuda in June 2017. Vose learnt to sail at the Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Splash Week before competing in the Bursledon Regatta.
“I was racing against these guys who were in the national (Optimist) squad, and one of them recommended to me that I went and did the next open meeting. And from there it was always onto the next regatta, the next squad to join – it was quite an easy path for me to follow,” explained Vose.
She progressed through the RYA’s local squads, and then onto the national squad. She sailed and trained with them for three years before winning the national girl’s title at the age of 15; a trip to the Optimist World Championships in Rio followed.
After growing out of the Optimist, Vose settled into the two-handed 420. In that boat she won the Women’s 420 World and European Championships, before qualifying for the ISAF Youth Worlds, where she won a bronze medal. The natural next move was into the Olympic class 470 dinghy, and for a year, Annabel tried to combine this with her four year undergraduate masters course in Ship Science.
In training. Credit : Harry Kh/Land Rover BAR
Finding it too demanding, she decided to switch to match racing, where she became the first woman to beat the men and win the Youth Nationals in 2014 and subsequently the Student Match Racing Worlds.
“I think that every sailor knows what the America’s Cup is, and that’s always a goal in the back of their mind, no matter how far away it might seem – the academy bridged that gap. I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t applied and not tried. So I applied in April, completed the fitness test, and got a call back to come sailing,” explained Vose.
“I was invited to the second training camp in July. Over the summer I continued to work on my fitness and gained more experience sailing GC32 catamarans in Cowes,” she continued.
“I competed in the Extreme Sailing Series with Magenta, the all-female team, and I learnt so much that week. The hard work paid off as I received the invite to join the Land Rover BAR Academy,” said Vose.
Her final design project for her university degree is a foiling catamaran, and this, said Vose, has helped her at the academy.
“I understand the dynamics and forces around rigs and wing sails and my current focus in my Masters is on foiling catamarans. So I bring both sailing and technical experience to the team, not necessarily brute strength but that won’t let me down either,” she stressed.
The America’s Cup had female and co-ed teams competing in 1995 and 2000, but this was well before Vose’s time.
“I know the academy didn’t get that many female applicants, and that’s because of the pedigree of the America’s Cup where you don’t really see females, but there is no reason why I shouldn’t be on the Land Rover BAR Academy programme and hopefully that will inspire other people to try as well,” she added.
The first intake into the Land Rover BAR Academy has been competing in the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016. The series now uses a foiling multihull, the GC32, and is the ideal training platform for the academy’s young sailors. In addition, the ongoing selection programme will develop a team to compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Mike Slade’s Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the race record. The IRC Fleet and Class40 Division are getting a savage taste of ocean racing…
Sailing to Madagascar we get hit by the biggest gale we’ve ever seen. We’re about 240 miles East of the northern cape of Madagascar when the GRIB files start to show a compressed pressure gradient and forecasts of 30-40 knots.
We shorten sail and prepare for the rough weather. The forecast is way too low and we end up seeing 50 knots of wind and 7-10M (20-30 ft) waves during the worst part of it, which of course happens at night. The crew gets tossed around like crazy and everyone is forced to stay in their bunks while Capt. Breeyawn and The Braidster take 30 minute shifts hand steering down the waves all night long. It’s a really intense experience but Delos is a strong boat and takes very good care of us.
This is our story, a story of three souls sailing around the world. It is a story about sailing, but it’s also a story about the fantastic people we meet and amazing places we see. It’s a story of people living their lives in an alternate way, in close connection with the beautiful people and amazing planet that we call home. Our experience has affected us so profoundly we want to share it, hoping that others may find inspiration to follow their dreams and do what they love.
The sport of sailing is so diverse it would be impossible to address all the issues, opportunities and challenges. But the gathering of just over 280 delegates from around the world gave it a good try, as they packed in two very intense days of debate and discussion at the eighth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta.
You cannot see, feel, smell or taste carbon monoxide, which makes carbon monoxide poisoning the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many countries. This video from the Royal Yachting Association provides a sobering account of this danger and a reminder to stay safe this winter. Nice Mannequin Challenge too. Additional information here. Video published on Dec 1, 2016.
The third day of the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship provided lighter breeze to add three more races to the series, but it did little to shake the dominance of Conor Clarke’s Embarr.
The Irish entry posted a 2-1-2 to further pad their lead. After nine races, they have yet to post a score worse than fifth. The good tactical calls, together with the amazing speed that the crew manages to reach in the downwind legs, has enabled Embarr to build a 25 point lead.
In the Corinthian division, the boats of the top three remained the same, but their order changed completely: Decorum USA805 (16-22-12/4-4-2) of Megan Ratliff abandoned the top of the ranking in favor of the Italian crew Taki 4 ITA778 (3-16-6/2-2-1) of Marco Zammarchi that, after having been daily best in Corinthian also yesterday, eventually reached the leadership of the division, sailing consistently even if the light breeze conditions are not the favorite of this crew.
“We are happy for the outcome of the last two days of racing here in Miami,” declared Niccolò Bertola, helmsman of Taki 4. “Sailing for the Europeans in Hyeres had been great fun, but here it is totally another story. The fleet is competitive, numerous and fast and for us the attention to be paid is double, because we have to focus both on the overall ranking and on the Corinthian division.
“Our closest opponent, in this moment, is Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 (1-14-21/1-1-4), that is chasing for us with just 3 points of margin: we will keep being focused on the races, we know the Estonian crew has the potential to win again a Melges 24 World Championship in our division, so the success of today cannot distract us from our final purpose.” – Read on
Twelve races are scheduled from November 29 to December 3.
Corinthian Division (Top 5 of 37; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Taki 4, Marco Zammarchi , ITA –  -3 -4 -2 -2 -1 -2 -2 -1 ; 17
2. Lenny, Tõnu Tõniste , EST – 2 -4 -2 - -1 -5 -1 -1 -4 ; 20
3. Decorum, Megan Ratliff , USA – 1 -1 - -1 -6 -2 -4 -4 -2 ; 21
4. ACCRU, G. Nixon / K. Nixon , AUS – 3 -5 -3 - -4 -3 -3 -10 -9 ; 40
5. Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill, Ronald Veraar , NED – 6 -2 -1 - -3 -18 -10 -8 -3 ; 51
Overall Results (Top 5 of 74; 9 races 1 discard)
1. Embarr, Conor Clarke , IRL – 2 -1 -1 -3 -4 - -2 -1 -2 ; 16
2. Maidollis 3, Gian Luca Perego , ITA – 3 -5 -3 -9 -6 -2 - -3 -10 ; 41
3. Air Force 1, Bora Gulari , USA – 1 -2 -2 -16 -5 - -12 -10 -1 ; 49
4. ARGO, Jason Carroll , USA – 5 -3 -4 -13 -7 - -5 -5 -13 ; 55
5. Monsoon, Bruce Ayres , USA – 10 -4 -13 -7 -3 - -10 -4 -5 ; 56
Presented annually by Mystic Seaport since 2006, the “America and the Sea Award” recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. in 2016 Mystic Seaport recognized Bob and Rod Johnstone of J/Boats. Video published on Nov 30, 2016
Now at the 22nd parallel north, Maserati Multi70 continues her race W/SW to the finish-line off Grenada, having spent the last 12 hours making an impressive average speed of 30 knots with peaks of 40, thanks to the L-foil and T-foil rudder on her port side.
Some of the most amazing sailing footage has just been posted on the web.
If you have ever wondered what it looks like out there is the middle of the open ocean thousands of miles from land sailing an IMOCA 60 at full speed, wonder no more. The french navy stationed at Kerguelen Island intercepted the two leading boats in the Vendée Globe and captured some incredible footage.
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three finishers from last year’s regatta, is set to contest the second annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the $10,000 regatta begins Saturday, Dec. 3, and runs through Friday, Dec. 9. Full report.
Rio’s Olympic regatta ends with its native daughters atop the podium, carrying on a family tradition.
Artemis Racing crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team’s first development boat, Turbo 1.
Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, provides an update on the state of play with less than 8 months to go to the finals of AC35, and Loick Peyron provides the inspiration to a squad of young aspiring sailors in Toulon…
Malcolm Page spent a couple decades as an athlete in pursuit of the Olympic Games, a mission that earned the Australian three trips, two gold medals, and seven World Championships in his 470 event. Page retired after the London 2012 Games to pursue family life, moving to the UK to work for World Sailing as Head of Media for World Sailing.
But Page found his competitive spirit was still quite alive, and is now moving the family to USA where he will assume the position as Chief of Olympic Sailing. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck caught up with Page for an update…
Let’s start with something basic. Why this shift?
If you can’t be an athlete, I think this is a pretty cool position to be in, to support other athletes realize their dreams. Now 44 years, I knew following my Olympic career, this is where I really wanted to end up, in this sort of role.
So I got a call from the US team saying, “This position’s going, are you interested?” That was from Josh Adams himself, who held this position, so I suppose that was good in a way that he felt I was worthy to have a go at the whole interview process. So I put my hat in the ring and here we are.
What is the job description?
Josh had a lot of responsibilities which ranged from fundraising to performance. As I understand it, he did a tremendous job, but the initiative now is to push this program even higher. To do that, there needs more focus in all areas.
So I am purely responsible for the high performance program from the youth level right through to the Olympic Games. My role will no longer lead fundraising, with that responsibility handled elsewhere. I will certainly provide support but my main focus will be on performance.
What has occurred thus far for you?
I flew from the UK to the US this past Sunday to formalize my agreement and attend a coach’s clinic in Miami. This was attended by Olympic, College, and other top coaches where there was a big three-day brain dump.
There was a lot of ground covered, and it was great to understand everyone’s situation and figure out how we can all work together. I am now off to Australia for the Sailing World Cup Final and then back home to the UK to prepare for our move to the States and for me to assume the position full time on January 1.
How did the US Olympic program assess itself after the 2016 Games?
These are early days for me so I’m not really privy to all that yet. However, I think the assessment is we’ve done all right. We obviously got one Olympic medal as a result, and had basically four medal chances leading to the Games. Plus looking forward, there is a view that the medal chances are growing. The mission will be continued improvement, which certainly includes those events where we are some distance from the podium.
Much more…click here.
Nassau, Bahamas (December 1, 2016) – Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds for the Star Sailors League Finals on Montagu Bay. Mark Mendleblatt and Brian Fatih (USA) stayed out of trouble today, racing fast and clean, to post a 4-5-1, to move up to the lead in the Qualifying Rounds. Full report, highlight video, and live stream… click here.
St Thomas, USVI (December 1, 2016) – Renée Groeneveld is leading the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, the 5th and final event of the 2016 WIM Series, after the first day of round-robin. The Dutch skipper controlled the shifty conditions in the Charlotte Amalie harbour, posting five wins and no losses in today’s racing. American Stephanie Roble shares the runner-up position with Josefine Boel Rasmussen of Denmark. Full report.
As of 14.00 UTC on 1 December 2016, British skipper Alex Thomson is the Vendée Globe race leader. Watch video of Hugo Boss in the southern Indian Ocean.
14.13 on 1 December
Alex Thomson has regained his lead in the solo, non-stop, around the world race, the Vendée Globe. As of 14.00 UTC, the British skipper is just ahead of Armel Le Cléac’h on board Banque Populaire VIII in the southern Indian Ocean.
In the first 15 days after entries opened some 30 boats entered. Now the total has reached 48 including 18 newcomers to the Race. That’s two more than the final entry total for the 2015 race.
Rarely does a small city like Rockingham get an opportunity to shape the future of sailing. But the coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history at the cutting-edge of kitehydrofoil racing and sailing.