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Julia Bailey, sailing GBR720 Aimee, and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, sailing GBR761 Jerboa, lead the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Largs
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Björn Hansen SWE flawless on day 1 and yesterday, it was the local Johnie Berntsson SWE, who enthused the public with 6 wins. Still undefeated is the World Champion Ian Williams GBR (70), and also 6 victories have Johnie …
Light and shifty winds prevailed also on day 2 of the 470 European Championships in Aarhus DEN, and both fleets terminated the Qualification Series for Gold and Silver fleets.
Convincing the performance of Stuart …
Solo sailor Steve White, interviewed live on BBC Radio Solent 28th June 2015. Talking about his attempt at the solo ‘Westabout’ world record, following his 11th place finish in the 2015 Round the Island Race.
Find out more about Steve’s Westabout record campaign here: http://www.bluqube.co.uk/blog/modern-…
I think Bouwe Bekking sums it up perfectly when he says ‘It’s not funny anymore.’
Thirty-nine teams raced in the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, held June 28-30 on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. Using Club 420s, Stephanie Houck (Annapolis, Md.) and Camille White (Annapolis, Md.) dominated the series, posting all top five scores through 10 races to win by 12 points over was Louisa Nordstrom (Osprey, Fla.) and Katie Lounsbury (Stuart, Fla.) in second. Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.) placed third. Event website – Results
The Holy Gale event was held June 24-28 on Smith Creek Dry Lake in Nevada, the site of the 2014 Landsailing World Championship. In this video clip, the desert lives up to its legend as being a very dynamic place to sail – or just survive! Winds clocked to the high 60s and did some major damage to minor damage as it blew through the camp – sending toy haulers and tent campers rolling end for end across the playa (watch the upper right corner of the video). Most damage was limited to a lot of stuff getting blown a mile or two into the playa. Video published on Jun 30, 2015.
Ondrej Teply (CZE) has started the 2015 Finn Junior World Championships for the Silver Cup in the best possible way.
by Julie Davidson
You’ve used the great tips on How to Find a Few Good Crew and now that you’ve found a few competent people that you like sailing with—how do you make sure they keep coming back?
Loyalty among the crew is prized above all say many boat owners, but loyalty among crew doesn’t come without a little effort on the part of the boat owner. With a few hundred races on the Bay per year (we dare you to try to count them!), even a beginning sailor has plenty of opportunity to boat hop if they’re not having fun.
Bill Woodruff sails his Catalina 30 Huge out of South Beach Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA. He says his boat is a great training ground for new sailors, and over the years, he’s had maybe 20 or 30 come through his program. “We’ll take anybody out who’s enthusiastic and we’ll teach them as much as they want to learn,” says Woodruff. “We try to have a very supportive environment, we let people make mistakes, and we try not to get upset.”
While some sailors will move on to other more challenging boats, Woodruff has about 10 core crew that keep coming back, year after year. One of the ways he keeps his crew happy, is to get them together each year to pick one signature regatta to charter a boat and race in. “Last year we sailed in the Croatia Cup, starting in Split and heading northeast up the coast.” It was a weeklong one-design race—the group chartered one of 20 Beneteau First 35s—and Woodruff’s crew finished second.
“We did very well, because one of the things you find out is that if you’re okay sailors in the Bay, you’re pretty much going to kill it everywhere else,” he says. The trips keep people interested because they have a new challenge each year, but what Woodruff’s secret really comes down to, is allowing people to make mistakes, to learn and grow as sailors.
To go along with Woodruff’s advice, here are our top 5 simple ways to keep your crew happy on and off the water… click here
Note for Crews: This isn’t a one-way street! There are a lot things you can do to let your boat owner know you appreciate the opportunity to go sailing and show them you’re an invaluable member of the team.
Doing a boat delivery, bringing homemade cookies to a regatta, or offering to provide the sandwiches or beer for a race is always appreciated. And at the end of the season when your skipper takes you out for a nice dinner, make sure you’ve organized a nice year-end gift in return.
At the end of the day, racing together is a huge commitment for the owner, crew, and their family and friends. Making everyone feel like a valued member of the team goes a long way to creating a successful program.
(June 30, 2015) – Since passing the exclusion zones yesterday – around Nantucket Shoals and, further to the east, the Northern Right Whale Critical habitat – the 13-strong first wave of boats competing in the Transatlantic Race has entered the Atlantic proper now, where it has divided in two groups. Click headline for full report.
Barcelona, Spain (June 30, 2015) – With a more favorable forecast in hand despite the continued hot weather, race managers from the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona had only a brief postponement this morning before getting the fleet out of the Port Vell harbor and off racing on day two of the 2015 ORC World Championship.
Two races were completed in all classes on both courses in somewhat light 6-9 knot southwest wind conditions, with positions close in all three classes after four races.
Leading Class A is reigning Class A World Champion, Alberto Rossi and his TP 52 team from Italy on Enfant Terrible Minoan Lines, but only 1.5 points ahead of 2013 Class A World Champion Marco Serafini racing his TP 52 Xio from Italy.
In Class B, Flavio Trusendi’s IMX 45 Giumat+2 from Italy is the only team to have three victories, but still only leads their class by just two points over perennial Spanish offshore champion Pedro Campos racing his Swan 42 Movistar,
The current Class C leader is yesterday’s runner-up, Alberto Moro’s X-37 Solventis from Spain, tied but ahead of Michael Mollman’s X-37 Hansen from Denmark, and just two points ahead of the reigning Class C World Champion, Giuseppe Giuffre’s new Italia 9.98F Low Noise 2 from Italy.
Tomorrow at 1200 local time is the scheduled start of the offshore race, which is divided into two segments: a race northeast up the coast, where times will be taken at the turning mark and scored as the first offshore race. Then the fleet proceeds back to where they started in Barcelona and scored at the finish there, and scored as the long offshore race.
Both segments are given a 1.0 points weighting, and either can be discarded if both are completed. In the event the longer of the two has to be abandoned for any reason, the results of the shorter race will then remain as non-discardable.
Racing continues daily, concluding on July 4, 2015. Click headline for full report.
Mark Towill was just 18 years old when he met Charlie Enright on the set of the Disney movie Morning Light, a documentary that followed their training and participation of the TP52 Morning Light team in the 2007 Transpac Race. But together they hatched a dream, which was realized when they launched their Volvo Ocean Race campaign in January 2014.
Now 27 years, and having just completed the 2014-15 edition with Team Alvimedica, Mark shares an update with Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck …
Can you remember when this campaign began?
Seems like yesterday, and it also seems like it was years ago. It depends when you want to start the clock, to be honest. Obviously the race started in October 2014, and where we are now compared to where we were then, it’s like night and day. It’s kind of a shame that the race has ended because we feel like we’re just coming into our stride. I almost want the next race to start tomorrow.
How would you reflect on this experience?
It’s been unbelievable. I’ve learned more in the last 12 months than I have my entire life – both on and off the water. Just the sailing itself has been unbelievable; my knowledge and understanding of offshore sailing, what it means to be competitive on the water, and really what it takes to be successful in this event… the gains have been immense.
Coming into it, we didn’t know what we didn’t know. So now we do know, and we can do a whole lot better. I’d like to think that we did some things well, but we could certainly do a lot of things differently, in a better way. And that, I think, excites Charlie and myself a lot. To have another opportunity at this, to implement everything we’ve learned and to be able to put together a winning campaign from the beginning, would be pretty cool.
For what we just did, there’s no instruction manual. There’s nobody that spells it out for you, and the only way to learn is to just do it, which is what we’ve been lucky enough to do. But the reality is, now we do know. We could use our time better. We could make better decisions on everything. So that part’s really exciting for us.
How did you and Charlie balance your roles?
I think we work well together because we have balancing skill sets, but at the end of the day, we have similar values and views of the world. Charlie tends to take on more of the sailing and performance stuff, and I’ve always tended to focus more on the onshore portions; the commercial and organizational stuff.
In the early stages, I was definitely much more involved in setting everything up. And as we came onto being fully online and sailing, I’ve transitioned more into just the performance side of it, at least while we’re on the boat. So it’s been an interesting balance, and as we transition into the next step here, I think that it’ll only continue.
Sounds like you are ready to get started. What’s next for you guys?
Charlie and I will start by sailing together in the Transatlantic Race on the R/P 63 Lucky. Charlie also has fatherhood in the immediate picture. But in the longer term, we’re already starting to prepare for the next Volvo Ocean Race. We are preparing for the process of sponsorship acquisition. Whether that’s with Alvimedica or with another brand, that’s still a little bit up in the air, but we definitely want to do the next race and want to continue to use the momentum that we’ve generated right now to make that happen.
Events like the Volvo Ocean Race typically struggle to maintain momentum, despite how vital it is for both the teams and the event. How do you plan to maintain the momentum?
For starters, it’s pretty nice to be able to know that the exact boat we’re sailing now could be the same boat we would sail in the next race. With the majority of the ports already defined, that brings a lot of certainty to what’s typically an uncertain event. I’d say in that respect there’s definitely some momentum there. As for the team side specifically, it’s just about getting back sailing as quickly as you can. There’s always more you could be doing, more you could be testing. Ideally, it’s just continuing to build the team and sail with the same guys. So that’s our focus.
What becomes of the assets – the boat, gear, shoreside base?
It sounds like Volvo’s going to set up their boatyard facility in Alicante, so that’s where our boat will eventually head and get decommissioned. I think a number of the boats are doing the same thing though some of the boats are doing some commercial sailing in the short term.
Does Alvimedica plan to continue as a race sponsor?
Alvimedica will advise their intentions in due course but Charlie and I are ready to go again whether with Alvimedica or other partners. We will be looking at all opportunities to ensure we are the starting line for the 2017-2018 edition.
How much did budget size impact this edition?
It’s no secret that we were one of the smaller budget teams in this race. Teams like Abu Dhabi and SCA have proven that with more resources you can certainly achieve a lot more. Maybe not as much as the previous editions of the race, but it did have an impact.
The plan for the 2017-18 race is for the current boats to be used again, plus there will be some new boats built. Without knowing what Alvimedica plans to do, what is the chance of you being a team without a boat?
Quite possibly, for the first time in this race’s history, there’s potentially a scarcity of boats. The event’s been so successful that there could be a supply and demand issue. So timing certainly is of the essence. The incentives are to secure the control of your boat and get sailing as quickly as you can, but you can only control what you can control. It would be great to have somebody call us up tomorrow and say they want to be our title sponsor for the next race, but the world doesn’t always work like that. We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to get to the starting line.
Charlie Enright (left) and Mark Towill when they announced their Team Alvimedica campaign on January 30, 2014.
Ondrej Teply (CZE) has started the 2015 Finn Junior World Championships for the Silver Cup in the best possible way, winning both races
Newport, RI (June 30, 2015) – With 13 boats having left Sunday (June 28) on the 2,800-mile Transatlantic Race 2015, a second group of 20 is likewise due to begin the journey this Wednesday (July 1) from a staging area across from Castle Hill Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage.
It is ashore on the lighthouse’s rocky perch that the New York Yacht Club’s Race Committee sets itself up to sight the start (1:50 warning signal for the day’s first start at 2 p.m.), and it is there and on the opposite Jamestown shore that hundreds of people turn out to wave bon voyage to the fleet and revel in the spirit of adventure that permeates the air.
With the largest, fastest, most powerful boats being saved for last (their start is on Sunday, July 5), this lot – with five Class 40s, 10 IRC Racer/Cruisers and five IRC Racing entrants – will have ample muscles to flex for its own duly impressive showing.
Local Volvo Ocean Race/Team Alvimedica heroes Charlie Enright and Mark Towill will sail on Bryon Ehrhart’s Chicago entrant Lucky in IRC Racing class, while the world’s most recognizable single-handed sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, will sail with four others on his Open 60 Grey Power in that same class.
In 1969, Sir Robin became the first person to sail alone non-stop around the world. Since, he has circumnavigated the earth three more times (once on his own and twice with crew), but the 76-year-old is quick to point out that two others in his crew have sailed around the world singlehanded as well: India’s Dilip Donde and France’s Bernard Gallay.
“If you include me, that’s 60 percent of our crew and 1 ½ percent of the 200 people in the world who’ve ever done it,” he said, adding that, by comparison, 680 people have gone into space.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail around the world solo and non-stop, will sail his Open 60 Grey Power with four others in the Transatlantic Race 2015. (from left: photo courtesy of Robin Knox-Johnston, photo credit Jan Harley/Media Pro)
Filling the final two Grey Power crew spots are Monaco’s Joshua Warren and the UK’s David Aisher, who happens to be the Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, one of the event’s four hosts. (Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club are the others.) While many boats will sail with 12-15 crew members, Sir Robin, who sailed Grey Power to third in last November’s 3,542 mile single-handed Transatlantic Route du Rhum, says five won’t leave him shorthanded.
“The boat is designed for one person so I think we’ll manage to do all right (laughs),”he said, “but we aren’t expecting to win overall. We have a terrible rating. If Rambler 88 (a boat in the third start trying to break the race record) crosses in 6 ½ days, we have to do it in eight – that just isn’t going to happen. The priority is to get across safely, and after that, as fast as we can.”
Meeting Sir Robin at registration was a thrill for the youngest sailor in the fleet, 14-year-old Breana Rath, who will sail with her father Colin Rath and 12 others aboard her family’s cruising boat Persevere in IRC Racer/Cruiser class. She has lived on the boat with her family (including mom, twin sisters, a dog and a cat) since October of last year and “bounced around the Caribbean for seven months” before coming to Newport.
About racing across the Atlantic, she said, “I’m mostly nervous about doing well with all these professional sailors and keeping my part up, because I know I just want to be equal with everyone else.” She explained that she handles the running back stays on the boat, because “I’m strong with upper body muscles, and no one else wants to do it.”
Fourteen-year-old Breana Rath is the youngest competitor in the Transatlantic Race 2015. She will sail with her father Colin Rath aboard the Rath family’s 55-foot Persevere. (from left: photo credit Jan Harley, photo courtesy of the Rath family)
“I think that’s great,” said Sir Robin to Breana, “and I give full marks to Dad for taking you. You’ll get an experience you’ll never forget and I expect you’ll be back for more.”
Also up for the adventure is the father/son combination aboard Jinja. Since it is a cruising version of the racier Class 40s that have their own start on Wednesday, Jinja will sail in IRC Racing Class with an all-British crew led by Ian Matthews. His two sons, Alex and Rupert, and his son-in-law, Jonathan Russell, will be part of Jinja’s six-person crew. “I’m a bit nervous…anxious…excited…I’ve done the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) but never a transatlantic passage like this,” said the elder Matthews.
The second start of the Transatlantic Race 2015 also will showcase two German boats, both with well-known German sailors aboard. Burkhard Keese’s Class 40 Stella Nova features Jorg Riechers, his country’s most accomplished single-handed and double-handed sailor, and IRC Racing class entrant Outsider features Tilmar Hansen and Thomas Jungblut as Admiral’s Cup and Maxi Worlds veterans. Both boats are in it to win it.
“The race is cool, it’s tough,” said Riechers, “and it’s a good thing for my offshore career, because experience is important.” Jungblut said Outsider is built for long-distance racing, and his team has every chance to win in class as well as overall. “That is not only a wish, but our goal,” he said.
Jose Diego-Arozamena’s Spanish entrant Maximizer also has some accomplished sailors who are countrymen aboard, incuding skipper Bachi Riberio and Gerard Marin, both known for their Barcelona World Race campaigns. Also among Maximizer’s 12 crew members are Spain’s 1992 470 Olympic Gold Medalist Francisco Sanchez Luna and J/80 World champion Juan Gonzales. “If we have a good race, we’d like to podium, but if not, it’s just nice that we are doing the race,” said Riberio.
TR 2015 Roster of Entries Starting on July 1 (20 boats)
Altair, Bob Eichler, Bellevue, Wash.
Amhas, MacKenzie Davis, Portland, Maine, USA
Brigand, Sean Saslo, Westbrook,Conn., USA
Dragon, Michael Hennessey, Mystic, Conn., USA
Grey Power, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Portsmouth, GBR
Jinja, Ian Matthews, St. Mawes, GBR
Lady B, Jack Madden, Newport, R.I., USA
Lucky, Bryon Ehrhart, Chicago, Ill., USA
Maximizer, Jose Diego-Arozamena, New York, N.Y., USA and ESP
Nomad IV, Clarke Murphy, MLT
Noonmark VI, Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy, Southampton, GBR
Outsider, Tilmar Hansen/Thomas Jungblut, Kiel/Hamburg, GER
Persevere, Colin Rath, liveaboard, USA
Privateer, Ron O’Hanley, Newport, R.I., USA
Prospector, Shelter Island Transatlantic Partners, Paul McDowell/ Larry Landry, Shelter Island, N.Y., USA
Siren, William Hubbard III/Bill Hubbard IV, New York, N.Y., USA
Snow Lion, Lawrence Huntington, New York, N.Y., USA
Stella Nova, Burkhard Keese, Munich, GER
Toothface 2, Mike Dreese/Rob Windsor, Boston, Mass., USA
Visit Brussels, Michael Kleinjans, Antwerp, BEL
Report by Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International
Background: The 2796nm Transatlantic Race 2015 extends west to east across the North Atlantic from Newport, USA to the Lizard, in southwest England. Thirteen boats started June 28, with 20 boats to get underway on July 1, and the four fastest yachts in the race to make up the final start on July 5.
Two more races completed Tuesday in light sea breezes, with two new series leaders after another day of extremely close racing at the 2015 ORC World Championship
Local favourite Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and his Berntsson Sailing Team had six wins out of seven races in Qualifying at Stena Match Cup Sweden
The opening day of the Melges 24 World Championship completed three races for the 95 competing teams. Light variable winds made consistency a challenge, with only Martin Trcka (CZE) able to stay in the top ten to now hold a nine point lead. Racing continues through July 5, with 14 races scheduled. Click headline for full report and highlight video.
The 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship will be held at Rutland Sailing Club, Rutland Water, UK on July 19-24. This year, the competition will comprise Open and Under 19 divisions with the top three teams in each section being awarded ISAF championship medals. Click headline for details.
2015 ORC World Championship, Barcelona – Races 3 and 4 images by Max Ranchi
Men’s BigAir competition at the new Riverview Park Launch Ramp for kiteboarding, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay, at Pittsburg, CA on June 28. Video published on Jun 29, 2015.
Hydroptere on final approach.
Should make landfall this afternoon.
No word if they will turn and burn.
The final assembly of Francois Gabbart’s new maxi trimaran is currently under way at CDK Keroman in Lorient France.
The 100′ is scheduled to launch later this summer, the ultimate goal is a Jules Verne trophy attempt in 2019.
The 29 year old Francois has become a superstar in France after winning the Vendee Globe in 2013 on his 1st attempt.
The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race’s flagship half-hour weekly show, Life at the Extreme, will round up all the action for 39 weeks from start to finish.
Episode 38 – Gambit – published on June 30, 2015
Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race takes the fleet via a pit stop in The Netherlands. Leaving Lorient in France, the seven crews have to negotiate a tidal race – overfalls from the vast amount of water swooshing in and out of the English Channel – all against them at the time. Then they split to work their way around the Dover shipping channel, or Traffic Separation Scheme, which they cannot enter. Dongfeng Race Team, Team Brunel and MAPFRE take the northern gambit…
Marstrand, Sweden (June 30, 2015) – Local favourite Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and his Berntsson Sailing Team took full advantage of the champagne sailing conditions in Marstrand today with six wins out of seven races in Qualifying at Stena Match Cup Sweden, the third World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Berntsson joins Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar and Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing with seven points at the top of the leader-board. Defending event champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiksa Racing lies in fourth position with six points. Click headline for full report.
No big improvement for the British competitors at the 470 Europeans in Aarhus, Denmark, in fact a step back for Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre
How you could be foiling in hours rather than years. Until now, sailing on hydrofoils has been largely for pro sailors and those with a surplus of talent and time. But as Matthew Sheahan discovers aboard a brand new production built foiling cat, flying could soon be for all. Check out the Formula Whisper Cat.
The competitor list for the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship finds 159 of the best Laser sailors from around the world coming to Kingston, Canada. These world class athletes will represent 64 different nations and will compete for 7 day on Lake Ontario. The practice race will be held on July 1st before the Opening Ceremonies. Racing begins daily at 1130, running July 2-8. Event website.
“I think when I get to sit down, I’ll realise just how special it is,” smiles Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing navigator Simon Fisher, or ‘SiFi’ to his crew mates.
The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Dragon Scottish Championship concluded on Monday evening with the trophy being awarded to Julia Bailey, Keith Tippell, Will Heritage and Pedro Andrade
Allen Brothers, the British manufacturer of performance dinghy hardware, will be sponsoring the ISAF Team Racing Worlds taking place at Rutland Water from 19-24 July.
Photographer Cory Silken provides us with a computer desktop background for the month of July.
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Instead of launching straight into a downhill sleigh ride the 13 first starters have endured a tricky first night at sea
Bjorn Hansen, defending champion and four-time winner of Stena Match Cup Sweden, has set the pace on day one of Qualifying at the third World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).
Image : Mark Lloyd – No ‘Turbo’ label yet , as it’s only flying without the complete ‘overhaulin’ made by Artemis & Oracle. TNZ is a little late on the AC45 flying game due to their late main sponsorship confirmation, Emirates & Toyota are in again for Bermuda : emirates-team-new-zealand.americascup.com
Cammas has also secured Groupama as main supporter for Team France campaign.
Race day 1 at the 2015 470 European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark got underway with sun, clouds and a shifty breeze.
RS200 has replaced the Topper Argo as the Endeavour Championship boat for the 2015 event to be held 9-11 October at the Royal Corinthian YC