Race 8 of the Contender Worlds won by Britain’s Simon Mussell now all depends on the final day but…
Race 8 of the Contender Worlds won by Britain’s Simon Mussell now all depends on the final day but…
Southampton, UK (April 29, 2016) – Australia’s sporting capital, Melbourne, is to host the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final on December 4-11 out of the St Kilda Sailing Precinct.
The Sailing World Cup Final will bring together the world’s best sailors in the aftermath of the Rio 2016 Sailing Competitions as they seek to end the year on a high heading into the Tokyo 2020 quadrennial.
With a grandstand for sailing like no other, the Sailing World Cup Final in St Kilda Sailing Precinct, made out of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS), St Kilda Baths, St Kilda Beach and Catani Gardens, will put the sport front and centre of the public.
Racing alongside the St Kilda Pier and beach, a bustling metropolitan atmosphere will ensure a fusion of sport and leisure. Olympic and World Champions will race across the ten Olympic fleets and the 2.4 Norlin One Design in a bid to be crowned 2016 Sailing World Cup Champion and those on-shore will be able to enjoy the show in the race village.
Andy Hunt, World Sailing CEO commented, “Melbourne’s sporting heritage is one of the finest in the world. World Sailing are delighted to be taking the centrepiece of the Sailing World Cup to the Australian city.
“Following Rio 2016, sailing will have a new crop of heroes. Welcoming them to the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final will be the start of inspiring the next generation of sailing talent. St Kilda’s thriving foreshore, Melbourne’s famous breeze and the organising authorities exceptional track record of event delivery will enable World Sailing to showcase Olympic sailing and our athletes to the wider public.”
Event Chairman, Mark Klemens said, “Last year’s World Cup held in the vibrant and cosmopolitan St Kilda sailing precinct proved itself to be an outstanding location to compete and experience. I am delighted to be Chairman of this year event and so delighted we have been chosen as the venue for the finals particularly in an Olympic year. I promise to all, a magnificently staged event with Melbourne as its back drop. I promise to competitors and spectators alike a memorable week of the highest competition on the perfect waters of Port Philip. I encourage all the finalists to come to Melbourne and experience something special.”
The 2016 Sailing World Cup Final will be the climax of a yearlong series. The first event took place in Melbourne before a stop in Miami, USA at the end of January. Two stops in Europe in Hyères, France and Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain lead into Sailing World Cup Qingdao in September before December’s showcase.
The St Kilda Sailing Precinct and the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron have welcomed Olympic sailors before, playing host to the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition. The legacy of the Olympiad remains and the stars who won medals on Melbourne waters then, Paul Elvstrom (DEN) and Durward Knowles (BAH) to name but a few, remain household names now.
The Rio 2016 heroes are to be crowned in just 98 days’ time and the new breed of heroes will follow in the legends footsteps on the waters they became king at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final.
Report by Daniel Smith, World Sailing.
Background by Scuttlebutt:
The Sailing World Cup Final was inaugurated in 2014, wherein only 20 elite entrants were invited in each of the ten Olympic events and an open IKA Formula Kite event. Prize money was awarded to the top three overall finishers in each of the Olympic events from a total prize purse of US$200,000, increased to US$220,000 in 2015.
Both events were held in Abu Dhabi, and were the only World Cup events with prize money. However, neither edition lived up to its billing as the events struggled to fill the 20-boat fleets. Remote location and scheduling conflicts were often the cause.
Further, when the World Sailing Executive Committee made the decision in November 2015 to move the 2016 World Sailing Annual Conference to Europe rather than Abu Dhabi as planned, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority took the decision to withdraw their financial support of the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final and future editions of the event.
While not stated, moving the Final from the United Arab Emirates may have been needed regardless of the funding withdrawal as the region has a history of discrimination in sport, and the event may not have been able to guarantee full and equal participation by all, in accordance with World Sailing’s Regulations.
Details regarding the 2016 Final format about participation limits and prize money have not yet been released.
Sailing World Cup
The Sailing World Cup is a World-class, annual series of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors. It is open to the sailing classes chosen for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The series moves around the world to be as inclusive as possible to the top 40 boats in each class. Over 2,000 of the World’s leading sailors, representing over 75 nations compete in the Sailing World Cup which offers a definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in the Olympic sailing world.
2016 Sailing World Cup
SWC Melbourne – December 7-13 2015
SWC Miami – January 23-30 2016
SWC Hyères – April 25-May 1 2016
SWC Weymouth and Portland – June 6-12 2016
SWC Qingdao – September 19-25 2016
SWC Final, Melbourne – December 4-11 2016
This video, released five months ago, provides the following description:
When the world descends on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, they are going to get more, or perhaps less, than they bargained for: shopping carts, couches, plastic pollution, and an offensive smell now dominate it’s once iconic waters.
This short film unfolds through the eyes of nine year old, Artúr. Like the plastic bottle that descends from the slums to the sea, so too does Artúr, looking for a way out. After school at Projeto Grael, Artúr is learning how to sail, gaining valuable skills that might help him move beyond life in the favelas. Theirs are simple journeys with enormously challenging implications: what does it mean to ignore subsets of society, to label some as worthy, and others as discarded?
Set amidst the whirlwind of the world’s largest international sporting event, The Discarded: A Tale of Two Rios, juxtaposes government pandering to wealthy patrons and tourists, in stark contrast to the lives of locals, who live with pollution on Guanabara Bay every day.
Much has been said recently about the lack of young talent in big-boat sailing these days, and how the growth and popularity of junior sailing programs that focus on dinghy sailing may have inadvertently helped to cause this gap to develop in a young sailor’s skills.
The Chesapeake Station of the Storm Trysail Club will attempt to bridge this gap in announcing it will offer B3, a Basic Big Boat Course for Junior Sailors, to be held June 22 at Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD.
Modeled on Storm Trysail’s well-developed Junior Safety at Sea course, B3 is a unique program designed for junior sailors ages 12-18 that offers a full day of classroom, shoreside, and on-water instruction from experienced offshore sailors on the proper techniques of big-boat boat handling and safety principles and protocols.
It is preferred that attendees have some sailing experience on either dinghy’s, keel boats or offshore boats, but its not necessary to have racing experience.
Attendees will receive classroom instruction on the importance of safe practices in big boat sailing, when to apply them, and an overview of the safety gear and other equipment used when sailing on big boats. Then a hands-on demonstration will be given on use of flares, life rafts and other safety-related equipment, followed by dividing the group into teams to inspect, rig up and ready an offshore-capable big-boat for an afternoon of sailing which includes learning safe boat handling practices, simple piloting and navigation, proper radio and GPS use, sail trim and helming, and conducting man-overboard drills.
The afternoon session concludes with a fun race between all the boats where a simple course is laid out and each entry must conduct a man overboard exercise before finishing. The purpose of this is to teach juniors the various positions on the crew of a big boat and how to organize themselves into a coherent team that can work together in real time.
Participants will receive certification of course completion from US Sailing, as well as an opportunity to participate in Eastport YC’s Boomerang Race on Saturday, July 9th, where a special division of junior teams will race on the Bay overnight and put their offshore skills to the test.
Veteran offshore racer and Washington Post America’s Cup journalist Angus Phillips will give a keynote talk to the group on both the inspiration and importance of offshore sailing to build a junior sailor’s interest in sailing for life. Phillips says “Every kid sailing dinghy’s in the harbor yearns to take his or her skills offshore, where nature awaits unfiltered. The B3 seminar is a vital first step.”
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is now accepting applications for the October 2016 event.
In this week’s WoW the TRANSAT is Back, the feeder from Saint-Malo to Plymouth, we preview the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres France, the Panerai Antigua Classic Yacht Challenge, IMOCA 60 Foiling Daggerboards explained, Women’s Laser Radial World Championships in Mexico, a sensational example of foiling daggerboards working on the Gitana Sailing Team’s Edmund de Rothchild in a big breeze and Welcome to our Part One report on all the on-water and off in Antigua’s fabulous Sailing Week. You wish that you were there!
Galveston Bay Cruising Association in Texas has been using a handicap system on Galveston Bay for several years that has boosted participation and is well received. Bob Hunkins, Fleet Captain for the Galveston Bay Cruising Association, explains…
We use a club handicap system for some sailors at Galveston Bay Cruising Association. It’s a fleet that we run in addition to PHRF fleets whose ratings are issued by PHRF of Galveston Bay.
We use it as a way for newer racers and those with boats that have barbeque grills, biminis, and dacron sails and rolled on bottom paint to race against each other.
It’s been especially popular in our Summer Rum Race series. These are pursuit start races that run around fixed marks in Galveston Bay. We run one race per day and the series is seven races long spread out over the summer.
After each race in the series, we take the time each boat took to sail the course and adjust the handicap for the next race. The boats that finish first will see their handicaps decrease after the race, the boats that finish last will see their handicaps increase. The boats near the median will see less or no change.
The larger the spread between first and last, and the further a boat is from the median boat, the larger is that boat’s handicap change. We try to keep the change in the handicaps from being too large. The theory is that over time the ratings will either settle out, or the ratings will drop below their PHRF rating so far that it’s an indication the sailor has gotten good enough to move to a PHRF fleet.
It’s not a perfect system, but it seems to be popular enough in our community. Yes, some people complain, and it does take some training on the part of the scorer to make it work smoothly, but it does give those of us with older slower boats and less of a budget for sails an opportunity to get out and have some fun, and maybe win the occasional prize.
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by Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette
The inaugural Annapolis edition of the National Offshore One-Design circuit was held in 1999 and was a smashing success. Eighteen years later, Annapolis has become a staple of the popular series and typically attracts the largest number of entries of any NOOD event.
This year’s Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD, being held Friday through Sunday (April 29-May 1) on the Chesapeake Bay, has drawn 169 boats in 12 one-design classes. Another 18 boats will participate in the North Rally Race, a new concept that introduces handicap racing to the regatta.
From the outset, the Annapolis NOOD has always been held the last weekend of April or first weekend of May. Spring is when winds are most consistent on the Chesapeake Bay.
“If you’re going to hold a three-day regatta you want to do it when conditions are ideal. This time of the year is usually pretty good in terms of steady breeze,” said Jeff Todd, a North Sails professional and veteran skipper in the J/22 class.
J/30 and J/105 tied for largest class at the inaugural Annapolis NOOD with 18 boats apiece. Bebop, co-owned by brothers-in-law Bob Rutsch and Mike Costello, has raced in all 17 regattas held to-date and has won the J/30 class eight times.
“We have always focused on this regatta because it’s a big deal. In terms of numbers and quality of competition, it might be the most important event on the bay,” Rutsch said. “Part of what makes the Annapolis NOOD special is that it kicks off the sailing season. It’s a good old-fashioned regatta weekend and marks the beginning of the racing schedule.”
Excerpt from full story… click here.
Seattle, WA (April 28, 2016) – The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crews set out today into the North Pacific Ocean to start Race 10, the PSP Logistics Panama Cup. The race from Seattle to Panama is 4208 nautical miles long, with the big question to be whether to take the inshore or offshore route. The Californian current flows south, but the helping hand this gives the fleet can be counteracted by heating effects from the North American land mass which might change the winds unfavorably. Full report.
Ian Walker and Team Itchenor were the winner of Antigua Sailing Week’s 4th Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge ….
For Mark Bulka day 4 of the Contender Worlds in Santa Cruz, was a day to remember as he opened a 12 point gap over Britain’s Simon Mussell
(April 28, 2016) – Antigua Sailing Week burst back into action after Presidente Lay Day with some terrific rock and roll action off the South Coast of Antigua.
The trade winds were back with 16 knots from the south-east, piping up to full-on foam up in 20 knot gusts. Brilliant blue skies with warm Caribbean water and a two metre swell; these are the conditions that any sailor wants to experience and over a 1,000 salt encrusted yachters were grinning from ear-to-ear after a wicked day of racing.
With 28 yachts 50ft or over at Antigua Sailing Week, there were some seriously hair-raising starts as the goliaths powered to windward off Rendezvous Beach. Tony Langley’s TP52, Gladiator was fully launched, covering the 16 mile windward leeward course in just over an hour. Belting along at top speed upwind, pounding through the waves before pulling the trigger downwind, hitting the turbo charger to accelerate past 20 knots on the surf.
Try as they might, Piet Vroon’s Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 could not hold onto the powerful British TP52’s coat tails, but seized the opportunity in the first race of the day when Gladiator shredded a spinnaker. Tonnerre 4 passed Gladiator only to see their own kite blown to bits.
Gladiator took both races to win CSA 3, even with a race to spare tomorrow. Tonnerre 4 is assured of second place and the only battle remaining in the class is for the last podium spot. Bernie Evan Wong’s Antigua TP52 Team Taz-Conviction has a point advantage over Adrian Lee’s Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners. – Read on
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico (April 28, 2016) – Following yesterday’s lay day, the 2016 Laser Masters World Championships (Radial division) returned to Bandaras Bay today to complete two more races for the five age divisions. Current leaders are Scott Leith (NZL) in Apprentice, Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) in Master, Vanessa Dudley (AUS) in Grand Master, Robert Lowndes (AUS) in Great Grand Master, and Kerry Waraker (AUS) in 75+. Tomorrow is a layday. Full report.
Kannad Marine has instigated a global recall programme following a problem with the company’s SAFELINK Manual and Auto GPS EPIRBs.
Boat owners are being urged to check their Kannad Marine SAFELINK Manual and Auto GPS EPIRBs after the discovery of an issue which could result in the beacon failing to operate in an emergency.
The SAFELINK EPIRB’s yellow body plastic may prematurely age when subjected to specific environmental conditions. This has the potential to impact its long term effectiveness.
The models with part numbers K1202367 or K1202367 are the only Kannad Marine products affected.
The two devices which are being recalled
In a statement, Kannad Marine said the plastic’s premature ageing “may impact” the effectiveness of the beacon in a “very small number of cases”.
However, the company believes it’s important “to take broader preventative actions to respond to this situation promptly and comprehensively” for customer’s safety.
The company has now instigated a voluntary global recall programme.
Anyone who suspects they might have an affected beacon is being advised not to use the SAFELINK as the primary search and rescue beacon on board.
Customers are being asked to register ownership, location and contact details via a dedicated website.
Once registered, a Kannad support team will direct customers to their local partner to arrange a replacement. The EPIRB will be replaced with a Kannad Sport Pro + Auto or Manual, with a five year warranty, free of charge.
A point-of-view recording shows a Gosport lifeboat crew perfrom a yacht rescue. The lifesaving volunteers responded to a pan-pan mayday…
From celestial navigation to GPS technology, these sailing innovations have changed the way we take to the sea. And we…
Fernando Echavarri & Tara Pacheco are leading Hyeres 2016 World Cup after 5 races, 4 held today. Way for the spanish team to show they will take their ticket to Rio to a good use. 2008 Tornado Olympic Champ, Echavarri, sailing with Tara, is showing his skills remain unscathed for cat racing, being a Tornado or skimming Nacra 17, against the new young guard and top guns like Billy & Marie.
Plenty of playing catch-up on day 2 of the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres
The Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), the North American-based rating rule for dissimilar boats, has released the 2016 schedule for the ORR Regional Championship Series. Details.
With Olympic selection looming, how do you separate sailors that have trained together for years, are friends, have sisters that sail together and even have the same poker face when faced with questions about their chances? Well that is what Yachting New Zealand have to do in the Men’s Laser.
The two card players in this game, Andy Maloney and Sam Meech. While Andy’s sister Alexandra and Sam’s sister Molly, ranked third in the world in the Women’s 49erFX, will sail together at the Olympic Games, only one of the brothers will join them once their shootout is over.
From their sisters to their own friendship, Maloney and Meech have known each other for over eight years and been training together for around six, both making similar gains and posting similar results.
Although New Zealand’s selection process for the pair isn’t widely known, the fact that they are still fighting for bid would suggest they are too close to call, which isn’t really a surprise when you talk to the both of them.
Rigging up for the latest hand in the tense game, Maloney tells us his thoughts on the two players involved, “It’s pretty even between me and Sam. We are both sailing really well at the moment and the main focus is get on top of the fleet here [in Hyères] and hopefully that will be enough to impress the selectors.”
Echoing Maloney’s view on the Sailing World Cup Hyères, Meech said, “This is an important one for us coming at a time where they (Yachting NZ) will be choosing. We both have a really good chance and whoever sails well could go, but we are at a similar level so it will be very tricky for the selectors.”
It will indeed be tricky for the selectors, especially with the two so close, as Maloney explains, “We still do de-briefs together and bounce ideas off each other. One person will do better in one condition, the other person in another condition, and we can learn off each other from those situations, but naturally, you do keep some little things to yourself.”
Those little things could be the difference between winning and all-in hand, or going bust and leaving empty handed.
Despite only one of the sailors joining the New Zealand team in Rio, the pair know they wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for the other, “Me and Andy have known each other for like eight years now, so it will be hard when someone will miss out. But, we have trained really well together and both learned a lot in the past few years from one another,” said a calm and focussed Meech.
Quite simply Maloney knows that Hyères could be the moment someone gets that winning hand and takes home the spoils, “We have helped each other improve heaps, but right now, its crunch time!”
UPDATE: Halfway through Sailing World Cup Hyères, Sam Meech is in ninth and Andy Maloney is in eleventh, but only three points separate them. Racing concludes on May 1.
Photo: Courtesy of Franck Tiffon-Terrade . For foils check previous post on the N17.
I contacted Gunnar larsen (Nacra CEO & current 2x F18 WChamp) to know actual details on the new upgrades and how ISAF (now World Sailing…) and Nacra will implement the new foiling kit:
Gunnar Larsen: “Next week is the World Sailing meeting and we have
to wait their position on…
Stanford University’s humanoid diving robot has just finished its maiden dive off the coast of France, exploring a 17th century shipwreck. Watch the amazing robot in action here!
Powered by artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems, Stanford University’s humanoid diving robot looks poised to open up a whole new realm of ocean exploration.
Called OceanOne, the robot has just finished its maiden dive exploring the wreck of the La Lune. The flagship of King Louis XIV’s fleet sank 20 miles off the southern coast of France in 1664. A team of skilled deep-sea archaeologists, who had studied the site, helped the robot’s pilot navigate the wreck, which sits in 100 metres of water.
The prototype robot is controlled via a set of joysticks, which can be operated from the safety of a boat. It is five foot long, has two fully articulated arms and stereoscopic vision. Batteries, computers and eight multi-directional thrusters are housed in the ‘tail’. The pilot controlling the robo-mermaid can also feel how hard it has grasped something via articulated wrists fitted with force sensors.
OceanOne was controlled on her maiden voyage by Stanford’s computer science professor, Oussama Khatib.
Speaking to the university’s Stanford News Service, he said: “You can feel exactly what the robot is doing. It’s almost like you are there; with the sense of touch you create a new dimension of perception.”
OceanOne can hold its buoyancy in the water via sensors which continually gauge current and turbulence. If the body moves, thrusters automatically activate to keep the robot in place. Sensors and cameras are used for navigation, and the robot runs algorithms to prevent it from crashing into anything.
OceanOne on its maiden voyage off France
“OceanOne will be your avatar,” stated Khatib. “The intent here is to have a human diving virtually, to put the human out of harm’s way. Having a machine that has human characteristics, that can project the human diver’s embodiment at depth is going to be amazing.”
The idea for the robot came from the need to study coral reefs at extreme depths in the Red Sea. At the time, no existing robotic submarine had the delicate skills of a human diver to carry out this work, and so OceanOne was created.
The robot diver can also dive with its human counterparts, and its pilot can communicate through hand gestures during difficult tasks.
Ultimately, OceanOne can be used in any situation too dangerous for human divers, such as oil rig maintenance, underwater disasters or deep-water mining.
“We connect the human to the robot in very intuitive and meaningful way. The human can provide intuition and expertise and cognitive abilities to the robot,” said Khatib.
“The two bring together an amazing synergy. The human and robot can do things in areas too dangerous for a human, while the human is still there,” he stated.
Next month, OceanOne will return to the Stanford campus, where Khatib and his students will continue work on the project. There are also plans to build further units.
In addition to Stanford, the development of OceanOne was supported by Meka Robotics and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
Turkish designer Timur Bozca has revealed his latest concept – the futuristic sailing yacht, Cauta.
The 55 metre Cauta from Turkish designer Timur Bozca is being touted as a new class of yacht.
The design is inspired by the aerodynamic shape of an albatross. As a result, the sailing yacht emphasises curves, with a covered upper deck and rounded edges.
The lightweight Cauta has a carbon fibre hull and superstructure and an “Elite Supernova Silver” colour to reflect the yacht’s advanced technology systems and lines.
A DynaRig sailing system with two self-standing and rotating masts which host 10 sails means the yacht can be controlled by a single sailor.
Bozca designed Cauta for a family who would be spending prolonged periods on board so comfort was a key part of the concept.
Instead of guardrails, a high freeboard wraps around to become both coaming and bulwark. This is designed to provide more protection for those on deck than a typical toe rail and a safe place to run sheets and fairleads.
Protected behind the superstructure are several living areas: a large cockpit, dining area, lounge and sun beds. The aft cockpit can be transformed into a paddling pool for children when it is not safe to swim in the ocean.
Although the design required a minimalist approach, OLED technology was used throughout to give a feeling of comfort.
Cauta can accommodate up to 10 guests and eight crew members. The owner’s stateroom takes up the full beam aft of the yacht. Aquatic-themed, the cabin includes a large living area complete with multi-functional desk with surface display, bathroom with rain shower system and changing area.
Unlike traditional yachts, all guest cabins provide unmatched exterior views with an underwater experience through massive monolithic polycarbonate side and floor panels.
Cauta is a diesel-electric sailing yacht and powered via an innovative shaft and feathering prop. with all three Caterpillar C12.9 gensets in operation.
The yacht runs through a Siemens electric engine to increase power efficiency, reduce consumption noise and vibration.
AMSTERDAM — A life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark will set sail from the Netherlands for Brazil this summer.
The Ark of Noah Foundation said the boat will be used for Christian education, and to raise money for underprivileged Brazilian children, USA Today reported.
Created by Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers, the ship is based on the ark described in the book of Genesis in the Bible. It is 125 meters long, 29 meters wide, and 23 meters tall.
The ark weighs 2,500 tons. That’s the equivalent of about 15 blue whales, the largest animal ever known to have lived.
The ark can hold up to 5,000 people, and organisers plan to attract visitors with virtual and augmented reality exhibits, according to USA Today.
The ark will be lowered onto a barge, which will take it on the 6,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil.
From Brazil, organisers plan to take the ark around South and Central America, before anchoring in the United States.
This is the second replica ark which has been built by Huibers. The Dutch carpenter said he was inspired to build the boat by a dream that his home province was flooded, according to USA Today.
Unlike the Biblical ark however, there’s no plan to load the boat with animals, whether two by two or otherwise.
In this Run Simple Report, Ryan Somers recollects how SAP Sailing Analytics is utilized by the SAP Extreme Sailing Team to increase performance and fan engagement. Now with new sensors designed to analyze “foiling data”, the competition is rising to new heights.
An old post but for those of you have not seen this baffling mystery, check it out…
Bouvet Island houses a mysterious abandoned lifeboat that has baffled scientists for the past 70 years.
How did a lifeboat end up in the middle of the most isolated and impossible to reach places on earth: an island 1,000 miles not only from the nearest landmass but also even the nearest ship route?
Bouvet Island is in the middle of nowhere in the South Atlantic ocean. Look at a map and draw a circle with a radius of 1,000 miles and Bouvet Island in the center of it. The circle will not touch any other landmass.
The sea around Bouvet Island is fierce with storms nearly all days of the year. The southern ocean is one of the most violent and unforgiving places on Earth making it difficult to even get near this isolated island.
In fact, its hard to even find the place! Older maps show it at a location nearly 300 miles from where it really is due to lack of reference points to go by. To add to this, the visibility around the island is basically zero.
To add to that, nearly every side of Bouvet Island is a steep 90 foot cliff – making it nearly impossible to land a boat. In fact, the explorer to find this mysterious abandoned boat got onto the island by helicopter.
There is no vegetation on the island. The temperater is always zero degrees or below and storms rage the place more than 300 days a year.
No trade routes even get within 1000 miles of the island. No known ships ever crashed or sank nearby.
This all alludes to the question: why is there a row boat in the center of a lagoon in the island…with no markings…with two small oars…and no evidence of any humans being nearby?
This strange boat is basically impossible. Who put it there and how did they ever even get it there?
Draken Harald Hårfagre sailing on Expedtion America 2016. The world’s largest Viking Ship sailing in 6-9 knots on her way from Norway to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and USA.
When the six America’s Cup teams take to the waters off New York City for the America’s Cup World Series on May 7-8, the sailors will likely have more experience with Manhattan’s mass transit than the Hudson River race course. But as defender Oracle Team USA reports, that’s a reality they can live with…
“It’s going to be a tricky place to race,” said Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby. “I’ve never sailed in New York or on the Hudson River. There is a lot of current and obviously plenty of big landmarks on shore which affect the wind and make it all the more tricky. But as hard as it will be, it’s the same for everybody and the best team always seems to win.”
A look at the leaderboard shows the top three teams making a break from the pack. But Slingsby says that can be deceiving – the fleet is getting very competitive.
“All of the teams are capable of winning on the day. Just look at the last couple of events. Artemis Racing shows as being down a bit on the leaderboard, but they won the event in Bermuda. And Groupama Team France had a great regatta in Oman.
“It’s getting tight at the top with Emirates Team New Zealand, ourselves and Land Rover BAR. It seems to always come down to who puts it together and wins the last race.
“But to be honest, we can’t look too much at the other teams. We just have to worry about ourselves. I’d love to nail one of these down. We’ve never been off the podium at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series yet, but we haven’t won an event yet either. I’d love to see us win in New York.”
Oracle Team USA will have six sailors in New York and select the five man crew ahead of each race day. The six sailors are:
Jimmy Spithill (AUS) – Skipper/Helmsman
Tom Slingsby (AUS) – Tactician
Kyle Langford (AUS) – Wing Trimmer
Joey Newton (AUS) – Trimmer
Matt Cassidy (USA) – Bow
Sam Newton (AUS) – Bow
Full report… click here.
Boston College makes a jump to first place on the women’s side, but the competition is tough. Georgetown and Yale continue to lead on the CoEd side, with less than a month before Nationals.
New leader for the Contender World Championships in Santa Cruz, USA. Mark Bulka of Australia won race 5 and goes top of the leaderboard…
Sixty-eight-year-old Canadian sailor John Ridsdel, who’d been held captive in the southern Philippines since September by Abu Sayyaf militants, was beheaded Monday after the deadline for his ransom had passed. Canada, like the US, has a …
Conditions off the Central California coast Monday morning were rough and rowdy, with 40- to 50-knot winds reported, accompanied by 15- to 20-ft waves. Unfortunately, the Peterson-designed one-tonner Kentucky Woman…
It did not take Simon Mussell (GBR) long to regain the lead of the Contender Worlds
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s three national championships – Sperry Women’s Championship, LaserPerformance Team Race Championship, and the Gill Coed Championship – will be held May 24-June 3, with schools racing Club FJs at San Diego, CA.
The event begins with the Women’s Nationals wherein 36 schools have advanced from one of seven districts qualifiers to compete for the title. Among that field one school is making history. Jacksonville University alumna Mara Strobel-Lanka tells the story…
Over the past four years that Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL) has competed in Varsity sailing, the attention has been focused mostly on their quickly growing Co-ed team. There has been a lot of buzz generated by the “coolest team” in the country, and the immense progress they’ve made on a national level in collegiate sailing. But biding their time and putting in equally tough hours of work, the Women’s team has stayed mostly under the radar…until now.
After attending only one previous women’s event over the Spring season, JU’s Lady Dolphins had a spectacular showing at the SAISA Women’s Championship hosted by College of Charleston this past weekend. Placing in 4th overall after eighteen races between nine schools, the women’s team qualified for the National Championship for the first time in Jacksonville University history.
Junior driver Anna Palmer ‘17 and sophomore crew Kelsy Waack ‘18 kept things close with the tough A fleet, and a breakthrough performance in B fleet from freshman skipper Shaynah True ‘19 and her crew Lauri Niklason ‘17 brought the previously novice women’s team into the mix with the top sailing names in the country. A big assist also came from windy crews Victoria Caba ‘17 and Jess Schwartz ‘18.
This record performance marks a huge step forward for Jacksonville Sailing, who is now competing at the national level on all fronts. Their task now is to prepare to compete alongside thirty-five teams of the best women sailors in the country, and revel in the victories already won. However challenging the National Championship in San Diego may be for these young women, they have a historic feat to be proud of on a team that is rapidly gaining momentum.
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Nationals are hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference. Event details.
Today marks 100 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Racing among the 10 sailing event sis scheduled between August 8 and 19. Details.
(April 27, 2016) – Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) have earned selection to the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team based on the results of the US Sailing Paralympic Athlete Selection Series in the Sonar three-person keelboat.
The trio have been the top-performing American Sonar team since London 2012, and have earned medals at several of the world’s premier adaptive sailing events. This will be the second Team USA appearance for Doerr, who competed at Beijing 2008, and the first career Paralympic Games for Kendell and Freund.
“It’s been a long journey since 2008, and this seems to be a culmination of our efforts, though we have a lot of work left to do,” said Doerr. “It’s really exciting that we finally put everything together, and sailed a really good year [of regattas] to make this happen.”
Doerr, a 2007 Disabled Sailing World Champion in the Sonar, is the longest-tenured member of the US Sailing Team, with over sixteen years on the roster. Doerr, Kendell and Freund have been sailing as a team for the past seven years, and finished second by a narrow margin in the London 2012 Paralympic Selection Series.
Since that first campaign together, Doerr, Kendell and Freund have achieved a new level of consistency and speed under coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.), who has won over 20 national and continental championships in his career.
The team has won five medals at Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, in the past seven years. In 2015 the three Sonar athletes won the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award in Miami, given to the top-performing American boat at the event. Doerr, Kendell and Freund were the first Paralympic-class athletes to gain this distinction in the 26-year history of the event.
“Our confidence level right now is super high,” said Freund, a 2011 graduate of Roger Williams University, who began his Paralympic sailing career while still an undergraduate student. “We’re working better together as a team than we have at any point in the years we’ve been together. We’ve got a ton of training camps planned, and every regatta that we can sail in, we will sail in. We’re making sure we maximize our training opportunities on the water [both] at home and in Rio.”
“We’ve been working really hard, and the next month in going to be really busy,” said Kendell, who will compete with him teammates at Sailing World Cup Hyères in France this week, and at the Para World Sailing Championships in the Netherland in late May. “We’ll be in and out of different countries, and our hometowns. We want to medal at each event we enter, and to be winning [consistently] going into the Paralympics.”
Challenging for a medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic regatta will represent the fulfillment of a long-held dream, said Freund. “It’s going to be a great feeling to be the team representing the U.S., with our country behind us and our flag above us.”
Source: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, US Sailing
Now in its second season, the Red Bull Foiling Generation is about providing talented young sailors with the opportunity to get all jacked up on high-level hydrofoil racing. And now, with a 2016 competition schedule throughout Europe and New Zealand, the tour will be concluding in Newport, RI.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the rising generation of sailors who aspire to be at the top level of the sport of multi-hull racing and incredibly exciting to watch,” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. “We’re thrilled that Red Bull Foiling Generation organizers chose Newport as the only U.S. event which will fuel the marine and tourism economy in Rhode Island.”
The 2016 circuit, which is sailed in the 18-foot Flying Phantom catamarans, will have its eighth and final qualifying competition on October 11-16 followed by the World Final on October 18-23, both held at the Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.
Qualified youth sailors, born in 1996 through 1999 (16 to 20 years) can apply as individuals or part of a two-person team. Those selected will first be trained by two of the most accomplished competitive sailors in the world, Double gold medalists, Austrians Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, who are also the event’s founders.
Open to all nationalities, applications are being accepted until May 16. For details and application information…click here.
All photos by Laurens Morel / Saltycolours.com – Full Album at Nacra Sailing FB – 27-30knots reported for today. Broken masts and only half fleet finished, With the new foil setup for 2020, and contrary to what many might think, the Nacras 17 might provide better control in these conditions, specially of course on the bareaways and frontal pitchs, due to the added lift of the main
(April 27, 2016) – Double Olympic medalist and 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race winner Ian Walker is calling tactics on Tony Langley’s TP52 Gladiator at Antigua Race Week. As the event enjoys a lay day after the big party night with Jamaican roots reggae sensation Luciano, Walker ponders the tactician’s role…
The tactician’s main job is to work closely with the navigator to devise the best tactics and race strategy. I am the decision maker for the boat, which whilst fun, can also be a brutal, lonely role – just as skippering a Volvo Ocean Race boat can be.
The job gets considerably easier when the boat is going fast and the crew is working well. Nothing makes a tactician look better than a fast, well-sailed boat! For this reason I have a big interest in helping to organise the training time, and working with the trimmers and helmsman to improve the sails and set up of the boat.
Tactics is a high-pressure game but it’s also a bit like riding a bike. You can approach it very analytically and simply manage the percentages and the risk, or you can approach it with a lot of flair, gut instinct or intuition. Is it an art or is it a science? My feeling is that first and foremost, you must treat it as a science and manage the risk and percentages – but you should never be afraid to follow your gut instinct.
Today is the Presidente Lay Day Beach Party featuring the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge.
Sailors from British America’s Cup challenger Land Rover BAR go to the Jaguar Land Rover wind tunnel facility for gear development. Video published on Apr 27, 2016.
As the penultimate major international event before Rio, the Sailing World Cup Hyeres, this windy week will be a serious test of who we may see on the podium in August…
A GP 26 crew gets a trial by fire for their first sail in the big breeze of Charleston Race Week and finds out what’s fast and what’s not…
The first half of the Laser Radial Masters Championship was concluded with two races sailed in a moderate seabreeze yesterday. Kerry Waraker AUS replaced Peter Seidenberg USA on top of the 75+ category with two race wins …
Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) continue to lead the Apprentice division with one – two finishes in today’s races
A 6’4″ German wearing lederhosen will be just one of the sailors taking part in the EFG Nations’ Cup