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The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) welcomes the foundation of a riders union, Kiteboard Riders United (KRU), to truly represent the riders interests. With the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships starting off next month in El Gouna, Egypt, it is very important to the IKA that there is a true representation of the riders to discuss format, judging, and rules development.
One of the key reasons for the termination of the contract with the former Professional Kiteboard Riders Association was the protection of riders interests – not only in terms of supporting them to get outstanding prize moneys paid, but also to reverse rule changes in 2015 that did not ensure fair competition. Giving the riders back influence on the development of the sport has top priority.
We invite the interim board of the KRU to get involved immediately to prepare the first round of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships, similarly as we have invited the industry association Global Kitesports Association to come to a close working relationship to us.
We would also like to extend that there are already considerations underway to amend IKAs governance principles and constitution to allow stronger involvement of other stakeholders; and how to formally include the riders and the industry representatives in the IKA decision making process on the IKA General Assembly and the IKA Executive Committee.
Welcome to the first programme in a brand new monthly view of the racing world. From non-stop around the world racers, to the intensity of Olympic campaigns, from seasoned professionals, to grass roots weekend warriors, The World Sailing Show will get into the latest action afloat. Video published on Feb 5, 2016.
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Mini40 with new experimental Creed foils plus our new One Metre tri with conventional V foils. Blowing a near gale – the video camera and its tripod was blown over 5 times and a sail bag with 3 rigs went for a 100 metres walk, the Mini40 did a few cartwheels on the rocks and broke its rudder linkage. Both boats had their #4 rigs up. If I had #5 I would have used these – pocket handkerchiefs would have sufficed…. The Mini40 came home with its #4 rig mast in two pieces. Big waves for little boats. Not a good day for evaluating performance of foils but a load of fun. Will be busy this week with West epoxy and carbon. The video was taken by a 10-year-old kid on a skateboard who happened to be passing, who said his Mum had a video camera like mine and he knew how to use it!
The breakers of Nazare in Portugal are famous with the wave surfers and infamous for the highest surfs up. Three days ago, the Australian windsurfing veteran Jason Polakov dared to attack the 20 meter waves. Here the
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Perth, Australia (February 5, 2016) – Sam Gilmour, of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, maintained the momentum that got him to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the round robins, to go on and win the Warren Jones International Regatta.
The final featured the same two skippers as last year, New Zealand’s Chris Steele versus Sam Gilmour, but in this year the tables were turned in the final outcome.
For Gilmour it was a case of mission accomplished, having been the defeated finalist for the previous three years, and the fifth time he has contested the event.
“We’re absolutely ecstatic,” was his comment after the finish, then he complimented his crew member Adam Negri, for whom this was his fifth time in the final, but his first win, “he’s more happy than me.”
The young local skipper had gone two races up in the best of five final series, before his Kiwi rival pulled one back. In the fourth heat of the final Steele was ahead, but pulled off a dodgy gybe and received a red flag penalty, having to take the turns immediately.
That was the deciding moment, and Sam Gilmour cruised to his third win, and collected the trophy.
The top three skippers in this event were awarded places in the World Match Racing Tour event that will take place off Fremantle at the beginning of March.
The third skipper to qualify was Matt Jerwood of South of Perth Yacht Club, who beat Sydneysider Murray Jones in the petit final.
The regatta, is in memory of Warren Jones, who was the mastermind behind Australia II’s historic victory in the America’s Cup way back in 1983, before any of these skippers were born.
The event is organised by Swan River Sailing, and was hosted this year by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the regatta is sailed in Swan River Sailing’s fleet of Foundation 36 yachts.
1. Sam Gilmour AUS
2. Chris Steele NZL
3 Matt Jerwood AUS
4 Murray Jones AUS
5 Lachy Gilmour AUS
6 Jordan Reece AUS
7 Will Boulden AUS
8 Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN
9 Mark Spearman AUS
10 Ethan Prieto-Low AUS
Report by John Roberson.
(February 5, 2016; Day 17) – As the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet heads south for the first time this year the broad reaching champagne sailing experience enjoyed for much of the past two weeks is over. Winds died off overnight and have now built back strongly, shifting to a less favourable east northeast direction which in addition to having to navigate busy shipping lanes, is hampering efforts to set the fastest crossing in the Ocean Sprint.
Front runner Derry~Londonderry~Doire has just set the time to beat of 14 hours 18 minutes in this Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race. Skipper Daniel Smith reports: “It’s been a busy day. We entered the sprint at first light and have had spinnakers up and down since. There is a large amount of shipping so we’ve been spending the day dodging tankers.
“Our decision to go for the Ocean Sprint probably means that we have dropped some miles from our lead getting south. They are miles that the other boats will need to do later however so hopefully it hasn’t been too much of a risk.”
GREAT Britain Skipper Peter Thornton, still second, says: “We started the Ocean Sprint section earlier today but it is likely that the winds will be more favourable for those starting in the next 24 to 48 hours with a shift in direction. So right now it is simply a case of cracking on with heading down the course as fast and safely as possible! The usual really!”
The grey, gloomy sky currently hanging over the fleet seems to be reflected today in the reports and actions on board many of the teams with LMAX Exchange having ripped its heavyweight kite and both Unicef and ClipperTelemed+, reporting major kite wraps.
Whilst Unicef managed to free itself after the team worked on the wrap for 15 hours, ClipperTelemed+ Skipper Matt Mitchell is being forced to take more drastic action as he explains: “Things have gone a little awry here on ClipperTelemed+, we have suffered probably the worst kite wrap I have ever seen and we have been unable to fully get it under control so we are making our way inshore on the west coast of Luzon to get in the lee of the island looking for lighter winds and flatter seas.”
The team has notified the Race Office that it intends to anchor in Salomague Harbour on the west coast of Luzon, the northernmost Philippine island, at approximately 1330 UTC where it hopes it will take no longer than four hours to unwrap the kite. ClipperTelemed+ will log the position where the engine is turned on and then once the spinnaker is unwrapped they will motor back to that position to resume racing.
Not all teams are having a bad day though. PSP Logistics Skipper Max Stunell, whose team are about to round the Amianan Island in tenth position, reports: “Having started the day with the medium weight kite up we are currently flying along at 11 knots with three reefs and a staysail, with smiles all round, having been through all sail combos leading up to this point. The true wind is mid 30’s with gusts into the 40’s as the tail end of this front passes over us.”
“We took the decision to run high over the last day or so to give us a better angle towards the waypoint with the north monsoon wind coming in.Unicef took a lower more direct route to the waypoint it may allow us to take a few miles out of their lead over us, or it may backfire, we’ll find out in due course.”
Follow the drama and the triumphs on the Race Viewer as the Ocean Sprint continues today and teams battle to make better progress in Race 7, the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race.
*Positions correct at 1200 UTC.
Report by event media.
Background: The 40,000 mile Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race began in London, UK on August 30 for the fleet of twelve identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. The series is divided into 16 individual races, with the team with the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew.
The fleet departed Australia on January 18 for the 6,070 nm leg from Whitsundays to Da Nang, Vietnam, with the fleet expected to arrive between February 17 and 21.
The ports along the race route are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Albany, Sydney, Hobart and Airlie Beach, Australia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Qingdao, China; Seattle, USA; Panama; New York, USA; Derry-Londonderry, Ireland; and Den Helder, Netherlands before returning to London by late July.
O’pen BIC World O’pen Cup 2015 in Victoria, Australia. Video published on Feb 5, 2016.
Peter Hopps co-owner of the Sigma 38, Sam of Hamble has just picked up another prize for coming second in Grenada Sailing Week
San Diego, CA (February 5, 2016) – A remarkable list of sailing’s most accomplished received high honors during Thursday night’s US Sailing Awards Dinner Presented by Rolex at the Hilton San Diego Resort. US Sailing recognized these esteemed award winners for their extraordinary achievements in support of sailing.
• Mary Savage (Larchmont, N.Y.) received the prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for her outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.
• Chuck Hawley (Santa Cruz, Calif.) received the Timothea Larr Award for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of sailor education in the U.S.
• Steve Maddox (Essex, Md.) received the Virginia Long Award for his demonstration of outstanding sail training service and support.
• Rob Crafa (Throggs Neck, N.Y.) received the Marty Luray Award for his outstanding contributions to further public access sailing.
• Chris Williford (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) received the Van Alan Clark, Jr. Trophy for his remarkable display of sportsmanship in sailing.
• Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) received the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy for her outstanding contributions to sailors with disabilities.
• Means Davis (Acworth, Ga.) received the Harman Hawkins Award for the major role he has played in the advancement of race administration.
• Community Boating Center (Providence, R.I.) received the Captain Joe Prosser Award for excellence in sailing instruction.
• Bayview Yacht Club (Mich.) received the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for excellence in race management.
• Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club and the US Sailing Center – Long Beach (Calif.) received the President’s Award.
• Lauren Cotta (Newport, R.I.) received the C.R.E.W. Award that recognizes a US Sailing staff member or volunteer who consistently demonstrates the values consistent with US Sailing and regularly fosters a positive teamwork environment with staff and volunteers.
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Nathanial G. Herreshoff Trophy – Mary Savage
Mary Savage is a true pioneer for women in race management. She started her involvement in this area of the sport in the 1970s as a member and eventual chairman of the Larchmont Yacht Club Protest Committee. In 1979, less than a year after the US Sailing Judges program was created, Mary was one of the first women to become a US Sailing Judge. In 1990, she was certified as an International Judge by ISAF. She continues to serve as both a National and an International Judge to this day and is one of the longest serving judges in the program. Mary has officiated all types of events from youth to collegiate to regional to national, international and world championships.
In the 1970s and ‘80s, Mary was a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club Yachting Committee, organizing and running regattas for the club on Long Island Sound. In addition, she organized and served as an instructor of judge-training seminars before there were formal US Sailing Judge Seminars, like we have today. She was an integral part of the group that developed programs for these seminars. Mary has been an instructor at many US Sailing Judges Workshops and has served on the Judges Committee Testing and Training Sub-Committee. During the 1990s, she was the Regional Administrative Judge for Area B.
When the Umpire Program began in 1990, Mary was one of two women to become a US Sailing Certified Umpire. She maintained her certification as an umpire until November, 2006, when she retired and was appointed Umpire Emeritus by US Sailing in recognition of her long and dedicated service to the US Sailing Umpire Program as one of its pioneers, teachers and mentors. With this appointment, she became the first woman in the US Sailing Umpire Program to become Umpire Emeritus.
Mary was asked to join the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee in 1991 and was the first woman to serve on that committee. While serving with the Racing Rules and Judges Committees, Mary chaired the US Sailing Race Administration Committee for several years and was also the first woman to serve as Vice President of US Sailing.
One of the biggest and most unique contributions that Mary made to our sport was serving as the contact for sailors with the US Sailing Competitor Classification Committee.
She was elected to lead the YRA of Long Island Sound, as its Vice President in 1987 and as its President from 1988 to 1990.
In 2007, Mary was awarded the Harman Hawkins Trophy for the major role she has played in the advancement of race administration.
Timothea Larr Award – Chuck Hawley
Chuck Hawley has been volunteering for US Sailing for over a decade. He is a Powerboat Instructor, Safety at Sea Moderator, leader of the Safety at Sea Committee and member of the Offshore Committee. Currently, he is working as a member of National Faculty to improve best practices in sail and boating training. He is a respected member of the offshore community, serving on multiple panels investigating offshore sailing tragedies to help improve our best practices. Chuck has also served on the US Sailing Board of Directors, taking on several projects as a board member that helped drive US Sailing goals and objectives.
Chuck headed the Independent Review Panel for the Chicago to Mackinac Island Wingnuts tragedy in 2011. He set the standard and format for subsequent panels. Most recently, he was part of a panel that investigated the Vestas Wind Volvo Ocean Race grounding on the Cargados Carajos Shoals. As part of Low Speed Chase sailing tragedy investigation occurring during the 2012 Farallones Race, Chuck worked with the US Coast Guard and the yacht clubs of the San Francisco Bay area to craft user-friendly Safety Requirements written in easily understandable language for use in races outside of the Bay. These were expanded into the US Safety Equipment Requirements (SERs).
Chuck has long been a Moderator for the Safety at Sea seminars that are the backbone of offshore sailor safety training. He is also at the forefront of creating online safety training units used to supplement the standard seminar topics so that an abbreviated version combined with hands-on training can be done in one day, as opposed to two.
During the Low Speed Chase investigation, Chuck realized the need for an intermediate safety training format and constructed the Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar format that captures the fundamental requirements in a half-day.
Virginia Long Award – Steve Maddox
Steve Maddox has devoted countless hours to helping US Sailing improve its curriculums. He has authored publications, developed tests, helped create policy and worked to develop consensus among a wide array of subject matter experts. He is universally respected and has served as the change agent for sailing instruction at both the national and regional levels.
For many years he worked tirelessly to make Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, Md. one of the top community sailing centers in the country. More recently, he has dedicated his efforts to SeaAffinity, a life skills development organization that uses sailing and boating education as a platform for challenging and enabling youth and adults to realize their potential, including those impacted by disabilities.
Steve is a Regional Training Coordinator, a Powerboat Training Coordinator, and a member of the Training Committee. He has been an Instructor Trainer for countless new instructors in both the Powerboat and Smallboat tracks and his ability to inspire, while providing constructive feedback, is unparalleled.
Beyond just his involvement with US Sailing, Steve has committed himself to helping people experience sailing, regardless of ability. He focuses on the education, not the financials. No child is ever turned away from SeaAffinity because they can’t pay and, through his partnerships with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, he’s been able to expose kids to sailing that might otherwise not had the chance.
Marty Luray Award – Rob Crafa
During his tenure as the Waterfront Director at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, Rob Crafa has played an integral role in the development of one of the most comprehensive boating programs in the country. SUNY Maritime’s waterfront programs reach beyond the school and engage the local community through summer sailing programs, marine education, powerboat instruction and more.
Rob has been deeply involved with the development of US Powerboating. As one of the most active Powerboat Instructors and Instructor Trainers, Rob directly shapes the future of the powerboat program that he helped build by training the next generation of American boaters. US Powerboating continues to benefit from Rob’s strategic thinking, expertise in the field and outright passion through his involvement on the Powerboat National Faculty.
Prior to joining SUNY Maritime College, Rob served as the founding Executive Director of The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, N.Y. where he helped pioneer the development of Long Island’s largest sailing program. Previously, Rob served as a Coastal Resource Specialist for the New York Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources and as Executive Director of Friends of the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization, dedicated to preserving and protecting Oyster Bay. In 2007, Rob also played a key role in the founding of Hudson River Community Sailing, a nonprofit that uses sailing and boating as a platform for youth development. For his contributions, he received the organization’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2015.
A true leader and visionary, Rob’s experience demonstrates his commitment to supporting both his community at home and the greater boating community in New York and the United States.
Van Alan Clark, Jr. Sportsmanship Award – Chris Williford
Chris Williford slowly started to get back in the boat during the 2014-15 high school sailing season following a bout with leukemia. Throughout the season he found himself back at the front of the fleet. St. Thomas Aquinas qualified for the Mallory Nationals in Annapolis just as Chris found his stride. Not only was Chris back sailing at the national level, he dominated the event winning A-Division by 10 points. Chris is now a freshman on the Dartmouth University Sailing Team.
Chris became an inspiration to his fellow teammates and sailors throughout the SAISA District. Many other ISSA sailors had competed against Chris before he became ill and were cheering him on once back on the water. Chris got back into the 29er and competed in the 2015 29er World Championships finishing third overall with a bronze medal out of 219 teams. His sportsmanship on the water during the Worlds earned the respect of his fellow competitors who were unaware of his illness until after the event.
Chris was recently awarded ISSA’s highest distinction, the Bullivant Sportsmanship Trophy. His accomplishments on and off the water and, more specifically, his ability to take adversity in stride during his recent medical issue was noted. More importantly he became an inspiration for sailors on his team, in the district and across the nation.
Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy – Jen French
In 1998, as a result of a snowboarding accident, Jen French suffered a spinal cord injury and became a quadriplegic. In her mid-twenties, Jen was told she would never leave a wheelchair, but she refused to accept that outcome. She began evaluating an implanted electrical stimulation device intended to assist her in standing. In her first book, On My Feet Again, Jen detailed her experience with a spinal cord injury and participation in the clinical trial process.
In 2002, Jen was introduced to disabled sailing, and the same year entered a regatta for the first time in her life. With the support of her husband, Tim, she became an active racer, competing in races throughout the country. Her persistent hard work paid off and she was selected to the US Sailing Team Sperry and represented the U.S. at the 2012 Paralympics. Jen French went on to earn silver medal honors at the London Games. Later that year she became the first woman with a disability to receive the US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award.
Just one year later, Jen co-founded the Warrior Sailing Program, a non-profit organization that introduces wounded members of our armed forces, both active and retired, to sailing. She collaborated with Ralf Steitz, Director of the Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation. Because of the efforts of Jen and the Warrior Sailing Team during the last two years, over 120 members of our military have been introduced to sailing. Of these Warrior Sailing graduates, 75% suffer from, either or both, Traumatic Brain Injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Warrior team has organized seven Basic Training Camp sessions around the country for the purpose of learning the basics of sailing. Some of the Warriors have developed into excellent competitors and during the last two years have participated in major disabled sailing regattas around the country.
Jennifer French and the Warrior Sailing Program have made significant contributions to disabled sailing and the lives of military veterans who have given so much to our country.
Harman Hawkins Trophy – Means Davis
Means Davis has held countless positions at US Sailing over the past 40 years, including National and International Judge, Regional Race Officer and Judge and Race Management Instructor. He has served on the Board of Directors, the Review Board, the Judges Education and Training Subcommittee, the Risk Management Committee and many others.
Davis began sailing in high school after an injury knocked him off the state championship track and field team. He was a serious Snipe sailor for 25 years before turning his attention to race management and judging full-time in 1989. In that time, he said, he “learned every one of the rules one at a time, the hard way.”
In 1996, Davis moved temporarily to Savannah, Ga. where he was one of a group of three people who were responsible for race management at the Olympic Games.
His “passionate love,” Davis says, is Optimist Dinghy racing, and he has run and judged at events from local club races to world championships. At the same time, he has taught numerous judges how to implement rules and how to work with race committees and, perhaps most important, mentored them in how to interact with junior sailors in the protest room.
Captain Joe Prosser Award – Community Boating Center Providence
The Community Boating Center (CBC) in Providence, R.I., embodies exactly what a sailing center should be. Through the leadership of John O’Flaherty, CBC’s Executive Director, they offer the type of quality, affordable programming that any organization, public or private, should provide. From a small organization that opened their doors in 1994, they’ve grown into a player within the Providence network. They have a boathouse and a fleet of over 60 boats.
CBC is a pioneer in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through sailing programming. The relationship with US Sailing and CBC has grown, with much of the focus continuing to be on STEM. With John’s help the US Sailing Reach Initiative was launched, and as Reach has grown, so has the national awareness of what CBC has accomplished. US Sailing recognized them as the first “Reach Center of Excellence” in 2015. They’ve created strong partnerships with local organizations, including the Providence After School Alliance and the Boys and Girls Clubs through the Reach program. US Sailing asks all our Reach Centers to go through an assessment to determine program quality but the evaluator we use originated from CBC.
For his contributions to public access sailing, John was awarded the 2015 Marty Luray Award, community sailing’s highest honor. His ability to see the big picture, while not losing sight of the details, has allowed CBC to grow to where it is today, as well as assist US Sailing is making the Reach Initiative the National Standard for STEM Education. His efforts, with the support of CBC, have helped create resources that programs of all types have been able to apply.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club Award – Bayview Yacht Club
The Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Mich. hosted the 2015 T-10 North American Championship regatta in August. Principal Race Officer Matt Bounds and his race committee ran an exceptional event, running 10 races for 22 boats over four days in varying conditions.
Skippers spoke highly of the open, communicative style with which the event was managed. One skipper noted that the race management team demonstrated a commitment to excellence and leadership. Accurate and professional decision-making in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere made this event memorable for all of the participants.
The race management team’s preparation and meticulous attention to detail inspired the competitors as they displayed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and passion for the event and our sport.
President’s Award – Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club and the US Sailing Center – Long Beach
The 2015 US Sailing President’s Award is presented to Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club and the US Sailing Center – Long Beach for their exceptional contributions in organizing, hosting and providing race management for the Special Olympics World Games in August, 2015.
Organizing and running a five-day regatta for 29 teams is no small undertaking. There are a myriad of details to attend to and countless opportunities for Murphy’s Law to wreak havoc with carefully-laid plans. Add multiple teams of sailors who speak little or no English, more than 150 race management volunteers to organize multiple classes of athletes, a large fleet of support boats, enhanced safety, medical and communications protocols and sailors with varied special needs, and the tasks become enormously complex.
One of the elements that made this event unique was the close personal connections that developed among the sailors, the volunteers and the spectators. Because the support of families and spectators is a crucial part of the Special Olympics competition, the race management team arranged the course so that the leeward mark was close to the head of the pier, where the spectators cheered them on as they rounded.
“In all the races I have run and participated in, I have never seen a sailor get a standing ovation when they rounded a leeward mark,” observed Mark Townsend, the Principal Race Officer for the event.
This competition was much more than a regatta – it was a deeply rewarding experience for the participants, families and race management team alike. US Sailing is proud to recognize Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club and the US Sailing Center – Long Beach for their exceptional efforts, and we hope that their work will stand out as a model and inspiration for others to reach out to new groups who will benefit from the joys of sailing.
The following Community Sailing and One-Design Awards were named prior to the US Sailing Awards Dinner:
Outstanding Program Director
Mark Zagol – New England Science and Sailing (Stonington, Conn.)
Excellence in Instruction
Rachel Bryer, Nate Coolidge, Haley Barber, Lee Dumaliang, Katie Dobbin – Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation (Jamestown, R.I.)
10 Years of Hallmark Performance
Sail Sand Point (Seattle, Wash.)
Outstanding Adaptive Community Sailing Program
Sea Scout Base (Galveston, Texas)
Outstanding Organizational Leader
Alan Jenkinson – Edison Sailing Center (North Ft. Myers, Fla.)
Outstanding Community Sailing Center
Hudson River Community Sailing (New York, N.Y.)
Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion
Rocking the Boat (Bronx, N.Y.)
Volunteer of the Year
Diane Brancazio – Community Boating, Inc. (Boston, Mass.)
National One-Design Regatta Award
50th E-Scow Blue Chip Regatta, hosted by Pewaukee Yacht Club (Pewaukee, Wisc.)
Learn more about the US Sailing Awards: www.ussailing.org/about-us/awards
Source: Jake Fish, US Sailing
2016 Melges 24 European Championship in Hyères is open for Entries
The first video programme in a brand new monthly view of the racing world – the World Sailing Show
After a delayed start to racing, the fleet of seven MC38s hit the course with winds gusting over 25 knots.
Those who have sailed the Finn through an Olympic campaign know it well as ‘The Ultimate Challenge’.
The RORC Caribbean 600 is attracting some of the world’s best yachts.
A top class sporting line-up with no fewer than nine nations taking part, Race HQ based at the foot of the Eiffel Tower
The first Open 7.50 Caribbean on board footage. The one and only Caribbean Open 7.50 Panic Attack gives you a nice look in their kitchen of sailing with this first on board footage. Enjoy this “smooth” ride!
9 months before the start to the 8th edition of the solononstoproundtheworld Regatta Vendée Globe, 28 skippers from 9 nations aus on …
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by Justin Chisholm, Sail Racing Magazine
The Vendée Globe is a very, very French institution. The solo circumnavigation race’s essence, its DNA, is drenched in pure and unadulterated French spirit. It’s hard to conceive of any other nation coming up with a sporting concept so daring and with such immense potential for disaster for those taking part, as a non-stop, unaided, singlehanded, yacht race around the world.
And that – purely and simply – is why the French people love it so much.
The Vendée Globe stole the hearts of France’s sporting public from the very first edition in 1989 and since them the population, from school children to grandparents, have followed the six editions that followed in their droves.
Hundreds of thousands flock to the Atlantic coast seaside town of Les Sables D’Olonne to watch the start in person. Millions more avidly track their hero skippers’ adventures online during the race. At the end the crowds return to Les Sables D’Olonne to cheer each finisher safely back into port at the end of their global lap.
The strength and depth of the race’s following in France is such that it rubs shoulders comfortably with the country’s major global sporting properties like the Tour de France cycling and motor racing’s Le Mans 24 Hour Race.
No surprise then that the French mainstream media packed the skippers’ press conference in Paris this week to hear what the 31 pre-entered skippers for the 2016/17 edition had to say.
It was a full house, standing room only, with representatives of the country’s national TV, radio, and major newspapers all there, as well as the French news services and even a smattering of international press.
While the race will always and forever remain French to its core, the organisers are hoping to expand its appeal further afield. Helping with that push is a record nine nations (France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, the United States, New Zealand, Switzerland, Hungary and the Netherlands) being represented among the 31 skippers currently listed as entered or pre-registered. – Read on
I think where I left off last was with the approaching gale and me in yellow flag mode, slowing to let the gale go past.
After competing in four Olympic Games, 36-year old Tania Elias Calles is now pursuing her biggest dream yet: to compete in the toughest and most dangerous solo non-stop race around the world – Vendée Globe 2020.
It all began for Tania at age 6 on a lake near Mexico City where she soon began dreaming of winning an Olympic sailing medal. Without much support or coaching, she clawed her way up the Laser Radial ranking, soon medaling at the Pan Am Games and World Championships.
When she lacked funding, she gained notoriety in 2010 by setting the Guinness World Record for the longest single-handed unassisted journey in a dinghy (Laser) by a female, sailing 282.78 nm from Los Cabos at the tip of Baja California Sur across the Gulf of California to Bahia de Banderas on mainland Mexico.
While not fulfilling her dream of an Olympic medal after 16 years of training and high performance competition, Tania is now focused on the Vendée Globe in 2020. She is again short on funds, as just buying the IMOCA 60 for the race will cost of 3 to 6 million dollars. So this time, to gain notoriety, she is going to sail her Laser Radial from California to Hawaii.
In order to achieve international media exposure and raise capital, Tania will sail a distance well over 2000 nautical miles to set a massive world record. Tania not only hopes to establish a new parameter for what is possible but also prove her potential for the Vendee Globe, exhibiting the mental strength, will, determination and focus that is needed to circumnavigate the world.
For this Pacific Ocean crossing, a support vessel will be following providing assistance, media, and to monitor the weather and her health. She plans to leave from San Francisco during the summer of 2016, with the crossing expected to take two to three weeks to complete.
Tania hopes the exposure from the ocean crossing attracts the right sponsor, after which she will set out to design and build her IMOCA 60 and begin her offshore training.
The training involves all sorts of areas like medical and survival lessons, learning to manage a boat with that sort of power, dimensions and rigging, security requirement and licenses, courses, sleep depravation training, mechanics, nutrition, new home (based out of Spain), first long distance offshore races, etc. All this while supervising multiple people and managing the project.
Tania´s first race around the world, the Barcelona World Race, will take place in 2018. This race will be done on the same boat which she will use in 2020, but with another crewmember. This race is a double handed round the world race, non stop from Barcelona to Barcelona.
Every milestone and accomplishment, and all the pain and suffering, will help Tania prepare for the final goal: Sailing solo non-stop around the world without assistance and crossing the finish line of the Vendée Globe in 2020.
As the clock ticks towards racing in 2017, the America’s Cup teams are accelerating their preparations. The defending champion of the America’s Cup, ORACLE TEAM USA, will face the top challenging team in race one of the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Racing will take place on Bermuda’s Great Sound, a natural amphitheater that offers up varied and challenging racing conditions.
“Time is the one thing you can’t get back in an America’s Cup campaign,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA. “It’s the most valuable resource we have. Between now and race one we have to design and build a boat to a new rule, learn how to sail it faster than the other teams, and make sure that as a race crew, we’re match ready. There’s nothing like the first race of the America’s Cup, when you line up against the other team and it’s all on the line. That’s what we do this for.”
All six America’s Cup teams will race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers – a double round robin event – beginning on Friday May 26. The winning team in the Qualifiers can carry a bonus point through to the America’s Cup Finals, making this an important stage of the event for defender and challengers alike.
The top four challengers from the Qualifiers advance to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Playoffs, with one team eliminated from further competition. The playoffs feature four teams paired up in a Semi Final, advancing to a Final, with one eventual winner advancing to face ORACLE TEAM USA in the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton.
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Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers-sponsored boat, with his team of Trent Barnabas in the bow and Dave O’Connor on the sheet, will be among the favorites in the 2016 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour from 13-21 February. Photos by Frank Quealey of the Australian 18 Footers League.
I think where I left off last was with the approaching gale and me in yellow flag mode, slowing to let the gale go past.
(February 4, 2016; Day 16) – A swift turn around Amianan Island has seen half of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet gybe to the south-west as the teams head for the Ocean Sprint course and next waypoint off the south coast of Vietnam. Full report.
Young artists wanted: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 5-16-year-olds invited to design the – Victory Trophies – for this summer’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth
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UH Peter Wenner Rainbow Invitational
When Salve Regina sailing coach John Ingalls calls a regatta, “the most fun anyone could have at a college sailing event,” it’s time to pay attention. In early January, the University of Hawaii sailors, leis and all, welcomed sailors from across the globe (literally) for the Peter Wenner Rainbow Invitational.
Sailors from Salve, USC, Brown, Hosei University (Tokyo, Japan), University of British Columbia, and a handful of other schools kicked off the spring season with a weekend of racing in the Ke’ehi Lagoon in Honolulu.
“We all enjoyed the international competition and a break from our Canadian winter,” says Sandra Macko, a sailor at the University of British Columbia. “Overall we had a great time; thank you to the University of Hawaii for hosting this regatta and having UBC come back to compete for the second year in a row.”
“Sailing in Hawaii during January is tough to beat when most of the country is frozen,” says Ingalls. “Water temperatures in Hawaii are consistently a warm 80 degrees, and the air temps range from 78-88. So it’s shorts, T-shirts, and sunscreen for the duration. No need to bring that bulky sailing gear. It never rained on us this year, but when it has in the past, the liquid sunshine is warm. So for all those reasons, the trek from the east coast is worth it.”
So what about the sailing? “The conditions were perfect as well as varied,” says Ingalls. “This year was our fourth trip in six years; we saw mostly 10 knots with a peaks around 14. When the Trades blow, it’s quite the ride.”
Courtesy of the University of Hawaii Sailing Team
Sailors from Salve Regina, USC, UC-San Diego, Brown, UC Santa Barbara, Hosei University, Long Beach State, Washington U., Cal Poly, U. British Columbia and CSU Channel Islands attended this years’ Peter Wenner Invitational.
The regatta is named for Peter Wenner, a former University of Hawaii sailor who, with his wife, hosted all of the sailors for a BBQ dinner on Saturday after sailing. “That barbeque, and the camaraderie and friendships generated are difficult for me to describe,” says Ingalls, “but it gives me and my team a sense of family within our sailing community. We leave with a sense of belonging to something special.”
For more information on the Peter Wenner Rainbow Invitational and the University of Hawaii sailing team, visit http://www.hawaiiathletics.com/coedsailing
Artemis Racing launched the second generation of “turbo” test platform in San Francisco this week.
Artemis Racing has made a flying start to 2016, relocating the team’s sailing operations to Bermuda, and perhaps even more significantly, launching its second turbo development boat of this America’s Cup campaign.
The new boat, nicknamed ‘T2’, was launched in Alameda, California, in early January. Design Coordinator, Adam May, provides an insight into the team’s development pathway for the 35th America’s Cup:
“Very early in this America’s Cup’s cycle we upgraded our existing foiling AC45, a boat similar to those used in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, to boost its performance and provide a platform to test appendages.”
“However, our development path truly began with our sister ship turbo program. ‘T1’ was launched in February 2015 as a test platform scaled to be similar to the AC62 class. The original AC45 foiler was then retired and converted into T2. There was a pause during its build while the AC class changed, and many features such as a similar deck layout to that of the new AC Class were incorporated into T2.”
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The “turbo 2” takes flight on San Francisco bay.
“T2 is our second fully loaded turbo charged AC45. The extra beam (for more righting moment), larger wing, cockpits, and full fairing package; make it a very different beast to the narrow traditional AC45s with foils.”
The team completed a successful 10-day camp in Alameda, ahead of the imminent relocation of Artemis Racing’s sailing operations to Bermuda.
Iain Percy, Team Manager, commented “It was very satisfying to launch T2 before we left for Bermuda. The design and build of this boat was our key focus for 2015, and I’m very proud of the result of the team’s ingenuity and endeavour. It was particularly pleasing to be foiling around the Bay on day one without any significant teething problems, giving us the chance to maximize the precious time on the water. We took away a number of key learnings and directions for our future America’s Cup Class development program”.
T2 will soon be lining up on the Great Sound against its sister ship T1 in what will be an important stepping stone towards the team’s goal of winning the 35th America’s Cup.
“Two boat testing is an important component of our campaign strategy. It’s going to be quite a sight seeing two Artemis Racing boats flying over the America’s Cup race course”, said Iain Percy.
This week the 2016 Finn World Masters at Torbole on Lake Garda pre-registered its 300th entrant. That’s right. 300 oldie Finn sailors from 29 countries…
Aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2, American Joe Harris departed Newport (RI) on November 15 in a bid to break the 40 Foot Monohull Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record. That plan, however, got derailed when a stop in Cape Town was needed for repairs to his energy systems. Here’s an update from Joe on February 4…
I think where I left off from last report was with the approaching gale and me in “yellow flag” mode, slowing to let the gale go past. So that strategy worked well and while I did see winds over 40k, I did not get the 70k winds that were not far away, so I felt good that between Commanders Weather and my weather/routing we devised a strategy that worked.
After passing the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, one of the “Great Capes” on Tuesday, I have been humming along since then in very good conditions with North-Westerly winds in the 20’s which allows me to sail on port gybe at a wind angle of about 130′, which is perfect for this boat.
The next milestone is getting past the longitude of the South East Cape of Tasmania, which is about 900 miles ahead. After that the target is Stewart Island at the Southern tip of New Zealand, which is about 1,750 miles, so I am targeting Feb. 12 or 13 as an ETA, at a 9 knot average boat speed and continued favorable wind direction. Good stuff.
But there was a weird incident yesterday. As I was sitting in the cabin reading around mid-day my time, I picked up my iPhone to check text messages from the YB tracker system, and there was a message from my wife Kim asking if I was okay. Apparently my EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) had been triggered and sent a message to the world-wide sea-air rescue network and Kim had been contacted by both the US Coast Guard and the Australian Rescue Center to see if my EPIRB alert was real or a false alarm.
Holy Cow! I had no idea so I crawled to the back of the boat to a locker in the port stern quarter and found my “ditch bag” of emergency supplies which had one of my EPIRBs in a front pocket. The bag had somehow been flipped over and was upside down, causing the EPIRB to be pressed into the floor, which accidentally pushed the “ON” button and the EPIRB was flashing and transmitting an emergency signal of distress. So I flipped the bag back over and pushed and held the “on” button on the EPIRB, which de-activated the signal.
However, the signal had been transmitting for about 90 minutes already, so Kim had been called by the U.S. Coast Guard at 3:00 AM, asking if she knew me and if I was really in distress. Since we had been emailing only a couple of hours ago and the tracker showed the boat moving in the right direction at 10 knots, Kim told them she thought I was okay but would check and get back to them.
She then called and emailed a team of six experienced mariners I had put together before my departure to handle emergency communications, and all waited to hear back from me. I was shocked to get the message that the EPIRB was on, so quickly relayed to Kim that there was no emergency – everything was fine on board GS2 – and to please tell the U.S. and Australian sea-air rescue teams to stand down.
I then called Kim on my sat phone which had not been functioning well, but I took the Iridium phone out of its cradle and brought it on deck and – lo and behold – it got a signal and connected the call! Kim was obviously relieved to hear that everything was okay and this was a false alarm, but it was 3:00 in the morning and she had been dealing with this for two hours and she was understandably a bit stressed!
Luckily our Emergency Comms team had responded – the world-wide COSPAS-SARSAT sea air rescue system that the EPIRB alert triggers had responded rapidly and efficiently and everyone was ready to assist – which was awesome.
So on we go. I feel badly for the accidental triggering of the EPIRB (it is now in a “Pelican” waterproof case with lots of padding) and the stress it placed on Kim and my team as well as the international sea-air rescue system, but the good news was that everything worked as it was supposed to, which gives me confidence that were I to have a real emergency, the people, systems and technology are in place to effect a rescue. Thank you to all involved.
More news in a few days… hopefully it will be boring. For now, signing off from 46′ South – below the Great Australian Bight.
Background: As a result of Joe’s 11-day detour to Cape Town (Dec 28-Jan 8), Joe will no longer be able to officially break the existing non-stop record of 137 days, 20 hours, 01 minute, 57 seconds – set by Chinese sailor Guo Chuan in 2013. However, he remains hopeful to unofficially better the mark. Website: www.gryphonsolo2.com
Those who have sailed the Finn through an Olympic campaign know it well as ‘The Ultimate Challenge’. This moniker has stuck with the class through generations and remains as true today as it ever was – except perhaps more so, as the Olympians of previous generations are regressing back to their youthful dreams of glory and finding a new rewarding challenge at the Finn World Masters.
This week the 2016 Finn World Masters at Torbole on Lake Garda pre-registered its 300th entrant. That’s right. 300 oldie Finn sailors from 29 countries will be reliving their youth for another year. Tempting fate here, it is heading towards being the biggest Finn event of all time, and there are still three months to go.
Many former Finn rock stars are now back in the Finn after a short absence because they see the Finn as a sport for life, something that gets into your system, that you can’t quite let go of, and, which provides a competitive environment while also recognising the huge heritage and tradition of the class.
“In the last four years the Finn World Masters has grown considerably and is attracting a large number of former Olympians and sailors returning to the class after some years away,” reports Andy Denison (GBR), Finn World Masters President. “Despite the organic fallout – getting too old – we are set to see one of the biggest turnouts ever for Torbole 2016, reinforcing the fact that more and more Finn sailors are joining the Masters fleet.” – Read on
Kitefoiling at Kuredu, Maldives. Video published on Feb 4, 2016.
A message from US Sailing about the great sport of sailing. Learn more about all the opportunities to sail at www.ussailing.org. Video published on Feb 4, 2016.
With nine months left to go, 27 skippers are officially registered! This will be a record event! Check out the promo above!
The Volvo Ocean Race could potentially see new sponsors and more teams in the next event with reduced costs for entry.
At a time when rival major global sports events are struggling to contain spiralling costs, a report by independent auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has praised sailing’s premier round-the-world event, the Volvo Ocean Race, for halving the price of competing for sponsors.
Much of the credit for this has been ascribed by report author, Manuel Díaz, to The Boatyard, the shared-maintenance facility introduced by the race for the last edition in 2014-15.
“A campaign now costs around 50 per cent less to run – in the last editions, the cost was between €20-35 million rather than €10-15 million for campaigns at the same level,” the report, Assessment of the Maintenance Operating Model, says.
The Boatyard has broken new ground in the offshore racing industry, pooling both human and equipment resources for the servicing of a newly-introduced class of boat. The Farr-designed Volvo Ocean 65 one-design broke with 40 years of tradition in an event, which was launched in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race.
The report, which was commissioned by the race after the finish of the 12th edition in June last year, highlighted: “The list of benefits is no longer hypothetical: the model has already been implemented, showing an excellent performance and outstanding results.”
The report, in particular, praises:
- Significant cost reduction in contracts with suppliers, spare parts stock, transportation, labour and support staff and infrastructure
- A reduction of breakages and the consequent corrective maintenance
- Improved predictive maintenance, fixing potential weaknesses before they result in breakdowns
It added: “One of the main benefits of The Boatyard is that it has become easier to attract both participants and sponsors – the entry barrier is lower but is not only a matter of cost.
“As all the teams have the exact same platform, the risk of having a much slower boat is lower. On the other hand, safety has been at the heart of the one-design process, with the boats designed to last at least two editions of the toughest race on earth.”
Díaz recommends that The Boatyard could be even more effective with a stepped-up level of performance monitoring through a list of key indicators such as average time for repair, man power utilisation and efficiency and inventory turnover.
Nick Bice, who manages The Boatyard, was delighted the project had won the positive comments from the PwC report.
“What pleases me is that it’s recognised now that our standards are in line with the very highest in the automotive and aeronautical industries,” he said.
“A key statistic that has been highlighted is that 90 per cent-plus of our servicing was proactive, in other words fixing potential problems before they led to breakdowns. Only around 10 per cent of that work was reactive.
“Our ambition is now simple: we are aiming to get to a stage where there is no excuse for breakages in the next race other than those caused by human error.
“We don’t want future stories to be about why a boat has broken down, we want the stories to be about the people sailing onboard.”