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ROUTE du RHUM – In the dark of night this Tuesday November 11 at 03 :47 :09 UTC/04 :47 :09 CET (23 :47 :09 Monday local) Sébastien Josse crossed the finish line of the 10th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe to take an excellent third place on Group Edmond de Rothschild, one the three smallest trimarans in the Ultime fleet.
Josse’s elapsed time is 8d 14h 47mn 9sec to complete the theoretical course of 3542 miles at an average speed of 17.13kts. He has actually sailed 4403 miles speed at an average speed of 21.29kts. On his first solo multihull race Josse finished 23h-38m-37s behind the winner Loick Peyron to complete an exceptional race, knowing that his Multi70 was one of the “small boats” of the Ultime fleet.
Often lead by double race winner Lionel Lemonchois on the bigger Prince de Bretagne Josse fought hard to the finish after believing at one point that his chances of a podium finish might be spent.
Before the start in Saint Malo, Josse had been firm on his ideas of what would constitute success. “If I win in my group, I will have won my Route du Rhum!
So it was a delighted Josse who completes the podium this Tuesday morning, the skipper who originates from Nice finishing in front of two larger multihulls, including Prince de Bretagne which proved to be his main rival on much of the course.
Josse is one of the outstanding allrounders of his generation, now adding a solo success in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe to his list of achievements which includes skippering in the fully crewed Volvo Ocean Race, the solo La Solitaire du Figaro and leading the crew on Edmond de Rotshchild to many success including winning the multi stage Route des Princes. A two times Vendée Globe contender he is something of a latercomer to big multihull sailing, being given the skipper’s role for Gitana in 2011 as a relative rookie. He raced the 2002 Route du Rhum in the IMOCA class but had to abandon.
This legendary Transatlantic race has been the main focus for the Gitana Team, the group working tirelessly to innovate and make the Multi70 faster and safer, including being the first team to add foils to the rudders – reportedly gaining up to two knots in speed at times whils also reducing the pitch of the boat.
Josse’s success comes as a result of his pushing the boat close to 100 per cent over the eight and a half days of the race.
From the start in Saint Malo Josse has always been in the match. Exiting from the Channel after a tough upwind over the first night he was in second place behind Banque Populaire VII. More often than not he lay fourth, ready to pounce if the opportunity arose, setting a very high work rate to stay with the bigger rivals.
“I am going to spend 12-15 hours a day at the helm, I don’t see how you can do anything else or you are in cruising mode.”
And such efforts are rewarded in the Trade Winds, at 750 miles from the finish when his more southerly option in a more consistent breeze allows him to pass Lemonchois who had become slowed in an area of very light and unstable airs. And once third he was never passed again, securing
His efforts will be rewarded in the trade winds to 750 miles from the finish. Along a southern route to aim its entry into the Caribbean arc, it doubles Lemonchois, entangled further north in a squall line without wind. Sunday, November 9, he took 3rd place and never leave until Gosier.
Josse said: “The first two days it was a case of finding the right pace, holding back but with a good rhythm. You had to have it just right. Then after that there was really only happiness. When you are in the trade winds with these machines is incredible, outstanding. On paper we dont play in the same league as the bigger boats. Logically boats of 31m and 30m should be ahead but I think they were not pushed too hard. They moderated their speeds with us, the little dragonflies behind buzzing at their heels.”
“I am a bit surprised at my physical condition because at first I did not let myself sleep. I just thought it was too dangerous. But fatigue caught up with me and and after three days I put msyelf to sleep. And when the boat is set up, with th right balance, it just goes great. The tiredness I feel right now is because of the manouvres down the side of the island because there were a lot.”
” The feelng was great when I was at sea. You’re on your mobylette, your charging fireball. They are like birds flying downwind in the trades. Nothing can really describe the feeling. It is ridiculous, any wave you feel but then you trust the boat. I have never felt unsafe.”
” It has been three years since I started with this boat. And I train 150 days a year. I can do that. So a lot becomes automatic, sometimes it feels more comfortable than others, but I have practised so much it is automatic a lot of the time. Against the first two Ultimes there was no real race for me butwe had a nice group where we fought.”
VOR – The lead and leaders have changed again as Abu Dhabi sails into the lead. Dongfeng Race Team who had a commanding lead and who everyone thought broke away from the pack is now in 4th place. To follow this great one-design madness CLICK HERE! Reports from the Boats is below:
“The only thing we see is the other boats in the far distance, and occasionally a fishing boat, a cargo or a sailing boat around one of the islands. It’s kind of weird that after 9 days of sailing into the ocean we are still fighting our way! But that’s life, you have to expect the unexpected and be ready to react in the best possible way.
Carlos Hernández, Anthony Marchand and Xabi Fernández were all hit by flying fish. The worst is the smell they leave behind… and if one falls into the boat unnoticed, then it’s even worse.
It’s getting warmer and warmer. Yesterday you couldn’t sleep inside anymore, so we ended up not sleeping at all.”
Francisco Vignale, OBR
Whales are big and beautiful mammals, however you want to keep your distance. Tom and Peter were pretty happy about seeing their first whales on the trip but one gave them a little bit of a scare. Having seen four whales in succession a fifth came within 4 meters on the leeward side. It certainly gave Tom a fright. All ended well and we continued onwards to the equator.
I think if I was Tom I would be more concerned with what will happen his lovely boy band hair than worrying about whales. Neptune is waiting and so is Rob Salthouse with his scissors.
Brian Carlin, OBR
Team Vestas Wind
On Dongfeng, we ended up south of everyone, slaloming between the islands of Cape Verde. It paid off in the rankings short-term, but the real outcome is still undecided. Many wind rotations to exploit, accelerations between the islands, but also a nice navigation amidst a beautiful archipelago.
Wolf, who seems to have only just discovered the existence of this archipelago, questions, “There are people who live there?”. I must say, it’s a valid question, when we are faced with Fogo, this piece of land in the middle of the Atlantic, which peaks at 2,900 meters.
Yann Riou, OBR
Dongfeng Race Team
The bright green and steep hillsides of the Cape Verde Islands brought everyone on deck to take in the awesome scenery and lightened the mood onboard. “Quite an amazing thing to see really”, said Parko.
“It was cool to sail so close to such a high mountain; we were probably only a mile away when we gybed. Without doing this race I definitely would’ve never seen that.”
There is a sense of relief that it appears our northern bet is paying dividends and we’ll draw even with Dongfeng if not make a few gains.
Matt Knighton, OBR
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
The first time I sailed past Cape Verde islands was in 2010 when I was helping deliver a catamaran from Gibraltar to Antigua. We stopped in the mid-Atlantic tropical island for fuel and were sailing out of the islands around sunset at a gentle pace. I think I was even attempting a bit of yoga in the luxury catamaran’s saloon.
Yeah, things were different back then. This time there was no yoga — unless you count my balancing act as I attempted a video interview with Sam (the one legged standing starfish pose). This time, my experience was loads different as Team SCA screamed around the northern side of the Cape Verde Islands at 20-22 knots down wind—yep, we were sailing at full throttle. We’re a boat on a mission: catch the fleet. And they’re getting closer by the mile.
Corinna Halloran, OBR
Today Mark Towill turns 26. We’ve got a bit of a present-stash for Mark courtesy of Charlie’s wife, and needless to say this will be a birthday he won’t forget. In darkness we sailed under a chain of clouds that was most likely coming from Santa Antao, the westernmost island of the chain (and also—westernmost point of Africa), and it took us 30-degrees from our “expected” heading for a few hours.
It’s hard to explain the complexity of the weather in this part of the world. No computer model or forecaster can accurately predict the winds, and things like small islands and clouds throw more than a few monkey wrenches in a well-laid plan.
Amory Ross, OBR
EXTREME SAILING – Light winds dominated the opening day of Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Nice, France calling for pin-point precision from the teams as the battle at the penultimate Act of the 2014 global tour began on the sparkling Mediterranean waters. There was change in the air with the newer teams on the circuit calling the shots and Realteam had all the right tactics and boat speed as the fastest average team according to the SAP sailing analytics. The Swiss team scored two first and two seconds places finishing the end of day one in pole position, and skipper Jérôme Clerc commented:
“With these light wind conditions, it is even harder to be ahead all the time but I think we have been able to find a good strategy for the day. I think we have to continue with this spirit and try to limit the bad races.”
Despite not scoring in race two after sailing the wrong course whilst leading, Gazprom Team Russia sailed an impressive day, scoring two race wins to claim second place overall, on equal points with the all-French fixture on Groupama sailing team skippered by Franck Cammas at the close of play. Team Russia’s skipper Phil Robertson, who only took over the tiller at Act 5 Cardiff, spoke about ‘fine-tuning’ their Extreme 40 for light wind racing.
“Your whole set up changes with your rig tuning and speed wise, the whole balance of the boat changes. We talk about these factors after every race, whether we need to make any changes or not and as a whole, chat about what we can improve on. That was really good today and the boys put in a big effort to make sure we were going fast. The trick now is just to keep that rolling. The hard part is having another day like this over the next three days, and keep as consistent as possible when we’re not having such a great day so that’s the key.”
The Aussie team GAC Pindar, led by Olympic gold medallist Nathan Wilmot had their best start to a regatta this year, coming out of the blocks quickly and sailing consistently to finish the day in fourth place. Cool as ever, Wilmot commented:
“We just kept plugging some good races in now and then, and in the lighter air you have a little more time to think about what’s going on. We just tried to sail the boat fast around the course and stay out of trouble with everyone and it seems to have worked well today. It’s pretty hard out there and it can be frustrating so it’s quite hard on the brain when trying to figure out where to go, but if we can keep the boat going around the course nicely we’ll be there doing alright at the end.”
Ben Ainslie and the British on J.P. Morgan BAR made the right sort of waves in the opening races, and looked to be in imperious form, but a penalty in the third race followed by a start line collision with Alinghi cost them valuable points. The Brits finish the day in a credible fifth place, tied with Emirates Team New Zealand, helmed here by Pete Burling, fresh from a successful defense of the World 49er title in Spain. J.P.Morgan BAR’s bowman Matt Cornwell explained what it was like on the course.
“It was very tricky, very light and very easy to put yourself in situations where you’re looking to be in the top three, and then very quickly you can be in the bottom three, so it’s very hard to get those calls right. I think it was the same for everyone and there’s a lot of teams out there that looked frustrated with today’s racing but actually I think we’re all on similar points and it’s all very tight.”
It wasn’t such a pretty story for the current Series leader Alinghi, and their long-standing dueling partners The Wave, Muscat who both found themselves in the bottom half of the fleet more then the top today. The pair finish the day tied on 39 points in seventh place, leaving themselves with a bit of work to do over the next three days.
Despite managing to finish a handful of races in the top three between, Oman Air, Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team all struggled in the light airs finishing the day in ninth to eleventh respectively. The opening day is just a shakedown of what is to come over the next three days here in Nice, and expect plenty more twists and turns on the leaderboard. Watch tomorrow’s racing live from 1530 local time, (GMT+2) at extremesailingseries.com.
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7 Nice standings after Day 1, 8 races (2.10.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 51 points.
2nd Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Matt Adams, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 48 points.
3rd Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Tanguy Cariou, Valentin Bellet, Arnaud Jarlegan, Devan Le Bihan 48 points.
4th GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, Seve Jarvin, Hugh Styles, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski 45 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Campbell-James, Bleddyn Mon, Matt Cornwell 44 points.
6th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 44 points.
7th Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 39 points.
8th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 39 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 33 points.
10th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 30 points.
11th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Christian Kamp, Brad Farrand 26 points.
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – It’s Friday! Here is a Tipsy Bartender must see video! Gotta test out this hangover cure! So what do we do? First we get Emma drunk…but not just drunk, we get her drunker than she’s even been before! We need to get her to drink enough to get a bad hangover–all in the name of science! So we hit up all our favorite LA clubs, bars, and restaurants. The next morning comes the moment of truth…does Blowfish work? Watch and see if we can cure Emma’s worst hangover ever!
VOR – Sometimes a lack of preparation can pay off. Team Vestas Wind have existed for just over a month, but took first place in Leg 0 by 10 seconds from Team Brunel. This upcoming VOR race is going be tight!
INT. CANOE SAILING – Richmond Yacht Club junior sailing program graduate, Mikey Jan Radziejowski leads a world class pool of top International Canoe sailors midway through the IC Worlds currently running ath the Richmond Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. Here is a great interview by Pressure-Drop with Mikey and his comments on how to sail this very cool boat design!
505 WORLDS – Again, congratulations to Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel to an outstanding week that was crowned by the World Championship title. We covered the event last week and for those of you who missed it here is the video highlights!
CORK – Day three of CORK OCR started off with an unstable easterly breeze in the Kingston harbour. After some waiting the wind switched to the South West and first races started just before 2pm.
This is the final day of racing for the Viper, F18, I14, Kona, RS:X and Bic 293 fleets. Michael Easton & Tripp Burd (NENSA) walk away with first place in the F18 Canadian Championship, Sandra Tartaglino & Alex Shafer (NENSA) and Anthony Boueilh &Maxime Loiselle (BDB) follow in second and third. The Vipers finish their event (Canadian & Great Lakes Championship) with 9 races. Steve Conger (CSYC) takes first place, only one point ahead of Steve Champman (BYC) in second. Darren Gilbert (FYC) takes third.
The boards were held ashore before heading to the racecourse as the wind filled in. Title of North American Kona Champion goes to Nevin Sayre (Vineyard Haven YC) with 8 bullets in 9 races. Second place goes to Andree Gauthier (TWC), followed by Rick Collins (BYC) in third. Jack Feder wins the Silver fleet and Anthony Swaelens (CVDM) raced as the only Bic 293 on the roster.
Competitors in the I14 Canadian Championship finish their event with 11 races on the scorecard. Ian Struthers & Dan Cunningham (RCYC) finished first overall, winning 7 of their 11 races. Jason Lemieux & Lauren Laventure (RCYC) and Greg Loffree & Ryan Gareth (RCYC) finished in second and third respectively. In the RS:X 8.5 fleet Laurence Bonneau-Charland(Multivoile) finishes first, followed by Fannie De Alcala (CVDM) who takes title of Canadian Youth Champion & Top Female and Caroline Emmanu De Alcala (CVDM). In the RS:X 9.5 fleet Gabriel Verner Paquette (CVDM) takes the top spot and Canadian Youth Champion title. Jean Sebastien Fugere (Multivoile) and Moahmed Elsafty finish second and third.
With two days of racing to go CST members lead on the single-handed course. In the Brenda Bowskill (RCYC) leads Radial fleet. In the Finn fleet CST sailor Martin Robitaille (RCYC/CVL) is in the lead. Cy Thompson (ISV) is leading the Lasers.
In skiff action CST members David Mori & Justin Barnes (RCYC) continue to Lead the 49er fleet, while teammates Arielle Morgan & Heather Myatt (RSTLYC) move into first in the FX fleet. Both fleets have two days of racing remaining.
MXNEXT NEWS – Check out these two MXnext sailors as they duke it out off Marblehead MA. Looks like a sweet ride! The MXnext is on the move with 12 boats just shipped to Europe and building slots available – please contact Brian at [email protected] for more info on this cool boat design!
FESTIVAL OF SAILS – First points in the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals, one of the Festival of Sails’ opening events, went to Harry Melges and his Star crew from the USA. Melges, who founded the class in 1993 with his brother Hans and crewman Andy Burdick, began their Australian foray impressively with a perfect scorecard.
International teams had no trouble reading the local breeze on day one of the class’ national title on Geelong’s Corio Bay. The Americans were first with two bullets, the Swiss second and Japanese team aboard Threebond, skippered by Tetsuya Matsunaga, third.
The best placed Aussie team in fifth overall was Nathan Wilmot and Heath Walters’ Melges Asia – Kaito. Federico Michetti, a five-time Melges 24 world champion, arrived last night to join the rest of the Star crew who are racing a brand new Melges 24 built and shipped to Australia for the nationals and next week’s 2014 Gill Melges 24 World Championship.
“Today was fun in good breeze and having those practice starts was handy,” said Melges. “Now we just have to keep it going. There are a lot of tough crews here.”
The Melges 24 and Sports Boats’ series will continue on Corio Bay tomorrow, isolated showers during the afternoon and the chance of thunderstorms replacing today’s glorious summer conditions. The forecast breeze is westerly 10-15 knots tending south westerly 15-20 knots in the afternoon and increasing to 20-25 knots by the evening.
Full Results & Entry List available at: http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-results
AC NEWS - If Emirates Team New Zealand comes out victorious in San Francisco, Luna Rossa will be the Challenger of Record. What changes may occur? Rumors say it will stay in multihulls. One thing for sure is the crew rule will probably change. Both Grant Dalton and Patrizio Bertelli have made public statements strongly in favor of imposing nationalities rules.
Team NZ would not be effected by such a rule change but teams like ORACLE (who only has only two USA nationals onboard at the present) would have to draw sailors from their own country. Such a rule change we think would favor the original intent of the Cup… to pit nation against nation, not corporation against corporation.
What do you think will happen to the AC if Team NZ wins? Will they change the boat and crew rules? Email us your thoughts at [email protected]
AC NEWS - ORACLE TEAM USA unveiled its crew two days ago to race in the 34th America’s Cup – Above, skipper Jimmy Spithill describes his hearty team of sailors ready for battle.
ORACLE TEAM USA
Skipper/helmsman – Jimmy Spithill
Tactician/grinder- John Kostecki
Strategist/grinder – Tom Slingsby,
Wing trimmer – Kyle Langford
Jib trimmer – Joe Newton,
Grinder – Shannon Falcone
Grinder – Rome Kirby
Grinder – Jonathan Macbeth
Grinder – Gilberto Nobili,
Grinder – Joe Spooner
Grinder – Simeon Tienpont.
LASER AND HYDROFOILS – The Moth for the average sailor. For $5,800 you can fly! Take a great boat like a Laser and make it fly like a Moth…count us in! Here is some cool video footage from the development and testing of the Glide Free Laser foiling system. Check out the video above and go to www.lasersailing.com.au for more!
AC NEWS – What began as a day’s training on the water all of a sudden became a day of pre start practice against Artemis racing who were out on the Bay also. It was the first time the two AC72’s from each team had met up on the water.
PIC OF THE DAY – Here is a great picture of ORACLE Team USA sailing around looking bad–ass as they prepare to sail against the winner of the LV Cup. What is different about the two boats? Check out the daggerboard foil angle. Do you think ORACLE will win? Vote on our XS Poll to the right of the page today! Photo by Guilian Grenier.
AC NEWS – In ‘The Cutting Edge’, the AC72 takes center stage as one of the heroes of the 2013 America’s Cup. As a piece of engineering, it is the most highly advanced sailboat in racing, meeting the standard now of what will be possible 15-20 years forward.
The AC72 should not be flying above the water at 50 mph, for example, but that is exactly what it is doing.
For the first time, the America’s Cup has a boat that is pushing the athletes to perform at the highest level of physical exertion and psychological pressure possible.
These carbon-fibre, titanium-strong machines are built to be as light as possible, but with the strength needed to travel at unimaginable speeds. With the size of a wing similar to that on an airplane, the boats are able to generate speed three times that of the wind.
Here we get to meet the teams that conceived and designed the most exciting boats ever sailed. And we’ll talk to the teams to find out what challenges and difficulties they’ll encounter in this high-tech world.
MOTH SAILING – If you have not sailed a Moth before, here is an onboard video showing you some light air sailing with puffs, tacking and jibing. Not exciting, but does give you an onboard feel on what it is like to sail one of the hardest boats around…until you master it like windsurfing or kiteboarding. Then it’s easy! Check it out.
THE VOR 65 – This episode gives you an exclusive tour of the Volvo Ocean 65’s deck and the new features that will make it the safest Volvo boat yet. Check it out above!