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!
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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!
RS:X RACING – It has been a week of hard racing and mental prowess at the Crocodiles de L’Elorn Club in Brest. Near 300 competitors had gathered up here hoping to bring the European title home.
This was no easy feat for any of the champions as the level of all the fleets were very high and most of the windsurfers have had to give it their whole until the finish of the last race. The weather conditions kept them on their toes as the wind was shifty and there was no room for mistake. Everyone was on edge ashore to find out who would come out first in the event’s ranking and in the European championship itself.
Happy day for Greece as Byron Kokkalanis brings the European Champion title home with an 8 point-lead on delighted Shahar Zubari from Israel who managed to hold on to the silver medal despite a very tenacious Pierre Le Coq who in the end settled with bronze. The common thread between the men on the podium was the large smile on their faces as medals were quite an achievement after the challenges of this week.
In the overall Open competition, the podium is the same with Britain’s Olympic medallist Nick Dempsey in 4th.5th placed Louis Giard becomes the U21 Class Champion.
And the winner is….. France! If there was a title hardly won this week, it was the Women European title. All was to play this morning as Charline Picon, British Olympic medallist Bryony Shaw and Spain’s Blanca Manchon took to the water. Finishing 3rd, 5th and 1st of the three medal races, Charline Picon managed a final 3-point lead in front of Britain’s Bryony Shaw and kept Spain’s Blanca Manchon 9 points away.
In the overall Open competition, the ranking gives Bryony Shaw (GB) winner, followed by Charline Picon (FR) 2nd, Blanca Manchon 3rd (SP), Maayan Davidovich (ISR), 4th and Natalia Kosinska (NZ) 5th. Kamila Smektala from Poland wins the U21 Class Champion title.
RS:X Youth Boys
In the 2013 Open Youth European Windsurfing Championship, Argentinian Bautista Saubidet-Brikner who’s won 5 races out of 14 over the week logically wins the competition. Poland’s Radoslaw Furmanski takes silver only one point ahead of Bronze medallist, Chun Ting Lee from Hong-Kong.
Artion Javadav from Belarus wins the U17 Class Champion title.
RS:X Youth Girls
The 2013 Open Youth European Windsurfing Championship has been closely fought by the girls with two races within the race. Gold and silver medals were one point apart when the day started and it is Israel’s Hadar Heller who takes gold home with Britain’s Noelle Finch taking silver. Saskia Sills and her sister Imogen Sills were also one point apart this morning so there was no sisterly love on the water for bronze. Saskia won two of the three medal races thus getting on the podium.
Shahar Tibi from Israel wins the U17 Class Champion title.
By Coralie Rassinoux
TP52 SAILING – A comfortable win in Race 6 of the Royal Cup Marina Ibiza gives the American team skippered by Ed Baird a two points lead at the end of a long three race day. Their second win of today’s three starts was won off the start line and the early part of the first beat. Quantum Racing started hard on the committee boat end of the start line and sailed the strongest pressure on the right of the first upwind.
Azzurra lay second all the way around the course but lost out to Ergin Imre’s Provezza on the final run, the Turkish boat making second. On the overall points table Quantum Racing lead by two points after their 1,4,1 today ahead of Azzurra which went 2,1,3 for the day.
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Photo by www.maxranchi.com
TRANSPAC NEWS – In partnership with Tritium Racing, Lending Club has been announced as the title sponsor of the effort to break the Transpacific record in July. Check it out above! Follow the Lending Club’s crews attempt here at XS Sailing as she tries to break the record!
AC NEWS – Ever since the Regatta Director issued his 37 safety recommendations following the safety committee review of the Artemis capsize and Andrew “Bart” Simpson’s tragic death, there has been much speculation regarding their implementation.
Adding 37 new rules and requirements this late in the game was never going to be easy. To their credit, the teams have responded well, with everyone acknowledging the importance of enhancing safety on the racecourse.
But the devil is in the details. And the process of implementing these recommendations into concrete rules is important.
In this article I provide background so you may understand why Regatta Director Iain Murray is asking the International Jury to mediate in getting the safety recommendations implemented rather than simply mandating their implementation.
To start with, the America’s Cup is governed by a simple one and one-half page document – the Deed of Gift – written 160 years ago. There is no permanent governing body for this competition. To compete, a yacht club must agree to race by the rules of the competition and these are documented in the event Protocol. In our case, the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup can be found here.
Once ‘inked’, changes to the Protocol can only be made with the approval of a majority of the Competitors – see Protocol Art 14.1. With four competitors and voting blocks usually in place, it effectively requires all teams to agree for a Protocol change.
Guilain Grenier / ACEA
The 37 safety recommendations involve Protocol changes, Class Rule changes (the design parameters for the boats), and Racing Rules of Sailing changes (how the races will be conducted). The Regatta Director had received verbal commitment to the safety recommendations, however, when he asked for teams to sign off on each of the changes in writing, a couple of the teams refused.
To the casual observer this may seem risky, but one needs to recognize that teams have spent a lot of time, effort and money to build boats to satisfy the original rules. Hence it is understandable they are upset about safety changes that may impact these rules and hence their competitiveness.
The position taken by a couple of the teams was not unexpected but it left in question whether or not the Coast Guard would issue the marine permit required to run the regatta. The Coast Guard had made it very clear to the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) as Event Sponsor (organizer) that it (ACEA) was responsible for the safety of the event and pointed us to their permitting documentation:
4(a) – For marine safety at the event – The event sponsor, not the Coast Guard, is responsible for the safety of the event. [...]. If the District Commander or COTP have concerns that the event sponsor will be unable to ensure the safety of the participants, then the application should be denied unless the event sponsor provides additional information, in writing, that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Coast Guard that the sponsor has a safety plan in place that will mitigate these concerns.
NOTE: “Ensuring the safety of the event” should not be interpreted to mean that the event sponsor guarantees all safety or proves there is absolutely no risk. However, if specific safety concerns exist, the COTP should identify them, discuss the concerns with the event sponsor, and, ultimately, resolve those safety concerns, which may include an amendment to the marine event permit application.
Working together to run a safe event, GGYC, ACEA and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) submitted the Marine Permit Application with all 37 safety recommendations attached. Assuming the permit is issued, the Competitors will be required to comply with the safety recommendations because they will have become regulations of the event – Art. 16.
It is this process of getting the safety recommendations implemented that is at the heart of the Regatta Director seeking mediation. Should the teams not agree to the safety recommendations through the mediation process, the Regatta Director will then submit an application to the Jury for a determination that the Competitors be required to satisfy all 37 safety recommendations attached to the marine permit application should it be approved by the Coast Guard.
And just to allay any fears of ‘vested interest’, Iain Murray as Regatta Director has the support of all Competitors. He is elected by the Competitors and he heads an organization controlled collectively by the Competitors.
I think Iain will be successful with the Jury, maybe not in mediation but with the determination. In a couple of weeks we will see. The Jury starts hearing submissions tomorrow.
CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority