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SAIL ON BARNEY… http://www.xssailing.com/article/sail-barney/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/sail-barney/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:11:44 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16446

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – EIGHT BELLS – Renowned Southern California sailor Barney Flam passed away on January 2. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his children and grandchildren at his home.

Barney was born in Los Angeles. He was a graduate of Van Nuys High School and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Tech. He used these skills on his boats and truly was an original MacGyver as he could invent, build or repair just about anything.

Barney raced competitively over the course of seven decades, achieving many victories and garnering the respect of his fellow sailors. Most notably, Barney was the original owner of Cal 40 #4, “Flambuoyant”, and he was one of the original partners in the Ragtime syndicate that won the 1973 Transpac. He also competed as a skipper in 11 Congressional Cups and won the prestigious Lipton Cup in 1981.

Barney was truly an innovator. In the late 1960s he put a hydraulic backstay on his Cal 40, the first person I know of that attempted this. It was immediately declared illegal but later on became the standard method of adjusting big boat backstays. He also trained himself in computer programming and in the late l970s was creating programs for scoring races at Long Beach Yacht Club. He also used his rather large home computer on his IOR boat in the early 1980s to integrate with the boat’s instruments to create polars to maximize performance.

Barney made many contributions to sailing including serving as Commodore of Long Beach Yacht Club, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and the Southern California Yachting Association. He was Assistant Principal Race Officer for the 1984 Olympics, was PRO for a number of Congressional Cups and in 1985 was awarded the St. Petersburg trophy as PRO for the Prince of Wales.

Barney lost his wife Evelyn in 2009. Together they raced for many years, with Evelyn doing the bow, first on their Kettenburg 38 and then their Cal 40. He is survived by his children Steve, Faye and Patty and by his grandchildren George, Henry and William. Barney will be remembered for his intelligence, his innovative approach to all things, his love for sailing, and his wonderful stories. His family is proud of his many accomplishments and his independent spirit. We will miss him.

A celebration of Barney’s life will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 27th at Long Beach Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA. – Steve Flam

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ROUNDING CAPE HOPE http://www.xssailing.com/article/rounding-cape-hope/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/rounding-cape-hope/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:58:08 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16445

BWR – The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope earlier this morning. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – at 0935am (UTC) today and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica.

Second-placed Neutrogena initially looked set to follow just four or five hours behind, but lighter westerlies have hindered their exit from the Atlantic. Guillermo Altadill and Jose Muñoz, who opted for a much more southerly approach to the Cape, now look set to make the crossing at 1900-2000hrs this evening and are around 160 miles behind, almost directly west of the lead boat.

Renault accelerates

GAES Centros Auditivos and Renault Captur have meanwhile been gaining on the front pair, shaving 20 miles off their advantage over the course of the day as they clock up 17-18 knot speeds.

After a lengthy period of delays off the western coast of Africa, Jörg Riechers and Sebastien Audigane on Renault Captur were relieved to switch into speed mode in 28-30 knot south-westerlies this morning, and have their targets set on third-placed GAES Centros Auditivos, around 500 miles to the east. Jörg reported on this morning’s video conference:

“We are capable, we are faster than the fifth boat [We Are Water], so we’ll stay there and if we see an opportunity to catch up we will do that. If we are lucky we can get on the podium, if we’re not lucky we stay fourth.

“We expect more than one and a half days like this, after that it gets a bit lighter, more east, so bigger headsails. And then the first technical hard bit will be the Madagascar high, which is probably blocking the course in the next 10 days, so that could be an opportunity for us to attack a little bit, and if GAES get unlucky and we get lucky, but speed-wise we’ll have to do good to catch GAES because it’s a really fast boat and they’re sailing really well.”

One Ocean, many colours

By contrast, One Planet One Ocean Pharmaton has firmly hit the brakes, with a high-pressure system currently tracking east, directly across their path. Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa were sailing at just 1.2 knots this morning with light and unstable southerlies severely hindering progress, averaging sub-5 knots. Aleix commented: “For the next 24 hours we will expect that there’s a high pressure on top of us so we need to be patient because we will be quite slow today.”

However the duo reiterated that their goals are not purely about performance – they are also taking part in scientific and environmental projects, and completing the circumnavigation is a major goal. “We are going quite fast and we try to push as hard as possible, but always keeping in mind that our goal is to finish not to win. And if we need to reduce sail just to be more careful and more safety, we will do it, we don’t take any risks, and we try to go as fast as possible.”

Thoughts onboard One Planet One Ocean are also turning to the South. Like Jorg, and the Garcia brothers on We Are Water, this will the first time in the Southern Oceans for Aleix and Didac, Aleix explaining: “For the south what we feel is respect. I don’t feel nervous now but I feel respect because neither of us have been sailing there, it will be our first time. We have talked with a lot of people that have been there but you never know exactly what it is until you get there.”

Indian welcome

The leaders entering the Indian Ocean will initially see a confused sea state following a period of changeable winds to the east of South Africa. Cheminées Poujoulat was sailing this afternoon in 15-18 knot westerlies that look set to strength to 25-28 knots this evening. However, within the next 24-36 hours an east-moving low pressure system should pass to the south of the lead boats, bringing fast 35-40 windspeeds.

With 10-12 days likely to separate the first and last boats by the time the entire fleet is in the Indian Ocean, race organisers have also announced a minor change to the Antarctic Exclusion Zone in order to protect the boats at the rear of the fleet. In Amendment 2 of Appendix 7 five points have been moved north 1°-2°.

Race Director Jacques Caraes explained the decision, announced yesterday: “With our partner CLS and meteorologist Marcel Van Triest we decided to move some points slightly further north after detecting floating ice just north of the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands, and we must ensure the safety of the whole fleet.” As per the pre-race agreement, the teams have been notified before any boat reaches the longitude of 30°E.

Skippers’ quotes:

Jorg Riechers, Renault Captur

“It’s getting colder and colder every day. It went from 15-20 knots and 30-degree air temperature to 30 knots and 3-degree air temperature, so it goes from shorts and flip flops to sailing boots and polar tops.

“We’ve got 30 knots gusting up to 35, we’re sailing with one reef in the main, the J2 genoa, so it’s pretty easy stuff at the moment.

“It’s good for now because you are spending more time inside the boat, so basically it’s a different style of sailing now.

“We are fourth, which is good with what we have with the boat. We are capable, we are faster than the fifth boat, so we’ll stay there and if we see an opportunity to catch up we will do that. If we are lucky we can get on the podium, if we’re not lucky we stay fourth. That’s like it is at the moment.

“We expect more than one and a half days like this, after that it gets a bit lighter, more east, so bigger headsails. And then the first technical hard bit will be the Madagascar high, which is probably blocking the course in the next 10 days, so that could be an opportunity for us to attack a little bit, and if GAES get unlucky and we get lucky, but speed-wise we’ll have to do good to catch GAES because it’s a really fast boat and they’re sailing really well.”

Aleix Gelabert, One Planet One Ocean Pharmaton

“For the next 24 hours we will expect that there’s a high pressure on top of us so we need to be patient because we will be quite slow today. This high pressure is ready to pass over us, and then we will have new wind, a stronger wind, which will lead us to go to the east and to the south, which is where we want to go.

“Well, for the south what we feel is respect. I don’t feel nervous now but I feel respect because neither of us have been sailing there, it will be our first time.

Well we know what we are going to find there, because we have talked with a lot of people that have been there but you never know exactly what it is until you get there. So we want to arrive there to see what it is, but we also to go there and go out there quickly, so we come back to the Atlantic and come back home.

“The boat is performing quite well, I think if we think that it is nearly 15 years old. So we happy with the boat. We are going quite fast and we try to push as hard as possible, but always keeping in mind that our goal is to finish not to win. And if we need to reduce sail just to be more careful and more safety, we will do it, we don’t take any risks, and we try to go as fast as possible.”


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LOTS OF WINNERS http://www.xssailing.com/article/lots-winners/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/lots-winners/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:21:04 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16443

18 FOOTERSThe Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team became the third different winner from the three races sailed so far in the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.

Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas handled the light, variable north-east to perfection as they raced away from the rest of the fleet for a 3m29s victory

Last week’s winner Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Peter Harris, Mark Kennedy) finished second, with a much-improved Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Dorron, Jeronimo Harrison) a further 49s  back in third place.

Mojo Wine (Lee Knapton) was fourth, followed by Smeg (David Witt) and De’Longhi (Simon Nearn).

The trio of race winners (Mojo Wine, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers) has them all level with a total of eight points each.

Defending champion and pre-series favourite Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) is having an unfortunate series to date but is hopeful a favourable protest hearing decision following today’s race will bring the team back into contention.

The light wind, which varied several times in direction and strength, provided spectators with an interesting spectacle as all teams had their own theories about the best course to sail – both on and off the breeze.

Last week’s winner, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel again showed good windward speed to take a 10s lead over De’Longhi at the Beashel Buoy, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Asko Appliances, Mojo Wine and Yandoo (John Winning).

On the spinnaker run back from the Beashel Buoy to the wing mark off the southern end of Shark Island, the leading six teams had vastly different ideas as they selected a variety of angles into the Rose Bay.

‘The Rag’ held her lead at the wing mark but Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was looking in good touch as she edged ahead of De’Longhi.

At the bottom mark, the wind was extremely light as the fleet bunched and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers grabbed a 15s lead over Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel.

The following seven boats were close behind headed by De’Longhi, Asko Appliances, Mojo Wine and Yandoo.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers dramatically increased her lead on the next windward beat then raced right away to establish a 1m55s break at the bottom mark on the second lap.

While the race for the lead was basically all over the battle for the next six placings was certainly up for grabs as positions changed regularly.

Following an incident at the start of the race, Gotta Love It 7’s crew entered a protest requesting average points as the skiff was forced to retire with a broken outer wing tube which supports the pole wires.

Race 4 of the championship is due to be sailed tomorrow (Monday, 26 January) so the fate of Team Seven won’t be known until just before the last race of the series next Sunday.

Today’s Result Sheet and 9 photos are attached.

Race 5 (the last race) of the NSW Championship will be sailed next Sunday.  The club’s regular ferry will follow the race, leaving Double Bay Wharf at 2.15pm.


Frank Quealey
Australian 18 Footers League

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WOODY’S WOODY WINS http://www.xssailing.com/article/woodys-woody-wins/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/woodys-woody-wins/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:11:14 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16440 Aberdare - three wins from three races - Andrea Francolini pic

HISTORICAL 18 FOOTERS – John ‘Woody’ Winning sailed Aberdare to a win, clean sweeping the three-race Historical 18s Australian Championship he won last year.

With his two main rivals Yendys (Harold Cudmore) and Australia IV (Terry McDell) retiring from yesterday’s race, it paved the way for Winning, who grew up on the Harbour he knows like the back of his hand.

However, Yendys looked to be the one controlling the race today. After a general recall, Irish yachtsman Harold Cudmore made a quick getaway off the start near Clark Island in a lovely north easterly, leading Aberdare and Scot (James Watt).

Up the work, Yendys led Aberdare a merry dance, the two leaving the rest to fight it out, although The Mistake, skippered by Jeremy Sharp was a clear third and never seriously challenged. It gave Sharp a series second overall after starting the day on equal points with Ian Smith’s Britannia which finished the series third on equal points with Yendys.

As the top three cleared out on the downwind leg to Clark Island, Top Weight, under spinnaker, came a cropper near Nielsen Park. Her eight-man crew battled the boat for control, but over she went and they found themselves swimming.

While the top three charged for the finish, the rest were swapping places. Australia (Pakhtun Shah) overtook Myra Too (Phil Barnett) running to Shark Island, but as they reached the YA mark, Australia was unable to gybe under kite and overstood. Myra Too, without spinnaker, had no such trouble and hoisted after gybing and regained her place.

On the run home, Winning overtook Cudmore and that was the end of what had been a solid lead for the Irishman.

Always sparing with words, Winning said of Aberdare’s victory, “It’s always nice to win. We let Yendys gybe inside us and we sailed through her. Aberdare’s a bit quicker downwind.

“We sail these things regularly. It’s not easy to come to Australia and sail something you’ve never sailed before, or just come once a year and sail them. They all did a good job to do as well as they did,” he said of Cudmore, Shah (from the USA) and the McDell brothers, Terry and Kim, from New Zealand.

“You’ve got to hand it to John, he was always going to win, he’s just too good,” a magnanimous Cudmore said. “We weren’t quite sharp enough. We should have hit our spinnaker quicker. We just weren’t aggressive enough.

“They’re wonderful boats – a lot of fun. I love to come here every January and chill out and sail these boats,” said Cudmore who gave up professional sailing 20 years ago, but still remains competitive via sailing superyachts and other boats.

Terry and Kim McDell agree. “It was a lot of fun, a new experience. It takes a while to learn to sail these boats. If I’d realised, Terry and I would have thought about coming out here sooner and come to grips with the boat,” Kim said.

“It’s an experience I would never miss. You need to know what you’re doing. You need time to tune and get a routine going. Like we should never have taken on all that water yesterday, so you learn how to avoid things like that,” he said.

Former two-time 18ft skiff champion Phil ‘Cub’ Barnett helmed Myra Too to fourth place today, his best result. It was a nostalgic event for him. “My dad (Don) passed away last year. His cousin Bill is getting on and I skippered the replica of his boat. I also raced with my son Daniel for the first time in a while,” he said.

“I sure would come back,” he said. “Bill said to me recently, ‘I’d just like to sail it to the Beashel Buoy once…’ and I wish he could too.”

“There’s a lot of mateship and good old fashioned values in the 18s. I’ve had a great time and I’d like to try it again soon. I didn’t come in with any high expectations. I’ve never sailed one before and I knew it would be hard. It’s harder than sailing a modern 18,” he conceded.

“I haven’t sailed an 18 since the Xerox days – maybe 1990,” he says of his last 18ft skiff escapades. “I was offered the opportunity to sail Myra Too, and I’m on holidays, so I thought I’d give it a go.”

Eighteen year-old Daniel Barnett has enjoyed sailing the boat with his dad. “We sailed in Mirror dinghies a while back. This is very different, the old style boat. It’s good fun and interesting to sail on. It’s a whole lot different to sailing a 29er,” said Daniel, who coaches kids programs at Woollahra Sailing Club.

No matter the conditions, Winning, who will again contest the modern 18s J.J. Giltinan Championship in February, was the benchmark. His name and that of Aberdare will be carved for a second time on the Galloping Ghost trophy, coincidentally donated in 2002 by Robert Hart, brother of Fred Hart who owned the original Aberdare.

The entire fleet of 11 took part in the Sydney Flying Squadron hosted three-race Historical 18s Australian Championship. The SFS is home to this classic class which races on Saturday afternoons in summer. If you would like to give it a try, there are always positions available for willing hands.

For further information and contact details, go to: www.sydneyflyingsquadron.com.au

Photo by Andrea Francolini

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EXTENDING HER LEAD… http://www.xssailing.com/article/extending-lead/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/extending-lead/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:05:22 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16438

BWR – Cheminées Poujoulat has today extended their advantage over second placed Neutrogena, from just 65 miles last night to 125 miles on today’s 1400hrs position update. Over the course of this morning Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam have been over 4 knots faster than their nearest rivals, and are just shy of covering 400 miles in the past 24 hours in the Barcelona World Race.

Neutrogena, by contrast, has seen their average speeds drop to 14-15 knots as they last night gybed to climb back up onto a more north-easterly heading in order to clear the Antarctic Exclusion Zone at 45°S. Nevertheless, the two boats are expected to be separated by just a few hours when they pass the Cape tomorrow afternoon.

This duo have also extended their margin over GAES Centros Auditivos, now 580 miles back in third, as Anna Corbella and Gerard Marin hit the fast lane of the south. In a blog today Anna Corbella described their conditions:

“It’s already b lowing over 30 knots and the boat is literally flying into the void… We are reaching 28 knots and cannot help thinking that with the next wave the boat will be dismantled, but no, nothing happens. The boat brakes, starts, accelerates, accelerates, accelerate acceleraaaateeeeeees! I can hear the rigging whistling. You see the numbers slide by rising 18, 20, 25, 28… The heart speeds up, everything whistles and crunches until the boat slows down, and then it all starts again – that’s our first real sign of the south.”

Respect earned

The duel at the front of the fleet is earning admiration from the chasing pack.

For Bruno Garcia on We Are Water, this is his second Barcelona World Race, having taken part in the 2010-2011 event with Jean Le Cam – the pair retired after dismasting near the Cape Verde islands. Bruno explained that this time around, sailing with his younger brother Willy, is a very different experience:

“Wi th Jean Le Cam I was the apprentice and the responsibility, in the end, is something that belongs to the skipper… Now I share everything with my brother: the effort, the hopes and the responsibilities.

“I’m thrilled that Jean is leading the fleet. I’m so happy for Jean, and for Altadill as well, they are both superb machines! They are having a spectacular race.”

Speaking at today’s video conference, Bruno also reported a minor problem with the autopilot which saw We Are Water sail a complete 360° turn, and prompted the brothers to switch to hand-steering in their current conditions of 15-16 knot south-westerlies with a large swell.

After nearly a month of racing, such gear problems are becoming an increasing factor for the 14 skippers. Now recovered from their mainsail track issues and an extended visit to the eastern Atlantic courtesy of the St Helena High, Renault Captur is finally looking forward to chasing GAES Centros A uditivos, some 540 miles ahead. Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane today reported 28-32 knot winds and confused seas, and will be looking to extend their separation from We Are Water in fifth.

Giving chase

Similarly, the Spirit of Hungary team are focussing their efforts on remaining in touch with One Planet One Ocean Pharmaton. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman spoke in this morning’s video conference of their relief at finally finding breeze after 24 hours of frustrating, sub-5 knot conditions. Although overall winds will remain light for the next couple of days, the pair hopes to continue to make miles to the south, while One Planet One Ocean Pharmaton may find their progress halted by a high pressure system currently moving eastwards ahead of their track.

Conrad Colman said today: “Really we’re not looking at the rest of the fleet, only at One Planet One Ocean at the moment, and we’re really hoping we can stay within 600 miles of them, which will allow us to try and play a good game with them for the rest of the race.”

“Certainly the task ahead is not easy because we have hundreds of miles to catch up and maybe not the best sails to do it with, but it just means that we’re going to have to work harder with our sail changes to make sure we always have the best one up. So it certainly is going to be a good fight but we’re ready for it now. And we’re getting used to sailing together – our manoeuvres are more fluid, so I certainly hope that we will at least get the most improved prize for this race!”

Skippers’ quotes:

Conrad Colman, Spirit of Hungary, 24.01.15

“We’re fantastic! Just recently we have taken new wind and so we have a new hope that we will soon be able to escape this zone of light winds. Nandor is in the cockpit trimming. We just put the Code Zero up so we are reaching in very nice conditions now, whereas all night we were sailing downwind in very light winds – sometimes only 2 or 3 knots of wind – and we were ready to pull our hair out, but now things are going very well.

“[For the next couple of days there will be] not too much wind, although we should make decent gains to the south, and then finally in a few days we should make it through to solid conditions that should make it look more like the southern oceans.

“Unfortunately during the time all of our friends will have had again a few more days in the better conditions than us, but really we’re not looking at the rest of the fleet, o nly at One Ocean One Planet at the moment, and we’re really hoping we can stay within 600 miles of them, which will allow us to try and play a good game with them for the rest of the race.

“It’s tricky because we’re missing a crucial sail for these conditions. We had two big spinnakers, and one has broken because a strop broke, and so we’re missing ideally a small spinnaker that will help us attack the boats ahead. So instead we’re going to be looking for reaching conditions in the days and months ahead, because we have some beautiful reaching sails. But it was difficult to make advantage of these when we were sailing, for example between the Canaries and Cape Verdes, because we were pure running.

“Certainly the task ahead is not easy because we have hundreds of miles to catch up and maybe not the best sails to do it with, but it just means that we’re going to have to work harder with our sail changes to make sure we always have the best one up. So it certainly is going to be a good fight but we’re ready for it now. And we’re getting used to sailing together – our manoeuvres are more fluid, so I certainly hope that we will at least get the most improved prize for this race!”

Bruno Garcia, We Are Water:

“Now the conditions are very good because we have 15-16 knots of wind from the south-south-west, but a big swell. But the next day we will have more tough weather, I think in the next 24-48 hours.”

 “You always miss having someone who can give you guidance, someone who teach you. Anyway, what I have now is a very different way of sailing for me, quite different from the sailing I would have done with Jean Le Cam. With him I was the apprentice and the responsibility, in the end, is something that belongs to the skipper… Now I share everything with my brother: the effort, the hopes and the responsibilities.

“I’m very happy for Jean Le Cam. I’m t hrilled that he is leading the fleet. I would have preferred to see Pepe [Ribes] fighting with them but I’m so happy for Jean, and for Altadill as well, they are both superb machines! They are having a spectacular race.”


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PREPARING FOR WIND http://www.xssailing.com/article/preparing-wind/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/preparing-wind/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:04:46 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16437

FESTIVAL OF SAILS – Principal Race Officer at the Festival of Sails Denis Thompson and his team are preparing for a bigger day wind-wise with sou’west 17-22 knots forecast for Geelong’s Corio Bay and the outer harbour.

On the Festival’s penultimate day competition closes for the following divisions: Melges 24s, Hogs Breath Sports Boats, Morris Finance Sydney 38 One Design, Geelong Connected Communities S80s, Hardy’s Multihulls and all Cruising fleets.

First off at 11am are the multihulls for an outer harbour race followed by all cruising fleets which make up 65% of the total Festival entries, of near 300. Their start not far from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club marina gives those enjoying the shoreside activities a close-up view of the type of boats the Festival draws from around Port Phillip and interstate – from NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland plus international crew.

Racing concludes tomorrow, Australia Day for the Rex Gorell Rating Series, incorporating the Victorian IRC and AMS championship, and Performance Racing divisions.

Thompson and his race officers were this morning going through scenarios to avoid the less nimble cruising fleets having to short tack up the skinny Hopetoun Channel  and keeping the grand prix fleet from meeting up with the huge cruising numbers during tonight’s twilight race that starts at 1630hrs, the last points earner for the multiple cruising divisions.

On yesterday’s mixed conditions Thompson reflected, “It went relatively well considering the wind was quite shifty. It settled down for the second half; luckily sailors only remember the last race.”

“We are looking at scenarios today and we may be OK sticking with the original schedule, we’ll decide at the time,” the PRO added.

The temperature at Geelong has dived and overnight showers are continuing this morning.

Full progressive results here.

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GONE IN 32 SECONDS http://www.xssailing.com/article/32-seconds/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/32-seconds/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:01:40 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16439

VIDEO OF THE DAY – Great crew work until 28 seconds into the video… Happens to all good crew at least once… how about you?

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CLOSE TO FLY TIME http://www.xssailing.com/article/close-fly-time/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/close-fly-time/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:01:09 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16436

COOL BOAT DESIGNS – The first of the GUNBOAT G4 series is another step closer to launch. The hulls have been painted Gunboat electric orange and the coach roof has been permanently installed. Glass installation is underway and systems installation continues to progress. JB Braun and the team at North Sails are working fervently to complete the flying cat’s sails. Sights are set on a spring debut at Antigua Sailing Week. Want to learn more? Check out the full specifications and contact Meg Minetree for pricing and delivery details.

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HOWLING WINDS ON LAST DAY http://www.xssailing.com/article/howling-winds-day/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/howling-winds-day/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:23:58 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16435

QUANTUM KEY WEST RACE WEEK – Most of the marquee classes at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 came down to the last day of the regatta, which delivered the toughest conditions of the week. Howling winds and rough seas challenging the competitors on Friday, forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim overall victory.

That was certainly the case aboard Bella Mente, the mini maxi skippered by Hap Fauth of Minneapolis. Fauth steered the Judel-Vrolijk 72-footer to first place in both races on Friday to hold off a stiff challenge from skipper Gunther Buerman and his team on Numbers.

“Our plan was to be in position to win going into the last day and that is what happened. The wind Gods cooperated today and gave us great racing. We rose to the occasion and were able to win both races,” Fauth said. “I thought the whole crew did an impeccable job. We sailed hard in both races.”

Bella Mente wound up winning six of 10 races in posting a low score of 19 points, two better than Numbers, which had four-time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth aboard as tactician. Fauth captured his fourth victory in Key West despite a grounding incident on Wednesday that caused the team to absorb seven points in two races. Bella Mente was unable to finish Race 5 then limped to third in Race 6 due to a damaged keel bulb.

“We basically tanked two races and that was very hard to overcome, especially against this caliber of competition,” Fauth said. “Numbers is very quick and very well sailed. Gunther, Brad and their guys did a terrific job and really pushed us the whole way.”

Veteran professional Terry Hutchinson, who was recently named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for the second time in his career, praised the performance of Fauth and the rest of the crew. Hutchinson, an executive with Quantum Sail Design Group, is a relative newcomer to the Bella Mente program.

“Hap has a lot of experience racing this boat and does an outstanding job on the helm,” Hutchinson said. “The one constant we had all week was superb starting and tremendous boat-handling. Every member of the crew really did a great job.”

Race committee personnel reported wind gusts of nearly 30 knots during the second race on Friday and that made for some spectacular racing. Sailors aboard the GC32 catamarans were hanging on for dear life all day as the high-tech speedsters were bouncing off waves and coming completely out of the water. Ken Legler, principal race officer on Division 1, said the foiling catamarans completed a downwind leg in just six minutes.

Skipper Flavio Marazzi led the Swiss entry ARMIN STROM Sailing to a one-point victory over ZouLou, the French entry skippered by Erik Maris. Keith Swinton served as tactician while Diego Stefani was headsail trimmer aboard ARMIN STROM, which finished first or second in eight of 10 races. Argo and Leenabarca were unable to compete in the last race after sustaining rudder damage in the rough conditions.

“The last two days were really fun. These are very cool boats and they were absolutely flying,” Marazzi said. “Today was a bit tricky because of the swell. It’s hard to find the fine line between pushing and backing off. It is very exciting, but also very dangerous.”

Alec Cutler and his crew on Hedgehog carried a three-point lead into the final day and decided to cover the second place boat in Race 9. Cutler finished fourth, but forced Dalton DeVos and the Delta team to absorb a fifth. That gave Hedgehog the breathing room it needed and Cutler repeated as class champ by a two-point margin over Argo, skippered College Sailor of the Year Graham Lundy of Yale.

“All five boats were very good so the competition was real tough,” Cutler said. “Every boat won a race and we were the only boat that didn’t finish last. It was real close racing and you could lose two or three boats in a hurry with the slightest mistake.”

Richard Clarke, who has represented Canada in the Olympics several times, called tactics for Cutler. Adrian Stead, a veteran professional from Great Britain, was aboard as strategist.

Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 was the first regatta for Tonnerre 4 under the ownership of Peter Vroon of The Netherlands. It didn’t take the crew very long to figure out how to make the Ker 51 go fast as the Dutch entry led IRC 1 class for the final four days.

“We are very pleased to win such a strong class. I have an excellent bunch of sailors on the boat and they do all the work. My contributions are ballast and writing the checks,” Vroon joked. “Obviously, the bigger breeze of the last two days was good for our boat.”

Kevin George served as tactician for the 84-year-old Vroon, who won Key West for the second time. “It was just a case of putting the building blocks together and gaining momentum. We focused on getting good starts and just tried to sail a clean regatta,” George said.

Tonnere also won the High Performance Rule sub-class, which consisted of five of the IRC 1 entries. Tonnere edged the Ker 43 Otra Vez (William Coates) in IRC 1 and the Carkeek 40 Spookie (Steve and Heidi Benjamin) in HPR. Impetuous, skippered by Paul Zabetakis of Stuart, Florida, topped the Swan 42 sub-class.

J/70 was the largest class of the regatta with 54 boats and featured a slew of top professionals. It was a week-long dog fight that saw constant changes at the top end of the standings. Skipper Carlo Alberini and his Italian team on Calvi Network emerged as overall winner thanks to single-digit finishes in nine of 11 races.

Branko Brcin served as tactician while Sergio Blosi and Karlo Hmeljak handled the trimming aboard Calvi Network, which closed the regatta with a second after posting a steady string of fourths and fifths. That remarkable consistency in such a competitive class earned Calvi Network the ultimate prize at Quantum Key West Race Week – Boat of the Week.

“The talent level in this class is very high. We came to Key West because we are very excited about the J/70 fleet and want to race against the best boats,” said Alberini, who won the European Championship last year. “To win here is the best feeling. This might be the most important win of my career because we beat the world champion on the water.”

Calvi Network totaled 49 points, eight better than the Mexican entry Flojito y Cooperando that is skippered by Julian Fernandez Neckelmann. Italian pro Vasco Vascotto called tactics on Flojito, which closed the regatta strong with a first and second on Friday. Tim Healy, the reigning J/70 World Champion and two-time winner here in Key West, finished third after pushing the line and being ruled on-course side (OCS) in the last race.

Gannon Troutman, the 12-year-old skipper of Pied Piper, was the talk of the regatta after finishing fifth in the talent-laden J/70 class – winning a race while also posting a second and third. San Francisco skipper Jim Cunningham captured the Corinthian Division of J/70 class, which had 20 boats.

Irish skipper Conor Clarke competed in Key West for the first time and came away with an impressive victory in Melges 24 class, winning eight of 11 races and beating the second place boat by 23 points. Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes, who are mounting a 470 Olympic campaign together, were helmsman and tactician aboard Embarr.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to win in Key West,” said Clarke, a Dublin resident who’s had the regatta on his bucket list. “Today’s sailing was just amazing. We had perfect conditions… just what the brochure said it would be like.”

J/88 class was decided on Friday with Rob & Sandy Butler sailing Touch2Play Racing to victory in both races. That clutch performance gave the Canadian entry the same amount of points as Deviation, skippered by Iris Vogel of New Rochelle, N.Y. Touch2Play won the tiebreaker by virtue of more first place finishes.

“We kind of put the pressure on (Deviation) by winning the last race on Thursday. We still trailed by two points so we knew we had to come out and win both races today,” Rob Butler said. “Our crew was really dialed in and we had very good boat speed. I’m proud of the team for doing what we had to do in order to win the regatta.”

J/111 also had a one-design class and Florida skipper George Gamble steered My Sharona to a wire-to-wire victory. Quantum pro Scott Nixon called tactics on My Sharona, which displayed superb boat speed in all conditions in winning five races and placing second or third in four others.

British skipper Joe Woods and his crew on Red set the pace in PHRF 1 from the outset and led at the end of each day’s racing. Dave Lenz served as tactician aboard the Farr 280, which won five races and placed second or third in four others.

“Joe has sailed a Melges 24 and a Melges 32 so he’s used to being on sport boats,” Lenz said. “This entire crew has sailed with Joe on the 32 and that familiarity seemed to give us a slight edge from day one. We just had a little extra click of speed than everybody else.”

Red closed the regatta with a pair of bullets and received the Quantum Sail Boat of the Day award. Woods was also the runaway winner of the Farr 280 sub-class, which had four boats.

Gerry Taylor secured his third class victory in Key West, steering Tangent to a wire-to-wire victory in PHRF 2. Veteran sailmaker Chuck O’Malley called tactics while headsail trimmer Jay Corcoran anchored a strong crew aboard the Cape Fear 38, which won every race but one.

Event Sponsors include Title Sponsor Quantum Sails and Day Sponsors Lewmar (Official Marine Hardware), and Mount Gay® Rum (Official Rum). The Supporting Sponsors are B&G (Official Marine Electronics), Marlow Ropes (Official Rope), and Gaastra (Official Clothing and Footwear).

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SHORT TACKING AND CATCHING DONGFENG http://www.xssailing.com/article/short-tacking/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/short-tacking/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:03:22 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16433

VOR – The teams explain why tonight is one of Ian’s “least favorite nights of the race”. And we get in touch with Sophie Ciszek for an update on her recovery from back surgery.

VOR UPDATE – Dongfeng is losing her lead. Only 17 miles ahead of a hungry pack of VO65’s determined to hunt her down. Follow the fleet by CLICKING HERE!

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SAILING HISTORY http://www.xssailing.com/article/sailing-history/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/sailing-history/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:16:36 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16432

SINGLE HANDED SAILING HISTORY – British skipper Tony Bullimore recalls his ordeal how he capsized in a storm during the Vendee Globe Race and miraculously survived 5 days in the freezing Southern Ocean. An amazing real life story!

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IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION http://www.xssailing.com/article/location/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/location/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:03:45 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16429

VOR – Leg 3 to Sanya. Day 20. The fleet entered the South China Sea and the breeze picked up, but now the question is which position will work better for the upwind to Sanya. Location, location, location.

VOR UPDATE:  Dongfeng is still leading the pack by 60 miles with the other trailing boats gaining distance on each other. The girls are 178 miles back but ever confident they can still win. Follow the fleet by CLICKING HERE!

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MORE MOTH SAILING http://www.xssailing.com/article/moth-sailing-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/moth-sailing-2/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:03:37 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16431

MOTH SAILING – A new view – Summary of Day 8, the FINAL DAY of the regatta from Hartas Productions. #MothWorlds15. Moth sailing is always cool to watch – check it out above!

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MEET TOM SPITHILL… HE KICKS ASS! http://www.xssailing.com/article/meet-tom-spithill-kicks-ass/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/meet-tom-spithill-kicks-ass/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:01:39 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16427

ORACLE TEAM USA – Sailors say he’s the funny one as well as the fastest in the family in a Moth. Meet Tom Spithill, brother to ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill.

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52 KNOTS STANDING UP! http://www.xssailing.com/article/52-knots-standing/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/52-knots-standing/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:12:33 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16425

ICEBOARD  SAILING – Just another day on the ice on a stand up ice board with windsurf sail doing 52 knots on hard ice like no big deal. Want to know what it feels like? Click on the video above!

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BROKEN TILLER = CAPSIZE http://www.xssailing.com/article/broken-tiller-capsize/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/broken-tiller-capsize/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:07:39 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16422 Yendys in the drink (Harold Cudmore holding broken tiller) Bruce Kerridge 2 pic

HISTORIC 18 FOOTERS – While match racing Aberdare (John Winning) for the second day running, Harold Cudmore’s chances for the Historical 18s Australian Championship title were dashed when Yendys capsized off Nielsen Park on the run to Shark Island this afternoon.

The highly fancied Yendys, with Cudmore, one of Ireland’s finest at the helm, had been leading Aberdare in a big 20 knot plus nor’ easter. The two crossed tacks going to windward up the Harbour, Cudmore favouring the western shore, while Winning played the breeze to the east and middle of the Harbour.

When the pair met, Yendys had the advantage, leading Aberdare until just before the YA mark at Watsons Bay, when Winning overtook, his crew quickly hoisting the spinnaker, leaving Cudmore to play catch up.

All was well until Nielsen Park when Yendys tiller broke off and over she went in the gusty winds that produced white caps and swell on the Harbour. Ironically, it was Winning’s Rippleside that took on rescue duties.

Yendys crew member and Sydney Flying Squadron Vice Commodore Michael Van Stom jumped aboard Rippleside and oversaw the rescue, which involved attaching a tow line to Yendys which was almost underwater and taking her under tow to a sheltered beach at Vaucluse.

“The tiller just snapped off and we capsized,” Van Stom said. “That’s the end of our chances, such a shame. But you can’t get angry, these things happen.”

It left the way open for Winning to take a second bullet after opening up a big lead on the rest of the fleet. It has also paved the way for the defending champion to redeem the title.

However, the David Swales skippered Top Weight was the first casualty of the day, retiring 10 minutes after the start. The original Top Weight and her replica were built more for Queensland’s flat water conditions and that was not what was on offer today.

The second retirement was Australia IV, skippered by Terry McDell from New Zealand. Another of the highly fancied boats for the title, the boat took on too much water off Shark Island and retired.

“We weren’t paying attention. We were busy looking at some good looking women on the Island and the boat just became awash with water,” the jovial McDell said.

Six time Australian 18 foot skiff champions Andrew ‘Bucko’ Buckland and Don ‘Admiral’ Buckley were casualties of Yendys and Australia IV’s retirements respectively. The two crewed for Iain Murray during his modern day 18’s rein. They remain the only trio to claim six consecutive titles.

“We sailed together all those years and now we’re sailing against each other,” Buckley said, laughing before heading out to the race course today. “May the best one win,” he said.

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A NEW KID IN TOWN… http://www.xssailing.com/article/kid-town-2/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/kid-town-2/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:40:40 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16420 coligo tri2

SAN DIEGO NEWS – Jerry Fiat’s new F32SXRC Trimaran will be sailing around San Diego for the next few months and doing some racing.  Keep an eye out for her.  She is super light and completely rigged with Colligo Dux Synthetic Rigging, Luff line and Spinnaker furlers. She has a canting mast, semi lifting foils, and rudders in the amass (outer hulls).  She will probably be the only trimaran sailing around on one hull in the bay!  See info@colligomarine for more information on her and her rigging!

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IT’S ‘ARGO’ DAY http://www.xssailing.com/article/argo-day/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/argo-day/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:53:22 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16419

BWR – Today is Argo Day for the skippers competing in the Barcelona World Race. The crews participating in the only double-handed, non-stop, unassisted race around the world will each deploy an Argo float in support of international ocean monitoring efforts to improve our understanding of the ocean system and climate change.

The 3rd edition of the Barcelona World Race, a lap of the globe starting and finishing in Barcelona (Spain), kicked off on 31 December 2014. This is an extreme sporting challenge and ocean adventure that puts human limits to the test. It is also the only high-level race that translates a commitment to ocean protection into action.

The Argo programme allows scientists to look below the surface, providing a profile of the temperature and salinity of the ocean using a global array of over 3,500 profiling floats that are moving up and down in the water column from the surface to a depth of 2,000m. Argo makes visible large-scale ocean and climate features and processes that were once hidden to scientists.

The network has enabled new revelations about ocean dynamics that are helping society understand and forecast global climate. Maintaining this network is very challenging and requires 1,000 deployments per year. The 8 floats were funded by Coriolis (France). This generous support and the crews’ willingness to take a float on board and deploy them where they are most needed are an invaluable contribution.

JCOMMOPS* specialists, who coordinate the maintenance of the network and initiated this innovative partnership, have been following the race very closely to choose the best day: today, the weather conditions allow for a safe launch, and the position of the boats is optimal to deploy floats in remote areas where there is little coverage, and consequently little data.

The leaders of this tight race, Cheminées Poujoulat, Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos, are well below 34°S – the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope, in the so-called “Roaring Forties”, with the other boats spread out between 20°S and 32°S. Their positions allow for deployments in excellent locations for the Argo programme. The skippers were trained ahead of the race to activate and deploy the floats properly and will be sending information, videos and photos of the deployments throughout the day.

One of the floats had to be deployed early, when pre-race favourites Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on their IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss were dismasted on 14 January. The duo had led the Barcelona World Race since the beginning, set a new record in the Mediterranean for the passage from Barcelona to Gibraltar and a course record to the Equator. Nevertheless they were able to deploy their float after the incident in a valuable position, before changing course and heading for Brazil. The float successfully sent first confirmation data to shore before beginning its first 10-day dive.

As a novel, global data source Argo has also become a central element in operational oceanography and in basic research and has great value in education. High school students, university undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral investigators can all use Argo from their desktops to explore the global ocean and its evolution. All Argo data are freely and publically available in near real-time. Starting tomorrow, you can follow the floats, as well as the race!

This is not the only contribution these adventurers are making for science during the race. The Race and skippers are translating their commitment to ocean protection into action by contributing to three other scientific projects through a partnership between the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing.

Each crew will collect data on surface temperatures and salinity, as well as meteorological data as their routes take them to remote areas where very little data is available, to be analysed by international ocean research networks such as the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

A very special boat, which takes its name after the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO’s motto “One Planet One Ocean” and sponsor Pharmaton, is also collecting samples of micro-plastic pollution and serves as a platform for environmental awareness, in addition to the scientific contributions made by every crew competing in the race. You can track their progress live and get daily updates from the crews BY CLICKING HERE!

Scientific projects

Deployment of an Argo beacon

Partners: Coriolis, in situ Observations Programme Support Centre of the Joint WMO/IOC-UNESCO Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMMOPS), Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB).

The boats taking part in the regatta will release Argo floats at different locations in the Southern hemisphere. The float is 1.70 m high and weighs 22 kg; it will be used to collect highly accurate temperature and salinity data from depths of 2,000 m up to the sea’s surface. The information collected is then transmitted via satellite to be analysed by international ocean research networks. This data is crucial for oceanographers studying the behavior of vast areas of seawater, which is key in the bid to understand the evolution of the planet’s climate.

Evaluation of the quality of surface seawater for the Citclops project

Partners: Citizen’s Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring / European Commission 7th Framework Programme (Citclops project), the Barcelona Digital Technology Centre (BDigital) and the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB)

The Citclops project was set up to retrieve and use data on seawater color, transparency and fluorescence to determine its quality and above all the effect on plankton. Cameras on each of the 8 IMOCA 60 vessels participating in the race will send data for areas where data has so far been scarce, along their route.

Salinity and temperature measurements of the sea surface water along the route of the race

Partners: Marine Science Institute (ICM), Spanish National Research Council h (CSIC), Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB)

This is the continuation of a project that began during the previous edition of the race with the boat Fòrum Marítim Català. The objective is to collect invaluable data on salinity and temperature levels for surface seawater in rarely sailed areas, far from common shipping routes, for which data is scarce. The data will be collected by the boat One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton.

Measurements of microplastic concentration in seawater

Partners: Institut Quimic Sarria (IQS – Sarria Chemical Sciences Institute), ICM, CSIC, FNOB

A device installed on the boat One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton will detect the level of microplastics in the seawater. These harmful particles affect the biological cycles of many species that ingest them, and their presence in the ocean is increasing. A system of filters and test tubes will collect and measure the particles, then send out the data via satellite. The project aims to collect data, but also to raise environmental awareness, thus contributing to the educational programme of the Barcelona World Race.

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PERFECT DAY FOR 34TH SINGAPORE OPEN http://www.xssailing.com/article/perfect-day-34th-singapore-open/ http://www.xssailing.com/article/perfect-day-34th-singapore-open/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:48:31 +0000 http://www.xssailing.com/?p=16418

WINDSURFING – Racing got off to a perfect start at the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship. The event sees Asia’s top-ranked windsurfers pit their skills against each other in the largest multi-class event on the local windsurfing calendar. The event has drawn competitors from 10 territories – Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India and Singapore. 

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