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XS WORLD SAILING NEWS
- 23 October 2014 02:42:55 Getting anxious to leave the Doldrums Scuttlebutt Sailing News
(October 22, 2014) – As the Volvo Ocean Race teams woke up this morning on the first leg of the race from Alicante to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi was in the lead with a fleet spread of 170 nm, the wind speed differing across the fleet from 6 knots down to nothing, from an average direction of 60º. Maybe west was best after all, at least it was for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel, who stuck together (just 45nm apart in fact), as they took the western approach into the Doldrums.
It was a choice made way back even before the Cape Verde Islands, and one that Ian Walker was very confident would give his boat a clear run through a notoriously unpredictable area. The Dutch team was sitting around 10nm behind the Emiratis, and both going at the same speed – 7 knots, headed at 170°, with a wind direction 60°.
Over on the other side of the fleet, Team Vestas Wind had also broken through the worst of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, and interestingly find themselves in almost identical conditions to those 170nm the other side of the pack, although skipper Chris Nicholson would admit that they’ve had a far more difficult time of it.
The advantage to the boat is that they now have a better angle for the approach to the next waypoint, Fernando de Noronha, and that could see them take miles out of the two leaders, when reaching in marginal wind strength, a higher angle to the wind will result in faster boat speed.
It’s hard going for the rest of the teams back in the cheap seats though. MAPFRE, Team Alvimedica, Team SCA and to a lesser extent Dongfeng Race Team were sailing in just one knot of wind, so unless they get some lucky cloud action, they could take most of the day just to get off Mother Nature’s naughty step.
On Alvimedica, Onboard Reporter Amory Ross writes, “so again we drift in darkness without a ripple on the water, sails aimlessly smacking against”. It’s known as ‘the Full English’, 0.00 knots of wind (three fried eggs), but it doesn’t taste quite so nice when you’re presented with a big plate of it. For the front three, attentions turn to sailing fast down to the Equator crossing. For the rest of the pack, well, they’d just like to sail.
“These Doldrums weren’t too aggressive,” said race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante this morning. Yet, the fleet will be pretty relieved to finally leave the International Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). It should officially be the case by tomorrow morning.
At this afternoon’s report, was still in the lead, average windspeed was 3-9 knots, with an average boat speed of 6 – 10 knots. Abu Dhabi and Brunel will be the first ones to exit the Doldrums, having found the narrowest passage to the west. The Dutch boat is only seven miles behind Abu Dhabi.
Team Vestas Wind are third, 80 miles away from the leader. Chris Nicholson and his guys picked the east side of the route, and will leave the Doldrums in third position.
Having chosen the middle, Dongfeng, Team Alvimedica, MAPFRE and Team SCA won’t have it so easy, they are likely to spend more time in there. But once they are out, a nice and long downwind sail to Fernando de Noronha awaits, in the southeast trade winds. Click on headline for full report.
- 22 October 2014 23:27:10 VIDEO: Profiling San Diego to host the America’s Cup Scuttlebutt Sailing News The finals venue for the 35th America’s Cup has not yet been selected, but event organizers have narrowed their choices to Bermuda or San Diego, CA. This video published Oct 22, 2014 profiles San Diego as a host for the 2017 event
- 22 October 2014 23:07:52 Canadian Champ of Clipper RTW Race Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Vancouver, BC (October 22, 2014) – Eric Holden, a meteorologist with Canada’s Olympic sailing team, got to stoke two of his passions while crisscrossing the globe. The 34-year-old skipper is back home for the first time in two years after winning the gruelling Clipper Round the World yacht race in July, a 64,000-kilometre trek taking almost 11 months to complete. “One of the big perks of this race was experiencing the weather in those different places.” More remarkable is Holden, first Canadian to win, and the 11 other professional skippers sailed with crews entirely of amateurs. Click headline for full story.
- 22 October 2014 22:55:38 Building trust with Comanche Scuttlebutt Sailing News The size, styling, and purpose of Jim and Kristy Clark’s Verdier Yacht Design & VPLP 100 footer Comanche has turned heads. Here skipper Ken Read provides an update on this record-seeking ocean racer… The last time I sat down to update all of you Scuttlebutt readers (click here), the entire Comanche team was busting their [&hellip
- 22 October 2014 22:25:36 College Sailing Chalk Talk: Season 11, Episode 4 Scuttlebutt Sailing News Chris Love provides this week’s report on the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association 2014-2015 season along with his weekly Chalk Talk video report: This week in college sailing, the Yale Elis reiterated why they are (and will likely to continue to be) ranked #1 on the Sailing World College Rankings, winning both the coed four-division Navy Fall [&hellip
Artie finishes Rolex Middle Sea Race Sailweb Sailing and Yachting News Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie finished the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Thursday 23 Oct and is the provisional winner of IRC 4 and ORC4
Cat Sailing News
Zhik US F18 Nats 2014, Day 3: Easton-Burd lead after 10 Races Catamaran Racing, News & Design All images by Jasper van Staveren - Full gallery at CSN FB.
5 races today inthe breeze and 3 were for the Argies. Local favorites Easton & Burd are taking Matt McDonals's Falcon F18 to a smooth consistence ride at Corpus Christi, 6th is their worst result so far and they have put 9pts behind Smith-Heuser in 2nd place, these two got tired today of scoring 2s and finished the
Volvo Ocean Race: Chasing down the leaders on the last day to Fernando Sail-World.com USA Latest News Placings on the water on the water had not changed during the day, but the distances between the boats had reduced.
Turning Point ISAF World Sailing RSS After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race.
Ben Ainslie Racing flies in Southampton VSail.info On 22th October Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45.
XS Sailing XS Sailing VOR – What are the Doldrums exactly? The intertropical Convergence Zone, an equatorial nightmare, an area of “clouds, rain and crappy weather,” explains Gerd-Jan Poortman. And the Team Brunel sailor has a rare way of explaining it, too! VOR UPDATE – Abu Dhabi and Team Brunel are still leading the pack with a close match […]
Live Sail Die
- 6 October 2014 00:02:07 EXSS – Act 7 Nice: Alinghi Winners Live Sail Die Morgan Larson has one hand on the 2014 Series trophy after Alinghi snatch victory in Nice - Realteam narrowly denied their first Act win, after an edge of the seat final race shoot out. - J.P. Morgan BAR take their second podium position of the year finishing third – the Brits are getting stronger and [...]
- 5 October 2014 21:26:08 2014 North Sails NZ Young 88 Owners Nationals – Photos Live Sail Die The North Sails New Zealand Young 88 Owners Nationals was a mixed weekend with the fleet forced to abandon racing on Saturday and go Wind Warrior Racing instead. Click here for the video! Sunday saw five of the scheduled six races completed with shifty and inconsistent conditions. The race committee made the reluctant decision to [...]
- 5 October 2014 09:01:47 Depth Charge Ethel – Leech 650 Live Sail Die Our mates over in Briz-Vegas at Hell Yeah!! Boatbuilders have spent the last two years mucking around in a garage consuming enough beer to see a small island nation through a decade! Oh, and at the end of the two years, a Leech 650 Sports boat rolled out of the garage – WAHOO….! ‘Depth Charge [...]
- 5 October 2014 02:25:46 Volvo Ocean Race – Team Alvimedica take first blood! Live Sail Die Three changes of leader in one hour. A five-second gap between Team Alvimedica, winners of the Alicante In-Port Race, and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, second. Just 25 seconds to MAPFRE, in third. Alicante In Port Race Full Replay: [Volvo Ocean Race Media: Agathe Armand] One thing’s for sure – it’s a tight game out there. [...]
- 5 October 2014 01:45:33 EXSS – Act 7 Nice: Day 3 Live Sail Die Damage limitation for The Wave, Muscat tomorrow after a day to forget while the Swiss teams rule The third day of racing on the French Riviera for the Extreme 40s could prove to be one of the most defining days of the whole 2014 season, with the leaderboard well and truly blown open. There were [...]
The Daily Sail
- 22 October 2014 22:44:24 Pole position Feed of all Daily Sail content Hurricane Gonzalo, the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set sail on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour today, albeit postponed by 24 hours.
- 22 October 2014 22:17:51 Time to fly Feed of all Daily Sail content Today, Ben Ainslie Racing took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their AC45, newly fitted with foils
- 22 October 2014 09:28:23 Slow boats to nowhere Feed of all Daily Sail content Image above courtesy of Expedition and Predictwind
- 21 October 2014 23:18:05 DSS foils to revolutionise IMOCA 60 fleet Feed of all Daily Sail content The sub-text to last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule is that it will permit both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the
- 21 October 2014 23:04:50 Match racers defy Gonzalo Feed of all Daily Sail content Over the last few days there have been frantic phone calls between travel agents from competitors at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage and the oldest event on the Alpari World Match Racing T
- 14 October 2014 12:29:33 Ainslie aims for lasting legacy Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sir Ben Ainslie hopes basing his America's Cup team in Portsmouth will create a lasting legacy on the south coast.
- 13 October 2014 13:49:50 Brits take all-female crew into lead Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC British duo Samantha Davies & Libby Greenhalgh have taken the all-female crew of Team SCA into the lead of the Volvo Ocean Race.
- 13 October 2014 13:22:09 Kate becomes sailing charity patron Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC The Duchess of Cambridge becomes the royal patron of a new sailing charity connected to Britain's bid to win the sport's America's Cup in 2017.
- 10 October 2014 10:40:11 Portsmouth aiming for America's Cup Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Portsmouth hopes to play host to two preparation events for yachting's 35th America's Cup over the next two summers.
- 25 September 2014 11:01:20 Sailor Scott targets Rio redemption Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sailor Giles Scott is determined to put missing out on the London 2012 Olympics behind him by winning gold at Rio 2016.
- Closing Time - Don Mickleborough passes away at age 90 mysailing News He was one of the great characters of Australian offshore racing.
- Stanczyk takes an early lead at Argo Gold Cup mysailing News Keith Swinton is sitting second in group one after three wins and one loss.
- Luna Sea denotes 100 entries for Rolex Sydney Hobart mysailing News At just 10.5m Luna Sea is one of the smallest yachts entered in the 70th edition of the race.
- Legging it to RQYS for the RL24 nationals mysailing News A strong fleet is expected to compete, including the Ratcliff family who came 2nd the last two years.
- BAR gets up and foiling in AC45 mysailing News “For us sailors it’s a real privilege to get out there and sail one of these boats," - Ben Ainslie.
- 7 August 2014 02:41:00 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Test Event: Mid-Regatta Report US Sailing Pictured: Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser August 6, 2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – As Day 4 of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (Olympic Test Event) concludes, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes remain focused on absorbing as much knowledge as possible about the 2016 Olympic Games venue during their time in Brazil. Good weather conditions […]
- 6 August 2014 23:54:40 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships – Day 1 Report US Sailing TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (August 6, 2014) – Ninety-three confident young racers set sail on West Grand Traverse Bay in the first of three days of racing at the 2014 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, hosted by Grand Traverse Yacht Club (GTYC) and Traverse Bay Community Sailing (TBCS). Tuesday’s racing clinics and practice races with five of […]
- 5 August 2014 19:30:25 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships 2014 Preview US Sailing TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (August 5, 2014) – A talented collection of the top young sailors in the country have arrived in Northern Michigan and are eager to test themselves this week in single-, double-, and triplehanded competition on the waters of West Grand Traverse Bay. The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships is US Sailing’s most historic […]
- 5 August 2014 12:57:45 USCG Empanelled Standards/Rubrics Experts Team Launches National Validation Survey US Sailing Portsmouth, RI (August 5, 2014) — A team of experts assembled with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) grant funding seeks national content validation of SAIL boat operation standards/rubrics that will be freely available to the boating public. This is your opportunity to impact the development of free recreational paddling and rowing (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards, etc.) […]
- 3 August 2014 14:48:32 Racing Begins at Rio Olympic Test Event US Sailing Pictured: US 49ers training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 3, 2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – On Sunday August 3, racing at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (Olympic Test Event) begins with Rio de Janeiro’s mountainous skyline and scenery providing a dramatic backdrop. For US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes, the event will provide another […]
Sailing Anarchy Forums
- 23 October 2014 07:48:39 Maxi Yacht Speedboat Sailing Forums Since her attempt at the transat record, does anybody know what has happened to her, or where she is??
- 23 October 2014 07:43:19 Yacht for sale- only 1/2 a billion dollars Sailing Forums
Can't see this having any issues with windage when tied up. Nope, not at all.
- 23 October 2014 07:38:48 VOR 2014-15 - Leg 1 Sailing Forums
Now that the fleet is complete, I suggest to start a new thread for the actual race legs. The entrants one is 22 pages long...
Let's start with a prediction about the final standings in Gothenburg next summer (and in Cape Town):
1. Azzam (this is Ian's race to loose, I reckon. Star-line-up well funded)
2. Brunel (Bouwe has unfinished business with the race. Could well end first, but he has got some youngsters on board that could be a liability)
3. Campos (great sailors on board, but coming late and with the skipper expected to miss some legs. Too many handicaps to be able to win?)
4. Vestas (same as Campos, but actually with a full dedicated skipper. Could end up mixing my prediction. Crew unknown yet)
5. Dongfeng (the frenchies are extremely strong, but are short of crew with the unexperienced chinese...)
6. Alvimedica (first time youngsters...likely to struggle while learning)
7. SCA (somehow a surprise to see them fall back so fast in the RBI and the Canaries regatta...)
- 23 October 2014 07:21:07 Foils on Open 60s. Sailing Forums
It was IMOCA's AGM last night. 2 of the decisions:
1) Lifting foils will not be banned.
2) The rule won't be changed until the end of the next Vendee.
May you live in interesting times... What sort of foil assistance will be possible/feasible?
- 23 October 2014 07:20:43 OMR - What's it all about? Sailing Forums
From the LCMR 2014 thread:
Paul, you know my main gripe with OMR as I've said many, many times, now sounding like a broken record. The main emphasis is to get the number (rating) down, get the number down, get the number down. What that's got to do with boat speed and competent crew work, which is what should determine who wins sailing races, I have no idea.
i dont agree with what your saying at all. Its not all about getting the rating down, down, down, its about a balance of rating down and boat speed, along with sailing the boat really well to get results. i could get my rating down even further but the sacrifice would be too much loss of boat speed, hence we'd be out the back door. At the crowther and last Saturday we were suffering downwind because we are currently only carrying a big screecher for downwind rather than our big kite. its been an experiment to see if the saving on rating it worth the loss of downwind boat speed. I've found with OMR the real savings/improvements are up or downwind. My experiment going without a big kite seems to work ok in Pittwater for my fat boat on the short running legs but id get smashed on the long runs of Airlie, Lake mac, port philip bay and the likes of. OMR is about a balance of rating and boat speed and then sail the boat well. its not hard at all if you understand how to adapt your boat to the rule. i believe it sure beats the hell out of post race PHS handicapping that gets used at certain regattas where the un educated actually think they have sailed brilliantly and won the regatta!! i just cant get excited about that method. i like OMR. i believe it works for people that want to see real results compared to others that optimise their boats to the rule. yes there are a few flaws in OMR, nothing is perfect. at least the flaws are there for everyone and i cant see where one boat can be favoured over another if both boats have been optimised to the rule. this is just my opinion and possibly not factual so happy for any knowledgable person to come forward and help me to gain an even better understanding of what i think i know a bit about.
- 23 October 2014 00:37:00 "I Got This Skip" Pressure Drop
Interesting action the 2014 US F18 Nationals
- 22 October 2014 22:30:00 Setting the BAR High Pressure Drop 22nd October, 2014 – Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils.
all photos © Lloyd Images
- 22 October 2014 16:40:00 Middle Sea Wind Awakens Pressure Drop
Marton Jozsa's WILD JOE (HUN) in the final approach to Malta
Day 5 of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has proved a day of reckoning for the competing fleet. The forecast strong northwesterly wind has arrived and consistently blown over 25 knots with gusts exceeding 40 knots. The effect has been to catapult the previously slow moving yachts towards the finish line in Malta.
- 22 October 2014 15:52:00 Giovanni Soldini and Maserati abandon record attempt in North Atlantic Pressure Drop
“We have decided to abandon our North Atlantic record attempt.” It was with these words that Giovanni Soldini and his nine-strong crew announced yesterday evening from Maserati that the New York-Lizard Point Atlantic record was nowdefinitely beyond the realms of possibility.
“Unfortunately the cold front we were following from the start suddenly accelerated, overtook us and, despite our best efforts, we ended up in a zone with very little wind. We tried to keep going for a few hours in that north-westerly wind but we quickly realised that we wouldn’t be able to
- 21 October 2014 21:00:00 Time To Say Goodbye Pressure Drop
Volvo Ocean Race
- 22 October 2014 20:22:00 The Doldrums lottery The Volvo Ocean Race Official News A day and a night of uncertainty later, the Doldrums are coming to an end.
- 22 October 2014 19:00:00 Daily Photo Contest The Volvo Ocean Race Official News
- 22 October 2014 17:55:00 Going nowhere The Volvo Ocean Race Official News It's not easy being stranded in the Doldrums
- 22 October 2014 15:01:00 The Man The Volvo Ocean Race Official News
- 22 October 2014 12:23:00 From the boats The Volvo Ocean Race Official News The best of the OBR's blogs - OCTOBER 22