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XS WORLD SAILING NEWS
- 30 January 2015 16:05:17 Bouwe Bekking: Not loving it Scuttlebutt Sailing News After racing for 23 days through waters not normally frequented by competition, the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race which began in Abu Dhabi, UAE is now in Sanya, China. Hardly anyone speaks English and the food is quite different from western cuisine. Not much is the same for Team Brunel either, which finished [&hellip
- 30 January 2015 14:49:18 Azzurra: Nearing completion for 2015 TP52 season Scuttlebutt Sailing News The new 2015 version of the TP52 Azzurra is rapidly nearing completion at the King Marine shipyard in Valencia. In preparation for the next TP52 Super Series, the deck has been mounted on the hull and sea trials are expected to begin in 50 days In less than 2 months a brand new Azzurra will [&hellip
- 30 January 2015 14:01:43 VIDEO: Moth Worlds through Ben Hartnett’s eyes Scuttlebutt Sailing News The 2015 International Moth Worlds were held January 10-16 at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club in Victoria, Australia. The event was sailed in some of the toughest conditions to date with mega crashes and insanely fast sailing taking place throughout. Here is the Moth Worlds through Ben Hartnett’s eyes! Video published on Jan 30,
- 30 January 2015 01:20:00 Sailing World Cup: Latin Flair for racecourse built of shifts Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Miami, FL (January 29, 2015) – One measure of the success of Olympic class racing on Biscayne Bay is the steadily growing participation. The numbers in 2015, 599 boats from 63 countries, make this a record turnout. But make that 64 countries. Add Cuba to the list.
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, Cuba’s Yuseily Gonzalez Luis is coming in late (obviously) with no hope of qualifying for the Medal Races on Saturday. Even so, she wants to bring her RS:X windsurfer to the start line, if only for a day, to put her punctuation on the thaw in international relations. And see some friends on the water. And in a small way, make history.
Luis is likely to find single-digit winds on the course on Friday, down from the teens on Thursday. Once again, the racecourse was built out of shifts; whichever one of six racing areas you might have in mind. Once again, everyone struggled, but a few people turned in the kind of results that don’t show it.
The US Sailing Team Sperry made steady gains in the Laser, Laser Radial and 49er classes as gold fleet racing approaches its conclusion. In the men’s Laser, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, CA) scored a 3rd place in the first gold fleet race today, which helped him move from 15th to 9th overall.
The energy and tension was palpable today on the women’s Laser Radial course, and manifested itself with numerous general recalls as sailors refused to concede an inch to their neighbors on the starting line. Paige Railey (Clearwater, FL) recorded another solid day with a 4,8 in two races to move up to 5th place, and 13 points out of bronze position.
Sitting only seven points behind the World Champion Railey is 18-year-old high school senior Haddon Hughes (Houston, TX), a 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds silver medalist here to compete in her first-ever World Cup regatta. Hughes stands in 6th overall, and says that her first experience at this level of the sport has been nothing but positive.
In the Sonar, Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ), Brad Kendell (Tampa, FL) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, ME) will go for gold tomorrow in the final day of Paralympic racing. The veteran team is just shy of gold medal position and will enter the final day of racing on Friday with a one-point deficit to erase. Sitting in third, with four points behind Team Doerr, the Canadian team of Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell, and Scott Lutes threatens to stay in podium position.
“The breeze is going to be light enough tomorrow that we can’t count on sailing one race or two, so we aren’t going to go out for blood right off the line,” said Freund. “Sailing somewhat conservative and calculated has paid off for our team so far, so we’re going to stay that course. We actually need to put a boat between us and Norway, which could be tricky in light air. If the opportunity is there we will take it, but we always do our best sailing without other boats clouding our strategy.”
In the 2.4 Metre class, Allen Leibel (CAN) sits in podium contention currently in third place, eight points behind second place.
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- 29 January 2015 23:33:20 Fast 50 class to use dual scoring Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The Fast 50 Class is a new fleet in Southern California which saw its first season last year. The membership consists of roughly 50-foot race yachts (the smallest being 46’ and the biggest 52′, currently), who formed together to create a class with an annual championship circuit of the top regattas in the Southern California region.
Spanning 200 miles from San Diego to Santa Barbara, the fleet and the circuit travel as a group with a calendar of eight events per year. Half of the events are windward/leeward buoy regattas (the Inshore Championship) and half of them are point to point coastal races (the Offshore Championship) which scored all together create an Overall Championship for the year.
During the 2014 inaugural season the fleet saw a steady increase in membership and participation, a trend which is continuing into 2015 with a few new race yachts already signed up.
The class used only one handicap system, PHRF, to score the fleet in 2014, but for 2015 the Fast 50 Class voted to initiate dual scoring using both PHRF of Southern California and ORR as their two rating systems.
The majority of the teams favored ORR for its merits as a purely measurement based rule. Also, when compared to other measurement systems in use, such as IRC and HPR, the group found the ORR system appeared to do a better job of handling the diversity in the fleet, which ranges SC52s and older IMS racers to more modern day TP52s and similar custom ultra-fast race machines.
An additional benefit is the standard use of ORR in West Coast ocean racing such as the Transpac and Cabo races, which many of the fleet members participate in.
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Rondar Raceboats to Build the New Squib Sailweb Sailing and Yachting News Rondar Raceboats is to build the new Squib after the the Class voted overwhelmingly in favour of rules change to improve and modernise the design
Cat Sailing News
GC32s: Gitana Team & Spindrift will join the Tour Catamaran Racing, News & Design Image: Sander van der Borch. The GC32 Tour has seen changes lately but as we predicted, we are seeing now a shift from the X40s to the GC32.
The highlight of the 2014 tour was the great show & performance provided by the 4 boat fleet at last 2014 Austria Cup with two AC teams included.
Gitana Team / Edmond de Rostchild & Spindrift have confirmed their participation. Spindrift press release
RORC Caribbean 600 - Official crew merchandiser announced Sail-World.com USA Latest News The Royal Ocean RC is pleased to announce its partnership with Gill North America as official crew merchandise provider
A Latin Flair For A Racecourse Built Of Shifts ISAF World Sailing RSS One measure of the success of Olympic class racing on Biscayne Bay is the steadily growing participation. The numbers in 2015-599 boats from 63 countries-make this a record turnout. But make that 64 countries. Add Cuba to the list.
Bekking: “The leg that I dreaded the most” VSail.info After living for 23 days in a space not much bigger than the average student room, it’s not easy for the Team Brunel sailors to acclimatise in China. While the crew enjoy a well-deserved rest in these extraordinary surroundings, skipper Bouwe Bekking looks back on a disappointing third leg.
XS Sailing XS Sailing AC NEWS – by REDBULL TV – What Drives the World’s Top Athletes is back for a second six-part series, with two athletes in each episode exploring one of the crucial aspects to their sporting success. Jimmy Spithill – From day one, he led, he instilled enthusiasm, he instilled belief and overcame a ridiculous deficit of 8–1 […]
The Daily Sail
- 30 January 2015 13:12:46 New Azzurra TP52 - first glimpse Feed of all Daily Sail content In less than two months a brand new Azzurra will be launched. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s yacht will once again be competing in the 52 Super Series.
- 29 January 2015 23:20:59 Snakes and ladders course Feed of all Daily Sail content Day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, many were left scratching their heads over the shifty condition son Biscayne Bay.
- 29 January 2015 18:07:20 The downside of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone Feed of all Daily Sail content Becalmed in the South Indian Ocean with no escape south because of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone means a painful waiting game for Anna Corbella and Gérard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos<
- 29 January 2015 17:51:51 Extreme Sailing Series Singapore crew lists Feed of all Daily Sail content With one week to go, team crew lists have been announced going into the opening event of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series, to be held over 5-9 February, in Singapore's Marina Bay with the support of
- 29 January 2015 09:04:23 Spindrift racing signs to GC32 Racing Tour Feed of all Daily Sail content Spindrift racing is the latest team to sign up for the GC32 Racing Tour, for the Dr Martin Fischer-designed 32ft foiling cats.
- 28 January 2015 10:09:25 Williams eyes Match Racing 'revenge' Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sailor Ian Williams and his team have "revenge" on their minds ahead of next month's final round of the World Match Racing Tour.
- 27 January 2015 15:57:21 Chinese win makes Volvo race history Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Dongfeng Race Team win the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, becoming the event's first Chinese stage winners.
- 15 January 2015 10:58:39 Thomson race ended by broken mast Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC British sailor Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes's Barcelona World Race is over after after their boat loses its mast.
- 14 January 2015 16:34:59 Inexorable rise of new sailing star Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Young Sailor of the Year Emma Wilson is following in the family windsurfing tradition as she makes her mark.
- 13 January 2015 16:11:09 Knox-Johnston wins sailing honour Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Emma Wilson both win prestigious sailing awards after their achievements in 2014.
- Yachting Queensland President to receive Medal of the Order of Australia mysailing News A comment from his mother-in-law was the impetus for a lifetime of service.
- Famous Kiwi One Ton Champion restored and ready to sail again mysailing News Rainbow II won the prestigious championship in 1969 with Chris Bouzaid at the helm.
- Swiss expedition to study trash in world’s oceans mysailing News Led by Swiss sailor Stève Ravussin, the trimaran will cross the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
- Colin Firth to play doomed yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in new biopic mysailing News Crowhurst met his end in the race that made Sir Robin Knox-Johnston a household name in sailing circles.
- Four Australian boats in top three at ISAF World Cup Miami mysailing News Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have a four point lead with one day to go in the Paralympic class.
Sailing Anarchy Forums
- 30 January 2015 07:42:29 VORG 2014-2015 Who's in? Sailing Forums Not a word on the site. Just some Volvo truck game months ago.
With just 29 days 9 hrs 13 min to go and not a thing on the site?
I went looking found nothing about The Game just roomers..
Any one know what's up?
- 30 January 2015 07:28:38 Artemis? Sailing Forums hello from germany! i visited the famous hangar-7 airplane museum in salzburg (austria) this week. a cool place. but i saw something intresting out of the sailing world as well. two guys with Artemis Racing Jackets and two guys with red bull baseball caps had a meeting in the cafeshop of the red bull airplane museum. after some investigation i found out it was Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard with the austrian multihull double olympic champions roman hagara and hans peter steinacher. the austrians run an extreme 40 team in the extreme 40 world series. artemis was one of their competitors in 2011....intresting....does anyone know if they are sailing for artemis now?
- 30 January 2015 07:25:17 9 everyday things a sailor will kick your ass at..... Sailing Forums
....looks like Dee's enjoying some light reading. This list seems rather short though...have at it!
I have to say I agree with a lot of these! http://fb.me/2ytstpOwA
You’re winning at this life thing. You’re well-travelled. You have strong opinions on the meat industry and an arsenal of impressive life hacks you picked up while backpacking in Burma. You can open a wine bottle with your shoe and cut a sarong in half using just a cat. Your family thinks you’re great because you can make baklava from memory out of rain water. But there’s always someone out there that’s cooler than you. Like sailors. You’ll never be as cool as a sailor. Here are nine everyday things they’d kick your ass at without even trying.
Sailors: double ‘ard. Photo by Brain Carlin / Vestas Wind.
I’m no sailor. I like napping under trees and letting my food go through the full digestive process too much to commit to a life on the ocean. But I did recently get the opportunity to hang out at sea with some of the boatmen and women competing in The Volvo Ocean Race (full story in the February 2015 issue of Getaway). These are not your average yachties. These are hardened seafarers who are on the ocean come rain or shine, sailing around the world, eating freeze-dried sandpaper and chiselling salt off their forearms with live seagulls. At sea their talents are vital for survival. On land they might just be superhuman.
I know, I know. You’re great at parallel parking. You should be the president of it. The word’s three-point turn don’t even exist in your vocabulary. But you’re an amateur. Try backing a fire truck (without rearview mirrors) into a car wash, on ground made of water, during a thunderstorm. That’s what sailors do. They call it docking.
Your poker face is a farce. We all know how many tequilas you’ve had as soon as you see-saw to the bathroom like a sausage in a pinball machine. Legs don’t lie, unless you’re a sailor. A life on the water imbues sailors with a liquescent centre of gravity. The more fluid you put inside them, the straighter they walk. In fact, if you see a sailor off-kilter you should probably buy him a drink.
Sailing terminology is (wait for it) an ocean teeming with metaphors, puns, double entedres and that’s-what-she-saids. You can’t think of a boating pun that hasn’t been exhausted. Chuckling at words and phrases like ‘breastlines; cockpit; coming about; and, in need of a tug’ is the sole folly of us landlubbers. Find someone who can, without flinching, present a Seaman Discharge Book (yes, that’s an actual thing) to a customs official and you’ve found a sailor.
‘Ja, so like take a right by the tree and then pass the school. I think it’s a school. Maybe it’s prison. A few blocks behind that is a road. I can’t remember the name of it but just call me when you’re outside.’ These are not directions. These are dangerous non sequiturs that cause people to remain seated in their own gaseous emissions longer than they should. If people gave better directions, there’d be a smaller hole in the ozone layer. Sailors know this (and they’re not even the ones using all the fuel). They also know that on the ocean vague directions can lead to death. Or worse, Port Elizabeth.
Weather app, shmeather app. Even the best ones resort to some measure of horoscopic hocus pocus and the problem is nobody has built one out of actual human bones. Sailors have bones. They have bones that tingle, crack, wobble and creak. Sailors can feel inclement weather in their bones before the weather even knows it’s feeling inclement. If you want to know what to wear for the day, find a sailor and copy what they’re wearing. Except epaulettes. Never wear the epaulettes.
Ropework: easy. Photo by Stefan Coppers / Team Brunel
Don’t fib. The reason you’ve never been open to the idea of bondage isn’t because it’s taboo. It’s because you’re rubbish with ropes. Tying your beau to a bedpost isn’t the same as tying a shoelace. There are safety issues. A combination of poor ropemanship and a slippery surface can turn into an emergency very quickly and nobody wants to be gnawing on a granny knot next to a blue cadaver when the police arrive. You know who knows a thing or two about knots? Sailors. They could string up a wrestler with birthday ribbon. And, more importantly, untie him afterwards.
It was the pillar of your tertiary education, but somewhere along the line the insouciance of burning the midnight oil turned to chronic anxiety. The only thing that burns in your house after midnight now is the office block you’re torching in your dreams (statistically the most satisfying dream experienced by the proletariat). Caffeine is impotent, hardcore drum and bass is discombobulating and even The Panic Monster can’t keep you awake anymore. But sailors are fuelled by something stronger than caffeine and panic combined: fear of the unknown. The ocean is a capricious mistress and much like the writers of Lost, sailors don’t always know what’s going to happen next. They’re prepared for every eventuality. And that requires being awake. ALL THE TIME.
When something falls in the ocean it’s gone forever (unless you’re James Cameron). The only thing to do is forget about it and move on while muttering something profound like ‘It belongs to the ocean now, man.’ At sea if you don’t learn to let things go, you drown. Sailors would make great psychologists.
Jokes. Sailors don’t know what that is. On a boat the captain is always right. Even when he’s not.
On a serious note: do follow the Volvo Ocean Race (app available here) – it’s quite something. And if you’re keen to learn to sail, pick up the February 2015 issue of Getaway for some tips to get started.
- 30 January 2015 07:04:41 ...Team VESTAS WIND...the resurrection thread. Sailing Forums
...sometimes it's worthwhile sifting through the trashbin of speculgab to find a post like this......
Green light to build the new boat I understand. Kiwi boaatbuilders in Europe have been asked to stay instead of going home for Xmas. The question now is when will they rejoin the race?
....I've known NZ to have reliable gossip in the past,,,,anyone got more yet??
News should come out soon:
- 30 January 2015 07:00:45 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space Sailing Forums "I spent three years on the design of this. I've looked at thousands and thousands of yachts."
Hey guys how long ago was it the Tin can returned home after its short adventure?
- 29 January 2015 17:29:00 BBBS 2011: Looking Back @ The Big Blow Pressure Drop After a client contacted us seeking some images from a few years back we stumbled upon some frames from the 2011
Big Boat Series hosted by the St Francis YC. Seems this particular day will stand out for some time is the unusual conditions which
were sprung unto the Northern California region as a very strong low pressure system brushed past, triggering thunderstorms in the central valley and High Sierra
and extremely high winds for a time of year which is generally pleasant, warm and with mellow winds.
- 29 January 2015 17:28:00 Barcelona World Race Jan 29 Update Pressure Drop Becalmed in the South Indian Ocean with no escape south because of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone means a painful waiting game for Anna Corbella and Gérard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos.
For all that the Southern Ocean is renowned for big winds and big seas, the Spanish duo which lies in third place in the Barcelona Round the World Race maybe found it incongruous that they spent time today trying to make just two or three knots of boat speed in next to no wind, but all the time fourth placed Renault Captur were catching miles back on them, and the two leaders were moving further away.
Corbella and Marin were putting a brave face on their delicate predicament, and reported that they would use
- 28 January 2015 22:11:00 Ben Foils First In Bermuda Pressure Drop
Ben Ainslie Racing were the first America's Cup team both on – and under – the race course waters of the 35th America's Cup last week,
when the team conducted an initial training camp in Bermuda. Watch highlights from the team's first training camp. (Click on photo!)
- 28 January 2015 00:24:00 ISAF World Cup Miami US Report Pressure Drop
Miami, Fla. – The first day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, featured the full range of what sailing in Miami has to offer. Over 850 sailors enjoyed strong breeze for the duration of the day, in addition to a brief but powerful rainstorm.
Leading the way for the US Sailing Team Sperry was Marion Lepert
- 27 January 2015 22:51:00 Video Tuesday Pressure Drop
A slew of video's released from the Volvo Ocean Race as leg 3 concludes in Sanya!
This week, the fleet is battling their way out of the Arabian sea heading towards Sri Lanka waters,
but the lack of winds is not making things easy.
Volvo Ocean Race
- 30 January 2015 15:14:00 More sailing please The Volvo Ocean Race Official News Pascal Bidégorry and Xabi Fernández take a day off – at sea
- 30 January 2015 10:00:00 What's on today & tomorrow? The Volvo Ocean Race Official News The Volvo Ocean Race is in Sanya - come down to the Serenity Marina!
- 29 January 2015 21:02:00 A leap into the unknown The Volvo Ocean Race Official News
December 28, 2014. Redbull Walk the Line.
- 29 January 2015 18:30:00 Teaching power The Volvo Ocean Race Official News With a fair amount of rookies among the fleet and two under-30 sailors per team, now that the fleet is in China, teachers and students take the time to debrief, look back at lessons learned – and discuss the next stage.
- 28 January 2015 19:42:00 The most stressful leg The Volvo Ocean Race Official News 10,000km of coastal racing in review