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XS WORLD SAILING NEWS
- 1 September 2014 22:46:41 Sport: The great equalizer Scuttlebutt Sailing News “I figured out as a kid, in life, there can be a lot of politics, and you can be judged, but in sport, when that starting gun goes, none of it matters. At that point it comes down to who is working hardest and who wants it. That’s what is great about sport. No matter [&hellip
- 1 September 2014 22:43:31 All about Learning and Improving Scuttlebutt Sailing News by Kris Werner, Haarstick Sails I recently read a quote somewhere that said “I Never Lose, I Win or Learn” or something to this effect. It really hit home with me and I think it makes a lot of sense. The truth really is you should be learning in victory too. In competitive sailboat racing, [&hellip
- 1 September 2014 21:53:24 Eight Bells: Yves Carcelle Scuttlebutt Sailing News Yves Carcelle, the charismatic executive who transformed Louis Vuitton from a staid French maker of handbags and travel trunks into one of the world’s most recognizable luxury brands, died on Sunday (August 31) in Paris. He was 66. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, confirmed the death in a statement [&hellip
- 1 September 2014 20:44:27 VIDEO: A for effort. F for execution. Scuttlebutt Sailing News If only he cleated the spinnaker halyard
- 1 September 2014 20:21:36 PHOTOS: Express 27 U.S. National Championship 2014 Scuttlebutt Sailing News 2014 Express 27 U.S. National Championship in San Francisco, CA on August 28-31. Photos by Leslie Richter
Andres Soriano GBR won in the ...
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Ranger leads the J-Class Sailweb Sailing and Yachting News Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V and Velsheda are the five J-Class boats on show in Porto Cervo for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Cat Sailing News
A-Class Dutch Nats 2014: Mischa Heemskerk Champ Catamaran Racing, News & Design All Images by Danny Broersen - www.hellecat.nl .
8 bullets for Heemskerk out of 9 races. Only Chris Field managed to take one from him, and hold 2nd place until breaking a foil. Sjoerd Hoeskstra finished 2nd and Erwin Kerstens sailing a Vision equipped with Exploder rudders/foils ended 3rd, putting the Catamaran Parts design on the podium road again, and following their fellow builders
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi Sail-World.com USA Latest News Carlo Borlenghi was on the water for Day 1 of racing at the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup to capture these images.
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds An Open Game For Laser And Radial Fleets ISAF World Sailing RSS The game will be wide open in the Laser and Laser Radial at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship with large numbers gunning for World Championship glory and a Rio 2016 Olympic place.
Team Vestas Wind name crew and leave for Qualifier VSail.info [Source: Sail-world.com] The latest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Vestas Wind left Southampton on Sunday, heading for the race start port in Alicante, Spain. The team will take on the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic waters off Spain [...]
XS Sailing XS Sailing AC NEWS – Yves Carcelle, a long-time friend and supporter of the America’s Cup has passed away. The Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton from 1990-2012, Yves Carcelle was a stalwart supporter of the company’s title partnership of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series. But more than that, Mr. Carcelle enjoyed a personal relationship […]
Live Sail Die
- 1 September 2014 22:21:24 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: Day 1 Live Sail Die A TOUCH OF YESTERYEAR [Source: regattanews.com] The 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup commenced with gusto today as the 35 competing Maxi yachts completed a coastal course through Sardinia’s Maddalena archipelago. Strong winds ensured conditions were exacting for the five classes of Maxi yacht contesting the event, among them the beguiling J-Class yachts, [...]
- 1 September 2014 21:30:41 Volvo Ocean Race: TVW: Team Announcement Live Sail Die Here is one for the Aussies and Kiwi’s to support! [Source: Team Vestas Wind] Team Vestas Wind bank on mix of experience and youthful energy to get the job done The Team Vestas Wind crew will enter the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with a good mix of experience and young talents. Australian skipper, Chris Nicholson, [...]
- 1 September 2014 09:20:03 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Live Sail Die PORTO CERVO, ITALY – AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 [Source: regattanews.com] IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN An international fleet of 35 Maxi yachts have arrived in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the sailing calendar’s great annual occasions. 2014 marks the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a competition sponsored by [...]
- 1 September 2014 08:47:53 Swap Meets at Westhaven Live Sail Die Dig out your gear and get ready for summer fishing and boating! This spring Westhaven is holding two free swap meets that are your chance to recycle, sell or repair unused boating gear, or even donate it to a worthy cause. BOATING AND SAILING – THURSDAY 9 OCTOBER 5.30-7.30PM Get free advice from industry experts [...]
- 1 September 2014 08:33:33 2014 Capricorn Challenge Live Sail Die The Performance Sailcraft Australia guys are in New Caledonia getting ready for the start of the 2014 Capricorn Challenge. New Cal at this time of year? Simply perfect! Are we jealous? Hell yes! Here are a few pics from the setup day and around the Catamaran Club of Noumea.
The Daily Sail
- 30 August 2014 22:29:44 ASCC wins by a point Feed of all Daily Sail content After a wild week of inflicting its fury on the 13th 18ft Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco Bay got the message and greeted competitors Saturday with a modest 15 knots of summery breeze th
- 30 August 2014 16:11:51 Samba Pa Ti secures the title Feed of all Daily Sail content After one final race off Riva del Garda, John Kilroy at the helm of Samba Pa Ti, alongside tactician Paul Goodison and crew Jeff Reynolds proved they were more than deserving of the 2014 A
- 30 August 2014 11:35:48 Turkish team for the Extreme Sailing Series Feed of all Daily Sail content The first-ever Turkish Extreme 40 syndicate, TeamTurx, will compete at the Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul presented by Land Rover (taking place over 11-14 September) as an invitational entry, brin
- 29 August 2014 22:52:59 Another tough day Feed of all Daily Sail content Skip McCormack spoke for all competitors after Friday's fourth day of the 13th annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St Francis YC.
- 29 August 2014 17:15:13 Kilroy hangs on Feed of all Daily Sail content The third day of racing on Lake Garda produced premium conditions and spectacular competition at the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship once more.
- 31 August 2014 13:24:22 Crowds line cliffs for ship parade Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC More than 40 tall ships take part in a "Parade of Sail" around Falmouth Bay ahead of a race to London.
- 28 August 2014 16:48:48 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta starts Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC A regatta featuring dozens of vessels and attracting thousands of visitors starts in Cornwall.
- 25 August 2014 08:40:47 GB claim double sailing world silver Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Great Britain claim two silver medals and three Paralympic qualifying places in the Disabled Sailing World Championships.
- 15 August 2014 19:30:24 Rickham & Birrell chase sixth title Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell are chasing their sixth consecutive parasailing world title in Canada.
- 12 August 2014 10:45:03 Rio 2016 all about gold - Mills Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sailing | BBC Sailor Hannah Mills says she and team-mate Saskia Clark are targeting gold at Rio 2016 after losing to New Zealand in a test event.
- Lighter winds shake up the leaderboard at Magnetic Island mysailing News The course was shortened at White Rock for the cruising monohulls and multihulls.
- Experienced ocean racers join Chris Nicholson for the VOR mysailing News New Zealanders Tony Rae and Rob Salthouse have seven Volvo Ocean Races under their belts.
- Practical boat tips: easy access to hull and fittings mysailing News Nothing should be stowed on or lashed over a floor that would prevent lifting it up.
- National ballot to be held for Young Endeavour world voyage mysailing News Young Australians aged 18-30 are invited to apply for places on the circumnavigation.
- Fifty entries received already for 2014 Sydney-Hobart Race mysailing News Early handicap favourites include Ichi Ban, Patrice and Wild Rose.
- 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
- 2 September 2014 03:08:34 Rope/knot/splice load testing Sailing Forums
I am starting a series of tests.
Today I ran what I had expected to be some simple calibration tests to see how repeatable the results were.
I made up 10 samples, Samson LS Yacht braid 1/4", with a bowline on one end and a figure 8 loop on the other.
I had expected them all to break at the bowline, at about 50% of line strength, in a relatively tight grouping of breaking loads.
5 of the samples broke at the bowline at 83% of the rated line strength, with a 5% standard deviation
And 5 broke at the figure 8 at 84% of the line strength, with 3% standard deviation
It is really too small a sample for any sort of statistical calculation, but the test results were relatively tightly grouped, so I draw two conclusions (a) the breaking loads were higher than I expected, ( b ) there was no significant difference between the bowline and figure 8 in this line
- 2 September 2014 03:08:05 S&S 30/Aqua 30/Palmer Johnson 30/Yankee 30 Sailing Forums
I've fallen a little for an S&S 30. I understand the design was also sold in Americaland as the PJ 30 and Yankee 30. I've found a little info on'tinterbob but a lot of it conflicts. Do any of the sailors of this parish have first hand experience of any of the above?
Sailboat data has the Yankee 30 down as a 3/4 tonner which seems a little unlikely for a 30'er?
- 2 September 2014 03:07:07 Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24 Sailing Forums Have you ever wondered (hypothetically) just how far you could go if you set sail one day and headed out over the horizon in a Craiglist special 4ksb with almost no preparation? Well...now you dont have to because three weeks ago this Russian immigrant, Rimas Meleshyus, left Oak Harbor, Washington in an old San Juan 24 he bought for $500 the month before. Where is he headed? Around the world...via Cape Horn. He has no autopilot or self steering, no communications equipment other than a handheld VHF. He has two ancient handheld gps units, 85 gallons of water and a boatload of food. Despite everyone telling him this was probably a bad idea, he left determined to follow his dream. This isn't the first time he's tried this kind of thing. A couple he spent 34 days crossing the Gulf of Alaska, also in a SJ24. He ended up shipwrecked on an island near Kodiak for 9 days before he was rescued by the Coast Guard. I gave him a Spot tracker and a bunch of batteries for it because I figured this could be an interesting show. He is currently a few hundred miles off the coast of Northern California. His progress has not been particularily good. 25 to 50 miles a day...but not always in the right direction. Right now he seems like maybe he's changed his mind and is headed for Hawaii. Anyway, I've attached a link to his Spot tracker if anyone's interested. He seems like a really nice guy with a huge dream and a lot of determination. I wish him well, but he has a lot of challenges ahead of him that Im afraid he's not prepared for.
Here's a link to an article in the local paper. There is also quite a bit of info on the guy if you google him.
And here is a link to the tracker.
- 2 September 2014 03:04:41 Fess Up...How many of you have sailed a Sea Snark? Sailing Forums Well?
- 2 September 2014 02:58:50 Using GPS for target boat speed & sail trim (Velocitek Prostart) Sailing Forums
Ok, so I just tried out my new Velocitek Prostart for the first time this weekend. So far I love it and the user interface is excellent. As is the Shift I'm running as well.
However, I noticed that on one tack I was always consistently slower than the other (by about .5 to 1.0 kts) and immediately assumed rig not straight, keel not straight, etc.
We were out doing some two boat testing with another one of our OD fleet racers and we chatted and compared notes back in the bar. She is also running an identical setup of the Prostart and Shift instruments and she said they were seeing pretty much the exact same thing. About 1/2 to 1 kt slower on port than on starbd. So it finally clicked that we were likely getting adverse current on one tack that was more pronounced than the other tack. Makes perfect sense to me since the GPS speed is SOG and not thru the water speed. It just didn't occur to me at the time since current is usually so minimal where we race.
So assuming my diagnosis is correct - how do you guys who have GPS-only speed figure out how to use the speed reading when its different from tack to tack? Any tricks? I'm not totally reliant on speed as a crutch - but I do use it as a judge of whether sail trim is working or not. Do you just have to accept that the speeds will be different on each tack when there is current present? How do you know its adverse current or if you're just stalled because of bad sail trim? Or conversely if you're going fast - is it because you're doing well, or the current is just helping?
I'm mainly interested in learning how to best use the information presented and how to deal with the limitations? Thanks in advance.
BTW - if there are already posts about GPS speed use - please point me to them. I looked and didn't find any.
- 1 September 2014 17:03:00 Come On Irene Pressure Drop
With wind gusts into the mid 30s, a hefty 2.7 knot flood and a tight reach across the Bay from Harding Rock , past Alcatraz, and down to Blossom Rock, the crew of Motorcycle Irene decided to "Send It" anyways.
We rounded the Harding in 3rd and noticed the two boats in front were fighting each other and saw a passing lane and decided it was a great opportunity! Said Will Paxton M.I.s skipper "We lit it up sent it! Either it was going to work or it wasn't". Daniel Thielman and crew on the charteredShenanigans
- 1 September 2014 16:30:00 Mojo's Balls: Jazz Cup With Mojo Pressure Drop A nice write up by Rich Vilven's who crewed with Chris Harvey and Bobbo on the F-25C "Mojo", winning divison and 11th overall in the process!
"I was asked to crew aboard Mojo an F-25C for the 2014 Jazz Cup. We met up at 8:00 am Saturday morning to launch the boat; Chris, Bob and I got the boat ready and moved it to the crane. We got it dropped into the water, unfolded the ama’s, and made preparations to leave.
- 1 September 2014 15:38:00 Kilroy Krowned King Pressure Drop
John Kilroy's 'Samba Pa Ti' Crowned Audi Melges 20 World Champion
After 10 races in Riva Del Garda, Kilroy wins Worlds, Marco Gambarella is awarded Corinthian World title, Guido Miani named 2014 Audi Sailing Series Champion
Riva Del Garda, Italy - After one final race, John Kilroy at the helm of Samba Pa Ti, tactician Paul Goodison and crew Jeff Reynolds proved they were more than deserving of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champion title. Four days of racing and no worse than a fourteenth in a fleet of fifty-seven entries,
- 1 September 2014 15:18:00 On The Drawing Board Pressure Drop
Today, Alex Thomson Racing is announcing the build of the new HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 to be launched in summer 2015, with the aim of winning the 2016 Vendee Globe.
The plans the Alex Thomson Racing Team are making in this period will have a significant effect on the competitiveness of the skipper and the boat years in advance of races such as the Vendee Globe. The Team aims to put Alex Thomson on the start line of the Vendee Globe with a boat that is good enough to win.
Financially, building a new race boat is a considerable investment
- 31 August 2014 20:02:00 Crawling From The Wreckage Pressure Drop
Image: Anne Scully
The last leg of the last race saw gusty winds in the 20-25 range with higher gusts and the tide switching from mellow flood to nasty ebb along the City Front. Events Clothing, being skippered by local boy Skip McCormack and crewed by Kiwi's Josh McCormack and Nick Catley were pushing the boat hard. Maybe a little too hard.
"They hit a wave hard and the boat stopped, but the rigging did not. The whole thing exploded and sailors were scattered everywhere" Said ace pilot Keith Edey who was hovering above the scene "
Volvo Ocean Race
- 31 July 2014 23:10:48 Dock Talk: Testing The Waters Volvo Ocean Race - Latest News
All but one of the fleet are Britain-bound... and it's time to see what these new boats really can do.
- 29 July 2014 20:53:47 Keeping Score: How To Win The Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race - Latest News
The rulebook? Race Director Jack Lloyd wrote it - and tells us why the new one-design boat isn't the only exciting change to this year's race...
- 24 July 2014 20:14:42 Dock Talk: Mind, Body and Spirit Volvo Ocean Race - Latest News
It’s been a busy few weeks for our teams - and now is the perfect time for reflection, refueling and recharging batteries, as the race nears.
- 23 July 2014 13:50:03 Medical Consequences: A Taste Of The Sea Life Volvo Ocean Race - Latest News
Welcome to a world where the home comforts that we take for granted are few and far between...
- 22 July 2014 21:34:03 Reflections: Marina Rubicon Round Canary Islands Race Volvo Ocean Race - Latest News
A look back on a great few days of sailing - and the perfect way to whet the appetite for the big race...