The International Finn Week in Cannes FRA began yesterday with the Practice Race. The initial light East wind was reversed shortly after the start and the Mistral started to fill in from the West to up to 5 bft. According …
The International Finn Week in Cannes FRA began yesterday with the Practice Race. The initial light East wind was reversed shortly after the start and the Mistral started to fill in from the West to up to 5 bft. According …
The 2016 America’s Cup World Series season opens over the weekend of the 26 to 28 February with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman…
Since jumping off from Ecuador last Halloween on a solo nonstop circumnavigation attempt, 69-year-old singlehander Jeff Hartjoy has endured many punishing days. But Days 97 and 98 were standouts. In his emailed recap afterw…
CEO Knut Frostad signed off from his tenure at the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday, and call us crazy, but shouldn’t you have a new CEO before the old one leaves? Knut’s right hand man and VOR Chief Operating Officer Tom Touber is off for greener pastures as well, and while there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, the clock she is a’ tickin’ and at least publicly, the VOR looks to be a rudderless ship.
Love him or hate him, Knut’s work ethic, commitment, and love for the sport is impossible to deny. Respect. Here’s a little excerpt from Knut’s piece.
So tell us about why you came to make this decision to leave the job at this time?
KF: It was quite similar to the day I decided to stop offshore racing. It was two things – I have a family, and the kids are growing, and that’s following your heart again. For me it’s very difficult to reduce the time and energy I invest in anything, for me to say that I should step back from my role and start going home at 5pm rather than 8pm, that’s not an alternative. I can’t deliver something that I am proud or satisfied with if I do that.
I got to a place where the ends didn’t meet. I’ve pushed with my heart for so long and eight years has been non-stop. I also felt that it was time for someone else but me. Not because I have run out of ideas, I have a few for the next race, but because it needs a fresh perspective in some areas.
Kiwi A-Cat sailor and past Olympian Murray Philpott died in a glider crash in central Otago, NZ yesterday. SA’er ‘TornadoALIVE’ posted this obit from IACA Technical head Graeme Harbour.
The International A Class Association is deeply saddened by the death of New Zealand A Class sailor Murray Philpott in a tragic gliding accident on the 6th February.
Murray was an active long time A Class sailor for over 25 years and a regular competitor at World, European, New Zealand and Australian Championships. He was a fierce competitor who excelled in heavier weather and five top ten results at World Championships and ten National titles in New Zealand over his A Class sailing career pay testament to his ability.
He was an innovator and always looking for improvements. His latest boat in which Murray played a big part in design and construction attracted a lot of attention at the Punta Ala Worlds.
Murray was known, respected and admired by sailors from all parts of the world. His deep knowledge of the sport was guidance to all levels of sailors, from club racers to Olympic sailors and Americas Cup contenders. He gave his knowledge happily and openly to all that sought his council.
As an active long time IACA and Technical Committee member Murray was instrumental in framing the guidelines we operate under today and could always be relied on to offer sound advise on the many issues faced by the class.
A devoted husband to one of the worlds best trolley dollies, Christine, and loving father to son Daniel and his two beautiful daughters Gabriel & Georgia.
In recent years one of Murray’s greatest pleasures was racing Daniel in the A Class fleet, he was secretly becoming more and more concerned that Daniel was increasingly at the finish before him.
Murray, you will be sadly missed by all and you can take comfort in knowing that the whole A Class fraternity is here to care and look after your family.
Like Punxsutawney Phil here in the USA, Monaco’s Primo Cup is the beginning of the end of another shitty Northern winter. And like that famous groundhog, Carlo Borlenghi popped out of his home to shoot the Stars in some big Mediterranean waves. Results, videos, photos here.
Quite possibly the best weather-related audio track in the history of weather-related audio tracks, it’s legendary Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellan making the Beaufort Scale sound like a concerto. Nice find from ‘blackjenner’.
(February 9, 2016; Day 21) – Strong winds in the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race have led to some thrilling racing conditions for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet, with teams recording speeds of over 32 knots near the virtual mark at the most southern point of the course. The choppy sea state presents its own challenges for the crew but as the front runners begin their journey north, conditions are expected to ease slightly over the next couple of days as a high develops off the south of Japan. Full report.
This video is about second day of practice prior to Rolex Atlantico Sur Classics in Punta Del Este. 25 January 2016.
Info about Herreshoff copied from Wikipedia
Nathanael Herreshoff bult 5 sailing boats to compete at America’s Cup. In the first one (Vigilant 1892) he was the Helmsman. Columbia (1899 & 1991) won all 2 cups. His boats were never defeated and he won 6 America’s Cups.
Atrevida (originally Wild Fire) was designed and built by Herreshoff and was finished in 1923. Nowadays its masts and booms are made by aluminium and the sails are North Sails.
Jesus, here we thought we bought the baddest 32′ on the planet and this MoFo comes along…
For Sale: Melges 32. Need to sell to make room for a more bad ass 32′…
2016 Formula 18 Worlds will be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina organized by the Yacht Club Argentino. 2015 49er Worlds were held at San Isidro past november and this February 20-27 the 2016 470 Worlds will also be held here up North of Buenos Aires, Arg capital city. But 2016 F18 Worlds will take place at BA City itself, right there in front of it’s Port/Downtown and Puerto Madero, BA’s newest…
For those that endure real winters, there are three types of sailors. One type is scanning the Scuttlebutt calendar for any excuse to catch a flight to Florida for short pant sailing. A second type is holding their travel cards and embracing their local frigid frostbite schedule. The third type is on the fence.
For those considering the local scene, or would just like to embrace it more, the SpinSheet magazine shares these tips…
Rule #1: Cotton Kills
Cotton fibers absorb water, are slow to dry, and quickly drain your body of heat when wet. Read labels and stay away from cotton blended fabrics unless they contain less than 15 percent cotton fibers.
Rule #2: Stay Dry
Staying dry means more than just “Don’t Fall In.” Remember, in some racing boats your feet, lower legs, and hands get wet quickly from water entering the cockpit. Your body also gets wet from perspiration during strenuous activity, which can be just as dangerous if you fail to follow Rule #1.
Rule 3: Fashion Does Not Equal Function
Your new jacket may be the latest in trend wear, have a designer label, show your sail number, and match your crew’s outfits, but is it made for the sport? Be careful when shopping, as many brand names carry several lines of clothing which might look similar, but cater to different sports or extremes of environments. For example, some kayaking dry tops, while similar to sailing dry tops, only stay dry when attached to a kayak spray skirt as opposed to being layered over pants. Ask your salesperson the difference between items. Remember: when you wipe out skiing, you don’t (usually) go for a swim.
Rule #4: Wear a PFD (aka Lifejacket)
If you do fall in while frostbiting, or if your boat capsizes, a lifejacket is critical to buoy you in icy, cold water. If you end up in the water and you have followed Rules #1, #2, and #3 but get knocked unconscious, you had better have followed Rule #4.
Proper frostbite attire works as a system composed of three layers… read on
The selection series to determine the members of the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams has begun in eight of ten Olympic classes and in all three Paralympic classes. To help sailing fans follow the selection series in all thirteen classes, US Sailing has created a Team Tracker page.
For each class, the selection series is comprised of two major international regattas. The sailor or team with the best combined scores from the two events (lowest combined points) will earn selection in their class, pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).
Classes are listed on the tracker in the order that each selection series will conclude, with the earliest classes at the top. The United States has qualified for Rio 2016 in all ten Olympic sailing classes, and all three Paralympic sailing classes.
Tracker can be found here: www.ussailing.org/olympics/selection/teamtracker
Taking place on February 22-27 and hosted at Eilat Sailing Center, the 2016 RS:X World Championships in Eilat, Israel will be contested over 5 race days, with the 13 race series unfolding on the stunning waters of the Red Sea. This close to the 2016 Olympic Games, every event is a dress rehearsal, but by the time the first race at the RS:X Worlds kicks off on February 22, there will only be 166 days to go until the Opening Ceremony in Rio. Full report.
When the tall frame of Knut Frostad strode eagerly through the doors of Volvo Ocean Race HQ in Hampshire, UK on a dull day in March 2008, the situation may have come as something of a surprise even to the man himself.
The Sailing Leadership Forum 2016 in San Diego, CA on February 4-6 offered a unique experience for all types of sailors to connect on important and relevant issues on all aspects of our sport. With an underlying theme of how the sport can be handed off to the next generation, the Chesapeake Bay Region presents an example of what one area is already doing to better guarantee the future of sailing.
The 6th Annual Marine & Maritime Career Fair on February 27 in Annapolis, MD provides school-aged young people the opportunity to network with professionals and entrepreneurs, attend special sessions with mentors from across marine and maritime professions, learn about the education and training needed for career pathways (and even win door prizes).
“We are committed to educate students on pathways into marine and maritime careers,” said Tim Wilbricht, Chairman of the 2016 Career Fair. “Students from Maryland and surrounding states have a multitude of job opportunities where they can make a good living and work in the communities where they grew up. Economic growth across the marine and maritime fields needs a solid workforce and it is our job to educate them early and often about the many opportunities.”
Fifty Exhibitors will share their knowledge and expertise about careers connected to the Chesapeake Bay and the oceans, rivers and lakes spanning the marine sciences, naval architecture, marine trades and the maritime industry.
Additional details… click here.
The 2016 World Championship for the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX – the three fastest Olympic sailing events – will be held together on February 9-14 in Clearwater, FL. Over 120 teams from more than 37 countries will be competing in front of the Pier on Clearwater Beach. Here’s a preview report on the 49er event…
Will Kiwis Peter Burling and Blair Tuke ever lose…like ever? Will they run the table to the Games, will they win in Rio, will they keep on winning and take the America’s Cup too for Team New Zealand? After their silver medal at the 2012 Games, Burling and Tuke seem just that unstoppable now, with 22 49er wins in a row, undefeated for 1305 days and counting.
Burling and Tuke have also never been so busy after being named World Sailors of the year in 2015. Their success has come with innumerable opportunities in the sailing world, increasing sponsor commitments, personal appearances, moonlighting in other extreme classes like the moth and A-Class. Dominant of course is their America’s Cup commitments…it wasn’t long ago that an America’s Cup campaign was something to be done after Olympic retirement.
Now that the racing is as fast paced and intense as 49er racing, AC teams are bringing in active sailors at the top of their game to make sure their racing skills are at their peak, not just AC specific skills. It adds to the time burden facing Pete and Blair who have been steadfast on their goal of Olympic Gold.
A fleet of 70 teams from 25 countries are looking to upset Burling and Tuke and end their unprecedented streak. While the World title will provide valued momentum for the top team leading into the Rio Games, just getting to the Games is on the mind of many of the sailors, chief among them the Americans as the Worlds is the final event of the US selection series.
Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris are looking to stay on top after their solid performance at Sailing World Cup Miami, but to do so they must hold off Brad Funk and Trevor Burd, with Funk now sailing on his home waters. The US system is based on a team’s finishing result, so Funk/Burd must finish five positions better than Burrows/Morris at the Worlds to get the nod, with newcomers Judge Ryan and Hans Henken sitting three places further back. – Read on
The 2016 edition of Sailors for the Sea’s magazine Ocean Watch provides this report by Christina Dykeman, Senior Assistant Scientist for Sea Education Association, which details what we can do to mitigate plastic marine pollution…
The sounds around me are familiar – the quiet chirp of the depth sounder, the slap of the swell on the hull, and the gentle hum of the main engine behind it all. I am aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, where I have worked since 2011 as an assistant scientist with Sea Education Association, and we are motoring along in the middle of the South Pacific gyre on our way to Tahiti from New Zealand.
Sailing with a crew of 11 staff and 24 college students, we are sampling the waters on a six-week-long trip in which the students are specifically researching climate change-related projects, and after some Southern Ocean sailing we’re all excited to be in a new type of ocean system: the gyre.
Gyres are created by uneven heating of the Earth’s surface, which causes atmospheric high-pressure zones centered at approximately 30 degrees on either side of the equator. Characterized by low winds, slow currents, and converging circulation, our gyre arrival has been noted by the crew because of the becalmed conditions we are steaming through.
But to me, what is even more indicative than our lack of a sailing breeze is what we’ve been catching in our surface net tows these past few days: tiny, fragmented pieces of plastic no bigger than a grain of rice. And unfortunately, this too is a scene that is all too familiar to me.
A Brief History of Plastic
For the modern American, it is pretty difficult to imagine a world without plastics. From laptops and iPods to clothing to packaging and medical supplies, plastics are all around us. Once a highly sought-after material used exclusively by the military, plastic has become ubiquitous—even necessary in some cases—in daily human life.
How did plastics rise to the forefront of modern consumerism? What happens to the millions of pieces of plastic trash that are thrown out daily worldwide? Where do they go? And what can we, as the average American consumer, do about it?
Perhaps one of the most surprising facts in the plastic story, in the context of modern consumerism, is that its development was born from a conservation-minded desire to create synthetic alternatives to natural resources. As Captain Charles Moore discusses in his book Plastic Ocean, rubber, shellac, and ivory were all heavily mined natural resources by the end of the Industrial Revolution, and supplies were running out.
One of the biggest drivers of the early chemical race to create durable synthetic alternatives was billiards, a hugely popular and nationally-followed game in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Early experiments attempted to make billiard balls that were lighter, less expensive, and shatter-resistant to replace dwindling ivory supplies.
Despite billiards’ popularity, plastic development and experimentation lagged until government contracts in World War II provided necessary funding for synthetic items like shatter-proof glass and nylon for parachutes. Post-war, the consumer demand for plastic skyrocketed as it was introduced into the American household in the 1950s with the Wham-O company’s hugely popular hula hoop.
Once product developers realized its potential—particularly with food packaging and single-use items like cups and personal care products—plastic was transformed from a military necessity to a household staple, and ushered in a new era of throwaway living. – Read on
A terrific take-up of 365 boats in less than one month for the 85th edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race which takes place on Saturday 2 July
After winning the first two Miami Winter Series events, Liam Kilroy holds the overall lead followed closely by John Kilroy who has finished second both times. In third is Jim Wilson with a pack of Class veterans aimed to round out the top five. The third and final event on March 4-6 concludes the series. Full report.
Matias Capizzano/49er Class
The last 49erFX World Championship was also sailed in Argentina, in November 2015.
Women’s Skiff racing is in its infancy. With the exception of a few ambitious women who jumped into 18 footers or raced 49er against the men, this past four years is the first large scale movement of women into full trapeze skiffs. The impact of having so many talented sailors try something new all at once is what makes the fight for Rio Gold in 2016 so compelling. It seems that each event sees another team take their sailing to a new level and make the leap to contender status. The fleet is learning how to push the boats, themselves, and the team dynamics further than they ever imagined, with the reward so close they can taste it.
Of course, the Rio Olympics will not be the most competitive regatta of 2016. The most competitive regatta of 2016 will be this World Championship in Clearwater, Florida. Unlike the games where only one boat per nation qualifies, challenging for the Worlds are full squads of Danes, Brits, French, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, and the rest. Most of these nations are using the worlds as selection regattas to whittle down their squads and identify their Olympic representative. The pressure is on not only for the world title but for these many races within the race. It should be a fascinating week.
Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Brazil’s Kahena Kunze and Martine Soffiatti at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami.
In hot form are 2013 World Champions Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. It’s been a while since they stood atop a 49erFX podium, a trend undone last week as they won the Miami Sailing World Cup by over 30 points. They utilized an aggressive strategic style, solid starting, and strong speed throughout the wind range to shoot well above the rest of the competition by weeks end. Red Bull sponsored and training partners with 2014 World Sailors of the Year, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil, this kiwi duo is reasserting their claims to favorite.
Also on fire are Danes Jena Hansen and Katja Iversen of the venerable Danish squad. One hallmark of these four years has been the Danish squad consistently sending three teams into the top 10 regatta after regatta. Their trials is a three regatta series consisting of 2015 Worlds, 2016 Miami, and 2016 Worlds meaning we are 2/3 of the way through. Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen were off to a great start leading the 2015 Worlds until they faltered on the last day while still saving a third place… but Jena and Katja were only 1 place behind in fourth, meaning there was not much of a lead generated. In Miami, however, Jena and Katja claimed the silver while Ida and Marie were back in 10th place. The Shutt Sisters have not fared so well in their trials so far and with a 7th and 14th will be looking to apply the pressure early by coming out hot if they are to have any chance at a comeback.
We can’t forget the Italian duo of Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapchich. These two are coached by long time 49er legend Gianfranco Sibello and come from strong 470 and Laser Radial backgrounds. They took a season or so to really get into the skiff sailing mentality, but then dominated in 2015. They won both the 2015 European and World Championships, on both occasions claiming the titles in the medal races with pressure on. They have shown the sporting passion Italians are famous for with the skillset to put them consistently in the hunt and rarely out of contention. With their boatspeed recently matching their sailing skills, they are looking to extend their streak of 49erFX championships.
Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen, one of three Danish teams consistently at the top of recent 49erFX regattas.
There are numerous other strong challengers for the title from Spain, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, and Germany. Of these the Spanish, British, French, and Argentinian pairs have secured their Olympic berths. The remaining teams are still looking to qualify within their nations. Five German teams have been mounting full focus attempts at sailing well here at the World Championships. This is the second leg of their three event trials, with Porto 2015 Europeans as the first leg and the final leg in Palma in March. The German squad skipped competing in Miami to be fully prepared in Clearwater, and any of the team could contend for the championship. Whether they can keep their minds clear of their trials will be a difficult test, in addition to all the other nations looking to place well.
Jen Edney/US Sailing Team Sperry
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt are hoping to grab the American berth for Rio 2016. The selection all comes down to the World Championship in Clearwater.
The final note here is of the US trials. Team Henken/Scutt are one of the youngest teams on circuit at 18 and 22 years old, however, they’ve been training hard for the quad and looked to lead a small US 49erFX squad. However, emerging from Miami were a relatively new to the boat team of Emily Dallenbaugh and Elizabeth Barry. They started sailing skiffs in June 2014 and had a great regatta to only trail in the trials by a single place. Both teams will face the famous pressure of a US trials as they perform under the watchful eye of home fans and high expectation of US sailors.
For more on the event, visit the 49er/49erFX class website.
(February 8, 2016; Day 20) – For some Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams, turning the most southerly waypoint in the extended route of the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race will be symbolic of the pending change to an upwind beat, after two weeks of downwind sailing and something of a rollercoaster of confused seas and challenging waves. Derry~Londonderry~Doire continues to lead the charge and has now rounded the waypoint. Full report.
Knut Frostad is bowing out after eight years running the Volvo Ocean Race as CEO. Monday is his last day and in one final interview, he talks through what gave him most sleepless nights at the helm of offshore sailing’s leading race, his biggest decision, and his thoughts about the future of the sport.
Winter Warmer 2 at Itchenor SC with some of the top racers training in the winter racing on short courses against each other. Ends up with gust of over 30 knots and Tim breaking his mast at 4:15…
The annual Winter RC Laser Sailing Regatta held at the Logan Steele Community Center in Pocono Pines, PA. “Good Starts” by Jingle Punks courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library.
Once more the right dose of footage by Nick Bowers / Kettle Cinema, Punta Ala was the perfect stage to film this. What else to say? Eye Candy footage. Just watch some of the most skilled & talented sailors in the World (from any Class) outhere blasting Tuscany waters. Sailing starts 1:30-
We had some good foiling sessions past days here in BA but with some chop, handling it forces you to be
Photo: Laurens Morel / Saltycolours.com – The Spanish Team is using Worlds at Cleawater this week plus Palma & Hyeres. I think the US selection should have included one more event too. After four years of dedicating your lofe to a such tough Olympic dream you need the toughest selection process you can get. Sarah & Matthew above got the slot for USA.
Nacra 17 2016 Worlds official web
Nobody is fooling anybody here – Money, plain and simple, won the Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta. Our guesstimate at the combined daily rate paid to the pros on the first and second place Kilroy boats is something around $6,000. Per day. Every day. That is every race day, practice day (of which there are way, way, way more than actual race days). That is what is paid to the pros. Just to go sailing. Every day. $6,000 between two Kilroy Melges 20′s. Every. Fucking. Day.
And we haven’t even talked about the rest of the program – the exclusive North Sail sail agreement they have, or the untouchable boat preparation, or the accommodations, physical therapists, etc., etc., etc.. Money rules. Every. Fucking. Time.
No one isn’t saying the Kilroy kid isn’t any good, but what kid wouldn’t be with such an incredible advantage? You could plug in about 100 junior sailors from virtually anwahere in the world and they’d be doing exactly this. Maybe even better.
You can’t beat this. You will never beat this. Money wins. Every. Fucking. Time. Way to go, winners. You really played an even field – you must be so proud.
Shouldn’t you sue us now?
Experience life off the water with US Sailing Team Sperry athlete Brad Funk and learn about how he is training to qualify for a spot on the US Olympic team at Rio 2016. Learn more at sailing.sperry.com
The third event of the 2016 Etchells Biscayne Bay Series attracted 59 teams for the Florida State Championship on February 6-7 in Miami, FL. Hosted by Etchells Fleet 20 and the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, the 5 race series was won by Steve Benjamin with crew Michael Menninger, George Peet, and Ian Liberty. The annual winter circuit concludes with the Mid-Winter’s East Regatta on February 26-28. Full report.
The Viper 640 Winter Circuit organized three weekend events (Dec 12-13, Jan 9-10, Feb 6-7) hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Sarasota, FL. Skipper Zeke Horowitz, sailing with long-time crew Brendan Healy and Ian Coleman, took the overall title after winning the first and third weekends. Full report.
em>The 2016 World Championship for the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX – the three fastest Olympic sailing events – will be held together on February 9-14 in Clearwater, FL. Over 120 teams from more than 37 countries will be competing in front of the Pier on Clearwater Beach. Here’s a preview report on 49erFX event…
Women’s Skiff racing is in its infancy. With the exception of a few ambitious women who jumped into 18 footers or raced 49er against the men, this past four years is the first large scale movement of women into full trapeze skiffs.
The impact of having so many talented sailors try something new all at once is what makes the fight for Rio Gold in 2016 so compelling. It seems that each event sees another team take their sailing to a new level and make the leap to contender status. The fleet is learning how to push the boats, themselves, and the team dynamics further than they ever imagined, with the reward so close they can taste it.
Of course, the Rio Olympics will not be the most competitive regatta of 2016. The most competitive regatta of 2016 will be this World Championship – the first Olympic-class sailing world championship to be held in the United States since 2010.
Unlike the games where only one boat per nation qualifies, challenging for the Worlds are full squads of Danes, Brits, French, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, and the rest. Additionally, this Worlds is being used as a selection regatta by many nations to determine their Olympic representative. Among those countries is USA, with the Worlds as the second and final event of their selection series.
Americans Paris Henken and Helena Scutt are one of the youngest teams on circuit at 18 and 22 years old, however, they’ve been training hard for the quad and emerged from the first selection event at Sailing World Cup Miami as the top US team.
“To be in this position – competing to go to the Olympic Games- is an opportunity, a privilege, and an honor,” reports the Henken/Scutt team. “Going into this make-or-break World Championship, personally we are more overwhelmed by gratitude and excitement than nerves or anxiety.”
The US series couldn’t be tighter as Henken and Scutt hold only a one point lead over relatively new to the boat team of Emily Dallenbaugh and Elizabeth Barry. They started sailing skiffs in June 2014 and had a great regatta in Miami. Click here for the tracker to follow the US selection series. – Read on
by Dillon Paiva
Sailing is the greatest sport that exists today. I felt this way the first time I stepped onto a sailboat in eighth grade and have continued to feel this way ever since.
It is a sport that allows eight year olds to hold both tiller and mainsheet on a boat and be in total control of their destiny with no help from parents, allows men and women to compete on equal footing, and allows old salts to leave young whippersnappers like me in the dust when we get too cocky.
I had an experience at a recent regatta that reaffirmed for me why I love racing slow, small boats around in circles, or in this case, a digital “N.”
At this year’s edition of the Midwinter Team Race (Dec 31-Jan 2) hosted by Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL, I had the pleasure of racing with Catherine Pelo, Chris Lash, Emily Pelo, Brendan Healy and Rebecca Liggins on team Big Whoop!. I had been beaten by this team at numerous regattas and it was exciting to get the opportunity to sail with Big Whoop! and see what we could do together.
In one of the first races of the top 8 round robin, we sailed against the team of Jake Reynolds, Beka Schiff, Dodge Rees, Julia Wiesner, Scott Sinks and Allison Ferraris. Approaching mark 4 of a digital N course, my team had the losing combination 1-5-6. In the process of trying to force our opponent in 4th place around the mark, my teammates Brendan and Rebecca (clear astern), hit the back corner of Jake and Beka (clear ahead), spinning them out of control and into a tack.
Although Brendan and Rebecca took a penalty turn immediately, the foul allowed Catherine and me to pass our opponent and end up in a much better 1-4-6 combination. We promptly pinned Jake and Beka, which allowed our teammates to sail from the 6 into the 5. Things got scrappy on the last beat, but Big Whoop! crossed the finish line with the race win.
After crossing the finish line, our opponents who had been hit, Jake and Beka, looked at Brendan and me and asked if we could re-sail the race since our team gained a significant advantage by fouling at mark 4. Without looking at each other or discussing at all, Brendan and I simultaneously said “Yes.”
It was absolutely the right thing to do. We briefly discussed with the rest of our teams and all came to the same conclusion. I sailed over to the race committee boat manned by Mitch Hall and told him what we had decided. It took him a few seconds to process what I was saying. Why, after all, would a winning team elect to re-sail a race? Why not force a protest situation on shore and maybe get away with it? Because that is not what our sport is about. – Read on
(February 7, 2016; Day 19) – Derry~Londonderry~Doire maintains the fastest time across the Ocean Sprint, with eight of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams now having completed the time trial, and it continues to lead this race by around 115 nautical miles over the duelling pair of GREAT Britain and Garmin, with Qingdao further west, followed by LMAX Exchange and Da Nang Viet Nam. Full report.
Miami, FL (February 6, 2016) – The blustery first day of the 2016 Miami Winter Regatta was replaced with sunshine and light air conditions today, prompting a continued intense battle between overnight leader and winner of Miami Winter Series Event No. 1, Liam Kilroy on Wildman, and his father, Melges 20 Class reigning World Champion John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti.
The day began with an AP being displayed at 11am, and just as teams began to get antsy and start daydreaming about an afternoon poolside, a nice 8-10 knots of breeze filled from the East. PRO Blake Middleton wasted no time in delivering two additional races bringing the total to five completed.
Once out on the race course, sailors had tuning sessions cut short by an abrupt warning signal that left a few teams scrambling, but with a general recall teams were able to collect themselves and get a clean start. Wes Whitmyer on Slingshot and his squad started near the pin, made it 90% to the left side and sailed clean to the windward mark to round first, holding on to take a well-deserved wire-to-wire win.
“We had a good start, held onto our lane and legged out to the corner to lead at the first mark,” said Whitmyer. “It’s scary when the fleet compresses bringing breeze down the course, but there is nothing you can do. You just have to get around the gates before anyone else.”
The young Liam Kilroy remained strong to finish second. Another class veteran Daniel Thielman on Kuai had a banner race to place third. John Kilroy came fourth, followed by the Golison’s on Midlife Crisis in fifth.
The second and final race of the day got underway with little hesitation and again, it looked like a pin-half start and the ability to sail straight was the key to success. Shining brightest was Monaco’s Matteo Marenghi Vaselli on Raya with a phenomenal start about a third-of-the-way up the starting line from the pin, sailed fast to the corner and led at the first mark.
Both Kilroy’s were in hot pursuit with a pack of fast Melges 20 teams in tow. Marenghi Vaselli fought off a few attacks from the right side of the course and held on for a hard earned win. Young Liam grabbed another second place finish putting him into the overall, overnight lead while his dad John Kilroy came third. The two sit first and second separated by only three points.
Leave it to a light air day to help shuffle the fleet in the results department. MVP of the day goes to Whitmyer as his steady crew of Max Fraser and Jonny ‘Rockstar’ Goldsberry found the speed and the power to move up an impressive seven spots to sit third overall.
Other teams that felt the effects of great progress include former International Class President Rob Wilber on Cinghiale going from eighth to fifth, Thielman and company (Kevin Jewitt and Justin Hood) on Kuai moved up three slots to fourth, and James Wilson on Oleander improved dramatically going from tenth to sixth.
Marenghi Vaselli walked away with a satisfying day. His bullet in Race Five enabled him to break into the top ten of this very tough field of competitors.
THE LAST DAY
With another mini-front forecasted to move through the area during the evening hours, Melges 20 sailors expect to awaken to a brisk Northwest breeze on the final day. With the completion of the sixth race, each team will discard their worst score.
Day Two Results (Top 10 of 24; 5 races)
1. WildMan, Liam Kilroy , USA – 2 -2 -3 -2 -2 ; 11
2. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy , USA – 5 -1 -1 -4 -3 ; 14
3. Slingshot, Wes Whitmyer Jr , USA – 14 -9 -6 -1 -5 ; 35
4. Kuai, Daniel Thielman , USA – 3 -15 -9 -3 -8 ; 38
5. Cinghiale, Rob Wilber , USA – 7 -4 -17 -9 -4 ; 41
6. Oleander, James Wilson , USA – 17 -8 -5 -6 -6 ; 42
7. Red Sky Sailing Team, Paul Reilly , USA – 8 -5 -2 -14 -14 ; 43
8. Pacific Yankee, Drew Freides , USA – 1 -6 -9 -15 -13 ; 44
9. Raya, Matteo Marenghi Vaselli , MON – 15 -7 -12 -12 -1 ; 47
10. Character 2.0, Justin Quigg , CAN – 4 -3 -16 -10 -16 ; 49
Report by Sam Rogers.
The Sailing Leadership Forum 2016 in San Diego, CA attracted an immense crowd of the sport’s contributors for a schedule of presentations on a wide variety of topics on February 4-6.
Organized by US Sailing, Scuttlebutt Sailing News editor Craig Leweck took part in a session titled ‘Pitch Perfect: Attracting the Media’ which included panelists Dave Reed, Kimball Livingston, Molly Winans, and Bernie Wilson.
With the panel representing various media platforms, an effort was made to describe the kinds of content each was looking for. Here were a few tips that Leweck offered for Scuttlebutt:
• Scuttlebutt focuses primarily on a North American audience that enjoys competitive sailing; editorial decisions seek to deliver that kind of content.
• Scuttlebutt is eager to receive content to share. While this often comes as a result of relationships, unsolicited content is encouraged and frequently clicks all the boxes.
• Getting your content published in Scuttlebutt provides an unfathomable reach that extends well beyond the Scuttlebutt newsletter and website. Your content becomes part of the Internet’s worldwide web of information.
• While other publications may sell their editorial space, don’t ask Scuttlebutt to do the same. All editorial decisions are based purely on the value of the content. Integrity is important at Scuttlebutt.
Here are three general categories of content:
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This category covers a lot of ground but is essentially content that other areas can gain from. It can be observations and initiatives. It can be profiles of people that have significance. It can be educational and historical topics. This category can reflect well on the provider and also offer benefit to the sport.
Timely Reporting of Prominent Events
The internet has set high expectations which require event reports to be promptly submitted. Once the boats hit the dock, a writer needs to be assembling the facts from the day and submit them with complete results. But events need to have broad relevance too. We can’t be reporting on events that are only relevant to the parents of the participants. This is very subjective and often is impacted by deadlines and available space.
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This category has no limits. Sailing is a scenic sport and the relevance of the boats or events are secondary to the quality of the imagery. Submitting 8+ photos allows for galleries and short videos fit best into the attention span. The longer the video, the better the production needs to be.
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Sail Newport’s 2016 Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic will be held for the 15th year on June 16 (mid-afternoon/report day) through June 19. The online application/resume builder is open with the application deadline on April 1, 2016. This clinic is held in 29ers, Lasers and Laser Radials, International 420’s, and Club 420’s. Full report.
For those that embrace subfreezing temperatures, securing a good surface for icesailing requires both diligence and, apparently, a sense of humor. This report from the New England Ice Yacht Association goes into the archives of The Onion to share a timely satirical viewpoint…
According to a report released by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the layer of ice atop frozen lakes grows incrementally thicker and safer to venture out onto with each beer that an individual consumes.
“While the surface ice covering a lake may pose a very real hazard of collapsing under the weight of a sober subject, we discovered that this same ice becomes progressively more sturdy with each 12-ounce can of beer that a subject puts back,” said lead researcher Robert Piper, noting that the ice sheets atop lakes, as well as large ponds and certain rivers, could be rendered virtually impervious to cracking beneath a fully grown man provided he has consumed four or more tallboys, regardless of temperature or weather conditions.
“Our data clearly show that by collectively finishing a 24-pack of Keystone, Budweiser, or similar American-style lager, ice becomes so safe and stable that a whole group of buddies can walk out onto the lake as far as they want,” continue Piper. “In fact, you can go ahead and drive a fully loaded truck right on out there, no problem, as long as you and the boys drain a pony keg and the last of the Jack.”
Piper went on to confirm that, even in the highly improbable event that someone who has drunk a sufficient number of beers does happen to fall through the ice, the consumption of such beverages simultaneously heats the frigid subsurface lake water to a temperature at which one can be fully immersed for minutes at a time without any risk of hypothermia.
All kidding aside: We are constantly reminded that the “firm” surface we stand on, walk, skate, bike, sail, and sometimes park on is never completely safe. We all know this, enough said, but do remember safety in numbers can be a myth as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jen Edney/US Sailing Team Sperry
US Sailing Team Sperry’s Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee are one of the American teams hoping to snag the U.S.A. berth for the Olympics in August.
The final world championship event for both skiffs and the Nacra 17 classes starts on Tuesday in Clearwater, Florida. The event is also the final opportunity for many athletes, including the Americans, to snag their country’s team spot for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Check out the preview, and head over to the 49er class Youtube channel for more videos from the event as it unfolds.
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In this week’s WoW the 10 boat Farr 40 fleet slog it out for the National title on Sydney Harbour, festival of Sails Geelong, Final day of the WMRT Monsoon Cup,in Malaysia, a preview of this year’s fantastic Vendee Globe solo Round the World Race the Everest of Sailing, Sailing World Cup Miami wrap, Antigua Superyacht Challenge on-board Rebecca and a crashing Jan 31 18 Footers Race on a gusty Sydney Harbour.
The British Sailing Team will be out in force for the 2016 World Championship for the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX all of which are in their final World Championship before Rio 2016…