(March 5, 2015; Day 65) – After a spell last night and today during which almost all of the Barcelona World Race fleet were in light or moderate winds, in the Atlantic and the Pacific, it looks more like Transition Time is ringing for many. The exception to the calls of ‘It’s Not Normally Like This Here’ was Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur who were motoring across the Pacific at their statutory, speed limited 15-16kts, riding a fairly typical low pressure. Click headline for full report.
At the beginning of 2014, Safran announced that it would continue its ocean racing sponsorship with the young skipper Morgan Lagravière, 27, at the helm of a new Open 60 racing yacht under Imoca (International Monohull Open Class Association) standards. The 60-foot boat was launched on March 5, 2015, in the Breton port of Lorient.
With this new ocean racer,
St. Francis Sailing Foundation’s Annual Auction Gala Key to Funding Olympic Grantees and Community Programs
Tickets Available Now to March 17 Event
San Francisco, CA, March 3, 2015 – A range of unique sailing experiences are up for bid at the St. Francis Sailing Foundation’s (StFSF) annual “Night with the Stars Auction” March 17.
Open to all sailing enthusiasts, the 11th annual auction night is vital to ensuring the continuity of the Foundation’s wide-ranging programs.
Kingston, ONT (March 5, 2015) – Sail Canada has announced members of the 2015 Canadian Sailing Team, with the sailors having been selected based on their performances at a designated qualifying regatta.
This year’s team lineup include many familiar faces such as 3-time Olympian Nikola Girke, 2012 Olympians Luke Ramsay (Nacra 17), and Zac Plavsic (RSX:M).
“I’m proud and excited to be part of the Canadian Sailing Team alongside so many talented sailors and dedicated teammates,” said Girke. “This year, 2015 is a big year for many of us as we try to qualify ourselves for the 2016 Olympic Games and compete in Toronto 2015. Lending our support to each other will help us all as we strive for excellence.”
Securing their national team status early in the year at the IFDS World Championships include Paralympic sailors Bruce Millar (2.4mR), John McRoberts/Jackie Gay (SKUD) Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell, and Scott Lutes (SONAR).
“Our team is excited to be part of the Canadian Sailing Team for another year,” said Tingley. “It should be an exciting year as we prepare for the IFDS worlds in Australia in November. Our team will be based in Toronto and looking forward to sailing with the coaches and other national team members there.”
There are a total of 5 new team members earning National Team status including Radial sailor Sarah Douglas, sister of Olympian Greg Douglas.
“2015 is the Year of Sport and we are looking forward to building our team for Rio and beyond”, states Ken Dool, High Performance Director. “The 2015 Canadian Sailing Team includes both the future performers in our sport and the veteran team members looking to make their mark internationally. I take pleasure in welcoming both new team members and veteran performers to the 2015 Canadian Sailing Team.”
Click headline for full report.
Extreme Sailing – Oman is the most successful nation in the nine-year history of the Extreme Sailing Series™ and with less than a week to go before Act 2 of the 2015 global tour in Muscat, 11 – 14 March, the spotlight is inevitably on the home teams The Wave, Muscat and Oman Air. But is there really such a thing as home advantage? History would suggest there is. The Oman Sail teams have set the blueprint on this racecourse in previous years, winning on their home turf over the last three seasons, and with both teams looking to improve on their Act 1 performances, few would bet against them.
A regular on the Series since 2009, The Wave Muscat, led by British Olympian Leigh McMillan, have built themselves into a powerhouse in the world of Extreme 40 Stadium Racing. Joined on board by two-time British Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton as tactician, Extreme 40 heavy weights Ed Smyth and Pete Greenhalgh, as well as Omani national Nasser Al Mashari, the team has thrived in recent years on their home turf, winning the Muscat Act in both 2013 and 2014. In 2012 the Act honours went to fellow Omani syndicate Oman Air.
However, a shake up in the leaderboard after Act 1 Singapore sees defending Champions The Wave, Muscat on the back foot. Red Bull Sailing Team, spearheaded by Austrian double Olympic gold medal-winning duo Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, took the Singapore event win followed by Danish team SAP Extreme Sailing Team who, returning for their fourth year on the circuit, turned their experience and potential into results.
Only just making it on to the podium in Act 1 Singapore, McMillan’s The, Wave are in third position going into Act 2 Muscat, but history indicates that may be about to change.
“The last two years we have raced in two different venues in Muscat” explains McMillan “In 2013 at The Wave complex tucked inside the marina was much more close quarters and with it some very challenging situation. Last year we were at the new course next to the golf course, it’s much more open water but potentially even trickier lighter winds. I’m not sure about home advantage but experience will give us an edge.“
On their performance in Act 1 McMillan adds, “Two teams got the better of us in Singapore, (Red Bull and SAP Extreme Sailing Team) but we hope to turn that in our favor in Oman and use it to stoke the fire. It’s not going to be easy, the guys just showed how hard it’s going to be to win this season.”
Another team brimming with potential this season, Oman Air, has a new crew onboard headed up by two-time British Olympian Stevie Morrison. Currently sitting fifth overall, Morrison is joined by fellow Team GB sailors Ed Powys and Nic Asher, and bringing some valuable Extreme 40 experience to the syndicate Australian Headsail Trimmer Ted Hackney and Omani Bowmen Ali Al Balashi. Although a relatively new crew Morrison isn’t feeling the pressure of home waters – quite the opposite.
“It will be exciting to have the home crowd willing us on, I think the pressure we put on ourselves to perform is always high so the crowd will only spur us on. The Wave, Muscat, being the experienced crew, will carry the burden of needing to win – I’m starting to feel that maybe we can become the surprise package.” Read more from Stevie here.
Heading to Omani waters for the first time after showing promise at Act 1 just four weeks ago, Lino Sonego Team Italia and Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes, are on a steep learning curve as the new teams on the block – but both are more then ready to rise to the challenge. Extreme 40 veteran and class co-creator Mitch Booth who shares skipper duties with Edhem Dirvana on Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes explains,
“This season is a great mix of experienced teams and new rookies. It will be interesting to see who learns fastest during the year. We have set out with a goal to develop the team and try to improve each Act. If we can finish on the podium at one Act by the end of the year, we will be very happy.”
With up to eight races planned each day the action will kick off Wednesday 11 March with the official media day before the free to enter public Race Village opens from the Thursday 12 March. The Extreme 40 fleet will race in the circuit’s action packed ‘stadium’ from the Almouj Golf Club offering excellent spectator views of the racecourse from the Race Village for four days of champagne sailing conditions.
Follow the racing live at www.extremedsailingseries.com
Kiwi artist Mark O’Brien has been drawing cartoons inspired by sailing ever since the Whitbread Round the World Race back in 1990…
January 12, 2015. Leg 3 onboard Team SCA. Libby Greenhalgh studies the computuers while enjoying a hot meal.
Marine industry experts from around the world will convene next week in the Volvo Ocean Race Village, Auckland’
The Chilean fleet continues their preparation towards the first F18 Worlds to be held in South America in 2016 at BA. Many of them traveled to LA 2012 and they’ve been raising their level every year. 2015 crown for the Kovacevic bros.
Full Results Here.
More images at F18 Chile FB Page
Damian Foxall one of the biggest names in offshore sailing, is joining Dongfeng Race Team for the forthcoming Leg 5
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright said the youngest crew in the race had sailed its best leg to date.
Every tool will help, but as we’ve seen at last Cup with the ‘CFD & Simulation Kings’, you’d better also put the designer onboard BAR AC45 or their Nacra 20 on a 20knots days, and they will get all the feedback they need…! —
Full text at ben-ainslie-racing.americascup.com/en/news/135_BAR-develop-virtual-flying-machine.html : —
…"James Roche came to Ben Ainslie Racing from McLaren
Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed under 5,000 miles to the Barcelona World Race finish line.
AC History – To think that these giant multihulls were responsible for multihulls being the design of choice for the last two America’s Cups. It was also the first time a challenger for the deed of gift beat the defender. Great footage of the 33rd AC in less than a minute thirty… Enjoy!
Studio Borlenghi provide some of these stunning shots from Day 1 of 2015 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean.
Another perfect day for sailing with 12 knots from the Southeast and sunny skies. The Brazilians are still running the show, yesterday with a Grael double. The fivetimes Olympic medalist Torben Grael BRA with Guillherme Almeida …
Miami, FL (March 4, 2015) – It’s hot, hot, hot in Miami for the third day of Star racing in the 88th Bacardi Cup, but it had little effect on the Brazilian contingent. Torben Grael/ Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) and Lars Grael/ Samuel Gonçlaves (BRA) finished 1-2 in today’s race, and Jorge Joao Zarif / Bruno Prada (BRA) continue to lead overall. Click headline for full report and photos.
San Diego, CA (March 4, 2015) – The Farr 40 International Circuit launched its 2015 season today with the Midwinter Championship, being held March 4-7 and hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Eleven teams lined up on the harbor course for three races at the doorstep of the City, with tactician Vasco Vascotto guiding Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible to a 2-2-3 to build a five point lead over Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 in second. Wolfgang Schaefer’s Struntje light stils a point further back in third. Racing continues through Saturday, March 7. Click headline for full report.
St. Petersburg, FL (March 4, 2015) – The third day of the Thistle Midwinters East required patience for the 43-boat fleet, but champagne sailing conditions eventually filled in for three races. Paul Abdullah with crew Karl Felger and Marie Thompson won the first two races but consistency by Mike Ingham with Dan Fein and Sarah Paisley strengthened their lead in the overall standings. Click headline for full report.
by Dick Enersen
In late September 2014, we held a reunion lunch of the still upright members of the crew of Constellation, the 12 Metre yacht that defended the America’s Cup for the New York Yacht Club in 1964. The crew – Steve Van Dyck, Putter Brown, Buddy Bombard, and I – were joined by our wives and girlfriends as well as two supporters from long ago, Davey MacFarlane (who took care of Nereus, our prewar trial horse) and Jimmy Gubelmann, also a regular crew member aboard Nereus, where all of the alternate Constellation crew trained. The venue was a private dining room at Castle Hill Inn, which had served as our residence in the summer of ’64.
Most of us had seen the others over the years, including at a 40th reunion dinner at Harbour Court, so there wasn’t much catching up to do. The conversation at the table centered around what a wonderful time we had had in that house, in that town, and on that water—half a century ago.
One of us recalled our crew dinners in the spectacular glasswalled dining that still juts out in the direction of Beavertail State Park. Blazers and ties every night and, once a week— and with specific permission from the wife of our skipper—we could bring a date. Those were some of the best sunsets, ever.
That evening, we joined other veterans from the campaigns of ’64 and ’74 for cocktails and dinner at Harbour Court. Counting plus-ones, there were about 50 people and, again, most of the chatter had to do with the good old days. Interestingly, there was almost no discussion about the current state of the America’s Cup. Most of us had written it off as a failing commercial endeavor, having little or nothing to do with the event we had experienced.
Like most of the crew from that era, I had been a college student at the time and had a good deal of sailing experience and size as well as a free summer vacation. The letter I got in December 1963 from our skipper, Eric Ridder, welcoming me to the crew, asked for my clothing dimensions and saying that everything would be provided. (It went on to add that all I would need to bring would be “socks, underwear, and a tuxedo.”)
That Selix tuxedo got a real workout from May until well into September, which speaks to a realization I had later about the nature of the America’s Cup. For those who paid for the campaigns, in after-tax dollars, the competition on the water was really an excuse for more, and better, parties.
But this is not to say that the sailing wasn’t important. It was vitally important to us, as competitors, and to a rather small group of people who went to sea on private yachts with “syndicate flags” in their rigging to cheer on their champions. Even going to watch the racing was an endeavor. It wasn’t a harbor cruise: the race course was 15 nautical miles out in the Block Island Sound.
In the evenings, after long days of sailing and caring for the boats, we went to their parties, gave them the “inside scoop,” and danced with their daughters. We were the show, the circus come to town. And we couldn’t have been happier.
The grandest party of the summer—and, indeed, of my entire life—was the Sovereign party, “at home” at The Breakers. Tony and Val Boyden, patrons of the British challenger, invited about 500 people to gather at “2200” for dinner and dancing (and whatever) until breakfast, which was served at “0400.” The only disappointment was that the Beatles, who had played in Jamestown the previous night, failed to appear. Needless to say, there was no racing scheduled for the next day.
Today, grinders are being paid like first-year lawyers. but, back then, money never changed hands. On reflection, if they had asked us, we would have paid to be included. Not only were we living like princes (never mind the mildew in the basement room that I shared with Putter), but we were sailing the best boats ever—with, and against, the best sailors on the planet. Those experiences, those associations, and those friendships made that summer and have shaped and enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined. I will be thankful for as long as I live.
Source: Quest Magazine
Hydrofoiling Kiteboards will be on display at the world’s premier sailing destinations for the second year of the KiteFoil Gold Cup tour. The 2015 tour begins March 24-28 in La Ventana, Mexico and then continues on to Europe, San Francisco, and Australia. Click headline for full report.
“Being at the bow is like standing on a moving platform with a fire hose in your face. Hold on tight and clip your harness on.” – Sophie Ciszek, Team SCA
Damian Foxall, one of the biggest names in offshore sailing, is joining Dongfeng Race Team for the forthcoming treacherous Leg 5.
What really happens during a capsize? Why did so many abandon yachts in the 1979 Fastnet, only to lose their lives in liferafts while their boats were recovered afloat? Yachting Monthly and Mike Golding capsized a yacht to find out, and tested a few cheap, quick modifications that make life below much safer in a capsize. Editorial content here.
Yachting TV and Yachting Monthly teamed up to produce the Crash Test Boat series. Using a 40ft Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40 ketch, the series tests major disaster incidents that can occur while sailing. Click here to view all the videos.
The Duchess of Cambridge received the inside track on the high tech world of BAR on a recent visit to the team HQ
Without cutting edge design and engineering, no one wins the America’s Cup. In pursuit of their goal, the British team has developed their own sophisticated 3D sailing simulator, modelled
Wanderlust creates media and products meant to get you thinking about how water affects your life. In a tease for an upcoming video, Wanderlust shares wisdom…
“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is to live it inside the world, and try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, and save a little money. But that is a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. The moment you understand you can poke life, that you push in and something will pop out on the other side, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
Video published on Mar 4, 2015.
Portsmouth, RI (March 4, 2015) – US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) today announced Morgan Reeser (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) as the 2014 US Sailing National Coach of the Year, and Todd Fedyszyn (St. Petersburg, Fla.) as the 2014 US Sailing Development Coach of the Year.
Each year, the OSC honors coaches who have distinguished themselves at the youth, national and international levels. The awards are a part of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Coach Recognition Program, which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of U.S. coaches who train athletes at all levels of Olympic and Paralympic sports.
“We are lucky to have world-class coaches here in the US, and they do crucial work each year to build the base of sailing talent in this country,” said Ben Richardson, OSC Chairman. “On behalf of US Sailing, I’d like to congratulate Morgan and Todd on a job well done.”
Click headline for full report.
The fourth leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand started on February 8 with MAPRE winning on February 28. Here’s a video recap of the 5,264 nm leg published on Mar 4, 2015.
Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series.
The America’s Cup Event Authority is looking for an experienced Community Sailing Manager to join the ACEA team in Bermuda and be responsible for planning and overseeing the delivery of local community sailing programs in Bermuda for the America’s Cup…
The America’s Cup Event Authority (“ACEA”), the entity responsible for the commercial and event management of the 35th America’s Cup, is looking for an experienced Community Sailing Manager to join the ACEA team in Bermuda and be responsible for planning and overseeing
British publication Yachts & Yachting had given its ‘Club of the Year‘ award for 2014 to Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) in Hamphire, UK, in part due to their management and hosting of the Moth National and World Championships. But the club is also focused on its grass roots activity, and is seeing a strategic growth plan payoff.
HISC is one of the few sailing clubs to defy current trends by creating significant growth in two of its one design fleets: Fireball (16-foot, doublehanded, trapeze, dinghy) and RS Elite (24-foot, triplehanded, no hiking, keelboat). Leadership, strategic plans and the strength of the class captains are being cited as some of the reasons behind the recent unprecedented growth of these fleets at the club.
Strategic growth plans were drawn up by both fleets and include activities such as special racing weekends, training weekends, crew swaps, youth recruitment, crew databases, social events and specific marketing and communications to target new recruits from both members and non-members. In addition a number of ‘Elite Ambassadors’ have been created who will be available to answer questions, assist newcomers and champion the fleet throughout the season.
Another reason being cited for resurgence in the RS Elite fleet is the naturally sociable nature of day keelboat racing which enables participants to enjoy competitive sailing whilst remaining dry and upright! The fleet at HISC is attracting strong interest from couples, and is seeing many women returning to competitive sailing after moving on from dinghies. The modern performance design of the RS Elite lends itself to exciting and competitive day racing with the additional benefit of minimal maintenance.
“Both the Fireball and RS Elite fleets have put a lot of hard work and effort into building their fleets and it’s really encouraging to see those efforts rewarded with such excellent growth in numbers,” HISC Rear Commodore Racing Andy Partington said. “Both classes are looking forward to an excellent season of competitive racing on the water matched by lively and sociable events off the water.”