SYDNEY HOBART RACE – Who will win line honors in the upcoming race? For a great detailed comparison between the 5 maxi monohulls CLICK HERE!
SYDNEY HOBART RACE – Who will win line honors in the upcoming race? For a great detailed comparison between the 5 maxi monohulls CLICK HERE!
BARTS BASH – Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place on September 21st, 2014 raised an incredible three hundred and thirty six thousand, three hundred and ninety one pounds and ninety five pence (£366,391.95) for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
The announcement of the grand total of fundraising was made by Freddie, Andrew Simpson’s four year old son and his classmates at Sherborne Primary School.
Freddie also drew the winners of two competitions which incentivised the fund raising. Terry Ross, Gulf Harbour Yacht Club David Wilkins Rutland Sailing Club Duncan Greenhalgh York RI Sailing Club and Angus Graham WPNSA, Castle Cove SC, ASSC all won a trip to Ben Ainslie Racing’s new Portsmouth base for a tour and to experience sailing on an AC45. Chris Mayhew from Royal Harwich Yacht Club won the exciting trip to the Artemis America’s Cup base in San Francisco to meet Iain Percy and sail in the bay.
Inspiring the next generation – The announcement of the total comes exactly one year since the event was launched and it’s a testament to the hard work of the Bart’s Bash team that so many people made it on to the water on one special day and so much money raised in memory of Bart.
AC NEWS – How did Bermuda win the America’s Cup venue? Check out the video above. Was it strictly about money or do you think it will provide a better venue than San Diego? Will it be better, equal or worse than last year? Currently the XS Collective believes it will be worse by 57%, better by 32% and equal by 11%. What do you think? Go vote in the XS Poll over there on the upper right side of the site. Vote Today! Click on your answer and then click on Vote. It’s that easy.
TEAM VESTAS WIND UPDATE – Final part of a three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson tells what happened once the crew stepped aboard the local coastguard boat just after dawn, and subsequent trips back to the wreck. He also looks at the chances of the campaign getting back on the water. CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE!
ISAF WORLDS – A successful medal haul for the Australian Sailing Team (AST) at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne with five gold, five silver and three bronze in the Olympic class program, plus two gold & one bronze in the Paralympic fleet. Hear what our sailors had to say about their performance, along with some great video footage of the week’s racing on Port Phillip.
CLIPPER RACE – The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced that it will include Australian offshore classic the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) in its 2015-16 global series after a successful debut last year.
The intention to enter the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the 71st edition has just been confirmed by Clipper Race organisers. The RSHYR will form part of the biennial Clipper Race series for a second time. The round-the-world fleet created much interest in 2013 as amateur sailors from over 40 different nationalities competed as part of their 40,000 mile circumnavigation.
Clipper Race Chairman and Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world in 1968-69 said: “We are very excited to include the Sydney Hobart as part of our Australian leg in the 2015-16 Clipper Race series and look forward to submitting our entries when the Notice of Race for the 71st edition is released next year.”
The chance to compete against some of the world’s top sailors in the RSHYR was the highlight for many Clipper Race sailors as part of their global ocean odyssey. There is still time for aspiring Australian crew to sign up for this iconic ‘all-Australian’ Leg which starts in Albany and finishes on the east coast via Sydney and Hobart.”
Sir Robin added: “This coast-to-coast leg is very popular with Australians with a three-race series which includes the Sydney to Hobart classic. No experience necessary, as we provide all the training!”
The majority of pre-race training can be carried out at the new Clipper Race Australia base in Sydney, which also has a boat entered in this year’s 70th RSHYR.
To read more, click here.
AC NEWS – The Competitor Forum, comprising the six teams registered for the 2017 America’s Cup, has appointed Iain Murray as Regatta Director. Murray is a former America’s Cup skipper who also served as Regatta Director in the last America’s Cup.
Murray started in his role as of December 1 and has already been meeting with the teams as well as Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller via regular Competitor Forum conference calls.
Murray says he sees his appointment to a second term as Regatta Director as an opportunity to advance the America’s Cup forward beyond what was achieved last time.
“Leading into the last America’s Cup, there were so many major changes and collectively we learned so much about how to design, build and race these foiling multihulls,” Murray said. “Now we have the chance to fine-tune and make adjustments to make it even better.
“Whether it’s the conversion to foiling AC45s for the America’s Cup World Series, the new AC62s, the spectator experience, or the safety mechanisms – last time we really had to find our way. This time we have a template to work from and I expect we’ll see improvements across the board.”
In his role as Regatta Director, Murray will work in collaboration with all of the teams as well as Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller in setting the competitive parameters for the event.
Murray is required to nominate Regatta Officials, including a Measurement Committee and Umpires, as well as administer the Regatta Officials Fund to a budget agreed by the competitors. Each team contributes in equal measure to the Fund, initially through their entry fees.
“I’ve already seen a strong spirit of cooperation between the teams,” Murray said. “We’re focused on getting ready for the first America’s Cup World Series events in the new foiling versions of the AC45s, as well as pulling together a measurement committee and finalizing some details about the AC62. Everybody is contributing and the process is working well.”
INTERNATIONAL 14 – Four-time World Champion, Britain’s Archie Massey, expects racing in the 2015 International 14 World Championship at Geelong, Australia, will be tight.
The defending champion joins an already strong entry list which includes ten British teams.
The British held the final top six places at the 2013 World Championships in Toronto and Massey predicts they will do it again with the podium most likely taken up by Ben McGrane, Glen Truswell and, of course, himself.
“I could not try to predict the order save to say that in the Nationals the three of us were repeatedly within 100 yards for two hour long races. Normally 14 racing stretches out more than that, so it will be a tough week.
“Obviously there is some home talent too, which will excel in the stronger conditions of Geelong. I’d expect to see a return to the top five for Meaty. Dave A, teaming up with Dan, could be the dark horses. Brad is always fast, so again if the conditions are right, he may be untouchable.
“I can’t wait and because it’s all going to be so tight and I’m not the favourite. It’s really exciting again,” Massey said.
Some of the large fleet may have been hoping that Massey would miss this championship due to his very newly arrived child and a forced change in crew. “They wish,” joked Massey.
“I think it’s your duty to try and defend a crown, so hopefully, I’ve got many more worlds to come! I was always going to come and it provides a good excuse to meet up with friends in Sydney afterwards where I lived for five years. We are bringing over our three-month-old baby, so that makes life a little harder than normal.”
Since moving back to the UK, putting some 20,000 miles between himself and his long-standing crew Dan Wilsdon, Massey has also had to change crew. It has been a disappointment for Massey to leave combination with Wilsdon, but he has bounced back quickly, forming a new partnership with the very experienced 49er sailor and RYA Head of Performance, Harvey Hillary.
“He has a number of tricks up his sleeve. He lives one kilometre away so we’ve been able to get out on the water together and put some quality time to get up to speed.
“Early season we trained a fair amount, pre-baby and pre Harvey’s Olympic team support duties. So we’ve got a good grounding. Our boat-handling is top-notch, but we’ve not quite got the speed of old. That said we think we may have cracked that in the last few weeks of the UK summer.
“Our racing has involved a string of seconds, always to Glen Truswell. When he hasn’t turned up, we’ve won the event. That said, at the Europeans and Nationals, twice we led by four points into the last day,” Massey said.
Sailing Instructions Available at: www.i14worlds2015.com/regatta-documents/
For the full entry list, go to www.i14worlds2015.com/entry-list/
SAILING HISTORY – Check out this original replay of the 1993/94 Whitbread (VOR) around the world race including Grant Dalton, Dennis Connor and an all girl crew headed by newly appointed skipper, Dawn Riley. Great sailing history!
VOR UPDATE -Here is a great interview by SAILING ANARCHY – It’s the first real sit-down since “nico” returned home to Australia after his ordeal marooned on an island with his home, his boat, gone.
A more detailed interview by Richard Gladwell of Sail-World on ‘why’ the grounding happened can be read by CLICKING HERE!
In December 2015, Chris Nicholson’s Volvo 65 “Team Vestas Wind” ran aground on a charted reef in the Indian Ocean. Despite the crew doing everything they could to save the boat, she was destroyed, her wreck on the reef. All of the gear aboard was salvaged and the team plans for the salvage of the boat itself, but at the time of this interview, the future of Team Vestas Wind as a competitor was unknown.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – For those who still don’t know about the Multi 23 trimaran, she is a small replica of the famous Maxi Trimarans “Orma 60”, but only 6,72 m long, both designed by the renowned naval architects firm Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) and built by the French shipyard “Torpen International Boats”. With up to more than 90 boats sailing worldwide, the builder has announced the launching of the Multi23 MKII.
This new version is still built using infusion technology and high quality materials (Epoxy, carbon, vinyl ester, PVC foam core), which make her very light, but she now has more reinforcements in carbon such as the beams which are 80% carbon.
This new version of Multi 23 is more stiff, more responsive and faster than the previous one, she starts flying even in the slightest breeze! The optimization of rudder system (100% carbon now) and the retractable centreboard, particularly by increasing the carbon structural reinforcements, gives them reliability to withstand the forces generated by high speeds over 20 knots allowed by the design of the platform.
Among the new options such as: mast traveler allows effortless hoisting of the mainsail and add safety by controlling dowsing, even on the run, in case of reefing or simply when approaching the mooring. Raising up the Main becomes a child’s play! And a 100% carbon bowsprit for those requesting the asymmetric Spinnaker.
In other words: Easy to handle, speed, stability and safety are key points for this new Multi23. She has the high performance of a sport-boat for racing but also a user-friendly day-boat quality for family sailing.
More information on: www.multi23.com
VOR HISTORY – On December 17th 2013, Cornelis van Rietschoten, a true legend of the Whitbread Round the World Race crossed the final finish line passing away last year. He was a Whitbread pioneer. He was the only person to win the race twice as a skipper. Check out his victory above.
AMAZING STORY – A Sausalito man whose home on the water sank during last week’s brutal storm was reunited with his dog that somehow survived the sinking, and swam to shore.
Steve Alioto had everything he loved on the boat in Sausalito, anchored out because he couldn’t afford a dock. He returned to the boat after helping a friend during Thursday’s storm to find his home had sank
“All I saw was the mast sticking out of the water,” Alioto said.
Also on board was Steve’s constant companion, Babe, who he renamed Daisy. “I’m big daddy Kibbles and Bits. I’m the guy who provides the dog food, the walks, the baths, and everything that she tells me she needs.”
Steve thought she had gone down with the ship, but Daisy had escaped and found her way to shore.
ISAF – The ranking list for the year is complete – check out the sailor’s ranking below:
Bryony Shaw (GBR) was unable to dislodge Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) from World #1 in the Women’s RS:X despite taking the honours at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The World Cup Final was a 100-point regatta and whilst Shaw took maximum points, Tartaglini’s eighth was enough for her to hold on to World #1 heading into 2015. Shaw remains at World #2 with Laura Linares (ITA) at World #3 and 2014 World Champion Charline Picon (FRA) at World #4.
The big mover in the Women’s RS:X is Russia’s Stefania Elfutina. The Russian claimed the spoils at the 200-point ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, the first regatta of the 2015 World Cup series, and as a result climbs up to World #13 from World #29.
Elfutina was exceptional in Melbourne, dominating the field and as well as World Cup glory she secured the first invitation to the 2014 Abu Dhabi. Maria Aadland Mollestad (NOR) finished second behind the Russian and moves to World #21. Bronze medallist Joanna Sterling (AUS) claimed the second Abu Dhabi spot as the top Oceanic competitor. She sits at World #17, a personal best.
France’s Louis Giard claimed gold at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi and as well as picking up $10,000USD in prize money he received the full 100-points on offer at the regatta.
Giard currently counts four regattas to his points total and with Abu Dhabi points he moves up 12 places to World #22.
Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) finished second in Abu Dhabi after winning the 200-point ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao in advance of the Emirati competition. He retains World #1 with a healthy points margin over Ricardo Santos (BRA) and Max Oberemko (RUS).
Lithuania’s Juozas Bernotas came through in 15th in Abu Dhabi and then put in a professional performance at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, claiming the title and an invitation to the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. Bernotas is a big mover in the Men’s RS:X rankings, moving up to a personal best of World #7 from World #25.
Dmitrii Polishchuk (RUS) came through in second in Melbourne and climbs up to World #20.
Tom Burton (AUS) is the current King of the Laser fleet, retaining World #1 following victories at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.
Burton’s compatriot Matt Wearn finished second to the World #1 in Melbourne and is positioned at World #10. Michael Bullot (NZL) completed the Melbourne podium and as a result is one of the biggest climbers of the month, advancing from World #59 to World #21.
Following top ten results at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Sam Meech (NZL), Nicholas Heiner (NED) and Andy Maloney (NZL) move back into the top ten.
2014 World Champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) retains World #1 following an exceptional year of competition.
Evi Van Acker (BEL) took gold at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and reduced the gap on Bouwmeester but ultimately the Dutch sailor’s consistency throughout the year ensures she goes into 2015 at the top of the tree.
Alison Young (GBR) claimed gold at the 100-point Sail Sydney, the 200 point ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne and finished fourth at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi. With points aplenty coming her way, Young leaps up the rankings to World #36 from World #111.
Canada’s Isabella Bertold is another big mover. Bertold finished second in Sydney and fifth in Melbourne and climbs from World #42 to World #12.
Ed Wright (GBR) is the mover of the month in the Finn rankings following a seventh at the 100-point ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and victory at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, a 200-point regatta.
Wright was always in control in Melbourne and finished in the top two in every race throughout the series. He took gold and with it, the first 2015 Abu Dhabi, ISAF Sailing World Cup Final spot. With a good haul of points the Briton has advanced to World #10 from World #36.
Slovenia’s Vasilij Zbogar took out the honours at the World Cup Final with a controlled performance. As a result he moves up to World #15.
Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) finished behind Zbogar at the World Cup Final but with a good points haul he moves up to World #1, dislodging Bjorn Allansson (SWE) who drops to World #3.
Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) will take the World #1 Nacra 17 spot into 2015 after a solid year. The Italians have consistently been at the top of the pack and ended their year with an eighth at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final.
Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) added World Cup Final gold to their 2014 World Championship title and sit at World #5.
Australia’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin move to a personal best of World #3 after they took the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne honours.
New Zealand’s Alex Maloney and Molly Meech had a superb November, securing victories at the 100-point ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and the 49erFX South American Championship. They finished second at the 50-point Intergalactic Championship and push up the 49erFX rankings to World #7 from World #13.
Lisa Ericson and Hanna Klinga (SWE) took second at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and hit the top ten for the first time.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne victors Ragna and Maia Agerup (NOR) move up to World #24 whilst runners up Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen (NOR) sit two places ahead at World #22.
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL) pushed up the 49er rankings following top five finishes at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne. They advance up to World #8, a personal best, from World #38.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final winners Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak (POL) are at World #22 whilst Melbourne victors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) are at World #20.
Jonas Warrer and Peter Lang (DEN) take the World #1 spot into 2015 following a solid year of skiff racing.
There is minimal movement in the Men’s 470 rankings following the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final and ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.
There is no change in the top 16 as the World Cup Final near enough went to form. World #1 Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) claimed the honours whilst World #2 Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) claimed silver. World #4 Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA) snapped up bronze but it was not enough to remove Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) from World #3.
Alexander and Patrick Conway (AUS) took the World Cup Melbourne title and with the full 200 points coming their way they move up ten spots to World #24.
Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA) will go into 2015 as World #1 in the Women’s 470. There is no change in the top four of the rankings with Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA), Tina Mrak and Veronica Macarol (SLO) and Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) following.
Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) added ISAF Sailing World Cup Final gold to their 2014 World and European honours and sit at World #5 heading into the new year.
World Cup Final silver medallists Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) move to World #8 from World #14.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne winners Sasha Ryan and Amelia Catt (AUS) move up three spots to World #26.
For more details on the new events included and events not included in this Ranking release please click on the link below.
The full ISAF World Sailing Ranking lists, results from all ISAF Graded events, lists of Graded events throughout the year, Ranking release dates and the method of calculation for the Rankings can be found on the ISAF website at www.sailing.org/rankings
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – www.sailing.org/rankings
SAILOR PROFILE – Find out more about Bernard Stamm, the skipper of Cheminées Poujoulat. Video by Sailing News in English voice over.
DESTOPNEWS – Last report for the year – The VOR and Extreme Sailing report as reported by Destopnews!
OLYMPICS IN RIO – A drug-resistant “super bacteria” that’s normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said Monday.
The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil’s most respected health research institute, said it has discovered bacteria that produce an enzyme that make it resistant to most forms of treatment in water samples taken from various spots along the Carioca River. Among the spots is where the river flows into the city’s Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events.
Bacteria with the so-called KPC enzyme are difficult to treat. The institute said no instances of infection resulting from the contaminated water have yet been detected but warned of possible danger to swimmers.
“The illnesses caused by these microorganisms are the same as those caused by common bacteria, but they require stronger antibiotics and, sometimes, can require hospitalization,” the study’s coordinator, Ana Paula D’Alincourt Carvalho Assef, wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Since the super bacteria are resistant to the most modern medications, doctors need to rely on drugs that are rarely used because they are toxic to the organism.”
Even if they don’t immediately fall ill, those who come into contact with the bacteria run the risk of becoming carriers of the microorganism, the institute said in its statement.
“Carriers can take these resistant bacteria back to their own environments and to other people, resulting in a cycle of dissemination,” said the institute, which is affiliated with Brazil’s Health Ministry.
With some 70 percent of sewage in this city of 12 million going untreated — and flowing, raw, into rivers, onto beaches and into the Guanabara Bay — water quality has been a major worry ahead of the 2016 summer games. In their Olympic bid, organizers pledged to slash by 80 percent the amount of sewage and garbage that’s pumped into the bay daily, but critics insist little has been done.
Water quality tests still show sky-high levels of fecal matter throughout much of the bay, and authorities have a near-blanket standing recommendation against swimming on any of its beaches. Flamengo beach, where the super bacteria was discovered, is among the Guanabara Bay beaches considered unfit for swimming.
The beach, which is adjacent to the Gloria Marina, the starting point for the Olympic sailing events, is also to be the viewing area for the events.
Ben Remocker, a former member of Canada’s Olympic sailing team who represents athletes in two sailing disciplines, called the findings “serious for our athletes.”
“We’re going to be troubled by this,” he said by telephone, adding he didn’t think the possible health risks would dissuade sailors from taking part in the games. “I think the sailors are probably going to cross their fingers they aren’t going to get sick.”
The super bacteria were discovered in three out of five samples taken from along the course of the Carioca River. While it’s not entirely clear how the bacteria may have gotten into the river, the statement quotes Assef as saying that no bacteria was discovered at the headwaters.
“The first point in which we detect its presence was … after the river passes through areas with homes and hospitals,” the statement quotes her as saying.
Organizers of the Rio games declined to comment, saying they would have to look into the findings before responding.
MAXI BOAT RACING – In the crystal clear waters of Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup took place for the fifth time. Against the breath-taking setting of Italy’s Mediterranean coast, passionate boat owners on board their cutting-edge Maxi yachts embarked on an adventure of intense rivalry and high drama.
The focus was on sailing in style and even included a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the renowned Swan yachts, with a tour at the emblematic shipyard in Finland, where the boats are made.
Once more the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup proved to be an enthralling spectacle. World class action and eye-catching racing craft in one of the most enticing locations on the planet. Check out the highlights above!
FOILERS – Phantom International is proud to that Billy Besson and Matthieu Vandame are joining the Phantom Sailing Team for the 2015 season. To celebrate and seal this collaboration Billy and Matthieu enjoyed a fast foiling ride with the Flying Phantom in front of Saint Malo – FRA. Check out this sweet ride video!
HOME MOVIES – Cross the Atlantic ocean in under 6 minutes with an average family onboard an average boat but having an un-average great time – 16.5 days to cross. This is ‘real world’ sailing for the average sailor. Are you up for it?