YOUTH SAILING – 2° World Youth Sailing Week – Vela Garda Trentino 29er Easter Regatta Circolo Vela Arco 12-14 April 2014. We love the 29er for kids! They master the boat well as they round the mark, pop the chutes and speed off to the next mark.
EXTREME SAILING – The final race of each Extreme Sailing Series™ Act is worth double points, and more often than not the outcome of the event is riding on it. Using the SAP sailing analytics, we took a look at all of the final races from the last 16 months, and found that keeping a cool head and performing under pressure can make all the difference.
Over the last nine Acts (seven in 2013, and two in 2014), the reigning champions The Wave, Muscat have won an incredibly impressive 67% of the events. Of the events they won, they also sailed to victory in 50% of the final races, often winning the Act in that moment. For the Omani team, the double points race seems to be of the upmost importance to their Act winning tactics.
For the Swiss America’s Cup winners on Alinghi, consistency is the name of the game – albeit boosted by the double pointer. In 2013, Alinghi were the only team to finish on the podium at every Act, and of the seven Acts completed, they only finished outside the top three in the final race twice. Of all the teams, Alinghi have the highest average number of points in the final race, with 15.78, compared to The Wave, Muscat at 14.89, which is ultimately reflected in their consistent positioning on the podium.
At Act 2, Singapore in 2013, the Danish match racers on SAP Extreme Sailing Team secured their first ever podium finish, after finishing the final double points race in third place. They continued the trend at Act 3, Qingdao, where again a third place in the final race led them to finish the regatta in third place overall.
So it seems the double pointer can be make or break. One team that seems to be bucking the trend is the Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team, who have not managed to finish in the top three in the final race at all in the last 16 months. Despite this, in 2013 the team did secure four podium finishes, and finished the season in third place overall. But the question the double Olympic champions on board will surely be asking themselves, is if the team could remain cool, calm and collected during the final race and post a better result, could they finally take their first ever as yet elusive Act win?
So what should a teams tactics be in the final double pointer? Is it better to sail your own race, or to keep a close eye on the opposition and mark them around the track, and in doing so risk loosing out on valuable points? Of course, you need to look at the overall regatta to paint a real picture of what it takes to win an Act, but one thing that is for sure, is the final double points race can make all the difference.
CLIPPER RACE – The Clipper Race has made a donation of $1000 to San Francisco sailing charity, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors.
The charity provides sailing programs to people with disabilities and their families to make the sport accessible for everyone.
During the San Francisco stopover, the charity allowed Clipper 70 OneDLL to moor in their usual club berth.
Clipper Race chairman and founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “We were delighted that the charity made a very generous offer for us to use the berth and in return we are pleased to make a donation. We have enjoyed meeting the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors during the stopover.”
Commodore of BAADS, Christine Rubke said: “It was great to have the Clipper Race here and meet all the teams who bought such an international
atmosphere to South Beach Yacht Club. The donation is very gratefully received, and it will go towards helping more sailors get out on the water to enjoy the beautiful bay area.”
#1 CRASH OF 2014 – Back by popular demand – The most unbelievable crash of 2014 or ever in all the years of the Extreme Sailing Series. We are surprised by the low number of views considering this very unique crash. If you have not seen it or have, it’s worth a look!
What happened? The penultimate days racing in Singapore delivered possibly one of the most dramatic moments of the Extreme Sailing Series™. In winds that were varying from 5 to 23 knots across the racecourse, Team Aberdeen Singapore caught one of the biggest gusts of the day as they came into the finish line struggling to hold off the pace and ploughing into the back of France’s Groupama sailing team.
Groupama sailing team skipper, Franck Cammas, explained what happened: “We had big gusts and as we were finishing a gybe we saw Aberdeen come really fast from behind and that’s the moment when they came over us breaking the mast. Tanguy Cariou is the only crew member hurt but it’s only superficial injuries. He was in the middle of the trampoline where the boat fell, which was the worst spot. Three crew members jumped off the boat. It’s the risk of racing. What is tricky here is that the wind is quite strong and very gusty which is difficult to anticipate. It’s not easy.”
LES VOILES DE ST. BARTH RACE – Les Voiles de St. Barth Race Committee, led by Race Director Luc Poupon, carefully chose race courses to fit the conditions, sending the Maxi and Spinnaker Zero, 1 and 2 classes on a 22 nautical mile course and Spinnaker 3 and 4, Non-Spinnaker, and Multihull on a 16 nm course.
To make up for a missed race Friday, the six-boat Melges 24 class completed two races, which were run in the more protected waters on the western side of the island. As a further provision, the class mutually agreed not to use spinnakers.
As spectators watched from a sculpted rock plateau 500 feet above the pristine beach of Colombier, the sailing conditions on the northern most point of St. Barths seemed epic: strong, fairly steady wind, with flat water at the starting area and the first rounding mark. At the next mark, however, the fleet began its beat around the island’s northern end into the ocean swell. A two-knot current running counter to the prevailing wind produced six-to-eight foot seas that, while uncomfortable upwind, made for a rollicking ride off the breeze.
Check out the highlights of sailing in paradise above!
YOUTH SAILING – After five days of action packed racing at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships, the RYA’s Selection Panel have announced the 12 sailors who will represent Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2014.
The names of the sailors who will travel to Tavira, Portugal from the 12-19 July 2014 to compete for the British Youth Sailing Team were revealed at the prize-giving of the RYA Youth National Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Leading the charge for British Team will be Olivier Greber and his new crew Jess Eales in the multi-hull catamaran class. Greber has a wealth of experience on his side, winning a bronze medal at last year’s event in Cyprus as well as a silver medal at the 2013 SL16 class World Championships with former sailing partner James Henson.
On winning selection for a second consecutive year, Eastbourne’s Greber said: “It’s fantastic to be selected for a second year running. It’s such an honour to represent your country at the biggest event in Youth sailing and also just to be a part of such a prestigious team.
The 18-year-old continued: “It is definitely a big goal for me to improve on the bronze medal from last year. It is going to be a tough year, especially as we are a new partnership, we’ve only been sailing together for five months but we’ve been doing everything we can to improve and it is going well so far.”
Lymington’s Eales, who will be competing at the event for the first time, added: “It will be amazing to represent my country and fly the flag for GBR, it is an opportunity I have never had before. I just want to do the best we can!”
Another 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds GBR representative returning to improve on last year’s result is 420 sailor Tim Riley, again with a new crew James Taylor.
EASTER BUNNY REPORT – Looks like after a busy morning of hiding eggs for the kids (and adults too) the Easter Bunny has been found relaxing on the water with an easy morning paddle. Reports say that Mr. EB preferred some windsurfing but could not find enough wind to go sailing. Maybe next year. Happy Easter holiday from the crew at XS!
DESTOPNEWS – Destopnews N°16-The Sailing Updates – Full Edition. In this edition the Duchess wins the Royal’s Event in Auckland and a report on a major regatta in Mexico – which one is it? Find out above!
CLIPPER RACE – San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge provided the perfect backdrop to the start of Race 11 today, the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, for the 12-strong fleet of identical matched 70-foot boats competing in the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
At 1330 local time (2030 UTC) the leading yachts crossed the start line off the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay and raced under the bridge towards the Pacific Ocean for the 3,350 miles to Panama. Derry~Londonderry~Doire crossed first and took the advantage ahead of Henri Lloyd and Old Pulteney in third.
This is the 11th race in a series of 16 in the Clipper Race series. The fleet arrived in San Francisco last week after a gruelling 5,600 miles nonstop leg across the northern Pacific from China. This next leg is a coast-to-coast challenge to New York consisting of three races via Panama and Jamaica.
Race Director Justin Taylor said: “This race down to Panama should be fast, but it’s not over until the finish line is crossed in the Gulf of Panama, as changeable conditions near the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone), or Doldrums, could decide the finishing positions in the final stages of the race.
“The Californian Current flows south, but the helping hand this gives the fleet can be counteracted by heating effects from the North American land mass, which might change the winds unfavourably.”
Race 11, for the PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, is a very tactical stage from California to Panama and will take approximately three weeks to complete; it sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year before starting Race 12 to Jamaica.
Team PSP Logistics, skippered by Chris Hollis, is vowing to win this stage of the Clipper Race because of the world-famous canal’s importance to its global logistics business sponsor.
PSP Logistics and its North American west coast partners in San Francisco and Seattle are regular users of the Panama Canal, to ship project cargos, boats and superyachts, and so the entire team feels a special connection with this leg of the race.
Skipper Chris Hollis said: “We know how much this means to the PSP Logistics team in the UK and around the world so we are going to move heaven and earth to bring the cup back for them. We’ve got a great crew and with support like this, everyone on board is going to be working day and night to be the first into Panama.”
PSP Logistics managing director Frank Dixie added: “We really want to win this one. The Panama Canal is a lynchpin of global trade and an important route for PSP’s
out of gauge cargos like project and marine as well as for moving boats around the globe.
“These are at the absolute heart of our business and something we specialise in, so the canal is a key part of our operation. We are determined to be the first to get there. It’s our mission.”
Meanwhile, determined British sailor Andrew Taylor (46) rejoined his crew aboard Derry~Londonderry~Doire to continue racing despite being rescued from the freezing waters of the north Pacific earlier this month after spending a life-threatening 90 minutes lost at sea after falling overboard in a storm.
He has recovered from shock, hypothermia and a badly bruised leg which, although still sore, has not deterred him from continuing with the race after getting a clean bill of health from medics and race officials in San Francisco.
Race 13, Jamaica to New York, concludes the US coast-to-coast leg in New York at the beginning of June.
To watch the race visit the Race Viewer here
Read the skippers reports here
COOL VIDEOS – Check out these wakeboarders hitching a ride in paradise behind Soma, an older but not out of style F40 cat. Sweeeeet ride for both the wakeboarders and sailors.
SAILING HISTORY – We love taking a look in the past of sailing history – yesterday we posted C-Cat racing in 1967 – Today check out the first solo race across the Atlantic including some famous sailors of today. Enjoy!
MORE SAILING HISTORY – With our post below about foiling catamarans here is how far we have come… check out this old film on the Little America’s Cup back in 1967 called Catamaran Contest. It is short and incomplete but does show how leading edge the C-Class cat has always been. Do you know who won the series back in 1967?
FOILERS – With all the great news on boats converting to foils (like the GC32 cat) we thought it best to post a video that shows how the new breed of foilers work. We have been posting stories on the GC32 because this conventional, not really a stand out design, has now been transformed by thier new foil package to a leading edge rocket that many will follow.
A good story on the GC32 is on SA about this transformation from ‘skimmer’ to foiler and they confirm what we have been sailing all along about the future of high performance multihulls – they will all fly! The best part is they will be easier to sail than a conventional displacement boat.
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – This VERY POTENT drink is by the Tipsy Bartender….THE DEEP SEA DIVER. This cocktail is loaded with booze and possibly more dangerous than diving with sharks. Made with three kinds of rum, triple sec, lime juice, it’s a crazy concoction. The addition of two spoonfuls of sugar make it drinkable, and surprisingly smooth for the amount of liquor in it. Just be careful…this one WILL put you on your butt. Drink Responsibly!
CHARLESTON RACE WEEK – Final HD Highlight Show – 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week from Charleston Race Week on Vimeo. CHECK IT OUT!
CLIPPER RACE – The PSP Logistics Panama 100 Cup, which is Race 11 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway on Saturday at 1300 local time in San Francisco (2000 UTC). This very tactical race from the Californian city to Panama will take approximately three weeks to complete. The race sees the teams transit the Panama Canal in its centenary year before starting Race 12 to Jamaica.
Thermal layers give way to sunscreen with the big question facing crews being whether to take the inshore or the offshore route.
The Californian Current flows south, but the helping hand this gives the fleet can be counteracted by heating effects from the North American land mass, which might change the winds unfavourably.
This race down to Panama should be fast, but it’s not over until the finish line is crossed in the Gulf of Panama, as changeable conditions near the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone or Doldrums) could decide the finishing positions in the final stages of the race.
The Race 11 start line will be off the Golden Gate Yacht Club this coming Saturday (19 April) with the yacht club kindly offering friends and family members of Clipper Race crew free entry to the club. The yacht club and bar will open from 1130 for a great view of the Parade of Sail between 1100 and 1200 ahead of the 1300 start.
The Clipper Race fleet is expected to arrive in Panama for the transit of the Panama Canal from 10-11 May with Race 12, to Jamaica starting on 14 May.
There is also a chance on Wednesday and Thursday (16 and 17 April) to get up close and personal to a Clipper Race yacht. Free boat tours are available at the South Beach Yacht Club at Pier 40 on both day 1500 until 1900.
MORE SAILING HISTORY – Yesterday, our posting of old sailing films was a hit – from Star and Scow sailing in the 1930′s to catamaran sailing in the 1950′s. Today check out this promo film of an English sailing school in 1953. The instructors did not get paid and the boats were, well lets just say… unique. We hope you enjoy!
SAFETY AT SEA – A man killed in a sailing accident Wednesday during a race near Redwood City has been identified as Yong Son of Burlingame, said an official at the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.
The 39-year-old was racing in the kickoff race for the weekly Beer Can regatta series sponsored by the Sequoia Yacht Club. Another sailor aboard Son’s vessel was injured.
The mast of the 42-foot Catalina, named the Bella, snapped after the sailboat hit a lighted channel marker shortly before 7 p.m., said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Mark Leahey.
AC NEWS -Artemis Racing seems to be the most active (potential) challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. Artemis Racing announced that it has signed Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, Simon Watin, Juan Garay and Matthew Davis, who will join the design team as Artemis Racing prepares for a possible 35th America’s Cup bid.
Both Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Simon Watin join from VPLP Design, a world leader in multihull racing and super yacht design founded in 1983. During the 34th America’s Cup they were part of the America’s Cup Race Management design and research team, established to create an initial design package for the high-tech wing-sailed AC72 catamarans.
Vincent Lauriot-Prévost is a naval architect and co-founder of VPLP Design based in France. During his career Lauriot-Prévost has contributed to some of the most advanced racing prototype projects, including the design of the six last winners of La Route du Rhum, the record holders of the transatlantic (New York – Lizard) and round the world (Jules Verne Trophy) races, as well as BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran USA 17, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup.
“Having always been at the cutting edge of fast multihull design from the early age of VPLP Design, we were first involved in the America’s Cup challenge in 2007, when the Cup turned definitively to multihulls,” said the naval architect. “This time, it is a great opportunity to collaborate with Artemis Racing on such a great foiling racing cat project, at this ultimate level of technology in the America’s Cup.”
A specialist in performance prediction, Watin graduated as a fluid mechanics engineer before specializing in naval architecture. In 2011 he joined the VPLP Yacht Design office in France where he developed in-house performance prediction and Computational Fluid Dynamics capabilities, and was involved in maxi racing trimaran projects (Prince de Bretagne 80, Sodebo 4 and Macif 100), as well as Open 60 projects (Safran 2 and Banque Populaire) for the 2016 Vendée Globe Race.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Artemis Racing team,” said Watin. “They have done an amazing job putting together a group of people that are not only very talented and experienced but also team players, and it is really motivating for me personally to have the chance to work in such an environment. Accurately predicting the performance of these boats will be quite a challenge, and we will have to sharpen our tools to be able make the right choices before launching the boats, especially since the sailing time may well be restricted.”
Artemis Racing also welcomes back British electronics engineer Matthew Davis and Argentine aero designer Juan Garay. Davis studied electrical and instrumentation engineering in Southampton, andhas sailed as navigator, engineer and crew member in multiple maxi yacht races including the Rolex Transatlantic Yacht Race and Maxi Worlds. In 2009 he received the Navigator’s Award for 1st in class for LA to Hawaii Transpac Race.
Matthew was Team Telefónica’s instrument engineer for both the 2008 and 2011 Volvo Ocean Races. The 35th America’s Cup will be his third campaign following the 32nd with Victory Challenge and the 34th with Artemis Racing.
Garay has over 20 years of experience in sail design with North Sails South America, and has been involved in a variety of classes and circuits since 1990.
Juan started designing sails for Team GBR in 2006 and worked with Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson and Ben Ainslie on multiple Olympic campaigns including Beijing 2008 and London 2012. He was the sail designer for Team Origin and +39 Challenge, and the 35th America’s Cup will be his second campaign with Artemis Racing, leading the aero program development.
“I am excited to work again with such a fantastic team,” said Garay. “I have great memories of working with Iain and Bart on two successful Olympic campaigns. We worked extremely hard but managed to enjoy it at the same time. Having that collaborative and open environment in an America’s Cup team is extremely motivating.”
“We are pleased to welcome Simon and Vincent into the team, and have Juan and Matthew back with us,” said Artemis Racing design team coordinator Adam May. “Simon came to us highly recommended by a number of sources, while Vincent’s experience with big multihulls is undeniable.
Juan and Matt are returning Artemis team members who bring with them a wealth of experience and great attitude in their respective areas. We continue to slowly grow our team, working hard to find the right fit of people within the group, and are fortunate to have had no shortage of great people reaching out to us, interested in getting involved,” concluded May.
Photo by Sander van der Borch
SAILING HISTORY – Check out this classic 1938 film of a Star class regatta in Naples – this was just before the start of World War 2. And check out the different styles of hiking and sailing trim. They even had spectators enjoying the racing.