Remember this? If not, enjoy this port / starboard situation in the last AC. Did Jimmy really have to avoid Team NZ? Leave a comment above.
Check out this action clip of Paralympic class sailors as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Winter has finally made an appearance at the 2016 Garmin Hamble Winter Series with light winds, winter sunshine and very cold temperatures…
(November 24, 2015; Day 3) – At 1430hrs IDEC SPORT was sailing at 31.03 knots at 24°16 North and 22°31 West, 400 miles to the south west of the Canaries. The Francis Joyon (FRA) skippered 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran was on a southerly bearing of 206° with a lead over the record time for the Jules Verne Trophy of 176.5 miles.
IDEC SPORT’s route close to being direct has paid off as they are enjoying a lead of 175 miles over the trajectory they have to beat. Francis Joyon and his men are getting a lot out of the weather opportunity in the North Atlantic and are already 400 miles south west of the Canaries.
In two and a half days of sailing, the boom on IDEC SPORT has only gone from one side to the other on one occasion. They were on the starboard tack to the latitude of Gibraltar, and since then they have been speeding along on the port tack. Soaring away like a jet fighter, in fact.
“Most of the time, we are averaging between 31 and 32 knots,” calmly explained Bernard Stamm, the most Breton of the “Swiss army knives” on board. At 1400hrs this afternoon, IDEC SPORT had averaged 29.3 knots over the previous 24 hours. Above all, this speed has been very beneficial as straight on the direct route: since the start off Ushant, the difference has been very small between the miles covered on the theoretical route (1611) and the number actually sailed out on the water (1740).
This closeness is quite exceptional. When sailing, it is not just a matter of sailing quickly, but you also have to find the right route, and the weather rarely gives you this opportunity. However, that is what is happening now. As proof of that, at the same point in their record, Loïck Peyron and his men on Banque Populaire had already carried out seven gybes. IDEC SPORT only one. The result is truly amazing if we look at the numbers: a lead of 175 miles at 1400hrs this afternoon as opposed to being 80 miles behind the record pace yesterday evening at 1930hrs.
“Yes it’s very nice indeed,” was how Francis Joyon camly described the situation, as IDEC SPORT passed to the south of the Canaries with the big, red trimaran on her way to the Equator. The line separating the two hemispheres is now less than 1500 miles from their bows, while they have already clocked up 1600 miles in two days and twelve hours.
From out on the water, the skipper of IDEC SPORT explained to us that what may appear to be a very straight line isn’t really the case. The wind shadow from the Canaries slowed the trimaran down slightly, but above all, “we have to follow the little changes as in the squalls, the NE’ly wind isn’t very stable. It can vary by 40 degrees at times. Fortunately our general bearing remains very good.” So there hasn’t been any major maneuver and IDEC SPORT is still under big gennaker, which has been the case since her only gybe, but “we really have to pay attention to trimming,” Bernard Stamm added. “In the squalls, the strength of the wind can vary a lot too. We bear away when the wind suddenly strengthens.”
The atmosphere remains upbeat aboard the boat. This is only natural, as the watch system has been re-organised. Up to now, the six men took it in turns every hour. It’s now every hour and a half with two permanently out on deck. “That means we get three hour breaks to allow us to get some rest,” noted Bernard Stamm. On top of that, it’s starting to get hot on IDEC SPORT and that too is a boost. “We have reached the point where we don’t know what to wear, because you have to remember we create a lot of apparent wind,” laughed Bernard Stamm.
He certainly knows what he is talking about when you’re talking about what to wear. There is the famous story that he was once forced to race in the Southern Ocean during a solo round the world race without any fleece or warm clothing, as he had left them behind on the pontoon. He wasn’t exactly running around in his underwear but almost. On that occasion, that didn’t stop him from winning, but this time, he has everything he needs with him.
The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew, starting and finishing between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the tip of Brittany and the Lizard Point in Cornwall.
The 6-man team must return by 15:44:15 UTC on January 6, 2016 to beat the current records. The current record held by Loïck Peyron and his crew on Banque Populaire V is 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
The crew of IDEC SPORT:
Francis Joyon (FRA)
Bernard Stamm (SUI)
Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA)
Alex Pella (ESP)
Clément Surtel (FRA)
Boris Herrmann (GER)
IDEC SPORT: http://www.idecsport-sailing.com/?lang=en
(November 24, 2015; Day 3) – While Spindrift 2 flies south in the slightly unstable trade winds, halfway between the Canaries and Cape Verde, the calmer conditions and less rough sea are allowing the boat and the sailors to dry out, to find a rhythm and get a little rest. After a gybe on the edge of the Azores High, which will be the only one in the entire North Atlantic, where Banque Populaire V, the current holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, had to make four, Spindrift 2 is now on a direct route to the equator and is 200 miles ahead.
At 17h GMT, the team on Spindrift 2 was 201 miles ahead the current record holder of the Jules Verne Trophy. The distance they have covered from the start is 1842 miles with an average speed of 230 knots over 24 hours.
Helmsman/Trimmer Dona Bertarelli commented, “Goodbye thermal layers, big oilies and boots. Hello Crocs, sunglasses and sunscreen! It’s getting a bit warmer and it’s nice. We’re still flying in a fluctuating wind of around 20 knots, on a straight line to the equator. We could not have asked for a better trajectory. This morning we passed two sailboats. One of them, skippered by Gerald Véniard, an old Figaro sailor, joined us by radio. He left the Canaries yesterday and is delivering a boat to the Caribbean. It’s good to come across people, as, once we’re in the Indian and especially in the Pacific Ocean, it’ll be more rare, actually, exceptional.”
The weather forecast for the next couple of days by Jean-Yves Bernot calls for the following:
Tuesday, November 24: A trade wind system, 22-25 knots, direction east-north-east, quite unstable. Spindrift 2 is feeling the wind shadow of the Canaries, which is cast far below the islands.
Wednesday, November 25: same punishment, same reason. Approaching the Cape Verde Islands in the morning. The trade wind there appears to be very unstable. By late afternoon, approaching the Doldrums (ITCZ), which looks, in theory, obliging.
Thursday, November 26: Crossing the Doldrums, which as we’ve seen are not too active. An evening exit is predicted, with the crossing of the equator to follow on a south-east trade wind, which should be 15-20 knots.
To beat the record, Spindrift 2 must return to Ushant before 17:43:51 GMT on January 6th, 2016, i.e. 1 minute quicker than the previous time, as per the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC) rules. Between now and then, the 14 sailors must sail around the world via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn) on the world’s largest racing trimaran. They will be supported by their onshore router Jean-Yves Bernot, who will operate from his headquarters near La Rochelle (France). Day and night, Jean-Yves will keep a close eye on the boat and on the latest weather updates, which will allow him to work with Yann Guichard and onboard navigator Erwan Israel to identify the best route to follow.
The record attempt by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and their crew began four years to the day since the current record-holder, Loïck Peyron, began his attempt. Banque Populaire V set that record at an average speed of 19.75 knots (36.58 km/h) for the theoretical shortest route of 21,600 nautical miles, but they actually travelled 28,965 miles, averaging 26.5 knots (49.08 km/h) over the six weeks. The time set in that impressive performance was 45d 13h 42m 53s, a tough time to beat.
Jules Verne Trophy:
Start and finish: a line between Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant island) and Lizard Point (England)
Course: crewed circumnavigation via the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn).
Minimum distance: 21 600 miles (40 000 km)
Ratification: World Sailing Speed Record Council, www.sailspeedrecords.com
Time to beat: 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds
Average speed: 19.75 knots on the theoretical 21,600 nautical mile route, but 26.5 knots on the actual 28,965 nautical mile route.
Date of current record: January 2012
Holder: Banque Populaire V, Loïck Peyron and a 13-man crew
Stand-by start date for Spindrift 2: October 19th, 2015
SPINDRIFT 2 CREW:
Yann Guichard, skipper
Dona Bertarelli, helmsman-trimmer
Sébastien Audigane, helmsman-trimmer
Antoine Carraz, helmsman-trimmer
Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, helmsman-trimmer
Christophe Espagnon, helmsman-bowman
Jacques Guichard, helmsman-trimmer
Erwan Israël, navigator
Loïc Le Mignon, helmsman-trimmer
Sébastien Marsset, bowman
François Morvan, helmsman-trimmer
Xavier Revil, helmsman-trimmer
Yann Riou, media reporter
Thomas Rouxel, helmsman-bowman
Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router
What went from three Canadians inviting themselves down on their way to Florida, became a 27 boat flash regatta on November 21-22 at Lake Lanier Sailing Club in Atlanta, Georgia. In fact, we had over 30 boats planning to attend but a few had to miss out due to container deliveries and other things in life.
Lake Lanier provided the perfect, central location for A-cat sailors to drive for a weekend regatta. With sailors coming from New Orleans, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and even as far as Toronto, Canada, the first ever Woods Brothers Invitational Regatta was a serious success. Entry fee was a big $25 for the weekend with $10 for dinner Saturday night. Grand Prix baby with two pro photographers and unlimited drinks.
Friday brought numerous sailors to the water for 2 practice races in extremely light conditions, with the trail continuing to the Tannery Row Ale house for dinner with one of the largest HD LED displays in the country. Something about gambling and an interstate poker club. The design and development conversation raged on through the evening…foiler vs. floater was topic number one.
The battle of the two styles began Saturday in chilly temperatures and moderate wind conditions. The day began with 18 floaters and 9 foilers, trapezing both upwind and down, but tailing off to low and slow by the second race. Lake Lanier provided some fluky and shifty challenges for the sailors, but the race committee did a fantastic job getting three races in.
Bailey White took the bullet in race one, with some impressive downwind foiling in only moderate wind conditions. Races two and three provided the sailors with some seriously light wind speed and direction changes. The downwind legs were low and slow, with next to no foiling. The legend himself, Randy Smyth, took the bullet for race two with impressive downwind speed from his extra tall mast and Bimare VR1 platform, and local hero Mike Krantz came from behind to win race three by breaking from the fleet and following the shore down to pass 4 boats in the final run.
After day one, four of the top five boats were floaters. Here are top 5 from Day 1:
1st Bailey White – 1, 2, 3 – foiler
2nd Randy Smyth – 7, 1, 2 – floater
3rd Nigel Pitt – 4, 3, 4 – floater
4th Chris Bolton – 2, 6, 5 – floater
5th Mike Krantz – 5, 14, 1 – floater
Saturday evening the sailors were treated to home-style BBQ, coleslaw and beans for dinner on the beach with the bonfire blazing and six handles of dark and stormies flowing with homemade ginger beer. Later the sailors retreated to the warmth of the clubhouse for more drinks and a video review of the recent A Class World Championship. Everyone watched in awe as Glenn Ashby and Mischa Heemskerk battled it out and dominated the field in Italy.
Sunday morning, the sailors woke up to a balmy 39 degree temperature, but a solid 12-15 knots of wind, with gusts over 20. Some of the people who camped cooled off enough to pack it up and go home. Eighteen men who either thought they could still win something, or just didn’t care, layered up and braved the cold, heading out to a very shifty and gusty Lake Lanier. The sun was bright and it turned out to not be too bad out there at all.
The foiler’s speed really began to show, as Bailey White took the bullet in race one and Pete Levesque took race two. Pete was sailing the latest and greatest technology with boomless deck sweeper sail that was air freighted to Atlanta on Wednesday from Steve Brewin. Pete was fearless on Sunday and flew faster and higher than anybody else, going full airborne and unfortunately downwind while flying around the leeward mark.
Bailey had a new sailed tramp from Bach Wilson but hadn’t gotten the deck sweeper sail and Woods curved boom together yet. His regular Brewin was still fast though even though he now had to borrow an aluminum straight boom. The top 3 in the two Sunday races consisted of 5 foilers and only one floater. The always fashion conscious Jeff Meyers, in what looked like floating BMX motorcycle gear, deserves a call out as a DNA C board sailor who maintained a commanding 3rd place in breeze on the last race ahead of most foilers.
Lastly, Ryan Boyle deserves the sportsmanship award for repairing his Marstrom after a collision on the first race knocked his port rudder off. The RC gave him redress for average points for his missed races on Saturday even though we had no protests for the regatta.
1st Bailey White 1, 2, 3, 1, 2 – JZ board eXploder foiler – total after throwout – 6
2nd Randy Smyth 7, 1, 2, 6, 11 – 16 – C board Bimare floater
3rd Nigel Pitt 4, 3, 4, 27, 6 – 17 – C board DNA floater
4th Mike Krantz 5, 14, 1, 3, 9 – 18 – C board Flyer II floater with eXploder foiling rudders (one is now at the bottom of the lake after hitting a log at 18 knots)
5th Chris Bolton 2, 6, 5, 15, 10 – 23 – Morelli and Melvin designed A2 straight board floater!!!
Top five foilers
1st Bailey White
2nd Larry Woods
3rd Matt Keenan
4th Peter Levesque
5th Joseph Bello
Top five floaters
1st Randy Smyth
2nd Nigel Pitt
3rd Mike Krantz
4th Chris Bolton
5th Ben Hall
Full results… click here.
Nigel Pitt deserves special mention as he has found a harness that hooks on and then lets go after being on the wire for a few seconds on both race days. The bonus with this harness is that you get to keep getting new tiller extensions too. None of the rest of us are looking for this feature though as we don’t carry three tillers and Nigel was mentioning something about a locking carabineer next time!
The weekend brought together an array of boats, both old and new. There were plenty of familiar faces and yet several new young guys arrived. In fact, we had more new faces at this regatta than we have had in a long time. Too many to mention to be honest but a few deserve comment.
Matt Keenan was ripping around in the air on a boat he got hooked on from Mark Skeels. Mark loaned his boat out to Matt to foil it without Matt having ever sailed the A before. He was sold. Ian Schillebeeckx from Missouri who Scott Stevenson recruited by buying a boat to bring to his home club before he knew Ian would buy it. Bill Vining loaned his boat to Richard Stephens, and Richard showed he can not only play with shipping containers but can put some serious speed down in the EVO II with a dominant start and upwind on the second race of day 1. I think Richard is hooked. Mac Mccallum who got the A after sailing the F16. Boyd Jordan who has probably the prettiest mast in the whole fleet, brings some serious tattoo cred to the A, and is capable of making most anything for his boat. Greg Rubin who now feels like the only bad thing about the A is that he didn’t discover it sooner. Brett Robinson who was loaned an eXploder from 16 year old owner Chris McCaffrey. Bach Wilson who is a new canvas and sailmaking shop owner in Greenville SC making new stuff for the A and is getting more and more into the boat and even put on long pants on Sunday.
The A class has shown that it can endure any test that comes its way. Both floater and foiler can sail together in harmony, yet scoring the types separately and then together overall proved to be the most simplistic way to keep everyone happy. Good friends, good fun and good sailing, regardless of the type of daggerboard you put down the hole. The class is stronger than ever and this event will only grow.
Report by Andrew Woods with ghost writer el Presidente
Al Mussanah, Oman (November 24, 2015) – The opening races of the Laser Radial Women’s World Championship Final Series produced the windiest conditions seen so far at the Oman Sail-organised Laser Radial Women’s World Championship with Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) on top but Marit Bouwmeester (NLD) in hot pursuit. After a tough three days on the water, and a day of relaxation yesterday, competitors were ready for action for the first, final showdown. Winds that reached in excess of 16kts made for exciting racing with the cream of the fleets embracing the conditions and producing some extremely impressive racing. Full report.
Message from Dona Bertarelli
“Goodbye thermal layers, big oilies and boots. Hello Crocs, sunglasses and sunscreen! It’s getting a bit warmer and it’s nice. We’re still flying in a fluctuating wind of around 20 knots – on a straight line to the equator. We could not have asked for a better trajectory.
This morning we passed two sailboats. One of them, skippered by Gerald Véniard, an old Figaro sailor, joined us by radio. He left the Canaries yesterday and is delivering a boat to the Caribbean.
Images by Karen Ryan & Kirk Jockell . Woods Brothers Invitational 2015 – “Eh y’all, watch this regatta!! A fantastic combination of two…
Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Left the safety of shore just for the chance – the hope – that one day you will look back and it will all be worth it? Begin the journey alongside the US Sailing Team Sperry at UNCHARTED WATERS, and watch the odyssey unfold. http://uncharted.sunbrella.com
With recent discussion regarding the Olympics, perhaps this could be a relevant reminder of why many people are inspired by what top Olympic and Paralympic athletes are trying to accomplish, both in our sport and in others.
Current position of IDEC Sport (Red) and Spindrift 2 (Gold) and the reference to Banque Populaire (Blue)
ISAF Member National Authority delegates working in Training, Coaching and Development within the MNA are invited to attend the 2016 Development Symposium set to be held in Singapore from 2-4 February 2016.
With racing for the FAST 40+ class coming on line in the Solent for 2016, hopefully a new halcyone era of British grand prix yacht racing is set to dawn with owners acquiring new hardware, specific
They’re off and the start of the most amazing global match race has begun. In the dead of night this past Sunday morning off the north coast of France two of the fastest and most amazing sailboats on this planet took off to lap the planet in an effort to break the non-stop circumnavigation record currently held by Loick Peyron and his crew aboard Banque Populaire V. The first to go was IDEC Sport skippered by Francis Joyon. At 02:02:22 GMT IDEC Sport crossed an imaginary start line that runs from the Créac’h lighthouse on Ile de Oessant (Ushant Island) to Lizard Point on the southwest corner of England. This imaginary line has served as the start of the Jules Verne Trophy since it’s inception in 1990 and the same line will serve as the finish line. It’s hard to believe but if the crew of IDEC Sport are successful in their mission they will be back just as the new year starts.
Just under two hours after IDEC Sport took off Yann Guichard and his crew on Spindrift 2 crossed the same imaginary line in search of the same record. In order to be successful both boats need to be back by late in the day January 6, 2016. The time to beat is 45 days, 13 hours, 22 minutes, and 53 seconds and was set in 2012. Spindrift 2 is the same boat that holds the record but in new livery and a refit for this almost impossible quest. They will need more than good weather to beat the time; they will need a whole lot of luck. There are so many potential pitfalls on the 25,000 mile course from floating containers to submerged ice to extremes in weather from the heat of the tropics to the bone chilling cold of the Southern Ocean.
The wind was out of the north blowing around 10 knots when both boats set off. “We don’t have much wind at the moment, just 8 to 10 knots,” said Yann Guichard shortly after they started. “The sea conditions are not easy because there is a strong current but the wind will pick up in strength. So it’s a steady start at 15-18 knots.” The breeze is expected to build to around 30 knots and the sea state to even out, a perfect way to get underway.
The first ten days will be critical. Both teams have studied the weather in minute detail to pick the very best time to start. They will need to slingshot out of there across the Bay of Biscay and past the doldrums and equator into the Southern Hemisphere. If they are not ahead of, or at least close to where Banque Populaire V was there may not be any need to continue. It’s hard to make up time and Loick Peyron himself attributed the success of there record attempt to great weather and a lot of good luck.
In under three days both boats have covered over 1,800 miles at an average speed of 30 knots. At last check both IDEC Sport and Spindrift 2 were separated by just a few miles and both boats were just under 200 miles ahead of where Banque Populaire V was at the same time into their journey.
To me it seems as if the record could well be broken. In past attempts the boats have been racing an imaginary ship; these two boats are going to be going head to head pushing each other every inch of the way. There is nothing like a physical boat on the horizon ahead to stir competitive spirit. In any event it’s going to be a clash of titans to wrap up what’s been an amazing year of open ocean racing. Bon chance to both boats. We are looking forward to some spectacular racing. Most of all be safe.
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The Radial World competitors were back in action today with the first races of the Final series. The wind was a bit stronger, which was a good sign for Britain’s Alison Young…
Australian solo sailor Katrina Ham reached Guadeloupe and finished the Mini Transat 2015 race on Thursday 19 November. She is the only Australian among the 56 finishers and she is the first Australian to complete the epic solo challenge since 2009.
Australian solo sailor Katrina Ham reached Guadeloupe and finished the Mini Transat 2015 race on Thursday 19 November…
The 2015 Para World Sailing Championships will see 142 sailors from 31 nations compete across three Paralympic events in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia from 27 November to 3 December.
HOME MOVIES – From Way Out West: Launching and sailing a new catamaran design – freezing cold, but great fun! Again, apologies for somehow screwing up the camera – it was all filmed at 90 degrees skewiffed and when I rotated it in the editor programme the edges were cut off. I promise I’ll never do it again! Check out the earlier videos we made about other catamaran designs we came up with made from building materials..
https://youtu.be/1Az5N9VcPZ0 (this is the first – so you can see where it all began..)
Andrew Murdoch kept the home crowd happy on the opening day of the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand…
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Just 30 nautical miles now separate the front three yachts…
Adventures of a Sailor Girl managed to catch up with a few sailors at the launch of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race…
Move over Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise and Jean-Claude Van Damme – we’ve got some action movie stars of our own coming to selected cinemas soon…
From Joe onboard GryphonSolo2:
I am writing to try to recap the highlights and learnings from Week One of the projected 16-19 week solo, circumnavigation record attempt.
Departure: My departure on early Sunday morning from Newport Shipyard was filled with bittersweet emotions as I was very sad to leave my wife Kim and son Emmett on the dock. After wiping away some tears and taking a few minutes to collect myself, we pushed off the dock and before I knew it I was past Breton Reef bout and launched on a four month solo circumnavigation. Holy Shit Batman- be careful what you wish for! The feeling was kind of surreal, as if this were not really happening to me, and I would just sail to Block Island like usual and have a mudslide and fried calamari at the Oar. Not today sir.
Weather: We were absolutely pounded right out of the box and for the first five days with wind between 20 and 45 knots, luckily mainly from the North, so behind us. We were sailing really fast – 11-24 knots- and it made me remember what a fabulous boat I have- she just wants to pick up and go.
The lobster pot: As I feared, I snagged a large lobster pot buoy going 15 knots over the Continental Shelf in the middle of the first night out- nice. Luckily I had ordered my new Japanese Ginsu knife set while watching TV too late at night and was able to cut myself free- good thing- as otherwise I’d probably still be there- as I was not psyched to go scuba diving that night.
The accidental gybe in the Gulf Stream: My two nemeses are the Cape Cod Canal and the Gulf stream- bad stuff always seems to happen there.
In horrible cross sea conditions, the stern of the boat was picked up and tossed in such a way that the wind caught the mainsail on its opposite side and the traveler car came screaming across the boat and smashed a block while I waded around in knee deep water in the cockpit. Pretty scary.
To bring things full circle, after the storm blew itself out, I was becalmed for about four hours last night, but am now moving well again in an Easterly breeze that feels like trade winds but may just be the precursor. I decided to totally chill while becalmed rather than stress and watched two great movies: The Departed, with Dinero, Damon and Dicaprio and then Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt- most enjoyable.
- The boat can handle just about anything with the right sail plan. With three reefs in the main and the ORC #4 jib, we can handle up to 45 knots. The last move would be the fourth reef and storm jib, which would handle 50 knots and above. In the light stuff- we can match wind speed with the Code Zero on a beam reach- so this boat, equipped with great sails, really is the weapon of choice for this mission.
- The water maker would not make water at the higher boat speeds as it could not get adequate suction to bring in salt water to convert to fresh. I was beginning to worry about this as I do not have near enough water onboard to make it around- but working on the advice of Josh Hall and Brian Harris, I ran a hose from the water maker to the leeward water ballast tank and allowed the unit to pull salt water from there and it ran beautifully and made about 4 gallons in four hours- setting my mind at ease.
- The onboard environment: food has been good with breakfast of coffee and granola and blueberries or cinnamon apples, lunch of tuna, chicken or salmon with mayo on a wrap or mixed in with ramen noodles- dinners Mountain House freeze dried- Beef stroganoff, sweet and sour pork, chicken a la king- chocolate and cookie as needed- not bad at all. I have been able to get a decent amount of sleep each 24 hour period despite the rough weather- mostly sleeping in full FW gear on sail bags so I can get up if I need to. As it gets warmer now I will look forward to the bunk.
- Weather and navigation have been a nice team effort with Commanders Weather who selected a great window for my fast departure and has allowed me to get about halfway to my Leg One Waypoint at 15 North / 35 West. The Leg is about 2,684 miles long and I have covered about 1,340 on the Great Circle route from Newport (although I sailed more miles than that on my actual path) and have about the same distance to go this coming week. Commanders predicted 15 days duration for this opening leg- I’m hoping I can beat that- and be there before November 30th.
Joe departed on Sunday from Newport Shipyard in Newport, RI onboard the class 40 GryphonSolo2 in an attempt to break the 40 foot monohull record for non-stop round-the-world sailing.
The naval architect-designed boat was built out of environmentally friendly materials.
Adventurer and environmentalist Davey du Plessis is aiming to cross the southern Atlantic from South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, on a customized, pedal-powered boat.
The 27-year old and his mother, Robyn Wolff, 50, are set to attempt the more than 4,000-mile crossing in late November, to draw attention to environmental issues.
Dubbed the Atlantic Project, the trip is expected to take between three and five months, at an average speed of 2.5 knots, depending on weather conditions in the Atlantic.
In his blog, du Plessis writes that he chose the pedalo design after looking into designs for rowboats often used in Atlantic and other ocean crossings.
“Not only did a pedal boat seem as having the most efficient propulsion system, it also allowed me to have a cockpit within the boat and cover from the elements, meaning that I wasn’t exposed to the unforgiving ocean conditions,” du Plessis said.
His boat, Vaquita, was designed by American naval architect Dudley Vix and built by du Plessis’ uncle, a boat-builder in South Africa. The boat is named after an endangered porpoise, and designed to withstand the southern Atlantic’s notoriously rough conditions and to self-right if it capsizes.
With the words Extinction Six emblazoned on the boat’s hull, Vaquita and its Atlantic crossing is an attempt by du Plessis to highlight the Holocene extinction, the ongoing mass extinction of species caused mainly by human activity. Du Plessis’ project page cites an estimate that between 30 and 50 percent of all species will face extinction by 2050 given the current estimated extinction rate.
Vaquita was made from Forestry Stewardship Council-certified marine plywood from France joined by EcoPoxy, a plant-based epoxy resin manufactured in the US.
Du Plessis’ and Wolff’s crossing will be the first to depart from South Africa and the first by a team of two attempting to cross the South Atlantic non-stop from east to west under human power.
The Atlantic Project is du Plessis’ third expedition. He has previously cycled across Africa in 2011 and sailed the Amazon River in 2012.
By this time of year tropical storm season has usually ended in Mexico, not only from Cabo north, but also off mainland Mexico. Currently the National Hurricane Center…
It began in 2015, the first-ever America’s Cup Tour with America, the 139-foot replica of the schooner that launched the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 by defeating the best the British could offer to win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Pound Cup.”
Troy Sears, owner of the America, initiated the program, beginning on the west coast of North America in 2015 before taking America through the Panama Canal to continue the tour in 2016 with stops along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checked in with Troy about 2015 and his plans for 2016 and beyond…
How much distance did you cover this year?
From July to September, we enjoyed 34 stops, beginning in San Diego and extending up north to Victoria, BC. Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA was our most northerly US stop. Also of note, we traveled up the Columbia River and through the Ballard Locks into Lake Washington which are Bucket List voyages for any sailor.
What was the vision for the tour?
After ORACLE TEAM USA won on Feb 14th, 2010, I was in Valencia with the team when the idea came to me to have the America tour the US to reconnect The America’s Cup with the US fan base. What we learned this year was how we all became very passionate about spending time with junior sailors and their instructors, sharing the history of the America and her role in US history.
The Millennials really don’t know about The America’s Cup and the America. I was constantly reminded of how I got involved in sailing at age 9 and the impact that sailing and The America’s Cup had on my life. I believe that sailing is the greatest activity to teach our children the value of self-reliance and the ability of converting fear into confidence through learning and experience. I hope we sparked the same passion with the juniors that came on board.
Describe the program that you presented.
It really changes at every venue depending on what is important to each club or organization. After all, we are there to serve. For example, at Port Townsend (WA) the locals are very knowledgeable about wooden boats, so the dockside tour of the America – with the ability to answer questions about her build and rig – was really important. At Sail Sand Point (WA), it was about the juniors where there are over 200 kids in their programs. They are doing an amazing job. In Rainier (OR), they did not have a yacht club or sailing program, but we had a great day with their Boy Scout Troop. In San Francisco, it was a spirited sail under the Golden Gate which was most important.
Did you find people were generally aware of the plans for the 2017 America’s Cup?
We learned that there are two worlds. Baby Boomers, like me, are aware of the America’s Cup, but generally only those who are sailors are aware of the winged-powered foiling catamarans and that the next defense is in Bermuda. So presenting video highlights from the AC 72’s in SF, or the recent ACWS events, are met with really cool reactions when they see the speed and technology of a modern AC yacht. And then, like mentioned above, Millennials are typically learning about The America’s Cup for the first time unless they are active in sailing. – Read on
With three teams in the top ten of the ISAF World Rankings, Denmark is doing something right in the 49erFX. Ida Marie Badd Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen, who recently won bronze in the 49erFX World Championship, credit the team’s success to its openness in training and tactics.
“We have meetings before and after every practice to discuss plans and technique,” says Olsen. “If one of us has a question, we ask the others. Often, others will have the solution. We’re really open in our squad about what we learn, because we all have the goal of winning the gold at the Olympics. Our way to do that is by working together and sharing all of our knowledge.”
Nielsen and Olsen regularly train with Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen, as well as Maiken Foght Schutt and Anne-Julie Schutt. They’ve made the effort to train with athletes from other countries, as well, but they’ve found the results weren’t quite the same. “Often, we feel like they’re not all the way open compared to our teammates,” says Olsen. “They will always tell you if you ask specifically, but they won’t just tell you something if they know it.”
During a training session in Argentina, Olsen and Neilsen were struggling to keep their heel angle steady when jibing in choppy waves. “We found that if we made our jibes very slow, it was much easier to keep the heeling stable all the way,” says Olsen. “Anne-Julie was struggling with that as well, and when we came in she asked me what I was doing. So, I told her that Ida said the heeling is more stable if we do it super slow.”
Neilsen and Olsen agree that sharing such information contributed to their success at worlds, and to the rest of the squad’s solid performance.
All three Danish teams have a shot at competing in the Olympics in Rio next year. While the country is qualified for a berth, Team Denmark is in the middle of their individual trials. Though they’re competing directly with each other for the coveted spot, they continue to focus on team unity.
“We think that we will get an extra edge over Italy and Brazil from working together as a group,” says Olsen. “We try to sail as many high-level regattas as we can in between, so that we can have as much practice as possible. We’ll also continue to train in Rio, but our focus is on our training and trials right now.”
In the end, whichever team is selected for Rio, another team will stay on as a sparring partner for the Olympic team. “The goal is to medal for Denmark, and continue as a group,” says Neilsen. “Whichever team it is, that’s the object.”
Extreme Sailing Series 2015 – A local wildcard entry of Aussie sailors is beginning an intensive training build-up…
The Mrs. Charles Frances Adams Cup, or “Adams Cup” for short, was the competition for the United States Women’s Sailing Championship. The Adams Cup was first held in 1924 and was raced annually until the event was retired in 2011.
Run by US Sailing, eliminations were held throughout the country, and the finals were raced in a different type of boat each year to eliminate any advantage a sailor from any particular class might otherwise have. Competitors sailed boats provided by the host club, and teams were required to race each boat at the event once so that nobody will have an advantage in terms of equipment – similar to high school and collegiate sailing.
The Mrs. Charles Frances Adams Trophy is now on display in the Reading Room of the Tom Morris Library at the US National Sailing Hall of Fame.
A reunion of Adams Cup participants was held in October during the 2015 US National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, and now the Hall of Fame committee is working to identify all participants in the Adams Cup and theirs stories.
Those who participated are encouraged to let the Hall know how to contact you and others with whom you may be in touch to help build the network and enhance the Adams Cup web page. If you have any information on former Adams Cup competitors and/or stories, please contact Sam Healy at [email protected]
(November 23, 2015) – David Storrs (Southport, CT) remains in the number one spot in the U.S. rankings with wins at the Better Chip Match Regatta at Oakcliff Sailing and the Chicago Match Cup, and a strong second place at the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship. Stephanie Roble (East Troy, WI) and her Epic Racing team continue as the number one U.S. women match racers, and are number four in the world, with a strong win at the Buddy Melges Challenge, a stop on the Womens International Match Racing (WIM) Series which they recently won in Busan, Korea. Full Story.
San Francisco, CA (November 23, 2015) – The Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS) teamed up with Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS), Women’s International Match Racing Association (WIMRA), and Blind Sailing Unlimited to hold the first Blind Match Racing Clinic in the United States using the Homerus acoustic mark system. The clinic was run to introduce visually impaired sailors to the blind match racing discipline and help encourage participation at the 2016 ISAF Blind Match Racing World Championship held in Sheboygan in September 2016 in conjunction with the 2016 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship. Full Report.
In this week’s WoW TWO over 100 Foot Trimarans start our racing around the world non-stop for the Jules Verne trophy (IDEC Sport & Spindrift 2), the “prototype” division on the Mini 6.5 meter Transat is decided, the MC 38’s have their final regatta on Sydney Harbour, the Harken International Junior Match Racing is on Pittwater Sydney, Aussie adventured Don McIntire announces the 2018 Golden Globe non-instrument single handed round the world race and he’s got heaps of starters, French sailor Franck Cammas does what every sailor dreams of doing, sailing a foiling cat around Cape Horn???? Well, it’s there isn’t it? Our mate, yachting journalist, Sebastien Destremau drops the mast in his IMOCA 60 as he gets ready for next year’s Vendee Globe and we preview the Nacra 15.
The RC44 Class has once again migrated to the Caribbean for the winter.
North Sails will today officially open their new UK sail loft based in the maritime south coast hub of Gosport…
A night under the stars in Sanya, China set the scene for the 2015 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. Determination, persistence and the pursuit of excellence were clearly shared amo
Industry leaders tell us that participation in sailing worldwide is slowly contracting. But based on our decidedly unscientific observations, there doesn’t seem to be any slowdown in the number of adventurers who are cruisi…
The picture over the Atlantic from Saturday, November 21 was a dream one for any Jules Verne challenger: an anticyclone in the North Atlantic and a low-pressure area in the Mediterranean. Between these two systems, a strong and consistent north-easterly at least until the Canaries. After that we’ll see…
Everything was perfect, right down to the smallest detail, as is clear in the top right of
The Yandoo crew of John Winning, Jim Beck and Cameron McDonald won a dramatic Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.
Winning, who has been sailing 18ft Skiffs for 40 years on the harbour, and his team grabbed the lead shortly after the start and sailed faultlessly to score a narrow victory over Smeg.
Yandoo crossed the finish line 15s ahead of Smeg (Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge, Mike McKensey) with Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, John Winning Jr., Nick Catley) another 18s back in third place.
IDEC Sport just released this interview with Francis Joyon since the big red Maxi Trimaran departed for their Jules Verne Record attempt:
They have done it. IDEC SPORT gybed towards the south off Gibraltar. A few minutes later, the trimaran picked up speed under big gennaker and Francis Joyon was able to answer some of our questions for the first time since the start off Ushant. Remaining incredibly calm as ever, he told us about the “spectacular” conditions during the first 24 hours of racing, the aim of the gybe and how united the six crewmen have been aboard
This week-end will start the final act of the 2015 Flying Phantom Series that will take place in Hamilton – Bermuda…
So you’re heading to Langkawi this December for the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. You know what to do, you know where you’re staying, you know what you’re going to eat but do you know where you’ll be sailing and what conditions to expect?
The Clipper Round the World Race may be a travel agency dressed up as a yacht race, so you can forgive us (and the rest of the racing world) for not paying much attention to a round-the-world ‘race’ that’s always had its share of unqualified skippers, useless crew, and now fatal accidents.
Until now, there just wasn’t much to watch outside the occasional crash or capsize, but all that’s changed with the addition of former Miss Universe Great Britain winner Amy Willerton to the crew of the Garmin boat for the final, cold and nasty homecoming leg from New York to London. We’re not sure how much Sir Robin paid the blonde smokeshow best known for her stunning resemblance to Cindy Crawford in her heyday (see her Miss Universe pic here) but we’re certainly paying attention now – as is the rest of the world. Regardless of who is actually winning the race (and no, we’re not going to look it up), we know which boat we’ll be following, and we salute this latest chick for getting out of her comfort zone for a trip with the potential for some real nastiness. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll get the bug and become a real racer. Fingers crossed, and thread here.
Tom Gillard and Andy Couch from Hayling Island SC raced their 505 to victory in the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash after surviving a stormy Saturday…
The Canadian Melges 24 contingent loves Miami seafood, but 4-time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke got more than he bargained for when two fat Spanish Mackerel nearly took his head off last weekend in the Miami Melges 24 Invitational – the ‘test event’ for next year’s Worlds. One fish landed in the cockpit, but it escaped beforethe Zingara crew could bust out the rigging knives and make sushi…results are here.
Photo copyright Petey Crawford, Penalty Box Productions.