The winds were light when racing started at noon. The temperature was in the high 80’s for most of the day…
The winds were light when racing started at noon. The temperature was in the high 80’s for most of the day…
Firsthand lessons are often the most valuable way to become a better racing sailor.
Two around the cans races were completed on day four of Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes
The British Sailing Team having some fun in the lead up to the Rio Games with this parody of The Italian Job movie. Video published on Jul 21, 2016.
Falmouth Week will be taking place at the Cornish port between 5-14 August. Expect regattas, a carnival atmosphere and plenty of shoreside entertainment.
The Falmouth Week Regatta features up to seven days of fleet racing for yachts, dayboats and dinghies.
This all takes place in the expansive waters of Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads in the lower Fal estuary and the harbour
There are daily and series prizes, with racing taking place every day from 7-13 August.
Racing during the regatta. Credit: Becky Maynard
The regatta is the largest of its kind in the south west.
Vantage points to catch the races include Pendennis Point and the coastal paths.
The regatta is organised every year by The Port of Falmouth Sailing Association (PoFSA), an association run by the six major sailing clubs of Falmouth, Mylor, St Mawes and Helford areas of Cornwall.
The seven days of racing are complimented with a large programme of shoreside entertainment running over the full 10 days of the event.
Falmouth Week Carnival. Credit Sharon Broughton
For the first time, visitors be able to view Falmouth harbour from 60ft in the air on the Big Wheel, which will be on Prince of Wales Pier all week.
The shoreside entertainment includes:
For full details visit the event’s website.
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John Bertrand, American silver medalist in the Finn event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, will be coaching Guatemalan Laser sailor Juan Maegli at the Rio Games. Here John comments about the venue vibe this week…
It’s hard to comprehend after four years of planning and preparation, the Olympic sailing venue will open on July 24. Most of the teams have finished their final training regattas in Rio and will take a break before the last push leading up to the Olympic regatta.
Some will head home hoping to return refreshed while others will stay in Brazil not wanting to risk getting sick or overcoming jet lag. The first day of racing is on Monday August 6th.
Once the venue opens, practice times on the bay will be limited by the organizers to certain hours during the day. The days are short anyway with the light sea breeze typically filling in around 13:00 and shutting off just before the sun sets at 17:30.
Unlike the Northern Hemisphere where it is light late into the night, the race committee will be hard pressed to complete a full schedule of races with a light wind forecast.
The sailors will have to be mentally prepared for racing in difficult conditions if the weather is anything less than ideal. Patience and experience will should rule the day in what is an extremely complex sailing venue.
For a brief video… click here.
Lingshui is not a venue that will be familiar to many (if any) anarchists, even if they did do rather well at school geography. Probably not even familiar to many Chinese but this past weekend it was the venue for the first ever R&F Bay Regatta sailed in J80s.
The venue is a custom built marina at the mouth of a small river on Hainan surrounded by an upmarket real estate development, the seas are blue, as are the skies and the wind produced a variety from 8 through to 12 knots over the weekend.
Again, for those who are not so hot on their geography, Hainan is China’s tropical island in the south so given that, and the month being July, it was cooking. So being on a RIB that could occasionally charge around creating apparent wind was most welcome
Add to the equation 10 competitive teams a competent and organised RO and a judge team drawn from the UK, Taiwan and China doing their business on the water and you have the recipe for a great event.
A total of 9 races (10 if you include the practice race) produced some close racing with never more than minutes covering 1st to last…
HERE WE GO! The best high-performance monohull yacht racing circuit heads to Puerto Portals for the third regatta of the season.
Puerto Portals Sailing Week – 25th-29th July. Official Practice Race on Sunday 24th July. Follow the 52 Super Series for all of the action.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Alicante will remain the home of the Race HQ and departure for at least two more editions after 2017-18.
The 470 sailor Roberta Caputo of Italy is reported to have tested positive for steroids and has been suspended from the Rio Olympics
The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sailing, also reaching an unrivalled number of sports fans.
US Sailing has announced that Sally Barkow, Clerc Cooper, and Tarasa Davis are nominees for the Board of Directors. Online voting opens August 29, 2016. Full report.
The warm sunny weather today in Denmark generated just enough seabreeze to start an afternoon offshore race…
(July 20, 2016; Day 3) – The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet is contending with squalls, lightning and navigating the North Sea oil rigs, and with the lead changing multiple times in the last 24 hours, the pressure is intense. Full report.
Our beloved Shanghai Sailor has seemingly gone too far….not!
Bitch: What an extraordinarily offensive post by Shanghai Sailor. The Olympics is about winning medals not simply making the final. At the 2012 Olympics Australian sailors won 3 gold medals and one silver to clearly lead the medal tally.
It could very easily have been 4 gold. The 3 medal winners were dominant and have since transferred their winning form to other disciplines of our sport.
Australia was the dominant sailing nation in 2012. Let’s acknowledge that and look forward to Rio 2012. Credit where it is due please.
Reply: Oh dear, it would seem that we have upset someone.
Mr Graham Burrell who as “Executive in charge of Production – Foxtel Olympics at Foxtel” an Australian broadcaster, and has an obvious vested interest in the viewer figures in Australia called our article on who had the bragging rights after the Weymouth Olympic Regatta “extraordinarily offensive”.
Mr Burrell perhaps? He clearly needs to take a chill pill.
In the first line of his – yes, let’s call it a tirade – he states “The Olympics is about winning medals not simply making the final.” Well I would have thought the executive in charge of production of the Olympics might have had a better knowledge of the basic concept of the event.
Perhaps we are both wrong as, in the view of Pierre de Coubertin, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. Note to Mr. Burrell : Baron de Coubertin founded the Modern Olympics by the way.
What was intended as a somewhat playful challenge to our down under sailors whom we have enormous respect for, the likes of Burling and Tuke in the 49er & Aleh & Powrie in the 470(W) – oops sorry Graham, they are Kiwis, hope that doesn’t upset you too.
But Belcher & Ryan would be very disappointed to come away with anything less shiny than gold….
Shirley Robertson made it into the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic gold medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
At the Rio Games, Shirley will be working with the BBC to deliver the sailing news back to the kingdom, and here chats with Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck about what she expects at the Rio Games.
The sailing venue at the 2016 Rio Games is in the heart of the city.
The Olympics are about to happen; you see all the guys and girls intently training. As for the imperfections that we’ve all heard about, if you cross your fingers and squint your eyes a bit, it’s potential is immense. Sailing has the best backdrop of any sport. Maybe beach volleyball on Copacabana can compete. So the opportunity is there for sailing to gain unprecedented attention.
As for the competition, sailing is hard sport and this venue is very hard. I think there’ll be loads of stories. All the favourites won’t win. It will require mental toughness that perhaps we haven’t seen for a while. It will be exceedingly difficult and emotional, and if it’s all okay, it will be incredible for sailing. You’re right in the heart of it. For us in the BBC, you won’t do a remote interview to London. You’ll be there in the main studio. You’re absolutely part of a bigger thing. You’re not just off on some satellite location.
The Olympics are not your average regatta. Having competed in four Games, how would you describe the experience?
Well, they don’t happen very often, and for them to happen when you as an athlete are ready is rare. It’s hard. For you to be in your best condition, with the ideal teammate if needed, going as well as you can, at a venue that suits you, well, the stars have to line up for that to happen.
I think particularly in sailing, we beaver away every single day towards this one event. So never mind the pressure from being part of the bigger team or the pressure of the regatta. It is the pressure for each person to work every single day, generally unnoticed, towards something this huge … it’s dealing with that. It’s big and it’s emotional.
I feel quite privileged now, with the job I have at the Olympics, that win or lose, I’m the first person they see and the first person they talk to. That’s a really, really, really privileged sport and I suppose, more than most, I know how much it means to them. This could be their one moment, and knowing that you might only have that one chance, it is an incredible– it just means everything. It means so much and I suppose, as years go on you think, “Well, it’s just a sailing race and it’s just sport,” but I know at that time to them it’s much more than that. I know now life goes on, but at that moment, they don’t know that.
Let’s talk about the pressure of the Games.
In other areas of our sport, you could say there’s plenty of pressure, such as at the America’s Cup. But it’s a different sort of pressure. They take home a hefty check, win or lose, so it’s different. No one’s making money from being an Olympian, not really, so it’s a big deal to devote everything you have towards this one thing. – Read on
To read Craig’s complete conversation with Shirley where she discusses her personal Olympic experiences… click here.
Newport Beach, CA (July 20, 2016) – Defending champion Harry Price with his crew of Murray Jones, Ben Robinson (AUS) posted a perfect 6-0 today at the 50th Annual Governor’s Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship to take the lead over the 12 team field. Following the completion of the double round robin stage, the top four teams will advance to the knock out rounds. With nine flights remaining, the teams vying to advance are Price (12-1), Nevin Snow (11-2), Sam Gilmour (9-4), William Dargaville (7-6), and Lachy Gilmour (7-6). Full report.
Newport, RI (July 20, 2016) – There was a time when Roland Filion thought he’d never be on the water again. He broke his neck in 1974 when he jumped into shallow water at Burlingame State Park and Campground in Charlestown and was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound.
This week, Filion, 63, piloted a 20-foot Independence sailboat through Newport Harbor with instructor Fraser MacKechnie, 19, tending the lines, making sure the mainsail and the jib were right.
The harbor excursion was part of a program offered by Sail to Prevail, a nonprofit organization based in Newport, RI. Filion, who lives in Lincoln, said the experience was like a dream come true, providing him a sense of freedom and independence.
“I used to go sailing and swimming all the time, but I kind of gave up on it,” said Filion, who served in the Navy from 1970-74, and left as a seaman.
“Now, I’m cycling, sailing, doing all sorts of things. Sailing is the best. Yesterday, I was playing golf. I was hitting them straight. That surprised me. Not far, but straight, so I’m getting there.”
He doesn’t think about the swimming accident much anymore, he said, but he lives with the consequences every day. Still, no matter how bleak things might look, there is always hope, he said.
“For anyone who’s had an accident like mine, I’d tell them to get involved in a program like this and not to give up,” Filion said. “Life is good and it’s all of what you make it.”
Heather L. Oberg of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said the Sail to Prevail program was one of several offered this week to close to 50 military veterans with disabilities from across New England. – The Newport Daily News, full story
The priority on race day three at the 2016 420 World Championships in Sanremo was to get the qualification stage…
All images sent by Jasper van Staveren – Click for Slideshow and HQ – Full gallery (+200 pics) at web.facebook.com/f16worlds2016 –
Henry Demesmaeker & Alec Bagué (Viper) lead after 8 races completed. Second place for Emmanuel Le Chapelier -Eric Bouedec (Bimare) and 3rd for Louis Flament-Charles Dorange.
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Results at www.f16worlds2016.com/results
(July 20, 2016) – All eyes are on the Vic-Maui elapsed time record, currently 9 days, 2 hours, 8 minutes set in 2000 by Jim McDowell on the Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion. Closing in today on the finish, Valkyrie (TP52), Kinetic V (TP52), and Westerly (SC70) are all lined up to beat it. Full report.
The long, slow erosion of the Olympics’ claim to sporting purity has reached a new landmark now that the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro will be gambled on inside Nevada sports books.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board, acting on the interests of race and sports book directors in the state, agreed last year to allow bettors to wager on Olympic events for the first time since the practice was forbidden in 2001.
Asked if the world should pause to mourn the lost innocence once associated with the Games, the head of Las Vegas’ powerful Westgate Superbook saw no reason to shed a tear.
“‘Used to be’ is exactly right, because almost everyone in the Olympics is getting paid now,” Jay Kornegay said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. The Kenyans in the marathon, the Russians — they get paid. Our athletes get endorsements. There are very few amateurs left.”
Experts speculate Nevada books will accept around $20 million to $30 million in betting tickets on Olympic events, a small fraction compared to the sports that gamblers bet most frequently on the big boards along The Strip.
Jay Rood, director of the race and sports book for MGM Resorts, said he expects 70% of Olympic bets to be on men’s basketball games. – LA Times, full story
BETTING: While Sailing won’t be among the sports to bet on in Las Vegas, it is an option elsewhere such as at Paddy Power Sportsbetting. Among the North American competitors, the best odds are in the Men’s and Women’s 470 events where the USA team is among the favorites to medal.
OLYMPIC CREED: The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
Copenhagen, Denmark (July 20, 2016) – The warm sunny weather today generated just enough seabreeze to start an afternoon offshore race for all three classes, a necessary component to the format of the ORC World Championship 2016.
This race is especially important for Classes B and C, whose 59 entries each have been split into two groups, and the results from the four inshore and one offshore race will be used to determine which teams advance forward into the Gold and Silver fleets.
Race managers had four course options of varied lengths ready at the starts held just off the harbor venue at Skovshoved, and chose a 37-mile track for Class A and a shorter 27-mile track for Classes B and C, mindful that the setting sun would take with it the light seabreeze and leave nothing in its wake.
The Class A course started with a short windward beat, followed by a long spinnaker run to the island of Ven, just east of Rungsted. From there the fleet was supposed to wind its way south towards the Pinhattan buoy west of Barsebackshamn, Sweden, across back to the Middelgrund Fort at the mouth of the harbor at Copenhagen, and then to the finish at Skovshoved.
But the lack of wind and strong opposing current kept the Class A fleet stuck for hours near Ven, and with no prospect of a filling breeze coming to save them, race managers decided to abandon their race. This race will be re-scheduled for tomorrow.
Classes B and C were sent on a similar course, but rounded a mark south of Ven off the Swedish town of Landskrona, and thus had enough breeze to complete their course. First to round the top mark and the leader of the pack around this course most of the way to the finish was Claus Landmark’s Landmark 43 Santa, the leader of Class B coming into today. The dying air on the last leg and some clever tactics, however, allowed Ralf Aspholm’s MAT 1180 Datacom to overtake and pass Santa to take line honors in the race.
“It was a tough battle with Santa all around the course,” said Aspholm, “but we had a few good moves at the end and got by them. This was a great way to end the race.”
Corrected time results for both classes will be available later tonight as more boats cross the finish line. This will determine who makes the cut for the Gold and Silver fleets.
One team hoping for a good result to make this cut is Morten Christiensen’s Bavaria 35 Match Betty Boop II, whose Greg Roods said “This was champagne sailing today: flat water, enough wind and space to have a lane, perfect warm sunny weather. We sail a lot at home in Norway, but the competition is amazing here: there was only something like four minutes in corrected time between first and last in the inshore races, so any mistake is really magnified here. Regardless of the results, we’re having a great time.”
Other news from today is that at midday while awaiting at the Skipper’s Briefing for Principal Race Officer Christian Larche to announce the course options, skippers and crews listened to a pitch from representatives from the next major ORC championship in the Baltic region, the 2017 ORC European Championship in Gdansk, Poland.
Michal Korneszczuk of the Pomeranian Sailing Association gave a description of the strong support given by the city for the event, the superb downtown venue that will be used, and the high level of racing they will produce with the help of having entries come from throughout Europe and beyond. The event’s dates are set for almost exactly a year from now: 21-29 July 2017.
The forecast for tomorrow is for slightly more wind than today – 8-12 knots – so the plan is for inshore racing for Classes B and C to start at 12:00 and an offshore race for Class A to start at 10:00.
Racing concludes Saturday, July 23.
Background: Since 1969, ORC has provided the most scientific and transparent VPP-based rating system in the world, used to create fair racing among a broad variety of boat types. Over 10,000 ORC certificates were issued by 39 rating offices around the world in 2015, and ORC organizes the annual ORC World Championship, an inshore and offshore event sanctioned by World Sailing, the international governing body of the sport of sailing
Source: ORC Class
Spindrift 2 arrived in St Malo on 19 July, having crossed the Atlantic Ocean in just over six days to win the ninth edition of the Transat Quebec-St Malo.
Travelling at an average speed of just over 22 knots, Spindrift 2 has smashed the race record for the Transat Quebec-St Malo.
The world’s largest trimaran arrived under a full moon in St Malo at 23.17 local time on 19 July, winning not just line honours but beating Loïck Peyron’s 1996 race record by just under two days.
The black and gold Spindrift 2 raced across the Atlantic Ocean in 6 days, 1 hour, 17 minutes and 41 seconds.
Spindrift 2 was skippered during the 3212 nautical miles of racing by multihull specialist Yann Guichard.
The crew also included helmsman and trimmer Dona Bertarelli, Sam Goodchild, Jack Bouttell, Duncan Späth, Erwan Israel, Erwan Le Roux, Xavier Revil, Jacques Guichard, Antoine Carraz, Simone Gaeta, François Morvan, Thierry Duprey Du Vorsent and Chris Schmid.
The crew’s main rival at the start of the race was Musandam-Oman Sail, which capsized off the coast of Canada early on.
Speaking after crossing the finish line, Yann Guichard said he was “super happy” with the time.
“Before the start we thought it might be possible and thought that we might be able to do it in under the seven days, but to have gone down to six days is pretty amazing. The whole team did a great job,” he said.
Guichard also let slip that new crewmembers, Sam Goodchild and Jack Boutelle, will now be included in their Jules Verne Trophy attempt.
“They adapted very quickly to the boat and their watch systems, and fitted in well with the team. I am delighted as it will be two new people to join us around the world,” he said.
“They don’t know that yet, so they might find out if they listen to what I am saying to you! The team spirit on board was great and we could happily cross the Atlantic again tomorrow or sail around the world!” added Spindrift 2’s skipper.
The team will remain in St Malo for a few days before taking the trimaran back to its base in La Trinite sur Mer.
Here, they will start preparations for the Jules Verne Trophy attempt this winter.
In a field of very talented, Nevin Snow is the oldest skipper racing this year, returning to the scene of his 2011 win.
Leaderboard looks funny as we re-started Turnagain and Forty in new two-boat match race for supremacy in Cruising Class
Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2016 Panerai British Classic Week and provided this gallery of images.
After a four hour delay, the breeze played ball and served up three races for each of 420 Open, Ladies and U17 fleets.
Spindrift 2 is expected to have devoured all 2,897 nautical miles of the course for Transat Quebec Saint-Malo…
High pressure brought sunny weather, but also some long delays awaiting fitful seabreeze to fill enough to hold one race…
Every position in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge is still up for grabs with the fleet tightly bunched heading
Sean McMillan’s Flight of Ufford claimed line honours in the EFG Around the Island Race on day 3 of Panerai British Classic Week at Cowes
For Karpak, Olympic ambitions are more than a singlehanded drive for the gold. For him it is very much a family affair…
The United States International 420 Class Association, at the Annual General Assembly meeting of the International 420 Class Association held July 16 prior to the Class World Championships (July 18-23) in San Remo, Italy, presented a bid to the Member National Authorities of the Class to host the 2018 World Championship Regattas in Newport, Rhode Island.
The presentation was a joint effort of the US I-420 Class Association Board and Sail Newport, the latter being the highly successful Rhode Island Public Sailing Center – headed by Executive Director, Brad Read and Regatta Director, Kim Cooper. Sail Newport Facilities are located in Fort Adams State Park on the shore of famous Newport Bay.
The more than 25 Member National Authorities from around the World in attendance at this year’s I-420 World Championship Regattas in San Remo voted unanimously to approve the United States as the host for the 2018 Championship Regattas. The competition will take place from the 8th to the 15th of August, 2018 – right on the heels of Sail Newport hosting the Volvo Ocean Race Fleet for their American stop-over.
This year’s World Championship Regattas for the I-420 Open/Men’s Class; Women’s Class and the new Under 17 Classes (U17) in the Open/Men’s and Women’s Classes set an an all-time record for entries:
420 Open – 110 teams from 22 nations
420 Ladies – 84 teams from 21 nations
420 U17 – 68 entries from 18 nations
The last time that the I-420 World Championships were hosted in the United States was in 1997…that year it was also sailed in Newport, Rhode Island.
Preceding the 2018 event in USA will be the 2017 420 World Championships on December 15-23 in Fremantle, Australia. The Worlds will be preceded by a warm-up pre-event, the Australian 420 Nationals on December 11-14, 2017.
The International 420 Class (the original 420 design, 4.2 meter, double-handed high performance dinghy) has been in existence since the late 1960’s and was very active in the US for decades. The United States I-420 Class became in-active in the late 1990’s at which point in 2000 Tim Hogan (from CISA), Jerelyn Biehl, Brent Boyd, Lori Tabor (all from San Diego), and Larry Law (NBSSA) reorganized the I-420 Class in the US and began training in the US to again send talented sailors to the European events.
Today the US Class enjoys a very talented and highly successful field of younger sailors that compete in many regional and national competitions, as well as sending championship teams (Team USA) to 4 or 5 major international events every year.
Source: United States International 420 Class Association
That is what is projected for the mighty USA in the sailing Olympics. One Fucking Bronze Medal. What a pathetic, low expectation, slap in the face this is to everyone associated with the US Team. US Sailing, sponsors like Sperry, coaches and to the product that they have created, the sailors, should all be so embarrassed by this abject failure that not only awaits, but seems inevitable.
Sure this decline has been ongoing for years, and it should have been dealt with actual corrective methods that would have generated results. Instead, the slow race to win the bottom would appear to be within the grasp of all those involved. What a proud moment!
Given the shit show lead up to these Brazilian Olympics, and the very real potential for a disastrous, infectious, violent nightmare awaiting, the US should have pulled out anyway. It not only would have protected the athletes, it would have sent the right message, and as a side benefit, saved the US from yet another Olympic Sailing Embarrassment.
We see a new Olympic Sailing slogan: Keep America Slow Again.
Spindrift 2 arrived in St Malo this Tuesday evening having crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a just over 6 days at an average speed of just over 22 knots
The six America’s Cup teams will be on the water as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series resumes on July 22-24 in Portsmouth, UK. With six of the nine AC World Series events completed, teams are competing for the top two positions on the leaderboard which will impact the outcome of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. Jack Griffin of CupExperience.com explains how the AC competition format works here.
The plan for Portsmouth is for three races to be scheduled each day, Saturday and Sunday. Provisional races will will be sailed on Friday. Remember that in Chicago Team Japan’s win in the provisional race was counted when no races could be sailed in Saturday’s light winds. Sunday’s racing counts double points, meaning that last place on Sunday is as valuable as first place on Saturday. Details on how to watch can be found here.
Here’s the crew list for Portsmouth:
Meet the sailing teams competing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth:
Land Rover BAR was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medallist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. To achieve his aim, he has put together a group of very experienced and determined sailors as well as a high-profile design and management team, including former CEO at the McLaren Group, Martin Whitmarsh. They represent the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes. The team are hoping to continue their winning ways in Portsmouth after taking the 2015 event win. In the overall standings Ainslie’s team lay in second 10 points behind ETNZ.
Team France’s challenge is led by three of the most iconic and successful French sailors: Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson. So far France has not yet managed to assert itself in the America’s Cup but with Skipper Franck Cammas’s track record, and long standing Sponsor Groupama’s support of sailing in France, the team are keener than ever to promote ‘Made in France’ excellence and show just what they are capable of. Team France represents Paris based Yacht Club de France, founded in 1867, shortly after the 1st America’s Cup.
SoftBank Team Japan, supported by SoftBank Corp. and Kansai Yacht Club, is the first Japanese flagged challenger since 2000. Led by winning America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker, along with veteran Japanese sailor Kazuhiko “Fuku” Sofuku, SoftBank Team Japan is made up of a multi-national collaboration of sailors, boat builders, and support crew from the professional sailing industry.
Two times winner of the America’s Cup (1995 and 2000) and three times winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup (1995, 2007 and 2013) has proven to be a leading innovator in sailing, including being the team to successfully develop and bring foiling into the mainstream of America’s Cup and all of sailing. Emirates Team New Zealand remains the only commercially funded sailing team to survive since the multi-challenger event in 2007. The team come into the Portsmouth event in top spot, ten points ahead of Land Rover BAR.
Artemis Racing’s trophy collection across all racing classes is second to none with the sailors and designers sharing 61 America’s Cups between them. The team’s principal, owner and founder is Swedish entrepreneur Torbjörn Törnqvist. He is a passionate sailor and successful businessman whose ambition is to win the America’s Cup and bring the oldest trophy in sport to Sweden for the first time. Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), the fifth oldest yacht club in the world. The team are currently in fourth place ahead of the Portsmouth event.
ORACLE Team USA was founded in 2000 by American businessman Larry Ellison and represents San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club. In 2010, Ellison hired the America’s Cup’s most successful sailor in history, Russell Coutts, and finally achieved Oracle’s first win. The 33rd America’s Cup was a Deed of Gift match in Valencia but Ellison’s giant 90′ trimaran easily outclassed the Swiss holder Alinghi. Three years later in San Francisco, the Defender was facing a crushing defeat in the finals against Emirates Team New Zealand when at 8-1 down they staged an historic comeback to win 9-8. The team are currently lying in third place as they prepare to battle on the Solent waters.
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame has announced the 2016 inductees…
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is reminding people to take care while playing the popular mobile phone game, Pokémon GO.
The UK Coastguard was called out to investigate after reports that a group of young people had taken a rowing boat without permission to chase a Pokémon. The incident happened at New Brighton marine lake in the early hours of 19 July. Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service both responded to the incident. When the crews arrived at the scene, they found the youths had already left. The young people had left the rowing boat drifting in the middle of the marina. Now the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a warning to youngsters, reminding them to use their common sense while playing the popular mobile phone game. Senior coastal operations officer, Danny Jamson, said: “We know that many people are enjoying Pokémon GO across the UK and we wouldn’t want to spoil that fun.”
“However, we would ask people to use a little common sense and not to take risks while looking for Pokémon,” he stressed.
“The incident this morning shows that risk taking can put not only you in danger but also the rescue services who have to come to your aid,” said Jamson.
The MCA has taken to the social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, to highlight their safety message.
Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli’s Maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 crossed the finish line of Transat Quebec Saint-Malo…
The Rio countdown continues, and the latest bit of prurient news for those waiting for the action is a gem. According to The Daily Beast, the IOC has ordered 450,000 condoms for the 10,000+ athletes in the Olympic Villlage for the month and change they’re on the ground. That’s around 40 rubbers per olympian, and evidence that fold medal marksman Mark Russell wasn’t lying when he called the Olympic Village “the most testosterone fuelled place on earth.” The Guardian reported that ‘after Beijing 2008, an Olympic table-tennis player divulged the secrets of the “sex fest” and the “volcanic release of pent-up hedonism” that apparently happens when thousands of athletes at the top of their game come together.”‘ Maybe this is why so many athletes dedicate half their lives to the Olympics?
ISAF World Sailing is proving just how serious it is about their sailors’ health in Rio; we recently had a peek at an urgent memo from an unnamed ISAF official to all “International Technical Officers” that concluded that “athletes, coaches, and race officials…did not have a significantly increased health risk through water contact…above the normal tourist population visiting Rio.” And we think they actually expect everyone to believe that.
In other words, sailors with raw, frequently abraded and cut-up bodies, immersed in water proven to be filled with nasty viruses, have no more chance of getting sick than a tourist at a hotel in Copacabana. Their caveat is that this warm, safe place is only available to those who follow the World Sailing safe list below. And again, they aren’t joking. From the memo:
On the water:
Rub hands and forearms with alcohol based disinfectant for 3 minutes, including:
– both hands, then forearms, then both hands again for a total of 30 seconds
-repeat the same 30 second provedure 5 times, each time with new disinfectant
-wait for the hands to dry fully before eating or drinking on board
– rinse your mouth with mouthwast (containing 0.05% chlrohexidine digluconate…) before eating or drinking
On shore after disembarking:
-use the water hose to shower immediately on return from sailing
-your recovery procedure may require to you drink and eat immediately on arrival on land after sailing. Before you actually do so – wash your hands with liquid soap and water for 60 seconds and dry them with paper towels.
Our final Olympic news impacts sailing far less than other sports, and it’s not really news at all just yet; the IOC has delayed its decision on whether to ban all of Russia from competing in Rio after WADA investigator Richard McLaren found Russia to be behind a comprehensive program of state-sponsored doping. If you’ve been hiding in a cave and missed this fascinating story of what may be the biggest program of cheating in the history of sport, it’s worth having a look (start with the Beeb here.)
The IOC also said it will:
The new European 6 Metre Open Champion is Swiss Skipper Jean-Luc Monnard on Junior…
After two final races Tuesday, Pica of Stewart Mears, Tristan Hutt and George Hand is the new 18ft Skiff – UK National Champion
From winning the Youth Worlds to College Sailor of the Year to the Olympic Games, Andrew Campbell (USA) is now on the sailing team for America’s Cup defender ORACLE TEAM USA. Here he discusses risks and safety…
One question we get asked a lot is whether what we do is scary or if part of the sailing scares us. The first gut answer is: no not really. We do this every day, we’re accustomed to the speeds. We know the points of the race course that are dangerous and the places on the boat where you’re at risk. We try to strategically set up our sailing to minimize our time in those areas, and thereby mitigate the risks.
But on second thought, yeah… it is a little scary.
Why else would we wear helmets? Why do we wear spare air tanks? Why would we wear impact vests? Why do we wear climbing harnesses, and safety knives? Why does each team need a diver and a paramedic on the water every single day we go sailing? Why do we need to know our extraction points on shore? Our capsize protocols? Our in-the-water backboard training…? Why do we have comprehensive insurance?
When you look at it like that, the consequences of a mishap become a bit scary.
Quite often it is human error that puts us at risk, but we do sail on an experimental foiling catamaran designed and built to explore the edges of maximum speed and maneuverability. Whenever the boat goes into a bearaway, the pitch control, the grinding, wing shape and trim all need to be in sync to not only enable to boat to get down to angle successfully, quickly and efficiently from a tactical sailing point of view, but also from structure and safety point of view. The same risk is applied to each gybe, each bottom mark turn-up, while reaching, and any time we’re in close proximity to other boats.
The success of any maneuver relies on the choreography of trimming, button pushes, grinding, movement and steering. Getting out of sync can throw the moment into turmoil. Recognizing that the maneuver has gotten out of hand is one thing, but assessing what’s going wrong, communicating that problem, troubleshooting it and then taking the correct action to either save or abort the maneuver is what keeps us safe at the end of the day.
With six sailors on board the boat, you really do depend on each sailor to do his job with the strictest discipline or otherwise things can get out of hand very quickly. In a racing situation you depend on the other boats to not only act rationally and predictably from a rules and strategic point of view, but also you must plan for things to go unpredictably.
Full report and (scary) video… click here.
For nearly 80 years, the Lightning Class continues to provide sailors with a quality boat, suitable racing, and friendships that extend for generations. The class’s successful formula was on display at the 46-boat Atlantic Coast Championship on July 15-17 in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Greg Fisher (College of Charleston, Director of Sailing) and Brian Hayes (North Sails One Design) led a clinic for the early arriving teams. These clinics, know to the class as Lightning Labs, are very intuitive seminars directed at performance in the Lightning. This session began with a short shore session where Greg and Brian talked about a few nuances of sail trim and fine tune controls in breezy conditions. The 12 boats then hit the water for practice starts and four races with Greg and Brian coaching and videotaping. The clinic wrapped up late in the afternoon with an hour long video debrief about sail trim and boat handling.
A mostly amateur fleet with a few longtime industry class members. Three races on Saturday and two races on Sunday that had five different winners, all suitably hosted by Carolina Yacht Club that demonstrated true southern hospitality throughout the event in preparation of hosting the 2017 Lightning North American Championship.
The overall winner with scores of 5-3-10-2-6 was Gordon Wolcott from Virginia Beach with his crew Elizabeth “Lizzie” Chambers from Mooresville, NC and Chris Stessing from Buffalo, NY. What is more notable is how this team is one of the 2016 Boat Grant Teams, a program designed to fund young sailors who want to experience the high level of competition offered by the Lightning Class. The grant program awards young teams with a competitive boat, insurance, mentoring, and substantial regatta expense reimbursement. This was only their second event they have sailed in a Lightning and the first major event in the class.
A culture of support, an easy number of races to get people back onshore for hospitality and camaraderie, and a focus toward recruitment and growth.
Video interview with the winners…click here.