VOR – Leg 4 to Auckland. Day 17. Right in the middle of a drag race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng’s Charles Caudrelier takes a moment to wish Ian Walker a happy 45th birthday. A priceless exchange between two great sailors.
Oracle Was the sole taker on the Central Bay this afternoon for AC 45 Turbo Training.
Flat flood conditions and winds 12-18 and then picking up late in the day.
Boat is matching the olars established with the AC 72’s…
Fine day… video to follow!
Auckland, NZL (February 26, 2015) – Emirates Team New Zealand announced today it had completed the restructuring process that came out of the team-wide review after the 2013 America’s Cup, and Dean Barker will no longer be at the helm for the team.
Wing trimmer in 2013 Glenn Ashby has been appointed Sailing Director and he and Peter Burling will take on helming duties. Ashby is a multiple world and Australian champion in three multihull classes and Burling is current world Moth and, with Blair Tuke, 49er world champion.
Barker, who has led the team since the 2003 America’s Cup, has advanced three time to the America’s Cup finals before losing each match.
Emirates Team New Zealand wants to retain Barker’s services as Performance Manager and Sailing Coach with a place on the executive committee. The team has now made a formal offer to Dean which he is still considering.
“We’re hoping to retain Dean’s 20 years of America’s Cup experience in Emirates Team New Zealand but we also acknowledge it is time for new blood to be given the chance at the helm of the country’s challenger,” CEO Grant Dalton said.
When rumors of the change leaked last week, the team denied that Barker had been replaced on the helm. However, now that the review period is complete, the team is ready to reveal the change.
The team, which relies heavily on government and sponsorship funding, also revealed that as a result of Bermuda being named the venue for the next America’s Cup series, it has had a serious impact on the team’s finances and sponsorship funding, reducing the budget by some $20 million.
As a result, the team has had to reduce its remuneration budget and each team member has, as a result, taken a significant pay cut.
Additionally several million dollars has been axed from the operations budget leading to the scrapping of one of the foiling AC45s that we had planned and, consequently, the elimination of one of the planned helmsman positions.
The Halsey Street, Auckland, base will be fully operational from Monday, March 2, with 50 people signed on to begin working full time.
Work will start immediately on modifying an AC45 catamaran to foil in time for the first America’s Cup World Series regatta that is scheduled to take place at Cagliari, Italy in June.
Source: Emirates Team New Zealand
Light winds prevailed yesterday in Cannes at the Dragon Grand Prix, and after some start attempts with a number of premature starters, one valid race could finally be completed. Familiar with the local sailing conditions, …
(February 25, 2015; Day 18) – Today was Ian Walker’s birthday and tomorrow is Charles Caudrelier’s one. Who will get what they wish for? Right in the middle of a drag race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng’s Charles Caudrelier takes a moment to wish Ian Walker a happy 45th birthday, a priceless exchange between two great sailors.
Over the last day, their two boats, Dongfeng and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, who are still in the lead, have slowly turned to port. This is not due to a lift but to less wind. They are sailing VMG (Velocity Made Good) angles, and less wind equals a higher course sailed to maintain the same apparent wind over their sails.
The drop in wind velocity was from 14 down to 9 knots. This affected the leaders with a loss to the pack. The boats at the back are expected to sail through the same light patch. The wind will slowly oscillate on their path to Auckland, affecting the fleet depending how much leverage east to west each boat has on each other.
MAPFRE still chases the pack while cautiously looking over their shoulder at Team Alvimedica. Team Brunel and Team SCA have made gains and will most lightly be pushing just as hard as the leaders as they can see each other on AIS. All eyes are on the high-pressure system forming over the North Island of New Zealand, as this might be the last twist in the tail of this leg.
Having sailed over 6,500 nautical miles since Sanya, passing islands and hunting for the trade winds all around the Pacific Ocean, the fleet is aligning and closing in on the leader. The six boats are heading straight towards Auckland, some 600nm away. They’re due to arrive in New Zealand on Saturday.
“This is not a match race,” blogged Matt Knighton from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing this morning, his team caught in an oceanic duel with Dongfeng. “There are no tactics involved, it’s a pure drag race. Sail as fast as you can in a straight line and show Farr just how quick you can push these boats. We’ll likely be covering each other the entire way now regardless of the routings. If one boat chooses to take a different route, the other one will follow the change to cover.”
There are a couple of options available, but it would be very risky to break from the pack at this stage, it will most likely come down to who sails this given straight line the fastest, not who picks a different one.
Leg 4 (5,264 nm) Position Report (as of 21:55 UTC)
1. Dongfeng Race Team, Charles Caudrelier (FRA), 596.0 nm Distance to Finish
2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker (GBR), 3.2 nm Distance to Lead
3. MAPFRE, Xabi Fernandez (ESP), 12.4 nm DTL
4. Team Alvimedica, Charlie Enright (USA), 40.0 nm DTL
5. Team Brunel, Bouwe Bekking (NED), 53.2 nm DTL
6. Team SCA, Sam Davies (GBR), 57.6 nm DTL
7. Team Vestas Wind, Chris Nicholson (AUS), Did not start
Background: The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 11 with the final finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams will be scoring points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams will compete in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series. The fourth leg, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand (5,264 nm), began Feb. 8 with an ETA of Feb. 27-28.
Graeme is current IACA Technical Committee Chair. Based on the Class Rules, Rules Guidelines and his experience as measurer at 2014 Worlds @Takapuna and recent Australian Nats. Doubts on new developments and how they measure? Check Graeme’s guide.
Excerpt below, please read full text at IACA Website: http://www.a-cat.org/?q=node/527
Letter to NAs & Local Measurers by Graeme
by Don Finkle, RCR Yachts
A common topic is bantering around on why we don’t have more people racing, or why people drop out. One reason I believe is that not enough fall in love with sailing itself. If you don’t love to sail then the lure of racing is not as strong; it is just another activity fighting for limited spare time.
On our boat we almost always sail around after any local race, enjoying the day or evening, passing the helm around, and maybe talking about what happened on the course. A few others do that but many start the grinder and drop their sails within a few yards after finishing, powering back to the dock as fast as they can go.
These after-race wind-down sessions are excellent for crew bonding and enjoying the sunset, simply sailing for sailing’s sake. No pressure, no hiking, just enjoying the breeze and the feel of the boat going through the water. Why the rush to get back to the club and stand at the bar inside when you can be on the boat? The answer is you have to want to be on the boat in the first place.
The cost of racing sailboats is often blamed for the decline, and while cost is always a factor, I don’t think it is the primary issue. If cost was the main problem then how do you explain the difficulty in finding crew members when their cost to participate is minimal?
Let’s face it… racing sailboats takes time, and time is the real culprit. This is where love for sailing comes in. Those who love sailing, whether racing or not, are “hooked” and will do what it takes to go racing. Sailing in any form is more of a priority to those of us who love it.
I was discussing this with my son Tim last week and we both agreed that we were bitten by the sailing bug as kids.
In my case, we were seldom able to race as it pre-dated junior sailing. We simply went out by ourselves in assorted dinghies with no coaches, no instructors, and rarely any parents around. That was a different world then; we had few other competing activities aside from backyard sports, building tree houses, etc.
Tim and his buddy Morgan grew up in a junior sailing program but they would also take off in their Lasers for the fun of it when they had free time. I would guess that there are many in the older generations who learned to love sailing in their youth and continue to be active today.
You can certainly come to sailing later in life but often there is not that same deep attachment. I will go out on a limb here and say that we create our own problems when attracting new sailors. Too often we do not give them meaningful jobs on the boat and regular training so they can grow as sailors. Eventually a steady diet as rail meat or deck fluff gets old, especially when you are not part of a winning team.
Winning is the other problem, as only a few boats can win. If you are not winning, and not having fun, then soon you will find another way to spend your precious free time. So it can’t be just about the results.
If you want to keep those new sailors you need to make sure they are being challenged, being made to feel like they are a meaningful part of the team, being taught, listened to, and having FUN! Let them drive out to the racecourse or back in afterward. Then maybe they will learn to love sailing like we do.
Source: RCR Yachts Racers’ News
(February 25, 2015; Day 57) – With Cheminées Poujoulat making good progress up the Atlantic, making 18kts, 120 miles SW of the Falklands, Cape Horn marks the frontier between the two different worlds inhabited by skippers on the Barcelona World Race. Cheminées Poujoulat had a reasonable passage across the border, under cover of darkness, crossing into the Atlantic after 57 days of racing. Later, Stamm and Le Cam passed the Strait of Le Maire, their next choice is which side to leave the Falklands. So far the windward west side looks better, a shorter route. Click headline for full story.
(February 25, 2015) – The Notice of Race for the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, set to be held in Middelfart, Denmark from July 8 – 12 has been released. Up to 16 skippers will battle it out in Match 28 boats with four, five or six crew. As defending champion, Sweden’s Anna Kjellberg receives an automatic invitation. Fourteen further invitations will be issued based on the February 18, 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing Ranking release. The final spot will be awarded to a wildcard as agreed by the Danish Sailing Association and ISAF. Click headline for full report.
In its support process Franck Cammas to the highest sporting level, Groupama supports Franck and his team in
2015 season America’s Cup World Series. Today in Lorient, it was the first into the water before starting construction to develop foils and its new colors.
(February 25, 2015) – Over 2000 sailors representing 60 countries are set to race from Portsmouth Olympic Harbor on Lake Ontario in 2015. CORK is hosting the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships (June 29-July 8), the Laser Masters World Championships (July 10-18), and the Laser Radial Youth World Championships (August 14-20). The 2015 CORK regatta calendar also includes the Laser Canadian Championships (June 19-21) and the CORK Annual August Series featuring numerous National Championships (August 6-21). In 2015, expect action packed racing from sailors around the world. Click headline for full report.
Dan Morris & David Liebenberg are taking a short break from their Olympic 49er campaign and jumped on the
Soto 30 Gentoo for last weekend’s CYC Midwinters. Here is their write up:
David and I had a great sail with Paul Dorsey, Matt Snelham and the crew of the Soto 30, Gentu. The boat is new to the Bay, but Paul and Matt intend to put the hammer down and race the boat often and seriously for the foreseeable future.
(February 25, 2015; Day 3) – George David’s Juan K designed Rambler 88 was the second boat to finish, at 06:35:12 AST, taking Monohull Line Honors for the RORC Caribbean 600. Rambler 88 was approximately four hours short of the monohull race record, set by George David’s Rambler 100 in 2011. While Rambler 88 set the time to beat for the overall winner of the RORC Caribbean 600, it didn’t last for long. Hap Fauth’s JV72, Bella Mente finished just after 1130 on Day Three setting the bar for the remaining yachts to better. Click headline for full story.
New Bedford, MA (February 25, 2015) – New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said that the city will pursue being a venue for Olympic sailing events if Boston wins the 2024 Summer Games. Calling New Bedford the “ultimate city by the sea,” Mitchell said at a news conference that wind conditions in Buzzards Bay are ideal for sailing. The city has approached the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee about the possibility of being the sailing venue. The U.S. Olympic Committee selected Boston as the U.S. bid city. The IOC will award the games in 2017. Click headline for full report.
Home Movies – We don’t know why we are posting this video except that we believe this is the only sailing banana in the world and XS sailing covers anything that sails! Who would have thought of a sailing banana? These guys did. Check it out… they even have a one design class!
“On “National Sports Day of Qatar, it is mandatory for all employees to leave their work and participate in one of the many sports on offer. A world first, it is a “celebratory day” where the whole nation teams up together and advocates the message “sport for all”. A day of pure fun, Qatar’s sports stars join in too. Amongst the many sports organized in Qatar, the government decided to put the spotlight on traditional sports, giving an extra motive to local communities and to encourage their nation’s heritage. The traditional Boat Rowing Race or “Al Shawaheef”, as they call it in Qatar, was one event on top of the popularity list.
The national federation responsible for rowing is combined with sailing. The effort to promote these two sports is equal and has been ramped up over the last few years. More and more international events are organized in Qatar, attracting athletes from around the world. The “National Sports Day of Qatar” was held immediately after the annual Sail the Gulf Regatta. So even more athletes participated in the sailing events this year, and the crowds of enthralled spectators were boosted too.
Conditions were ideal, with winds reaching 20 knots under a blue sky. Maximum fun for everyone on the water. The Optimists had their moments though – as the young sailors battled with the waves and wind! Lasers, Hobie Cat 16s, and match racing were amongst the other racing on the waters of Doha. Highlight of the day had to be the fearless kite boarders. All eyes were on them, as they jumped impressively high and achieved some incredible speeds – a stunning spectacle.
2015 is predicted to be another growth year for sports in Qatar. The level of competition is set to increase and the sports infrastructure will continue to expand. Qatar’s goal, through the symbolic “National Sports Day of Qatar”, is to introduce Qataris to the world of sport and increase their participation. The nation’s mission is also to develop its talent pool and keep Qatar at the forefront of major event venues. With all year round warm weather and proven event management – Qatar is well on target.”
The 60th year for the Thistle Class’ Midwinters East regatta at St. Petersburg Yacht Club will commence this Monday for the five day event on March 2-6. Over the years, many of sailing’s best have sailed the iconic designed Thistle on the waters of Tampa Bay, with 43 boats coming from all over the USA to St. Petersburg, FL for the 2015 edition. Event details at the class website and Facebook.
VOR – This week we catch up with Team SCA’s Sophie as she continues her recovery from injury, Team Brunel take a Kung Fu lesson, and the crews experience difficult sailing conditions as they return to sea for the start of Leg 4.
BWR – The deliverance from the Pacific will have been notable for Cheminées Poujoulat. After passing Cape Horn at 0100hrs this Thursday morning in 20-25kts of WSW’ly winds, passing 14 miles south of the rock, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam have accelerated into much flatter waters. Now they enjoy the twin benefits of the wind veered more to the west and the protection of Tierra del Fuego which has reduced the swell completely. And so as the Barcelona World Race leaders make towards the Straits de Lemaire which they should pass around 0900hrs UTC they are making 18kts in smooth seas. Today should feel like a good day, as they sprint north, set to pass west of the Falklands tonight.
Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos are now separated by about 60 miles straight line, Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín now to the south and going slower, 7.5kts compared with Guillermo Altadill and Jose Munoz’s 9.5 kts. And the delta between the two is set to grow significantly, and shrink again. First Neutrogena seem set to have a big advantga in wind strength and direction 25-30kts this morning for Altadill and Munoz while GAES will only have it moderate, then Neutrogena will have it calmer. They are still expected to rach Cape Horn Saturday with Altadill and Munoz about 10-12 hours ahead.
We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton are still locked into the high pressure…..the one and only, self same high pressure system they have had for some days now. The breeze is 15-20kts from the W for We Are Water, hence they continue to gybe downwind, while One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton have NW’ly and so just follow the AEZ, more or less straight line other than one gybe. The big change is that One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton are going to get headwinds.
And that is the case especially for Renault Captur which has it good today but will soon start to get headwinds as the low pressure moves south and will be sailing in headwinds until Friday evening, according to current meteo files.
And Spirit of Hungary are docked in Bluff, South Island NZ, starting their pitstop at 2250hrs UTC last night
Lloyd Thonrburg’s Phaedo^3 has finished the RORC Caribbean 600. The finishing time was 20:35:30 AST. The boat finished the race in 1 day 9 hours 35 minutes and 30 seconds, beating the previous record by 6 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds.
Kaenon’s Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4
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Fred Meno III of Fort Worth, TX defended his Force 5 Midwinter Championship title on February 19-21 in Key Largo, FL. The regatta, hosted by the Upper Keys Sailing Club, attracted 29 entrants. Challenging conditions on Thursday cancelled racing on the opening day due to chilly temperatures and winds exceeding 25 knots. Conditions moderated on Friday and Saturday to allow for 6 races to be completed. Meno won the standard rig fleet with the reduced rig fleet won by Force 5 Class Association president, John Barrere of Fresno, CA. Results.
Laser Standard Men’s World Championships and the Laser Radial Youth World Championships are being hosted by CORK
‘Mid Winter racing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get’ ~Forrest Gump~Skipper of SS Jenny
BWR – Cheminées Poujoulat, which has lead the two handed round the world race for 39 days, has passed Cape Horn (67°15 11 W) at 01:00 UTC (02:00 Barcelona time, 22:00 Chilean time).
In so doing Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam complete their passage through the inhospitable waters of the ‘Big South’, effectively rounding Antarctica, to start their ascent of the Atlantic to return back to Barcelona, from where they set sail on 31 December 2014.
The leading boat of the Barcelona World Race has covered the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Indian and the Pacific in 55 days and 13 hours. In so doing Stamm and Le Cam have covered 16,400 nautical miles of the theoretical course (23,300nm) and so they have 6,900 more left to finish the race.
As they passed the legendary cape, the southern tip of the American continent, Cheminées Poujoulat were sailing under Westerly wind (25 knots) and rough seas. Stamm and Le Cam will still face typical Big South conditions for some five or six days until they clear the Roaring 40s, climbing the Atlantic.
Even though the skippers were both passing this milestone for the fifth time each, it remains one of the most crucial and exciting moments of the round the world race, not only because on the unique challenges imposed by strong winds and big seas but it marks the ‘beginning of the end’ of the hard Big South conditions.
“We’ve been sailing for a month, more than a month, five weeks, with high conditions of wind and seas, and cold”, Le Cam explained. “Now we will turn left, to the North and towards more pleasant temperatures, so in general it is good when you cross it”, the Frenchman commented.
“We feel like we reached a very important passage which allows us to go north again”, said Stamm in turn. “Besides, it is a special passage, full of history. It is all of these things at the same time”, he concluded.
The Chilean Navy has one of the biggest maritime areas in the world under its protection, including Cape Horn. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre coordinates rescue operations in the area, and has reinforced the safety and security as the Barcelona World Race fleet makes their respective passages of Cape Horn, one of the most dangerous maritime passages on the planet. On station are a patrol boat with 24 seamen and six officers, along with a helicopter and two rescue divers.
The passage of Cape Horn of the second and third boats, Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz on Neutrogena and Anna Corbella and Gerard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos, is expected between Friday and Saturday.
(February 24, 2015) – More than 110 competitors have taken advantage of the early entry period for the Storm Trysail Club’s 50th anniversary Block Island Race Week, and regatta chairman Peter Rugg sees an event befitting celebratory status shaping up for the idyllic “getaway” island, June 21-26.
“We’re very pleased with the pace of entries, which is running ahead of 2013 when we had 180 boats,” said Rugg, who’s also the vice commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. “The legacy of Block Island Race Week is one of great competition on the water and even greater camaraderie shoreside, and we’re hoping that will lure enough participants to push us over 200 entries.”
The early entry period closes Saturday night at 11:59 pm EST (all registrations and entry fees received by that time are eligible for the early entry fee) and many of the entrants hail from the northeast. But early entries have also been received from California, Florida and Texas, and internationally from Bermuda, Canada and Great Britain.
“As this is the 50th anniversary race week, we’re trying to make this event one of the more memorable in recent years,” Rugg said. “We have three one-design classes holding championships during race week, a doublehanded and cruising division are both planned, and there’ll be a wide array of shoreside activities to keep Block Island Race Week true to its roots.”
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