Scuttlebutt Europe #2602 - 31 May

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Groupe Bel Dismasted Close to the Azores
The technical team of Kito de Pavant contacted Race Direction for the Europa Warm'Up Race at 1256hrs (French time, UTC + 2hrs) to tell them that Groupe Bel has dismasted. The skipper, de Pavant is fine, is not injured and has not requested assistance.

The boat was sailing in 20-25kts of SW'ly wind and waves of 2.5m and is now heading for the port of Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, about 50 miles from where the incident happened.

"I was sailing in a 20-25 south westerly under gennaker, with one reef in the mainsail. The yacht was making good headway and on automatic pilot her seakeeping was rather good. Suddenly, she accelerated and I heard a crack. The mast immediately broke in two, just above the hounds (top rigging) of the ORC forestay. This meant that I no longer had a forward sail and that the mast was holding only by the lower shrouds and the stay to the fore.

I made the yacht safe and observed that, apart from the mast, there was no other damage. The mainsail was still hanging from the mast and Groupe Bel was still being driven forward at low speed. I turned on the engine to set her in the right direction since she cannot be maneuvered. I still have roughly 30 liters of fuel, which is about six hours of autonomy. My technical team and the race management are currently looking into a way of supplying me with fuel or towing me the last few miles.

A completely new race is now beginning. I am currently progressing to the north of Sao Miguel Island to find shelter from the wind and sea. I am currently heading west at a speed of 4/5 knots. The situation seems to be under control although not very comfortable."

www.europa-warmup.com

Three Ahead After Korea Qualifying Session 1
Gyeonggi, South Korea: As the world's top sailors were welcomed by capacity crowds on the first day of the 2012 Korea Match Cup, Williams, Hansen and Mirsky took the early advantage on the water and finished the day unbeaten in the second event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

As a Tour Card Holder, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Team Korea White Tiger Challenge finished 4th in the final Tour standings last season and comes to the Korea Match Cup as skipper of hosts Team Korea. Racking up three victories in the first day's sailing, Mirsky showed that he hasn't lost his ability amongst the top international match racing field, "I was feeling a bit rusty this morning, it's been a few months since I've been out match racing and we knew there was going to be a bit of pressure on us sailing in the team's home country."

"We had a bit of a crash with Peter [Gilmour] but it went our way and I think that the team will get better and better as the event goes on."

Reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar carried his impressive form from last season in his first event of the 2012 Tour season, joining Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen and Torvar Mirsky on three wins from three on the first day of qualifying.

The second Qualifying Session takes place on Thursday 31 May at 1000 local time (KST). Live coverage and highlights packages will be available online throughout the event, to watch go to new.livestream.com/WorldMRT

For live updates and Twitter feeds visit www.wmrt.com/live.html

Live Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/wmrt_liverace
Tour regular Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/wmrt

Results after the First Qualifying Session:
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) - Berntsson Sailing Team 1-2
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) - Ferrarese Racing Team 0-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) - YANMAR Racing 1-2
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) - Mekonomen Sailing Team 3-0
Tae-Jung Kim (KOR) - Gyeonggi 0-3
Laurie Jury (NZ) - Kiwi Match 2-1
Byeong-Ki Park (KOR) - Geoje City 0-3
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) - Team Korea 3-0
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) - Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 2-1
Phil Robertson (NZ) - WAKA Racing 2-1
William Tiller (NZ) - Full Metal Jacket Racing 1-2
Ian Williams (GBR) - GAC Pindar 3-0

wmrt.com

Getting Ready for a Mid-Atlantic Force 9-10 Gale
As the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s enter their tenth day at sea in the final leg of the circumnavigation, all four teams are focused on one weather feature; a deep depression heading for the fleet carrying winds of up to 50 knots forecast to arrive within the next 24 hours.

In fourth place, the Dutch duo of Nico and Frans Budel have positioned Sec. Hayai far enough south to avoid the worst of the westerly winds spinning from the bottom of the system as it rolls east across the fleet before heading higher into the North Atlantic. In third place, the South African duo of Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt have tried to take Phesheya-Racing south and out of harm's way, but light winds and an adverse current have put a stop to the plan.

Furthest north in the chasing trio on Financial Crisis in second place, Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo have backed-off the pace, crossing the bluQube Scoring Gate on Tuesday morning and hoping that slowing their Class40 will reduce the impact of the gale as the depression passes ahead of them. Meanwhile, at the head of the fleet, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough continue to thunder east at pace with Cessna Citation, but there's nowhere to hide from the gale force winds for the Kiwi-Australian duo.

Unable to work south, the South Africans on Phesheya-Racing are preparing for gale force conditions: "We're so close to the finish, yet so far, and the next few days look like a real challenge," Hutton-Squire confirms. "Nick and I don't like this calm before the storm and waiting to be thrown around once more." The duo have made the best effort to get ready for the arrival of the depression: "We spent the day preparing the boat and ourselves for 45 to 50 knots of wind that is forecast," she continues. "The storm jib is ready as we expect we'll probably need it along with three reefs," predicts Hutton-Squire, but with the Class40 prepared, the storm's likely intensity is preying on Hutton-Squire's mind: "Will it be worse than forecast? How big will the waves be? How will it approach us? Steady build up or sudden squall?" she questions. "It's the unknown about these storms that is the worst part.

GOR leaderboard 15:00 GMT 29/5/12:

1. Cessna Citation DTF 1687 8.4kts
2. Financial Crisis DTL 345 8.9kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 501 6.7kts
4. Sec. Hayai DTL 670 7.3kts

globaloceanrace.com

Now THIS Is How To Do Race Tech...
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J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) are introducing a new online photo gallery that will allow competitors to share their pictures of this year's Race with fellow competitors and sailing fans around the world.

If you are taking pictures, just select your favourite pictures after the Race is finished and visit the official website to upload them to the gallery. Once images have been approved by the ISC, your pictures will be available for everyone to see and, because each image will be tagged with the name of the boat featured, you'll also be able to see who has captured pictures of your own Race around the Island.

Tracking
The popular GPS tracking facility will again be in action this year. If the skipper or a member of the crew has a Blackberry, Android smartphone or iPhone, you will be able to track your race around the Island with the free GPS tracking app. As well as keeping everyone watching at home up-to-date with your progress, it'll also give you the opportunity to replay the Race after you've finished to see where you gained (or lost) time on your rivals.

This year, the team behind the technology is improving the frequency of position reporting whilst also better managing your battery power. They are also introducing a mobile Race Viewer so that competitors can see where they are on the Race track compared to their rivals. Visit the tracking preview page at rtir.me/trackingpreview for more information.

Live Race Viewer
Online fans will be able to watch the Race unfold through the Live Race Viewer as well as the online Race Blog. Each boat in the fleet, which has GPS tracking enabled, will be visible in the Viewer, and visitors to the official Race website will be able to track favourite boats as they progress around the 50 nautical mile course.

Tracking will commence from the first start time of 0700 right through to the finish at 2200. Replay and pause facilities will also be available for anyone who is interested in comparing detailed performances. The live tracking facility will be found at rtir.me/livetracking

Don't forget that Standard Entry closes at midnight on 2nd June. Enter online now to avoid an increased fee.

www.roundtheisland.org.uk
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Synergy Stay On Top
Photo by Nico Martinez, www.martinezstudio.es. Click on image for photo gallery.

RC44 Austria Best tactics for sailing on a lake surrounded by snow topped mountains? "Follow Markus Weiser" was Synergy's tactician Ed Baird's answer in this morning's press conference. However there was no following to be done by the Russian team who lost just one race to No Way Back, and that was down to a ripped spinnaker.

It is the fifth year the RC44 class have visited Lake Traunsee. The fleet seem to relish the challenge of conquering the lake, and today was certainly a challenge as the wind shifted 90 degrees, changing in velocity from 5-12 knots regularly. But on the one day of match racing at the RC44 Austria Cup, it was not only your opponent you needed to look out for as Ed Baird (USA) explained. "The competition is fantastic but here there is another competitor and that is the lake, the lake really decides a lot of what happens in the matches, you can get very far ahead, sail out of the wind and then it fills from the other side and they can pass you. You're not just fighting the other boats, it's a tricky lake."

No one managed to finished the day undefeated, the French Aleph Sailing Team with Mathieu Richard at the helm came closest, winning their first four flights - including a crucial win against Team Aqua - only to lose the final match of the day to Peninsula Petroleum.

Thursday see's the start of the fleet racing phase of the as the RC44 Championship as the Tour enters its halfway stage. Oracle Racing took the win last year in Lake Traunsee, Austria, Team Aqua were second in their newly christened boat and Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby helped Pieter Heerema's No Way Back into third. Follow the action to see who will come put on top in 2012 on the live blog at www.rc44.com , racing continues through to Sunday 3rd June.

ISAF World Sailing Rankings
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 30 May 2012 have been released.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 27 June 2012.

World Ranking Leaders - 30 May 2012

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn
Deniss Karpak (EST)

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Marit Bouwmeester (NED)

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Tom Slingsby (AUS)

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS)

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN)

Men's Skiff - 49er
Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang (DEN)

Men's Keelboat - Star
Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR)

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Piotr Myszka (POL)

Women's Windsurfer - RS:X
Maja Dziarnowska (POL)

See www.sailing.org/rankings for the full Ranking lists.

Historic Trophies for the J Class
Following discussions with the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club, two more important, historic trophies have been secured for presentation to the winners of the J Class Solent Regatta, in addition to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club's "Queen's Cup".

The Corinthian King's Cup - 1914

This is a large and impressive silver yachting trophy, engraved "The Kings Cup", and first presented in 1914 by King George V to the sailing yacht Cestrian. This will be renamed "The Corinthian King's Cup", and will be presented each year as a perpetual trophy "for friendly competition between J Class yachts, each sailed by an amateur owner". The trophy is on permanent loan from the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club, which has a long history of J Class and America's Cup involvement.

The annual series for this trophy will be based on regattas agreed by the JCA each year. This year it will be based on the overall scores from the Solent Regatta and the Hundred Guinea Cup race.

King's Hundred Guinea Cup - 1937

This wonderful Gilt trophy was originally presented by King George VI at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in 1937. This will be known as the "King's Hundred Guinea Cup" and presented to the winning J Class yacht in the race around the Isle of Wight on 21st July 2012. This trophy was kindly donated by Jan Hart, an associate member of the JCA, keen supporter of the fleet, and owner of Claasens and Bloemsma Shipyards in Holland. The trophy was last won by Eric Maxwell with the 12-Metre yacht Sceptre which competed against the American defender Columbia in the 1958 America's Cup. Mr. Maxwell was a member of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club.

The RSYC Queen's Cup

The "Queen's Cup" was first presented to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club in 1897 by Queen Victoria in her Diamond Jubilee year, and is awarded every year at the most prestigious race organised by RSYC. The handsome silver gilt trophy stands 53cm tall and weighs approximately 5.3 kilos.

This cup is recognised as one of the UK's premier yachting trophies and will be presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, Admiral of RSYC, to the winner of the J Class Solent Regatta, 18- 20th July. The three races are programmed to sail around the Solent area, offering outstanding opportunities to view the fleet of J Class yachts, more than has ever been seen together in UK waters.

La Superba Wins Italian J24 Championship
Arzachena, Italy: The crew of the Circolo Velico of Marina Militare, with Ignazio Bonanno at the helm, Francisco Linares committed to the mast, Simone Scontrino as tailers, Massimo Gherarducci tactical/central and Branciforte Alfredo at the bow, were awarded for the second consecutive year to the title of Italian Champion of J24. This concludes the Italian Open Championship which got underway this May 25, organized by the Club Nautico Arzachena and the Italian Class J24. The event is supported by the, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, the Provincia Olbia Tempio, the Comune di Arzachena and numerous sponsors and local businesses.

Today both the sun and wind were stable at 12-13 knots from the east, perfect conditions that allowed to perform quickly the two races. Nine races in all since last Saturday.

From the second day of competition, the men of La Superba have dominated the rest of the Italian fleet. Although surprised by the weather conditions "unusual", as stated by Francesco Linares, who has long studied the race course, and statistics on local winds.

The event was attended by 41 boats from 9 countries. 24 Italian ones racing for the title.The second step of the podium Avoltore, Massimo Mariotti's boat. Third place for the Sardinian crew of Botta Dritta

Besides the Italians were in the water 10 Germans boats, 1 British, 1 Brazilian, 1 American, 1 Swedish, 1 Greek, 1 Hungarian and 1 from the Principality of Monaco.

From tomorrow all of them will be involved in the J24 European Championship, which ends June 3. -- Isabella Chiodino

Official web site www.j24arzachena.it
Official website of the Organizing authority www.clubnauticoarzachena.it

Boskalis Duo Larsen/Cesari Win Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta
Photo by Sander van der Borch, www.sandervanderborch.com. Click on image for photo gallery.

Boskalis The Boskalis occasional duo Gunnar Larsen and Lamberto Cesari (ITA) won the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta this weekend. The other three teams of Team Boskalis also performed extremely well. Jorden Veenman and Frank de Waard finished third and the mixed duo Froukje Feenstra/Mischa de Munck tenth. The just selected youngsters Jolbert van Dijk and Niels Kleijweg sailed above expectations and scored a fifteenth place in a field of 47 F-18 catamarans.

Team captain Gunnar Larsen is extremely satisfied. Tactically it was difficult weather, with little wind and a strong current. On Monday the races even were cancelled due to dense sea fog.

This weekend Larsen sailed with Italian Lamberto Cesari, because his crew member Sam Frank is abroad. Cesari won a bronze medal on the World Championships 2011 in Hungary with his compatriot Vittoro Bissaro. Larsen: 'We had some communication problems in the beginning, because for both of us English is not the primary language on the boat. The benefit is that we have a lot of experience in the F-18 and know what to do.

www.teamboskalis.com

From the "God Bless The Irish" Files...
Irish Mathematicians Solve The Guinness Sinking Bubble Problem

Bubbles sink in Guinness because of the peculiar geometry of pint glasses, say a dedicated group of researchers at the University of Limerick

One of the more intriguing conundrums in fluid dynamics is the puzzling behaviour of bubbles in Guinness, the famous Irish stout.

As many drinkers will attest, the bubbles in Guinness appear to sink as the drink settles and the head forms. How can this be, given that bubbles are less dense than the surrounding fluid and so should rise?

Over the last ten years or so, physicists have begun to pick this problem apart. Most recently they've shown that it is not the bubbles that sink but the liquid, which circulates in a way that is downwards near the glass walls and upwards in the interior. As long as the downward flow of the liquid is faster than the upward motion of the bubbles, they will appear to sink.

But that still leaves a puzzle: why does the liquid circulate in this way?

Today, a dedicated team of Irish mathematicians reveal the answer. Eugene Benilov, Cathal Cummins and William Lee at the University of Limerick say the final piece in this puzzle is the shape of the glass, which has a crucial influence over the circulatory patterns in the liquid.

Guinness drinkers (and servers) will also be aware of another problem that plagues them--the time it takes for a pint of Guinness to settle, which is significantly longer than with most ales and lagers.

Could this work allow pint glasses to be redesigned in a way that encourages stouts to settle more quickly?

We'll be following future developments closely.

Full article at:
www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27880/?p1=blogs

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