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GAES Sponsors All Woman Team For Barcelona World Race
Anna Corbella and Dee Caffari started their training by delivering Dee's Open 60, the former Aviva, from England to Spain last week. This Owen Clarke Design, built in New-Zealand by Hakes Marine and launched in January 2008 is sister-ship to Mike Golding's Ecover and has already proved her reliability and potential by finishing all the races she entered in the top 10.
The GAES support of sailing began in 2007 following the development of a sophisticated and unique onboard communication system for the only Spanish entry in the 2007 America's Cup, the Desafio Espanol.
According to Antonio Gasso, the new sponsorship has come about at a time when the company is not only showing support for sport and the natural environment, but also for an entirely female crew, the first to take part in this competition, hosted by Barcelona, the city where the GAES headquarters are situated and the city where the company came to life, over sixty years ago.
Anna Corbella has on many occasions expressed that one of her ambitions was to take part in the Barcelona World Race and she has been involved in the technical and logistical preparation of other IMOCA Open 60 projects such as Pakea Bizkaia and Educacion sin Fronteras.
The Fish Gets The Best Seat In The House
Sailing the Emirates Team New Zealand boats is an adrenaline running experience and to do it with a team that is determined to shake off a disappointment has an added appeal. In their its previous match, with the Kiwis, the British team went through a disastrous moment of misery when a last minute wind shift at the end of the run led to an overload on the crew and an enforced retirement. That experience had to be put behind the Brits and a positive score recorded.
The 18th man, who is not allowed to take any part in sailing the boat, takes up a position at the back of the boat, just forward of the communications gantry (which holds an array of antennae) and holds on tight. The motion of a Version 5 ACC boat is not unalike to that of a bucking bronco, and when manoeuvring the boat feels as though the hull is swinging from under one.
If this is not unsettling, the noise most certainly is. It comes with the full sound effects. These boats are highly stressed carbon fibre drums that amplify the strains imposed by the sheets and running backstays. At times it sounds as though the entire hull structure is about to collapse. There is little noise as sheets or runners are ground in, except the heavy breathing of the winch grinders, but when they are eased and the loaded sheets are straining to go round the stationary winch drums, the din is appalling.
Bob Fisher's full article on Sail-World.com,
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A Free Team-Building Exercise!
"That was a good team building exercise!" With those words Paul Cayard, skipper of the Swedish boat Artemis summed up their Louis Vuitton Trophy race today with Britain's TEAMORIGIN, one that was more akin to a bar brawl.
Packed with protest flags, incidents and flogging sails at three marks of a four-leg course, this close-fought duel went ultimately to Artemis and her helmsman Terry Hutchinson on a series of umpire calls.
Asked to explain all that happened, Cayard simply said: "We should have had to pay for that (team building), but luckily the Brits paid for it for us!"
Britain's skipper Ben Ainslie had attempted to gybe across the Artemis bow coming into the finish, Cayard said. "But it gave us an opportunity to come in and start a bit of a war with them. Terry did a great job managing the war. And then we had a bit on down there with the kite and everybody just got into it and somehow we got the win!"
The race was one of seven packed into a long, incident-filled day of racing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour that that passed without breakdown, or damage to boats, sails or sailors. There was shifty breeze all day from 14 to 20 knots and ranging from the south to the southwest and Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio and his team miraculously squeezed in seven matches to complete the Round Robin.
Fortunes changed as TEAMORIGIN lost two races while Artemis won two. Gavin Brady, the Kiwi skipper of Mascalzone Latino Audi was also on a roll, winning two races, including one against his Italian competition Azzurra.
The racing completed the round robin, leaving Emirates Team New Zealand as the top seed, with a 6-1 record, Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi Team is second with 5-2. Tomorrow the pairings for the first elimination round are: 4th seed Azzurra vs. 5th seed Artemis; 3rd seed All4One vs. 6th seed TEAMORIGIN; 2nd seed Mascalzone Latino Audi Team vs. 7th seed ALEPH; 1st seed Emirates Team New Zealand vs. 8th seed Synergy.
Provisional leaderboard after Flight Seven:
1. Emirates Team New Zealand, 6-1, 6 pts
* Penalty point deducted
With Replacement Rig In Place, Team Finland Departs Qingdao
Two weeks after the Clipper fleet departed Qingdao, China, to do battle across the Pacific Ocean, Team Finland has set off on the 5,680-mile race to San Francisco. The Finnish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race was delayed in her departure from China's sailing capital after she was dismasted in the race from Singapore to Qingdao - renowned for its heavy conditions. Since then the Clipper Race team has worked round the clock with shipping companies, airlines, rigging experts and customs to ensure that a replacement mast was available and in place for Team Finland to embark on the seventh race of the global challenge.
Team Finland's skipper, Rob McInally has been assisting the maintenance team and rigging experts to replace the 90-foot spar.
Getting the replacement mast from the UK to Qingdao has not been a straight forward task and required a massive logistical operation. Once a suitable replacement mast was sourced it was taken to Luxemburg by truck and then flown on a special front loading plane to Shanghai. From there it was trucked to Qingdao where a team of maintenance staff, riggers and Team Finland's crew were ready to swing into action to step the 90-foot spar.
Ahead lies thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean.
Standings after Race 6
1. Spirit of Australia, 60 points
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Cruising Club Of America's Annual Awards Presented In New York City
On March 5, the Cruising Club of America presented its annual awards at a dinner held in New York, N.Y. at the New York Yacht Club. The Cruising Club of America is dedicated to offshore cruising, voyaging and the "adventurous use of the sea" through efforts to improve seamanship, the design of seaworthy yachts, safe yachting procedures and environmental awareness. For more information, please visit www.cruisingclub.org
The following awards were presented by CCA Commodore Sheila McCurdy (Middletown, R.I.):
Blue Water Medal (without date) - Awarded to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, for a lifetime devoted to the advancement of sailing, sail training and youth development, and on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his singlehanded, non-stop circumnavigation of the world.
2009 Blue Water Medal - Awarded to Annie Hill and her husband Trevor Robertson. They have logged a combined 305,000 miles of sailing. The award is given for a life of cruising that best exemplifies the objects and goals of the Cruising Club of America as stated in its Constitution.
2009 Far Horizons Award - Awarded to Lin and Larry Pardey, who also flew in from New Zealand. They have done three circumnavigations in two wooden boats they built themselves with no engines. Their books have been read by sailors around the world, and they are often referred to as "the first couple of cruising."
2009 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship - Awarded to Maurice and Sophie Conti for their brave rescue of three sailors whose boat was wrecked on a reef in the Fiji Islands.
2009 Richard S. Nye Trophy was awarded to John Rousmaniere for bringing distinction to the Cruising Club of America as a sailor, writer and historian.
2009 Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize was given to Rich Wilson for his recent article in the Cruising Club News "Race France to France, leave Antarctica to Starboard," where he tells about his successful completion of the Vendee Globe Race at age 58.
Don't We All Need A Paisley Quaich On St. Patrick's Day?
Abersoch has long been a venue for major Dragon events. It has hosted the Edinburgh Cup six times since 1962 and the European Championship once. Tremadog Bay, at the north end of Cardigan Bay, largely sheltered from prevailing south westerlies, provides excellent, virtually tideless, sailing water for championship events, with no commercial shipping, in an extremely attractive setting.
Should the weather conditions be hostile to Dragons moored in front of the club, the now well-established Pwllheli marina provides a totally secure bolthole with all the appropriate marine services available should the weather deteriorate, whilst still enabling competitors to take advantage of South Caernarvonshire YC's hospitality.
With the 2011 Edinburgh Cup also being hosted by Abersoch, this year's event provides an excellent opportunity for competitors to familiarise themselves with the venue.
The event is supported by Aberdeen Asset Management. A sponsor of the British Dragon Association since 2006, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC is an international investment management group.
Further details about the event including the Notice of Race and Entry form can be found at www.scyc.co.uk
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Volvo Ocean Race Organisers Dismiss Safety Concerns
The announcement of Abu Dhabi as the port to host the end of the second leg from Cape Town will require the fleet of 70 foot race boats to sail up the east coast of Africa which since October last year has seen increased piracy activity off Somalia, including the kidnapping of British sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler who are still being held hostage.
The race course will also take crews into the Arabian Gulf where sensitivities over disputed territories led to a British crew being detained for five days last December by the Revolutionary Guard in Iran after they strayed into Iranian waters.
"There is always a risk that a boat could be boarded," said Volvo Ocean Race Director Jack Lloyd, who has drawn up a sequence of exclusion zones and waypoints to ensure the fleet maintains 700nms distance off the Horn of Africa and keeps well away from the disputed islands in the Strait of Hormuz.
"We wouldn't be targets in that we won't be carrying millions of barrels of oil but kidnapping is a risk. We have systems in place for negotiations in case there is a kidnapping and the sailors will be made fully aware of the risks so they are prepared, just like last time."
In the last race, crews went from Cape Town to Cochin up the coast of Africa but no incidents were reported except for approaches from vessels trying to sell fish. -- Kate Laven in the Telegraph,
Perfect Start For Warsash Spring Series
Glorious sunshine and a steady breeze made for a perfect first day of this year's Warsash Spring Series on 14th March. Competitors in the 170-strong entry list were out bright and early, some putting into practice lessons learned during a Jim Saltonstall training session organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club the day before.
Black Group comprises four IRC classes plus one design starts for J/109, J/105 and J/92. The committee boat set up station between East Bramble and Universal Marina buoys. IRC1 had a laid windward mark near Calshot cardinal buoy with windward/leeward legs cascading to a finish at West Knoll. Niklas Zennstrom's Farr 45 Ran made a near perfect start and then drew steadily ahead to take line honours, but Paul Turner's lower rated Artemis (Grand Soleil 43B) was close enough to win on handicap. This was an excellent beginning for Artemis which is a Rolex Commodore's Cup triallist. A significant wind shift towards the north then caused a postponement whilst the courses for the remaining classes were re-orientated. Enthusiasm to get under way was reined in and all classes got away first time.
IRC2 had an intriguing battle. Great Scott IV (Eurof Philips - Elan 410) took an early lead but this was gradually eroded over the next few legs as both Andrew Iyer's Portia and Sailing Logic's Visit Malta Puma overtook. These three boats pulled away from the pack and crossed the line within seconds of each other but with her more favourable handicap, Portia came out on top.
There were newcomers to IRC3 including a pair of Beneteau First 35s. The rating band ran from 0.955 up to 1.029, with the Elan 380 Brio the scratch boat. This range also included Aindriu McCormack's X-99 2XS, successful winner of IRC4 in 2009. -- Flavia Bateson
Provisional results - Warsash Spring Series 14th March 2010
IRC1 - Artemis (Grand Soleil 43B) - Paul Turner
J/109 - J-Dream - David and Kirsty Apthorp
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