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Youngest Ever Competitor Signs Up For Velux 5 Oceans
One of the UK's most exciting young sailors has confirmed his entry into the oldest solo round the world yacht race - the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans. Nineteen-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors for the 30,000-mile Velux 5 Oceans race which starts in France in October.
Oscar hit the headlines last year after becoming, at the tender age of 18, the youngest person ever to compete in the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR).
Oscar will be the youngest ever skipper to enter the gruelling nine-month round the world race.
Oscar will put his yacht and powercraft design degree at Southampton Solent University on hold for a year while he takes part in the race.
The Velux 5 Oceans starts from La Rochelle in France on October 17 and features five ocean sprints. After heading from La Rochelle to Cape Town, the race will then take in Wellington in New Zealand, Salvador in Brazil and Charleston in the US before returning back across the Atlantic to France.
GBR's Shaw and 49er Sailors Advance On Day Two In Palma
Britain's Olympic windsurfing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw took the lead in the RS:X fleet on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma, while two British crews are locked in battle at the top of the 49er standings after Monday's racing.
It was a long day for competitors and race management alike on this second day at the Princess Sofia Trophy, and patience paid when light winds caused a delay to the start of the day's racing.
Skandia Team GBR's sailors fared well when the day's action did get underway, in generally light sea breeze conditions, with Bryony Shaw proving that she can challenge the world beating Spanish women's windsurfers on their home waters.
The 49er fleet sailed late into the day, but Skandia Team GBR's two G4S-backed 49er crews of Chris Draper-Peter Greenhalgh and Stevie Morrison-Ben Rhodes have made it a British 1-2 at the top of the table where they are tied on 12 points apiece, while Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign and John Pink-Rick Peacock underline Britain's strength in depth in this class, poised in sixth and seventh respectively at this early stage of the regatta.
Racing on Tuesday looks set to be disrupted, with strong winds forecast across Palma Bay.
The Princess Sofia Trophy concludes on Friday 2 April.
* Rafael Trujillo (ESP) the Spanish sliver medalist from 2004 and the 2007 World Champion sits on top of the 53 boat Finn fleet after day one at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, the third stage of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup.
After yesterday's abandonment for the Finn class, light winds again plagued the race course early on. After a slight delay, the Finns finally got two races in, with a third and a second enough for Trujillo to lead the field on 5 points.
Though expecting to sail three races today, Monday, the Finn class still only got two in as the AP was again raised at 16.12 to send the fleet shore. -- Robert Deaves, Finn class, finnclass.org
Devon Yachtsman Completes Race Qualifier
International professional yachtsman Alex Bennett has just completed the 300 miles qualifying passage for the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010. Alex and co-skipper of Fujifilm for this race, Malcolm Dickinson, experienced full gale force conditions for part of the trip.
The pair set off from Plymouth Sound on Friday afternoon sailing towards the Isle of Wight before turning south west across the English Channel towards Guernsey, then back to Plymouth.
Alex and Malcolm will now continue their training on the Class 40 yacht in the run up to the race which starts in Plymouth on June 6th. They will be a formidable team. The 2010 race will be the second time Alex has competed in the RBI. In 1998 he skippered Modi Khola and managed to secure third place monohull in Class 5, also setting a record for the youngest team to ever complete the arduous course.
Malcolm is a Devon based sailor and long time friend of Alex. He is the Managing Partner at leading law firm Michelmores Solicitors based in Exeter, another of Alex's long term business partners. Malcolm is well known in local sailing circles as organiser of the Michelmores Challenge Cup. He has competed in the last two editions of the Round Britain race, finishing second in Class last time around.
For the 2010 race Alex and Malcolm will be raising money for the Devon based charity Hospiscare. Over the coming months Alex will be based in Plymouth. He was last in the city with Fujifilm for the start of the prestigious Artemis Transat in 2008. Battling fierce storms and tough competition in the Atlantic, Alex was the first Brit into Boston coming 6th in the Class 40 fleet.
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Ranger Wins The 15th Annual St Barths Bucket
After all was said and done, it was the J-Class Ranger that took the 2010 Bucket. John Williams and his crew raced consistently and well, earning a well-deserved victory. Second place belonged to the the Perini Navi Andromeda la Dea, with the Perini Navi P2 in third place overall.
The third and final race of the 2010 St. Barths Bucket (the "Wrong Way Around" course) was sailed in conditions very similar to the previous days: fluky winds in the 10 to 15 knot range. The usual noon start was preceded by a couple of Bucket Scholarship holders, thus spoiling Gloria's virtual deadlock on the Escargot Cup, which was awarded to the consistently sailed Toto. P2 and Unfurled earned second and third place in the Gazelle fleet, while Axia and Hetairos were runners up in the Grande Dames contingent.
It would be a mere redundancy to add that the sailing and the shore side activities were of the customary caliber, with Visione a hands-down winner of the yacht open house on Friday night -- after all the rest of the fleet had closed she kept the party going until midnight
A full recap will be available at www.bucketregattas.com
Close Racing in the Warsash Spring Series
The third week of Warsash Sailing Club's Spring Series saw the first south-westerly breeze of the season. The wind stayed true in direction with the strength varying from 10 to 14 knots, providing near ideal sailing conditions if still cold. Despite the clocks going forward, competitors were out early for practice with new entries joining the fleets.
The Black Group committee boat anchored near Hamble Yacht Services buoy and used Air Canada, close to the Bramble Bank, as the first windward mark with a finish at East Knoll. Adjustments were made to the lengths of the courses with IRC1 completing 15 miles and IRC3 12.5 miles. IRC4 used a White Group start line but also finished with the other Black Group boats at East Knoll after a course covering over 10 miles. High water occurred during the start sequence, so competitors had the favoured combination of beats with the current and runs against it. Tacticians kept careful watch of the depth to benefit from or dodge the tide.
The number of "Big Boats" competing has increased as their Spring Championship after Easter approaches. Johnny Vincent's TP52 Pace slowly pulled away from the Farr 45 Ran (Niklas Zennstrom). Finishing almost half an hour apart on the water, the first four boats had a nail-biting result with only 28 seconds between them on corrected time after handicaps were applied. However, after two hours' racing, the better handicapped Ran took the win by 11 seconds. The third and fourth placed boats Jammy Dodger (Neil Martin) and Artemis (Paul Turner) were 13 and 17 seconds further back. The closeness of the result for widely differing boats was a great testimony to the IRC rating system.
The SBR Sportsboats class is the domain of the Hunter 707s. Liz Lotz and Peter Lloyd on Lutine Belle missed the first day's racing but over the last two weekends have shared honours with the Southampton University OTC entry Artificer which leads on series points.
The Warsash Spring Series now takes a break for Easter and reconvenes on 11th April. The final weekends of 17th/18th and 24th/25th April lead up to a grand finale with the addition of Saturday racing for the Spring Championship.
New entries are welcome and enquiries can be made to Warsash Sailing Club on 01489 583575, or visit www.warsashspringseries.org.uk
Provisional results - Warsash Spring Series 28th March 2010
IRC1 - Ran (Farr 45) - Niklas Zennstrom
J/109 - J-Dream - David and Kirsty Apthorp
Plug and Go AIS From Ocean Safety
Ocean Safety has just supplied five ACR Class B AIS units to Sailing Logic for their offshore racing fleet competing in RORC offshore races this year. The reason Sailing Logic selected this system is because it is quick and easy to install with the use of a normal PC laptop.
This AIS system allows a vessel to receive information about surrounding traffic, as well as transmitting information at the same time. Details transmitted will include a vessel's current position, speed and course as well as draft, length overall and VHF call sign.
Size of the unit: 7.8 x 6.2 x 1.84" (18 x 15.8 x 4.7 cm)
Tempest In The Indian Ocean
For most sailors, even the most seasoned ones, the odds of one day getting to the very top of the Beaufort scale are quite low. But "thanks" to the Indian Ocean's wrath, Majan's men have been through a hurricane on their way to Cape Leeuwin and as Mark Covell puts it, "The experience of 70+ knots is now something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives." It might be hard to figure out seen from dry land, but winds that strong and the resulting sea state definitely give the term of "survival" its legitimacy, both for men and machine. The A100, designed to withstand the fiercest conditions on all the world's oceans, has proven its worth and the teams who have worked on her build and assembly, both at BoatSpeed Australia and at Oman Sail's dedicated facility, should today feel very proud of the work carried out. Majan's crew led by Paul Standbridge and including Sidney Gavignet who will go on to race in the solo Route du Rhum this November on 'Majan', relied on the boat to make it through the hurricane, and as they made it safely back ashore it is thanks to their outstanding seamanship, but also thanks to the inherent reliability and seaworthiness of the trimaran.
11 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes after having crossed the starting line of Leg 3 in Cape Town, Majan cut through an imaginary line south of Cape Leeuwin, the southwestern tip of Australia. They had to cope - somewhat ironically - with a light patch on the final stretch towards Fremantle, just after turned the "left indicator" on.
Redhanded TV and Boulder Creek International Win WMRT Contract
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) features 10 World Championship events across the globe this year. With the first event scheduled between 6-11 April in Marseille, the Tour culminates with The Monsoon Cup in Malaysia at the end of November. Redhanded TV and Boulder Creek teams have been working together on the Monsoon Cup for five years and will bring this expertise to the WMRT in 2010.
With a production team of 27 at Redhanded and a further five working on the live streaming and distribution at Boulder Creek, the teams are committed to providing a television sailing experience that works well for the viewer. Using helmet, mast and bow cameras to give perspective in close contact experience, the viewer is propelled into the action to see each vital move. One of the objectives for Sam Usher, MD at Redhanded TV, is to build on the success of the Monsoon Cup coverage and to bring the viewer into the race so that they can feel what the players and sailors are experiencing minute-by-minute.
With the distribution platform already established by Boulder Creek from previous work with the Monsoon Cup, Boulder Creek's MD, Matt Jeschelnik, believes his team can build on this to develop a wider television reach for the Tour worldwide.
Titouan Lamazou Designs the Official Poster for the Voiles De Saint Barth
The artist-writer-sailor Titouan Lamazou has come up with the design of the official poster for the first edition of the Voiles de Saint Barth. Emotionally attached to these islands that he discovered in 1976 with Eric Tabarly, Titouan has made a lot of friends there since then, in particular with the Poupon brothers, Luc and Philippe, who have sailed together so many times in these paradise waters, and Francois Tolede, who is now Director of the organising committee for the Voiles event. The winner of the first Vendee Globe designed a work fitting in completely with his favourite themes, the eternal woman, the sea and beautiful yachts, all in tones that mix together in perfect harmony the modernity of contemporary yachts and the elegance of the gaff rigs of yesteryear.
Designing the poster for the Voiles de Saint Barth quite naturally inspired the artist. "I was not given any specifications," he explained. "I just tried to find a way of expressing this mixture of futuristic yachts and elegant classic boats, which will be at the heart of this great event in April. I always feel great pleasure when painting beautiful gaff rigs, as these boats from the early twentieth century breathe elegance and style."
Titouan Lamazou is due to be present in St. Barts from 5th to 11th April, not as a sailor, but as a friend of St. Barts. His work can currently be admired in the USA, in France and in Japan. Limited edition prints of the official poster for the Voiles de Saint Barth will be on sale in the regatta village.
In 1990, Titouan Lamazou won the first edition of the Vendee Globe, the non-stop single-handed race around the world, at the helm of Ecureuil d'Aquitaine II and completed the voyage in 109 days. This success was followed by a monohull win in the Route du Rhum in the same year. Titouan Lamazou became world ocean racing champion for the period 1986-1990.
Titouan Lamazou has now returned to his vocation as an artist.
Anti-Piracy Guidelines and Flyer
The spokesman further warned that pirates are now ranging ever further across the Somali Basin. "We cannot rule out the possibility of attacks occurring as far east as the coast of India and as far south as Madagascar" he said.
In response to these warnings the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has updated and re-issued its guidelines to yachts contemplating making a passage through the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. A single-sheet summary of the guidelines has been sent to marina managers, Port Captains and ships' Agents in all the places frequented by long-distance sailors with a request that it be displayed prominently and, where possible, copied and given out to visiting yachts. This document can be found here: www.sailing.org/tools and documents and PiracyFlyer2010-.pdf
"We are determined to do all we can to inform the long-distance sailing community of the very real risks passages in these waters entail' said Alan Green, chairman of the ISAF International Regulations Commission "and to make sure that skippers and crews are aware of the advice of the naval authorities who co-ordinate warship operations in the area".
Details of the anti-piracy guidelines may be seen at:
Further ISAF information regarding piracy guidelines can be found at: www.sailing.org/piracy
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