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A Perfect Bacardi Cup Day
It was windy in Miami for the third day of Star racing in the 89th Bacardi Cup and it is the last day the Stars will be alone on the bay, as tomorrow the remaining classes - the J/70, Viper 640, VX One and A-Cat classes will begin racing in the 7th BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG.
Today great sailing conditions continued with wind 125 out of the east-southeast and blowing over 15 knots. Today's distance was five 2.0 legs for a total of 10 nautical miles. Following a general restart and then a black flag start, race 3 began at 12:14 with 62 boats checked in.
After a 2.0 mile upwind leg, it was Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada (USA) in first, Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen (GER) in second, and Paul Cayard with Brian Fatih (USA) third. Positions didn't change at both the windward and Leeward marks with the trio that seemed to be untouchable by the rest of the field. In a tight battle to the finish line Stanjek and Kleen finished in front of Diaz/Prada and Cayard/Faith.
This afternoon, EFG offered a welcome cocktail to the remaining classes at the BACARDI Village hospitality in Kennedy Park, followed by BMSW mid-week party where sailors enjoyed great food, exceptional drinks and played casino style games to benefit Shake A Leg Miami, Team Paradise and Sailing Heals.
The seventh annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG will run through March 12, 2016.
* The wind was blowing hard all night and early this morning. The Race Committee put up the postponement flag at 0900 and at 11:00 called it for the day. This is a good call for the fleet on the whole. While the top 25% of the fleet could race in 25 knots, many of the participants would either not go out or would go out and possibly incur damage. If you break your mast, that is an $8K outing. Good call by the race committee.
However, tomorrow we will have two races. These races are World Championship length races; 10.7 nm. Each race takes about 1:45. So it will be a long and physical day. The first start will be at 11:00 rather than the usual 12:00.
The forecast is for 17 knots from the southeast at 10:00 dropping to 11 knots by 16:00. It should be a beautiful day for racing Stars. -- Paul Cayard
Top ten after three races:
1. Robert Stanjek / Frithjof Kleen, GER, 4.0 points
2. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada, USA, 10.0
3. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi, ITA, 11.0
4. Paul Cayard / Brian Fatih, USA, 16.0
5. Brad Funk / Mark Strube, USA, 21.0
6. Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter , USA, 24.0
7. George Szabo / Isao Toyama, USA, 31.0
8. Brian Ledbetter / Josh Revkin, USA, 34.0
9. Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves, USA, 38.0
10. Reinhard Schmidt / Uli Seeberger, USA, 39.0
Full results on YachtScoring.com:
Belgium To Host Formula 16 Worlds 2016
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The Formula 16 Worlds will be hosted by the Royal Belgium Sailing Club (RBSC) which was founded in 1863. Participation is expected to be high at this edition with at least 50 boats racing in the waters off Knokke-Heist. The RBSC is well known when it comes to hosting major sailing events including the Formula 18 Worlds, Dart 18 Europeans and Worlds, Orma Grand Prix (60 feet trimaran), Hobie Europeans, and the Laser Masters Europeans.
The Formula 16 is known as the high performance youth catamaran and works as a stepping stone for many young sailors to the bigger and even faster catamarans. The class was founded in 2001 and developed quickly; the first major international events were held in 2010. Every two years a Formula 16 Worlds is organized in one of the three continents (Europe, USA and Australia/New Zealand). In the in between years, national and continental events are held.
The previous Worlds 2014 in Newport (USA) was won by the Australians Adrian Fawcett and Jesse Dobie. The Belgium youngsters of Henri Demesmaeker and Alec Bague recently won the 2015 Europeans in Italy. Expectations are high for them; they literally grew up on the waters off Knokke-Heist.
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Dinghy Show - A Barometer Of The Health Of Dinghy Sailing?
The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show saw 8,500 visitors, down from last year's 10,000, 'flock' to see hundreds of exhibitors at the annual dinghy season opener. As a barometer of the health of dinghy sailing in the UK it continues the downward trend of recent years.
In an Olympic year and with the return of Britain to the America's Cup, the Dinghy Show could have expected a boost in interest, but despite the appearance of a number of British Olympic stars at the show, the numbers fell back from last years improvement blip.
Like the bigger London Boat Show, reports from organisers and exhibitors are always upbeat, but numbers fail to turn-around. The show reflects the long-term trend in Sailing Club membership. Youngsters flock to clubs to learn to sail, but having ticked the box then move on, leaving a generation gap. -- Gerald New in SailWeb.co.uk
Royal Yacht Squadron To Stage Cowes To Santander Race
The Royal Yacht Squadron, in association with The Real Club Marítimo de Santander and the Royal Ocean Racing Club, is to host a race from Cowes to Santander, Spain starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron's line on 15th August 2016.
The race is open to IRC rated yachts, and the level rated Class 40 as well as MOCRA multihulls rated 1.200 or greater.
The race will take the fleet some 520 nautical miles direct from Cowes to Santander in northern Spain.
In Santander, the crews will enjoy a warm welcome with a dinner and dance at the Royal Santander Yacht Club on Saturday 20th August while the prize giving will be at the Royal Palace of "La Magdalena", followed by a cocktail-dinner hosted by the Mayor of Santander.
Red Arrows To Appear At America's Cup Event In Portsmouth
Organisers confirmed today that the opening day of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth on Friday July 22 is to be known as 'Flying Friday'.
The highlight will be an appearance by the Red Arrows. Britain's favourite aerobatic team has confirmed they will bring their distinctive nine Red Hawk jets and fly in tight formation, filling the sky with plumes of coloured smoke and synchronised manoeuvres.
The Red Arrows are the second aerial display to be announced with the Red Bull Matadors already confirmed for Sunday 24th July.
Rogue Wave Prediction Tool
Sailing history is rife with tales of monster-sized rogue waves - huge, towering walls of water that seemingly rise up from nothing to dwarf, then deluge, vessel and crew. Rogue waves can measure eight times higher than the surrounding seas and can strike in otherwise calm waters, with virtually no warning.
Now a prediction tool developed by MIT engineers may give sailors a 2-3 minute warning of an incoming rogue wave, providing them with enough time to shut down essential operations on a ship or offshore platform.
The tool, in the form of an algorithm, sifts through data from surrounding waves to spot clusters of waves that may develop into a rogue wave. Depending on a wave group's length and height, the algorithm computes a probability that the group will turn into a rogue wave within the next few minutes.
"It's precise in the sense that it's telling us very accurately the location and the time that this rare event will happen," says Themis Sapsis, the American Bureau of Shipping Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. "We have a range of possibilities, and we can say that this will be a dangerous wave, and you'd better do something. That's really all you need."
Kovalenko On Rio
Viktor Kovalenko, Australian Sailing Olympic Team Coach talks to Geoff Waller of www.boatson.tv about the team, the venue and the prospects of the team in the 2016 Olympic games. -- Geoff Waller
Dubarry Ultima - Loved by Sailors
Even if you do find a pair that ticks every box, that looks good, grips well and keeps you warm, dry and comfortable, you'd still struggle to love a boot. Unless, of course, it's a Dubarry boot. Take the Ultima, with its blend of rich, supple leather and durable man-made fibres, the hi tech GORE-TEX liner that acts like an air conditioner, the award-winning grip of the sole - yes, those are all there, recognised benchmarks of quality, but what you can't see or touch or smell is the soul. Ultima boots have it in abundance because, like you, they change. They gain experience at sea and improve with age just as surely as you do. That's why sailors love them.
Dubarry Ultima - Where will you go in yours?
Entry Lists Growing For The 2016 Sportboat European
Il Portodimare di Padova Sailing Club held a press conference for the presentation of their hosting of the European ORC Sportboat Championship 2016 scheduled to take place in Chioggia (Italy) from May 24 till May 29. The event program will be as follows: after 2 days that will be focused both on registration and measurement, there will be four days of racing, with one race dedicated to be on a coastal course. One of the main partners of the event is the Darsena le Saline marina - located within the city center - that will make its docks available free for participants of the event.
Entries to the European ORC Sportboat Championship are made through the event website, with a non-refundable entry fee determined by the date of entry as follows: until 31st March 2016 € 300.00, and after 31st March 2016 € 500.00.
The European ORC Sportboat 2015 Championship will be managed by Il Portodimare Sailing Club under the Italian Sailing Federation, the Italian Association of Offshore Sailing, under the authority of both World Sailing and the Offshore Racing Congress.
Vietnamese Navy Inaugurates 1st Sailing Vessel
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This is the first modern sailing vessel of Vietnamese Navy with missions of training at sea and other military diplomacy activities, reported Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army), an online newspaper of Vietnamese Ministry of Defense.
The vessel, 286-Le Quy Don, is 67 meters long, 10 meters wide and displacement of 857 tons. The vessel has three masts, each of which is over 40 meters tall. The ship has a total area of 1,400 square meters.
The vessel, which was built in Poland since July 2014, had its first voyage from Poland's Gdansk and arrived in Vietnam in late January 2016, according to the report.
2000 ORMA Trimaran. 575,000 USD. Located in California.
TRITIUM is a modified ORMA Trimaran - stretched to 73 feet. Originally built by offshore veteran, Jean Le Cam, the boat was updated by Artemis Racing for testing of AC wing and dagger foils. The boat was heavily modified - with floats lengthened to 73 feet - the addition of hydraulically manipulated lifting "C" foils, hydraulic canting rig, and cross beams reinforced, for the new loads.
TRITIUM competed in the 2013 Transpac, where it was First-to-Finish and had the fastest elapsed time. Currently located in California - its design enhancements produce one of the fastest offshore vessels in the Pacific.
2008 Mark Mills Custom 43. 150,000 GBP. Located in Hamble, UK.
Mark Mills Custom 43 £125,000 (Tax Paid) Chaos is a Custom Mills 43 Race boat. Previously called Tiamat, she was bought from the previous owner in 2012, and given an extensive Refit. Chaos was then fully optimised for IRC with the help of Mark Mills and Doyle Sails Europe. She has terrific race records since being in the right hands over the past 2 season and is a real head turner out on the race course.
2010 Davidson 70. 895,000 USD. Located in Italy.
PENDRAGON is our latest central listing,that we have been asked to market and sell due to her current owner realizing that a larger boat would suit his needs better. She is a Franklin built, Lauri Davidson designed mini maxi that is presently located in Italy. She is an imaculate yacht from her three spreader Southern spar rig down to her lifting keel. No expense was spared to make her the fastest and prettiest girl at the prom. Her interior is luxurious, with maple colored floor boards, satin white finish, with a full galley, refridgeration, and in inclosed head. Further aft along each side are rows of pipe berths with very comfortable cushions as well as a sit down navigation table with a full array of the latest and up to date electronics package. The term, no stone left unturned is applied through out this fine yacht. Call us to be sent the full package with her details, as her asking price shows that she is seriously for sale and her owner is willing to listen to offers! Her most recent distance race was the 2014 Miglia rock race in Italy where she placed very well and for the Spring of 2015, her owner has lowered her asking price and all offers will be submitted.
Please contact William Jenkins at 410-267-9419
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