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Abby Sunderland Feared Lost At Sea
A support crew lost contact with Abby, who was in heavy seas in the Southern Indian Ocean, early Thursday morning.
"The boat is most likely not completely submerged, because there's another alarm that sends off a signal if it goes 15 feet underwater," Zac Sunderland said Thursday afternoon in an interview with Ron Kilgore of KNX radio in Los Angeles. "So yeah, she's pretty banged up out there right now, and [we're] just trying to get the rescue teams out."
Abby's mother, MaryAnne Sunderland, told ABC News that Abby manually activated two beacons sometime before 6 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday.
Zac Sunderland told KNX that the support crew was "still trying to figure out the rescue situation."
"There's two boats headed out to her position. One of them's an estimated 40 hours, the other is 48. So right now we're just trying to figure out if there's any way faster. She's in the middle of nowhere pretty much, in the Southern Indian Ocean, there's nothing closer.
The closest land to Abby's boat was Reunion Island, which is east of Madagascar. The nearest ship was 400 miles away. Rescuers were trying to contact the ship.
Jeff Casher, an engineer on Sunderland's support team, told ABC News that he last spoke with the 16-year-old sailor before 6 a.m. PDT, after she had been knocked down twice during the night.
One of those knock-downs, Casher said, ripped the radar off the boat. She had been speaking with Casher on a satellite telephone earlier because of engine problems and was in the process of fixing those problems when she told Casher she'd call right back.
She has not been heard from since, except for the distress signals. -- Robert Rudman, Marc Dorian And Tom Mccarthy
* No news on Abby's blog at press time: soloround.blogspot.com
World First For TV Umpire at Korea Match Cup
Currently on the water umpires have two sources of information, the wing boat and on board observers who ride with them. 'The TV umpire' offers an additional source of information in order for them to make an overall decision. If an umpire is not certain of the outcome after an incident they have the option of raising a 'TV flag'. This roles straight over to the 'TV umpire' who sits on-shore at World Match Racing Tour Head Quarters for clarification on the incident. This is a natural progression for the sport of match racing following in the footsteps of mass participation sporting events such as football, rugby, cricket and baseball. The Tour is using LIVE TV operations now extensively available on this 10 event world series in order to enhance the quality of umpire decisions on issuing penalties.
Unlike rugby and football where the video umpire can have the ultimate decision, the final outcome will rest with the umpire on the water. The footage display is a back up to the decision making process and is an additional judging eye for umpires to run through. For match racing the 'TV umpire' has 3 available calls; black out - where the incident has not been caught on camera, pending - meaning the TV umpire is in the process of replay for the incident and lastly their decision on a penalty call where the incident is recorded in good visibility.
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team has remained the leader in the light winds and will start day 3 with a win of 5-2.
As the tide ebbed, the race course became ever smaller and the sun set, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team put in solid results. The Swedes beat Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, current ISAF Match Racing World Champion and Richard, currently ranked top of the World Match Racing Tour standings.
Eyes will be on the Scandinavian helms throughout Stage 3 to see if Berntsson can secure a lead over Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Gill Global Team who is one of only nine Tour card holders for the 2010 circuit. To date Berntsson leads Hansen by one win.
Day 2: Current Round Robin Standings
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 5-2
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Erste Private Banking Dragon Europeans
Balatonkenese, Hungary: After a hard day with lots of sailing in a Southerly breeze on Lake Balaton, Markus Wieser still leads the ranking on the Dragon Europeans in Hungary. The weather copied the day before, as the Southern wind came in the afternoon.
The first warning signal was made in a wind of about at 13.45 but the fleet was quite nervous so only the third start was successful. The two blackflag start made its victims: among others Markus Wieser, Evgen Braslavets, Vinci Hoesch and IDA Chairman Rob Campbell were too fast over the line... In the absence of Markus, Stephan Link from Germany proved to be the best. He won the race in front of Dirk Oldenburg and Lars Hendriksen.
Meanwhile the windspeed went up to 13 knots. The second race went smoothly from start and brought a happy to Mikhail Apukthtin to win the race. Peter Froschl from Germany finished as second and Tamas Kelemen from Hungary came as third, breaking a wave of applause from the Hungarian support boats. The best result from a Hungarian Dragon sailor ever at a Europeans. But one was even happier: Markus Wieser who finished 5th and took the overall lead.
In the sixth race some gusts were even over 16 knots. Conditions changed a bit what favored Martin Palsson from Sweden who won the race, followed by Abram de Wilde with NED 305 and Remt Reemtsma from Germany. Although Markus Wieser finished as 8th, he kept his leading position as Anatoly Loginov, who is second overall, finished 11th.
For Friday, the last day of Erste Private Banking Dragon Europeans, the first warning signal is scheduled for 11.00.
Bol D'Or Mirabaud Presented By Corum
As always, amateur sailors and celebrity skippers will meet and compete with world-class sportsmanship in this genuine lake celebration. Joining the event on 12 and 13 June will be: Francesco de Angelis, patron of this 72nd edition and ambassador of the STOP RARE Foundation, sailing on the MIRABAUD I Surprise along with Antonio Palma, Partner and CEO of Mirabaud & Cie private bankers, Loick Peyron, ambassador of Corum (the new presenting sponsor), aboard Okalys-Corum, Michel Desjoyeaux and Alain Gautier (last year's winners) sailing on Foncia, Franck Cammas on Zen Too, Pascal Bidegorry on Banque Populaire, and many other ocean racing champions.
Spectators at home will be able to follow the race in real-time on the Bol d'Or Mirabaud website, www.boldormirabaud.com , thanks to a hundred official beacons (aboard the favourite boats in each class, and additional boats selected randomly), in addition to constantly updated news. All competitors can be included in the official race tracking from now on thanks to Map My Tracks ( http://www.mapmytracks.com ), offering real-time geo-tracking via internet.
Farr40 2010 European Championship Set For Porto Rotondo
The next stop for the European Circuit is the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy for two events. From June 25-27, 10 Farr 40s are expected to compete in the second leg of the series before moving on to the ISAF Offshore Team World Championship - Audi Sardinia Cup, June 28 - July 3. Eight teams are currently entered in the dual-boat format and include Barking Mad, Nerone, Martin Strobel's (SUI) Vanitas Cube, Giovani Maspero's (ITA) Joe Fly, Alberto Rossi's (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Alex Roeper's (USA) Plenty and Angela & Wolfgang Schaefer's (GER) Struntje Light.
The Farr 40 Class maintains an extensive international schedule that revolves around regional fleets in the U.S., Australia, Southern Europe and the Nordic region with the annual Class "crown jewel" - the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. This past April, the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship took place at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic where Nerone was crowned champion. The 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - the Class's 14th - will take place February 23-26 at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, in Sydney, Australia.
Goss Goes Solo
Pete has partnered with "Team Concise", winners of last year's Class 40 World Championship, to enter a brand new boat in the 3,500-mile race commencing on Sunday 31st October 2010.
'Team Concise' is made up of two halves, with the current young World Championship Crew working up the boat to defend their title in Gijon in July before they compete in the Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland race. Pete will be working in parallel with this programme until Concise 2 moves to Plymouth in August when he will start his own full time preparations. According to Pete, "mixing it up with the young guns" will be a tremendous help as he gets to know the boat.
The 48-year-old from St John in Cornwall is no stranger to sailing solo in high performance boats though. He is perhaps best known for his extraordinary single-handed rescue of Frenchman and fellow competitor Raphael Dinelli during a severe Southern Ocean storm in the 1996 Vendee Globe, for which he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen and the Legion d'Honneur by the President of France.
It is this sort of experience that Pete brings to the ISAF World Championship winning team. Team Concise owner Tony Lawson said: "This is a truly symbiotic relationship. Pete will race a brand new boat prepared by my boys as part of his short-handed offshore racing program. Meanwhile we can benefit from the advice and inspiration of this world-renowned offshore sailor, building on our knowledge base as we prepare for bigger challenges ahead. We hope it is the start of a long-term relationship".
Asked if this race signals a return to a career as a solo ocean racer, Pete said: "I have never had a career, just a series of adventures and who knows where this one will lead. I never say never, so let's see where this takes us."
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New York Yacht Club 156th Annual Regatta Presented By Rolex
The list of competitors includes many veteran names including Titan 15, a Reichel/Pugh 75 owned by Tom Hill (Puerto Rico), which won its IRC class in 2009. Titan 15 will face off against many of last year's top IRC competitors including George David's (Hartford, Conn.) Custom Maxi Rambler, John Brim's (New York, N.Y.) Reichel/Pugh 55 Rima 2, as well as three highly-anticipated entrants: Hap Fauth's (Minneapolis, Minn.) Reichel/Pugh 69 Bella Mente, Niklas Zennström's (London, U.K.) Judel/Vrolijk 72 Rán, and Puma Ocean Racing's Volvo Ocean 70 il mostro.
Building on the success of its 2009 World Championship, the 6 Metre Class will have its own start in the Classics Division on Saturday and Sunday. NYYC Vice Commodore Bob Towse (Stamford, Conn.) will field his 1926 6 Metre, SYCE, and compete alongside Toby Rodes's (Cambridge, Mass.) 1930-era Alana, and Jed Pearsall and Bill Doyle's (Newport, R.I.) Clarity, the 1924 Olympic Silver Medalist.
Sea View Yacht Club Wight Vodka SB3 Series
Andy Barrett, Club Secretary at the Sea View Yacht Club said, "We had perfect weather and increasing winds over this weekend, and the overall results showed how tight the racing had been with just seven points separating the first three boats. Craig Burlton's team won three of the six races which took them to first place overall; another fantastic result for Craig. The continued support of Wight Vodka for the SB3s was of course very welcomed by the teams, as they all want to take hold of the bottle of Wight and the custom Wight Vodka regatta caps!"
The top three winning crews included:
1. Craig Burlton's Gill Race Team
* The 2010 World Championship for the Laser SB3 will be hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy from 19 - 23 July 2010. The entry list has topped 100 boats, and is still growing.
Representatives from sixteen nations will compete in the World Championships, the largest spread of that the Laser SB3 class has ever enjoyed. Forty boats will attend from the UK, still the largest national entry and the host nation field a twenty boat entry, their largest turn out to a World Championships yet. Entries come from as far afield as Australia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will all be represented in Torbole in July.
The two Laser SB3 World Champions, Geoff Carveth (2008 Champion, Dun Laoghaire) and Craig Burlton (2009 Champion, Cascais) will both compete again for the Championship title and the honour of lifting the Waterford Crystal Trophy on Friday 23 July. Both Carveth and Burlton are British and so far the Laser SB3 World Championship has not been won by another nation. John Pollard, another British sailor recently won the Laser SB3 Volvo Cup on Lake Garda by a good margin and will be gunning hard for the top of the fleet.
The New Boss
As we said in our editorial this week, Sir Keith Mills' appointment of Grant Simmer as CEO of TeamOrigin we feel is one of the greatest indicators to date of the British America's Cup team's serious intent to capture the 34th America's Cup. While several names were being mooted, but Simmer's name was decided top of the list and none come with his depth of experience, spanning almost 30 years and culminating him managing the Swiss double America's Cup winning team.
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* From David Munge: Thank you for your website rant.
Obviously, most sailing websites are designed to promote the message of the event, however, it seems that the designers, of most sites, completely forget, or don't realise that the vast majority of the visitors to the site want to see the results of the days racing. Please, please, sailing website designers put the results button in first, and minimise the links to show us the page.
Perhaps we then would have more time to look at all the other wonderful effects you want us to see.
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