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Roland and Nahid Gaebler Crowned 2010 Tornado World Champions
Fantastic races on day 4, and last, of the Worlds. The Greeks Iordanis Paschalides and Konstantinos Trigonis were the stars of the day with 3 brilliant bullets. But unfortunately not enough to pass the Germans on the scoreboard. They finish a mere 1 point behind and secured the 2nd place overall. Third were German brothers Helge and Christian Sach.
The wind started light and remained so for the first race of the day. The Race Officer held the boats until the wind built before starting the 2nd race. Greeks Danny Paschalides and Kostas Trigonis were on fire but the German couple Roland and Nahid Gaebler were always close behind.
In the 3rd race the wind swung by 40 degrees but the Race Officer was still able to continue by changing the course. By the end of the race the wind had filled in with the rain and was blowing 25 knots. There was some great high speed downwind action on the last leg with some competitors getting their best results.
This is the first time in the Tornado history that a mixed team won a World title.
It looks like a good start to the week promising generally fine weather with light to moderate winds, and sea breezes likely as a high pressure system looks set to dominate the weather over the south of England. Towards the end of the week, there could be some particularly challenging racing with the possibility of thunder storms.
2010 sees a number of class changes:
- We are delighted to welcome the Longtze class to Cowes Week as part of its European tour circuit. This sportboat is the result of a design by Steve Thomson, a New Zealand naval architect, and was developed and readied by the America's Cup team "Le Defi". Produced in Qingdao, sailing venue for the 2008 Olympics, the boat benefits from technologies developed by "Le Defi" for Longtze, the first Chinese America's Cup class yacht.
- The 707, 1720 and Sonata fleets have been merged into a single mixed dayboat class this year.
- Following feedback from previous years, the number of IRC classes has been increased by two to reduce the average fleet size; these have been calculated purely on rating although wherever possible, boat types have been kept together.
- Cruisers will have two options to enjoy Cowes Week racing this year:
There are a number of exciting associated events will add some extra sparkle, including:
The Extreme Sailing Series (Saturday 31 July - Thursday 5 August): Following the initial leg in Sète, France, Cowes Week will host the second part of this exciting competition where the Extreme 40s will go head-to-head in a series of sprint racing. This year's races will take place from 3pm on the first three days and then 5pm thereafter.
The 1851 Cup (Tuesday 3 August - Friday 6 August): This trophy event is the brainchild of TEAMORIGIN, the British America's Cup sailing team who, with the support of their challenging yacht club, the Royal Thames Yacht Club, have invited the America's Cup holders, BMW ORACLE Racing, to Cowes this summer to compete in a match race tournament. Racing will take place late afternoon off Cowes on Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 August. On Thursday 5 August a race clockwise around the Island will take place over the historic original course that saw the birth of the America's Cup in 1851.
Artemis Challenge (Tuesday 3 August): The Artemis Challenge, now in its fourth year, sees a fleet of IMOCA 60s racing around the Isle of Wight raising money for good causes. Every year Artemis Investment Management donates a charity prize fund of £10,000 for the race, which goes to a charity of the winner's choice. Whilst the IMOCA 60 skippers are used to racing alone or with just one co-skipper, they will be joined for the Artemis Challenge by an experienced racing crew and some special celebrity guests.
The Artemis Challenge will start at 9.50am off the Royal Yacht Squadron on Tuesday 3 August.
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Halfway To Spain: Slow Motion Finish?
There was drama last night at the Solitaire du Figaro headquarters when French skipper Yann Elies onboard Generali Europe Assistance alerted Race Direction, that he had run aground on Primel beach in northern Finisterre. The PSP's Cormoran Naval ship located in the area was immediately warned and set the rib off to meet the skipper. Finally, Elies managed to get off alone with the help of his engine, spinnaker and the boat's ballast. Shortly after Elies called Jacques Caraes, the Race Director to report that everything was fine and that he was continuing route towards Gijon. Since Elies had to break the engine seals (while racing all boats have sealed engines to prevent them from being used as a mean of propulsion while they are allowed to recharge the boat's batteries ed. note) to perform the operation, the International Jury will have to meet in Brest during the stopover and take a decision. Most probably the Generali Group Assistance skipper will be receive a minimum of 30-minute time penalty.
The 45 sailors are currently preoccupied with the ridge of high pressure encroaching across the Bay of Biscay, blocking the second half of the leg from Le Havre to Gijon. The position reports show constant changes in the rankings over the past 24 hours, evident with the lead changes, Eric Peron, Yann Elies, Armel Le Cleac'h, Francois Gabart, and Le Cleac'h once again on Wednesday afternoon over the course of the last 24 hours alone and midway through the leg. This marathon first leg is proving to be very demanding on a physical and tactical level.
On the bright side, the light conditions over the course of the day has given sailors time to get rest, dry out and prepare for the tough passage that lies ahead as reported by many of them during the daily "vacations radio", the usual VHF chat radio sessions held each day.
Top ten at 1900 GMT 29 July
1. Armel Le Cleac'h, Brit Air, 207.90 to leg finish
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Ship Lost For More Than 150 Years Is Recovered
Canadian archeologists have found a ship abandoned more than 150 years ago in the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage and which was lost in the search for the doomed expedition of Sir John Franklin, the head of the team said Wednesday.
Marc-Andre Bernier, Parks Canada's head of underwater archaeology, said the HMS Investigator, abandoned in the ice in 1853, was found in shallow water in Mercy Bay along the northern coast of Banks Island in Canada's western Arctic.
"The ship is standing upright in very good condition. It's standing in about 11 meters (36 feet) of water," he said. "This is definitely of the utmost importance. This is the ship that sailed the last leg of the Northwest Passage."
The Investigator was one of many American and British ships sent out to search for the HMS Erebus and the Terror, vessels commanded by Franklin in his ill-fated search for the Northwest Passage in 1845.
The masts and rigging have long been sheared off by ice and weather. But the icy waters of the McClure Strait has preserved the vessel in remarkably good condition.
Bernier said the next step will be to send down a remote controlled video camera to get actual pictures of the wreck. There are no plans to bring it to the surface and all legal steps will be taken to ensure the site remains protected.
Jaguar Announce Partnership with Teamorigin for Summer of Sailing
London, England: Jaguar announced today a partnership with TEAMORIGIN, the British America's Cup sailing team, created by Sir Keith Mills with the single purpose of winning the America's Cup for Great Britain. This new partnership brings the two parties together for a summer of sailing activities and the first event that will see 'TEAMORIGIN racing with Jaguar' is during Cowes Week in August, when the team will race BMW ORACLE Racing, the current holder of the America's Cup, in the 1851 Cup event.
This new partnership is part of Jaguar's commitment to the best of British sport under the umbrella of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, which aims to recognise, celebrate and inspire the very best of British sporting talent and success. The partnership is further strengthened by the shared commitment of both organisations to strive for improved environmental performance, through TEAMORIGIN's 'Race for Change' strategy, and Jaguar's advanced Lightweight Aluminium technology, which resulted in the recent win of the 2010 What? Car Green Award.
TEAMORIGIN's newly branded livery will appear during Cowes Week (racing takes place between Tuesday 2nd and Friday 6th August) and will feature striking Jaguar branding on both the hull and sails. The spinnaker will feature a Jaguar leaper in Union Jack Motif, the symbol of the Jaguar Academy of Sport.
Qingdao, China's Sailing City
The Qingdao International Marina & Olympic Sailing Center (QIMOSC) is located at the former Beihai dockyard and covers approximately 45 hectares. Built at a cost of almost half a billion US dollars, including the re-siting of the old shipyard, the QIMOSC covers 111 acres of land and comprises a the purposely-built Olympic village, an athletes' centre, administrative centre, a large media centre and a logistics block.
Qingdao's participation in the Clipper Race was instrumental in the city's emergence as a world class sailing venue and helped secure the rights to stage the sailing events of the 2008 Olympic Games. Qingdao was a stopover of the round-the-world race in three consecutive editions, 2006, 2008 and 2010, taking part as well with a yacht bearing its name.
After a grueling race that started under the hot weather in Singapore, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet arrived in Qingdao in January 2009 only to be met by a cold winter climate. Despite the windy sub-zero winters, the Qingdao stopover proved to be a success with tens of thousands of locals that swarmed the race village.
It was evident its next step would be to host an event of the World Match Racing Tour. In fact it will be the very first match racing event to be staged in China.
The Qingdao Match Cup will, obviously, make use of the existing facilities while racing will take place between the Olympic Sailing Centre and the new city area that will host tens of thousands of spectators on a daily basis. It is also forecast that the Qingdao Match Cup will benefit from windier conditions in late October,
For the first time ever in the World Match Racing Tour, the local organizers in Qingdao will put at stake an impressive US$ 500,000, setting a new standard, not only for the Tour but also for the sport of sailing. -- from Valencia Sailing
GP42's Adopt Improvements for 2011
The changes for 2011 include the following:
1. Allowance of a removable bowsprit of a maximum length from 1.5 to 1.7 metres. The final length will be determined from a study of existing designs and optimization to sail design and rating rule parameters
2. The change to bowsprits anticipates use of larger gennakers and a reduction of crew needed for downwind crew work. Therefore a lower crew weight limit will be imposed from 800 kg to 720 kg plus the addition of one mandatory on board guest. This reduces the number of crew onboard by one. The guest will be restricted to the stern section of the boat and not allowed to hike with legs outboard
3. Sails will be limited to seven per year, down from the existing nine. These will be 1 mainsail, 3 jibs, 2 gennakers, and 1 staysail, plus one free sail of any type.
4. No outside assistance will be allowed before racing, except to transfer guests.
In addition to these approved changes, square-top mainsails may also be adapted, depending on the participation of teams who have already made this change to their boats and are currently racing outside the Audi MedCup. A change in bulb weight to compensate for the change in crew weight has been deemed unnecessary, given the addition of the onboard guest.
Once finalized, these changes are intended to remain unchanged until 2014, giving a measure of stability to the class and preserving the value of the existing designs.
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