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Adrien Hardy King Of Kinsale
Wednesday 11th August at 20 hours, 8 minutes and 45 seconds, Adrien Hardy crossed the finish line first of the third stage of La Solitaire du Figaro. It took to the young Agir Recouvrement skipper 2 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes and 45 seconds to cover the 349 mile from Brest to Kinsale at an average speed of 6.45 knots. The 26 year-old sailor reached the finish line ahead of Yann Elies, whom he fought nail an tooth over the final 45 miles to beat at the finish. Generali-Europ Assistance's skipper crossed a mere 1 minute and 17 seconds behind Hardy, while Jean-Pierre Nicol on Bernard Controls closed in third. A fierce battle for the first place in the newcomers' special category: only five seconds separate Frenchman Anthony Marchand from Portuguese Francisco Lobato.
Hardy took the lead towards the end of the long Celtic Sea crossing, just before the Fastnet Roc as a result of taking a northern option. Under the constant threat of Yann Elies, Hardy kept the situation under control over the final 45 miles. Spinnaker up, close to the cliffs he managed to keep a small, yet decisive, lead over Generali-Europ Assistance's expert skipper. The Irish podium in Kinsale celebrates another young solo sailor, Jean-Pierre Nicol (Bernard Controls), 31 years, who reaches his best ever performance in the race after four participations.
5 tiny seconds! That's the amazing gap between the first two "rookies", the newcomers to the Solitaire du Figaro, who compete for the special Beneteau ranking. French sailor Anthony Marchand, 25 yearold and from Finistere, on Espoir Region Bretagne snatched first place from Portugal's Francisco Lobato, 25 years old from Lisbon on ROFF/TEMPO-TEAM. The two promising solo sailors finished in 8th and 9th position respectively leaving behind them several older and much more experienced skippers. Amazingly, it took just one hour and a half for the 44 Figaro II boats to cross the line in quick succession after three days at sea.
Apart from Francisco Lobato, other non French skippers had "mixed" performances: Isabelle Joschke (Synergie) finished 21st, Bernard Stamm (Cheminees Poujoulat) 25th while more disappointed were Italian Pietro D'Alì, who suffered also from some technical issues and closed in 36th and Briton Jonny Malbon, 41st.
The final leg of the 2010 Solitaire du Figaro leaves Kinsale on Monday, 16th August on the final 435-mile leg to Cherbourg.
With Tomahawk's mast being fixed in the Pendennis workshops and Pinuccia withdrawing due to stronger winds it was a day for the big yachts to show off their speed. Once again it was a close start with Adela and Mariette battling at the start line, both having good starts fully powered up as they crossed between the starting buoy and committee boat.
Mariquita reefed in her main to make the most of the winds but Adela took an early lead on the beat down to the first mark. As she rounded Helford she launched her spinnaker, providing the stunning sight of this beautiful 55.5m yacht in full sail. Mariette, Mariquita and Velacarina followed behind up to the second mark at Veryan, with Velacarina launching her mizzen sail on the downward leg.
Adela had a strong lead on this leg however it was her turn to experience the unexpected dramas of racing as during a jibe her spinnaker wrapped and split, but she managed to sustain her lead down towards the Manacles mark. The spectator boat, with a top speed of approximately 10 knots, struggled to keep close to these amazing vessels as they powered down the course.
As the yachts rounded the final mark Adela held her lead, the sun shining through the clouds to light her way to the finish line. Mariette achieved speeds of over 16 knots was the overall winner of the day based on adapted time.
Weather: SW 20, gusts to 30 knots, low cloud and scattered showers
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The Recreated Atlantic Sets Sail
Vigo, Spain: Looking down from the quay on the deck of ATLANTIC it is impossible not to remain fascinated. The beauty of this strikingly large and slender three mast schooner is overwhelming. 56 meters of impeccably laid teak deck interrupted only by a few lacquered teak deckhouses and skylights and by a partition caused by the characteristic slightly raised aft deck. The raven black high-gloss hull reflects every ripple in the water. And looking up at the three towering masts one senses the enormous power this yacht must have. The mighty ATLANTIC, the schooner of all schooners, left Rotterdam on June 23rd and has now finished her sea trials. The builder/owner Ed Kastelein has achieved another milestone in reviving yachting history. After recreating Westward, he has gone for the world cup in recreating legendary yachts of the past and he has won convincingly with the realization of ATLANTIC.
The original, designed by William Gardner, was launched on July 28th 1903. No one could have foreseen then that the schooner would gain enduring fame winning the Kaiser's Cup from New York to The Lizard in the spring of 1905, under command of the renowned captain Charlie Barr. The ATLANTIC set the record for the transatlantic crossing at 12 days, 4 hours and 1 minute. A mono-hull record that would stand for 100 years. The schooner was the quintessential cruiser/racer. She could do 17 knots on her steam engine of 400hp, weighing 30 tons including boiler, exclusive fuel. Two generators provided for electricity. She had heating, refrigeration, and water heaters. The lobby was executed in marble and the interior was fitted out with the finest mahogany panelling. There were large and luxurious tiled bathrooms (with bath tub) and a large galley.
The schooner measures 69.24 meters (227') overall, 56.43 meters (185') over the bows, excluding bowsprit and mizzen boom outboard of respectively 8.76 meters (28'8) and 4.05 meters (13'3). With her beam of 8.85 meters (29') and draft of 5.00 meters (16'5) her displacement is 395 tons. From the different sail plans of the original, the record setting 1905 rig of 1,720m² (18,500 square feet) has been chosen for the recreated yacht.
Dutchman Ed Kastelein has reincarnated this legendary schooner. The idea had been dismissed as being too much of a premium aspiration into classic yachts, until he sold Eleonora. He started to collect illustrations and publications of the famous original and, assisted by yacht historian John Lammerts van Bueren, copies of dozens of drawings were gathered from various archives in the USA. Doug Peterson has acted as consulting naval architect warrantying the authenticity of the lines and floatation. The hull of the largest racing schooner ever having been rebuild was commissioned in the autumn of 2006.
The legendary ATLANTIC is sailing again and no doubt one day she will have a crack at beating the time the original yacht made to cross the Atlantic in 1905!
Condor's First Flight
It was the 1st time Mini Transats were allowed, and they proved themselves more than capable and worthy. It was one of the rare occasions
The northerly route paid off, and it did in spades. It was also the 1st major test for the new Class 40 sailboat designed by Jim Antrim, and constructed by Berkeley Marin Center. California Condor is the 1st Class 40 on the West Coast, and was inserted into Division D with 3 seasoned SC 50's, A J-160, a Shumacher 52. And Andrews 56 and a Farr 36. Her mission, get her hard chined hull and big ass roached main to Hawaii with enough time to spare to correct out ahead of her division mates.
She jumped out to a quick lead and was in the process of passing boats which had a 4 day lead and all was looking great for Buzz Blackett and crew until the wheels came off when the rudder straps decided the fun was over... -- Erik Simonson, www.h2oshots.com
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One Month Remains to Start of 2010 ORCi World Championship
The fleet will be divided into two large classes, with 21 of the largest entries thusfar being assigned to Class A and the remaining 33 assigned to Class B. But among these groups the rating bands are fairly narrow, so that Boris Hepp, Chief Measurer with DSV, expects that "The front places to be hotly-contested, particularly in the upper size range. It will be important for the bigger boats, like Gorm Gondesen's local-based Rogers 46 Shakti, to have excellent starts to get away well from the starting line and extend to save her time. But everyone else will have had an intensive start training from previous racing, which will pay off here at the World Championship."
Who does Hepp see as favorites for the event? "I think Christian Plump's Rodman 42 Beluga Sailing Team is in a favorite position, being last year's winner of the ORC European Championship in Ystad, Sweden. But also I think the Stichting Havoc Sailing Team from the Netherlands sailing their Ker 11.3 Daikin Airco could be quite strong as well."
Another strong contender, fresh off a refit by designer/builder John Corby in the UK and from being on the Hong Kong team at the Rolex Commodore's Cup in the UK, would have to be Chris ("Opie") Opielok's Corby 36 Rockall III. Opie has been described as a "sailing legend" in Hong Kong for having won two previous Admiral's Cups for his native Germany.
In Class B Hepp sees two Danish entries, Michael Møllmann's X-37 Hansen and Peter Beck Mikkelsen's First 35 BM-Yachting, as the top contenders in this class.
International Knar Cup
Pehrsson had to clear around the weather end committee boat, which required him to tack and duck a boat, and then sail close hauled against the current for quite some time to clear the committee boat anchor rode. As the race was to the current relief on the City Front, Pehrsson had spotted the entire fleet almost two minutes. Pehrsson battled back the entire race, finishing in 5th place behind fellow Dane Lars Gottfredsen.
Today's race winner was Chris Perkins, also a former IKC champion. There were a lot of lead changes among the top 5 boats throughout the race, but Chris hit a couple of good shifts at the top of the first beat and never relinquished his lead. Patience was the name of the game; namely when to tack toward more favorable current closer to shore. The pressure was spotty on the shore, leaving only a narrow band of favorable current and breeze to play in. Second place went to Dane Peter Lerbrandt, and third to regatta leader Jon Perkins, who has only 8 points mid way through the series.
The Knarr sailors now go into their mid-week party, where the leading team drinks a bottle of champagne from the prestigious mid-week trophy cup. Racing continues on Friday and Saturday.
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The company had also been planning to build a new facility in the former VT shipyard in Woolston, Southampton. The Wisconsin-based builder, which received planning permission to build the yard last month, had forecast the creation of about 800 local jobs.
"We have decided that with the world economy as it is, along with excess capacity offered by our base in the United States at the Wisconsin Shipyard, that we would wind down the UK operations at this time and move the entire Sportyacht programme to the Palmer Johnson facility in Wisconsin," said Mike Kelsey, Palmer Johnson president, in an email to IBI.
But Palmer Johnson has not entirely closed the door on building from the UK in the future. "We are still in discussion with S.E.E.D.A to develop the Woolston site when the need arises," he added, referring to a government agency overseeing the proposed Southampton shipyard. "We will also keep our design team in the UK." -- IBI News
Kuoni, Romano&Christen and LGT Bank (Schweiz) join the Swiss stopover of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour as boat partners. Three out of the six blu26 one design yachts used for this event will carry their logos during the event. The three other boats will sail under the event's main partners' names, Badrutt's Palace and AFG, and the co-sponsor Volvo.
Specialised in the logistic industry, Kuoni joins St. Moritz Match Race for the first time. The company will be the event's logistics supplier, handling the transport of the boats to (and back from) St. Moritz.
The architect Romano&Christen already knows St. Moritz Match Race well; the Lucern-based agency was already a partner of the hospitality boat in 2009: a blu26 that took many guests out sailing during the event. Romano&Christen will once again support the event's hospitality program.
LCT is a Liechtenstein-based wealth and asset management group who is also familiar with the world of sailing and match racing, having already supported several events in Switzerland.
The eighth edition of St. Moritz Match Race will take place on August 31 - September 5, 2010
The world's leading professional sailing series, the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), has appointed sports marketing and communications specialist, Capitalize - the BrandFan agency - to manage its global PR series for the remaining 5 races of this year's Tour.
With the World Match Racing Tour embarking on an exciting development period which hopes to see the 10 race series double its size in the next five years, Capitalize will work alongside WMRT Communications Director, Audrey Lakai, to focus on increasing the Tour's profile across key global markets by targeting international news, business, lifestyle, specialist and broadcast media.
The PR, sponsorship and experiential agency will also provide specialist on-event press office support and bring new media to the Tour events as the series draws towards its climax at the Monsoon Cup in December.
Capitalize will also manage the Tour's social media channels and develop digital platforms to engage with fans and bring the thrill of match racing to a growing global audience with live video streaming and behind-the-scenes interviews and news features. -- wmrt.com
The Maltese government has started the public consultation process for the 310-berth marina planned at Sa Maison, in Marsamxett harbour.
The €20m project has been scaled back from the nine-pontoon, 470-berth marina originally envisaged by the maritime authority when it was evaluating potential marina sites in an effort to ease the demand for berths.
But the four-pontoon marina - which will require a breakwater - will take three years to complete from the time the permit is issued, a process that will involve a time-consuming environmental impact assessment.
This is little comfort to the yachting market, which is stagnating as locals have to put off buying a boat - especially sailing boats over 13m (43ft) - because they simply cannot find a berth. This has in turn frozen the second-hand market as people are unable to upgrade. -- IBI, www.ibinews.com
OC Technology, part of OC Group, the global sports marketing company specialising in professional sailing, has signed a new strategic partnership with Yellowbrick Tracking. This significant consolidation in the tracking business establishes Yellowbrick as the leading company in the offshore yacht tracking market with the largest fleet of Iridium-based tracking units available, backed by years of experience.
The new partnership will see all operational delivery of tracking services carried out by Yellowbrick, including the provision of the hardware and the online management system, whilst OC Technology will continue to market their integrated communication systems that have been developed over the last decade to such great effect for professional sailing projects, such as, Dame Ellen MacArthur's solo round the world record and the inaugural Barcelona World Race.
The standard OCTracker unit will be renamed YellowbrickMAX and Yellowbrick will now manage all the tracking operations of the combined business.
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