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Ireland Claims Victory In Blustery Rolex Commodores' Cup Finale
Ireland has done it. After mounting multiple teams, considered favourite going into both the 2006 and 2008 events but failing to win either, so the Irish boats Antix, marinerscove.ie and Roxy 6 today secured the Rolex Commodores' Cup for the emerald isle.
The 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup could not have finished on a better note. While the day dawned grim, with rain and visibility down to less than a mile, by start time at 10:30BST it was blowing 20+ knots and with the tidal effect this was churning up the Solent. With the weather mark not visible there was a distinct Irish hiccup on the first start when Antix collided with a French competitor and had to carry out a penalty turn.
One of the most dramatic scenes from the water today was of the Farr 45 Alice II in GBR White, streaming the top of her blown out spinnaker on the final upwind leg at the extent of the halyard.
In the two smaller classes, there were few boats that came off unscathed, other than the impeccable Irish. Peter Rutter's Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8 in GBR Red had to retire when the bottom of their mast buckled. On the downwind legs there were many many broaches, the most dramatic being that of Francois Blossier's A-35 RealAx in France Red, which ended up with her masthead almost in the water.
Andrew McIrvine, Commodore of the RORC said that his Beneteau First 40 La Reponse had been pushed to the limit. "We shredded a spinnaker. All our jammers started slipping. We have never put them under so much load before - they were tested beyond their working strain." Otherwise McIrvine was pleased with the outcome of the regatta. "It has gone very well, particularly for the Irish who very much deserved their win. It was a very exciting day. As the French said it was 'un peu agitee'!' The results are good. Everyone had a good day. Ireland deserved it. They got so nearly there before. Now they have a hot team and they have gone for it properly and they deserved to win."
Top Five Teams - Provisional Overall Positions after completion of 8 races
Team / Points / Place
Les Sables - Les Acores - Les Sables
In all likelihood, the skipper of Prati'Buches will have taken less than six days to reach the Vendeen harbor from the Azores. Behind him, in prototype as in series, the second and third steps of the podium might be much contested.
He can start to look in his wake and measure the scope of what he is doing. With 110 miles ahead of his closest pursuers, Bertrand Delesne is not quite on the same planet as the others.
To the north, Thomas Normand (Financiere de l'Echiquier) preserved for the moment, his second place for the leg. The announced return of the north winds should allow him to benefit from a better angle to get on Les Sables d'Olonne. On the direct route Vincent Barnaud (NorthStar), Veronique Loisel (de l'Espace pour la Mer) and Sebastien Picault (Kickers) are engaged in a race of pure speed, when in the south Jorg Riechers (Mare.de) and Lucas Montagne (ONG Conseil) are attempting to readjust enjoying the pressure found.
In series, Remy Andrean (Soleto) as Marc Dubos (Cepat) may already be glad to leave behind them a few prototypes.
Tomorrow will be difficult for the competitors positioned further south.
Loki's Winning Fortunes Unchanged
Named after the Norse god of mischief, the Stephen Ainsworth owned and Gordon Maguire helmed RP63 has hit its stride this year, winning its division of the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta back in March and following that up with a win overall in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race earlier this month.
Loki is top dog on the Race Week IRC Grand Prix series pointscore and after today's two wins is just 0.32 of a point away from taking the yellow leader's jersey for the Audi IRC Australian Championship off Harvey Milne's Aroona, which has led the championship from the outset. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is the decider in the four part series.
If any in their division are wondering how to stop the Loki lightning bolt, there's no trickery as the boat's moniker suggests. The winning formula according to navigator Michael Bellingham is "the great mood on the boat, plus we have a great sail selection and we are quick to recover from any errors".
With Loki rounding the top can of today's first windward/leeward race in the company of the RP66 Wild Oats X and ahead of Black Jack, those two sisterships, which are heavily stacked with sailing royalty must be scratching their heads as to how they can reel the very polished Loki in over the coming five days of competition.
Today the IRC Grand Prix division raced two windward/leewards races on the Eastern start area to the south of the Fitzalan Passage in a 10-12 knot sou'east breeze and on a lumpy seaway.
It was a big boat day in terms of the IRC handicap stakes with Loki leading Wild Oats X then Black Jack in the first and second race respectively. The best performing 50 footer amongst the strong pack was Geoff Boettcher's South Australian RP51 Secret Mens Business 3.5, which picked up a podium place in the first race of the day.
In the series pointscore Michael Hiatt's Victorian Farr 55 Living Doll is trailing Loki and Wild Oats X
It will be early to bed for most tonight given tomorrow's 61 nautical mile Club Marine Classic Long Race for the IRC Grand Prix, IRC division 1 and Superyacht divisions. First off the blocks will be the Grand Prix division starting at 8.40am in Dent Passage followed by the remaining divisions which are sailing a combination of the St Helen Rock Race and an around the islands race.
Results available at topyachtsoftware.com/results/2010/hirw/series/index.htm
Tim Woodhouse On Azureproject, The Sail Design Software From Smar Azure Ltd.
By way of introduction, I am Tim Woodhouse, owner of Hood Sailmakers Inc. My experience with CAD/CAM goes back to the late 70's when we at Hood began work on the first 3d software. By '82 we had adapted a laser cutter with a rolling bed. Our first integrated design and cutting system was big step in sailmaking productivity.
We are now on our fifth version of lasers and servo technology and after alot of testing choose Smar Azure for the new Sail design software.
Our main production Facility in Newport, Rhode Island manufactures mainly custom cruising sails for customers that want maximum longevity and durability.
Q2: For how long have you used AzureProject and why?
We have been using AzureProject since it's beginning as a commercial product several years ago.
We like AzureProject because because it is flexible production tool with excellent support and regular upgrades that are provided in conjunction with our requests. The Smar Azure team is easy to communicate with and always responsive.
The main benefit to using it is that it is an efficient production tool that saves a lot of hours in manufacturing if you use all the features. It is accurate and reliable that can be easily taught to employees after initiation.
Q3: Would you recommend the use of AZUREProject to other sail-designers?
I am aware of all the other design systems available and after trialing them all, we selected Smar Azure and have not looked back. Development will continue so there is no concern about not being on the leading edge of sail design software and analysis tools. I would recommend this software to any Sailmaker if they want to be able to design and build sails efficiently.
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Sabrina Malpede - SMAR Azure Ltd
SYZ & CO Moth Europeans
Summer heat, "Lord of the Rings"' like landscape, amazing sun, blue skies, one had it all for the last day of the competition except for... the wind. But the competitors did not have to wait for too long. Finally the Maloja wind rose, weaker and more irregular, between 10 and 15 knots, and allowed a start at 2.05 pm.
In bad shape after a food poisoning last night, Bora Gulari nevertheless managed to win the first race, but did not finish the second: "I did not have the strength to finish the second race. I am however happy with my second place, because I decided to come here a last minute. I'm going back home and will get ready for the next World Championships in Australia and I intend to take my revenge on Nathan!"
European Open Championship final ranking:
1. Nathan Outteridge, AUS, 18 points
Podium European Championship
1. Simon Payne, GBR
Podium Swiss Championship
1. Arnaud Psarofaghis, SUI
French Adventurer Takes On the Velux 5 Oceans
French adventurer Charles Hedrich has been named as the skipper of one of the world's best known ocean racing yachts for the 2010/11 Velux 5 Oceans. Hedrich will take the helm of Respectons La Terre, better known in the sailing world as La Cigare Rouge, for the gruelling 30,000-mile singlehanded race round the world.
In the last ten years, Charles Hedrich has forged a career out of extreme sports and is now one of France's leading adventurers. A former merchant seaman, Army officer and businessman, Hedrich sold his business in 2002 and turned his focus to adventure sports.
Since then, Hedrich has set numerous records in a range of disciplines including sailing, ocean rowing and mountaineering. In 2003, just ten months after passing his motorcycle driving test, Hedrich took part in the Dakar Rally, known as one of the toughest long distance motorsport events in the world, finishing in sixth place in his class. That same year he entered the Calais Round Britain yacht race setting a new record for the Dover to Calais leg, one he held until 2007.
In 2004, Hedrich sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in the Transat race, finishing in 11th place.
Respectons La Terre, one of the most proven Eco 60s of all time, was built for the 1992 Vendee Globe race by French Velux 5 Oceans legend Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and sailed under the name of Groupe Sofap-Helvim finishing second. One of the pioneering Open 60 yachts, she was painted bright red and was so narrow she earned the nickname Le Cigare Rouge - the red cigar.
The boat did three more Vendee Globes after VDH's: in 1996 she was skippered by Catherine Chabaud, in 2000 by Joe Seeten and in 2004 by Karen Leibovici. Le Cigare Rouge also provided British sailing heroine Ellen MacArthur's first experience of sailing an Open 60 when she did a delivery back from the OSTAR with Alan Wynne-Thomas.
The yacht was taken on by the Respectons La Terre Association in 2008 and is now sailed by some of the top sailors in France. In 2009 Hedrich sailed her from the North Pole to the South Pole.
Neil Pryde Baltic Cup
There were 53 participants taking part of the biggest Formula event in the Baltics from Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
2010 NeilPryde Baltic Cup overall was won by Janis Preiss LAT 23 (Gaastra), for whom this was already the fifth overall win in the NeilPryde Baltic Cup series. The freshly crowned Nordic Champion Martin Ervin EST 202 (Starboard, NeilPryde) finished second. The third place went to Erno Kaasik EST 2 (Starboard, NeilPryde). These three were also the Tallinn`s event winners.
The windless Friday and Saturday were followed by a very windy Sunday, when there were western winds 10-12 m/s with heavy gusts up to 16 m/s.
The first race was the most difficult one. Many competitors chose a bigger sail then they could handle. So in the first race only 15 surfers finished. First over the finish line with a big lead was Erno Kaasik. In the following races the wind calmed a bit and the racing was intense between Janis Preiss and Martin Ervin who were competing for the overall first place. In the second race Janis Preiss took the first place, closely followed by Martin Ervin. Third race was the same - Janis Preiss first, Martin Ervin second. The fourth race first place did not help Martin Ervin to win the Championships and the overall victory in the NeilPryde Baltic Cup 2010 went to Janis Preiss.
In the juniors (U-17) rankings Rytis Jasiunas (LTU 799) won both the Tallinn event and the overall NeilPryde Baltic Cup 2010. Youth (U-20) ranking Tallinn event was won by Andrius Sliuburys (LTU 153) and the overall NeilPryde Baltic Cup Youth Champion was John Kaju (EST 24).
In the women's ranking Latvia took first places - Tallinn event was won by Marta Ozola (LAT 95) and the overall winner was Marta Luize Avercenko (LAT 5). NeilPryde Baltic Tallinn Cup was also the final event of Estonian Formula Championships 2010. Which was won by Martin Ervin (EST 202).
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Change Of Course for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Due to a severe weather forecast for the west coast of Ireland for Thursday 26th August, the RORC have decided to reverse the course so that the fleet will race anti-clockwise around Britain and Ireland. The start remains unchanged from the Royal Yacht Squadron line to the east at 14.00. This should give the fleet a fast running start towards the forts in the Solent.
Andrew McIrvine, Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club explains why the club took the decision:
"The reason for changing the course is consideration for all the competitors. We have been monitoring the weather models for the last few days and they are all in agreement that a deep depression will be arriving to the west of Ireland at the same time as most of the fleet will be there. The RORC weather advisor Mike Broughton, believes that this will bring wind speeds of at least 40 knots, possibly as much as 50 knots on the nose. Worse than that, as the wind direction changes over 180º as the low passes through the sea state becomes very confused. Although the boats are very well prepared, these conditions could cause damage and retirements and the west coast of Ireland has very few places offering shelter. By going east about, the boats will avoid the worst of the depression and the confused sea state and will have far more shelter opportunities as there will be several ports that the boats can go into should they decide to do so."
The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starts Monday at 1400 from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.
For more information and to follow the fleet via the race trackers go to: sevenstar.rorc.org
South Africa's Most Prestigious Sailing Event
Presented in 1909 to the South African Yacht Clubs by Sir Thomas Lipton, the "Lipton Cup" was presented to further the sport of sailing, with a special emphasis on ocean sailing. Drawing sailors and boats from all over Southern Africa, each yacht club is entitled to enter a single team into this regatta.
This year, the youngest competitor is 13-year old Robert Wood, who is crewing on the Milnerton Aquatic Club entry, "Team Magnificent Hitachi" sponsored by Hitachi Power Africa. Having started sailing in December 2007, this young man regularly sails at Rietvlei. Robert is a Eversdal Primary School student and will be responsible for pulling on, and controlling the ropes that take the sails to the top of the mast, a big responsibility for a young man. "Team Magnificent Hitachi" is led by venerable Cape Town yachtsman, Brent Gray, and competes with young sailors who come from a primarily dinghy background and can be found most weekend racing against each other on the lake in Milnerton.
For the next week, 25 locally built, L26 yachts will be sailing against each other each day on Table Bay. The event will end on Friday the 27th and a new champion will be crowned at the prize giving held that night at Royal Cape Yacht Club in Table Bay Harbour."
Calling All America's Cup 12 Metre Crew Members
Reunion events include a BBQ dinner, a clambake with Gary Jobson's premier of the "12 Metre Era Retrospective", the America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion Dinner and the 17th America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Rolex Watch USA. One of the honorees is Rhode Island's own Halsey Herreshoff who is distinguished as the most active America's Cup sailor during the 12 Metre era.
This is a once in a lifetime reunion opportunity. To learn more about the Reunion and to view the list of registered attendees, visit the Reunion home page at www.nyyc.org/AC12reunions
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