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Laurie Jury Wins the 2011 Knickerbocker Cup
For his efforts, Jury and his team will have his name permanently affixed to the Knickerbocker Cup along with other match racers such as Dave Perry (USA), Ed Baird (USA), Terry McLaughlin (CAN), Paul Cayard, USA, Peter Gilmour, (AUS), Russell Coutts, (NZL), and the newer hot match racers Reuben Corbett NZL) and Phil Robertson (NZL). They also receive an automatic entry into the Argo Bermuda Gold Group Cup at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton, Bermuda in early October.
1. Laurie Jury, NZL
Rolex International Women's Keelboat
Racing at the 2011 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 30, with the warning signal for the first race sounding at 10:00 a.m. with racing continuing through Thursday, September 1.
Tunnicliffe Wins Buddy Melges Challenge
Sailing under beautiful sunny skies and steady 12 to 15 knot northerly breeze with a moderate Lake Michigan chop, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Cappozi of Team Maclaren showed dominate form securing a 3 - 0 victory in the best of five finals match. The second French team defeated by Tunnicliffe in as many days, the finals challenging team of Anne-Claire Le Berre, Alice Ponsar, Myrtille Ponge (FRA) were unable to stop the American's momentum.
In the first race of the finals, Tunnicliffe and Le Berre tacked their way up the first leg with Le Berre protecting the right. Tunnicliffe was able to cross and control Le Berre taking a boat-length lead by the windward mark. Le Berre managed to pass Tunnicliffe before the leeward mark, but drew a double penalty when she took unentitled room at the mark. Races 2 and 3 began in similar fashion with Tunnicliffe taking the lead by the windward mark and then keeping the lead for the remainder of each race.
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Spirited Challenges from Southern Hemisphere Teams
"It is an honor for the Yacht Club Argentino (YCA) to participate this coming September," said Commodore Ricardo Galarce. Because there was a boat similar to the Swan 42 available for their use in Mar del Plata, the YCA team traveled 400 km to spend a weekend there performing intensive training, "with very good results and lots of learning as regards each of the crew members' functions and movements," said Galarce. "We then carried on our training in Buenos Aires, always trying to sail in boats similar to the Swan 42, which we know is an excellent boat, which demands a lot from its crew."
Most of the CYCA crew that will travel to Rhode Island sailed together for the first time in April on the Corby 49 Vamp in the New South Wales IRC championships, finishing third overall. Vamp then finished second in Division 1 in the recently concluded CYCA Winter series.
"None of us have experience in the Swan 42s although most have sailed in similarly equipped and designed yachts over a range of sizes up to the TP52 class," said David Fuller, CYCA Team Manager. "Whereas we have not had many opportunities to sail together, most of our crew have continued to sharpen their skills on other boats in the various races and regattas along the Australian coast and overseas."
And while none of the RCYC team has any experience racing Swan 42s, they too have been training on a variety of boats of similar size.
An official practice for the 22 yacht club teams will take place on Monday, September 12, from 1300-1700, followed by the opening ceremony for the Invitational Cup. Five days of racing will ensue, with the first warning signal scheduled for 1100 each day. The winning team will be confirmed at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 17.
Super Fast Wild Oats X1
Both skipper Mark Richards and his talented crew including Australia 11 Americas Cup winning tactician Grant Simmer won line honours in all nine races against Investec Loyal (Anthony Bell) and Lahana (Peter Millard).
Wild Oats X1 set a high standard when they broke the 23.3 nautical mile Lindeman Island Race record on day 1.
They continued to show their superior boat speed and crew skills to leave their rival big boat crews following the power sailing wake of Wild Oats X1 on the shorter windward/leeward races. As expected the crew faced a serious test against their heavy wind skills when a strong wind warning was issued for the 63 n/ml Double Cone Island race.
"We had some real pressure up to 32 knots on the spinnaker run across a lumpy Whitsunday Passage". Skipper Mark Richards said.
But the big maxi continued to express the speed to draw away from her rivals and complete the course with another the impressively fast 13.36knot average.
The Wild Oats X1 crew were in a class of their own in both the short course windward leeward and Island Passage races to eventually win the line honours with a perfect score.
They were collectively too fast winning the nine race big boat arm wrestle by a little over 1 hour after almost 215 nautical miles of racing in moderate to fresh and frightening winds "Race Week had always been part of our preparations for the Hobart Race it was tough at times but the guys produced an impressive performance" Mark Richards said. -- Ian Grant
Wishart Completes North Pole Row
The Old Pulteney Row to the pole expedition saw Mr Wishart lead a team of six men on a 450 mile route through some of the harshest and most aggressive conditions on earth. The team used a specially designed "ice boat" for the unsupported row and reached the North Pole at 12.30 GMT on 26 August.
The team lived for almost a month on the ice boat, sleeping in shifts between rowing stints and surviving on 7,000 calorie-per day dry rations. The detail and drama of the team's four week adventure was captured by a BBC cameraman for a documentary on the expedition.
For most of the voyage the team rowed through open water but, in the last few weeks of summer, the passage to Ellef Ringnes Island was the last to melt and break up, so the crew was faced with a race against time as the ice closed in.
As well as his Cable & Wireless Adventurer exploits, Mr Wishart captained the team that broke the London to Paris rowing record in 1999. He has a lifetime interest in polar exploration and in 1992 he was part of the first team to walk unsupported to the Geomagnetic North Pole.
Green Dragon Sails Again
Attempts to sell it for two million euros in 2009 did not materialise. Since then, the round the world yacht has been in dry dock in Galway, rendered obsolete because her hull was heavier and keel lighter than her rivals.
In spite of the disappointing performance the boat was welcomed in to Galway after the 2009 Transatlantic leg by a huge crowd and a week long celebration that has subsequently set the bar for all other stop over ports in the 2012 race.
After being refitted and repaired recently, the Green Dragon sailed out of Galway Docks yesterday for a tour of the bay, before she sets sail for Holland tomorrow.
Ireland's entry in the 2008-9 Volvo entry race will be taking part in the Frankfurt Motor Show promoting the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 and the Global Village in Galway where the race will end next July.
Seahorse September 2011
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UK 18 Foot Skiff Nationals Day 2
Three races were sailed on Sunday.
Results after 6 races, 1 discard applied:
1. Pica, Jamie Mears / Stewart Mears / Tristan Matt, 6 points
Clipper 11-12 Race 2: Madeira to Rio de Janeiro
But that is exactly the uncomfortable position that Richard Hewson and his crew onboard Gold Coast Australia are in as they approach Rio de Janeiro at the end of Race 2 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. With Welcome to Yorkshire eating into their lead, pulling back 17 miles in 24 hours, Gold Coast Australia is just 47 miles ahead with just 400 miles to go.
As well as dodging shipping, the teams are also dealing with numerous squalls and the resulting wind shifts. Mat Booth, skipper of De Lage Landen, said: "Last night was a bit like a mine field of squalls, dodging some and taking others squarely on the chin. The main annoyance of these pesky clouds is the considerable, normally unfavourable wind shifts that come with them. The crew has been dealing with them admirably, tucking reefs in quickly and playing the main traveller and sheet like pros!"
Increased shipping traffic is also keeping Mat's crew on its toes. "As we head towards Rio shipping has increased. With over a hundred oil rigs between us and the finish I've reminded the crew of the importance of vigilance when it comes to keeping a sharp look out," he said. Ian Conchie on Qingdao said his crew is regularly tracking up to four ships at a time as they progress southwards. The extra vigilance is paying dividends though as they have also spotted a number of large whales as well as lots of flying fish. A less welcome sight for the Qingdao crew is the increased level of rubbish in the sea they have seen over recent days.
"After a couple of weeks out away from land we have got used to lovely clear water and now to start seeing plastic bottles, bags and so on floating past is proof if any were needed that we are nearing land again," Ian said.
The first boats are expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
Positions at 0900 UTC, Monday 29 August
1. Gold Coast Australia, 400nm to leg finish
Six Women in the La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50
This transatlantic (former Mini Transat) is single-handed, without routing or contact with the earth and without assistance. 80 sailors from 16 countries will leave for a 4200 nautical miles voyage (7800 km) on 21-foot sailboats. It is starter for all the best sailors: Michel Desjoyeaux, Ellen MacArthur, Loïck and Bruno Peyron, Laurent Yvan Bourgnon, Bernard Stamm, Lionel Lemonchois, Thomas Coville, Isabelle Autissier, Catherine Chabaud, Samantha Davies...
Six women from 27 to 40 years old will face the Ocean from the 25th of September. Two French, one Spanish, one Italian, one Dutch, one Briton and one American...
- Marie Duvignac, Visit Var #660, 32 years old lives in Toulon, "Redacteur territorial".
- Fabienne Robin, Plume d'Ange #708, 33 years old lives in Chateau d'Olonne (85), sailor.
- Suzanne Beyer, Penelope #745, 33 years old, lives in Zoagli in Italie, skipper.
- Christa Ten Brinke, Ran of the North Sea # 758, 40 years old, lives in Hilversum Pays Bas, Artist.
- Emma Creighton, Pocket Rocket #574, 27 years old lives in Freeport (USA), skipper.
- Philippa Hare, The Potting Shed - #743, 37 years old, live in Felixstowe Grande Bretagne, Sailing Coach.
Start: On Sunday the 25th of September at 17h17
Endeavour Back in Home Waters
The Endeavour replica will arrive in Broome today before visiting another five ports along the WA coast as part of a 13-month circumnavigation of the country.
The stunning replica of Capt. Cook's ship HM Bark Endeavour will stop just long enough to change crew in Broome and Exmouth but will be open to the public during calls to Geraldton, Fremantle, Bunbury and Albany.
The replica vessel, launched in Fremantle in 1993, spent its first 12 years visiting Australian ports and sailed around the world twice.
In 2005, ownership was transferred to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, from where it set sail in April.
Endeavour was last in Fremantle and Bunbury in 2002, last in Geraldton in 2001 and in Albany in 1996.
It is scheduled to return to Sydney in May next year.
The three-masted tall ship is sailed by 16 professional crew joined by 40 paying "voyage crew" who can sail on specified legs of the journey.
Part of the visit to Fremantle will coincide with the Perth ISAF sailing world championships in December. -- Malcolm Quekett in The West Australian: au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/
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