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Practice Makes Perfect
With the majority of the competitors having little or no direct experience in Swan 42s, it would seem logical to look at teams that competed in the 2009 inaugural running of the event as potential front-runners: New York Yacht Club (USA), Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN), the Japan Sailing Federation (JPN), Nyländska Jaktklubben (FIN), and Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), who, in order, finished top-five, as well as Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER), Royal Ocean Racing Club (GBR), Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (HKG), Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (ESP), Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (GER), and Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR). But that might be a bad bet.
"There are some very, very good sailors here, and it would not surprise me one bit if the trophy leaves these shores at the conclusion of racing," said Regatta Chairman John Mendez, explaining that the yacht club teams have taken the challenge seriously and prepared accordingly. To facilitiate practice and teamwork, most arranged to charter boats similar to the Swan 42 in the months prior to their arrival in Newport.
Among some of the high-profile Corinthian sailors competing are Olympians such as those aboard Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg, Germany. At the helm of NRV will be Johannes Polgar who raced in the Tornado class at the 2008 Olympic Games. His crew from Beijing, Florian Spalteholz, is tactician for the Invitational Cup, while Gunnar Struckmann, who sailed the Tornado for Germany in the 2004 Games, will work mast or pit. At the helm of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's team will be one of Asia's top offshore racers, Patrick Pender, and one of it's top match race champions, Tiger Mok, will be tactician.
The warning signal for the first race each day is scheduled for 1100, with competitors heading to the race course at approximately 0930 each morning.
Invitational Cup Fantasy Sailing Competition From Sailing World
Many of the same things that make it unique, however, also make it difficult to predict the teams that will come out on top. The keys a handicapper would use to determine the final standings are largely irrelevant or absent.
Of course, this only makes trying to guess the winners more of a challenge. So we've set up a pick 'em contest for the 2011 Invitational Cup. Call it an attempt at Fantasy Sailing. Hey every other sport has it, why not us?
It's a fairly simple contest, at least in theory. To enter, click on this link: surveymonkey.com/s/PKWNYNG , which will take you to an online survey. Enter your name, email (so we can tell you if you've won, or not), and then select the top five finishers in the 2011 Invitational Cup.
The standings of the pick 'em competition will be determined by adding up the differences between where you picked a team to finish and where it actually finishes. The best possible score is zero. Were you to get the top five exactly right, your predicted position subtracted from their actual position would be zero for each team. It doesn't matter whether a team finishes higher or lower than your predicted finish. In either case, it's just the difference between the two numbers.
We've also thrown in a couple of tiebreakers just in case two or more entries end up with the same total.
The prize pack? We're still working on that. It'll certainly include some Sailing World gear. Hopefully we'll have a few other goodies to toss in there as well.
See sailingworld.com for more information.
High Winds Keep J/24 Europeans' Competitors Ashore
It is hoped to resume racing on Tuesday (13th) with four races back-to-back, starting at the earlier time of 10.00am to try and get the 10-race series back on track.
Weather charts for the rest of the week indicate a reduction in wind strengths from Wednesday onwards which would allow the full complement of races to be completed by Thursday afternoon.
The event has attracted 42 boats from nine countries, which include the national champions of Ireland, Britain, Germany, Italy and Greece. -- Graham Smith
Success For Southern Spars at the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
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The Final Play: Winners Determined In Eight Classes
A single "Bay Tour" distance race showed seven classes (IRC A, B, C, D J/105, J/120, Express 37) the four corners of San Francisco Bay, visually anchored by the Golden Gate Bridge to the west, Alacatraz Island in the middle, and Treasure Island and Bay Bridge to the East, while an eighth class (Farr 30) topped off its world championship with four feisty races on the "North Course" that was their racing home for the regatta's entire four days.
Final Top-Three Results
1. Vesper, TP 52, Jim Swartz, USA, 10 points
IRC B (IRC - 9 Boats)
IRC C (IRC - 8 Boats)
IRC D (IRC - 8 Boats)
J 105 (One Design - 21 Boats)
J 120 (One Design - 7 Boats)
Express 37 (One Design - 9 Boats)
Farr 30 (One Design - 12 Boats)
For race reports and full results, go to www.rolexbigboatseries.com
Groupama On Manoeuvres in Search of In-Port Edge
"A crew that does well inshore can intimidate their rivals," said navigator Charles Caudrelier. "Their preparation could give them the winning edge.
To that end Groupama sailing team are working hard at their Lorient base to perfect their technique in a form of racing that will deliver points at all 10 of the Host Ports.
The in-port races see the Volvo Open 70s blast around a short course in front of thousands of shoreside spectators.
"This is a different way of sailing the boat," said Groupama trimmer Philip Harmer. "It's not the best boat that wins the in-port races, but the one that has the best team: a team that works well together, that communicates well and carries out manoeuvres quickly."
The techniques Groupama have been fine-tuning in France should stand them in good stead for the longer ocean legs too.
The first In-Port Race will take place in Alicante, Spain, on October 29 ahead of the start of Leg 1 on November 5.
GOR Race Village Opens
While the entertainment continues onshore, five of the six GOR teams are already in Palma, preparing for the start on Sunday 25 September. The Desafio Mallorca team of New Zealand yachtsman, Conrad Colman, and local sailor, Hugo Ramon, has been based in Mallorca since early this summer with their new Akilaria RC2. South African duo Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire with Phesheya-Racing have been in Palma for three weeks and Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs arrived just under a fortnight ago. At 04:00 on Thursday morning, the New Zealand, father-and-son duo of Ross and Cambell Field sailed their Verdier Design BSL into the Marina de Mallorca, while Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron arrived with their new Pogo 40S2 Campagne de France early on Saturday morning. The final entry, Nico Budel's team with Sec. Hayai, are currently en route to Mallorca.
During the official opening of the GOR Race Village, it was also announced that the GOR Class40 fleet has been invited to join the Regata Social de Bienvenida al Camper (Camper Welcoming Regatta) in the Bay of Palma on Sunday 18 September organised by the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP). As official yacht club for the Volvo Ocean Race Camper campaign, the RCNP is hosting a week of events and has organised a separate start and class for the six GOR Class40's during the Regata Social de Bienvenida al Camper. The RCNP will also provide race officers and logistic support for the GOR start on Sunday 25 September.
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Greystones Lead Both Fleets in RS 200/400 Irish Nationals
The championships, which were sponsored by Neil Mathews Architects, saw 18 RS400 boats and 13 RS200s enter. There were five races held over Friday and Saturday, while gusts of nearly 40 knots saw Sunday's races abandoned.
Roy Van Moonen and Glen Reid from Greystones Sailing Club led the RS200 fleet, bagging three firsts, a second and a third. In second place were Trevor Fisher and Heather King from Royal St George Yacht Club in East Down. And then it was Greystones again, with Sean Cleary and Steven Tyner amassing a first, second, third and two fourth place finishes to end up in third place overall.
Paul McLaughlin and Mick McKinley were first home from the five local crews that took part in the RS400 class, finishing fifth overall.
Gerry and Avril Cannon lifted a prize as the first mixed crew home in the 400s, while Sarah and Ciara Byrne in an RS200 were the first all-woman crew home.
Richard Doig and Dr Michael Hill from East Antrim Boat Club kindly officiated as Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer for the series.
Top five, 200 Fleet:
1. Roy Van Moonen / Glen Reid, Greystones Sailing Club, 5 points
Top five, 400 Fleet:
1. Simon Herriott / Tom Moran, GSC, 8 points
Classic Yachts Gather in Porto Cervo
One participant that is particularly familiar with Sardinian waters, and which participated at the inauguration of Porto Cervo Marina in 1976, is the 42-metre Croce del Sud. The classic triple masted schooner was commissioned by the Granelli family in 1933 and has never changed ownership, despite having been commandeered by the German army during World War II and used as officers' quarters. The yacht is now in the capable hands of Bruno Mentasti, son-in-law of the original owner.
The largest of the "big boats" participating in the rally is the 55 metre schooner Elena. Built in 2009 to the exacting standards of the original N.G. Herreshoff design, this reproduction of the 1910 yacht of the same name has been meticulously constructed in steel using 320 hand-drawn plans supplied by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and information from the family-run Herreshoff design office in Rhode Island.
The 49.5 metre Eleonora is also a reproduction of a Herreshoff design. Westward was the 1910 sistership to Elena and today's Eleonora is a scaled-down version of the two masted schooner. With a sail area of 1,100 m2 Eleonora regularly competes in classic sailing regattas in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
The 38 metre Mariette is another twin masted schooner designed and built by Hereshoff and launched in 1915. Following an extensive refit in early 2010 Mariette has been sailing in classic yacht regattas around the world.
Moonbeam IV, owned by Xavier Tancogne, is the largest of four Moonbeam yachts commissioned by Charles Plumtre Johnson and her construction was begun in 1914 but was not completed until after the war in 1920. In 1950 Prince Rainier of Monaco bought Moonbeam and the 35 metre gaff cutter hosted the newly-wed couple of the Prince and Grace Kelly on their honeymoon.
The 36.55 metre Bermudian ketch Sylvia was launched in 1925. Her teak hull was built by Camper and Nicholson in the UK and at the beginning of this century she spent several years completing a round the world trip.
Launched in 1907, the gaff yawl Veronique is the most senoir of the classic yachts participating in the Veteran Big Boat Rally. Boasting over 20 years of experience in classic regattas, at 18.9 metres in length she is also the smallest of the fleet.
Racing is schedule to begin Tuesday, 13th September at 11.30 a.m. Approximately 8 knots of easterly wind are forecast.
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Alcaidesa Marina, the 600 berth marina located in the sheltered waters of Algeciras Bay and only ten minute's walk from Gibraltar airport, prepares to open a brand new boat lifting facility with a 70 ton hoist and service centre. The opening of this facility in November 2011 will add to the range of services and facilities for vessels and their crew.
It is an ideal location for those who wish to have a convenient base in Southern Spain, at the gateway to the Mediterranean. With customers from over 20 countries Alcaidesa Marina has a truly international feel. Conveniently located for Gibralter airport where improvements are planned shortly to allow more European flights, Alcaidesa Marina is only an hour's drive from Malaga and Jerez international airports.
Alcaidesa Marina is exhibiting at the Southampton Boat show stand J063 where information will be available on all the facilities and services including an exclusive offer of a free trip from the UK to the marine (terms and conditions apply).
Find out more about this Marina at the entrance to the Mediterranean: www.puertodeportivoalcaidesa.es
Or visit Stand No. J063 at the Southampton International Boat Show
SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has today launched 'PVCell G-Foam', a closed cell, cross-linked PVC foam to enhance its core materials offering.
PVCell G-Foam provides high strength to weight ratio for all composite applications. PVCell G-Foam has secured industry certification from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) (G60-G100), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and Registro Italiano Navale (RINA).
SP-High Modulus, will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show from 21st – 24th September 2011 in the Darse Sud Tent, stand QS1, where staff will be available to discuss this year's product portfolio including PVCell G-Foam as well as Corecell™ M-Foam, B3 SmartPac and Spabond 540.
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