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Express To The Wild West
After being held in the docks of Le Havre's Paul Vatine Basin for an extra three days or so, at 1500hrs Wednesday the 35 duos of the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica were unleashed for ride west out of the Channel, ready to encounter the remainder of the low pressure system which delayed Sunday's schedule start.
A rapid transit of the Channel is expected after a fast, wet first night at sea. The sun was already low as the fleet passed the General Metzinger mark, four miles offshore, downwind from the start line and the excitement of the start was all but gone. It promises to be a long, dark night as the weeks and months of anticipation and preparation give way to the intensity of keeping tabs on the competition in each of the classes on the drag race speed test which will offer little in the way of big strategic choices before the weekend.
There are the busy shipping lanes and the obligatory traffic separation zones to deal with. The freshening breeze was due to send the fleet into big, contrary seas from the NW, propagated by the very depression which held them since Sunday. Key in the early stages is not to break anything.
Early honours count for little on the long passage to Costa Rica. It is not the first four miles that count but the final metres. But it was both of the fleet's multiple class winners which shone on the headlong downwind dash to the General Metzinger buoy, the only real mark of the course on this side of the Atlantic. Three times running victor in the Multi50 Class Franck-Yves Escoffier on Crepes Whaou! with Antoine Koch was narrowly ahead in the multihull division. But it was the start of the IMOCA winner in 2003 with Nicolas Abiven and 2005 with Loïck Peyron - Jean-Pierre Dick, racing with Jeremie Beyou on Virbac-Paprec 3 which was impressive in their choice of course to the mark. Under masthead A3 kite and one reef which allowed them to pass just ahead of the charging PRB of Vincent Riou and Hugues Destremeau which arrived from a higher, slightly slower angle.
Standings at 1700hrs CET after two hours of racing.
IMOCA Open 60
Luna Rossa and the Circolo Della Vela Sicilia Challenge for the 34th America's Cup
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and Emirates Team New Zealand have signed a cooperation agreement until 31st December 2012 which includes full access to all ETNZ design and performance data for this period. The hulls for the Luna Rossa AC72' will be built in Italy and all other elements will be built in New Zealand in close cooperation with Emirates Team New Zealand.
Luna Rossa's 2012 programme includes the opening of a base in Auckland (New Zealand) for the joint training, the participation in all events of the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) with the AC 45' wing catamarans and the launch of the AC 72' wing catamaran for the America's Cup.
From March 2013 the team Luna Rossa will continue its sporting preparation and technical development of the AC 72' in San Francisco and will participate to all events scheduled.
The team Luna Rossa was established in 1997 by Patrizio Bertelli with the original name of "Prada Challenge for the America's Cup 2000". At its first attempt the team wins the Louis Vuitton Cup - the challengers' selection series - in 2000, with a record of 38 victories over 49 races. Luna Rossa has participated also in 2003 and in 2007 it reached the Louis Vuitton Cup final. Luna Rossa is currently participating in the Extreme Sailing Series, the Extreme 40' catamarans circuit, where it is leading the overall standings.
The Circolo della Vela Sicilia, founded in 1933, is one of the oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs of the Mediterranean. Its club house is in Mondello, a few kilometres from the centre of Palermo. Throughout the years the Circolo della Vela Sicilia hosted many prestigious national and international regattas, including the J 24 and Star Class European Championships, the Italian Olympic classes Championship and the "Palermo - Monte Carlo" offshore race.
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2011 ISAF Annual Conference Heads to Puerto Rico
This year the events for the 2013-2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup will be announced as well as key discussions on a wide range of other matters including piracy, sailing rankings, racing rules and events.
Over 200 submissions have been sent to ISAF proposing changes to existing policies or regulations, as well as looking to introduce new ones. MNAs, class associations, Committee Chairmen, the Executive Committee and the ISAF President can all make Submissions which are then assigned to one or more Committees for reviewing depending on the subject at hand.
During the first week of the Conference, all Submissions are discussed at a series of Committee meetings ranging from Audit to Windsurfing. Committees consider Submissions relevant to their area of expertise and pass their recommendations to the ISAF Council. At their meetings, Committees also consider other areas relevant to them, such as venue selection for future ISAF events and reports on recent events through to Race Official appointments.
At the end of the Conference, the ISAF Council hold their meeting over three days chaired by President, Goran Petersson. It is at this meeting that Council make the final decisions on all submissions. Along with the President, the Council is made up of seven Vice-Presidents, two Officers of Honour (non-voting), the Treasurer (non-voting), twenty-eight appointed members (representing each of the regional groups of sailing nations), and representatives of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, ISAF Classes Committee, Athletes' Commission (non-voting) and Women's Forum.
To find out more about the ISAF Annual Conference and to view papers and submissions click here: www.sailing.org/2011-conference.php
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's 'Azzam' Has Competitors Saying It Could Be Revolutionary
Patrick Shaughnessy, the Farr Yacht Design president, whose Maryland-based company concocted Azzam, reported having fielded a reporter's question about whether it made Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing "the favourites". Shaughnessy, rather startled, said: "No, I don't think we are the race favourites. Instead, I think we should be viewed as a team that's overachieved, given the circumstances," by which he meant mostly time constraints.
Some of the chatter the past Saturday evening around the marina centred on the decisiveness of Azzam's 14-minute win in the in-port.
Ken Read, the American Puma skipper, said: "It's the fun of participating in a development class. If there were all one design, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun.
"The Farr office obviously did their homework. You look at that old boat" - the Farr design Team Sanya will use in this race after Telefonica used it previously - "compared to this one, and you really can't go much more extreme. They obviously thought they had some changes to make and made them well."
Shaughnessy does not go quite that far with the "extreme" theme, saying he did not find the design as radical as that of the Camper, Team New Zealand's boat.
When people look at the boat nowadays in the marina at Alicante, they see it has moved over to the far right of the six-yacht row.
That is the position for the boat that will begin the offshore portion in first place.
The Ship That Was Swallowed by a Cave
'Now the wind, which had so cruelly let the ship founder, freshened and started pushing up a big sea. While the gear was being prepared a large roller exploded in the cave, lifting the ship by 10 feet, jabbing her mainmast violently against the roof of the cave and breaking it in two.' Just one of the Amazing Sailing Stories in Dick Durham's new book.
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Teams Unveiled for ISAF World Match Racing Tour Crown
Despite sitting 9th and 10th on the overall WMRT leaderboard - and therefore not automatic invitees for the World Championship deciding regatta - both Richard and Robertson will pose a major threat to all the crews competing in Malaysia and could play a crucial role in deciding the eventual winner of the coveted 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour title.
The news that last year's Championship runner-up Richard and Robertson, who showed his world-class credentials when knocking Championship leader Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar out of the Argo Group Gold Cup 3-0, will be competing in Kuala Terengganu will pile on the pressure for all the crews taking part and leaves the race for the World Championship wide open.
The Monsoon Cup sees the top 8 crews in the WMRT standings qualify for the showdown in Malaysia from 22-27 November where USD480,000 is on the line, along with a USD500,000 tour bonus pool. With all of the top 8 teams, as well as Richard, still in with a mathematical chance of winning the title the regatta promises to be one of the closest and most fierce battles in the Championship's history.
Completing the line up of 12 crews will be Asian Match Racing Championship winner William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing and Malaysian Match Racing Champion Jeremy Koo (MAS) Abdullah Chan/KRT. Having won through rigorous qualifying events to stake their place at the Monsoon Cup both teams are capable of causing some upsets to the form book. No match will be taken for granted.
Overall Championship Standings - after 7 stages:
2011 Monsoon Cup Teams:
Study: Yacht That Overturned in Chicago-Mac Poorly Designed For Race
U.S. Sailing's report criticized the design of the WingNuts boat, saying its sail area was too large for its weight under the conditions of the long Great Lakes competition.
The Kiwi 35-foot sport boat overturned July 18 in Lake Michigan off the northwest Michigan coast near Charlevoix, killing skipper Mark Morley, 51, and crew member Suzanne Makowski-Bickel, 41. A competing vessel rescued the other six crew members from the Saginaw-based yacht.
"WingNuts was a highly inappropriate boat for a race of this duration, overnight, without safety boats, and in an area known to have frequent violent thunderstorms. Her capable crew and preparation could not make up for the fact that she had too little stability, which led to her being blown over by a severe gust," said the report, which was requested by the Chicago Yacht Club, the race organizer.
The Charlevoix County medical examiner determined that Morley and Makowski-Bickel drowned after severe head trauma made them incapable of saving themselves. Earlier this month, county Sheriff Don Schneider said his 11-week investigation found that the crew acted properly and no one was at fault in the accident.
Garmin Hamble Winter Series and Rule 26 Hamble Big Boat Series
Marine Yacht Graphics & Corporate Clothing Company Rule 26 sponsored the Hamble Big Boat Series, with racing on both days for a large fleet of 15 boats in IRC 0 and four Farr 45's. Saturday's steady 8-12 knots tracked slowly right during the day to get four races in by 1500. In IRC0, the Mills 40 Tokoloshe won the day's first two races, but J/133 Jammy Dodger took the second half's top spot.
With the end of BST and an hour's extra sleep, Sunday dawned with 12-18 knots from the WSW, which let the race team squeeze two races in for all classes in the Rule 26 Big Boat Series and Garmin Hamble Winter Series, which this week was supported by One Sails GBR.
Peter Rutter's Quokka 8 won both races in IRC 0, ahead of Bob in race 1 and David Bartholemew's Tokoloshe in race 2, but it wasn't enough to stop Tokoloshe taking the series overall. Ran won both her races to complete her near-perfect weekend scoreline in the Farr 45 class, but it was Simon Henning's Alice II that sailed consistently well to take first overall in the Rule 26 Hamble Big Boat Series.
In IRC 1, Jim MacGregor's Premier Flair won both races convincingly - but the racing was close in the whole fleet, with only 39 seconds separating 5th and 8th place.
J/97 Jika Jika, sailed by Mike and Jamie Holmes, topped IRC 3 in both races. In the J/109s, Just So won the first race, while OutraJeous took the second. Thanks go to the J/109 class who managed to finish their own race after a communications mixup with the finish-line boats led to a brief but conspicuous absence of committee boats at the finishing line.
So after four weekends, where competitors have experienced everything from big breezes to calms, fog and drizzle, next weekend sees a mid-series break. The fifth weekend of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series returns in a fortnight, with day sponsor Southern Ropes. The end result of the series is far from certain.
Full Results: www.garminhamblewinterseries.co.uk
18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 3
Sydney Harbour, Australia: Former Giltinan champion skipper Euan McNicol made a successful return to the 18ft Skiffs when he teamed with Peter Harris and Mark Kennedy to take out Race 3 of the Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series with Rag & Famish Hotel on Sydney Harbour today.
'The Rag' team came from behind on the last lap of the three lap course to grab a narrow 9s. win over Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage), and became the third different winner of the event.
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links, Trent Barnabas) finished a further 2m12s back in third place today but holds a five points lead in the series and collects $500 for being the leader after three races
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers has a total of 10 points, followed by Race 2 winner Fisher & Paykel (Andrew Chapman, Ewan Duckworth, Tim Baraclough) on 15, Gotta Love It 7 on 16, Rag & Famish Hotel on 17, TBA (Brett Van Munster) 20 and Yandoo (John Winning) 21.
With $3,000 up for grabs overall, the racing over the next two races is certain to even more competitive than usual.
Full video coverage of the race can be seen on www.18footerstv.com
Race 4 of the five-race Beko Challenge series, for the Yandoo Trophy, will be sailed next Sunday with the last race on Sunday 13 November. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League
Tom Morris Library Debuts Online with Walter Cronkite Collection
On the electronic shelves of the Virtual Library are references to books on sailing and related subjects donated to NSHOF. Information is provided in each book listing so you can borrow the book from your local library.
We debut the Library with The Walter Cronkite Collection - a generous donation of over 225 books by the estate of Walter Cronkite, who was the Former Chair of the NSHOF Honorary Advisory Committee.
More collections will be added in the coming months.
Jou Jou Extra is for sale, and it won't be for a long time, this winning horse has everything to become the racing boat of your dreams. Epoxi built (SP GURIT) , carbon mast + mast-jack, carbon rudder + stock, B&G HERCULES 3000 electronics, ....
IRC optimized, "Jou Jou" has a superb palmares, and has been sailed very few, an Atlantic campaign in 2009 (Spi Ouest France, Obelix trophy, semaine de La Rochelle, Deauville-winner- , Cowes Dinard 2009, Second- Fastnet 2009) and a Mediterranean campaign in 2010 with only 4 weeks on the water (winner-SNIM 2010, Giraglia 2010, Copa del Rey 2010, Voiles de St Tropez 2010)
The boat is in MINT CONDITION.
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