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GOR Class40 Sec. Hayai Dismasts off the Cape of Good Hope
After 14 hours of racing in Leg 2 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the Dutch father-and-son team of Nico and Frans Budel dismasted shortly before rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the Indian Ocean. Both the Budels are uninjured and have returned to Cape Town unassisted with their Class40 Sec. Hayai while plans are already in place to rejoin the GOR.
Shortly before midnight GMT on Tuesday, Nico and Frans Budel were holding fifth place in the GOR fleet 30 miles south of Cape Town following the start of Leg 2 to Wellington, New Zealand. Sailing in around 17-21 knots of breeze and a rough sea-state, the Dutch duo tacked inshore 19 miles off the appropriately-named Mast Bay carrying the Solent with one reef in the mainsail. As the tack was completed, the starboard shrouds failed and the mast toppled over the boat's port side.
The rod rigging, backstays and forestays were swiftly cut away and the duo contacted the GOR's Race Director, Josh Hall, to advise him that no assistance was required. Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Cape Town was immediately informed of the yacht's status as Sec. Hayai motored back to port. The Budels have just completed a hectic stopover in Cape Town, removing their Class40's keel to replace the keel bolts and relaunching Sec. Hayai the day before the start.
For Josh Hall, the retirement of one of the GOR boats from the current leg is a sad development, but relatively easy to remedy: "It is a real blow for Nico, Frans and the Sec. Hayai team, but they have consistently shown they are capable of dealing quickly and efficiently with almost any situation," he comments. "Even before they docked at the V&A Waterfront, meetings with mast makers, sail makers and electronics companies were organised and the unstoppable, Dutch, offshore racing machine is already in full swing," says Hall. "They'll be back on the GOR race track soon."
Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta & Maxi Yacht Cup
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Island: The 2011-launched, 66 metre Baltic Yachts ketch Hetairos was the first superyacht to complete the Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta - Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2011 at 00.03 a.m. GMT on 30th November. After 8 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds of navigation, the yacht crossed the finish line located off Saba Rock observed by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Race Committee and went on to moor at the Club's marina in Virgin Gorda's North Sound.
Hetairos, launched in July of this year and featuring design and engineering by Dykstra & Partners & Reichel Pugh Yacht Design, covered the 3069 mile trip from Santa Cruz in Tenerife at an average speed of 15.12 knots. The race is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Maxi Association and a further six superyachts and maxi yachts will be arriving in Virgin Gorda over the coming days.
Second-placed Sojana (GBR), owned by Peter Harrison, was approximately 400 miles from the finish at 09.55 GMT today. She was travelling at approximately 9 knots and was followed by Andrea Recordati's Wally 101 Indio (ITA).
Tobias Koenig's Swan 82 Grey Goose of Rorc (GBR) was in fourth place. Although following different courses, there was little in it between the Wally 107 Kenora (ITA) and the smallest yacht in the fleet, the Croatian Karuba V, which both had approximately 900 miles still to cover. Salvatore Trifiro's 49.7 metre Zefira (ITA) made the decision to switch to engine power for the final stretch and is no longer competing in the race.
Hetairos' corrected time in IRC is just over 17 days and 9 hours so the rest of the fleet will be giving it their all over the last few days to be in with a chance of taking overall victory in the event as well as prizes for the top scoring IMA and YCCS boats. The prize giving for the event will take place at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's newly opened Clubhouse overlooking the Club's purpose built superyacht marina on the island of Virgin Gorda. -- Jill Campbell
A Good Day... But What Is Going On With These Foils?
Vestas Sailrocket 2 is in the best shape of her life. The whole boat is starting to feel like a finished piece and I am really happy with her.
We did 3 runs today. The first one we did with the conventional foil in. We have added two fences to prevent air from getting sucked down from the surface. One fence is just below the bend (transition) and one is right at the top. It felt like I got ventilation on our last outing when VSR2 went into a big bear away so we added these fences to stop this.
I still managed a top speed near 51 knots and a 500 meter average around 49.38 knots. This would be a new 'B' class world record for craft with our sail area... but I'm not that interested in that. I went faster with a passenger a month or so ago. We are after bigger game here.
VESTAS Sailrocket 2 is just effortless to sail now and I can savour the speed sensation without fear. She cruises at 50 like a car down a highway.
The, just past the timing hut again, she made that horrible noise which felt like running the tip aground on concrete. The drag pulled me from 50 back down to around 30 and once again I was forced to abandon the run. This was weird. Once again I hit a peak speed around 51 knots. This really is weird. I mean with effectively three different foils i.e. conventional-no fences, conventional-fences, ventilated, we have hit nearly the identical speed in very similar winds. Maybe it's a coincidence involving many factors but either way, there it is. -- Paul Larsen
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Article 60.1 Suggests No Room For 'Un-Like' in AC34
Many savvy brands and some sports franchises have social media policies and employment contracts to stop rogue employees or athletes using social media or even traditional media to cause damage to the reputation of the company. Anyone who has ever signed an employment contract will have seen clauses that limit use of email or the internet in such a way that stops an employee bringing the company into disrepute. Employment contracts also usually contain clauses that prevent company representatives speaking to the press without consent from management.
So with such mechanisms available, and with an existing rule (69) that deals with misconduct and bringing the sport of sailing into disrepute, why does the America's Cup need to put in place a wide ranging rule that seems to forbid any kind of criticism? (responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement are not prohibited.)
Article 60 may be seen as being aimed squarely at Emirates Team NZ. Grant Dalton has made several public statements that could, under the strictest definition of the proposed article, be construed as disparaging, however other teams may also be affected...
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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championships
It was a replay of last year's grand final but with a different outcome for Coltman this time round. Coltman needed only four matches to defeat Griffin, getting the lead early in the grand final winning the first two matches and forcing Griffin to fight for his life.
Both Coltman and Griffin started the day, each down one match in their respective semi-final matches. Both went on to win their next two races and make their way to the Championship final.
Officially, Coltman won the fourth match by two seconds and was crowned the 2011 Musto International Youth Match Racing Champion.
Earlier in the day the Petit Final and minor placing sail-off were conducted. Jordan Reece (RSYS) would only need two matches to defeat Chris Steele and secure the final podium position.
Sydney did not turn on its best weather this week for the ten competing teams and today was another cloudy day with rain showers.
Final Results: (Skipper/Club)
1. Tim Coltman, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
Full results (PDF): www.cyca.com.au
Safram - Teamwork M2 Speed Tour
With twenty-eight high tech one-design catamarans already built, and sixteen confirmed for next year's championship, the M2 Speed Tour will be one of the world's top high tech multihulls circuits in 2012.
The M2 class will adopt new racing formats seen this year in the America's Cup circuit, including short (30 minutes) races, reaching starts and rounding marks located near the shore to maximise the show. A two legs long distance course at sea, with the catamarans pulled up a sandy beach at lunch break, is also planned in Hyeres.
The Safram - TeamWork M2 Speed Tour 2012 will include seven regattas: the Grand Prix of the Mediterranean, the Raid de Porquerolles, Geneva-Rolle-Geneva, the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, the Grand Prix Genolier, the Italian Grand Prix and Centomiglia.
Class partner Safram will provide the teams with complimentary trucks and drivers in order to facilitate the transport of the boats to the Mediterranean in May, and Italy in September.
Besides the arrival of new Swiss German crews, the participation of international teams is also expected as some M2 catamarans might be provided to the best local teams in France and Italy.
German Frers - A Passion For Design
It charts a family design heritage spanning 3 generations that has been responsible for the launching of more than 10,000 boats from dinghies to day keelboats, distinctive cruisers to successful racers, powerboats and superyachts.
Early chapters chart six generations of family history: How one ship owned by a Frers ancestor, was escorting a pirated Portuguese frigate back across the Atlantic in 1820, took formal possession of what are now known as the Falklands, an act that remains is central to Argentine claims over the Malvinas Islands today; the influence that revolutionary Che Guevara, a first cousin, had on the current generation, and German Frers apprenticeship with the best designers - his Father, and the New York masters Olin and Rod Stephens.
During the 50's and 60's when the design skills of German Frers Snr. were at their zenith, good yacht design was very much down to intuition and experience. This book shows how those traditional skills continue to hold true, but are now mixed with the very precise demands of structural analysis, aerodynamics, computer wizardry and hi-tech engineering.
'A Passion for Design' also highlights the rise of Frers Snr.' first son German in the world of IOR and Maxi yacht racing during the 70's and '80's, his involvement in three America's Cup campaigns and his pioneering work in developing performance oriented cruisers and superyachts. Now, German (Mani) Frers Jnr. the third generation, is adding to this reputation, having worked with his Father on some of the most prestigious projects from Dr Jim Clark's 155ft Hyperion and Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli's 105ft Ulisse, to a variety of successful Open class racers and on his own account, Sweden's Victory America's Cup challenger.
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Record Fleet Expected at 25th Anniversary Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Phuket, Thailand: The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, welcoming a record fleet of boats and over 1,000 sailors from around the world to compete in Asia's largest regatta from 3 December to 10 December at Kata Beach.
With strong representation from ASEAN and a growing number of sailors from China taking part, more than 35 nationalities will participate in a diverse fleet of craft, from Olympic classes to kiteboards to the super-high tech 'grand prix' racing boats.
Famed for being Asia's largest big boat regatta, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta was founded in 1987 with a mixed fleet of dinghies, boards and keelboats. Over the years, the Regatta has grown in size and stature to become the jewel in the crown of the Asia yachting circuit, welcoming the best-of-the-best from around Asia and beyond to compete annually in Phuket.
2011 expects to see up to 50 dinghies take to the start line on 3rd December for a three-day series. Joining them on Monday 5th will be over 100 keelboats and multihulls, plus for the very first time, 20 kiteboards. The total sailing fleet is expected to be over 170.
The dinghies will race over three days, from 3rd to 5th December, and the keelboats, multihulls and kiteboards will race over five days - 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th, with Thursday 8th being a reserve day.
In 2009, dinghies were re-introduced to the Regatta line-up after a hiatus. This led the Organising Committee to create the Phuket Dinghy Series in 2010 - a three-event series preceding the Phuket King's Cup Regatta which has grown from strength-to-strength - and a dinghy classes within the Phuket King's Cup Regatta fleet itself.
For the first time in the Cup's history, the organisers, together with the Kiteboard Tour Asia, have introduced a Kiteboard Class this year. An invitation-only class for 20 kiteboarders, the Regatta welcomes Pros from the world tour as well as a number of regional champions, including two-time Asian Champion from Thailand, Narapichit "Yo" Pudla.
The seven-time Grammy award winners will help the Emirate welcome in the New Year in style, performing on December 31 at a unique venue adjacent to the purpose-built Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village on the Corniche Breakwater.
The concert will mark the start of a two-week celebration of the Volvo Ocean Race. Abu Dhabi is the first Middle Eastern city to host a stopover in the race's 38-year history, and their entry in the race, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, is the first Emirati team ever to compete.
Full details on the show will be announced shortly, including ticket prices, times and race arena details. Tickets will be available soon at www.thinkflash.ae . Travel packages will be available at www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com
Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty has just announced he will be taking part in the next Vendee Globe. He is a qualified naval architect. Born on 13th February 1978, he originally comes from Paimpol in Brittany. He has raced in the major events in the 60-foot monohull circuit (Imoca 60): the Vendee Globe, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre, Fastnet...
During his first Vendee Globe, in 2008, he was forced to return to port after suffering damage and his performance was noted when he made a spectacular comeback making his way back up the fleet, in spite of setting off six days after the start. After beating the speed record between France and South Africa, he was forced to retire from the race on the thirtieth day of the event in the Southern Ocean after his autopilots failed leading to a series of technical difficulties.
US Sailing has announced that Philip Sauer (Honolulu, Hawaii / Oxnard, Calif.), the owner of Second Chance, a 44-foot sloop, and his crew will be awarded a Hanson Rescue Medal. The crew of nine rescued a kayaker as their boat was approaching the finish line of the 2011 Transpacific Yacht Race in Diamond Head, Hawaii on July 19. The Second Chance crew consisted of Sauer, skipper Harry Krum (Oxnard, Calif.), Charles Clark, Mary Howard, Curt Ingram, Thomas Andrews, Graham Paine, Edward Atwell, and Randall Alcorn.
After 2,225 miles and two weeks of hard racing at sea, Second Chance's crew was looking for the red finish line buoy when they spotted a red object in the water. As they approached the object, it became clear this was no buoy but a kayaker. Guy Wilding, the USA Canoe/Kayak National Coach, had broken his paddle on the back of a sea turtle, fallen out of the kayak, and been swimming for four hours.
As Second Chance crew member Mary Howard observed, "It's a good thing he was wearing red. We were looking for a red buoy."
The Notice of Race and the Entry Form for the 2012 J/80 World Championship in Dartmouth, Devon, are online now at www.j80worlds2012.com
Entries for the 2012 J/80 World Championship can only be made online. Competitors will initially be asked for payment of just 10% of the total entry fee in order to register for the Worlds. The final balance of the £325 entry fee is not due until the 1st of May 2012. This 'staged payment' process is designed to ensure that skippers can register their entry for the Worlds immediately for a minimal outlay. The online entry system (operated by SailRacer) will thereby assist competing teams with their budgeting for the event and will also help to encourage entries from as wide an audience as possible.
This remarkable ketch has been successfully racing and cruising, accommodating a small crew and guests in luxury. Equipped with a extensive set of sails and deck equipment she is a lightning fast vessel, also in light winds due to her displacement of only 13.500kg. She is equipped with a wing keel designed by Ben Lexcen, famous for the America Cup winner Australia II. The large saloon is air conditioned and offers plenty of room for guest and crew. Navigation is done with a perfect view from the deckhouse.
In 2006 and 2007 she underwent a complete refit, including replacement of her engine. The electrical system has been replaced in 2009. Now seriously for sale is a sail-away state.
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