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Carina Wins Second Straight Lighthouse Trophy
Hamilton, Bermuda: Going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone's 'Kodiak' crew was hopeful of winning the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came 'Carina' to steal the show.
It looks as though, based on provisional results, Rives Potts' McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot 'Carina' (Westbrook CT) won Class 3 and the silver scale model St. David's Lighthouse Trophy for first in the Division and probably more loot to boot. 'Carina' with Potts at the helm won the same first place trophy in the 2010 race and in 1970 'Carina' won it under Richard Nye. This ties 'Carina' with 'Finisterre' as the boat with the most lighthouses on her trophy rack. 'Finisterre' won three in a row under Carleton Mitchel 1956, 1958 and 1960.
'Carina' finished at 6:16PM in Bermuda and had a corrected time of 45:08:16. The US Naval Academy's new Navy 44 'Defiance' was second in Class 3 behind 'Carina' and also second in the St. David's Lighthouse Division. Her corrected time was 45:42:50. The US Naval Academy's older Navy 44 Class 2 boat, 'Swift', was first in her class and third overall for the division with a corrected time of 46:09:04. It was a pretty tight race with just 26 corrected minutes between these top two boats in the division after a 635-mile sleigh-ride.
Change happened overnight in the Double-Handed Division, too. Perennial double-handed winner Hewitt Gaynor (Fairfield CT) slipped his J120 Mireille into first in Class 15 and first in the division. Joe Harris (South Hamilton MA) who sailed such a fast race in his Class 40 'Gryphon Solo2' was alone on the leader board Monday. Harris had an elapsed time of 60:20:26 while Gaynor's was 74:12:34. On corrected time, 'Mireille' beat 'Gryphon Solo2' by roughly 4 hours.
The provisional Gibbs Hill Division winner is 'Shockwave' a Reichel/Pugh 72 skippered by George Sakellaris of Farmington MA. Sakellaris will win the silver replica of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, a top prize along with the St. David's Light. 'Shockwave' took double silver snatching the North Rock Beacon Trophy, the third important prize for the IRC corrected time winner, which is a silver replica of the 1960-1990 North Rock Light Tower that once warned mariners of the rocky approach to Bermuda from the North.
'Med Spirit' sailed by Michael D'Amelio (Boston, MA) in the Open Division is the other winner that seems clear under the provisional results for the Royal Mail trophy.
'Spirit of Bermuda', the Bermuda Sloop Foundation sail-training vessel, was the sole entry in the new Spirit of Tradition Division. She finished Monday night at 11:20 ADT.
No Cruiser Division winner will be projected until late Tuesday or on Wednesday. -- Talbot Wilson
Team Korea Pays AC Entry Fee
Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America's Cup.
Next, the team will need to finalize its boat design and begin building its own AC72, for which the major components must be constructed in Korea as per the Rules of the event.
Team Korea has already proven itself a solid competitor in the AC World Series and heads to the final event of the 2011-12 season in Newport this month in fifth place. The team is led by young skipper Nathan Outteridge, who made his debut in the AC45 class this past April in Naples, and proved a quick study, leading the team to good results. A strong performance in Newport could see Team Korea finish as high as fourth place in the Season Championship.
Team Korea joins Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) and Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) as challengers for the 34th America's Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA, led by skipper Jimmy Spithill and based in San Francisco, is the Defender.
Following a unanimous vote from the competitors the entry deadline for challengers was recently extended by two months to August 1st.
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French Sailor Faces Prosecution
Guillemot is, however, still in trouble - and with a problem that will be trickier to resolve. He is facing a possible court case for repeatedly sailing the wrong way up the shipping lanes as he went through the Dover Strait.
Safran was tracked going against the flow of shipping in the Traffic Separation Scheme off Dover and, according to the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), is under investigation for violating Rule 10 of the Collision Regulations.
This puts Guillmot at risk of a hefty fine.
Captain Andrew Phillips of the MCA's Enforcement Department says that radar tracking shows Safran breaking the collision regulations on three separate occasions. I asked him if it was a case of cutting through the lanes at too shallow an angle and he was adamant: "No, it shows there were going the wrong way in the lane." -- Elaine Bunting
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The World's Second Largest Sailing Ship Arriving in Docklands for London Olympics
At 114.5 metres long and 62 metres high, she will just squeeze under the newly-built Thames cable car at Greenwich.
After the Sedov, another Russian sailing ship, she is the largest traditional sailing vessel still in operation. The ship is used to train the Russian navy and the crew is a 150 strong.
Visitors can tour of the Kruzenshtern, including its upper deck, museum, Orthodox temple, crew cabin, engine room, steering wheel, and have a chance to get a photograph with the crew. -- Else Kvist in London24:
Grand Banks Fog Hits Clipper Race Fleet
The air is damp, skies are grey and visibility for most of the day has been less than 100 yards according to reports from the Clipper Race skippers. So while the teams are on full lookout to ensure they avoid any possible dangers ahead in low visibility, their eyes are also still on the weather reports defining their tactics.
Clipper Race Director, Jonathan Bailey, said, "The jet stream over the north Atlantic is a bit unstable at the moment which has kept the North Atlantic high further south than it historically would be at this time of year. Not only is this responsible for giving the UK some pretty poor weather over the last few weeks, it is also giving the Clipper Race yachts some challenging tactical decisions as they have had steady headwinds since departing Nova Scotia, rather than the more usual following winds that would be expected at this time of year. This has forced all of the yachts further south than they would probably wish and the navigators will be studying the weather closely to figure out when to make the move north."
The Clipper Race fleet is around 400 miles from the optional Scoring Gate, which can give entries vital additional points as the end of the world's longest ocean race comes closer.
Currently in Race 13 Gold Coast Australia remains in the lead, Visit Finland in second and Welcome to Yorkshire in third.
Painting The World's Largest Union Jack
The giant hangar doors at Venture Quays were first painted in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Now 35 years on this world-famous, 46m x 12m permanent image of the Union Flag will be revitalised, commissioned by the Artemis Offshore Academy, to celebrate a glorious year for Great Britain in 2012.
Following Friday, over the next six weeks the painters will be busy finishing off the giant Union Flag and they will be joined by a host of supporters who will be picking up a paint brush to add their lick of paint in this mammoth task
Over the coming weeks there will be a number of other helpers, from world renowned sailors, such as Dame Ellen MacArthur through to Olympians, and their efforts will be boosted by the local community. The aim is to involve as many people from the local community to celebrate the revival of East Cowes' most famous landmark.
In recent years skipper McCarthy has been no stranger to sailing Brilliant Pearl on a casual 520 n/ml cruise towards a warmer climate zone.
Gary McCarthy is a very competitive blue water racing skipper and while he accepts there are times that he must accept the laid back cruising lifestyle during the delivery trips to contest major regattas in North Queensland his personal focus remains on race results.
During August 2011 both the skipper and his Brilliant Pearl crew featured in a close match race to decide the winner of the prestigious Airlie Beach Race Week IRC Grand Prix championship.
They produced a frown of concern on the face of the New South Wales master tactician Peter Sorensen when they made a late charge up the score board.
Sorensen who has won a string of Australian championships including the AUDI National Ocean racing series was forced to recognise that his The Philosophers Club crew who escaped the chill of the Sydney winter were to have little time to enjoy soaking up the heat from the tropical winter sun.
They were held to account in all seven races before The Philosophers Club sealed a narrow one point victory while Gary McCarthy who cleverly steered Brilliant Pearl to win races six and seven claimed second on count back over the Victorian yacht Nutcracker.
Peter Sorensen acknowledged the class of the Sunshine Coast crew when He said. "They were knocking away at our door; thankfully there was some relief when they had a bad result a 7th in race 5.
Brilliant Pearl one of the first to nominate for the 2012 Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club will face another searching test to sail with a consistent handicap rated boat speed when the sails are tensioned for the opening race on August 10.
They are the sole Sunshine Coast entry the Grand Prix IRC class where they will be matched against Tasmanian skipper Anthony Lyall and his high performance TP52 Cougar ll and the impressive New South Wales yacht Kerisma jointly skippered by Grant and Brent Dawson.
All three yachts are radically different in design and speed potential however Gary McCarthy and his Brilliant Pearl crew will hold a significant advantage gathered from previous races on the Whitsunday Sailing Club's tactically testing courses over the past two years.
However while the Brilliant Pearl crew held the 'bragging rights' as the star performer in winning the last two races on corrected handicap in 2011 they will need to find some 'extra gas in the tank' to win the class Gold Medal when the battle lines are drawn off Airlie Beach in mid-August. -- Ian Grant
Kieler Woche: Shortened Race Program Before The Medal Races
On the day after the thunderstorm, fourth day of Kiel Week, a touch of summer with a thermal sea breeze was supposed to dominate the sailing conditions in Kiel, but not much wind kicked in. Race director Jobst Richter had already announced an early start the day before to be able to use each chance for some wind. But most participants got up early just to rest again and wait. On the courses far out, there was no wind at all, only close to the shore, a shortened program was possible - with a success for the Germans with two leading teams in the 49er after the races.
In the evening, the German Olympic team presented themselves in Kiel Schilksee and had a look at the Olympics in Weymouth.
For Wednesday, the Medal Races with a live broadcast in Schilksee and Strande are planned, starting at 11am. The fleet of the Laser Radial will start off on the southerly race course, followed by the Finn and the two Women's and Men's 470. On the northerly course close to Strande, first starters will be the kiters, followed by the Lasers and 49ers, fighting for the Kiel Week Medals.
Four more classes out of the six Olympic classes starting in Kiel were forced to take a break from the racing, only the 49ers and the 2.4mRs could get out on the water. Having come to Kiel together with his wife Friederike Bechler (Hamburg) for a quick visit, three-times World Champion in the 470 Matthew Belcher had no chance to watch Kiel Week racing. The Australian and his wife are currently getting prepared with their sailing partners in Weymouth for the Olympics. "Kiel Week is a great event, I participated the last ten years, but this year it didn't fit into the schedule with the preparations for the Olympics", said Bechler. -- Herman Hell
ACO International Musto Performance Skiff World Championship
With 106 entries already on the event website the event is set to be a fantastic festival of high-performance single handed sailing at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Previous championships have seen strong turn outs in the 70's and 80's but this fleet will be the first time the class has achieved the "ton up".
This championship will be a good representation of the international flavour of the class with 11 different nations represented from the 106 entries.
This world championship has been many years in the planning and will be the last international championships held at Weymouth prior to the games and this factor has clearly been a pull to competitors.
At the event the sailors will race as one large fleet but to keep the competition focused through the field there will also be awards for age categories (youth, master and grand master) and there will also be Gold, Silver & Bronze categories.
The event will start with a 6 race pre-worlds spread over two days, followed by a lay day then the worlds will be a 12 race series over the next 5 days.
Dates are 23rd - 30th June.
Sharp's Doom Bar Double Handed Regatta
Whilst the Sharp's Doom Bar Double Handed Regatta is a stand-alone event, it is part of the now full annual programme of RSYC double handed races. The RSYC first pioneered double handed racing in the UK with the first 'Island Double', a race around the Isle of Wight, in 1981. Their programme has strengthened such that the club now offers a season-long series of inshore and offshore races. The popularity of these events is reflected in the consistently high entry levels with the Island and Nab doubles regularly attracting in excess of 100 boats.
Captain of Racing, Bob Trimble, says, "We are keen to continue our tradition of providing good competitive but sociable double handed racing. The Double Handed regatta will include two races. one 'around the cans' race followed by one longer race with a passage flavour. We hope to provide a challenging event with something for everyone".
Classes will provide for IRC, RYSC Rating, and Multihull boats. As sponsors of the event, Molson Coors will be awarding promotional packs of Sharp's Doom Bar and wine to the first three boats in each class and a welcome glass of wine to kick off the 'aprés race' activities at the RSYC Clubhouse in Ocean Village on Saturday evening. This will precede prize giving and a crew supper.
To encourage competitors to stay for a great evening, the RSYC is offering free Ocena Village berthing to the first 30 entries.
Entry forms are available from the Sailing Secretary, RSYC, 1 Channel Way, Ocean Village, Southampton. SO14 3QF (tel: 023 8022 3352), or enter on-line at www.rsyc.org.uk .
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