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Shackleton Epic: "The Double" Completed
After a harrowing three day climb across South Georgia's mountainous interior, expedition leader Tim Jarvis and mountaineer, Royal Marine Barry Gray were exhausted, severely weather beaten but elated to reach the old whaling station at Stromness, at 2245GMT 10 February (0945 AEDT 11 February), the same location where Shackleton and his men raised the alarm that the crew of the Endurance needed rescue, almost 100 years ago.
Their arrival marks the achievement of "the double" for the intrepid crew of Shackleton Epic - the ocean crossing 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the mountain climb across South Georgia which Shackleton completed in 1916.
Still wearing the traditional gear they've been sporting since the expedition started 19 days ago on 23 January on Elephant Island, the heavily bearded duo have braved blizzard-like conditions during the crossing - perhaps a fitting end to the recreation of one of the greatest survival journeys in history. They were accompanied by fellow crew member, navigator aboard the Alexandra Shackleton replica boat, Paul Larsen *, who provided support for the mountain crossing.
"It was epic, really epic, and we've arrived here against the odds," said the veteran polar adventurer Jarvis. "The ice climb at the Tridents is a serious thing and Shackleton didn't exaggerate - with ice at 50degrees, with one wrong foot, we could have careened down a crevasse. It was the same for the Crean and Fortuna glaciers. We had more than 20 crevasse falls up to our knees and Baz fell into a crevasse up to his armpits, Paul and I had to haul him out".
"These early explorers were iron men in wooden boats and while modern man mostly travels around in iron vessels, I hope we've been able to emulate some of what they achieved. There's no doubt in my mind that everyone has a Shackleton "double journey" in them at some level, and I hope we've inspired a few people to find theirs," he said.
The crew will now rest aboard the Australis before trekking around to Grytviken tomorrow, the site of Shackleton's grave to raise a glass of Mackinlay's to "the Boss". -- Kim McKay
*Editor: that's one of our heroes... world sailing speed record holder and 'pilot' of Vestas Sailrocket2
New Cherub Designs at RYA Dinghy Show
The UK Cherub Class is building on a successful 2012 season that saw new members, new boats and a 25% increase in event entries by exhibiting at the RYA Dinghy Show (2-3 March) held at Alexandra Palace, London.
"We are delighted to be exhibiting once again at the show. In 2013 the fleet is already active. We have workshops around the country with many exciting new developments unfolding" explains Graham Bridle, President of the UK Class Association and current national champion with son Eddie.
"With such interest and variation the fleet has decided to exhibit two very different boats at the show to highlight the way the class encourages experimentation, allows for different build methods and is leading the way with new ideas".
Making its debut at the show will be the new Everest 1 designed by Clive Everest whose work also includes the RS600, RS300 and numerous International Moths, International 14s.
"The radical looking Everest 1 is built by old Moth adversary Roger Angell from a kit of flat carbon foam panels, precisely cut by water jet and assembled over a male plug. This build process makes for simpler and cheaper construction and opens the door for potential home builds in the future" continues Graham.
Also on display will be the new Ellway 7, by the established Chrub designer Kevin Ellway. An improvement of the Ellway 6, this boat is commissioned by Paul Jenkins and introduces a new builder into the Cherub Class; Composite Craft.
"This boat is built using a more conventional female mould from carbon and 8mm Nomex, it sports more conventional racks and a more unusual deck layout including a half foredeck.
Come and see the brand new Everest 1 and the Ellway 7 on display on stand C38-40 in the Great Hall. Leave your details at the stand and a trial sail will be arranged.
Photos of the Everest 1 and Ellway 7 at Yachts and Yachting:
ACCIONA 100% Ecopowered Towed to Ponta Delgada
Following the incident that took place on February 3rd and led to the boat capsizing 360 miles south of the Azores Islands just days from finishing the Vendee Globe, Javier Sanso immediately led the operation to rescue his IMOCA 60 after being rescued himself by the Portuguese Maritime Rescue Squad.
On board the tow boat responsible for the operation, the skipper of ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered and a group of technicians and specialist divers were able to right the vessel in a delicate operation - which revealed a broken mast - and bring the boat safely back to land.
Now in the Azores, a team of ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered engineers and insurance company representatives will begin working to discover the reason and causes behind the accident.
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Exclusive GBR Sail Number Goes Up For Auction On Valentine's Day
This could make the most unusual and unique of Valentine's Day gifts! The closed auction commences on February 14th and runs until noon on February 28th and is only open to British owners.
The Rating Office, the technical arm of the Royal Ocean Racing Club based in Lymington, Hampshire, issues sail numbers in the 'R' series to British racing boat owners. RORC sail numbers have long been revered amongst the sailing fraternity since the RORC was formed in 1925.
The most desirable sail numbers were rapidly snapped up by boats racing under the RORC and IOR rating rules during the last century, but it has only just come to light that sail number 1000 was never officially allocated.
Sails And The City
Perhaps talk of a "reality check" is pitching it too high. They'll sell out, as did the tickets to the same locations for the preliminary on-the-water sparring during 2012. But for those running the project, whether directly involved in everything to do with the sailing, or in the background co-ordination of the city's participation, each and every last pointer to the marketability of the ultimate sailing event is going to be closely analysed. The hope will be that conclusions can be drawn as to whether or not it's possible to generate enough interest in viewable sailing to make waterfront communities get more committed to it at official level.
So it's not a question of whether or not the tickets sell out. Rather, it's a matter of how quickly, and to whom, and for how much. The economic interaction between sailing and cities is extremely difficult to quantify, so the goldfish bowl which is the America's Cup in the Bay City will provide an excellent opportunity for gauging public interest, and where it all might go.
As it is, the city fathers in San Francisco are having quite a bumpy ride with the America's Cup. It took all sorts of negotiations and deal-making to secure civic backing to let the big sailing circus happen in the bay in the first place. Since then, a public appeal to build up a $20 million non-profit organisation to underpin the staging of major sporting events in the city, starting with the America's Cup, has been greeted mainly by silence - and it's not the agreeable silence of hundred dollar notes floating into plastic buckets.
San Francisco mayor Ed Lee is still in the early stages of creating this promotional organization, called OneSF, but if the America's Cup fails to hit its earning expectations, the hope of attracting events like the Superbowl in the near future will be severely hampered. -- Excerpt from W.M. Nixon's Saturday Sailing column in Afloat magazine:
* San Francisco officials are racing to raise tens of millions dollars from private donors to pay for security, transportation and the other costs of hosting the America's Cup yachting championship later this year.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee said officials have raised about $14 million of the estimated $31 million to $34 million needed to host the 55 days of racing beginning in July.
Spokeswoman Christine Falvey said Monday that the mayor has recently stepped up his own efforts to meet personally with chief executives of prominent companies based in San Francisco in an effort to meet the goals.
The city aims to pay for the event that expects to attract millions of spectators without having to dip into its general fund.
From the Bradenton Herald: www.bradenton.com
EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup
The series commences on 8th May, in Italy, just ten days after the conclusion of the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyères on 27th April. Each regatta will offer all Olympic, and aspiring Olympic sailors, the opportunity to compete in four high-quality, contiguous, regattas, over an eight week period, with the fifth regatta held later in the year, as a grand finale to the series and the European season. Each of the regattas are based on well-established events, Garda Trentino Olympic Week, Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Sail for Gold in Weymouth & Portland and Kieler Woche, one of the oldest regattas in Europe, plus the Semaine Olympique Française, which from 2013 takes place in La Rochelle. The dates for each of the regattas in 2013 and 2014 were announced on 1st November, 2012.
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Bruny Island Race
Skippered by former Olympic and world champion dinghy sailor Gary Smith, the New Zealand-designed, Tasmanian-built Bakewell-White 45, outsailed the fleet last night as she completed the 89 nautical mile circumnavigation of the island, south of Hobart, in the fast time of 10 hours and 16 seconds.
Race officer Roger Martin this morning declared The Fork in the Road provisional winner of the AMS, IRC and PHS handicap categories, with the AMS scoring deciding the overall win of the iconic race, first sailed in 1898.
The course took the fleet from Hobart down the River Derwent and through the winding reaches of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel before rounding the southernmost tip of elongated Bruny Island, Tasman Head, and sailing up its rugged seaward coast back to the Derwent and Hobart.
However, the corrected time results are provisional as two yachts, Masquerade (Tony Harman) and Auch (Richard Scarr) are seeking redress for standing by another yacht during an incident near the Friars, a group of rocky islets south of Tasman Head, the southernmost point of Bruny Island.
The race was exceptionally fast, the entire fleet finishing before midnight on Saturday.
Strong north-westerly winds initially gave the fleet a spinnaker dash down the Derwent and D'Entrecasteaux Channel, with a westerly change around midday on Saturday giving the boats a fast reach up the seaward side of Bruny Island and back to the river. -- Peter Campbell
Christmas Caribbean Rally Demand for Racing Class
Jose Manuel Garcia's Barracuda 50, Tjula is the most recent yacht to sign up for the inaugural Christmas Caribbean Rally. 17 yachts have now registered for the new Atlantic Rally, which will leave from Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote on 16th December.
With a significant number of cruising yachts registered for the Christmas Caribbean Rally, the organisers have also had initial enquiries from yachts wishing to race across the Atlantic this December.
"If there is enough demand from a racing division, we will welcome them." Commented Sailing Rallies' Events Manager, Mikaela Meik. "However, we will see how that develops before formally opening the rally to a racing class."
Weather expert and professional race navigator Mike Broughton has joined the Sailor Rallies team.
Mike has competed in the Whitbread Round the World Race, 15 Fastnet Races, 8 Sydney-Hobart Races and more than a dozen Trans-Atlantics. Over the last 30 years, he has won class in just about every blue water ocean event. As a shore based maritime expert, Mike has provided tactical weather information for the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and high profile campaigns such as, Dee Caffari and teenager Mike Perham's world-record circumnavigations.
"The same advantages of the timing of the crossing apply to racing yachts as cruising yachts. Also, many racing yachts would prefer to race to Antigua in the Caribbean because it has excellent re-fit facilities, extensive moorings and Antigua is well established as the home for many racing and superyachts in the Caribbean." -- Louay Habib
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