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RORC Easter Challenge Attracts Top Teams
In a unique initiative and as the first Solent-based event in the Club's racing calendar, RORC relax the rules on outside assistance and invite coaching guru, Jim Saltonstall and a team of expert coaches - including past Olympian Barry Dunning - to actively participate and provide helpful tips to improve sail trim and boat handling whilst the boats are racing. The coaching team has also been boosted this year by the addition of sailmakers who will provide sail trim and rig set up tips.
"It's the only event of its kind in the UK and I've not seen it done anywhere else in the world," comments RORC CEO Eddie Warden Owen who is also one of Saltonstall's coaching team.
"Even the top teams with pro sailors on board are keen to get the view we have from the outside. It can be extremely effective, especially for the less experienced crew who often see an immediate improvement during the race," continues Warden Owen.
After racing, Saltonstall de-briefs crews using video evidence to back up his thoughts. These sessions held after racing in the Event Centre at Cowes Yacht Haven are always packed out.
But for the top boats, its also a serious event and with the likes of RORC Vice Commodore, Anthony O'Leary bringing his Antix team from Cork and Niklas Zennström taking a break from the TP52 Super Series to race Rán, his Farr 45, the racing is all about winning:
Last year the RORC introduced a second race course for the smaller boats and One Design classes such as J80's and RORC have the intention to do the same if there is sufficient demand.
Racing for all classes starts on Good Friday 29th March and runs through to Sunday 31st March.
Entries close for the RORC Easter Challenge on 14th March; interested owners can find the details and enter online at www.rorc.org
Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Kicks Off In Style
With warm Caribbean breezes, turquoise waters and brilliant sunshine, the stage was set for the first day of racing at the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. In Class A it was Swan 80 Selene who dominated, while Swan 53 Music was first in Class B.
The Race Committee, under the direction of PRO Peter Craig, took advantage of the conditions with a gently building breeze from the East to set the racing divisions off around Virgin Gorda. Starting off the entrance to North Sound, the 25nm course was straight forward - Necker Island to starboard, Round Rock on the Southern tip of Virgin Gorda to port before turning North, back up Drakes Passage to leave the Dog Islands to port, finishing in front of the entrance to North Sound.
The Swan 601 Stark Raving Mad placed second overall at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo last September and had a second place finish today in the Maxi Class.
Swan 53 Music of South Africa enjoyed a dominant win of five minutes on corrected time over second placed Swan 56 White Rhino in Class B IRC.
The cruising division enjoyed a shorter course of 14nm from the start off North Sound, round the Dog Islands to starboard and back to the finish off North Sound to bring them back to the dock ahead of the racing divisions.
Racing continues for all three divisions on Wednesday, with the first start scheduled for 1100.
A Promising Start To The 2013 Figaro Season For The Artemis Offshore Academy
The regatta was the first official competition of the 2013 Figaro season after an intensive three-month winter training period - a steep learning curve for the sailors. The first 24 hour long stage of the event was a wet and windy 160 nautical mile race from La Grande Motte to Marseille.
The second stage of the race was a much shorter inshore 10 nautical mile race.
The final 195nm leg back to La Grande Motte took around 48 hours to complete and was a real chance for the sailors to put their solo offshore ability to the test with two nights at sea. Henry was on a mission to prove himself going into the third race: "My aim for the final leg was to race front runners Xavier Macaire, Jean-Pierre Nicol and Pietro D'Ali to the finish and get a result I could be happy with. After a bad start for me in 11th, I spent the first half of the race pushing my way through the fleet into 4th. Although I didn't race the leading pack across the finish line, I did win the race that raged between Jack, Matthieu Girolet, David Keneflick and myself - so I'm happy with that."
As one race finishes, another begins with Academy Mini skipper, Nikki Curwen, set to embark on her first solo Class Mini race, the 190nm Solo Roma-Solo Race, kicking off on Friday at 11:00 GMT.
Overall ICOM Cup Mediterranee results:
1. Xavier Macaire/8/FRA/2d, 16h, 26' 10"
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Light Air On Day One Of Mussanah Race Week
Mussanah Race Week kicked off with a light wind start, making it particularly challenging for the competitors, with 6-8kts of breeze and small chop, their focus and concentration was continually being tested, leaving them with no room for error.
After a tricky first two races Oman Sail's very own F18 sailors Musab Al Hadi and Ahmed Al Balushi put together a winning plan and secured firsts in both the third and fourth races, but still couldn't snatch the overall lead by French pair Gurven Bontemp and Benjamin Amiot who won the first two races of the day.
For the F18 class, the conditions were perfect, with them occasionally able to fly one hull, some of the French competitors were particularly relieved to be sailing in the warm waters of Oman, as back home in Europe there is snow on the ground.
There was close racing at the front of the Laser Standard fleet, with ex Oman Air (Extreme 40) sailor Andy Maloney dominating the first two races, and Tom Burton, currently ranked number one in the world in the Laser Standard, winning races three and four.
In the Radial class, we saw the Singapore team dominating the first two races, whilst Volvo Ocean sailor Adel Khalid of Abu Dhabi, sat in 4th place for the first lap of the third race, he made an impressive come back on the final downwind leg to claim first position.
On the RSX Windsurf course the competitors were forced to work extra hard, with light winds, they must rely on strength and fitness to get them round the course.
On Thursday and Friday, we will see the number of competitors grow, as the Optimist and Q'ba fleet take to the water. -- Daphne Morgan Barnicoat
Noble Marine Uk Laser Association World & European Qualifier 1
Stokes Bay, UK: 170 Laser sailors arrived at Stokes Bay for the first of the Spring Qualifiers to be greeted with the first day of Spring, warm sunshine but no wind. A slight SE'erly breeze developed during the afternoon but the building ebb tide made it impossible to set a fair course.
The culture shock happened on Sunday morning when the competitors were faced with a 10oC drop in temperature and a bitterly cold shifty ENE 12 knot breeze that slowly increased during the day. With a late morning high tide current flow was not a major tactical factor during the races, which is a change from the usual at Stokes Bay. Staying in the right wind shift pattern was much more important. With a total of nine races to complete, the 128 Radials being split into two starts, the Race Officer kept things simple by setting a triangle / sausage course and using the Black Flag.
42 boats sailed in the Standard fleet.
The Radial fleet had an international feel to it with entries from Ireland, France and Serbia as well as from all the home countries, including a good contingent from the Isle of Wight.
The Crewsaver Youth Series prizes were awarded to Welsh helm Michael Beckett in the Standard Fleet, Irish sailor Ryan Glynn (1st), Edward Jones (2nd) & Thomas Scott (3rd) in the Radial fleet. -- Eddie Mays
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2K Team Racing
The fleet of J24s provided by the club were more than capable of the task - demanding and rewarding hard work from every competitor.
A repercharge on day three to settle fourth place in the semi-finals had to be curtailed due to light winds, but by noon the breeze filled in beautifully and the sun arrived for a superb afternoon's racing.
Race three was to decide the event - and it was anyone's game to win. Again, Smeralda took a 1,2 off the line, but nothing is ever safe in 2K events - by the first run, Thames overhaul and take 2,3 round the leeward mark. Up the final beat, Smeralda tack to lock out Thames, but they over-tack and lose out to let Thames take 1,2. Scenting victory, The English hold it all the way back down to the finish to take the event. -- Felix Danczak
Chance Of A Lifetime For Seafaring Youth
Lion is an 80 foot maxi yacht that was Sir Peter Blake's entry in the 1985-86 Whitbread Around the World race, and which now, under the New Zealand Sailing Trust, serves the purpose of providing experiences and opportunities for young New Zealanders, to ensure the future of New Zealand's maritime industry, and preserving Sir Peter Blake's legacy.
"We are looking for 15 young people and this will be the trip of a lifetime," says NZ Sailing Trust General Manager, Erin McKenna,
Erin and the NZ Sailing Trust hope that yacht clubs will support their youth sailors in fundraising, to pay the $3,500 contribution towards the cost of hiring experienced crew, insurance and boat requirements, and for the return airfare. The trip will take about seven days all up.
"There is also the delivery back for which we will be seeking crew," she says. "For both trips, participants will take part in all aspects of sailing, including night shifts, cooking and cleaning."
The Auckland-Fiji race, which commences for the Racing Division on 1 June 2013, will start off Westhaven Marina in Auckland, New Zealand, and includes a cruising rally that will start from Auckland and Opua. The 1,150 mile race will finish in the resort of Musket Cove.
A Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Expression of Interest form is available on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron website, www.rnzys.org.nz, or by calling Melanie Benton on 09 360 6809. The race is supported by Manson Anchors, PredictWind.com, Events Clothing, and TNL GAC Pindar.
Enquiries about sailing on Lion should be directed to Erin McKenna, tel. 09 215 0762 or 021 333 816.
For The Record
Record: Sydney to Hobart
Comments: Previous record: "MariCha III" Robert Miller GBR, Dec 99. 1d 18h 27m 10s. ("Wild Oats XI" Robert Oatley AUS recorded 1d 18h 23m 12s in 2012 under rule 21c)
43-year old Sue was much loved by all: berthholders; colleagues; regular visitors and her many friends and business contacts in and around Oban. She will be remembered for her ever-present enthusiasm and wit, as well as her tireless energy, big welcoming smile and non-stop hard work to make sure she looked after all aspects of running the popular marina on the Isle of Kerrera, West Coast of Scotland.
Having taken on the role of Marina Manager five years previously, the marina went into receivership and the new owners made Sue the Director of Operations last February. She was responsible for the day-today running of the marina and boatyard under Oban Marina & Yacht Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of The North Ledaig Co. Ltd. She worked hard with the new owners to ensure its continued success and development, always striving to offer the best customer service and to welcome sailors from all over the world, as well as those closer to home.
Owner, Peter Weir, wife Katy and son Tim all express their sorrow and gratitude to Sue for all her hard work and selfless commitment to Oban Marina:
"We have known Sue and her former husband Neil Price for many years as they worked for us at the caravan park before we bought Oban Marina. Both continued to work at the marina and Sue had the full responsibility for running it on a daily basis when we took over. She ensured the continued popularity and success of the business with her enthusiasm and sheer physical hard work. She was a fun, hard working and vivacious; a wonderful lady who set a real example for us all," says Peter Weir. -- Trish Jenkins
* From Bernard Schopfer: Re: Jean-Pierre Dick's 2600nm without a keel, referenced in the Seahorse Sailor of the Month:
Please note regarding the information below (and without taking anything away from the great JPD) that Dominique Wavre completed 2800 nm without a keel four years ago in the southern oceans, between the Kerguelen islands and Freemantle. I'm not sure if it is appropriate to call this a record; however certainly worth knowing.
To be precise, Dominique hadn't lost his keel: it was a "free Willy" situation, which he described as even more dangerous because a big heeling could damage the structure and sink the boat in an instant...
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