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Old and New Winners Finish
Photo of Dorade by Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing. Click on image to enlarge.
Honolulu, Hawaii: Over its long history since first being sailed in 1906, the 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Transpac race has attracted a rich diversity of boat types, and among the nine additional entries that today crossed the finish line today at Diamond Head, there were two outstanding examples of the opposite ends of the spectrum in race boat design and build technology.
In 1929, the brand-new yacht design firm of Sparkman & Stevens was given a commission to design a fast offshore sailing yacht. Built in wood with innovative features like steam-bent rather than sawn frames to keep her light, the 52-foot Dorade was born, and quickly proved to be a breakthrough design. Over the next several years, Dorade won the most prestigious ocean races of the era: the Bermuda Race (1930) the Transatlantic Race (1931), the Fastnet Race (1931 & 1933), and in 1936 under her new owner James Flood, the Honolulu Race as well. No boat has since amassed such an impressive string of victories.
Dorade's new owners, Matt Brooks and his wife Pam Rorke Levy (or, as they describe themselves, the "current caretakers") have invested in numerous renovations and upgrades to this wood-masted beauty to prepare her for Brooks' and Levy's dream of entering her in all the races she won in her early life. Today she finished the first of those races in an elapsed time of 12 days 5 hours 23 min 18 sec.
Finishing a few hours later but due to a later start with a much shorter elapsed time (7 days 7 hours 53 min 46 sec) was a yacht representing the other end of the yacht design spectrum. David and Peter Askew's Reichel/Pugh-designed 74-foot Wizard was built in 2008 in pre-preg carbon fiber, honeycomb core, and the most modern materials available today - very different than Dorade's oak, fir, teak, cedar and spruce.
Sailed under her former name Belle Mente, this yacht completed the Transpac course in record time for an all-manual-powered yacht in 2009, and thus won the richly-decorative plank of Koa wood known as the "Barn Door" Trophy, an honor she earned again today even though her elapsed time was over a day later than that in 2009.
Wizard strategist Dee Smith was involved with both programs, and said it was the weather conditions that this year that kept the record safe. -- Dobbs Davis
Sail First Isaf Youth Worlds Concludes In Limassol, Cyprus
After five days of epic racing featuring 96 races the 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has drawn to a close in Limassol, Cyprus.
Over 350 sailors from 61 nations flew their national flag across eight youth events and at the closing ceremony on 19 July they gathered with coaches, volunteers, family and friends to celebrate their own personal successes and accomplishments.
Held at the Cyprus Sailing Federation the first award of the night awarded was the Bengt Julin Trophy.
The ISAF Bengt Julin Trophy is a unique trophy which is awarded to a competitor or a National Team that has done the most to foster understanding and displaying attributes that are encouraged at the ISAF Youth Worlds.
Voted for by the sailors the award went to Germany's Nik Willim who had demonstrated good sportsmanship, respect, graciousness, helpfulness and friendliness to his fellow competitors. Alongside the medal presentations event sponsors and over 250 volunteers were thanked for their support before, during and after the event.
Italy received the ISAF Nations Trophy, the second time they have picked up the most prestigious youth trophy after first receiving it at the 2006 edition in Weymouth, Great Britain. ISAF Vice-President George Andreadis closed the event as sailors from the Cypriot team passed the flag to the Portuguese team with Tavira, Portugal set to host will host the 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds.
Final top three results by class:
1. Tiago Brito / Andrei Kneipp, BRA, 37 points
2. Matteo Pilati / Michele Cecchin, ITA, 39
3. Diogo Pereira / Pedro Cruz, ITA, 39
1. Carrie Smith / Ella Clark, AUS, 20
2. Nadja Horwitz / Carmina Malsh, CHI, 44
3. Ilaria Paternoster / Benedetta Di Salle, ITA, 50
1. Lucas Rual / Emile Amoros, FRA, 26
2. Ida Svensson / Rasmus Rosengren, SWE, 59
3. Markus Somerville / Jack Simpson, NZL, 61
1. Isaac McHardie / Micah Wilkinson, NZL, 32
2. Paul Darmaninn / Lucy Copeland, AUS, 46
3. James Henson / Olivier Greber, GBR
Laser Radial Boys
1. Juanky Perdomo, PUR, 47
2. Joel Rodriguez, ESP, 50
3. Sebastien Schneiter, SUI, 72
Laser Radial Girls
1. Line Flem Host, NOR, 22
2. Agata Barwinska, POL, 65
3. Monika Mikkola, FIN, 67
1. Kieran Martin, GBR, 27
2. Tugaryev Oleksandr, UKR, 50
3. Radoslaw Furmannski, POL, 66
1. Lu Yunkiu, CHN, 32
2. Marta Maggetti, ITA, 37
3. Sara Wennekes, NED, 48
Nations Cup - Top Five
1. Italy, 309 points
2. Australia, 300
3. New Zealand, 285
4. Great Britain, 274
5. France, 273
ETNZ Overcomes Breakdown For Victory
Photo by Carlo Borlenghi / Emirates Team New Zealand. Click on image for photo gallery.
San Francisco, California, USA: Emirates Team New Zealand suffered its first breakdown during racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, but that didn't stop the Kiwi crew from defeating Luna Rossa Challenge.
Sailing on the third of seven legs, a clip failed at the head of the sail that holds it to the headstay of Aotearoa. It took the crew more almost three minutes to detach the sail from the headstay and pitch it overboard, where it was retrieved by crew in the team's chase boat.
Skipper Dean Barker and the Kiwis continued on, powered only by the 131-tall wing foot sail, and defeated the Italian syndicate by 2 minutes and 19 seconds to score their sixth point of the challengers' series.
Emirates Team New Zealand hardly seemed affected by the lack of a jib, but Barker said they need the headsail to balance the 72-foot long catamaran.
"It's very hard to get the boat hooked up in jibes, we didn't jibe as well without the jib," Barker said. "If you were going to sail with the jib only you'd have different board and rudder positions to balance out the boat better."
Skipper Max Sirena's Italian crew improved its performance from the teams' previous meeting on July 13. They cut more than three minutes off the time difference, but couldn't capitalize on the New Zealanders' breakdown.
After a day off tomorrow the two teams square off again on Tuesday with the start scheduled at 12:15 pm PT. The race will be broadcast globally on the America's Cup YouTube channel, subject to territorial restrictions, beginning at 12:00 pm.
The schedule ahead:
Tuesday, July 23, Luna Rossa Challenge vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
Thursday, July 25, Artemis Racing vs. Luna Rossa Challenge
Saturday, July 27, Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Artemis Racing
Sunday, July 28, Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Luna Rossa Challenge
Tour Voile: To The Left
Sailing conditions were ideal with 10 knots of wind from the east, a calm sea state and a strong sun. Both starts were very close. After a general recall in race one the fleet was called back and started again under a black flag (a boat within the triangle formed by the ends of the line and the first mark during the minute before the start will be disqualified without a hearing). The competitors sailing to the left of the racecourse did very well indeed. Groupama 34 and Team OmanSail led both races ahead of Nantes St Nazaire E.Leclerc, third of the first race, and Bretagne Credit Mutuel Elite, third of the second race.
Like TPM-Coych, others had to sail to the right side but did well anyway - the local team took fifth twice today. "We didn't do exactly what we were planning to do upwind but I'm happy with our day," said tactician Martin Le Pape.
All 96 sailors leave for a 57-mile leg to Gruissan, France tomorrow morning. Weather forecast is very light in the morning with sea breeze coming in in the afternoon. Racing starts at 9:00am but a motoring convoy is likely to happen if the wind is too light in the beginning.
Overall provisional ranking after 24 races:
1. Groupama 34, Cammas Franck, 918 Pts - Blue Spinnaker
2. Bretagne Credit Mutuel Elite, Troussel Nicolas, 854
3. Courrier Dunkerque 3, Souben Daniel, 841
4. Sodebo, Coville Thomas, 823.7
5. Team Omansail, Pouligny Cedric, 817
6. Toulon Provence Mediterranee - Coych, Bernaz Jean-Baptiste, 733
7. Ville De Geneve - Carrefour Addictions, Mettraux Elodie-Jane Et Groux Nicolas, 713
8. Nantes - Saint Nazaire - E.Leclerc, Douguet Corentin, 706
9. Normandie, Choquenet Baptiste, 663
10. Martinique - Be.Brussels, Wolters Delphine Et Moures Matthieu, 634
11. Iskareen, Dittmers Christiane Et Bruhns Sonke, 621
12. Bienne - Voile - Srs, Peter Luzius Et Kunz Francois, 567
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Cumbley Takes Title On Final Day Of Solo UK Nationals
On the final day of the Solo National Championships at Hayling Island SC, Charlie Cumbley, fourth overnight, stormed through to take the Solo National Title. The event went to the final race and Carveth protested the PRO, but after long discussion the protest was dismissed and Cumbley confirmed as the New Solo Champion.
Tim Law won race 11 ahead of Charlie Cumbley, RYA and Andy Davis of Blithfield SC. Overnight leader Geoff Carveth of HISC was ninth. In race 12, the final race of the championship, Stuart Godwin, HISC, took his fourth race win with second Mike Sims and third Cumbley. Carveth finished 19th. -- Gerald New / Sailweb.co.uk
Solo - National Championship Final Leaders (115 entries)
1. Charlie Cumbley, RYA, 52 points
2. Andy Tunnicliffe, Royal Windermere SC, 55
3. Geoff Carveth, HISC, 59
4. Michael Sims, Carsington SC, 65
5. Stuart Godwin, HISC, 77
6. Ross Harvey, HISC, 86
7. Andy Davis, Blithfield SC, 97
8. Tim Law, Salcombe YC, 105
9. Ian Pinnell, HISC, 106
10. Pete Mitchell, HISC, 110
France To Ireland On A Kiteboard
Mission accomplished, Bruno Sroka reached his goal! Yesterday morning, 19 of July, at 6.25 a.m three times World champion Bruno Sroka left from Penn Enez beach at l'Aber Wrac'h, Brittany and arrived at Crosshaven, the bay of Cork, Ireland at 22:02 p.m.(local time) by kite. After 16hours and 37 mins of sailing Bruno realised one of his dreams. He managed to kite 240 nautical miles (444km) and became the first kitesurfer to do a France to Ireland crossing
In the diming day light Bruno was greeted by dozen of boats that came up to meet him at the entrance of the Crosshaven, bay of Cork.
Tired but very happy at the same time Bruno was nicely surprised of this amazingly friendly crowd greeting him at the harbour. "We did it ! I can't believe it's over ! I am so pleased to see all of these boats that came to celebrate my arrival ! I am very happy!" says Bruno.
"I had rather good wind during the biggest part of the crossing and the last part of it was the hardest. The wind was dying rapidly and I was obliged to change the boards that I was riding.
Bruno Sroka accomplished his first crossing of the three year crossing series with the ultimate goal of a New York - Brest kitesurf crossing in 2015
OK Dinghy Fleet Battle With Light Winds In Carnac
The OK Dinghy European Championship got under way in Carnacn France on Sunday with a practice race that was soon abandoned as the already light wind deserted the fleet.
With 70 entries the fleet are enjoying French hospitality with temperatures in the low 30s.
Four time world champion Nick Craig (GBR) commented. "It's hot but where's the wind? But it's a lovely place. I've been here a few times but in other classes." How prepared is he for the week ahead? "I've been sailing quite a bit recently, including in the D1, but not much in the OK since the worlds at Easter." He picked up fourth place in the French nationals last weekend, so on his chances he said, "I'm a bit out of the groove at the moment, but hoping for a good regatta."
Since coming sixth at worlds Greg Wilcox (NZL) has been in tremendous form with a third at Kiel, second in the Nordics and at Swedish nationals and wins at Warnemunde Week and at the French nationals. He appears quietly confident but readily concedes it won't be easy in such a quality field including multiple world champions.
The practice race was started in just 2-3 knots of wind and was abandoned when the time limit to first mark expired, as the died out.
The first championship races are scheduled for 13.00 on Monday.
Bronenosec and Samantaga Crowned Swan World Champions
Winning with a race to spare Vladimir Liubomirov helming his Swan 60 Bronenosec (RUS) took the inaugural title of Gazprom Swan 60 World Champion with 6 solid firsts across 12 races.
In a change to today's overall results the Swan 45 World Champion title goes to Philippe Mortgat and Patrick Van Heurck's entry Samantaga (BEL), this team's positions have remained in the top 3 spots for the majority of the week. No Limits (NED) led this competitive fleet all week but was disqualified due to a protest today.
Double Swan owner Edward Leask GBR has retained his European title from 2011, being crowned the Gazprom Swan European Regatta Champion for Class A racing his Club Swan 42 Magical Mystery Tour. Class B racing was too close to predict the winner going into the final 2 races today, Ray Mitchell's Swan 411 Accomplice (GBR) put in serious effort today to pull through into first. Leader of Class C home to some of the most traditional Swans has the most consistent set of results across all the fleets, British owner Chris Frost racing with his daughter on their Swan 36 Finola has much to celebrate as new European Champions with a record win in all races.
Provisional Overall Results:
Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship
1. Bronenosec (RUS) - Vladimir Liubomirov
2. Knights of Crevichon (GBR) - Sir Peter Ogden
3. Tsaar Peter (BVI) - Igor Frolov
Swan 45 World Championship
1. Samantaga (BEL) - Philippe Mortgat / Patrick Van Heurck
2. VanUden (NED) - VanUden Group
3. WISC (GBR) - Glynn Williams
Gazprom Swan European Regatta
1. Magical Mystery Tour (GBR) - Edward Leask
2. Brevity (GBR) - Mark Devereux
3. Yellow Drama IV (GBR) - Stephen Matthews / Roger Barber
1. Accomplice (GBR) - Ray Mitchell
2. Elan (GER) - Harald Baum
3. Best Buddies (GER) - Kay-Johannes Wrede
1. Finola (GBR) - Chris Frost
2. Moustique (GBR) - Alan Major
3. Cisne (NED) - David Collins / Tony Thorpe
Superstition aand Good Racing at First Day of NACRA 17 Worlds
French Billy Besson/Marie Riou crossed the finish at the wrong site due to superstition. Photo by Laurens Morel. Click on image to enlarge.
The Hague, Netherlands: The practice race of the Nacra 17 Worlds today started out with superb conditions. At the start at 2 PM there was a medium sea breeze and sunny conditions. 65 Teams out of 24 countries registered for this new Olympic multihull class.
Today there was only one race. Twice there was a general recall. At the third start the committee hoisted the black flag. Tomorrow the competition really starts, so the results of today actually don't count. That's why a lot of teams choose not to finish. Superstition tells them that a
The Dutch teams will be very keen to win on home water, taking advantage of an early start of the road to Rio 2016. Renee Groeneveld and Karel Begemann had a difficult start, but caught up with the rest of the leading pack. Groeneveld: 'The speed was good and we chose some good sides with the current, because we know this water pretty well. We can handle the ever shifting sailing conditions of the coast of The Hague. Current and waves change everyday. We have good faith that we can sail pretty fast this week and compete with the top. Just like the rest of the Dutch teams. We also didn't finish today, but that's part of the game.
Official racing starts Monday at 11 AM and will be concluded with one last fleet race and one Medal Race on Saturday July 27. A total of 14 to 16 races is scheduled. The qualification series consist of 8 races. Due to the light weather conditions the organisation decided to schedule three races tomorrow for both fleets (yellow and blue), the same on Tuesday and two races on Wednesday, originally a lay day. Thursday the final series will start in the Gold and Silver fleets. -- Diana Bogaards
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