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Audi MedCup ~ Cartagena
TP 52-Med Cup Update, Cartagena

Paul Cayard

Saturday, August 30, 2008

After a one hour delay onshore, the?first race of the day got underway at 1415.? Today was different than all the other days from a meteorological standpoint.? The gradient was not strong enough to hold off the thermal seabreeze and a light wind from 150 filled in around 1300.

We were nine points off the lead going into today’s racing.? We had a great start in the first race, to windward of Quantum and Mutua Madrielena.? The three of us took off in the 7 knots of wind and all the others were far behind with the left side of the course paying big.? The three of us rounded the first mark all overlapped with Mutua first and Quantum second.? Down the run, we dug harder into the corner and that set us up to have the left again up the second windward leg.? We led around the top mark the second time and despite a very tricky run we managed to win the race by 1/2 a boat length over Quantum.

At that point we were in first place in the regatta, as Bribon and Matador had bad races.

The race committee was keen to complete the schedule so we started another race in 7 knots of wind at 1550.? Again a great start for us on El Desafio. We hurt Quantum right off the line and three minutes into the race we were punched out well ahead of the rest.

Bribon was making some gains on the right and the left did not look so good, so we tacked on the first header and went right.? We did not quite cross Bribon so we ducked them to continue right.? However, we ended up in some light spots and lost lots of ground.? After crossing tacks with a few boats and getting out of phase, we were second to last at the first mark.? We battled back hard and finished 6th, right in front of Quantum.

We won the day with a 1, 6 but that was not enough to win the regatta. Bribon who won the last race, won the regatta 4 points ahead of is and Matador, who was second in the last race, ?finished second over all.? We finished a very credible third with Quantum 4th.

I am pleased with our progress this season on the TP 52 circuit.? We decided to enter this fleet to keep our America’s Cup team active and together.? For sure we took some hard knocks in the beginning of the season as we were learning the boat.? Now we are competitive with the best in this fleet and we can win in any condition.? I would like to thank our sponsors, especially Iberdrolla, for supporting us all season!

Next event for the TP 52’s is Portimao, Portugal, in 2 weeks time.? It will also be the last event of the Circuit.

For complete results go to

The first day of the Danish Open (Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour) saw 12 crews from seven countries take to the waters off the Jutlandic peninsula. With a shifty breeze that blew off the land at up to 22 knots, the teams were tested to the max.

The morning session saw six teams compete against one another, including Ian Williams (GBR), Sebastien Col (FRA), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mads Ebler (DEN) and Andrew Arbuzov (RUS).

Briton Ian Williams ended the day 4-1 with his match against Torvar Mirsky his only loss.

Mirsky finished the day with a disappointing 2-3: “We made two or three key mistakes which really hurt us. Being shown the penalty flag five times didn’t really help either but we felt we sailed well and are confident that we can bounce back tomorrow.”

The afternoon session saw the other six take to the water: Mathieu Richard (FRA), Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Adam Minoprio (NZL), Peter Wibroe (DEN), Jesper Radich (DEN) and Johnnie Berntsson (SWE). After only 3 flights in the afternoon session it is hard to see who is emerging as front runners, but the 2007 Finalists Jesper Radich and Peter Wibroe are both looking to make a repeat appearance in the finals this year.

With a further 14 flights left in the Round Robin the standings are pretty wide open but that will soon change as the teams compete for the four places in the semi-finals.

Standings After Day 1:

Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar 4-1
Sebastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K Challenge 3-2
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge 3-2
Mads Ebler (DEN) Team AWL Grip 2-3
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 2-3
Andrew Arbuzov (RUS) 1-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team/Team French Spirit 2-1
Peter Wibroe(DEN) Wibroe Sailing Team 2-1
Adam Minoprio (NZL) Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing 2-1
Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team 1-2
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team 1-2
Johnnie Berntsson (SWE) 1-2

Follow the racing live on the internet and review all the action from the event by clicking here.

Press Report/Yachting World, 29 August 2008


Curtain closes as divisional winners announced

As the curtain closes on the Silver Jubilee Audi Hamilton Island Race
Week, results have been finalised across the board and divisional
winners announced for this record breaking anniversary year.

IRC Premier Passage

Graham Jones’ Bluewater, the IRC Premier Passage winner, almost came to
grief in the final race today after shaving the north east corner of
North Molle Island a little too close and finding themselves stranded on
an outlying reef for just under a minute.

“We didn’t do any damage…not that we know of anyway,” said Jones this
afternoon.  The Beneteau First 45, which represented both Sydney and
Port Douglas at this regatta, is only a month old and this week was its
first regatta hit out.

“I’m sailing a new boat with a pretty regular crew, some of us have been
sailing together for 20 to 30 years,” said the ecstatic skipper as his
crew partied in the background.

Bluewater beat Spirit of Lexus (Michael Keough) and Ross Wilson’s Eagle

IRC Passage

Luke McGrath’s Sydney 36CR Brookwater Golf sailed to a win in the IRC
Passage Division, finishing the series on 11 points just a pinch ahead
of Peter Sorensen’s The Philosopher’s Club on 12 points. Matthew Percy’s
Beneteau First 44.7 Alacrity from Southport Yacht Club finished third.

PHS Grand Prix skipper Peter Goldsworthy said his PHS Grand Prix
win had been unexpected in what was an exhilarating final race for the
former round-the-world Volvo 60.

“The weather was a bit kind to us but it still wasn’t an easy race,” he
said. “The crew really came together today.”

Former CYCA Commodore Geoff Lavis finished divisional runner up with his
Inglis/Murray 50 UBS Wild Thing, just half a point in front of Ian Ford
and John Griffin’s Beneteau 47.7

PHS Passage Division 1 & 2

Local Hero owner Peter Mosely from Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney
originally thought he had gone from hero to zero in today’s regatta
closer. He was elated to discover later in the day that the team had
taken out PHS Passage Division 1.

“We feel phenomenal because we really thought we had gone down the
gurgler, then the crew phoned in and found out the results,” said

Taking out PHS Division 2 today also came as a shock for Just Quietly
owners Sue and Donald Swanson who were scratching for extra crew this
week after one of their original crew dropped out.

Sue Swanson said the competition had been exceptional. “There was some
good competition from boats of similar sizes. We were very happy with
the way our boat sailed,” she said this afternoon.

Cruising Divisions

Full Frontal owner Mark Travis from Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club has
claimed the top prize in Cruising with Spinnaker Division 2 in his first
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

“We just sailed our own race and we won. Of course we couldn’t be
anything but pleased.

“Sailing here is superb,” said the winning skipper this afternoon.

For full results for the cruising divisions and all remaining divisions
go to

Final words from the regatta director

Regatta director Denis Thompson is already thinking about how he and his
team can improve for next year.

“The courses won’t necessarily stay the same each year, we’ll just keep
adjusting as we go by looking at the tides and different courses
sailed,” said Thompson this afternoon.

“This year’s record fleet has been great and the level of competition,
particularly in the IRC fleet has been strong with results in many
divisions going down to the final race.

“The week-long match race between Wild Oats X and Black Jack has been
tremendous to watch, like dinghy racing.

“I’m also very encouraged by the level of competition and camaraderie
within the cruising fleets. While the big boats get most of the
accolades, the strength of the regatta lies with the huge cruising

Tonight the winning crews will be called to the stage at the official
prize giving dinner to collect their well deserved silverware.

The yacht racing business has come of age. Now ranked third highest recipient of European sports sponsorship, yacht racing is now a multi-billion dollar industry.

In December 2008 the principality of Monaco will be the venue for the first dedicated yacht racing business forum, hosted by Informa plc events, one of the world’s biggest conference organisers.The Grimaldi Conference Forum will be a global meeting place for the best-known sailing events, racing teams, race management and finest sailing venues, from all over the world. In addition, many of Europe’s highest sports sponsorship spenders will be in attendance to assess the great opportunities that our sport can deliver.

Additionally, we are delighted to be hosting the forum in conjunction with the famous Motorsport Business Forum, the meeting place of the biggest names in motorsport. Our ‘Track and Ocean’ cocktail party will be the first networking opportunity for delegates to share business opportunities that co-exist between these high profile sports.

The forum will create the platform for delegates to debate the key issues that are critical to the future of yacht racing. Topics will include Television Coverage, Olympic Classes, America’s Cup, Race Management, Composite Technology, Event Management, Safety, Telecommunications, Sponsorship Value and Media Exposure.

Delegates will benefit from expert advice delivered by sports Sponsorship industry professionals concerning the fast growing yacht racing circuit. Delegates will be allowed to promote, exhibit and present business opportunities within the Grimaldi Forum to the world of motorsport and yacht racing.

The schedule will include case-study presentations by corporations who have benefited from cost-effective yacht racing sponsorship return.

Current sailing venues will reveal the huge financial benefits that hosting a major sailing regatta or event can bring to the local community.

Key-note speakers will also present the fantastic opportunities that are yet to be discovered for yacht racing and sailing in the fast-growing economies of emerging countries.

A highlight of the forum will be the World Yacht Racing Industry Awards, an exclusive gala evening overlooking the bay of Monaco. We will celebrate the highlights of the 2008 season.

Providing an animated review of the history of our sport, the Awards will recognise many of the best regattas and venues, the unsung heroes of yacht racing, the teams of individuals who work hard behind the scenes to deliver fantastic events, plus the sailing teams and skippers who have excelled in 2008.

Please contact the organisers urgently as space and numbers are limited. We look forward to meeting you in Monaco!

This Newsletter is produced by Bernard Schopfer, MaxComm Communication, the
exclusive communication agency for the World Yacht Racing Forum.
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Cougar II ambushes its prey

Alan Whiteley’s Victorian TP52 Cougar II travelled 1,500 nautical miles
to outsail a world class IRC Grand Prix division 1 fleet at Australia’s
most awarded regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

“It’s a better result than we expected,” said a delighted Whiteley this
afternoon. “We have been sailing in very esteemed company…the crew is
ecstatic about taking out the grand prix division.

“Logistically it’s hard work getting up here from Melbourne but it’s
been well worth it. The courses are great, the event is well run and it’
s great fun.”

In the overall pointscore Cougar II finished two points clear of Bob
Steel’s sistership Quest from Sydney and nine points from the third
placed Victorian Cookson 50 Living Doll, skippered by Michael Hiatt.

Cougar II and Quest have faced each other on the start line – and
swapped the lead – many times before but today it was Whiteley’s turn.

“Congratulations to Alan and his team,” said Steel this afternoon. “We
were very pleased to come second.”

Eventual IRC Grand Prix division 2 winner Honeysuckle, the Beneteau
First 45 skippered by Ray Harris, finished today’s Molle Island Race
then waited in the wings, scanning the horizon for Rod Jones’
Archambault 40 Alegria, their series nemesis.

Once the required gap had past, in terms of the number of minutes
Honeysuckle had to put between them and Alegria, the crew was confident
enough to celebrate their win on board.

“We are very elated…it was a tough series,” said a relieved Harris.
“Apart from having the sails up to check them and the rig, our first
proper sail was last Saturday’s opening race. It’s been a roller

“The boys had the boat flying today. We had a good downwind leg and we
opened up a gap on Alegria then worked really hard to maintain speed,”
Harris added.

Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke this afternoon helped sail Bob Oatley’s
Wild Oats X to the perfect regatta finish – line honours and a handicap
win in today’s race.

“From our perspective we are so pleased with the regatta,” said Bourke.
“Sometimes breeze makes or breaks a regatta and we had breeze the whole
week. So many have said it’s a further improvement on last year,” added
Bourke, who called tactics this week on Wild Oats X.

Island owner Bob Oatley concurred, declaring it “a fantastic
regatta…the best ever”.

The three-time Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winning crew on Wild
Oats X has had fickle fortunes on the water while learning how to get
the most out of their new swept back spreader rig. Yesterday their
canting keel motor burnt out resulting in the crew having to work well
into the night to install the spare motor, but today it was all smiles
on board Wild Oats X after they capped off their week with a third and
final line honours win – and an outright win – in the 23 nautical mile
Molle Islands Race.

Peter Harburg’s slight development of Wild Oats X, Black Jack, not only
proved an excellent sparring partner for Wild Oats X, they broke the
Reichel Pugh 66’s two year stranglehold on the fastest boat around the
track with five firsts from nine races.

Mark Bradford says the owner is undecided about contesting this year’s
Rolex Sydney Hobart, “we’ll wait for the dust to settle then make up our
minds,” skipper Mark Bradford said dockside this afternoon.

One by one 11 divisions lined up in an orderly fashion in Dent Passage
this morning for the postcard shot of the series. With most out of
silverware contention it was a laid back affair at the start, the 5-8
knot sou’easter providing easy going conditions for the 2,000 plus
sailors who have been hard at it – both on and offshore – for a week.

The Roulettes’ final fly over of the fleet at the start was the only
noise to be heard, replacing the yelling that accompanied the fresher
winds at the start of the week when many crews fancied themselves as top
three placegetters.

In the inaugural South Pacific Cup results, the Aussie team of Living
Doll, Yendys and Alegria romped home on 45 points, beating the Kiwi team
of Pussy Galore, Wired and Carrera by 29 points.

Trophies will be presented tonight at the official prize giving dinner
before weary crews head back to their home ports.

Further Information:

All regatta information and images are available on the website

Cayard Sailing eUpdate
Audi MedCup ~ Cartagena
TP 52-Med Cup Update, Cartagena

Paul Cayard

Friday, August 29, 2008

Three races were completed today in Cartagena. That is a lot of laps. I can’t remember it all. I know we had three very good starts. The first race was tricky with the two winds, the 040 and the 090 fighting right in the middle of the race track. The wind speed was 14-16 knots all day with decent size waves which were good for surfing downwind.

In the first race, we got a bit too far to the right in the first windward leg and struggled to get to the windward mark which was still in the left (050) wind direction at that point. At the end of the first run the wind went to 095 which made things pretty interesting. We got 7th out of that.

In the second race, we managed a 4th and in the third race a 5th. We did have a problem in the last race with the jib up the leeward mark. The jib sheets both came off and we tried to use the jib as a flag for about three minutes. It also got one wrap around the headstay. After we got the sheets on, we were about 7th. We managed to pass Quantum and Synergy before the windward mark. In the end we finished 5th but will score a 4th as Mutua was disqualified.

Mutua Madrilena had a horrible day. Last in the first race, second in the second race and then disqualified in the last race for hitting Tao at the first windward mark. Quantum did not have a stellar day. Bribon and Matador had the best day with 13 points each. Everyone was up and down. No one stood out with consistently a strong performance.

Bribon has a protest against Synergy in race number two which may improve their 8th place in that race.

So the scores as of 2030 local time are:

1. Matador 35
2. Bribon 37
3. Quantum 44
4. El Desafio 44
5. Platoon 48
6. Mutua Madrilena 50

What a difference a day makes in this fleet!

Tomorrow, three races are scheduled. No start can occur after 1600. Forecast is a bit less wind that today.

For complete results go to

For the ‘butthead community, the communications from the boats during this
Volvo Ocean Race will be unprecedented. We will be virtually onboard, but
eating better and a lot less salty. To better getting the feeling of what it
takes to sail a VO70, Justin Chisholm hopped onboard with skipper Ian Walker
and the Green Dragon team for a training sail from Dublin to Cork. Here is
an excerpt of his report:

“With several hours of sailing on starboard ahead of us the crew set about
‘stacking’ the boat. This procedure involves using the weight of any the
moveable items aboard to counteract the heeling effect of the wind and make
the boat go faster. Literally everything, sails, boxes, bags and sleeping
crew are shifted to the windward side. By far the heaviest items to move are
the sails, which need to be moved across the deck at shoulder height whilst
trying not to damage the winch pedestals. The weight of each of these sails
is inconceivable. To get some idea imagine a bag, roughly the same
dimensions as a family sofa, filled with wet sand. Now imagine you have to
man handle it over your dining room table from one side to the other without
dropping it on the best china dinner service.”

“When Green Dragon tacks or gybes it takes five crew working at full
capacity, to get the sails un-stacked, manhandled across the boat and
restacked on the new high side. Meanwhile the rest of the crew are below
moving the entire contents from one side of the boat to the other. Once
everything is transferred the final manoeuvre is to swing the canting keel
onto the new side. Happily this is achieved effortlessly, care of the
dedicated generator and a set of huge hydraulic rams.

“The process of tacking or gybing takes the Green Dragon crew around fifteen
minutes. ‘We are getting faster at this the more we do it’ Walker assures
me. ‘It’s a pain in the backside to have to do this every time you want to
change direction. Gybing is the most difficult. First of all you have to
slow down for ten minutes whilst you prepare to gybe. Then you have to gybe.
Next you have to sail slowly whilst you restack everything. It’s a
nightmare. I reckon on a windy leg, when the boat could be doing twenty five
knots, it costs us about seven miles to put a gybe in’.” — Offshore Rules,
complete story:

The first ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to launch at the end of 2008,
bringing a new annual series of sailing to the international sailing
calendar. The World Cup will be open to the sailing events chosen for the
2012 Olympic (and Paralympic) Sailing Competitions. ISAF President, Göran
Petersson said, “The ISAF Sailing World Cup will bring a new focus to
Olympic sailing, demonstrating the excitement, skill and passion of the
sport. It will give Olympic sailors a clear annual competition structure,
the media a definitive series to feature and sponsors exposure across a host
of top quality events that will be at the forefront of the sailing
calendar.” The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 will consist of the
following events:

16-21 Dec 2008 – Sail Melbourne Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 – Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
04-10 April 2009 – Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 – Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 – Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
21-29 June 2009 – Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 – Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain

Notice of Race:

Bostik heading towards La Trinité-sur-Mer

Yann Clavier, Bostik’s boat captain and Jean-Baptiste Daramy, manager of the series production of the Veolia Oceans® one-design for the SolOceans at SailingOne (Eurosport Group) have set back into the water the high-tech 16 metres monohull in the harbour of Caen (Normandy – France) on this Thursday 28 August. This is taking place after two weeks of work done at and with the help of V1D2 boatyard managed by Marc Lefevbre. “Bostik is now up to standard with the one-design series” explained Jean-Baptiste Daramy, “she has the definitive boom and the whole living area has been transformed. We have also proceeded to the improvements decided in collaboration with Charles Caudrelier after his arrival from the New York City – Cherbourg Transatlantic”.

From now on, the Veolia Oceans® one-design Bostik will start his last promotion and test campaign. On Saturday morning, Yann Clavier will set sail towards La Trinité-sur-Mer (Brittany – France) where she will be presented for the first time to the French sailors. He will then be sailing for a week in the Bay of Quiberon, including a day with onboard Michel Desjoyeaux, the technical consultant of this oceanic one-design series. Bostik will then sail towards La Rochelle to take part to the Grand Pavois. After that, Yann Clavier and Charles Caudrelier will join La Rochelle to Cannes, Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Tropez and Monaco. Then a delivery journey to the south will allow Bostik to take the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race (Malta). It will be the first official confrontation of the Veolia Oceans® one-design with other racing yachts, in its own specially created one-design class. To conclude this sailing campaign, Bostik will be delivered back to Normandy in October on time to be at the annual rendez-vous of The International Paris Boat Show.

High resolution pictures free of rights for press use are available on Jean-Marie Liot’s website : –  “votre mail”: (all in one) – Keyword: press (all in one).

To follow Bostik’s progression and for all the latest news on the SolOceans, visit our website:

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Clémentine Chaignaud


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Cayard Sailing eUpdate
Audi MedCup ~ Cartagena
TP 52-Med Cup Update, Cartagena

Paul Cayard

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Not a great day for us on El Desafio today. It started out with someone forgetting one of the important sails for the coastal race, ashore… the A3 gennaker. That made things tricky for us on the reaches.

The wind conditions were similar to yesterday but with a little less strength. So 16-19 from 045-090. There are two different winds in the area… 090 wind and 035. There is a big headland that we are racing downwind of, that the wind splits on causing these two different winds. On each windward leg the tactician has to figure out which wind will be at the windward mark and therefore which side of the course to sail to.

The “Coastal Race” became more of a traditional race course with two reaches thrown in. So we went upwind 2 miles, downwind 4 miles passing through the start line, upwind 4 miles, then a 4 mile – 120 degree reach, gybe around the reach mark and another 4 mile 120 degree reach to the leeward mark. Then a 4 mile windward leg followed by a 4 mile downwind leg and then a 5 mile beat to the finish inside the harbor. Are you lost yet? Dizzy?

We had a good start and played the left for the first three minutes. We got a decent shift and tacked onto port and sailed up to the first windward mark. We rounded just in front of Quantum in 6th. From there we did some things well and some things not so well but eventually found our selves on the 120 degree reach with our code 0 up. Every one else had their A3’s on. The good news is that it was too tight for the A3’s so they had to take them down and go to jibs, which some did well, and others did not. We managed to move into 5th at the reach mark. Platoon and Bribon were right on our tail. They both set their A3’s for the second reach, which was broader than the first and smoked away. We sailed high with the “0” and then set our A4 runner and got to the scoring gate at the leeward mark in 7th. Around the last lap we managed to pass Quantum and Artemis to finish 5th.

Bribon had a big lead at the first leeward mark but could not drop their spinnaker and went well beyond the leeward mark before turning up wind. This gave the lead to Matador and Mutua Madrilena. Those two boats plus Platoon were in the lead group from the first scoring gate to the finish. Bribon, ourselves and Quantum were in the second group and then there was another space back to the third group.

There really was a lot more to the 3.5 hours race but I will spare you the details.

So Mutua Madrilena has a nice lead with 19 points, followed by Matador with 22, Bribon with 24, Quantum with 28 and ourselves in 5th with 29 points. 10 points can disappear in a heat beat out here so it is still wide open with four races to go.

Tomorrow there will be at least two races. The forecast has the wind continuing to drop a bit but still more or less the same direction… North East.

For complete results go to

Latest News from Pub Charity


Here is a bigger one!

At 40m / 131’ Maxi Banque Populaire V will be the largest trimaran in the VPLP fleet; Equipped with three rudders, curved foils and a transversally canting, rotating wing mast. Designed for Pascal Bidégorry and built at CDK Technologies and JMV Industrie, the trimaran will begin construction in January 2007 with a launch date set for mid 2008.
The philosophy behind the project: security, speed, versatility and evolution.
VPLP were perfectly positioned to respond to the Team’s demands which were to ‘”design a versatile crewed multihull which could perform in a mixed program, be reliable, secure and have the potential for upgrades” .
The project is founded on four principal ideas:
– excellent ergonomics in a single zone for manoeuvres,
– reducing drag through aero and hydrodynamic research,
– an adapted sail plan
– and a design that can be easily upgraded.

Launch set for Summer 2008

Vital Statistics
– Name Maxi Banque Populaire V
– LOA 40m / 131’
– Beam 23m / 75.5’
– Displacement 23 tonnes
– Height above water 45m / 148’
– Draft 5.80m / 19’

more here

and here

Audi MedCup ~ Cartagena
TP 52-Med Cup Update, Cartagena
Paul Cayard
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today was the first day of racing here in Cartagena, the 5th Audi MedCup event of 2008.? Perfectly blue sky with 15-20 knots of wind and a nice seaway welcomed the fleet to this historic maritime city.? The city was founded in 227 BC by the Carthaginian General Hasdrubal. Since then the Romans, Byzantines and the Muslims, and finally the Christians, have all ruled the strategically located city. Anyway, it is older than California,?so I am trying to read a bit about the city and go for walks around all the ruins to learn something before leaving on Saturday.

Back to the racing.? Two races were held today.? The race committee attempted a third race but they could not get their anchor to hold in the 90 meter water with the then rough sea.? Onboard Desafio, we had two very good starts today.? Unfortunately, right at the start of the first race the traveller broke and that hurt us a lot at a very critical time.? We battled around the course and finished 9th.? In the second race, we sailed fast and were always amongst the lead group to finish 4th.? We are currently in 7thplace, tied with Platoon for 6th.? The points are all very close as is always the case after the first day.

In the first race Bribon went the correct way on the first run and second windward leg to go from 8th to first.? In the second race, Quantum got to the first mark first followed by Platoon, Bribon, Desafio Espa?ol and Mutua Madrilena.? We all held our positions around the four legged course.

Three races are scheduled for tomorrow and the forecast has a bit more breeze than today.? The waves will no doubt get a bit bigger overnight.

1. Bribon 4
2. Quantum 6
3. Matador? 8
4. Mutua Madrilena 11
5. Artemus 12
6. Platoon 13
7. El Desafio 13
8. Caixa 14
9. Audi Q8 15
10.Synergy 20

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Zeydon Z60 was awarded “red dot” quality seal for high design quality
Belgian boatbuilder Zeydon succeeds in red dot and receives the product design award for its Zeydon Z60 sailing yachts.

Arendonk, Belgium – March 20, 2008 – With its outstanding and innovative design, the Zeydon Z60 succeeded in one of the most renowned and hardest international design competitions worldwide. In the category “product design” the Z60 was awarded the “red dot” quality seal for high design quality by the top-class expert jury. This award is only conferred to particularly creative, innovative, and high-quality products. In total 3.203 products from 51 nations faced the expert judgement this year.
The Zeydon Z60 is a sailing yacht of the 60-foot class, combining the sailing performance potential of an offshore yacht with an uncompromising range of equipment features and the elegance of a modern luxury cruiser. Its functional design allows effortless handling combined with a generously designed deck area and a range of equipment features, which up to now were usually only found on much larger yachts. The remarkable concept is also distinctively accentuated by the exterior design of the Zeydon Z60. The styling of the hull and the superstructures breathes dynamics. The high-quality materials and styling, focusing on precision and optimum functionality right down to the smallest detail, reflect inimitable design quality standards, this being in line with Zeydon’s aspiration to achieve a high standard of workmanship coupled with the utilization of innovative manufacturing methods. Thanks to this resolutely implemented development strategy, the yacht, which is presented as a luxury sports cruiser, is able to fulfil the manifold demands in a most convincing way.
“Successful products are in so far different from less successful products that they can survive in the real world,” explains design expert Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator of the red dot design award. “Successful participation in a design competition can already be an initial sign of a product’s later commercial success, because these competitions allow an objectification of otherwise often very subjective design decisions.” Receiving an award in an internationally renowned design competition such as the red dot design award is therefore an important indicator whether the Zeydon Z60 has the potential to succeed internationally.
Products submitted to the red dot design award are assessed by an international jury consisting of renowned design experts. They examine and test the products and assess them according to criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, longevity, ecological compatibility and clarity of function.


Zeydon is a Belgium based boatbuilder building semi-custom luxury sailing yachts with a unique design ranging 60ft and up. For more information visit

The maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 has been sailing in southern latitudes since last night. After a fifth and rather unproductive day at sea, Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew crossed the equator shortly before midnight (UTC). This passage into the southern hemisphere, combined with the establishing of the SE’ly tradewinds marks a new start in the record attempt between Hong Kong and London. On Wednesday morning, the Sunda Strait was just 200 miles ahead of Gitana 13.

Lemonchois and his men have had to extract themselves from a zone of light winds, which were barring their route. Dominic Vittet confided from the chart table: “Last night we finally hit the SE’ly tradewinds, after a day which I can best describe as laborious. We opted to cross the Doldrums, which stretched between Borneo and Singapore, on the Indonesian side. We stayed with the breeze the whole time but some big clouds, which are fairly characteristic of this zone, blocked the establishing of the tradewinds and hence the hour of our deliverance… We just had to be patient!”

However, this patience has been rewarded since Gitana 13 is now making good headway at over 20 knots on its way to the Java Sea. In order to get there they will go through the Gaspar Strait; a narrow passage which separates the Indonesian islands of Bangka and Belintung.

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Quantum leaps into lead

Ray Roberts’ Cookson 50 Quantum Racing now leads the IRC Grand Prix division 1 pointscore following an outright win in today’s 59 nautical mile Club Marine Classic Hayman Island Race.

Despite having to cop a 720 degree penalty turn off Dent Island for clipping Pussy Galore’s backstay with their kite, tactician Steve McConaghy and the rest of this winning outfit were able to make up for lost time to beat Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll and Anataole Masfen’s Pussy Galore from Auckland to the post.

Roberts and his crew are again showing ominous form following their double line and handicap honours victory in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race earlier this month, and a handicap win in the lead in Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week last week.

Rod Jones’ Archambault 40 Alegria is leading the IRC Grand Prix division
2 series pointscore by just one point from Ray Harris’ Beneteau First 45 Honeysuckle after four races. Jones placed second today to Honeysuckle, the two enjoying nail biting tussle as the competition approaches the mid way point.

In a day of high dramas and high winds three sailors were injured and some of the best racing ever was experienced at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week today.

While none of the cruising division sailors were seriously injured, all three were treated in the Hamilton Island Medical Centre before being transferred to a mainland hospital for further observation.

It’s even scores in the line honours stakes after four races at the 25th anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats X shaking off its near sistership on the longest race of the week, the 59 nautical mile Club Marine Classic Hayman Island Race.

“The good start helped, and we pulled our socks up today,” said Richards dockside this afternoon once he’d shaken hands with Mark Bradford, skipper of Black Jack which finished just under four minutes astern.

“Upwind we thought they had the legs on us but we held our own comfortably. We made a gain on the reach also,” added Richards.

The fleet set a blistering pace today in the moderate to fresh sou’
easterly breeze, Wild Oats X recording a top speed of 20 knots and averaging just over 11 knots around the track.

This morning’s spinnaker start in Dent Passage was a spectacular site as six divisions set off in five minute intervals starting at 8.15am.

In the IRC Grand Prix division 1 and 2 start, Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest, with Jamie Macphail on the helm, launched off the start line before executing a text book kite hoist to lead the charge out of Dent Passage towards Hayman Island.

Chris Dare’s Corby 49 Audi Centre Melbourne, with veteran Roger Hickman and one of Australia’s best known navigators, Adrienne Cahalan aboard, also showed blistering pace at the start, creating a stern wave for Living Doll to ride.

The Performance Passage fleet was sent on the 41 nautical mile Double Cones Island Race with Tim Casey’s Nelson Marek 46 St Hilliers Quest from Sydney getting the gun this afternoon in only its third race.

Casey took ownership of the boat just 10 weeks ago and after a complete rebuild of what was originally Bob Steel’s Quest, he reckons today’s result “is not bad for a bunch of punters.”

Sighting at least six humpback whales over the course of today, Casey was happy to report they had an incident free race. “It was a very enjoyable day…today’s race was in the true spirit of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.”

Tomorrow is a well earned lay day for all divisions, an opportunity for crews to take a break from the racing schedule and enjoy some land based activities including the Audi Drive Challenge and UBS Moet & Chandon Lunch.

There are many boats still racing with the tail enders due around 7pm tonight.

North Island Laser Champs on 6th and 7th December. Notice of Race will be published shortly.


High dramas and high winds at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

In a day of high dramas and high winds three sailors were injured and some of the best racing ever was experienced at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week today.

While none of the cruising division sailors were seriously injured, all three were treated in the Hamilton Island Medical Centre before being transferred to a mainland hospital for further observation.

Back on the race track its even scores after four races at the 25th anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats X shaking off its near sistership on the longest race of the week, the 59 nautical mile Club Marine Classic Hayman Island Race.

“The good start helped, and we pulled our socks up today,” said Richards dockside this afternoon once he’d shaken hands with Mark Bradford, skipper of Black Jack which finished just under four minutes astern.

“Upwind we thought they had the legs on us but we held our own comfortably. We made a gain on the reach also,” added Richards.

The fleet set a blistering pace today in the moderate to fresh sou’easter, Wild Oats X recording a top speed of 20 knots.

The bigger boats may also have a chance today on corrected time with the smaller boats finishing against the tide.

H28 August Update


Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2008 news and footage at your fingertips

Get the latest Audi Hamilton Island Race Week news and racing footage from – your one stop shop for Race Week TV, Race Week Radio, daily news updates plus news vision from each days racing.

Race Week TV is screening all the excitement from on and off the water and Race Week Radio 88.0FM features updates on sailing results, social activities plus daily media conferences will also be broadcasted live (from approximately 4pm).

Both are airing daily for the week-long event.

Those not at the event can still watch Race Week TV and tune into Race Week Radio by visiting and clicking on the ‘TV’ or ‘radio’ link on the site’s homepage.

Channel Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise will be broadcasting live from the event on Wednesday 27 August and Thursday 28 August.

Sport anchor Mark Beretta will be broadcasting from locations both on and off the water and will mingle with skippers and crews prior to the day’s race.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2008 began on Saturday 22 August and will run through until Saturday 30 August. This year the event has attracted a record fleet of 225 yachts for its silver anniversary.


Condor’s wings clipped mid flight

The spinnaker start of this morning’s round the islands race began in Dent Passage in a building south easterly breeze, providing plenty of action on day two at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Officials aboard a race committee boat at the pin end of the start line came close to having their day ruined when money man Paul Clitheroe’s Sydney 47 Balance almost took them out in the argy bargy at the start of the first division off the line, IRC Premier Passage at 10am.

With the gusts piping up Dent Passage, some found themselves in hot water. None more so than David Molloy’s IOR maxi Condor, which ran aground on the reef off Plum Pudding Island. After suffering indignantly for around 25 minutes as the remaining divisions sailed past them, the recently refurbed Condor, a former Sydney Hobart line honours winner in its heyday in the 1980’s, eventually sailed free of the reef and continued on before finally calling it quits and heading back to the marina.

Graham Jones’ Bluewater, the first Beneteau First 45 in Australia, is looming as a serious contender for the IRC Premier Passage silverware with his second consecutive win in today’s race on the back of a third at the lead in Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Regatta.

Peter Sorensen inched a step closer to winning the prestigious four part Audi IRC Championship and the Q7 with The Philospher’s Club picking up its second win on the trot in the IRC Passage division.

In the PHS Grand Prix division there were no flies on Guy Holbert and Mick Hinchey’s Fly Blown today. They beat Garry Holder’s The Real Thing and Geoff Lavis’ downwind rocket ship UBS Wild Thing from Sydney.

In the PHS Passage division Jim Thomas’ Dances with Waves and Reaburn Reynolds’ Marisa took Division 1 and 2 honours respectively.

Robbie Vaughan’s Muir 66 Van Dieman, with its crew of ageing rock stars including Charles Blundell, also known as Chaz from Tas, News Limited columnist Piers Ackerman and Michael “Zapper” Bell on board, climbed from yesterday’s third to a first today in the Cruising with Spinnaker division.

Tomorrow is the 59 nautical mile Club Marine Classic Hayman Island Race, the longest race of the series for the IRC Grand Prix, IRC Premier Passage, IRC Passage and Performance Grand Prix divisions. The first division will set off from the Dent Passage start line


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New boat unveiled in Anacortes.
BMW ORACLE Racing said today it was very pleased to confirm that after nine months of intense activity its team in Anacortes is in the final stages of preparing its new 90-foot multihull yacht for sailing.
The carbon fiber trimaran emerged from under wraps at its purpose-built construction shed here for the first time today. The trimaran is the third yacht constructed for the team in this waterfront community 100 miles north of Seattle, and is an outstanding achievement by its designers and builders, the team’s CEO and skipper, Russell Coutts said.

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Match race opener at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week silver jubilee

In an 18-20 knot sou’easter the fleet contesting the silver anniversary of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week lined up in Catseye Bay, setting off from the start line in waves as each division followed the one in front at five minute intervals.

Peter Harburg’s Reichel/Pugh 66, a development of the Mark Richards’
skippered Wild Oats X put a stake in the ground today. Following a general recall for the eager IRC Grand Prix Division 1 fleet, Black Jack led the fancied Sydney based boat from the 10.35am start up the first windward work to Lindeman Island and stayed in touch right until the dying stages when Wild Oats slipped ahead to finish by three boat lengths and 29 seconds, crossing the line at 12:38:49.

“We were bow on bow coming into Dent Passage,” said Richards, who also congratulated the crew of Black Jack on a well sailed race.

Harburg and his crew are still settling into the boat they only took charge of last month but skipper Mark Bradford’s observations from today’s 23.5 nautical mile UBS Lindeman Island Race are that their boat speeds are identical.

With a poor start, problems canting the keel in the early stages and a few other issues with the new rig set up, Wild Oats X was underpowered today and can only improve from here. Likewise, each day spent racing on the tropical waters of the Whitsundays will bring more  and confidence to the Black Jack crew.

The two R/P 66’s stole the thunder of Andrew Short’s 80 footer Shockwave – Club Marine which was heading for its first line honours victory having just arrived back in Australia this week under new ownership.
‘Shorty’, as he’s best known, and his crew of sea dogs in their prime, including Lindsay May, Geoff Cropley and Bob Fraser, went wide up the windward beat and came in at speed on the layline to Kennedy Sound, the channel between Lindeman and Shaw islands.

On the downhill slide to the finish ‘Shorty’, who is also sailing with his wife Kylie and seven year old daughter Maddy, couldn’t hold out the
66 foot flyers.

“On the run back we needed some more rhythm,” admitted Short who has only raced a total of 630 nautical miles in his new boat, in the Newport – Bermuda Race, and hadn’t tested the boat with a racing crew aboard in more than 15 knots of breeze. Still, they managed a top boat speed of 19 knots in the building trade wind but had “a bit on”.

In the forecast lighter breezes at the end of the week, Short thinks they “might have chance” to snaffle a couple of line honours wins from the smaller grand prix boats.

Today marked the start of the Trans Tasman stoush for the inaugural South Pacific Cup. Three IRC rated yachts from Australia are being pitted against three of New Zealand’s best. The team that scores the highest accumulated points over the nine races making up the IRC Grand Prix competition at Race Week will be the first to have its name inscribed on the spectacular trophy.

The Hamilton Island Yacht Club team, representing Australia, comprises the current Audi Hamilton Island Race Week defending champion, Yendys (Geoff Ross), who finished second today to Bob Steel’s Quest in IRC Grand Prix Division 1. Team mate Living Doll, skippered by Michael Hiatt, got off on the wrong foot, scored OCS (On Course Side). Results for the third team member, Rod Jones’ Alegria, are yet to be finalised.

Carrying the kiwi flag are three equally strong yachts: Rob Bassett’s 52ft canting-keeler, Wired, the very competitive Cookson 50, Pussy Galore, owned by champion offshore yachtsman Anotole Mafsen, and the thoroughbred Marten 49 cruiser-racer, Carrera, owned by John Meadowcroft.

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Olympic Gold for Tom Ashley

Today in Qingdao, China, Tom Ashley has won a gold medal – the first Olympic sailing gold for New Zealand since 1992 when Barbara Kendall won windsurfing gold 16 years ago in Barcelona.

Ashley secured the medal this afternoon after a grueling medal race where he fought it out with three rival windsurfers for a podium spot and an Olympic medal. With Julien Bontemps of France, Nick Dempsey of Great Britain and Tom Ashley all within one point of each other at the top of the standings, and Shahar Zubari of Israel a little further back but still in with a shot, today’s medal race was a grand finale of epic proportions.

This has been Ashley’s second Olympic Games appearance after he competed in the Mistral class in Athens 2004 at just 20 years of age. Back then he finished 10th, but the now 24 year old from Auckland’s North Shore has topped that today with the gold medal.

Ashley’s ability to produce consistent results when racing at either end of the wind range has been his strength at this event where the light air and heavy air specialists fell in the standings when conditions didn’t suit them. The fleet started competition ten days ago and have raced in the extreme light winds typical of Qingdao, as well as the blustery and choppy 15-20 knot conditions experienced last Sunday.

It was on Saturday that the kiwi moved up into the lead spot in the Men’s RS:X class in which 35 windsurfers, all representing a different nation, compete. Since then Ashley has held the lead, until after yesterday’s race ten when the points at the top of the board closed up and he found himself in a tussle with three other medal contenders going into today’s race.

[ Olympic Results ]

On the 15th of August Phil and Garth flew out for New York. As our first regatta starts on the 20th we decided to go visit some friends, the Vogel family (whos son Garth coached when the America’s Cup was in NZ). They live in James Town, Rhode Island, New York.

After 25 hours of travelling in plane, taxi, and train we arrived finally to be kindly picked up by Dory Vogel at 6:30 am there time. As her husband Scott works for Southern Spars and travels to NZ often she informed us that the best way to avoid jet lag was to battle through the day without sleeping. So our challenge began!

Scott took us and Dylan (his son) to a cool little diner for breakfast, which is apparently the same one one he used to go to with his Liberty crew everyday before racing in the 1983 America’s Cup.

Scott then took us on a Tiki tour of Newport that included a visit to the local boat yard, which not only had Speedboat moored there but was the home to the Volvo Puma Team! We had an aweswome time there having lunch with the Puma Skipper Ken Read who gave us a few tips on the Catalina’s 37 (boats used for the Ficker cup) and what not to do at the after party if you win the Con Cup…
Rob Salthouse (fellow kiwi) then gave a us an indepth tour of Puma Racing which was really interesting. He also informed us that a local pub would be showing the All Blacks so we then headed there for lunch and a few beers.

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Sailors boo officials
18/08/2008 7:16:02
There are some angry sailors in Qingdao, upset by the incompetence of officials at the Olympic regatta.
Race officials were booed and hissed at by Laser sailors in the boat park, showing their displeasure at not sailing in the 15 to 20 knot wind. The reason being, the committee boat could not hold its anchor, which now means the schedule for the Laser class will be shortened.
Meanwhile the New Zealand sailors are well positioned midway through the Olympic regatta.
In the Laser Radial, Jo Aleh is third after six races while in the men’s RSX windsurfing, Tom Ashley leads after seven races with Barbara Kendall fifth in the women’s regatta. Andrew Murdoch is 12th overall in the Lasers while Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams are sixth overall in the Star Class.
Great Britain has won gold in the Yngling and Finn classes.

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Mount Gay Rum Race 15/8
We had an excellent turnout for this race considering the metservice was predicting 35 to 45 knots and heavy rain. Both X Factor and Helvetica couldn’t make it at the last minute so I was lucky enough to get a ride on Exodus. When we sailed out it wasn’t over 20 knots but it kept building and building. All the Multihulls put reefs in before the start except Akarana Express, which was absolutely flying downwind till about halfway to the first mark when they also reefed their main and put the worlds smallest storm jib up! Taeping and Hard Drive even reefed were doing some spectacular handstands, and both pulled out on the way past Westhaven, maybe had something to do with a massive black cloud coming from the west. We sailed very conservatively on Exodus and finished just as the huge cloud came over us almost blowing us onto the rock wall!
It was good to see 4 boats start, I did some texting, calling and emailing to try and remind people, it is a bit hard to keep track of which Rum Races we have a Multi Division in so the dates for the rest of the Rum Races are;
Division M Racing Schedule The Multihull divisions will race on the promotional Mount Gay Rum Nights, 3 October, 28 November, 19 December 2008. 23 January 2009, 13 February, 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 14 August & 11 September.
MOUNT GAY Rum Races are open to members of any yacht club.
Division M starts last, 10 mins after the A division.
Mount Gay Rum Races start at 1600 in Winter & 1630 in Summer off Westhaven Tower.

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Wellington 930 update

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Sunday 1300hrs PCC
The last Winter Series Race

SERIES POINTS  (includes one drop)

Suburban Reptile                24
Fast Company                    28 Tony, check for buckets!!
Local Hero                         32
Rockweld                           38
Scarlet Fever                      41
Start Me Up                        41
Drop Dead Fred                 51
Hotdogger                         53
Elbow Room                      57
Arch Rival                          63

Fast Company                    17
Local Hero                          29
Suburban Reptile (don’t muck around LH ) 30
Rockweld                           37
Drop Dead Fred                 43
Start Me Up                        48
Hotdogger                         50
Scarlet Fever                      51
Elbow Room                      57
Arch Rival                          66

See you on the wet stuff


Dear Speedboat Supporter

Thanks for checking in on us.

We have decided to come off standby in August and save our energy for a higher probability  weather window in September and October. It has been a tough call as it means that we won’t be competing in the Rolex Maxi Worlds, but such a big part of this boats concept was about it being the perfect platform to break records, and so it was decided a shame to give up on the optimum months of the year for an attempt for a regatta in the Med around the buoys.

We will confirm the rest of the boats schedule once we have been across the Atlantic.

The world of the Speedboat is in exciting times, we have a new mainsail on the floor at North Sails New Zealand as a back up and many of you may have even heard that we are considering structural changes??? Well its true, we are seriously thinking of changing the Lucky piece of wood that Stan and I use for our superstition so that it holds five pencils and not four!!! Apart from that I can promise you that the boat is in perfect condition and raring to go. We will use the time over the next few weeks though just to check and double check that she is as ready as possible to charge across the Atlantic.

Thanks again for checking in

Kind regards
Mike Sanderson


12 August 2008

Spectacular cartwheel ends Wot Rocket’s first official world speed record attempt

A sudden spectacular cartwheel has ended Wot Rocket’s first round of official attempts on the 500m world speed sailing record on Botany Bay.

With the pod lifting out of the water on a number of occasions this morning and pilot Sean Langman’s confidence building, he decided to trial a different runway on flatter water just off Dolls Point.

In an 18-20 knot westerly wind Wot Rocket accelerated to an estimated 30 knots of boat speed before the crew found themselves flying blind, without instruments and with co-pilot Joe De Jock unable to ease the wing sail and Langman unable to steer.

“I tried to bear away and we fully pitch poled (end over end),” said Langman this afternoon, the adrenalin still pumping hard as he waited for a crane to help pull Wot Rocket apart for loading onto its trailer.

“We went for the run of the day. It was the best nose dive I’ve ever done…and walked away from.”

Until the project team fully investigates, the reason why Wot Rocket went belly up won’t be known. Langman’s hunch is that there was too much load on the front foil.

When asked how De Kock’s nerves were fairing, given it was only his second day sitting in the rear of the pod, Langman proudly proclaimed him “a lunatic”.

“Just before the crash Joe was telling me how much he loves sailing with me…I don’t think that’s changed,” Langman added.
The damage report is substantial and Langman estimates it will be weeks before they are back on the water. A quick once over this afternoon has revealed a broken mast step, suspected delamination of the Nomex in the wing sail and broken fairing on the transverse beam. A new set of instruments will also have to be ordered.
The Wot Rocket project team will have to lodge another notice of intention to attempt the 500 world speed sailing record with the World Sailing Speed Record Council and then nominate another seven day window within a 30 day timeframe.

Image: Wot Rocket upside after the crash that ended the first round of attempts on the world speed sailing record, credit Chris Stirling.

From Paul’s blog

New video of last sessions big Runs.

Hi folks, here is a ‘sneak peak-link to the latest video showing some of the highs and lows of our last four month development period in Namibia.

We completed 29 runs over this period, five of which reached peak speeds of 42 knots or above.

I was pretty blown away when we hit 44 knots on Run 32. The boat was in such a ‘dirty’ configuration. There was so much unnecessary stuff hanging in the air and in the water. Big important stuff… not little details.

-The big low speed rudder was still down.

-When I realised I was going fast out in rough water I didn’t pull on the main flap on the wing which is like turbocharging.

-The flap on the beam wasn’t correctly set so the leeward pod wasn’t flying. The pod itself had rotated slightly nose down.

-All the rig up/downhaul rigging was still in place effectively doubling the rigging windage.

-The wing strut doesn’t have the fairing on.

-Cameras and wind instrument poles not necessary for record runs all in place.

– Out in rough water… so much so that I broke the seat!

If we can get VESTAS SAILROCKET sheeted in tight and sailing clean above and below the surface in flat water along the shore… We WILL go a lot faster i.e. raising the big rudder is good for over 4 knots alone!

Of course we will no doubt run into new obstacles as we go quicker but you will have to agree that the potential is there.

We are doing everything to try and get the boat into the clean configurations and in the fast environment. Sounds simple when it’s put like that eh? Well this video shows some of the issues and general progress so far…


Cheers, Paul

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One Response to “Latest Yachting News Off The Wire August”

  1. Mothership says:

    Where’s the next Pons Sunday update from Knot Me??

    knot me is busy with his anchors, he will be back shortly

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