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Yachting News November Part 3

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What size anchor should I have?

Anchors Always a great question to ask and watch the discussion fire up when you do. Anchor systems work in such a variable environment nobody can give you a direct size guide as such.

NOTE: The following is meant as a guide only and is a bit generic. If you are not sure ask us or someone else with more experience than yourself. Actually ask a few then average the difference as everyone has a different view than the next person.
A Rough Guide –

1lb a foot or 1.5kg per metre is a starting point and not too bad a one but only a guide. From there you adjust for the varying factors.

Increase the size if –

* You have a heavier boat than the average
* If you have lots of windage i.e. a big solid fly bridge, a ketch and etc
* You are a big wide boat
* You have a big blunt bow on your boat
* You are a nervous sleeper or are ‘out to lunch’ when you are asleep
* You have a lightweight rode behind the anchor
* You are planning extended coastal or offshore trips
* You boat is an area the weather changes fast
* You are planning on using older anchor designs

While it is not recommended to go much smaller, some smaller boats can drop a small amount if –

* You only day fish and don’t overnight on your boat
* You never leave your boat on anchor
* Know what seabed type you will be over all the time i.e. get a specialised type anchor
* You never boat when there is wind over 10knts and waves
* You have a skinny lightweight style of boat
* You use a real big rode behind it.

NOTE: The above is a bit generic as there are many differing types and styles of anchors available these days just like the boats and users hanging off them. Each is better in some bottom types than others. Some anchors will hold a lot ore than others as well so that maybe a factor in the calculation.

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Geneva, 24 November 2008 – Göran Petersson (SWE) confirmed today that he will join the World Yacht Racing Forum on December 10-11 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Petersson has been re-elected last week to serve a second term as President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). He will take part in the first discussion panel of the World Yacht Racing Forum, and share his views on the growth of yacht racing with Paul Cayard, Tim Coventry and Paul Strzelecki.

“The biggest challenge facing our sport is participation. Sailing is not only in competition with all other sports, but also with many other activities. We have to make sailing attractive, accessible, affordable and exciting. ISAF is committed to co-operation with all stakeholders of the sport to ensure we deliver our shared objectives. The World Yacht Racing Forum offers an excellent arena to share and learn from the views of some of the leading players in the sailing industry.”

Göran Petersson has been ISAF’s President since November 2004; he ran unopposed and was re-elected as ISAF President for a second term which will run up until November 2012. “The world has changed much over those four years and so has the sport of sailing. We have achieved a lot but we still have a lot more to achieve”, he said after his re-election.

The World Yacht Racing Forum will be a perfect opportunity to debate the current state of sailing, and allow sponsors, pro sailors, boat builders and events organisers to express their needs and desires. The event will take place on December 10-11, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Hosted by Informa plc events, one of the world’s biggest conference organisers, the 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.

Like many of the other competitors ahead of him in the Vendée Globe, Dominique Wavre (Temenos) passed close to the St. Peter’s and St. Paul Rocks, the remains of a volcanic outcrop in the middle of the Atlantic, which he described to his shore team today. “Little islands which have appeared in the middle of nowhere. It’s hard to imagine anything more remote than that. They are very small and covered with birds. It’s somewhat illogical to imagine such wild life in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I wasn’t able to see them, as I was too far off for that.”
Then, at 1225 GMT, the skipper confirmed his entry into the southern hemisphere and like those he is chasing after, he is thinking of what lies quite some distance ahead, “The future’s not straightforward. I still don’t have a very clear view of what the weather has in store for us next week, but I’m working on it at the chart table.”

November 21st, 2008
Fri 21 Nov ’08 – Hottest Day So Far

Today has been the hottest day so far, unpleasantly hot and the rays are quite ferocious so we are being careful about sunburn. In fact we rigged a sail bag above the helm as an awning for protection. The winds have been good although this morning they were up and down a bit so we were popping reefs in and out. At one point the sea became really confused and sure enough on looking at the chart we were over another seamount.

Excitement has been building all day over the Equator and I recon we will cross it at about 23.30hrs GMT so our big Talisker toast will be tomorrow evening at 1800hrs GMT, so make sure you think about what you are going to do to make yourself and someone else smile. I have a tradition of putting the youngest crew member on the helm for the crossing so we will be under Eliot’s capable hand as we sail from one hemisphere to another. The champers has been looked out and we can’t wait as it is such a big and hard earned milestone for us all. There won’t be any dirty baths or head shaving as I have never really liked that sort of thing. I would much rather laugh with someone than at them.

I don’t know why, but we seem to be a magnet for stray birds for we have had another one join us today. Much bigger than the last one and it has the most beautiful eye’s. Looks a bit like an egret so it really struggles on the deck with its long legs. Another oddity out here in the middle of the ocean is a couple of rocks, the very tips of a great seamount that stick up just above the surface. I am glad to report that although they were right in our path we were lifted above them and they are now behind us. If you are interested they are called ‘Penedos de Sao Pedro e Sao Paulo’ or when translated Peter, Paul and I’m not quite sure what they have done with Mary!

Cheers Pete

Racing along in the squalls
Since shifting across to the west in three gybes over the first two days, Thomas is now plunging southwards at over 25 knots. “It’s a pure glide in an atmosphere where the ambient temperature regularly increases beneath the very low, grey clouds. There have been a lot of squalls since last night with gusts of over 35 knots”. Sodeb’O is currently sailing under large gennaker and full mainsail; the maximum sail area she can carry, namely 620 m2.
“We’re going fast and the conditions are very demanding. The slightest error would be fatal and my vigilance must be flawless. I haven’t had any scares and I’m remaining totally in phase with both the boat and the weather” explains Thomas, who has managed to get six hours of shut-eye over the past three days. “It’s the sleep I’ve missed the most since the start and I’m only just beginning to take care of myself now” admitted the skipper, not forgetting that his challenge is not just a technical one. Indeed he must also be able to handle this pace for nearly two months.

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Kite drama

We have encountered a lot of confusion about the ratification of the 50.26 knots run by Sebastien Cattelan earlier this year in Luderitz, Namibia, and the upcoming claim for 50.57 knots by Alexandre Caizergues.

WSSRC newsletter number 165 states: “Note that at the November Conference 2008, ISAF clarified that a kite-powered craft cannot be recognised as the holder of The World Sailing Speed Record.”

At this stage we only want to clarify that the WSSRC has been always supportive to Kiteboarding and has made clear that they see kiteboards fully eligible to claim the outright speed sailing record. We are working on this topic now with full energy to resolve the matter.

The International Kiteboarding Association is officially sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as world wide governing body for kiteboarding.

For more information about the International Kiteboarding Association, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

The International Kiteboarding Association
Rohrbecker Weg 43
14612 Falkensee

Fon: +49 1713819139



© Sally COLLISON / PUMA Ocean Racing

WYRF: How does Puma use its involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race (from a commercial standpoint)?

The Volvo Ocean Race is the cornerstone for our launch into the sailing category. With our boat ‘il mostro’, our crew led by Skipper Ken Read and the Volvo Ocean Race itself we have the ability to give our range credibility and maximise exposure for the PUMA brand within the sailing community and beyond. On top of that, what tougher test could a sports company like PUMA have to test its new apparel and footwear than competing in the race that is dubbed ‘life at the extreme’!

* WYRF: Have you had a good return so far?

Still very early to draw any conclusions but we are pleased where we are today and our challenge now is to continue to meet and exceed our tough expectations. Our performance on the water has been strong whilst off the water our marketing activities are beginning to pay dividends in press coverage, customer confidence and consumer engagement.

* WYRF: Generally speaking, does sailing provide good value for todays sponsors?

Can’t speak for all of course, but we’ve obviously decided that sailing is a great opportunity for PUMA as a sports lifestyle company. When we entered the motor sports category 10 years ago, nobody knew then this could be a big sales opportunity but it has now become one of our biggest categories. There is definitely the potential in sailing to do the same. It is a big investment that we are making but we believe it will pay off in terms of sales, image and brand equity.

* WYRF: What advice would you give to potential partners interested in sailing?

To think clever. Sailing could be seen as a niche sport but this shouldn’t be a reason to rule it out – it just means you need to find new ways to surprise and excite your target audience. We hope we’re beginning to do this but as with all things, it takes time. A company interested in the sport of sailing should always look at it as a long-term, sustainable investment.

No-one with any brains ever stayed on a yacht..

‘Clive James Bond’ hour longer than necessary. Who said that? Why it was the inimitable Clive James, who has just, in one small action, alienated most of the world’s sailors, and there are plenty of US around. That wasn’t the end of it. He went on to say…

‘Even the owners of yachts, if they have sufficient money, are careful to purchase yachts big enough to carry helicopters and submarines, accessories with no other purpose but to enable them to get off the yacht as often as possible, leaving their guests imprisoned.’

Oh Clive do you mean THOSE yachts? The ones with big engines, owned by Russian oligarchs and Silicone Valley Nerd Kings? What about all of us mere mortals whose yacht has sails and who won’t leave the yacht if the wind is a little up, let alone just because the guests are boring?

‘There is nothing to talk about on a yacht except the last meal or the next…’

Sometimes we’re just too busy to do much talking Clive –  .. .
Well, Clive, sometimes sailors are too busy tending sails, winding winches, watching the next squall coming, relishing the fresh breeze, or maybe thinking about what on earth to serve this painful guest for lunch who thinks about nothing but food, to indulge in much conversation.

And Clive, someone who wants to talk all the time on a yacht is a nothing but a nuisance.

He goes on disparagingly about the Oligarch’s and Nerdy King’s yachts for a while, quite ignoring the fact that these represent a minuscule percentage of the world’s yachts, and the rest of us sailors can’t wait for them to be declared illegal to stop global warming.

He’s also demonstrating that these fuel guzzling yachts are his only experience of the salty world. Poor Clive! Will someone please take Mr James sailing on a REAL yacht?
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by Nancy Knudsen   6:54 AM Fri 14 Nov 2008 GMT

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Saturday’s conditions made for an interesting race. Black Swan was out to keep the Ross boats honest. They certainly were up to Nauranga and across to Somes. As Peter and Karen get use to Black Swan they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. The two Ross 930’s had great rides down to No1 leading light. Both had top speeds of 15.4 knots. Airship’s B crew were not up to the finish. A lack of knowledge of the sailing instructions saw them cross the finish line on the wrong side of the bouy. Oops. a little DNF had to be recorded there. I understand the RO was the first person to call Dave and inform him of the little mistake. Atleast that was better than the RO having to watch the boat he has shares in go down the mine and toss people off, plus break a lot of things.

The Wednesday Twilight 2 handed was a well supported race. Quite drafty up and number 11. Good to see Whistler III out for the race.

This Saturday is race day 2 for the summer series. The weather could be very similar to last week by the looks of the forecast. Should make for a great race.

The notice of race is out for Line 7. Time for everyone to start thinking of their campaigns for this regatta. Lets get a good fleet of div 2 boats out there.

I look forward to seeing you on the water.


Geoff Herd.

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Downturn sinks yacht broker

by Peter Gill | Friday November 21 2008 – 07:44am

It was probably only a matter of time before the tough economic conditions struck the marine industry.

Auckland yacht and launch broker International Marine Brokers has called in the liquidators.

Based at the very hub of Auckland’s boating activity, Westhaven, the company represented several popular overseas yacht brands, including Germany’s Bavaria Yachts and America’s J Boat brands.

No one from the company was available to speak to NBR. But Auckland liquidator Stephen Lawrence of PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Limited confirmed that PKF had been called in by the directors of International Marine Brokers on Wednesday morning.

Mr Lawrence said International’s sales had declined from 20 overseas built boats a year in 2007 to five this year.

“These are boats worth some hundreds of thousands of dollars each,” he said.

Asked if there were any boats in stock that could be used to help pay creditors, Mr Lawrence said there were none. The reason is that the brokerage sourced boats to customer order and took a commission, rather than importing boats to go into general stock.

Mr Lawrence said that having been called in only yesterday, it was impossible for him to state what the company may owe.

The principal director of International, according to company listings, is Roger Wilson. The company’s website says it was established in 1989.

The yacht pictured is of the Bavaria brand and is taken from International’s website.

Wednesday 19th November 2008

A new speed record for l’Hydroptère

Last Thursday and Friday, l’Hydroptère trained on the speed spot at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône.

The weather conditions seemed ideal with a north-northwest wind established at an average of
28-30 knots, with gusts of over 35 knots. Upon arrival on the spot, the crew realized that a little swell persisted, that got higher, attaining nearly a meter at daybreak on Friday.
As the wind was also weaker, the conditions were not favourable for a new performance on the second day.

The assessment of the runs on Thursday 13th November was very positive, l’Hydroptère having, once again, improved her time.

The record over 500 meters was beaten again: 46.88 knots (pending ratification of the WSSRC). l’Hydroptère is now the fastest sailing boat on the planet over 500 meters; she dethroned the Yellow Pages and her 1993 record of an average of 46.52 knots.

A more accurate analysis of the measurements further to these two training days showed that the trimaran is getting closer to the absolute speed record, recording an average of 52.10 knots over 100 meters.

The trimaran’s peak speed was also surpassed and brought up to 53.69 knots, thus the 100 km/h sailing speed (54 knots) is very close.

At each new training session in favourable weather conditions, Alain Thébault and his crew improve l’Hydroptère’s peak and average speeds.

PUMA LEG TWO DAY 4 QFB:  received 18.11.08 1057 GMT

Not to sound like I am whinging, but I think I will anyway.

Last night sucked.  OR it was great –if you are a boat builder or a sailmaker looking for work.  Yikes.  The proverbial ‘you know what’ hit the fan when we got about as vertical in a sailboat as you ever want to be going down a big dark wave that sort of snuck up on us.  And, when going straight down a big wave the inevitable bow crash is coming into the wave in front.  But this time was different.  Not only did the bow crash into the wave but the prod, the bow pulpit and about 15 feet up the Asymmetric Spinnaker we had up at the time.  Bang.  Spinnaker in many pieces and a long night for Justin Ferris.

Fortunately, we had the broken sail down and a new sail up in about 10 minutes.  And we tweaked our angle and were going faster so all good right?


About an hour later after a watch change, we found another beauty of a wave except this one had no face in front of it and —whoosh.   Take off! The inevitable silence of a boat that feels like it is literally flying, followed up with a massive SMASH into the not very soft Indian Ocean.  But this one was different from the other 10,872 smashes that have occurred over the past 48 hours or so.

This one had a horrid CRACK along with it.  I was working with Justin on the sail at the time and had on my headlamp and ran to the bow to quickly find several cracks in our longitudinal frames in the bow section.  And, for those laymen out there, essentially these frames are the spine of the boat, which doesn’t allow it to fold in half. And they also don’t allow the bow to cave in when we hit waves.  Kind of important piece to the puzzle.

Well, we are better now.  Seven hours later.  Bow repaired thanks to Casey Smith and Mickey Muller, and the kite back in one piece thanks to Justin.  All the rest of the team filling in with sailing duties and helping repair when asked.  Big effort and a feeling of complete exhaustion as well as satisfaction that we are back in the game and going full speed again.

Distance lost is always painful, but I think it could have been much worse.
We are still in the hunt and thanks to the effort of all the boys, we are whole again.  We aren’t exactly in the position we want to be on the racetrack any more, but time will only tell how much it costs us.  I figure it cost us only about 30 miles on the racetrack.

Another painful part of this escapade is that we happened to be lit up when everything went pear shaped. Had been the best boat in a few position reports in a row and were feeling really good about our spot on the track.  Oh well, part of life.

So I am looking for anything lucky at this point to kill the breakdown curse.   Brought out my lucky rock, looking for a lucky dolphin to escort us and there is a lucky albatross that has been following us for about two hours.  I don’t know if there is such a thing as a lucky albatross but I just invented it so it must be true.  Very cool.

So my whinge is over.  Sorry you had to be a part of it.  I feel better getting it off my chest.  The competitive side of all of us HATES to lose miles..

Time to try and make them back up.

Ken Read – skipper

iShares Cup 2008 shortlisted for European Sponsorship Awards

14 November 2008
The hugely successful 2008 iShares Cup Sailing Series has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious European Sponsorship Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, part of ESA’s Future Sponsorship conference in Brussels, on November 20. The ESA awards are the only pan-European sponsorship awards celebrating excellence across the various sectors of sport, culture, entertainment, media and corporate social responsibility.

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