Nexus Gold Cup
Friday 27 February
The Balokovic Cup Night Race has been cancelled for this evening Friday 27 February.
Careful consideration was taken and due to the weather forecasts, course and the fact that it is a night time race, RAYC has reluctantly made this decision based on the safety of boats and competitors.
The club is endeavouring to reschedule the Balokovic Cup at a later date.
and next week we get some more
PRESS RELEASE – RC 44 Championship Tour – Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup – Day 3
The Calero brothers dominate day one of the fleet race event
Sailed in very light winds, today’s races have been difficult for the crews, who struggled to find the favoured side of the course and get some speed because of the chop. Steering respectively BMW ORACLE Racing and Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, Daniel and José Juan Calero are the heroes of the day, with a victory for each of the local brothers.
Puerto Calero, February 27, 2009 – This is one of the best days of their life: José Juan and Daniel Calero have both won a race today, one day one of the fleet racing event, beating some of the best teams in the world and achieving a dream.
The conditions were particularly difficult, with a light breeze and fairly strong chop. The first regatta started just after lunch time, under a gray sky and with 5-6 knots breeze. Team Ceeref took an excellent start, and extended its lead alongside BMW ORACLE Racing throughout the race. The Slovenian team made a rare mistake during the last downwind leg, letting the American boat – helmed by Daniel Calero – cross the arrival line first.
The second race started soon after, in similar conditions. Thanks to a great start and a perfect strategy, team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 took an early lead, followed by Artemis and Ceeref. José Juan Calero kept concentrated at the helm, maintaining a small lead over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis. Race Officer Peter Reggio made a wise decision to shorten the course after the second beat, as the wind was dying completely. The local team won the race ahead of Artemis and Ceeref to the great joy of helmsman José Juan Calero and the whole team.
BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref share the lead with 5 points, ahead of Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 and Artemis (6 points). Two more days of fleet racing are scheduled.
Daniel Calero, helmsman, BMW ORACLE Racing: “This experience is absolutely unique for me. For anyone who loves sailing, this team is just one of the best in the world. When Russell asked me to steer the boat, I was very nervous and felt a big pressure. To win the first race today was just extraordinary. And then my brother wins the second regatta; it’s just extraordinary.”
José Juan Calero, helmsman, Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 1: “I couldn’t be happier because my brother and I have both won a race today. This is my first race and I am full of emotions. This is a gift! It also shows how great our team is, and that we can do it. The race was complicated, but José Maria Ponce gave me great advice. His strategic advice was just perfect.”
Sébastien Col, tactician, Ceeref: “It was difficult to get the boat going because of the chop. The key factor was to establish a good communication between the helmsman and the trimmers. We also tried to keep clear from the other boats. The crew positioning is also very important in those conditions. Altogether, we weigh 680 kilos, so it is important to be centred, and positioned quite forward. I also think that it is essential to stabilise the heel, at approximately 15-18 degrees in this wind, so that the helmsman keeps a consistent feeling at the helm.”
BMW ORACLE Racing tied with Team Ceeref on Day 1 of fleet racing.
After another light-air day in the Canary Islands, BMW ORACLE Racing is tied on points with Team Ceeref at the top of the leaderboard after the first two fleet races at the Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup today.
Today was the start of the fleet racing portion of the regatta where Daniel Calero (ESP) is helming for BMW ORACLE Racing as the amateur owner/driver for this regatta and team skipper Russell Coutts (NZL) is calling tactics. Calero steered the team to a come-from-behind victory in the team’s first race against Team Ceeref.
“This experience is absolutely unique for me,“ Calero said. “For anyone who loves sailing, this team is just one of the best in the world. When Russell asked me to steer the boat, I was very nervous and felt a big pressure. To win the first race today was just extraordinary.“
In the second race, BMW ORACLE Racing finished fourth in a race won by the yacht helmed by Calero’s brother José Juan. “And then my brother wins the second race; it’s just extraordinary,” Calero said of his brother’s win on Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1.
In addition to Coutts and Daniel Calero, the BMW ORACLE Racing crew for the season opener includes Noel Drennan (IRL) on the main, Daniel Fong (NZL) trimming and Alan Smith (NZL) on the bow. Per the RC 44 class format, the team also has four amateurs on board: Revelin Minihane (IRL), Ivan Peute (NED), Colin Orsini (USA) and Calero.
The BMW ORACLE Racing Team faces stiff competition off Lanzarote. Other teams competing here for the Puerto Calero Islas Canarias RC 44 Cup include Team Ceeref (Igor Lah, Sébastien Col), Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist, Dean Barker), Team Aqua (Chris Bake, Cameron Appleton), Team Organika (Maciej Nawrocki, Karol Jablonski), Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 (José Juan Calero / José Maria Ponce), Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2 (Carlos Morales / Luis Doreste), and No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Philippe Presti).
Sea for miles, perched high above Onetangi Beach is a little bach on more than 6700m² with direct access to The Strand and one of New Zealand’s best beaches.
Currently in three titles this headland has numerous possibilities or just sit and melt into the view.
By IBI Magazine
Amercia’s Cup skipper Dean Barker and business partner Richard Macalister, owners of Kiwi Yachting Consultants in New Zealand, have acquired Swedish marine electronics manufacturer Nexus Marine AB for an undisclosed sum.
The deal was struck through their investment arm, Barmac Holdings, with the balance of shares being held by Layline AB, an investment company owned by Jan Silfven and Jonas Magnér — both of whom hold senior management roles at Nexus Marine.
According to a company statement, Nexus offers the right ethos and mix of products, excellent R&D and a strong customer service arm. Kiwi Yachting Consultants will be responsible for distribution in the Southern Hemisphere and sales in New Zealand, allowing the company to invest in improved distribution practices that will benefit all the companies that it represents.
“We are really excited to welcome Barker and Macalister to Nexus Marine,” says sales & marketing director Jonas Magner. “With their guidance and experience we are immediately adding extra impact to everything we do from now on. The extra credibility for this heritage brand and an even sharper focus on product design and development aimed at the very top end of yacht racing, something we’re already very good at… means we can only do it better.”
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Nexus Gold Cup
Friday 27 February
A challenging 87nm night race without moonlight, the prize the prestigious Balokovic Cup which dates back to it’s first race in 1932.
Entries to date:
Demonstrator, Rainbow IV, Boogie Flash, Outrageous Fortune, Tour de Force, Starlight Express, Isa, Touchdown, Whitebait, Hot Property, Satellite Spy, Power Play, Iolanthe II, Ilex, Quarter Pint, Prowler, Bird on the Wing, Mako II, Cadibarra 6, Charlatan, Pelagian, Predictwind.com, Exodus, Taeping & Dirty Deeds
might get your cardi wet
should be back home by the time it gets realy wet… mmm
2 handed 3 legged yacht race series.
March 13th -14th -15th 2009
Photo Nico Martinez / RC 44.
Baptism of fire for the Class newcomers on day one of the Puerto Calero RC 44 Cup
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Luis Doreste, Karol Jablonski, Pieter Heerema and many other top sailors participated in their first RC 44 regatta today in Puerto Calero. The conditions were light and unstable, leading to some surprises and upsets.
Puerto Calero, February 25, 2009 – The RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 started today in Puerto Calero with the first matches of Round Robin one. It was also the baptism of fire for Pieter Heerema’s Team No Way Back and Carlos Morales’ Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2. The Dutch boat had an excellent day, with two victories over the two Spanish boats. On the contrary, the local entries didn’t have such a good day, suffering respectively from a trim tab failure and a broken crash box following… a crash.
Many top sailors also discovered the Class today, including Olympic champions Martin Kirketerp or Luis Doreste and veteran America’s Cup sailors Yann Gouniot and Christian Scherrer. The conditions weren’t too difficult for an initiation, although the breeze’s lack of consistency made Race Officer Peter Regio’s life difficult. At the end of the day, two and a half flight could be completed, most probably putting an end to the event organiser’s desire to complete two round robins in two days.
Winner of last year’s match race ranking, Igor Lah’s Ceeref is still the team to beat, with three victories in as many matches today. Sébastien Col is Ceeref’s substitute driver in James Spithill’s absence. Needless to say that he did a great job, particularly during a fantastic regatta against Organika, who were sailing for the first time with their new match race helmsman Karol Jablonski. Leading the race by half a boat length, Organika couldn’t stop Ceeref’s come back, until the Slovenian spinnaker touched the Polish boat’s runners. With a penalty to complete, Séb Col and his team had to attack, which they did in style, taking the lead and increasing it just enough to complete their penalty turn before crossing the arrival line.
Pieter Heerema and Philippe Presti’s team No Way Back and Russell Coutts’ BMW ORACLE Racing are also unbeaten so far, however with one less match under their belt. Team Aqua and Cameron Appleton had an excellent match against Artemis, inflicting a penalty to their opponent at the start and winning the race, before loosing an important match against Ceeref. Finally, Dean Barker’s Artemis won two matches against Organika and Jose Maria Ponce’s Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1.
Organised by Puerto Calero, a superb real estate development on Lanzarote’s seafront, the RC 44 Cup consists in two days of match racing followed by three days of fleet racing. The DHL coastal race will take place on Sunday; it will count for double points.
José Juan Calero, Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 1: “We are very, very happy. Our two matches were extremely close. May be I steered a little bit too aggressively against Team No way Back, and we hit them and broke our crash box. But the other match, against BMW ORACLE Racing, was fantastic. We were in contact all along, and finished just behind them. It proves that we are well in the game. Tomorrow, we will be on the starting line with all our energy.”
Igor Lah, owner, Ceeref: “The match against Organika was fantastic and very strange at the same time; I have never seen such a situation. It was very nice to see two masters (Sébastien Col and Karol Jablonski) playing with the boats.”
Don Cowie, crewmember, Artemis: “The wind was very light but that’s what’s great with these boats: they are interesting to sail even with light winds and they are almost fully powered with six knots of wind. We were a bit frustrated by the penalty incurred against Aqua. We led most of the race, but didn’t have enough space to complete our penalty. It’s only the third regatta we sail with this team and we are still learning a lot.”
Match-race, provisional results after 2 ½ flights:
(Name of team, helmsman, No of victories / defeats, points)
1) Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 3/0 – 3 points
2) BMW ORACLE Racing, Russell Coutts, 2/0 – 2 points
2) No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 2/0 – 2 points
4) Artemis, Dean Barker, 2/1 – 2 points
5) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton 1/1 – 1 point
6) Team Organika, Karol Jablonski 0/2 – 0 point
7) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, Carlos Morales, 0/3 – 0 point
8) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 0/3 -1 point (incl. one penalty)
Freak yacht crash kills NT girl
February 24th, 2009
TRAGEDY: Ali van Os, described as an ‘entrancing’ girl, was tragically killed in a freak yachting accident.
A DARWIN family has been rocked by tragedy after a boat accident in Thailand claimed their daughter’s life.
LEG FIVE DAY 12 QFB: received 25.02.09 1052 GMT
Sailing along through the Micronesian Islands of the South Pacific, I got a nasty awakening this morning as I was rolled out of my bunk without warning. Fortunately I landed in the stack below me, but the boat was tipped over at such an angle that if you didn’t know what was going on you might think the boat was about to capsize.
We’d been hit by another line squall; they appear to be quite prevalent in this part of the world and seem to have some teeth as well. Once the call has been made that we are about to get hit the crew has to react quickly to make the boat safe – wind speeds in a squall can easily double or increase by 20 knots. I could hear the guys on deck running around as they got the big jib down and put up a smaller sail, then a minute later, the reef starts to go in, I can feel the boat accelerating and then go quiet as the helmsman turns downwind so that the guys can make the manoeuvre safely. The squall has generated a sloppy wave pattern and the boat starts to crash and bump because the waves are disorganised and random. This particular squall was a real beauty and lasted about two hours.
The first indication that you are going to get nailed by a line squall will be a general darkening and thickening of the clouds to weather, therefore if you’re reaching and you see some activity at about 45 degrees off the windward bow, you need to start getting prepared. The leading edge of the squall comes with a pretty high probability of a significant wind-shift. You will observe high black cloud above you and light rain will start to fall, this lasts for about five minutes and is generally followed by a short pause in the rain, which may be accompanied by possible clearing of the clouds. This break will only be for a few minutes before the large drops start to fall from the puffy nimbus clouds that make up the body of the squall.
Once in the squall, the rain will be torrential, and I mean torrential. It’s really quite fun. Because the water is so cool and clean it provides a great chance for a shower and generally speaking the on-deck watch has to work around the off watch guys streaming out of the hatch clutching shower gel.
There’s a lot of space for interpretation of both line squall theory and on the water observation. Trust me…. everyone has his own theory of line squall theory, and everybody observes the outcome of a squall in their own special way.
ALINGHI TO JOIN WORLD TOUR
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, will lead an all-star cast of
teams during this season’s World Match Racing Tour. Skipper Ed Baird,
three-time Match Racing World Champion, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
and defending 32nd America’s Cup helmsman, will lead Alinghi at most stops on
the World Tour. An interesting change to this year’s World Tour has been the
introduction of the ‘Tour Card’ which guarantees certain teams entry into all
of the World Tour events based on their previous year’s performance. The six
teams that qualified for World Tour cards this year include:
1. Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar
2. Sébastien Col (FRA) French Team/K-Challenge
3. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Team/Team French Spirit
4. Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Shosholoza
5. Adam Minoprio (NZL) Emirates Team New Zealand/Black Match Racing
6. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
The ten tour events typically have twelve entrants, and there is one remaining
wildcard that has yet to be allocated. In addition to those above; other teams
that plan to compete on this year’s World Tour include Magnus Holmberg of
Victory Challenge, three-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie and his
TeamOrigin as well as Peter Gilmour. — Complete story: