Yachting News April Part 12

Apr 25, 2009 2 Comments by

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Hi,

We have just heard that New Zealander Roger Pagani has won the World Final of the BMW Sailing Cup in Italy, from eight competitor countries.

This is considered the most prestigious amateur international title for keelboat sailors. Roger qualified for the event after winning the BMW Sailing Cup for New Zealand, which was fought out by divisional winners of the BMW Auckland Regatta. He owns the Young 88 Triple 888 which last week won the coveted national championship title, under the helmsanship of Rod Davis (while Roger was in Italy – his crew jumped on a plane to join him in Italy after winning the local event).

I will be sailing this afternoon so may not be available

Regards,

Zoe

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25.04.2009
Italy and New Zealand make it to the Final.
Today, Saturday, will see the final stage of the 2009 BMW Sailing Cup World Final. On Lake Garda off Malcesine (Italy), Team Italy races against Team New Zealand in a best-of-5 match racing series.

Yesterday the „Kiwis“ had won the Quarterfinals one point ahead of their closest rivals from Italy. Team New Zealand opted for Team Great Britain as their opponent in the Semifinal. This left Team Italy sailing against Team Denmark in the other Semifinal.

Both best-of-5 match racing series have been completed by Friday afternoon, with New Zealand (3:1) and Italy (3:0) making it to the finals. Great Britain and Denmark will meet in the Petite Final.

Friday also saw the Sail-Off for fifth and seventh places. Team Germany won against Team Spain and placed fifth in the final standings. Team France, beating Malta, took rank seven.

Results Quarterfinal

1th New Zealand, 6 points
2nd Italy, 7 points
3rd Denmark, 9 points
4th Great Britain, 10 points

Physics of sailing for Dumbies,

Logan, you should read this, lots of pictures. lol

Welcome to the Tamaki River Multihull Association,

We invite all owners of Tornado, Hobie, and Paper Tiger classes to contact us with a view to developing competitive class based racing in east Auckland.

With a number of high profile sponsors such as Ronstan, Anderson winches, SIMRAD/B&G, International Paints, The Takapuna Sailing Centre and Panmure Bridge Marine we will be supplying great gear to association members. Discounts on all associated equipment will be on offer.

Our latest news is that Bruce Kendall and Jim Young have both confirmed that they will be participating in our yachting program. They will no doubt provide a wealth of experience and talent.

The TRMA will be the future home of multihull sport in East Auckland. We welcome all owners of small trailer boats, large multis and powercats to register their interest in developing  a highly active association in East Auckland.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Team at TRMA.

TELEFÓNICA BLUE LEG SIX DAY 15 QFB:

received 25.04.09 1131 GMT

It has been a tough 24 hours, bashing upwind in sometimes squalls with more than 35 knots, with a very unpleasant sea state. The temperatures are dropping quickly; the sea temperature is now only 12 degrees.

I still like the following slogan for venues: no palm trees, no racing, but I am sure Boston will become one of the highlights of the race and that we all will love it.

The breeze has dropped rapidly, from one minute having 18 knots to the next having a mere 3-4 knots. So the big code zero up again, and we are rocking and rolling in the left over sea state, where have seen that before in this leg?

So another re –start is going to happen, both Ericsson boats are roughly 20 miles ahead, and Puma 10 behind, but they are still sailing in the old breeze, and they might actual sail around us on the outside. The guys are all in great shape, no injuries, which is can always easily happen when sailing upwind in rough conditions.

If the breeze kicks in, than we are in for a late arrival on Sunday afternoon

Bouwe Bekking – skipper

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The last few days have been quite something.  .  We have had 30+ knots of wind and we have been completely becalmed all in the space of 48 hours and to top that off, we have been VMG downwind, upwind and pretty much everywhere in between.

Sadly our stealth play didn’t pay off and the call to gybe off early played into the hands of our opponents who managed to find more pressure to the north and slide on by.  However despite being a little down, we are certainly not out and with sightings of various boats in the fleet in the last day there is still plenty of fire in our bellies to drive us forward to the finish in Boston.

On board has been pretty tough the last few days, the temperature has plummeted and the Gulf Stream proved just as furious as always, delivering big currents, nasty waves and some vicious squalls. Now spat out on the other side, we have had a morning of very little wind at all and many hours of doing all we can just to go forward.  The good news now though is we are off again and moving nicely and the weather is like a cold spring morning which, whilst bracing, is clear  and sunny which always brings a smile to peoples face, especially when the last day has been spent on the receiving end of a fire hose!!

Now with only a few hundred more miles to Boston, we have to take the fight to the very end…

Cheers,

Simon Fisher – helmsman

TELEFÓNICA BLUE

Volvo Ocean Race Game is Sports Marketing Gold.

April 25, 2009 by admin
Filed under Marketing Technology, Volvo 70

The Volvo Ocean Race online game is a phenomenon that really should get more coverage in media outside the sailing press. The success of the game blows away the cries of those who say that sailing is complicated. 200,000 players are now participating.

There is no other sport in the world, where people can play against the competitors in real time. It’s techincally possible. Imagine taking the NASCAR telemetrics and feeding it into the official NASCAR game. The tracks are mapped. The data is available.

The incredible thing about the Volvo Ocean Race Game is that it is not a 2 hour match, or game – this is a nine month commitment. Even the shortest legs are several weeks. This is complete audience engagement.

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These guys should try SOL, IMHO its a much better game!

Date: 25 April 2009
By: Jodie Bakewell-White
Two Young Kiwis finish in top eight at Sailing World Cup Regatta

Two young kiwis have finished in the top eight at the 2009 Semaine Olympique Francaise Regatta which concluded overnight in Hyeres, France. 20 year old James Sandall from Hawkes Bay finished 5th overall and 19 year old Josh Junior from Wellington finished 8th.
Sandall, who represents the Wairoa Yacht Club in Hawkes Bay, climbed up the leaderboard as the ISAF Grade 1 regatta progressed and stormed into the top ten on the penultimate day of racing earning a place in the medal race. Sailing off against some of the world’s best Laser sailors in last night’s double points race Sandall was 6th across the line securing him 5th overall. His final pointscore was equal to that of the German sailor who won the medal race and took 4th place overall on count back. This is by far Sandall’s best result in a top international regatta to date.
An 8th place for Josh Junior from Worser Bay Boating Club, Wellington is also an impressive result, bettering his 11th placing at the most recent of the European regattas, Princess Sofia Mapfre in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  Junior was lying 5th going into last night’s medal race but was deemed across the start line early, which saw him slip to 8th overall.
“This is a really good result for both these guys at a top European regatta,” comments Jez Fanstone, Yachting New Zealand’s Olympic Programme Director. “To make the top ten and get the opportunity to start in the medal race is a great achievement and really puts them on a steep learning curve.”
The top spot in the Laser class went Great Britain’s Paul Goodison who won Olympic Gold in China last year.  Maxim Semerkhanov of Russia was second and Matias Del Solar of Chile was third.
Semaine Olympique Francaise is the fourth of seven regattas which make up the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series. The event attracted a fleet of 140 in the Laser class.
Next in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series is Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands which runs 27th – 31st May 2009.

Latest ISAF report
Regatta Website

New Zealand’s Final Results
Laser (140 boats)
James Sandall 5th (Wairoa Yacht Club)
Josh Junior 8th (Worser Bay Boating Club)
Mike Bullot 25th (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)
Andy Maloney 29th (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)
Matt Coutts 47th (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)
Sam Meech 48th (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)
Blair McLay 74th (Torbay Sailing Club)
Laser Radial (54 boats)
Sara Winther 20th (Takapuna Boating Club)
Women’s RS:X (32 boards)
Justina Sellers 24th (Takapuna Boating Club)

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amazing day….

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 06:45 AM PDT
A happy St George’s day one and all.  It has been pretty incredible aboard the Flying Carrot. Having seen little of anything other than water and sky for the past 90 days today was a red letter day…. We  had visits from 2 performing seals, myriad sea birds, the sun shone strong all day the sea was freakishly calm even glassy in some places.  I saw the first aeroplane of the voyage, I saw a pod of about 8 whales, about 100 dolphins came past as darkness fell about us.  Then when the dark settled there were masses of stars and phosphorescene and when I ws putting out the sea anchor, in the torch beam were thousands of little green eyes inn the water , belonging to some tiny squid like creatures…  Absaolutely amazing day…. Also clapped eyes on land….Solander island about 22nm NE of me  and  I coulkd just see the  NZ alps below the  clouds – these are about 40nm away so it shows how clear it was…  Solander island looks v forbididing – like the  rock  where chateau d’if is….   Also now in vhf radio range of NZ so hear the fishing boats talking to each other… George, expeditions manager extraordinaire arrived in NZ this afternoon and  has  already been busy trying to find  a boat  to escort me in make sure I don’t  go on them rocks….  Still that probably won’t be for a while  as weather now predicted rubbish till Tues… Much feasting onboard the  carrot in honour of St Georges day and Stan gets the sleeping bag tonight since he is the most patriotic spade onboard.

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How Much Trouble Are the Luxury Cruise Lines Really In?
April 23, 2009 – 7:35 pm

The prolonged global credit crunch is hurting all segments of industry, but tourism and hospitality has been especially hard-hit. Cruise lines—with their incredibly high overhead and tight profit margins—are battling a decrease in bookings while at the same time additional capacity is coming online. (Seabourn’s 450-passenger Odyssey sets sail this June and Silversea’s 540-guest Silver Spirit begins sailing in December. Three additional luxury cruise ships—Seabourn Sojourn, Oceania Marina, and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth—will all come online in 2010.)

Each luxury cruise line is drawing its own line in the sand right now. No two companies are approaching this economic crisis in exactly the same manner, but they all have one thing in common: the number-one priority of filling cabins.

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Radio interview with PJ and Butterworth here

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America’s Cup to move forward or back to court?

By IBI Magazine

The America’s Cup saga, which wound its way through the US court system for nearly two years, may be heading back to court following a meeting in Geneva this week between the two litigants. The meeting between Cup Defender Alinghi and Challenger BMW Oracle Racing was supposed to clarify the details for the next America’s Cup. But the dates and venue remain unclear.

Both sides released short statements on behalf of the yacht clubs that they represent — Alinghi for Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and BMW Oracle for the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) — following the meeting.

Alinghi said that it will be ready to race in 2010 and expressed its “willingness” for the challenger selection to be open to other teams. SNG, added the statement, “would be flexible and ready to discuss other terms of the 33rd America’s Cup such as race format, venue or calendar.”

But BMW Oracle said that its “clear and straightforward proposals for a fully competitive conventional America’s Cup in monohulls were rejected by SNG, who insisted on a regatta in large multihulls under the Deed of Gift (“DoG”).” BMW Oracle said SNG insists on holding the event in May 2010, “in defiance” of the recent decision by the New York courts specifying it be held in February 2010. “GGYC is disappointed that SNG categorically rejected our proposals for a conventional regatta,” said the statement, adding it would continue to negotiate “in good faith”.

Richard Gladwell wrote on SailWorld.com that the date change could push the two teams back into the New York court system to determine which date should be used. “Should GGYC take no formal action to dispute the date, then it will be deemed to have accepted the May 2010 schedule,” Gladwell wrote. “That would in turn delay for another two months the announcement of the venue for the Defence, which must be made six months before the Match, buying further time for Alinghi.”

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Brad Butterwoth is quest speaker at the Stewart 34 Dinner!

What shall I ask him about?

ERICSSON 4 LEG SIX DAY 13:  received 23.04.09 1700 GMT

In the middle of all our cloak and dagger tactics of the stealth play we had a disaster onboard Ericsson 4, we discovered – or I should say Phil Jameson discovered that we had an issue with our watermaker. Dave Endean was quick onto the situation and discovered that we had blown a fitting off the end of the water membrane, through which salt water is pushed under high pressure and some of the smaller water molecules are separated from the sea water.

So it’s definitely not an ideal situation to be in, as water is the only thing that we will really need over the next few days – we drink it, we cook with it and occasionally we wash in it!

We have immediately banned coffee and tea and our meals will be significantly reduced. We have decided on a dangerously low 1.5 litres per person to drink and have separated up each quota into a bottle, which the individual will be responsible for. I have been given the task of managing the water – I have become the water boy – so I expect some grief from everyone as they get dehydrated and start to get the withdrawal effects from the lack of caffeine.

We have taken out the larger of our emergency watermakers, which are a reverse osmosis, hand operated device. So we are now taking it in turns to pump for 30 minutes which is no mean feat.  The prize is a slow dribble of water which should, fingers crossed, add up to around three litres per hour.  Anyone who avoids their duties will be named and shamed and I hate to say it, but there are a couple of likely candidates onboard who may try to avoid their share of pumping.

We do carry 50 litres of emergency water onboard but it is unknown as to whether, if we did use this, we would be open to a penalty at the discretion of the race committee – so we are trying to avoid the consumption of the contents of that jerry can in particular.

Dehydration is one of the biggest problems in this race and you are  always forcing everyone to glug down as much fluid as possible as  even a few per cent of dehydration can result in a significant decrease  in brain and physical performance – if you feel thirsty it is already way to late. So having such a small amount is far from ideal

Looks like it will be a tough last few days onboard and discussion is  already leading to the rain water we are likely to confront in the next  weather system we are due to meet in the next 12hrs.

Other than that we have been having a good ride with speeds often around the 30kts mark – but that’s all I’m allowed to say at the moment until the stealth play has lifted.

Guy Salter – MCM

Is there life after an around the world race?

by Oliver Dewar

For the seven skippers in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the 23 day, Leg 3 stop over on the tropical, Brazilian island of Ilhabela was a chance to rest, recover and repair after the major hurdle of 7,500 miles of racing through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn. With the toughest and most physically and psychologically demanding stretch of the race completed, some of the competitors took the opportunity to start planning for the future. When questioned about plans, the responses from skippers were diverse, surprising and suggest that this circumnavigation event is a milestone.

There are two career offshore racers in the fleet: Boris Herrmann and David Thomson. Herrmann is a fully-sponsored professional with big plans: “I would like to sell my boat now and charter another Class 40 for the Solidaire du Chocolat,” explains the German skipper. “The reason is I have a loan for this boat and I pay interest every month and it would be better as having the loan is not ideal.” While the new transatlantic race for Class 40s is the short term goal, Herrmann has his sights set on the International Monohull open Class Association (IMOCA). “My dream and main objective is to move onto Open 60s and I understand the class is in a transition, which is normal after the Vendée Globe. So for me it’s wisest to continue in Class 40s for a bit and it would be very hard to organise a 60 campaign with this race going on.” With clinical precision, Herrmann has formulated a game plan, spliced with a touch of envy for Michel Desjoyeaux’s Vendée winner: “There are always big decisions to make in the early stages of a project and it would be better to be in France and gain more experience. In a perfect world, I’d take Foncia right now.” more here

Clouds: Lighter Than Air But Laden With Lead

ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2009) — By sampling clouds — and making their own — researchers have shown for the first time a direct relation between lead in the sky and the formation of ice crystals that foster clouds. The results suggest that lead generated by human activities causes clouds to form at warmer temperatures and with less water. This could alter the pattern of both rain and snow in a warmer world.
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The lead-laden clouds come with a silver lining, however. Under some conditions, these clouds let more of the earth’s heat waft back into space, cooling the world slightly. Atmospheric lead primarily comes from human sources such as coal.

The international team of researchers reported their results in the May issue of Nature Geoscience. The collaboration included researchers from institutions in the United States, Switzerland and Germany.

“We know that the vast majority of lead in the atmosphere comes from man-made sources,” said atmospheric chemist Dan Cziczo of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and study author. “And now we show that the lead is changing the properties of clouds and therefore the balance of the sun’s energy that affects our atmosphere.

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PRESS RELEASE – RC44 Championship Tour – Cagliari RC 44 Cup

BMW ORACLE Racing takes an early lead in the Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta

Thanks to a third and a first, the American team – with Larry Ellison at the helm and Russell Coutts calling the shots – takes the lead of the fleet regatta ahead of Team Aqua and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero.

April 24, 2009 – For most RC 44 team owners, the first fleet regatta coincides with their return at the helm for the first time since the last event. The transition is usually sharp, and they sometimes need a couple of regattas to get their feeling back. Larry Ellison didn’t need such an adaptation as he already steered the match race earlier in the week. He showed from the first race that he was well in the game, taking a very good start and finishing third of the first race before winning the second regatta, grabbing an early lead in the tournament.
The conditions were once again light and the wind unstable in direction today. The first race started at lunch time, with 5-7 knots of wind. Both Torbjorn Tornqvist (Artemis) and Maciej Nawrocki (Organika) went over the line too early and were called back, whilst Chris Bake (Team Aqua) and José Maria Ponce (Puerto Calero Islas Canarias) started perfectly, taking an early lead and reaching the windward mark ahead of the pack. Controlling the situation perfectly, Bake cruised to an easy victory whilst the Spaniards struggled to contain the attacks of BMW Oracle Racing and Ceeref, wiping the sweat out of their foreheads as they crossed the arrival line a few meters ahead of their pursuers in a superb second place.
At the back of the fleet, René Mangold (Team Austria) was doing his best to keep in touch with the other boats despite an apparent lack of speed upwind. Mangold courageously attacked Artemis in the last downwind leg and managed to overtake the Swedish boat, finishing an encouraging seventh in their first official fleet regatta.
The second race took place in similar light and fairly unstable conditions. Reading the course perfectly, Russell Coutts advised his helmsman to carry on to the left of the course after their excellent start, reaching the first mark in Ceeref’s wake. The American team kept in touch with the leader during the downwind leg and rounded the leeward mark close enough to be in an optimal position to attack. Sailing its own race rather than controlling Ellison, Igor Lah lost the lead and didn’t manage to get it back despite his constant pressure during the last downwind leg.
Sailing an excellent regatta, José Juan Calero almost benefited from BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref’s jibing dual to grab the second place. The Spaniards finsished the race in third, only one second ahead of Team Aqua.
Showing great potential, Team Sea Dubai, with Yousef Laheg at the helm for the first time, finished both races in fifth. No Way Back, Artemis, Organika and Team Austria swapped positions in the second half of the fleet in both races.

Two fleet races and the coastal DHL Trophy are scheduled tomorrow. The plan for the DHL Trophy is to sail a 6 Miles long windward – leeward course before heading back towards Cagliari on another 6 Miles long leg.

They said:

Alan Smith, crewmember, BMW ORACLE Racing: “The race course was pretty tricky today, and we were wondering which one was the good side of the course. Russell did a great job at sending us in the right place, and we had two very good races. It was tough because the sea breeze wasn’t turning right as it should. There were also some land effects; it’s a bit like a little bay of Valencia. Our current result is good, but we have to be careful: last month in Puerto Calero we were also in the lead after two races and we finished sixth.”

Igor Lah, helmsman, Ceeref: “I am satisfied with our day: we are still well in the game after two races and everything is possible. We were in the lead in the first race until BMW ORACLE Racing took us over. I’m not sure what happened. We didn’t control; we defended. The last downwind leg was exciting; it was very close.”

Yousef Laheg, helmsman, Team Sea Dubai: “This was my first race at the helm, so I was a bit nervous. I wasn’t thinking too much about who’s on the other boats: it’s just a race and they are sailors. But afterwards I thought: this is pretty cool!
The start was a great moment. I am used to sailing Lasers so I wasn’t surprised. There’s no “beginners luck” in the start, so I just went for it without thinking too much. It was great.”

Chris Bake, helmsman, Team Aqua: “the focus today was to get me back into the game as quickly as possible, and it went well. I felt well as soon as I took the helm; the boat set up was excellent and we managed to take a great start in the first race. We pushed hard all through the day, and I am happy with our result.”

Fleet race, provisional results after two races:

(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1)     BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 3, 1 – 4 points
2)     Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 1, 4 – 5 points
3)     Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2, 3 – 5 points
4)     Team Ceeref, Igor Lah, 4, 2 – 6 points
5)     Team Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, 5, 5 – 10 points
6)     Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 7, 6 – 13 points
7)     No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 6, 9 – 15 points
8)     Team Austria, René Mangold, 7, 8 – 15 points
9)     Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki, 9, 7 – 16 points

Reminder: match-race final results after 9 flights:

1) Artemis, Dean Barker, 9/0, 9 points
2) No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
3) Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 5/4, 5 points
5) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton 4/5, 4 points
6) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2/7, 2 points
7) Team Organika, Karol Jablonski 2/7, 2 points
8) Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 2/7, 2 points
9) Team Austria, Christian Binder, 1/8, 1 point

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opps, these guys must race Stewarts

Velsheda (on Port) and Ranger crossing tacks!

Press Releases & Race News

24-Apr-09 – 08:28am

It’s a wrap!

Another memorable year for the 22nd Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Four perfect days of sailing created memorable sights on the race course from the big boat class with the mighty J’s, Velsheda and Ranger crossing tacks, Eleanora and Winrose beautiful as ever under full sail, to the smallest in the fleet with Diva, Old Bob and the purple people-pleaser pirates on board Veracity – there was always something to catch your eye.

The gig racing and tea on the lawn at the Admirals Inn on Tuesday was a huge success and had many participants and many more onlookers, all savouring a delicious spread of teatime fare served up by elegantly dressed ladies!

Later that evening, on the side of the Copper and Lumber Store under the balcony of the Admirals House, the competitors arrived to see a beautifully decorated stage crowded with magnificent trophies. The start of the Prize Giving featured a slide show of over 600 images captured by the numerous professional photographers out on the water. It received rapt attention with many cheers from the crowd as their boats and crews appeared on the large screen.  The cheers only increasing as the many prizes were awarded – the complete list of winners can be found on the website – the final prize being the Panerai time piece, which was awarded for the second time to the ever popular Galatea.

Kenny Coombs, Regatta chair and MC for the evening, gave particular thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who make this regatta possible – the participants all certainly appreciated their efforts, and ended the evening planning their return to another Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

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These pictures are of the Baron Bliss Regatta, sailed in March each year in honour of the Baron, who died on his motor yacht, anchored off Belize Harbour in 1926, and left all his fortune to the people of Belize who had treated him so well in his last few days.The sailboats in the pictures were all, until very recently, employed in the sand and gravel business carrying up to 8 tons of sand daily from the sand banks in river mouths to the city. As you can see, the sails and gear, are very “experienced,” even showing the insignia of their previous lives, and have been well and thoroughly patched and adapted. The lighters still carry sand, these days in bags, while racing, and just like the Volvo racers the crewmen stack them on the windward side after each tack. They also indulge in classic “weight on the windward side”, legs out, hiking. The blue boat, “Radio,” the eventual winner of this years event is over one hundred and thirty years old, still carries sand, and her helmsman, Egbert Flowers is getting on as well. Photos by Carolyn Clarke. Details by John Oliver.

Photos by Tom Lonnqvist taken last week in Veranger, Norway.

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