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Yachting News April Part 9

Apr 20, 2009 2 Comments by

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Marin LuxurYachts launches 42m classic Elena

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Photo by ConceptWorks

The Spanish brand Marin LuxurYachts, which belongs to the shipyard Factoría Naval Marín successfully undertook the technical launching of its first two megayachts with steel hull in early March 2009. The first of those vessels is a 40 metre long luxury cruiser and the second one is a 42 metre long schooner of classical inspiration.

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Good fresh, cool day.  There is an intangible change in the enivrionment here it feels strangley different.  Perhaps it is just the  noticeable signs that land is near – more birds, changing swell patterns… The  sea  has shallowed here to 1.5km from over  4km.  Perhaps time for a peche… It is still early to say it but I will be sad to leave the old Tasman Sea for terra firma…of course that is easy to say with landfall approaching and a good day today, but nevertheless I have got to know the old girl pretty well and despite or maybe because of our slightly circuitous route thus far, she has lost none of her desolate allure.  I think the Gods have been kind to us thus far and other than 2 storms and a few  gales we’ve got to here pretty lightly if slowly – of course there  is still much time for an almighty blow.         It is a  little  ironic perhaps that part of what has slowed us down is the huge weight of provender the  carrot  is carrying and of  that  about 2/3 will now be surplus.  Still it will last till next time.   And of  course the end nears for my tranquiltiy of solitude – odd to think  that since seeing the ship about 50 days ago I have had the whole planet to myself, not a single  sign of another human bean… Ah well we will enjoy the last leg and look to the future  and another  attempt at some stage knowing a little  more than we did 3 months ago.   Stan has been most spritely of late, rather getting in the  way  actually. Photo; a little fusion of technologies bust camera fixed with whipping twine…

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photo: Ivor Wilkins

‘Triple 888 (Rod Davis) added the Young 88 National title after earlier taking top honours in the Young 88 division in the 2009 BMW Auckland Cup’ Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images

North Sails cemented its claim at the top end of the Young 88 fleet during this weekend’s national champs.

With 27 boats entered in the championship event for New Zealand’s most popular one-design keelboat class, racing was always destined to be competitive to the extreme, with winners rewarded for their ability to capitalise on a great start with superior boat speed in all legs of the race.

National champions in the class have long turned to North Sails to best harness wind power, and this year was no exception. Both winners – Triple 888 (Rod Davis), and Panama Jack (Stefan Goldwater) in the owner/driver division (and fourth overall) – competed with North Sails wardrobes.

With Triple 888’s owner, Roger Pagani, in Italy to prepare for the World Final of the BMW Sailing Cup, which he qualified for at the BMW Auckland Regatta and Sailing Cup, Triple 888 was under the experienced helmsmanship of Rod Davis for the event. Taking three bullets for a total of 20 points, Triple 888 was eight points ahead of Flash Gordon. Sister Moonshine took third place, with 24 points.

A south-easterly on both days of racing provided a lumpy sea state. Following two general recalls on day one, the ‘I flag’ was a near-permanent fixture on the mast of the committee boat, but five races were conducted in 8-14 knots of breeze, followed up with three races on day two, in slightly stronger conditions ranging from 10-16 knots.

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Read about Jim Young here,

Results here

latest news about the 888 crew, another world title for a Kiwi Team here

The bitter end…

Submitted by Paul on Mon, 04/20/2009 – 07:47.

We come away as the fastest craft that this little beach has ever seen having chalked up a 52.26 knot peak, a 47.36 knot 500 meter average and a 42.09 knot mile average. Not bad… but in my mind… not good enough.  So I guess that means it isn’t over for the forseeable future. …

…Well… Damnit… things just didn’t go our way I’m afraid.

We did all we could as the weather once again played games with us. We were looking for a solid, punchy day as was forecast but late in the afternoon the 14’s and 15’s on the TACKTICK wind meter just left me feeling slightly sick. Sure they were accompanied by the odd 20 and even 21 knot gust… but those ‘holes’ in the wind would kill us as far as a speed run would go. I knew that those numbers will have a significant impact on our future and will leave me with no fond memories. Local friends on kite and wind surfers stopped in at the timing hut to offer condolensces as they knew how much it meant to us.

Still we stayed on. Dead low tide was at 4.45 pm and sunset was at 5.45pm. At low-tide the wind was building a little and I wanted to get one last run in anyway. For all I know it could well be the last. I got Nick to go down to the end of the course and measure the depth. It was down to 70cm which would give me 10cm clearance at speed. I decided to go for the mile. It would be our only chance of any success.

We took VESTAS SAILROCKET up to the second lagoon launch pad and got her all ready. It was getting late but the wind was still building. Mike radioed in from the timing-hut that we had gusts to 23-24… this was more like it. Could we still do this?

It was late. The sun had already gone down by the time I dropped the tether. There were some good gusts shoving me forward as I headed dead down wind onto the course… but there were some lulls too. Maybe I would hit a big enough gust to give me a good 500 meter average on the way… maybe it would be enough to drag up a decent mile average.

The lights of Walvis Bay were on and guiding me at the end of the course. I made out the best ones that were aligned with my usual transits and focused on a perfect run. The start-up phase was fast and smooth. I was in close and made sure I had the wing right in. Visibility was good and the ride was smooth. I noticed the pod was flying very cleanly and took this to mean good speed. Control was excellent as I nudged in closer to the shore. The pod was really flying well and I commented that I hadn’t seen it touch the water for some time. As the end of the course approached I made sure that I hugged the finish buoy as the deepest water was near there with the real shallows off a bit further to the left.

The boat felt so sweet on that run. She sailed just like the model did all those years ago. Locked in, pod flying and in perfect balance. Later when we downloaded all the data off the PI RESEARCH logger we saw that the strain guage on the rudder only varied by 26 kilos for the whole run. I knew that the end was slow but the middle average felt good. We took the pod flying as an indication of speed but I’ve learnt not to get excited. Once I dropped off the plane and increased the draft of the boat, I knew I was in danger of running aground. Eventually, further up the Lagoon I did. The new and expensive main foil dredged the bottom for twenty odd meters before we stopped. The team arrived and we packed up in the dark. I had read the numbers off the GPS and they weren’t special. I mean it was another 40.7 knot mile run… but that isn’t anything to get excited about. I felt pretty disappointed with the day in general. It was yet another rise and fall on a roller-coaster of emotions that has been going for a long time now.

We all thought the run was faster than the numbers were showing but later back at the container the big TRIMBLE GPS backed up the little hand-held GPS numbers. I was gutted.

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(April 16, 2009) The Audi MedCup Circuit in Europe has become the elite professional sailing series, with big budget teams competing in highly refined TP52s. In 2008, American Terry Hutchinson quarterbacked a brand new team to victory, with this accomplishment leading to him earning the U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. Terry is bringing his team, Quantum Racing, back for the 2009 MedCup series, and provides Scuttlebutt with an update on their preparation:

……* What did your boat designer, Botin Carkeek, learn from 2008 and apply to the
new Emirates Team New Zealand’s design?

Terry Hutchinson: “I am not sure as the ETNZ boat is quite a variation in hull
shape then the Quantum Racing. I think the ETNZ hull shape is very big and
powerful. They will address the associated drag penalty with lower drag
appendages and a narrower water line beam then the Quantum Racing. We were
told by BC that nothing done to the ETNZ hull shape applies to Quantum Racing
and so to not do any modifications to our boat. I would expect that up range
the bigger hull will create more formed stability potentially allowing for a
performance gain. This assumes the boat overcomes the deficit of its hull drag
so really that is the question. Either way BC will learn something.”

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Brad’s bunker shot

4:00AM Sunday Apr 19, 2009
By Rebecca Milne

America’s Cup skipper Brad Butterworth may have a fair way to go before gaining entry to the exclusive Auckland Golf Club.

He has twice withdrawn his membership application, the second time last year, amid suggestions he faced strong opposition from some of its 1580 members.

One member, Harry Julian, said tensions went back to when Brad Butterworth and Russell Coutts switched allegiance from Team New Zealand to Swiss multi-millionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi syndicate in 2000.

Butterworth was skipper when Alinghi won the 31st America’s Cup against Black Magic in Auckland in 2003.

“There has been opposition from a small number of members” said Julian, a former president of the New Zealand Yachting Federation,

“As far as I’m concerned they [Russell Coutts and Butterworth] didn’t let New Zealand down but there is strong opposition.

“I’m very much in favour and offered my name to support him. I’m upset that there’s been this opposition. I think it’s unfair.”

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A GENERAL CONSENSUS REGARDING CHANGE WITHIN IMOCA

Friday 17th April 2009

The decisions taken in the IMOCA AGM have been taken with the aim of ensuring reliability of the boats, skipper safety and maintaining a competitive level within the older generation of boats. There was a noticeable and general consensus that these were the priorities facing the IMOCA Class.

Dominique Wavre, President of the Class said “the resolutions that have been adopted are very important and I can assure you that it has been an extraordinary assembly.” Dominique was pleased with the two intense days of hard work that the IMOCA members undertook in Barcelona. Since the gruelling Vendée Globe there have been high expectations regarding the new rule changes adopted by the Class, a Class made up of many of the best sailors in the world.  “All members are in agreement that the Class needs to continue evolving in order to ensure the success of the Vendée Globe and to offer all skippers, sponsors and followers a good race programme. As we have done up until now.  We also need to confront the present economic crisis with a spirit that will ensure the highest possible number of boats at the start of races.”

Measures of safety and reliability
With the above mentioned aims in mind, the assembly considered it very important to limit the differences in speed of new boats versus old ones. 3 measures were voted and agreed on: To limit the number of sails to 10 (no matter how many crew onboard); To limit the number of appendages to 5 (1 keel, 2 rudders, and 2 dagger boards.) And to establish a maximum mast height. This last resolution will also improve safety in the sense that it will limit the strength of the power of the masts. This measure is a direct result of the number of breakages in the Vendée Globe. In this respect measures will be studied to make the use of the boom easier when setting up a jury rig. This will also allow for more manoeuvrability in the case of the loss of a mast. The problem of keels has also led to a decision to introduce new obligatory keel tests of tortion, bending and vibration, which will help to avoid dramatic retirements.

With regard to the safety of the skippers, Wavre reminded us all of Yann Elias’ experience in which he broke his femur and was unable to reach his first aide kit and other emergency elements. “We are going to try to make it easier for wounded sailors to have improved access to their emergency kits and we will adapt the rules accordingly.” Technical measures will also be evaluated in the case of capsizes to avoid the transom remaining under water, thus preventing the skipper to be able to exit through the emergency hatch as in Jean Le Cam’s case.”

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World Champion Gilmour starts at Match Race Germany

Langenargen, Germany, 17.4.2009

This Easter surprise from the sympatic Australian professional Peter Gilmour has been well achieved. 4 times Match-Racing-World-Champion and his Yanmar Racing Team did usher their comeback into the World Match Racing Tour. The organisors of Match Race Germany are very happy about the first appearance in the 09 circuit of the America´s Cup winner in services from Alinghi:” Peter is one of the most successful sailors of all times. He will for sure entertain the spectators on and off the shore on the highest level!”, states Organisor Eberhard Magg.

Match Race Germany –“You wouldn’t want to miss it!” states Peter Gilmour, “We are excited to be heading back and have had a long enjoyable involvement with the event.” Besides Gilmour also Ben Ainslie sets course and heads to Lake Constance. The 3 times Olympic Champion, who could become the most successful Olympian of all times in 2012 on home turf, will bring his core team of TeamOrigin to Langenargen.
Ainslie will be expected by the best match racers in the world. With French America´s Cup Skipper Seb Col and his compatriot Matthieu Richard, the world number 1 and 2 have entered. New Zealand shooting star Adam Minoprio (No.9 ISAF rankings)will return, and so will be 2007 Champion Paolo Cian (5 ISAF rankings). Young and wild Torvar Mirsky from Australia will be in Langenargen as well as most of the ISAF Top 10.

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Match Race Germany Attracts Stars, Sponsors and Spectators

April 20, 2009 by admin

In the absence of any meanigful America’s Cup sailing, the World Match Racing Tour is shaping up to be a focus for teams and sponsors in 2009. Though each tour event varies, each brings something to the mix, helping the tour to make a legitimate claim as a World Championship.

The next round is Match Race Germany, where sponsorship is stable despite economic conditions. Harald Theirer, organiser says:

‘Despite the very difficult times, we have managed to attract and convince new top brands in addition to our long term loyal partners. New partners are Moet Hennessy with their brands Veuve Cliquot and Glenmorangie. Another international brand icon, known for the best chainsaws in the world, Stihl increases their involvement compared to last year.

On the bruised financial market, a clear sign has been set by UBS, who will bring 50 guests to Langenargen. Car manufacturer AUDI has joined along with the Industry and Trade Chamber of the Lake Constance region the IHK with their slogan: ‘Elite Sport meets Elite region’

Match Race Germany has been part of the Tour since the year 2000. Every year more than 30,000 spectators find their way to Langenargen to enjoy the highest level of match racing, paired with a huge range of entertainment on shore.

The event will also see the return to match racing for America’s Cup legend, Australian Peter Gilmour. The four time Match Racing World Champion and his Yanmar Racing Team have announced their comeback onto the World Match Racing Tour.

Organiser Eberhard Magg said:

‘Peter is one of the most successful sailors of all time. He will for sure entertain the spectators on and off the shore on the highest level!’

Peter will have to beat his young Australian protoge Torvar Mirsky as well we TEAMORIGIN’s Ben Ainslie to win the event’s prize money.

The tour event is a sporting highlight for the town of Langenargen, who have built businesses around it.

Match Race Germany generates large indirect profitability by attracting guests from around the lake, neighbouring countries such as Austria and Switzerland as well as other international visitors and people from all over Germany.

Flanked by Ultramarin, the biggest marina on the lake, the new Match Center Germany with its ’sail academy’ and successful business coaching events will be the centre of racing while onshore, there will be a festiaval atmosphere.

From Friday through to Monday there will be musical entertainment in the party tent. Access to the event site and all activities are free of charge to all visitors. The man on the microphone ‘The Voice’ will once again be Christoph Schumann, who will be commentating on the action both on and off the shore!

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From Japan Today

Solo sailor Minoru Saito conquers Cape Horn for 5th time

Tuesday 07th April, 08:15 AM JST

CAPE HORN, Argentina —

Solo Japanese yachtsman Minoru Saito took another step into the annals of sailing Monday, rounding Cape Horn for the fifth time in his 36-year yachting career, this time going the “wrong way around.” He celebrated with a half-bottle of champagne, pouring a portion into the sea in the traditional gesture of thankful crews who pass this dangerous spot.

“I’m really happy” he told shore support back in Tokyo over a satellite phone connection.

Cape Horn, just 500 miles from the top edge of the southern ice pack, is considered the world’s most treacherous sailing grounds with frequent stormy weather and gale-force winds that can blow for days on end. For Saito in his 56-foot yacht Nicole BMW Shuten-dohji III, the weather could not have been more ideal with mild seas and steady, favorable winds. Strong headwinds are expected in two days but by then he will have started moving up the west coast of Chile into gradually warmer and less threatening waters.

On Day 186, he is now 60% finished on the 26,000-mile solo voyage he began last October that is his record eighth single-handed circumnavigation of the globe. The voyage is expected to take another two to three months.

Saito will be 75 when he returns, completing a yachting feat that promises to make virtually invincible his standing as the world’s oldest and most-accomplished single-handed circumnavigator. He’ll be able to claim records for most, oldest, and oldest westward “contrary” circumnavigations. He already holds the Guinness Book world record as the oldest person to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation at age 71 in 2005.

Only a handful of sailors have succeeded in a “wrong-way” westward circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and seas, and none approaching Saito’s venerable age. He was forced to put in at several ports for repairs, thus could not accomplish a hoped-for non-stop circumnavigation.

Sponsors of this voyage include main donor Nicole BMW, with supporting contributions from Albion, Clearpoint Weather, Barilla Japan, Japan Radio Corporation, Henri Lloyd, Fujiki Group, U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Saito’s high school alumni association Yasuda Gakuen. He is assisted by a volunteer organization that includes members in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, China, and the U.S.


From his log

12 April 2009
During yesterday’s heavy seas and strong winds, Nicole BMW Shuten Dohji III became disabled due to rudder problems. We contacted the Chilean Navy and they judged it to be an emergency and requested assistance from a Chilean factory boat, the closest vessel large enough to negotiate the seas that were still at 8.5 meters at the time. Saito-san was taken in by the ship and the yacht is presently being towed to the Diego Ramirez Islands, the small group of islands he passed earlier in the week.

Until NBSDIII became disabled Saito-san had drifted in 10 meter seas and 45 kt winds for more than 20 hours as a strong low passed south of him. It took about 6 hours for the factory ship to rendezvous with the yacht approximately 70 nm south of Cape Horn. He drifted without use of the rudder beginning at 2 am local time/2 pm JST until the rendezvous about 14 hours later.

15 April 2009

He reported that he’d been towed there by a fishing boat and that preparations were being made to do several repairs on Nicole BMW Shuten Dohji III. He said the rudder was OK although it was not clear (to us) whether the line was still wrapped around the propeller. He said repairs will be made to the main sail and the SSB radio antenna, and refueling will be carried out over the next 3 days. A sail loft will be required for the sail repair, and it is expected that a loft can be found in this city of about 140,000 people.

He apologized for keeping everyone in suspense but said this was the first opportunity to place a call. We said we understood, and that we had been keeping up with his position with the twice-daily locator beacon reports as well as advisories from the Chilean Navy rescue service. (Once again, the beacon has proven its value. Thanks again, Jerry Zack!)

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Saito set for eighth solo around

Circumnavigation legend looks to renew own nonstop age feat

By ERIC L. DUE
Staff writer

Plan A: Sail dead south from Yokohama, turn right past Tasmania, duck under Australia, skirt the Cape of Good Hope, pound farther south, keep the hairy Cape Horn just off to the right, then turn right again and beat a rhumb line northwest back home — all without stopping and alone.

News photo
The calm before: Minoru Saito takes a break from getting the steel cutter Nicole BMW Shuten-dohji III ready for his eighth solo sailing circumnavigation. ERIC L. DUE

To do this once takes religious commitment. To log it as one’s eighth solo circumnavigation takes a man possessed.

Figure on a 200-day (seven-month) trip, give or take. Store plenty of food, water, grog, meds, fuel, batteries, enough for at least a two-month reserve, plus tools, a life raft, an emergency radio beacon or two, and for the dodgy ticker, nitroglycerin. And pray for luck — because there is no Plan B.

Asked what he would do if faced with the ultimate fate, he shrugs, and gives a mock farewell salute to Davy Jones’s locker, whose door is always ajar.

Knockdowns, rollovers, mountainous seas, sail-shredding spray, Minoru Saito, 74, has been there, done that, but always eastward, generally with the prevailing winds and seas. The last time, when he returned in June 2005 at age 71, he finished his seventh solo circumnavigation and set a Guinness World Records age feat to boot, being the oldest to do it nonstop and unassisted.

This time he’ll be going wrong-bound, no easy downhill running, probably just shy of 50,000 km, all told.

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photo Anton Paz / Equipo Telefonica

photos Guo Chuan / Green Dragon

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Approaching a 500 mile day on the fine yacht, gains on all the last position reports – the boat is going well and the crew is happy.  What’s there not to like!  Well, I will tell you one thing.

The race is essentially starting over again and the two Ericsson boats are right next to us – essentially tied with us in distance to the finish.  We can’t ever shake these boats.  Magnus Olsson said at the pre-leg press conference that he was going to shadow us because he thought we knew how to get to Boston fastest.  Well I’m not so sure if that is true because the Telefónica Blue guys seem to be doing a pretty good job thus far, but I didn’t think he meant his comment so literally.

We’re kind of tired of looking at a mirror image of Ericsson boats.  It feels like we are getting teamed up on sometimes.  Between you and me, we gauge if they are close or not by the fact we can see the orange head on their mainsails.  We call it their pregnancy test.  You know, you wait for the stick or whatever it is to turn the special colour…something like that…well, their colour turned orange.  Orange pregnancy lines mean they are positively close.  No visual on the orange mainsail head means negative, they aren’t that close. There have been a lot of positive tests for far this race.

The fire hose is still on full force on deck.  I can say that this is some of the easiest 500 miles per day sailing that I have ever done.  Warm, not sweltering, warm water, beautiful 20 knot trade winds, open ocean planing across the waves.  Just fast, fun sailing that might be some of the more pleasurable miles ticked off this entire race.  It has been a long time coming waiting for days like this.  Hopefully it lasts for a bit longer.

Kenny Read – skipper

COMPLICATED WEATHER PUTS PRESSURE ON TELEFÓNICA BLUE

The compression has started. Although still leading the fleet, Telefónica Blue has started to sail into a ridge of high pressure, which is checking her progress towards the finish in Boston, and allowing the rest of the fleet a slice of the action.

The compression could last up to 36 hours as the breeze softens ahead and the race from here on in should be a lot closer.

“Hopefully, we have positioned ourselves correctly and we can hang on to our lead,” said Telefónica Blue navigator Tom Addis.  “It’s never enjoyable being the lead boat when the fleet is compressing on you, but there is not a lot we can do about it, but we are fine and we are pushing the boat as hard as we can,” he added.

“Now the Weather Gods are smiling in our favour a little bit and pushing Telefónica Blue into lighter air and allowing us to tighten up the gap,”   said PUMA’s skipper Kenny Read would dearly like to be on the podium in his home town of Boston.

At 1300 GMT yesterday, Bouwe Bekking and his men had a comfortable lead of 104 nm.  Today it is 61nm, and the weather ahead is complicated, making for nervous navigators and skippers.

“The weather models look so horrible that I am contemplating making lots of coffees for the guys, going on deck to help out, check clouds etc.  Anything to get me away from the computer and the horrible stuff it is spitting out at me,” said sixth placed Delta Lloyd’s navigator, Wouter Verbraak.

Telefónica Blue is now on the same latitude as the Leeward Islands, while PUMA, Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 are in a parallel line with 36 nm between Ericsson 4 in the west and PUMA in the east and all within seven miles of each other.

It is thought that Magnus Olsson, skipper of Ericsson 3, cracked a rib when he was washed into the steering pedestal last week, but according to his crew, he is recovering well.

Today was helmsman Eivind Melleby’s 29th birthday.  Part of his surprise was a bag of jelly men sweets, which brought a smile to Olsson’s face when he was handed his share.  Melleby said, “The sailing right now is really fun.  The team is doing a great job and everybody is enjoying themselves and pushing all the time.  Ericsson 3 is a happy ship and goes fast as well.”

In the next tier, just over 40 nm back, are Telefónica Black and Delta Lloyd, followed by Green Dragon a further 22 nm astern.   The black boat had an eventful night breaking their gennaker sheet and then having a scare when they collided with a whale.    This morning, when daylight broke, the crew checked for damage from the collision and apart from some paint shaved off the forward edge of the keel blade, nothing else was found.

“All onboard love the sea and its animals, and it has been a real shock for everybody to hit one of them,” said skipper Fernando Echávarri.

Current conditions for the fleet are near to perfect, although Wouter Verbraak says that 17 knots of boatspeed just doesn’t have the same adrenaline kick to it. Further ahead, PUMA’s skipper, Kenny Read, is happy.

“This trade wind sailing is a beautiful thing.  Just kind of, hook in and hold on, it’s comfortable below and it’s comfortable on deck and we’re ripping along at 20 knots.  What is there not to like?” he said.

Phil Jameson from Ericsson 4 says the price paid for such idyllic sailing is being completely soaked, but the water is warm and not many clothes are required.  Most of the crew are just wearing very light shorts and short-sleeved shirts under their wet weather gear.  “What is nice is coming off watch and just hanging up your foulies and t-shirt and jumping into your bunk with just wet shorts on,” he says.

As the compression intensifies, the blue boat’s speed is down to 14.8 knots, while the black boat is still charging up through the fleet at 20.5 knots.  As yesterday, it is PUMA who has the highest 24-hour run, covering 477 nm.  No wonder Kenny Read is happy.

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