Yachting News 22nd May

May 22, 2009 1 Comment by



Paul and Kenny in action at Wellington

Paul’s last R Class

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TheVirtual Flies – Launch day for the second foiling R Class

Sunday May 3rd 2009 dawned cool and clear. Forecast was good if a little light and the water is COLD.
TheVirtual Flies – Launch day for the second foiling R Class

Foiling downwind – R607 TheVirtual – Paul Roe and Jess Hix

TheVirtual (R607) on foils is finally ready to go, in addition to building the foils we also had to setup a new rig and sails (as we’d sold the previous set with Subwoofer). It’s a few weeks later than we’d hoped, but the last couple of weekends weren’t very nice anyway. Its getting to be late autumn here and the dinghy season is officially over.
Jess and I weren’t looking forward to getting immersed launching, but it wasn’t really too bad. Initially the breeze was light (under 10kts),very variable, and only where the large fleet of trailer yachts were racing. The first wand we tried was too flexible and even with the maximum adjustment the cable still wasn’t giving enough lift to foil consistently. We were just barely able to foil upwind in the larger puffs. Fortunately we were carrying another wand and once we swapped things went much better. The breeze also steadied and built slightly which made foiling upwind easy. This makes for two successful R launch days with both boats lifting off first time out. There are a few small changes we need to make before next time, but we were really pleas ed with how well everything worked. The new rig and sail profiles are great and we’re looking forward to trying them out in more breeze.

R607 – TheVirtual – Paul Roe and Jess Hix foiling Sean Milner and David Pairman were a great help the chase boat with their coaching advice and support.  I’d like to also thank David for his help building our foils. David and I spent quite a few late nights building the two sets of foils for our boats. David and Tim will hopefully be out soon on the 3rd foiling R.

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Spanish Castle to White Night

Completing the Volvo Ocean Race is a supreme human achievement – only a fraction of the sailors that started from the ramparts of Alicante’s castle will sail all of the 37,000 miles to the finish in St. Petersburg. The handful that does will have been through every emotion, their human story intertwined with the raw elements of nature and the extraordinary technology on which their survival depends.

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Bikini boat: Entrepreneur takes new tack on chartering

By IBI Magazine

An entrepreneur in Newport, Rhode Island, has started a charter business that features exotic dancers. Calling itself “Model Cruises,” the boat’s owners expect to make their maiden voyage on June 1. The company’s website advertises the US$200 hour-long charter as “Sexy times on private yachts.”

In Newport, known more for its America’s Cup racing yachts and the manicured New York Yacht Club overlooking the harbor, this type of business has never been seen. It would seem more at home in Miami Beach.

The business does seem to have a slightly seedy edge. Clients are only given the location of the boat after they pay their fee, and on board, they are given four US$25 tokens for dances.

Newport city officials are trying to determine if the party boat violates any local or state laws, and so far, they seem to be coming up empty-handed. The owners don’t sell alcohol, so they require no special permits other than a charter operator’s license.

“Think of it as a normal charter boat, but with bikinis,” one of the owners, asking to be identified only as “John” told the East Bay Newspaper chain. “It’s really all just marketing,” he said.

With Rhode Island’s unemployment rate now at 11 per cent, one of the highest in the US, exotic dancing has become a growth industry. A local club recently had a “job fair.” According to the Providence Journal, it attracted over 200 applicants.

(22 May 2009)

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http://www.modelcruises.com/

from the website

Model Cruies Not Marketable in Newport

Due to a lack of reservations, Model Cruises will not be operating this summer in Newport. There does not appear to be enough demand for this business to sustain the cost of running the boat.

Any and all reservations already paid for will be refunded in full.

Sorry for any inconvenience – Have a great summer!

Things must be really bad in the US if they  can’t sell sex.

JUST ONE MORE CHANCE

May 22, 2009

Even Tiberius, the Roman Emperor who made Capri his home for the final years of his life would have been impressed this morning. With a window of wind opportunity reckoned to last about two hours in the sea-strait between the island and the mainland, it needed ruthless efficiency and nerves of steel to set a course and get the crews off for at least one race on the third day of Rolex Capri Sailing Week.

If race one was an example in efficiency, race two was an example in patience, with competitors kept waiting for the best part of three hours whilst a westerly breeze filled in across the course area and established itself. Heading into the final day, yachts holding the trump card in each division are: Mascalzone Latino (ITA/Farr 40); Atlantica Racing (ITA/Swan 45); Cuordileone (ITA/Swan 42); Fral 2 (ITA/Comet 45), and, Athanor (ITA/Comet 41).

For those still in touch with their class leader, tomorrow represents one last opportunity to stake their claim for top spot on the podium.

The crews have been lucky to have Peter Reggio marshalling the racecourse this week. For the first race of the day, Reggio decided to take advantage of the light southerly breeze covering the region at a point where the channel between Capri and Sorrento was squeezing an extra knot or two out of the wind. Good job too, as the shop shut-up completely shortly after the last of the Comets had cleared the finish line and the anticipated rotation to the west took an age to create enough confidence in Reggio to start race two.

The real winners in all this were, of course, the competitors, none more so in the first race than Helmut Jahn and Flash Gordon (USA) in the Farr 40s, Nico Poons and Charisma (NED) in the Swan 45s, Enrico Scerni and Kora 4 (ITA) in the Swan 42s, Alessandro Nespaga and Fral 2 in Comet 45s, and, Massimo Russo and Athanor in Comet 41s – all of whom took the gun in their divisions. In race two, the winners were Barking Mad (USA/Farr 40), Charisma, Cuordileone, Fral 2 and Athanor.

Both races were conducted in a shifting breeze; committing to a correct strategy was all-important as mistakes would be costly and irrecoverable. Flash Gordon had its now traditional good result in the first test, leading from start to finish. A second American team, Goombay Smash, also showed her potential before the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds by taking second, ahead of Calvi Network (ITA) and Fiamma (ITA). Mascalzone Latino’s relative slump to fifth was more than compensated by TWT’s (ITA) eventual ninth – a disappointing showing for Marco Rodolfi having got the better of Onorato on the first leg.

Goombay Smash followed up one good result with another finishing her second race in fourth, which delighted owner Doug Douglass, who has found the racing here difficult at the best of times, openly admitting to preferring heavier conditions, “the racing here is too challenging. Too light and too shifty. We like better breeze. The most important part of the race is to get off the starting line clean. All week those who have won the start have done better. But Capri is a beautiful island, we went to the Grotto Azzurra yesterday for a nice swim!”

With Jim Richardson winning the second of the two races and Flash Gordon posting a sixth it was good day for the American teams, but Vincenzo Onorato will be best satisfied holding a 9-point lead over second-placed Nerone (ITA).

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Hiking on a caravan – keen boys with a random standing in the back corner?

Twitter post: By JohnSangmeister: First Transpac competitor arrives in Rainbow Harbor Alfa Romeo is a Reichel-Pugh designed 30 meter ocean racer. http://twitpic.com/5kp81 : She is expected to break the L.A.- Honolulu record and may cross in under six days!

Rick Deppe/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

DELTA LLOYD LEG SEVEN DAY 7 QFB:

received 22.05.09 0759 GMT

Fast and safe?

I sat down to write that we are fast and safe, but thinking of it, it is hard to call this sailing safe when we are, most of the time, sailing right on the edge in 30-35 knots of breeze. A better description is wild. Tons and tons of water are crashing over the bow as we accelerating down the waves and spear through the next one.

My four year old son makes us go time and time again to the Volvo Ocean Race simulator. A compilation of some of the most spectacular sailing in the last Volvo Ocean Race. Afterwards people ask me: ‘is it really like that?’  Yes, it is like that and worse, as where the simulator stops after a few minutes, the pounding here is already non-stop since yesterday afternoon, and we are looking at having strong wind conditions for another 24 hours at least.

Through the night we have been sailing with the fractional code zero and a reefed mainsail. This set-up is relatively safe, and the best way to get through the night. Now, with daybreak here, we can see from the position reports that several boats are putting the hammer down again. The big question is will we be able to handle the A6 fractional spinnaker and be faster and lower?  Or is the sea state still too bad and is it better to continue with the current set-up?

Still a long way to go to Galway and the first priority is to get there with the boat in one piece. It is hard to hold back when the fleet is putting the throttle down, but we have to be patient I guess and see how the sea state develops. Pitch poling is expensive….

Wouter Verbraak – navigator

Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race

Guo Chuan/Green Dragon/Volvo Ocean Race

Guo Chuan/Green Dragon/Volvo Ocean Race

Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

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    [...] … and sails (as we’d sold the previous set with Subwoofer). It’s a few weeks later than we’d hoped, but the last couple of weekends weren’t very nice anyway. Its getting to be late autumn here and the dinghy season is officially over. … […

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