PHRF Details Now Available Online
Yachting New Zealand has gone live with a new website feature which allows visitors to access measurement and race history details on any yacht with a current PHRF certificate. The website innovation provides racing owners and crew with greater integrity in the national handicapping system by promoting candour and transparency.
Go to www.yachtingnz.org.nz and use the Boat Search and Handicap List under Keelboat to look up a boat by entering either its name or sail number to instantly view measurement details declared to Yachting New Zealand. This report can also be used for revalidation purposes so that the owner does not have to re-enter all details but only those that are changed or need updating.
One more click – on Race History – and up pops a summary report of the boats performance in each race for the past 12 months. This will detail the average performance over the last four, eight and twelve races so that anyone can see how the PHRF TCF is derived. By clicking the down arrow under each PHRF category you will see the names of the races.
PHRF is a national performance handicapping system for keelboats designed to facilitate open and fair competition between boats as much as possible. It is self regulating and depends on the spirit of sportsmanship for its success. For more information see the PHRF Frequently Asked Questions.
IRC and PHRF New Season
The New Zealand season for keelboat PHRF handicaps and IRC ratings is nearly over with current certificates expiring at the end of this month. Owners are encouraged to get in early for the new season with applications and revalidations for PHRF and IRC being accepted now.
See www.yachtingnz.org.nz under Keelboat for more information on both PHRF and IRC.
UNOSAT has released a detailed spatial analysis of the Somali pirate activity in 2009, focusing on
* changes in attack locations within the Gulf of Aden.
* changes in the attack success rate by month.
* the unprecedented expansion of attacks in the Indian Ocean.
Due to anti-piracy operations by international naval forces in the Gulf of Aden, Somali pirates are switching over their operations to Indian Ocean. Some of the key findings are:
* In 2008, there were a total of only 16 reported attacks and 7 successful hijackings in the Indian Ocean.
* As of April 20, 2009 there have already been 33 reported attacks and 9 successful hijackings in the Indian Ocean.
Here is the graph showing: Somali Pirate attack success rate (December 2008 to April 20, 2009) in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
1st Bahrain show a success
More than 10,000 visitors attended the 1st Bahrain Boat Show International (BBSI), which ran from April 21-25 at Amwaj Islands Marina.
Organised by Knotika Holding, which also runs the Kuwait and Emirates Boat Show in Dubai, the event coincided with the F1 Grand Prix and boasted more than 100 local, regional and international marine brands and products.
“It’s been an absolutely brilliant five days,” said ART Marine chairman Alessio Tumbiolo, whose company was the largest exhibitor with 11 yachts on display. “We’ve had numerous serious inquiries and certainly look forward to coming back next year.”
Nearly 40 per cent of this year’s exhibitors have requested more space next year, says Knotika, while the remainder have confirmed participation at current levels.
“We gained very positive leads, more than achieved in the past two UAE shows,” said Phil Hudson of Al Masaood Marine in Abu Dhabi.
Sovereign Yachts headed for receivership?
The National Business Review in New Zealand has reported that Sovereign Yachts could be forced into receivership by one of its suppliers. The paper reported that attorneys for YCO SAM, a Monaco-based subsidiary of YCO Deuxmil, has begun advertising for the application. The application is due at the High Court at Auckland at the end of this week.
Phone calls and an email from IBI to Sovereign Yachts were not returned, and the company’s website seems to have gone dark.
The yacht builder moved to New Zealand in 2001 from Canada. At the time, then Prime Minister Helen Clark and Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton welcomed the yacht builder. The government predicted that 350 jobs would be generated in two years. But the firm employed about 100 people during that time period.
The company also drew some heated attention from the opposition party after it was disclosed that Sovereign Yachts owner Bill Lloyd bought 4ha of Auckland waterfront property for less than NZ$500,000 from the government.
According to its website, YCO Yacht is a yacht management and consultancy company based in Monaco. It was acquired by Deuxmil Marine PLC in 2008. An email request for more information to its senior managers was not returned by presstime.
2009 Design on Board show cancelled
The 2nd annual Design on Board conference, originally planned for May 28-29 at the BolognaFiere exhibition centre in Bologna, Italy, has been cancelled in light of the economic downturn.
The show is said to be the only event that brings together everything needed to complement the onboard lifestyle, including materials and furnishings, lighting, accessories, equipment and more — all with a strong emphasis on design and innovation.
“A careful analysis of current market conditions and, in particular the impact felt by all in the nautical sector, has demonstrated that 2009 is not the ideal moment for a second edition of Design on Board,” says the show’s organiser. “It is our sincere hope that the general market conditions will improve in the near future and that Design on Board will return with another successful edition.”
The first edition of Design on Board in 2008 was a strong success, attracting more than 4,000 visitors and professionals involved in all phases of yacht design and construction.
Exciting New Growth Period For Women’s Match Racing
2012 London Olympic Games
These are exciting times for women’s match racing with the new Olympic boat, the Elliott 6m, making its debut at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Kiel, Germany this June and women’s match racing events growing in number and participation throughout the world.
New teams are joining the ranks and established match racing teams are developing Olympic programmes.
The next stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Delta Lloyd Regatta, in Medemblik, The Netherlands, will feature women’s match racing for the first time and currently has 24 teams registered from 13 countries. They will sail the three-person Yngling for this year’s event, but will switch to the Elliott 6m for 2010.
WMRANZ JOIN NOW!
You can join the WMRANZ for $2…………
(This is solely to cover the $100 fee to Yachting New Zealand for joining as an association – based on getting 50 ladies to join!)
The objectives of the Association shall be:
· To promote, encourage and foster the development and growth of the Women’s Match Racing in New Zealand.
· Organise and assist in facilitating Women’s Match racing and other female sailing activities.
· To foster cohesion between sailors, officials & organising authorities.
· To organise Match Racing rules sessions.
· To hold and maintain a database of members of the association. i.e., women sailors, umpires, coaches, sponsors, interest parties, stakeholders, etc.
By joining you agree that your email address & cellphone number may be given to potential skippers & other members who want to get hold of you!
Not just for Women – but to promote Women’s Match Racing (& fleet racing if we can help)!
So get on the database today!!!!
The Racing Rules of Sailing
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced today that the Experimental Kiteboarding Competition Rules have been released and published on the ISAF website.
The Appendix BB — Experimental Kiteboarding Competition Rules have been published to provide a consistent global framework for kiteboarding competition. The Experimental Rules were produced by members of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and ISAF Windsurfing Committee in collaboration with a group of kiteboarding enthusiasts in Europe and the USA.
These Kiteboarding Competition Rules are called “experimental” because they will be revised from time to time in response to feedback, comments and suggestions sent to ISAF by sailors, event organizers and judges who use them. Ultimately, it is expected that a revised version of Appendix BB will be put forward to be considered by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Council for inclusion as a new appendix in a future edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing, the rules which govern the sport on the water worldwide.
Un peu plus d’un mois après sa sélection à la barre du Figaro Banque Populaire, l’heure est à la rentrée des classes pour Gildas Mahé. Jeudi 7 mai, à 12h30, retentira en effet le coup de canon libérateur de la Solo Ports-de-France.com au large de Concarneau. Dans un jardin qu’il connaît comme le fond de sa poche de ciré, le skipper Banque Populaire aura alors tout le loisir de s’exprimer et de soigner particulièrement son entrée en scène sur la saison 2009, la première sous les couleurs de la Banque de la Voile. Au programme, un parcours de 400 milles de la pointe Bretagne à l’estuaire de la Loire et face à Gildas Mahé, un plateau d’un niveau qui préfigure celui du rendez-vous majeur de la saison ; la 40ème édition de la Solitaire du Figaro.
In rather more of month after its selection in the bar of the Barber the hour Forks out Popular, is in the receipts of classes for Gildas Mahé. On Thursday, May 7th, at 12 h 30, the blow of liberating cannon of Solo Ports-de-France.com off Concarneau will blare in effect. In a garden which he knows as the bottom of his pocket of oilskin, the skipper Forks out Popular aura then all free time to express himself and to treat particularly on her entrance in stage on season 2009, the first one under the colours of Banq
2009 Earls Court show cancelled
By IBI Magazine
The 2009 Sail, Power & Watersports Show (formerly the Earls Court London Boat Show) has been cancelled, according to IBI‘s sister publication Yachting Monthly.
Instead, the show’s managing director James Brooke plans to run a British Leisure Show next spring at Windsor Racecourse, as well as a marine-based show at London’s Earls Court in November 2010.
The Earls Court show should not be confused with the London International Boat Show, which returns next year to the Excel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands from January 8-17. The show is organised by National Boat Shows (NBS), a division of the British Marine Federation (BMF).
“Over the last two years we have directed over £5m of investment to promote the marine industry through our shows at Earls Court,” says Brooke. “As we continue to increase the level of investment, it has been essential to fully understand the new challenges facing many companies within the marine industry in 2009 and beyond.”
“We look forward to returning to Earls Court in November 2010,” he says.
The 1st British Leisure Show will run in the spring next year, on the banks of the River Thames, at the Royal Windsor Racecourse from March 19-21. The show will incorporate an extensive range of products from all leisure sectors, including marine, aviation, classic & sports cars, bikes, caravan & camping, health & fitness, extreme sports and more.
(5 May 2009)
5 May 2009
Oman Sail Welcomes New Arabian 100 Trimaran
The first Arabian 100, a new class of 105′ trimaran, has arrived in the southern city of Salalah in Oman for final assembly. Built by Boatspeed in Australia, the three hulls and connecting beams were shipped on deck to Salalah via India. On Saturday the 2nd of May, the parts were transferred to the custom-built shed in Salalah in the Royal Yacht Squadron compound where the fleet of yachts belonging to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is maintained.
Arabian 100 being unloaded in Salalah
Over the next four months the spars will arrive fro m Southern Spars in Auckland, New Zealand whilst the Harken deck gear and winches will arrive from Italy. Before the trimaran is launched at the end of August for sea trials a full set of North Sails will arrive from France. Originally designed by Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret, the Arabian 100 is a close sister ship to the very successful and very famous ‘Sodeb’O’ campaigned by Thomas Coville. Sodeb’o has set many records around the world and her design was a perfect platform on which to develop a new class of racing trimarans that also offer perfect training platforms.
Crossbeams are Unloaded for Final Assembly
The as yet un-named Arabian 100, His Majesty will name it on completion, will be used by Oman Sail to further the profile of Oman internationally whilst training a new generation of young Omanis. Without the rotating mast of Sodeb’O and the simplifying of some of the processes, the new trimaran will easily accommodate a large crew of trainers and trainees on short or long distance challenges. The Arabian 100 will be part of the programme which will involve long distance races as well as being an international ambassador of Oman. An Omani crew who will be trained to sail the Arabian 100 but there will also be a strong Omani contingency in the background doing the boatbuilding, maintenance, systems, rigging and sailmaking. A cornerstone of Oman Sail’s charter is the development of young Omanis in the larger scheme of reigniting Oman’s maritime heritage. The Oman Sail Academy is in the second phase of recruitment for young Omani men and women, may of whom will be part of the Arabian 100 crew when she starts her schedule of events.
Artist’s Impression of the Arabian 100 trimaran
Currently Oman Sail has several Omani crew members sailing in their race team in events such as the Clipper Round the World Challenge and the iShares Cup. In March Oman welcomed back Mohsin Al Busaidi as the first Arab to circumnavigate the world non-stop. He achieved this feat on another of Oman Sail’s racing trimarans, Musandam.
Oman Sail is an exciting new initiative formed in 2008 to reignite Oman’s maritime heritage and to inspire the next generation. The project includes hi-tech ocean sailing and the highest level inshore pr ofessional racing, in turn driving interest from young Omanis to step on to a boat for the first time, creating dreams of their own. The embryo of a sailing academy is now established in Muscat, Oman and the long term objective is to make sailing accessible to schools and young enthusiasts, developing a wider base from which sailors from around the country can progress up in to the Oman Sail Racing Team – or on to develop marine industry skills, and the infrastructure to create a sustainable future for sailing in Oman. The creation of role models like Mohsin Al Busaidi has already started to inspire young Omanis and shows that with determination and hard work, anything is possible.
America’s Cup Agreement…a One Night Stand
May 1st 2009
Let it be recorded that for one night, April 30, 2009, representatives of Alinghi and BMW Oracle sat together in the same room in support of the same cause…the America’s Cup. Both organizations were sponsors of the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s America’s Cup Hall of Fame event last night at the New York Yacht Club, a celebration of the America’s Cup’s 167 years of competition and a night to officially induct three new members to the Hall of Fame. The club’s model room looked spectacular, and surrounded by full models of nearly every past Cup defender and challenger, more than 300 black-tie guests ate fish or filet mignon while listening to an extremely long yet enjoyable round of slides, video, speechifying and storytelling, moderated by Halsey Herreshoff, president of the Museum.
Cayard Sailing Reports
Elvestrom/Zellerbach Regatta Recap
Monday, May 04, 2009
This past weekend I celebrated 30 years since I last sailed a 505 by racing on one. That’s right, not 30 years of 505 sailing but 30 years since I last stepped foot in one. I crewed for Howard Hamlin of Long Beach up here in SF in the Elvestrom(do we pay him a royalty?)/Zellerbach(I think he died before royalties became in vogue) Regatta. Small turn out in the 505 fleet (8 boats) but it was just about all I could handle for my come back debut. The boats are so complicated now, strings and gadgets everywhere. I last sailed with Denis Surtees in May of 1979 in Durban where we finished second in a very windy world championship. Howard was a crew back then too but shifted to driving (indication of intelligence) and has stuck with the class all these years. He has won the world championship once and been second 5 times including 4 out of the last 5 years.
The 505 World Championships will be hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club the last week of August this year on Berkeley Circle. There should be a bit of breeze for that one, eh? Two races a day! 7 days of racing! This is my next anti aging prescription. The first dose was the Olympics at 45.
This weekend was my tryout. Howard says I passed. But he doesn’t know how my body feels today after four races yesterday and two on Saturday. Needless to say, I will have to spend the better part of every morning for the next 4 months working out (actually I do that anyway). My physical targets are; 6’2″ (got that covered) 215 pounds (need to gross up 8) and extremely agile and quick (no comment on those two). A crew in SF also needs to be immune to pain and cold. There is only one place we can go to improve Howard’s track record and that will be a tall order with 110 boats expected. But we are not intimidated by numbers. Heck, are ages added together are almost 110! 106 to be exact.
Anyway, I see this as another great adventure, a dream really if I can pull it off. And that is what life is all about, dreaming and realizing your dreams. Sometimes our dreams border on unreasonable. But getting as close to unreasonable as possible without going over is exactly where you want to be.
Oh, we did manage to win the Elvstrom/Zellerbach so I haven’t hurt Howard’s record so far.
Will Bertarelli get away with it?
04 May 2009
AMERICA’S CUP: You have to admire the bare faced cheek of Ernesto Bertarelli and Alinghi who, after having been told by the New York Court to get on with it and sail the America’s Cup, seemingly ignored the instruction and, instead, issued another action against Larry Ellison/BMW Oracle/GGYC.
After winning the legal battle by a landslide victory, Ellison must be wondering what will eventually get Bertarelli out on the water. And the New York Judges must be wondering quite what Bertarelli expects to achieve by dismissing out of hand their carefully considered judgement.
After BB suggested last week that Bertorelli’s manoeuvrings ought to put him in contempt of court, we were pleased to hear Ellison’s Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) had got the New York Court to issue an order directing the SNG to show why it should not be held in contempt of court.
Unperturbed by little things like the New York Court instructing him to do something, Bertarelli simply issued another action, going back to the worn-out tussle on BMW Oracle/GGYC/Ellison supplying details of its craft under the Deed of Gift requirements.
Boating Buisness thinks the American term for this statement is probably ‘Way to go dude…’
more Cup stuff here
Women’s Match-Racing Olympic Development Squad
Yachting New Zealand has announced a squad of nine female sailors selected to train for the Womens Match Racing discipline which debuts at the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth, England.
26 women came forward for selection and recently 24 of those who expressed an interest came under the scrutiny of selectors. Individual interviews were conducted with each of the women followed by a weekend of racing on Auckland Harbour, closely watched by Rod Davis, Laurie Jurie and Graeme Sutherland.
Those selected for the Olympic Development Squad are…
* Samantha Osborne
* Jess Smyth
* Stephanie Hazard
* Miranda Powrie
* Raynor Smeal
* Carla Holgate
* Anna de Fluiter
* Aimee Famularo
* Jenna Hansen
“We went into this thinking we wanted two teams of three,” explains Rod Davis who is overseeing the Women’s Match Racing programme. “But over the weekend it became obvious that we could field three really strong teams, and we felt that at this stage we could include an extra team without incurring extra costs.”
“Laurie Jury and Graeme Sutherland will be responsible for the day to day coaching. The group will sail together three times a fortnight, with a more intensive two to three day clinic every six weeks or so.”
The New Zealand designed Elliot 6s have been chosen by ISAF as the Olympic boat providing the kiwi team, who are familiar with the boats already, with a head start.
“The RNZYS (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) are an integral part of this,” continues Davis. “We have ten Elliot 6s right here in Auckland, nowhere else in the world has this advantage. We have the talent, we have the coaches and we have the boats.”
Talented keelboat sailor Raynor Smeal was excited to be named in the Women’s Match-Racing Olympic Development Squad.
“I’m thrilled to be included,” says Smeal. “And I’m looking forward to working with the talented sailors in the Squad, as well as coaches Rod, Graeme and Laurie. I can’t wait to start training and having us all become better sailors and ultimately developing a medal winning team for 2012.”
For more information please contact:
Yachting New Zealand
Peter Gilmour appointed as
2009 World Yacht Racing Forum Chairman
Your Fans are Online. Are you?
May 4, 2009 by admin
We gave Quantum Sails a good report last week for being one of the only sailing suppliers to go racing in their own right and today, we are giving them another good rap for their facebook page. Anyone thinking that this social media stuff is going to go away, or is just for kids, think again. The Quantum Racing page has 604 fans and is growing fast. Fans hail from all over the place including the Bahamas, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Australia.
The team is using the page to post photos, video and updates on preparations for the upcoming Audi Med Cup. Believe us when we say that fans love this stuff. The inside knowledge.
Straight into the Doldrums
By midday GMT on Sunday (03/05), Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz had sailed Desafio Cabo de Hornos to within seven miles of race leader Beluga Racer, slipstreaming Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme 90 miles off the Brazilian coast. Three hours later, the two boats separated with the German team finding nine knots of boatspeed – double the Chilean’s average. Throughout the day the gap grew as Cubillos and Muñoz took the offshore option while Herrmann and Oehme remained on the more direct route to the finish line. In the latest 0620 GMT position poll this morning (04/05), Beluga Racer are just 35 miles south of the equator holding a lead of 45 miles over the Chilean team while the British duo of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson have made the decision to head offshore on Team Mowgli and currently trail the race leader by 224 miles.
As the fleet climb into the North Atlantic, the formidable barrier of the Doldrums now blocks their path. Boris Herrmann explains the scene: “Here it is a meteorological No Man’s Land between the Trade Wind zones of the northern and southern hemispheres,” he wrote late yesterday. “Damp air ascends rapidly forming heavy clouds. These deliver strong squalls, then suddenly stop, dump huge amounts of rain before sending the breeze from every point of the compass.” Overnight the German team maintained the highest speeds in the fleet although at dawn their pace had dropped to just over nine knots with Desafio Cabo de Hornos chasing hard at 10.8 knots. “We just have to hope our patience holds out and we will have to sit here in the pouring rain with flapping sails waiting for the Chileans to catch us.”
“So, dear friends, welcome to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone,” continues the German skipper. “A routing black hole. The standard strategy is to head north through the area via the shortest route and hook into the Trade winds on the other side and hopefully this tactic will pay-off for us.” Despite the solid tactics, both Herrmann and Oehme know that there are other, external forces involved. “There is always the element of luck,” admits Herrmann. “Whoever controls luck the best will exit the Doldrums first. As long as the President of Chile doesn’t call the Chilean boat as he did just before Cape Horn and remind them that the pride of the nation is at stake, we should be OK!” For the meantime, the German duo are remaining on high alert. “We are going to keep the hammer down until we have a 50 mile lead over them,” explains Herrmann. “After that, maybe we can relax a bit.”
Russia’s Admiral Panteleyev (DDG-548) missile destroyer captured a boat with 29 suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia on April 28.
The suspected pirates in their boat were in possession of
* Seven Kalachnikov machine-guns
* Handguns of different calibres
* Equipment including satellite navigation devices
* Aluminum ladders for boarding
* Reserve tanks with fuel
* Large number of empty shells
Investigation has revealed that all the suspected pirates are not from Somalia and some are fishermen from Iran and Pakistan. It is not clear whether Iranian and Pakistani fishermen are working as navigators for Somali pirates for monetary gains.
Robby Wilkins wins the 56th Mug Race
Robby Wilkins, of Lexington, SC, won the 56th Mug Race in a Melges E-Scow, ending 25 years during which the race was dominated by an ever-fancier set of catamarans. Mug Race uses a pursuit start, and runs one-way from Palatka, FL for 38.5 nm along the St. Johns River to its end near the sponsoring Rudder Club of Jacksonville. This year’s race (Saturday May 2) had winds that were moderate during the early morning when the monohulls and smaller catamarans were starting. By mid-morning, as the Supercats and RC-27s prepared to start, the winds had lightened. Wilkins was the clear leader at the mid-course mark at the Green Cove Springs bridge, and no other boat challenged him for the rest of the race. The second place boat, a Prindle 19 was at least 5 minutes behind the E-Scow. Eric Roberts, who has won the race multiple times in his modified RC-30, followed in 4th more than 20 minutes later. Wilkins and crew showed the stamina to fly the chute for many hours, from their start at about 9:25 am till rounding the turning mark at about 5:00 pm, then beat for two miles across the St. Johns to the finish line in a strong sea breeze. Well done, gentlemen. Welcome back, E-scows, to the roster of Mug Race winners.
Story submitted by: Donna Mohr, Rudder Club, Mug Race Finish Boat
more scows here