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Yachting News 17th September 2009

Sep 17, 2009 2 Comments by


Greetings yachties

Adam Minoprio and Claire Leroy share top spot,

Rohan Veal,

ISAF – AC 35 rules,

TP52 – Cayard Repot,

Mark Knopfler,

X41 – Worlds,

Global Ocean Race 2011-12 – PredictWind,

RWYC Shetland Round Britian & Ireland Yacht Race 2010,

Anna Tunnicliffe,

Superyacht News,

NZ Women’s Match Racing Olympic Squad – News,


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New Zealand’s Adam Minoprio and French skipper Claire Leroy both hold on to the top spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings on 16 September. Adam Minoprio (NZL) maintains his world #1 position in the Open Rankings, with fellow young gun Torvar Mirsky (AUS) jumping up to #2 and Mathieu Richard (FRA) at #3.

latest rankings here


Former SA Sailor of the Year and International Moth god Rohan Veal hung up his wings on Saturday, leaving Bladerider without its most important salesman and marketeer and the Moth class without its most important figure for the past five years.  Rumors of problems at Bladerider have been swirling around for months now, and the Mach 2’s dominance over the formerly all-powerful Bladerider at Worlds saw Veal visibly frustrated in Cascade Locks – perhaps the proverbial straw that sent Rohan to a yacht brokerage job at Melbourne’s posh Sandringham Yacht Club.  Lord knows that traveling 3 weeks out of every month selling boats takes a toll out of you, and we certainly hope to see Veal back soon.  Rarely does a single sailor have such a wide impact on worldwide sailing, and Veal did exactly that in spectacular fashion.

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ISAF Requests Permission To File Amicus Curiae Brief Regarding The 33rd America’s Cup

Wednesday 16 September 2009
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today asked the New York Supreme Court for permission to file an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in the litigation between the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) regarding the 33rd America’s Cup.

A copy of the brief was submitted with the request. The purpose of the brief is to advise the Court concerning ISAF’s role in the administration of the sport of sailing world-wide and its relevant rules, regulations and practices. ISAF also stated to the Court it takes no position in the matters presently pending

ISAF has also advised the Court that it has no objections to release of the agreement between ISAF and SNG, which was summarized in a press release of 17 July 2009 on the ISAF website:

“The International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body of the sport, and the Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), the trustee and holder of the America’s Cup, are pleased to announce that the 33rd America’s Cup Match will be conducted under the Deed of Gift provisions, the SNG rules, the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and ISAF Regulations as required by the Deed of Gift.

“Any changes to the ISAF Rules and Regulations not already covered by provisions within the ISAF Rules and Regulations will require sanction from ISAF.

“The Principal Race Officer, International Jury members and International Umpires (if Appendix C is used), will be suitably qualified personnel and will be independently appointed by ISAF. The process of which has already begun.”

SNG has subsequently executed a letter acknowledging and clarifying its understanding concerning several matters referenced in the agreement and accepting its publication

Please find links to the relevant documents below:

ISAF-SNG Agreement:

SNG Clarification Letter:

The Amicus Curiae Brief will be posted as soon as the Court rules on ISAF’s request.

more here

The 2003 edition of the rules here

TP52 – Audi MedCup – Cartagena

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Two Strikes

Unfortunate situation….no racing again!

There was wind most of the day, but it was very unstable, both in velocity and direction. The wind “ratcheted” its way from 110 to 210 over 4 hours.

We had two attempted starts, but both were abandonned about 30 seconds to go due to 30 degree shifts.

Pretty frustrating for everyone.

We did something nice though. There was a RIB out there with about 8 opti kids in it watching us. We invited them onboard and gave them all a chance to steer Artemis and get their photo taken. They were really cute, happy, smiling and enthusiastic. We even asked them which way we should go on the race course and they unanimously said “right”. And they were correct.

Let’s hope for sailable conditions tomorrow. The Coastal Race has been delayed at least to Friday and may even be cancelled to make time for more buoy racing.

Paul Cayard

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates,’The World’ manmade island project delayed – indefinitely?!

BY Catey Hill

Tuesday, September 15th 2009, 1:25 PM

A view of new development, The World is seen from the air in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It may be the end of the world – at least as Dubai knows it.

“The World,” Dubai’s ambitious project to create a series of roughly 300 islands shaped like the Earth, is having serious money troubles, the Times Online reports.  And according to one property agent the paper talked to, the multibillion-dollar project has been canceled.

“The World has been canceled. It doesn’t even look like the world. Basically there is one island that is maintained that is said to be owned by the sheik [Dubai’s ruler] and the rest looks like a pile of muck,” the local property agent told the paper.

And “The World” is not alone in its financial troubles.  Elswhere in Dubai, money troubles are running rampant.

About $300 billion worth of construction is on hold.

The Market Oracle, a financial analysis and forecasting firm, this year predicted “an average 50% retracement in Dubai property prices from the peak, with many of the more over-leveraged, high-end properties possibly crashing by as much as 75%.

What is Dubai’s official response to the economic crisis?

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X-41 World Championship (14-20 Sept)

– from Cala Galera to Scarlino

Possibly the best sailing conditions in Italy
We are pleased to inform you that Yacht Club Italiano and
X-Yachts Italia have reached a successful agreement with Circolo Nautico Scarlino to organize the X-41 World at the beautiful Marina of Scarlino.

The transfer of the worlds from Cala Galera to Scarlino was connected to the excellent hospitality offered to yachts and sailors by the local yacht club but most of all to the very good sailing conditions offered by the location, possibly the best in Italy.

The surrounding nature is beautiful, typical of Tuscany. Logistic and shore facilities are excellent.

“Scarlino” harbor is located few kilometers far from
“Punta Ala” and is close to Pisa Airport.

The Marina represents one of the most modern and efficient structures of recreational yachting industry on the tyrrhenian coast.

The nature of the whole area offers many possibilities for pure recreation for the crew’s families.

We are sure that the change of location will find X-41 Owners consent.

Piergiorgio Ravaioni
X-Yachts Italy

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PredictWind join the Global Ocean Race as an official partner

The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 announces a partnership with the Auckland-based, weather prediction company, PredictWind. After 25 years in development, PredictWind provide high resolution, weather prediction technology of exceptional accuracy: a system that was used successfully by the Swiss America’s Cup Defenders, Alinghi, in Auckland and Valencia during the last two cycles of the America’s Cup.

As partners with the Global Ocean Race 2011-12, PredictWind are offering to supply their ‘Professional’ software package to all the event’s competitors free of charge for use in the 33,000 mile circumnavigation. “Knowing what the wind is doing plays a crucial part in any yacht race,” explains Nathan May from PredictWind. “PredictWind provides valuable information allowing navigators to make the best decisions with the information at hand.” The system uses both the American and Canadian forecasting models to provide this information. “PredictWind uses two data sources for the weather model to generate two alternative forecasts for comparison,” continues May. “The closer the wind forecasts, the more confidence you can have in the accuracy.”

By linking the PredictWind weather forecasting data with the tactical and navigation software provided by Expedition and the yacht’s polars, the combined information is a powerful, competitive tool. “Using PredictWind with Expedition allows you to plot the yacht’s course relative to the wind forecast,” continues May. “The full version of Expedition allows you to do an optimal route using the yacht’s performance curve and the PredictWind GRIB forecast.”

more here

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n_logo-home Podcast – Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup part2

September 16, 2009 is offering a new way to experience the world’s top yacht races, via Podcast. The latest offering is from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009, just completed in Porto Cervo Sardinia. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the largest annual gathering of Maxi yachts, attracting boats from around the world from the largest, to the fastest, to the newest. There are two recordings, one from the halfway stage and one from after the prizegiving. Both feature interviews with selected owners and sailors competing at the event.

CLICK HERE subscribe to all Rolex Yachting podcasts.

Future podcasts will include the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta, and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.


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One Week to Race Launch

It is now just one week until the launch of the Shetland Round Britain & Ireland 2010 race. The race is to be officially launched on Wednesday 23rd September at the Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth, at 3pm.

Mervyn Wheatley, who competed in the OSTAR 2009 earlier this year, will be enthralling the audience with the challenges he has faced over the many times he has competed in the race. The 2010 edition will be his sixth attempt at competing, so few know the race better than he.

Still four months from the entry deadline (31st January 2010), 26 teams have already signed up for the two-handed race, including the winner of the OSTAR 2009, Jankees Lampe. Jankees broke the record for a 40ft vessel when he completed the trans-Atlantic race earlier this year in just 17 days, 17 hours and 40 minutes; making him the one to watch in next year’s race.

The SRB&I race has the support of many sailing greats, including Pete Goss MBE. A mix of past competitors, and those looking to try their luck in 2010, will be attending the launch next week.


Shetland Islands Council announced its sponsorship of the race in June and is now gearing up to promote the race and welcome the crews to Lerwick, one of the four compulsory stops during the race. Shetland is the ideal sponsor of the race due to its maritime links and history, as well as its 35 marinas.

The race will depart from Plymouth on 6th June 2010 and see the competitors sail 2000 nautical miles around the UK coastline. The race has been hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club every four years since 1966.

more here



September 15, 2009 (Written morning of September 16, 2009)
Weymouth, GBR

Yesterday was a long day of waiting, for our team here in Weymouth.  We were scheduled to do four races yesterday after the first group finished up.  We were greeted in the morning with 20-25kt winds, which calmed enough for the race committee to send out the first group.  After difficulties getting the course set and breakdowns on the Elliots, racing was further delayed for about an hour.  The group finally got in three races, before the race committee decided that it was too windy, as the wind was starting to average 25kts, gusting to 30kts.  The intent was for our group to go out if the wind died down again later in the day.  And it did, around 2:30pm.  It died down to the high teens, with gusts into the low 20’s.  We headed out for the race course and got situated with everything.  But as the race committee went into sequence, the wind picked back up to the mid 20’s with gusts to 30kts again.  But we raced.

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Having To Work Hard
Photo: Liz Baylis, Sept 2009

We were last start in the flight, so got to watch as the other boats maneuvered the pre-starts and race course.  By the time our race came around, we had lost both of our name plates that were in our sail.  We were racing Denmark’s Trine Abrahamsen. We had a great pre-start and led them off the line by about three boat lengths.  We lost a lot of the lead upwind, and ended up drawing a penalty.

We tacked clear in front of the boat, but they sailed to leeward of us and hit us and we came out with the penalty.  But no worries, all we had to do was sail fast from here to have enough room to do a turn.  We pulled back our lead on the downwind leg.  On the second upwind leg, they caught up to us to be within two boat lengths of us going into the top mark.  It wasn’t enough distance for us to burn our penalty so we had to pull some move to get them close to us and battle it out on the downwind leg.  As we approached the top mark, we were slightly ahead of them, so slowed to even up the race.  As they approached the mark, we headed down to point at them to try and force them to tack.  They bore away and we did a bit more, and they kept clear but got behind us.  As they went behind us, we headed up and tacked. Now we were exactly on layline and they were just shy of it, but couldn’t tack to make the mark.  We rounded the mark and they had to bare away and double tack to make the mark.  This had given us enough room to do our penalty.  Before hoisting the spinnaker, we sailed out of the mark zone and completed our penalty.  We set our kite and went on to win the race.

It was very exciting to actually practice a match race move in that much wind.  Most match races in breeze just come down to two boats sailing around the course and the one that does it better, wins. But to be able to pull off a move was a very satisfying feeling.

Today we are scheduled to finish the round robin.  We have three more races to do, but are the second group to be sailing again.  The wind is already in the low to mid-20’s with it forecasted to get windier, but fingers crossed we will get the racing in.  I will try and write a report tonight after sailing if I can find internet.  For more information, check Sail for Gold website.

I would like to thank Carmeuse for their continued support of my campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London, England.  I would also like to thank USSTAG for their support.

Sail hard,




ART Marine offers charter yachts

The Middle East’s largest boat distributor, ART Marine, is to offer 16 yachts for charter during this year’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which takes place on Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, in November.

Yachts will include the Benetti Tradition, Benetti 85, Azimut 100 and various flybridge and sports models from the Azimut, Atlantis and Riviera range. Most of the yachts will be available for charter during the event and will be managed by the ART Marine Luxury Charter division.

“Demand for chartered yachts during the race week is high,” says the company. “Seeing the race and attending the events from a private yacht is a unique and exciting experience and we are very pleased to be able to offer that.”

Founded in February 2005, ART Marine is an exclusive distributor of Azimut-Benetti for Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, the Seychelles and the UAE. The group also serves as sole dealer of the Australian Riviera line of fishing/flybridge yachts.

ART Marine’s Charter division has been operating since March 2006.

Superyacht Business, 15 September 2009

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NZ Women’s Match Racing Olympic Squad – News

Final report from Sam, Jenna & Raynor

Buddy Melges Challenge – Memorial Regatta in Sheboygan, Wisconsin –website here

Finals Day at Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan USA, Grade 2.

It was a spectacular Sunday on Lake Michigan with blue skies and a steady breeze of 5-8 knots.

The NZ Match Racing Squad had a commendable day on the water with both teams finishing on the podium:

Samantha Osborne, Jenna Hansen and Raynor Smeal

Round Robin One Placing:     4th

Semi Finals:                             2-0 against Peru

Finals:                                      3-2 against Canada

Result:                                     1st


Stephanie Hazard, Susannah Pyatt and Miranda Powrie

Round Robin One Placing:     3rd

Semi Finals:                             0-2 against Canada

Petite Finals:                           2-1 against Peru

Result:                                     3rd

Here is a summary from Team Osborne and Team Hazard on their day:

Team Osborne (Sam, Jenna, Raynor)

With the round robin having 2 flights incomplete, the race committees first priority was to get the remaining 2 flights finished. We came up against the Israeli team and despite starting slightly behind the line (a bit of paranoia going on there from matches from the day before) with better boat handling, speed and knowledge of the rules we quickly passed them and kept our lead until the finish line. Winning this race meant that we had secured our spot as 4th qualifier in the top 4. Having got the round robin completed in sufficient time we moved into a semi finals round – being the 4th qualifier this put us up against the number 1 qualifier; Zimmerman from Peru. For our first start against them, we unfortunately experienced some deja vu in our start, having dominated them, we misjudged our timing and started over the line. Luckily for us the “sea” (or lake) breeze was filling in and as this caused a 180 degree wind shift our race was abandoned at the top mark. Wasting no time a new course was set and we started all over again. We started tight to leeward of them and burnt them in no time. With a bit more pressure the small Peru girls had lost their distinct advantage and we continued to extend our lead. At the first top mark however things got a bit interesting when they attempted to hunt by sailing above their starboard layline while we were sailing downwind. However Sam kindly pointed this out to the umpires and they were penalized. We kept it simple from here, stayed in touch with them and finished well ahead. Next race used the same formula- tight leeward start, faster boat speed and we won the semi finals 2-0.

Unfortunately our fellow team mates had not had a successful semi final and we were to meet the Canadian Team skippered by Jen Provan in the finals- whose full team had attended the 2008 Olympics in the Yngling. Our first race saw them receive a penalty in the first 2min for windward boat not keeping clear in the dial up. Despite being able to choose our start, a bigger-then-we-expected left shift saw us battling to lay the pin with 10s remaining and we ended up down speed and having to gybe away to start. Provan saw this as an opportunity to clear her penalty however luckily for us while she was doing it she hit the pin and the penalty was not cleared and she also received another one – one of which had to be completed immediately. This gave us enough time to get up to speed (just!) and have piece of her. Game Over. Race 2, was a repeat of our races in the semi finals- tight leeward, fast, protected left, won. Race 3-  bit more interesting. Having to take our second option start and starting wide on her windward hip Provan was able to do to us what we  had successfully been able to do to her and Zimmerman. However Kiwi’s don’t go down without a fight and taking little gains were we could it was a nail biting finish and lots of ease on Jenna’s kite, and we were within 10cm of having it. Next race we were looking to win our match point. With the wind having evened up, we started split tacks at the boat with Provan starting down speed at the pin. However the left remained strong and on the next cross Provan was able to lee bow and bounce us out into the lighter winds on the right. Picking up a opportunity to get left of her in the last 1/3 of the beat we made some small gains, dipped her, tacked and found just enough space between her and the mark to round inside. We managed to fight for a very small lead and kept it until the next downwind On the final downwind, Provan initiated straight into a gybe-and-roll duel. Unfortunately we felt as though we were reacting to the situation rather than initiating it and close to the finish she was able to roll around us to take the race. In the final and deciding race for both teams it was game on. Provan had starboard entry and did a very good job of keeping us dialed up for most of the pre start. With less than 2min remaining, we finally found an escape and were able to set up for our start. When fish tailing we got hooked to windward, misjudged the tack lay and got held out beyond the boat. We started behind, slow and in her gas. With lots of work to do, it was amazing how calm the team remained. We knew how to make the boat go quick and we took whatever little gains we could. With some pressure in the right we were back in touch by the top mark, and a better top mark rounding saw us set up to roll her (eventually) on the first downwind. Rounded the bottom mark ahead, we played the game we know, stayed in phase with her and forced her to sail in gas for most of the beat. Downwind having learnt our mistake of not sailing our own race in the race before we initiated our gybes, kept in clear air, and ended up extending our lead TO WIN THE BUDDY MELGES CHALLENGE!!!!

Hazard upwind

Team Hazard  (Steph, Susannah, Miranda)

We finished strongly in the round robin qualifying 3rd after 7 wins and two losses to qualify third and face Jen Provan’s team, who represented Canada in the Yngling in Beijing.  1st race we were set up for a fairly even start but unfortunately we were over the line before the gun and were unable to catch back up to the very quick team.  The second race saw a very intense prestart with three penalties given two to the Canadians and one to us and all within about 30 seconds.  After this we kept control to lead off and around the top mark but a stuff up in the hoist closed up our lead.  After another intense gybing duel downwind they rounded the mark in front and extended enough to complete their penalty on the finish line to finish about three seconds ahead. After this disappointing lose we had to pick ourselves up to race the Peruvians for 3rd place.

They got the better of us in the first race as they had a better start and protected their lead well to take the first race.  The second race was a must win for us and we came out fighting.  Bouncing them to the less favoured right side, pinning them on the right hand lay line we created a gap they we never reliquinished.  The 3rd race was the decider, we lee bowed them off the start and a close upwind ensued with bow to bow tacks, however we rounded the top mark just in front, and again extended to a good lead by doing a much better hoist and downwind run. They managed to close it up a little at the second top mark but we held on for the win to finish in third place in the Buddy Melges Challenge.

Although we are a little disappointed with our loss to the Canadians, we felt it we really improved our race skills over the regatta and it was a great effort after only a month together beforehand and with Miranda and Susannah learning new positions, we feel like we are in a strong position and are looking forward to the next one!

Travelling as a squad has had huge benefits and the girls endeavor to continue maximizing the sharing and learning.  The squad has had some great yachting over the last  2 weeks in Australia and America and look forward to training and racing in their home waters over the next month. The teams are now making their way back to New Zealand.

A big thank you for all your thoughtful and encouraging messages. A special mention must go out to Yachting New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and our coaches (Laurie Jury and Graeme Sutherland) for their support.

Sam, Jen, Ray, Steph, Miranda, Susannah.





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