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Yachting News 2nd September 2009

Sep 02, 2009 No Comments by


Greetings yachties,

World Match Racing Tour

18ft Skiffs @ St. Francis Yacht Club

Superyacht Facility in NZ

Hilary Lister

Sailing Print Media??

Jessica Watson

Melges 17

Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012

470 Worlds

Quantum Racing

Pink Floyd – Berlin Live





The twelve teams racing in the St. Moritz Match Race – part of the World Match Racing Tour – have been training in perfect conditions today, getting to know the course and their opponents.

St. Moritz, September 1, 2009 – The local Maloja wind was on schedule this morning; it started blowing at 10:30 AM and rapidly rose to 15-20 knots. The conditions were just perfect for the twelve teams racing in the event, allowing them to practice their manoeuvres and get to know the (small) lake inside out.

Christian Scherrer, President of the Organising Committee, was particularly pleased to see the boats head off: “It’s a real challenge to organise a contest at this level on a lake that doesn’t have any infrastructure for keelboats”, he said. The six blu26 as well as all the support boats have travelled across Switzerland over the past week especially for the event.

The hospitality stage and pavillion also had to be built up, which wasn’t an easy task in a mountain resort such as the “Engadin”.

All the teams weighed in this morning at the Race Office (the maximum weight allowed is 350 kilos for the entire crew). At the same time, the event’s technical Committee were equalizing the boats and making sure that they comply with the necessary one-design requirements of the regatta. Everything was finished at 11.00 AM, allowing the six first teams to set sail for a three hour practice session. The change over occurred precisely at 2:00 PM, allowing the second group to discover the boats and the lake.

The organisers have decided to run a full round robin, which means that every team will sail against all the other teams. 66 matches split in 22 flights will have to be completed before Friday night in order to fulfil this program. Not an easy task!

The weather forecast is not as good for the coming days as it was today, and the St. Moritz Match Race participants may well have to get their fleeces out of their sailbags before the sun hopefully comes back over the week-end.

For the first time this year, the boats will have GPS trackers which will allow a live Internet coverage of the races. The teams will also be able to use this system to debrief their races. The system should be operational tomorrow at 11:00 AM for the first matches of the event. It will then be fine tuned throughout the event.

They said:

Johnie Berntsson, no 9 in the ISAF Ranking and his first time at St. Moritz Match Race: “It is the first time that we sail a match race on a lake, and it is really pleasant. We were not expecting such a context; it’s really quite exceptional. This place is amazing. And eight out of the ten world’s best match racers are here; it’s unbelievable. The matches will be tough and it is impossible to say who the favourite is. The level is very high.”

Yaji Yasuhiro (Crew member on board Peter Gilmour’s YANMAR Racing and first time at St. Moritz Match Race): “This is a very unusual spot to compete in a match race event. The courses are very short, the lake is small and the scenery is exceptional. The boat is also very competitive. Our average age is approximately 40; we are probably the oldest team. It’s a very special challenge for us.”

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Tour Standings
(After 5 of 10 events)

1.Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team 68 Points
2.Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch 61 Points
3.Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 56 Points
4.Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 54 Points
5.Ian Williams (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar 49 Points
6.Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 44 Points
7.Ben Ainslie, (GBR) Team Origin 40 Points
8.Sebastien Col (FRA) French Team/K-Challeng 33 Points


la côte sud sicilienne, l’incertitude l’emporte en ce troisième jour de course. Les équipages de l’Istanbul Europa Race, qui traversent des décors de rêve, n’en doivent pas moins ménager leur peine pour tracer leur sillon dans les eaux troubles de la mer Ionienne. Face à une bulle anticyclonique et à la lecture de fichiers météo qu’il convient d’analyser avec une grande prudence, difficile d’y voir clair. Une seule certitude s’impose : la bataille fait rage aux quatre coins de la flotte, en tête comme à l’arrière, et du nord au sud d’une Méditerranée, qui, du haut de toute sa splendeur et de ses contrées les plus hauturières, ne fait certainement pas mentir sa réputation de grande mer aussi splendide que capricieuse.
Alors que les dernières heures de course restent marquées par de nombreux chamboulements et va-et-vient dans le classement, la hiérarchie qui se dessine n’a jamais semblé aussi provisoire. Aux avant-postes, trois bateaux, Foncia (Michel Desjoyeaux), Groupe Bel (Kito de Pavant) et 1876 (Guillermo Altadill), réunis dans l’ordre dans un mouchoir de 8 milles, n’ont évidemment pas fini de se chamailler, avec force et conviction. Au centre, mais sur une route résolument décalée au sud vers les côtes africaines, Paprec-Virbac 2 (Jean-Pierre Dick) est passé à l’offensive sur une option où il espère profiter de vents favorables. En arrière, Veolia Environnement (Roland Jourdain), qui paye encore cash les heures et les milles perdus dans une impitoyable zone sans vent, est désormais engagé dans un duel au soleil avec DCNS (Marc Thiercelin). À plus 130 milles des premiers (la note est effectivement salée pour Roland Jourdain et ses hommes), seuls quatre petits milles séparent désormais ces deux bateaux, dont les sillages se croisent et se décroisent comme s’ils régataient en baie.
Prudence, concentration et plaisir

Voilà pour les forces en présence, tandis que les dernières prévisions météo révèlent que la Méditerranée n’a pas fini de faire des siennes et jouer des tours à ces équipages de marins de haut vol. En tête comme en queue de flotte, aucun ne baisse la garde. Toutes les compétences réunies à bord de ses six bateaux d’exception n’ont qu’un objectif : esquiver les entourloupes et éviter les pièges qui jalonnent le parcours à haut risque de cette première étape longue de 1450 milles au départ de la magique cité d’Istanbul. Prudence et concentration sont les mots d’ordre qui s’imposent à bord, alors que chacun espère encore et toujours attraper des risées plus soutenues dans ses voiles.

Qu’ils soient en panne de vent ou qu’ils risquent de connaître les affres de la pétole molle, aucun ne boude pourtant son plaisir de disputer une course d’une telle intensité dans des eaux chargées d’histoire et au fil de paysages enchanteurs. Pas de langueurs méditerranéennes qui tiennent dans la première partie de cette course de dimension européenne, qui révèle son plus beau caractère méridional.

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18ft Skiff International Regatta being held at the St Francis Yacht Club






Photos by Chris Ray





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Alt_Hobsonville yard NZ

World-class superyacht facility for Hobsonville NZ

‘The site is to be called Yard 37: New Zealand’s Superyacht Precinct.’    .    Click Here to view large photo
Over a decade of vision, planning and lobbying has come to fruition with the announcement that there will be a world-class marine industry hub built at Hobsonville, New Zealand.

The new facility, being developed by Waitakere Properties, will have a strong emphasis on the building and refitting of superyachts. The site is to be called Yard 37 and subtitled: New Zealand’s Superyacht Precinct.

When complete, Yard 37 will be an $80 million, 20-hectare development capable of catering for superyachts up to 75-metres long. It will feature 100,000 square metres of purpose-designed buildings, including 80,000 square metres of specialist boat sheds. There will also be nearly 64,000 square metres of hardstand area.

Supporting infrastructure will include a 150-250 tonne travellift and the strengthened roading network around the precinct to accommodate it.

There is also provision for a dedicated paint shed facility, the first of its kind in New Zealand and measuring an incredible 100 metres by 22 metres, with a height of 35 metres. By the time this is operational, a 1000-tonne synchro-lift will have been installed to lift superyachts directly from the adjacent 5.5-metre-deep channel.

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Disabled sailor plans next trip

Hilary Lister celebrated after arriving in Dover on Sunday evening

A disabled yachtswoman who became the first female quadriplegic to sail solo round Britain has said she is already looking forward to her next project.

Hilary Lister, 37, sailed into Dover harbour, in her home county of Kent, on Sunday after a three-month trip.

Speaking at a reception in the town on Monday she said she felt “completely overwhelmed” by her achievement.

“Last night it did feel like a come down, but this morning I was thinking about the next project,” she said.

“I have a list of ideas bouncing around my head but until I reach a stage where I know what I’m going to do next I’m going to keep them to myself.

“I will need a bigger boat, that’s all I’m saying.”

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Is There a Future for Sailing Print Media?

September 1, 2009

Print media is taking a beating. It’s been a while in coming, but revenue streams that print publications used to rely on are slowly moving away to digital platforms.

First it was classifieds. Sites like Ebay showed that the internet is much more efficient than a paper in the ’small ads’ market. Then came larger format advertising. Again, the internet provided hard cold facts about how many times an ad was seen, how many times it was clicked and how many times it led directly to a sale.

At first, most print publications buried their heads in the sand and ignored the new media. Then they put up flat pages that told customers how they could subscribe to the magazine or paper. As time went on, magazines and newspapers had to put more and more of their content online – making it freely available and chipping away at the final revenue stream – the cover price or subscription. Meanwhile the cost of creating content – feature articles, news coverage and photography stayed the same or increased.

The changing media landscape and a general slowdown in advertising saw Yachts and Yachting Ltd, the publisher of the well known UK magazine Yachts & Yachting put into administration last week. The magazine has 62 years of heritage which should serve the brand well in a world where masthead recognition will be increasingly important.

The magazine will go on though, thanks to a management buyout by GNM Media. Gael Pawson, Y&Y’s editor and one of GNM’s directors explained on the website:

By acting speedily we have secured a smooth transition for the magazine for readers and advertisers alike. Subscribers will continue to receive their copies as normal, and we are focussed on delivering a high quality product for both our readers and advertisers. With 62 years of heritage behind the title, we believe it has a great future ahead.

With writers of the calibre of Bob Fisher, Andy Rice, Andi Robertson and Mark Rushall together with a strong editorial and design team, the push to deliver the high quality dinghy and keelboat magazine continues. Long time contributor Bob Fisher commented:

‘I congratulate the directors of GNM Media on their determination to preserve an icon in our sport. Y&Y has been a significant part of my life, as a reader since its first issue, and as a contributor for 40 years; its demise would have been unthinkably tragic, but now it will go from strength to strength.’

However, the structural issues of producing magazines are not going to go away. While on the one hand, the reading experience of a magazine is still preferable to a computer monitor or mobile phone screen, especially in the cabin of a yacht miles from shore – a monthly publication suffers from being ‘old news’ once it gets to the shelf or through the letterbox.

Earlier this month, News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch announced that the company would start to charge for all content on their newspaper websites. It’s a bold move and those who champion the new media platforms, including blogging and ‘citizen journalism’ say it will fail, but I am not so sure. Listening to Murdoch in his Boyer Lecture series earlier in the year, it is clear that Murdoch understand the business of newspapers better than most.

Those who will win will have a clear business model and will also probably occupy a specific niche. Digital media is here to stay and provides far superior reach and advertising effectiveness, however those who offer high quality content from recognised experts will be around for a while yet.

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Real Solo Sailing


This weekend I got the chance to do some proper solo sailing, without cameras and microphones!

I set off on Saturday afternoon into 25-30 knots of wind and a nice wet chop. Apparently Mum wasn’t too impressed when a big set of breaking waves rolled across the river entrance just after me, but Pink Lady and I were doing just fine. Pulling the sails up and settling onto a reach out to sea was all straight forward.

I’m really happy with how confident and easy everything feels. I have to admit, after everything was in order, it was a pretty special feeling sitting in the cockpit watching the boat sail along with the sun setting, land sinking off the horizon, and me working my way through a punnet of strawberries.

Saturday night was good fun too. Surfing along at up to 8 knots, blasting a mix of music that Emily, my sister, put together for me! And I wasn’t about to get bored with plenty of fishing boats and shipping to keep an eye out for.

Catching a bit of sleep in ten and fifteen minute catnaps kept me going. I can describe it as a lot like hitting snooze over and over in the morning! After the sun came up, I cooked breakfast on my little stove, enjoyed a cup of coffee in the sunshine, and spent the morning playing around with different sail combinations. Before coming in on Sunday, I took a leaf out of Jesse Martin’s book and brushed my hair with a fork (I forgot a hairbrush!). Then, I finished up by checking my work with a mirror from my tool kit.

Next time I’m out on the water, I’ll be heading down to Sydney. I’ll even be able to blog from out on the water, but before any of that we’ve got one big last challenge in front of us… somehow we have to fit the food in! It’s hard to imagine how it’s going to be possible when you see it all spread out in the spare room at home.

Jessicas blog & Website


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Melges 17



The temperature was cool but the racing was HOT today. Absolutely picture perfect Melges 17 race conditions on Glen Lake today. Crystal Blue water, white caps, sunshine and Melges 17’s lined up for some fast sailing on this beautiful Sunday morning. The fleet was eager to get on the water for the 10am start. Jamie Jones the event PRO announced that it would be a 3 race day completing the championship with 10 overall races in the event. Lots of racing, great parties and a ton of fun was had by this fleet over the weekend!



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Notice of race here Melges32 (opens in word)  🙂


By Matthew Sheahan, Yachting World

To create a new class of boat that would push the world’s top professional sailors to their limits, break world records, and draw the public’s attention, was an ambitious target.

With a generation of globe-trotting monster multihulls scorching around at breathtaking speeds, questions were raised as to whether a monohull could provide the most suitable, exciting, and challenging racing machine for the world’s oldest and most notorious fully-crewed round the world race.

Some said such a brief couldn’t be achieved and pointed to the serious teething problems of the previous race in evidence.

But now, with another circumnavigation under its belt, during which time the racing has frequently been staggeringly close, the Volvo Open 70 class can rightly claim to be the fastest and most developed of its breed.

A new standard has been set. But at what cost? A modern Volvo Open 70 is an expensive machine and, with a full entourage of shore support travelling to 10 stopovers around the world, campaign costs can be high. Set this against the current economic backdrop and the incentive to reduce costs is strong. But can this be achieved without clipping the wings of a new breed of boat that has made its reputation at the leading edge of offshore racing yacht design?

The 2011-12 race has already been announced, but where does this leave the class? What changes will be made to the rules that govern the boats? Will the current generation be consigned to an after-life of corporate hospitality trips, and will the current top boats really be able to compete in the next event?

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Croatia and Holland Claim Gold

While the rain gods held off all week, the medal races for the 470 World Championship took place today, run by the Royal Danish Yacht Club off Rungsted harbour, in conditions varying so wildly that Beijing Gold medallist Malcolm Page described them as “like four seasons rolled into one”.
Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) seal victory © Per Heergaard

And so, following today’s double points scoring Medal races for the top ten placers in each event, men and women, Croatia’s Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić are the new Men’s 470 World Champions, while the ever consistent Dutch women, Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout, have won this year’s World title in the Women’s event.

Going into the medal race, the Croatian men were looking comfortable in the Gold spot with a 16 point lead over the second placed Japanese, Ryunosuke HaradaYugo Yoshida, winners of this year’s European championship. The main fight was on for the remaining podium spots with the Japanese separated by just two points from the Netherland’s Sven and Kalle Coster, the class act earlier this week, and the fledgling British duo of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell.

With the wind initially out of the west, the unpredictable offshore breeze the sailors dislike, racing got underway for the Men shortly before 1500 local time. The race, held on the shorter medal race course, closer to land, turned into a nailbiter with the lead changing on the first three legs. On the first upwind, the Costers chose the extreme right while the British were furthest out to the left and narrowly led around the top mark. On the downwind Spain’s Onan Barreiros and Aaron Sarmiento had taken the lead, while a big left hand shift on the second beat saw Australians Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page surge up to first, which they never relinquished. The Croatians finishing immediately behind them was enough to secure their Gold, while a solid fourth place for Patience and Bithell allowed them to take silver, tied on points with the Japanese HaradaYoshida, who moved down to the final spot on the podium.

While they made it look easy Fantela said the race was about as tense as could be. “We went out in 20 knots and the shower came with 35 knots and then there was no wind and then we started in light winds. So it was hard, really hard.”

Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić (CRO) © Per Heergaard

But it wasn’t only the varied conditions putting knots in his stomach. “The race was not so sure for us, because I thought we were OCS on the start. We had a good start and the opening of the race was really good, but because I thought we were OCS, I started to watch where were our opponents – the Japanese, Costers and the British. Then when the British rounded first and we rounded seventh with the Japanese and the Costers behind us, it wasn’t so good because I was thinking if ‘we are OCS and he is first – we lose!’ Then when we got to the finish I saw we were not OCS and I was really, really happy. I feel really good, really good now,” said Fantela, once he’d arrived back at the Rungsted harbour slipway to be showered with congratulations from both his team and rivals.

Most surprising was the result of the 23 year olds Patience and Bithell, one of the youngest teams in the Skandia Team GBR Men’s 470 squad. They pulled up two places in the medal race to take silver, despite being such a new pairing that they had only sailed for five days prior to embarking on this World Championship.

“I am ecstatic. I can’t believe it. I really am happy, with hopefully more to come…” said Patience, the beaming Scot. “We went in with all to gain and nothing to lose. We said to each other ‘we are just racing our race and we’ll just go and do what we are good at’. We were more than confident that we could come away with silver today in a medal race that was tight and small and offshore. It was one of those races where people do whacky things and try to go for all or nothing. So that went in our favour.”

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