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Yachting News 3rd September 2009

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Greetings yachties,

New Zealand Womans Match Racing

World Match racing Tour

Istanbul – Europa Race

Louis Vuitton World Series

18ft Skiffs @ St. Francis Yacht Club – Day 2

Des Top News: English – French – Deutsche

Alinghi – Broken? – Do the rudders measure?

Science Daily

San Francisco Big Boat Series

Jessica Watson

Enjoy, more later 🙂


Womens Match Racing Association of New Zealand

Newsletter Number 6

NZ Women’s Match Racing Olympic Squad – News

Both teams report from the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championships

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia – more here

Aussie Nationals Day 3 – Report from Susannah

Today the final two round robin races and then the 5th-10th sail offs were raced in light 5-10knot sea breezes.

The Team

Samantha Osborne
Jenna Hansen
Raynor Smeal

Stephanie Hazard
Susuannah Pyatt
Miranda Powrie

Sam, Jenna and Ray won their final two round robin races.  They now proceed to the finals having qualified in 2nd place.  They are anticipating a good days racing tomorrow.  They are yet to find out who they will race in the semi finals.

Steph, Susannah and Miranda also won their final two races to place 2nd in the second round robin, which they were very happy with, unfortunately due to the poor result from the first round robin they narrowly missed out on the semi finals.  They raced off for 5th and 6th with Amanda Scrivner (a member of the Aussie Squad who has recently return from a European campaign). There was never a lead of more than two boat length either way in the nail bitting sail off, in which all three races were used.  The NZ girls took the first race start to finish, not to say it wasn’t close.   The Aussies just snatched the second race where the lead changed numerous times.  In the final race the Aussies lead most of the final lap, however the kiwis kept it close and were able to sneak though after a intense down wind of gybing duels and luffs.  So its 5th place for the newly formed team who now look forward to building on this next week in the USA.  They are pleased with what the have achieved in such a short period of time, It is very promising to be this competitive with the Aussies who we consider to be the best in the world right now.

Looking forward to finals tomorrow.  Go the NZ girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greetings from Silver Sails Racing,

– Report from Jenna

Today was a picture perfect early spring day for the final two flights of round robin two and the sail off for minor placings.

Racing was delayed this morning for over one hour as the wind shifted from NE to SE and requiring the course to be re-laid.

We won our two races which put us 2nd after the double round robin. We had solid starts and sailed round the track cleanly and with pace.

The four skippers through to the semi finals which will be sailed tomorrow are:

Nicki Souter – AUS – 17 wins

Samantha Osborne – NZL – 14 wins   <- US

Katie Spithill – AUS – 12 wins

Lucinda Whitty – AUS – 12 wins

Nicki (1st) has the choice of who to sail in the semi finals which will be announced in the morning.

During the afternoon we watched and cheered for fellow team mate Stephanie Hazard in the sail off for minor placings. Steph and her team raced Amanda Scrivenor (AUS) for 5th and 6th which turned out to be some fantastic match racing for the spectators. Pressure was on both teams who deserved semi final places. Steph went onto to win the sail off 2-1.

Tomorrow’s forecast is 10-15 knots NW at first, turning N/NE and increasing to 15-20 knots during the morning and at times during the afternoon 20-25 knots with waters becoming choppy.

We would like to thank the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Yachting New Zealand for their support.

Thanks Zhik for the team bibs….. they look awesome!!

Big day tomorrow,

Ray, Sam and Jen


Latest images from Istanbul – Europa









Ten flights were completed on day one of St. Moritz Match Race. Ian Williams won his five matches whilst the local team headed by Eric Monnin ends the day with no victories.

St. Moritz, September 2, 2009 – The twelve teams involved in the St. Moritz Match Race and the quest for the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour had a great time today. The conditions were indeed absolutely fabulous, with the sun shining and the thermal breeze growing up to 15-20 knots over the afternoon. Ten flights were completed, which is half the round robin. The Race Committee played it safe considering the possible bad weather over the coming days and decided to launch a final flight at 5:30 PM.

The first duals of the day brought together the “Latin” sailors of the event, with French, Swiss and Portuguese teams opening the show alongside Johnie Berntsson from Sweden. Three flights later, when the teams swapped boats, Alvaro Marinho’s Portuguese Seth Sailing Team had the biggest smiles thanks to two victories against Sébastien Col and Mathieu Richard. At the other end of the ranking, the local sailor Eric Monnin was disappointed with three losses whilst the three French teams managed to grab two points.

The other six teams then completed five flights over the afternoon. Ian Williams’ Team Pindar dominated his races, winning each one of them convincingly. Peter Gilmour’s team, YANMAR Racing, wasn’t as successful, only managing to win one single match against Francesco Bruni and the Team Joe Fly Match Race.

The six teams involved in the morning then went out on the water again at 5:00 PM for their last two flights of the day. Revved up and on fire, they displayed all their talent and sailed aggressively, providing a fantastic show to the public only meters away from the shore.

The last races of the day were very close; sometimes even too close, giving a lot of work to the umpires. Several collisions resulted in penalties, and three cases had to be discussed in front of the Jury after the racing.

The rain finally put an end to the day, sending the exhausted crews back to the shore.

They said:

Éric Monnin, Swiss Match Race Team: “We didn’t sail well at all and we made too many mistakes. It is very frustrating, because it got worse throughout the day. We got many penalties on mistakes that we should never have done. We need to get out of this bad trend quickly and start on a new basis tomorrow.”

Philippe Presti, French Match Racing Team: “During the second match against Seb Col I got a bit greedy and tried to block him at the windward gate. I stopped him so well that I also stopped, and then couldn’t get started! We finally lost the match because of this mistake.”

Alvaro Marinho, Seth Sailing Team (1st participation in St. Moritz Match Race, no 17 on the ISAF world ranking) : “We won our first match of the day against Mathieu Richard, who is the leader of the World Tour. We are obviously very satisfied with our entry in the event and we will try to carry on like this.”

Ian Williams, Team Pindar: “We’ve had a great day and we are very happy with the way we sailed. In those conditions, you always need a bit of luck and you must be able to benefit from all the opportunities. And that’s what we have done all day. It is the fifth time that we sail here in St. Moritz and we really love it here; we feel very comfortable.”

Bill Edgerton, Chief Umpire: “We’ve had to judge too many collisions today; certainly more than we should see at this level, it is really regrettable. There is quite a bit of wind and the sailors need to get familiar with the boats. This might be one of the reasons. Other than this, it was an exceptional day for sailing and racing.

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For Immediate Release


Paris, September 2nd, 2009: Some of the best professional sailing teams,
grouped together under the name WSTA (World Sailing Team Association), and
Louis Vuitton, a key player in the world of top-level sailing for more than
25 years, today announced the creation of an international regatta circuit.

The WSTA (World Sailing Team Association) groups together the participants
in previous Louis Vuitton Cup regattas (K-Challenge (France), BMW Oracle
Racing (USA), Emirates Team New Zealand, Mascalzone Latino (Italy)) and
welcomes newcomers such as Team Artemis (Sweden), Team Synergy (Russia),
Joe Fly Italia (Italy) and Team French Spirit (France). Other teams will
join the association in the coming weeks.

Entitled the Louis Vuitton World Series, these regattas are a first in the
world of sailing and follow on from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
organised in Auckland, New Zealand, last February. The global success of
this exceptional competition persuaded all the partners in this adventure
to create a dynamic and ambitious new race programme based on the same
concept and format.

Ten teams will be invited to confront each other in successive duels over
a fortnight on two pairs of identical boats chosen by lot. The racing boats
were sailed in the 2007 LV Cup.  This concept, which demonstrates the desire
to return to the original spirit of “match racing”, provides an exhilarating
show and is easy for spectators to understand.

The WSTA and Louis Vuitton plan to organise several regattas a year. Many
cities of which Nice, Hong Kong, Auckland, New York and several other
European venues have shown their interest.

A press conference will be held in Paris on Tuesday, September 8th. More
details about the first events to be organised in 2009 and 2010 will be
disclosed during this conference.


The world leader in luxury, Louis Vuitton has been synonymous with the art
of stylish travel since 1854. Since 1987, it has been part of LVMH/Moët
Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, the world’s most prestigious luxury goods group
headed by Bernard Arnault. Since 1997, with the arrival of the designer
Marc Jacobs, it has extended its expertise to women’s and men’s
ready-to-wear, shoes, watches and jewellery, glasses, combining traditional
craftsmanship with flair and innovation to create a complete lifestyle
experience. Today, Louis Vuitton has an exclusive network of stores all
across the world.

more details to follow



Sept. 1, 2009
18′ Skiffs Regatta is all about Winning so far

The story of the eighth annual 18′ Skiff International Regatta so far is Winning, Winning, Winning . . . and Hamlin. How’d he get in there?

Four races over the first two days of the event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club have swept Australia’s John Winning and John Jr. (a.k.a. Herman) and the veteran Trevor Barnabas into three of the top four current positions of contention with a lone American, Howard Hamlin of Long Beach, Calif., intruding into second place as the only other winner.

Only four points separate the first four with six races remaining through Friday. Discards will kick in after the fifth and eighth races.

The younger Winning, sailing the prettiest skiff in the fleet—a faux wood veneer hull sponsored by, won Tuesday’s first race handily. Then the elder Winning, repeating his successful port tack start of the previous day, scored his second victory, although he had to overtake countryman Grant Rollerson and then fight off Hamlin and his son most of the way.

Father and son insist they aren’t working together.

“Not at all,” Herman said. “Whenever we talk too much we argue.”

Dad said, “He does his own thing. We probably sail a bit differently, anyway.”

Whatever, both seem wired in to the conditions, which haven’t been extreme for San Francisco at 14 to 18 knots, although a persistent outgoing ebb tide as strong as 3 knots flowing against the breeze blowing in through the Golden Gate—just bad timing on the tide schedule—makes the sailing a bit uncomfortable.

Hamlin, who would be dealing with delamination on his hull overnight, said, “It seems every year we’re here we’re racing in an ebb tide.”

One thing that hasn’t changed: Nobody bothers to bring an optional tall mast here. All 13 boats are using small rigs.

Another local distraction can be the traffic on the windward-leeward race course, including freighters, tankers and ferries. But the club race office has learned to deal with it over the years by defining boundaries between race courses and the shipping lanes backed up by direct radio communications with the vessels that tend to move even faster than the 18-foot skiffs.

An occasional exception to the orderly procedure is a private boat, like the large motor yacht that chose to drive directly across the starting line for the first race as if it, too, was responding to the gun. Race manager John Craig was compelled to order a general recall, which did not apply to the yacht, which had proceeded on blissfully unaware of any problem.

Paul Allen, a member of Hamlin’s crew who has sailed these waters from boyhood, said, “It’s part of the game here.”

Herman Winning’s sixth place in Tuesday’s second race following his win left him disappointed, but he was encouraged that “we’re quick downwind when it’s windy,” which it could well be before Friday.

Rollerson, an 18 Skiff veteran, is off the pace in fifth place but looked strong when he led the fleet to the windward mark in the first race before the elder Winning passed him.

“We got some laylines wrong downwind and probably sailed a bit too cautiously,” he said. “Our speed is fine. We’re comfortable with that.”

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Photos by Rich Roberts




Alinghi di nuovo in mare. La webcam di Liguria Nautica ha trasmesso in diretta le straordinarie immagini del rientro di Alinghi 5 nel Porto di Genova (nella darsena dei Cantieri Amico). Le immagini inedite sono statte trasmesse sul sito Liguria Webcam in diretta.

La webcam rimarrà puntata sulla darsena e permetterà agli appassionati di osservare tutte le uscite del Catamarano “The Baby”.

Alinghi 5 era stato alato a terra presso il Cantiere Amico per effettuare varie verifiche, settaggi, controlli dopo le prime prove a mare effettuate nel Golfo di Genova.


Alinghi again at sea. The webcam of Liguria Nautica was broadcast live images of the extraordinary return of Alinghi 5 in the Port of Genoa (in the dock of Cantieri Amico). New images are transmitted statte Liguria Webcam live on the site. The webcam will bet on the dock and will allow enthusiasts to observe all exits of the catamaran “The Baby.” Alinghi 5 was a winged friend to the ground at the worksite to perform various tests , settings, controls after the first sea

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Alinghi 5, the catamaran built by Ernesto Bertarelli for Switzerland’s defence of the America’s Cup, is reported to have suffered a major structural failure while testing in light winds on the Mediterranean. The 120ft high-tech craft, flown over the Alps by helicopter from Geneva to Genoa, is reputed to have cost in excess of £20m to design and build.

Observers of the testing claim that the carbon-fibre structural beam that runs from the centre of the main crossbeam at the mast to the aft cross beam close to the starboard hull, was fractured in the incident, which occurred in nine knots and a flat sea. The sails were dropped and the catamaran towed slowly back to its base, where the mast was removed immediately.

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and what about this little BS


Measurement rules are expected to be another issue, particularly that of waterline length.

While SNG have been careful to roll over the Measurement rules that were announced for the last Deed of Gift Match in 1988, these have created some anomalies in 2009.

One case in point is the measurement of water line length which is taken between the two extreme points of immersion on the hull of the Challenger.

In yachts rated on waterline length it is a common design ploy to have substantial overhangs which create extra length , which are not ‘seen’ by the rule, and the literal interpretation of the rule published by SNG would mean that rudders (being the extreme end of the boat are included). Under other rating rules rudders are excluded from length measurement.

The rule published by SNG reads:

‘1. For the purposes of measurement, the ‘length on load water line’ is the distance between a line perpendicular to the yacht’s centre line and passing through the furthest forward point of intersection of the yacht with its water-line plane, and a line perpendicular to the yacht’s centre line and passing through the aftermost point of intersection of the yacht with its water line plane. ‘

Golden Gate’s concerns are believed to be that with their transom hung rudder, they create a very long boat possibly longer than the 90ft LWL maximum and would therefore be illegal and disqualified. As can be seen in the shot below BOR90’s rudder increases the length measurement substantially. The more usual definition of length measurement is ‘the aftermost point of intersection of the HULL with its waterline plane’ meaning that the rudder and such appendages are exempt.

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Astronomers Find Coldest, Driest, Calmest Place On Earth

ScienceDaily (Sep. 1, 2009) —

The search for the best observatory site in the world has lead to the discovery of what is thought to be the coldest, driest, calmest place on Earth. No human is thought to have ever been there but it is expected to yield images of the heavens three times sharper than any ever taken from the ground.

The joint US-Australian research team combined data from satellites, ground stations and climate models in a study to assess the many factors that affect astronomy – cloud cover, temperature, sky-brightness, water vapour, wind speeds and atmospheric turbulence.

The researchers pinpointed a site, known simply as Ridge A, that is 4,053m high up on the Antarctic Plateau. It is not only particularly remote but extremely cold and dry. The study revealed that Ridge A has an average winter temperature of minus 70ºC and that the water content of the entire atmosphere there is sometimes less than the thickness of a human hair.


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Big Boat Series 2009 sans logo




September 2, 2009

With one week until the start of the 2009 Rolex Big Boat Series, St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) Race Office is busy coordinating the many logistical details that accompany running one of the world’s most-loved regattas. Racing this year is scheduled for September 10-13, and includes racing in seven one-design classes – 1D35, Beneteau 36.7, Express 37, J/105, J/120, Melges 32 and, for the first time, the Cal 40 class, as well as divisions for IRC-rated entries. At the conclusion of the four-day regatta, specially engraved Rolex timepieces will be awarded to the St. Francis Yacht Club’s six Perpetual Trophy winners and to the overall IRC winner as the Rolex US-IRC National Champion. Although the Rolex Big Boat Series will be celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, another occurrence will take center stage, the StFYC’s tribute to the late Tom Blackaller.

As is tradition for Rolex Big Boat Series, the classes that will compete for each of the StFYC’s Perpetual Trophies will be kept a secret until they are announced at the Rolex Commodore’s Reception on Wednesday, September 9. At the reception, hosted by StFYC Commodore John McNeill, the club will pay homage to Blackaller, a member of the StFYC who passed away in 1989, with a special presentation lead by Paul Cayard. “It just seemed logical to do something special to remember such a great personality and great sailor,” said Cayard, a StFYC member who refers to Blackaller as his “sailing father, someone who had a huge effect on my sailing career”.

As Cayard described Blackaller – known as much for his sailing accomplishments as his larger-than-life personality – he was an ambassador of sailing wherever he went. “Tom was the king of sailing on San Francisco Bay” continued Cayard. “He was a two-time Star world champion and America’s Cup skipper, yet he still found time to race locally and to write for Bay and Delta Yachtsman every month. I know we have stars in sailing today, but I don’t think we have ever had someone with as much star power as Thomas David Blackaller. He was ahead of his time and, unfortunately for us, he departed too soon.”

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Ella Bache!

Wow, some exciting news! You may have seen by now that Ella Bache have stepped on board as our major sponsor. I feel really proud to be representing such a great brand. Ella Bache have a long history in sailing and were heavily involved in the 18 foot skiffs in the 90s, that was all before my time but it was a pretty big thing back then.

Ella Baché’s mission is to inspire you to be the best you can be, something that I also strongly believe in, so I can see this being a great partnership! Pink Lady is now proudly named Ellla’s Pink Lady. Wait till you see the new branding – it is very cool and totally cute but I wont say anymore or I’ll spoil the surprise. I’d like to say a huge thank you to John, Pippa, Kit and all the team at Ella Bache for their support and vision. I’m really looking forward to working with Ella Bache and also the media launch down in Sydney in a few weeks time.

While I’m on a roll I’d also like to thank Andrew and Scott from our management team at
5 Oceans Media, they’ve become an essential part of the team, securing and looking after our commercial deals. For me it’s a whole new world, often a big and scary one, so having these guys to help out is totally amazing!

They’ve certainly been hard at work firstly working on our broadcast partnership with ONE HD who will be following the voyage and be keeping everyone back on land updated. Then with Satcom who provided me with equipment that I can see myself becoming very attached to, the satellite communication gear! With Hachette, who are going to publish a book on the voyage and lately with Panasonic who recently came on board as our technology partner.

Its only with this amazing support from all my sponsors that we’ve got this far and I cant say how proud I’m going to be sailing out the heads in September with all their backing and belief behind me.

Thanks all for making it possible!

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