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Yachting News 8th September 2009

Sep 08, 2009 1 Comment by


Greetings yachties,

Welcome to another yachtyakka, my collection of yachting stories, video’s and opinions.


Louis Vuitton World Series

Tom Blackaller

Istanbul Europa

Ellen McArthur Trust – Leg 15

Detroit Cup

Melges 24

Mobility Cup



Kevin Hall


Lin & Larry Pardy

Red Hot Chillie Peppers


For Immediate Release


November Event in Nice will Count for 2010 Series Trophy

Paris, September 8th, 2009 – The Mayor of Nice, the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA) and Louis Vuitton are pleased to announce that the first Louis Vuitton World Series event will be held in Nice, France on the 7- 22 November 2009.

The WSTA and Louis Vuitton believe Nice is the ideal venue to launch the Series. Christian Estrosi the Mayor of Nice and President of Nice Côte d”Azur explains: “We are very proud to associate Nice with such prestigious names in the sailing world as Newport and Auckland whilst joining forces with Louis Vuitton to set up such a renowned sailing partnership. With the “Baie des Anges”, we offer an exceptional spot to an exceptional race“.

The Louis Vuitton World Series is an outgrowth of the successful and highly-competitive Louis Vuitton Pacific Series that took place in Auckland in February earlier this year. The launch of the LVWS is positive news for top-tier professional sailors as it guarantees a global world series aboard high-tech Version 5 ACC monohull racing boats. The series will feature a 10-team field competing in shared ACC yachts in a round robin, one-on-one match racing format where the two finalists go head-to-head to determine the winner. Points will be accumulated throughout the series to determine the ranking of the season.|

The second Louis Vuitton World Series event is scheduled for March 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand, followed by a Series in La Maddalena (Italy) in May 2010.

Organizers are also evaluating interest from other international cities to complete the racing calendar for 2010 and 2011. Bruno Troublé, creator of the Louis Vuitton Cup and LVWS spokesperson comments: “We have received serious interest from cities like Athens, Greece; Valencia, Spain; Newport, RI, USA; Cape Town, South Africa; Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi to host future events. “ The WSTA and Louis Vuitton will announce more events (2010/2011) during the Nice regatta this year.”

The Series, confirmed September 2, is attracting world-class professional teams as well international waterfront cities for hosting future events.

Teams confirmed for the first event in Nice include: BMW ORACLE Racing (USA), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Italia by Joe Fly (ITA), K-Challenge (FRA), Mascalzone Latino (ITA), Swedish Challenge Artemis (SWE), Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) and Team French Spirit (FRA) .

Pietro Beccari, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, in charge of Marketing and Communication, notes: “We only announced the Series last week and already another four teams have expressed interest for the remaining two berths for Nice. We will soon confirm the remaining teams for the LVWS – Nice.”

K-Challenge, which has helped in establishing Nice as the Host City for the November event, will serve as Host Team in Nice. Stephane Kandler, K-Challenge’s CEO: “The Louis Vuitton World Series is the result of hard teamwork between the WSTA teams and Louis Vuitton. We are very proud at K-Challenge to have played a key role in setting up the first event in France with the City of Nice where we will be the Host Team. We look forward making it a real success. This circuit is a new era for our sport.”

All the LVWS events will be sanctioned by ISAF, the international sailing governing body and will take place over the next two years alongside the America’s Cup, but will not compete with the pinnacle of sailing. The format is cost-effective – teams don’t have to build boats – accessible, and turnkey for the participants.

Yves Carcelle, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman and CEO, is delighted with this new chapter, which complements but is separate from their 25 year association with the Cup: “In the wake of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, which brought a breath of fresh air to the sailing world, this Series will allow, once again, the teams to come together in a competitive but friendly atmosphere.”

Grant Dalton, CEO of ETNZ and a WSTA founding team explains: “The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series was a great success. It seemed logical to try and build on this and that is what we have done. It is a win-win situation for Louis Vuitton, the teams and the host cities.”

Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, a WSTA founding team, explains: “Sailing teams at the top of the sport require sponsorship. Sponsors require an annual global calendar of compelling events. And the sailors seek a highly-competitive series where they can face their toughest opponents on a fair playing field. We see this Series as addressing all of those elements and are excited by the potential.”

Louis Vuitton Pacific series here

YachtYakka TV: Louis Vuitton Pacific Series  here

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Tom Blackaller, one of yacht racing’s most colorful and outspoken competitors,
died a young man on September 7, 1989 at the age of 49 years. The Scuttlebutt
Forum has hosted a tribute to Tom’s life on the 20th anniversary of his passing,
with remarkable stories that characterize both his zest for life and rare
sailing skills. This tribute would have been incomplete with a tale from Paul
Cayard. Here is his story:

“Tom Blackaller was my sailing father. He grabbed a hold of me when I was 19. I
knew how to sail but he taught me how to race. I left his umbrella when I was 28
to work for Raul Gardini. Tom had a huge effect on my sailing career. I was so
fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

“I began crewing in Stars in 1977 and met Tom around the docks that summer. In
1978, I needed to learn how to match race to compete in a youth event in Newport
Beach called the Governor’s Cup. Already a Star World Champion, extremely adept
speaker, extremely good looking, a natural litigator, Blackaller was brash and
intimidating. But I had just enough nerve to ask him to teach me how to match
race.” — Read on:



Yacht builders investing £700,000


Cornish Crabbers
The company said it had orders in its books until 2010

More jobs are expected following a £700,000 investment in a Cornish yacht-building firm which went into liquidation in 2008.

Cornish Crabbers – which was formerly Select Yachts based at St Minver – was bought by previous customer and entrepreneur Philip Langsdale.

The company said the investment included a grant of £150,000 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The money is being used to buy its premises and to design a new boat.

Select Yachts, which makes the Cornish Crabber range, collapsed last November but was bought two months later by “satisfied customer” Mr Langsdale.

Since January, its workforce has risen from 10 to 22 and the company said it planned to employ more people.

Sales manager Peter Thomas said: “Most of the investment has gone into buying the factory instead of renting the factory and just securing people’s jobs well into next year.

“The order book is covering that quite happily at the moment and next year we’re hoping to get near 30 people in total.”

“We are also a planning a new boat for next season.”

more here













Mobility Cup Concludes In Toronto

Paralympic gold medallist Paul Tingley was amongst the competiors racing in the 2.4mR event
©David Staley

Mobility Cup 2009
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The inaugural Mobility Cup in 1991 kicked off the annual Canadian-hosted international regatta for sailors with a disability.
In 1999, The Mobility Cup came to Toronto and left in its wake the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario – what has become the country’s largest sailing programme of its type.

Usually restricted to the Canadian built Martin 16, this is the first year the Access Liberty has been included in the Mobility Cup. The International 2.4mR North American Championships were also held as part of the event. The multi-class format was regarded as a highly successful innovation for the event and the 2.4mR and Liberty sailors look forward to competing in future Mobility Cups.

Single-person competition in the Martin 16 gold fleet, and companion sailors in the silver fleet provided competition opportunities for experienced and novice racers alike.

Canadian and US competitors enjoyed four days of great racing in perfect conditions on Lake Ontario, with sunshine and light to moderate breezes. The event was hosted by Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club.

more here

Ragtime in Bridge to Bridge


photo Rich Roberts / photo boat skipper Rusty Morgan

Did the San Francisco Bridge to Bridge (B2B) Race Thursday night. Kitesurfers, windsurfers, and Aussie 18 skiffs. The start is a running downwind affair at the Golden Gate, then down the City Front, past Alcatraz, finish under the Bay Bridge.

In the spirit of bring your best horse and go for it, we put Ragtime on the line too. Entered the skiff division. 5:30 PM start, crazy tides & currents, gust to 28+ knots of breeze. Kites on the left start line, boards, 18’s and Ragtime on the right. South Tower churning just to weather of us.

Lined up with the main only, chute ready to hoist and pop open. careening through the crowd trying to avoid downed boards and the prospect of kitelines wrapping on the rig. Gun and we pop the chute, 18’s careening around us.

Instant speed when the chute fills – 16.35 knots and building hard. Plywood humming, more dodging of the downed road kill. Trying to give the 18’s and their narrow operating range room to get around without disaster.

Gusts come on, maybe 30 knots, and the boat lights up to 18 knots. Bow lifted, bow wave a pair of standing waterfalls jetting out. More swerves for road kill. Boards are down, kites down, and two 18’s sprawled. We curve past Alcatraz towards the Bay Bridge where it meets Treasure Island. Rock on.

Past Alcatraz we are pacing even with four kite surfers lined up abeam of us. Pretty good for 12 tons vs. 50 pounds of turbo powered kite. A 18 that flipped and recovered shadowing us boat for boat as well.

Coming in to the finish we notice tons of kites in the air, but not moving – they are swamped out, breeze too light to keep them going… and we sail through, yelling a bit to alert those that haven’t looked over their shoulder to see us coming as they weave their sails back and forth. Can’t imagine what they will go through if they snag our rig at 10 knots. Instant launch. We pass the bulk of the fleet to finish under the bridge.

No idea exactly how we finished – may be one of those moments in history that goes unrecorded. No matter, it was a fantastic sail. Good crew work, smiles everywhere, a helluva deal.

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Tim Jeffery Appointed as BMW ORACLE Racing’s Director Communications.

September 7, 2009 by admin
Filed under Americas Cup, Appointments

AC33 will be the first America’s Cup run in the new world order of social media and citizen journalism, well it would have been – except we are still trying to work out how little things like mobile phone data usage and high speed internet works in the proposed venue. Certainly RAK is a travel booking challenge of the hardest order with the national airline having no website and large consumer travel booking websites like Expedia giving results like:

No transportation was found between London (LON-All Airports) and Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (RKT-Ras al Khaimah Intl.) that matched your request.

Perhaps media rights were on the mind of Alinghi and SNG when they chose the venue. Certainly it would be hard to stop people sending images, tweets and even video directly to the Internet if the race was held in somewhere like Valencia. Last week, Forbes Magazine ran an article about how the NFL is trying to work out a way to stop people tweeting play by play information about games. While fan’s tweets might be protected in the USA under first amendment rights – restricting media content to official (paid for) channels would be much easier in RAK.

It will be interesting to see how the appointment of Tim Jeffery as BMW ORACLE Racing’s Director, Communications affects the media coming from the team. One of the last writers left covering sailing in national newspapers in the UK, Tim has seen eight America’s Cups and five Olympic Games. As well as being the sailing correspondent for the The Daily Telegraph (London), he writes for other print media like Seahorse and Yachting World.
more here



The 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit reaches its climax in Cartagena


In one week’s time Cartagena will host the climax to the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit, and the conflict in the two different Series, the ten boats who will compete in the TP52 Series, and six for the GP42 Series, is likely to be very different.

Audi MedCup. Region of Murcia Trophy. City of Alicante Trophy, 16 05 2009 Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 07 09 2009 Audi MedCup. Region of Murcia Trophy.

Due to its strategic importance on the south east of the Iberian Peninsula as one of the best natural harbours in the western Mediterranean, and blessed with rich mineral deposits nearby, the historic city of Cartagena, Murcia – a home of the Spanish Navy – has seen more than its fair share of conflict. Between late in the 5th Century and the 13th Century Cartagena was seized by more than ten different powers.

For the dominant Emirates Team New Zealand crew in the TP52 Series, their final regatta of the season, the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta should be about sailing safe and smart to convert their overall lead of 52 points to overall series victory. Conventional logic suggests that, with three boats tussling over second, Matador (ARG), Quantum Racing (USA) and Artemis (SWE) and all within 5 points of each other, then perhaps Emirates Team New Zealand will have a clearer tilt at the title? Might they go on to extend their unprecedented three regatta wins in a row record, to four?

And in the GP42 Series, matters are incredibly balanced on a knife edge after 40 races. Both Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) and Roma Mk 2 (ITA) are locked on 82 points. It is simply: winner takes all.

For the 2007 Audi Med Cup Champions, owner-helm Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) will be absent from the final event due to other commitments. His place on the helm will be taken by 2005 MedCup champion helm Vasco Vascotto (ITA) who will work with tactician Paul Cayard (USA) who has so far delivered a high degree of consistency for the Swedish flagged 2008-9 Judel-Vrolijk design. While they will be pushing hard for second overall, they are one of the five or six contenders who have proven well capable of winning an Audi MedCup TP52 Series regatta.

“Without doubt there are at least five teams who have shown they have what it takes to win a regatta in the TP52 Series,” cautions Audi MedCup Circuit director Ignasi Triay, “But anything could happen. It’s the perfect venue for the climax to the Circuit. On shore there is this fantastic festival which the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta is a central part of, and on the water it is a fascinating, challenging race are. There is a split breeze if the wind is in one direction with the puffy, shifty breeze blowing out of the Cartagena Harbour area, and a westerly offshore. That of course means a transition area and when we there last year we saw that anything can happen. And if the breeze is in the other direction, westerly, we get big, short steep seas which can really test the boats, equipment and crews.”

Iberdrola joins the Circuit
Bringing the fleet complement back to six boats in Murcia, Iberdrola (ESP) joins the GP42 Series of the Audi MedCup after a relatively dormant season this year in contrast to being last year’s GP42 Class Champion. The boat is a Botin/Carkeek-designed sistership to Turismo Madrid (ESP) and will be led by Skipper Laureno Wizner (ESP).

Racing starts with the practice race for the TP52 Series on Monday and the GP42 Series on Tuesday. The TP52s will face the last coastal race of the 2009 Circuit on Thursday. The final, end of season prizegiving takes place Saturday when the overall Audi MedCup champions will be crowned.

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Lin & Larry Pardy

Dear Friends:

More than 24 years ago, Larry and I sailed to New Zealand to rendezvous with Eric and Susan Hiscock. We had used their books as inspiration when we fitted out Seraffyn. Over the course of Seraffyn’s eleven year circumnavigation we had the privilege of meeting Eric and Susan in four different countries. When we went back to build Taleisin, an enjoyable correspondence grew. Then when launch date came Eric wrote, “Of course you’ll sail down here and show us this new boat.” It took us almost two years of enjoyable cruising before we made it to the Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand.


The Hiscocks arrived two days later having just sailed Wanderer V across the Tasman Sea from Sydney, Australia (Eric was 77, Susan 73). The reunion was lovely. “Plan on staying in New Zealand for the winter too,” Susan told us. “That way you’ll get to really know how nice it is to sail around here.” She and Eric then marked our charts with their favorite anchorages.  “We had a wonderful winter anchored in a really well protected bay on an island just north of Auckland,” they told us.

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