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Yachting News 10th October 2009

Oct 09, 2009 2 Comments by


Wild Days Rum, available at all liquor stores on Waiheke Island – more here

When I told friends in Sydney that I was sitting on a beach in New Zealand the comment was met with no small amount of wonderment. New Zilund, for the record, does have beaches. Very nice ones at that. It was whilst en route to one of my favourite spots in the Auckland region – Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Beach – that I came across another surprise for my Australian friends. New Zealand makes rum too.

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Greetings yachties,

Very sad news, yachtyakka & boatslut send their condolences to friends and family of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon.

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A racing yacht built for a Kiwi Rich Lister was yesterday wrecked on rocks off the New South Wales coast, killing its new owner and his crewman.

Rotorua-educated millionaire Neville Crichton sold his 24.4m yacht Shockwave to his close friend of 10 years, Andrew Short; today he is grieving the loss of that mate, “Shorty”, one of Australia’s best-known yachtsmen.

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Two of Australia’s best known sailors drowned in the 2009 Sydney to Flinders Islet race this morning.

NSW Police released the names of two sailors who died in a boating accident off the New South Wales South Coast. Sally Gordon, 47, of Darling Point and Andrew Short, 48, from The Spit were unconscious when they were pulled from the sea and could not be revived.

Ocean racing veteran Andrew Short owned and skippered the 80 foot (24.5) metre yacht, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the former ShockWave 5, which ran aground on outlying rocks off Flinders Islet off Port Kembla just before 3:00am (AEDT) today.

Sally Gordon, was one of the most experienced women ocean racers on the Australian scene having sailed in 15 Sydney to Hobart races. She was the CYCA Ocean Racing Crew person of the year back in 2000.

Along with 16 other crew, the two sailors were taking part in an overnight race between Sydney and Flinders Islet.

Fifteen people swam to the rocky outcrop of Flinders Islet before being airlifted to Wollongong hospital

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Andrew Short and Sally Gordon – Eight bells and fair winds


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In this issue,

Yachties around the world are today remembering Andrew Short and Sally Gordon.

Sailonline have  1000 mini650’s,

You are being shagged by a rare parrot,

Waka Racing – Report from day 2,

BlackMatch Report,


Vestas Sailrocket Airborne…again,

She Wee,

New Volvo Ocean Race Rules Coming,

Valencia Sailing – Juan Kouyoumdjian,

Georgia Racing – New TP52,

TP52 Worlds,

USCG Helicopter Rescue Video,

ISAF Technical Department Visits Elliott 6m Production Facility in China,

Winch Servicing 101,



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This year will be a little different for those not able to do the race on a yacht. Sailonline will be holding a virtual race called the Russell Runt there and back, using the popular Young 88 with real time weather and polars. Race the fleet in real time from home and then back to Auckland, keep up with the chatter on here


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A brief look at the past races here

Details of past winners, notice of race and all other important stuff is here


Bermuda Gold Cup Day 2

Hi all,
After no racing for us yesterday (due to lack of wind) we finally got onto the water racing today. We had four races against the top four ranked skippers in our pool. The conditions were a puffy strong breeze that made the International One Designs (IOD) quite a handful, with two of the races being sailed with no kites.
First race was against Mattias Rahm where we got a solid windward start with gauge that enabled us to lead around the top mark. Fortunately for us when he turned around the mark his boom clipped the top mark and the umpires gave him a penalty. Then at the bottom with him right behind us he was judged to have hit us from behind and was given another penalty. The final straw came when he didn’t do this second penalty immediately and was given the “black flag”. First win on the board.
Second race was against the defending champion from last year Johnie Berntsson. We dominated the first part of the pre-start forcing a penalty on him in the dial up but then got ourselves into trouble allowing Johnie to pin us and get us slow to convincingly win the start. We fought hard all race to minimise the gap so he couldn’t do his penalty turn but he sailed well and managed to do it and win the race.
Third race was against legend Peter Gilmour whom we had a close race against at the Danish Open. After a tough pre-start in the big breeze Peter came off the line with a windward start and nearly rolled us. We did a nice move luffing him to stop this and forced him to tack off. We then picked a couple of nice shifts to get back to bow to bow with him and when he lee-bowed us we pounced. Managing to partially roll him and take height. Now we had him locked and led around the top mark. With kites back in action the downwinds proved to be ver hairy but the team held its nerve and managed to pull off a close victory that we were very happy about.
The final race against Mathieu Richard proved to be a bit of a disappointment as we had him pinned above the line for most of the pre-start but a boat handling cock up allowed him to break free. Also putting us in a bad situation that we infringed in giving ourselves an soft penalty. We tried hard all race to get rid of the penalty but Mathieu sailed well keeping clean.
Overall the team is pretty happy with the day. If you told us at the beginning of the day we would have two victories against the top four we would definately had taken it. However we know we could have done better. Tomorrow we have three races to finish off our pool with another windy day forcasted. The boys are all keen and ready to go with three wins a must!

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adam keeps close eye on bjorn hansen, a match we went on to win

Greetings again from BlackMatch in Bermuda,

Teams were held ashore for two hours this morning as the remainder of a nasty weather system passed over Bermuda, but when racing finally got underway it was well worth the wait and 6 of the 8 quarterfinalists were decided. We managed to qualify directly for the quarterfinals with 4 wins and 3 losses, however a tiebreak was needed to decide who went through due to the fact that four teams in our group had the same scorecard.

Tied with Bjorn Hansen, Sebastian Col and Dave Perry, we only progressed as we had beaten both Dave and Bjorn in our matches, while they all had only one win to their name against each other. This was not the best way to go through and a devastated Col came out worst, dropping into 5th position in our group and failing to even qualify for the repechage.

Topping our group was the legendary Ben Ainslie, who is the only skipper in the entire event to still be unbeaten and is showing excellent form. We had a great tussle with Ben in our match and it was very close, however we received a penalty in our match after the umpires deemed that we had sailed above our proper course on the first downwind and we never managed to recover as the Brit sailed to victory. Our final match of the day and what we understood to be a must win match against Sebastian Col went down to the wire. After an even start the French team etched out a small advantage but were handed a penalty when we luffed just after the start. They continued to show good boat speed around the course, however we managed to stay in touch and on the final downwind they held a four boat length advantage. Touch and go whether they would be able to complete their penalty turn, they waited right until the finish line and as we charged down the course they just managed to undertake their turn and cross the line inches in front of us.

battle of the bowman

Although we felt we were sailing very well today, the scoreboard didn’t quite reflect this and all be it not the most convincing way to qualify, we have to be happy with making our second Argo Group Gold Cup Quarterfinal. Tomorrow we will face Mathieu Richard who has only suffered one defeat so far this week, an unenviable task but we have a great track record against the Frenchman and are looking forward to an exciting quarterfinal.

BlackMatch would again like to make a special mention to Mark Watson who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Argo Group. Mark yet again invited us to spend the day on the VIP boat and it was a great day to watch the matches we were not involved in. We would also like to thank our sponsors FedEx Express. To the RNZYS and Emirates Team New Zealand, thank you for your support. A special mention also has to made to my better half Jenny Warner who not only is the teams photographer, but has also been entertaining our friends from FedEx this week.

trailing ben ainslie

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Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin sail through to the quarter final stage of the Argo Group Gold Cup undefeated

Hamilton, Bermuda (October 7, 2009) – Great Britian’s Ben Ainslie has won a lot of gold, but never the King Edward VII Gold Cup. Today he moved into the quarterfinals of the Argo Group Gold Cup with a perfect 7-0 record thus far. That’s the first step toward the cup but Ben needs to learn a lesson from Ian Williams who was also 7-0 at this stage in 2008 and didn’t make it into the finals.

Today, Ainslie defeated Seb Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team on another flawless day of sailing for the multi medal Olympian. Ainslie and his Team Origin crew of Iain Percy, Christian Kamp and Matt Cornwell have not been able to do as much match racing this as they would have liked however the talented team appear to do it well when they get the opportunity.

All of the top two teams in each group automatically moved up to the quarterfinal stage. Joining Ainslie in the quarterfinals in second place at 4-3 is Adam Minoprio. Group 1 is represented by Eric Monnin (SUI) in first at 6-1 and Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar presented by Argo Group also 6-1. The top two in Group 3 were last year’s Gold cup winner Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team at 6-1 and 2007 Gold Cup champion Mathieu Richard (FRA) and His French Match Racing Team.

The remaining slots in the quarter finals will go to the top two in the repechage round robin which is yet to be completed. The third and fourth finishers in each group made into the six-team round robin that will finish Friday morning.

And the black flags just keep coming

Organizers had hoped to get all of the round robin racing completed today but a frontal passage with possible lightning and a departing cruise ship in Hamilton Harbour delayed the start. Once racing began around 10:30hrs local time, the committee banged of start after start in short order. Winds were fresh out of the northwest at about 18-20kts most of the day.

As usual, the competition was fierce. Umpires handed out multiple penalties. Peter Gilmour (AUS) and Paula Lewin (BER) each got flagged today, and Damian Iehl got his second black flag of the event. This brings the total to eight black flags for the regatta and it is only about half way through.

Racing continues Friday at 9:00AM with the last flights of the repercharge followed by quarter final action.

Article provided by Talbot Wilson

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“It didn’t go as high as last time and turned 90 degrees to leeward… but it did the full flip and inverted landing. As I sat there looking at the clouds I congratulated myself on my choice of full-face KBC helmet and HANS neckbrace. They absorbed the impact well as my shoulders smashed the ‘roll-bar’ clean off as I flew out. I was fine.

At that stage I thought… “That’s it… no more. This boat has issues”. I thought the boat had just lost pitch stability in a gust. Alex pointed to the main foil which was wobbling around in the air. I was quitely relieved. Component failures are easier to resolve. The upturned boat was dragged backwards to the shore with the wing dragging alongside trailing bits of broken flap.

Once we got it ashore we could do a basic damage assessment. The boat itself is  undameged… amazingly enough… neither is the whole main section of the wing… or the two end flaps!!! Even the strut is still intact. The main flap is confetti and there is a few spots of random damage that will take some detailed repairs. We got the boat back last night and brought the wing back this morning. We’ve already started. This boat has had a hard life… perhaps the hardest of all(considering it is the same hull/beam and wing originally launched)… but it just refuses to die.

We’ve gone over all the data and watched all the videos. It was only on the video that we saw the wave. The peak speed was actually done earlier where we did 5 seconds over 50 knots.”

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New Volvo Ocean Race Rules Coming. Budgets? 15 Million Euros.

Knut Frostad, the Volvo Ocean Race CEO, has told a gathering at the Genoa Boat show that the new Volvo Open 70 rule and Notice of Race would be revealed shortly and hinted at the content of these documents. “Over the last 12 months we have been conducting a project which has shaped the direction of the new Rule and Notice of Race,” he said.

“We have focused on safety and cost containment and have also spoken in detail to the leading figures in the yachting world. Cost containment and team expenditure is important for us as last race the budget for a team ranged between the smallest at fewer than 10 million Euros to a speculated 25-30 million Euros. We want a team to be able to have a good solid campaign in the next edition for only 15 million Euros. We want the race to be won on the water in the end. This is very important to us.”

Grant Dalton, also at the event, who has competed in seven round-the-world races and won the Whitbread twice, spoke of the differences between the race of old and the professional event it has become.

“I remember back to when we used to have beer and wine and we don’t have that anymore”

When asked about potentially sailing in both the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, Dalton explained how the events were very different beasts but the people involved were not.

“People cross between the America’s Cup and the Volvo, and Torben and Knut are both examples of this,” he said. “At the end there is a chemistry which is fundamental to any team. It’s a culture some teams have and some teams don’t. If you do not get the chemistry and culture right you will not win.”

Carlo Croce the President of Yacht Club Italiano which is backing Giovanni Soldini’s campaign explained their reasons for not building a new Volvo Open 70.

“We did think about taking part in the race on a new boat, but Giovanni preferred to take up a two-race challenge: the first, the 2011-2012 one, will be more conservative. In this way, we will be subject to less pressure and will also be able to focus only on building the crew and on training. We cannot wait to be part of the game, we were immediately fascinated by the Volvo Ocean Race’s spirit and culture.”

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Valencia Sailing

Juan Kouyoumdjian talks to Valencia Sailing

….about the Volvo Ocean Race, the TP52 class and the America’s Cup (part I)

Who else to talk about the Volvo Ocean Race other than Juan Kouyoumdjian, the Argentinean yacht designer whose designs won two consecutive races, first with ABN AMRO 1 in 2005-6 and then with Eircsson 4 in 2008-9. We met him in his Valencia office for a very interesting discussion and in this 1st part, Kouyoumdjian talks about the details of his last campaign with Ericsson.

The second installment of the interview will appear next week and Kouyoumdjian will talk about his involvement in the TP52 class and the AUDI Medcup circuit in 2010 and briefly comment on the current situation in the America’s Cup.

Valencia Sailing: Two victories in two consecutive Volvo Ocean Races. What is the key? Is Juan K the best designer or do the best teams choose Juan K design?
Juan Kouyoumdjian: First of all, races are won by crews. We, as yacht designers, can only contribute as much as we can to making their job easier, but ultimately it’s a sport, a sailing event and it’s up to crew to win. I give full credit to the crew of Ericsson 4 that managed to win the race. I’m sure they would have won the race with another boat as well, particularly Ericsson 3.

Valencia Sailing: Do you mean that Telefonica could have also won had they chosen you as their yacht designer?
Juan Kouyoumdjian: It’s very difficult to say that and this is a very conditional, speculative question. We were very happy with the boats we did, the crews were very happy with the boats we did for the them. Unfortunately, the boats that took part in the race were not the boats we had designed, neither Ericsson 4 nor 3. They were greatly handicapped by the measurers before the race start and in the case of Eircsson 4, during the race.

Valencia Sailing: Can you give us more details on that claim?
Juan Kouyoumdjian: Yes, the boats were designed with approximately 350 kg of more bulb weight than they actually ended up racing with and the arguments the measurers used to get rid of that weight from the bulbs were completely arbitrary. It’s not a matter of my opinion against theirs, I claim that because I can prove it and I can prove that they acted in a nonprofessional way. There are two issues here. First, the penalty Ericsson 3 received before race start for the keel and, second, the prohibition of using on Ericsson 4 the keel we had designed for her. These two points are still an argument of discussion here in my office and it’s something we still have deep embedded in our veins. We still are very angry about it and I hold the measurement group of the VOR responsible for having manipulated that operation.

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Georgia fresh in the water

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New Georgia Racing launched in Auckland today

Thursday 8 October 2009

Direct from the drafting board of the duo that designed Emirates Team New Zealand’s Audi Med Cup winning yacht comes the latest grand prix racer to join the New Zealand fleet.

The sixth in a series called ‘Georgia’, the boat, which an almost identical sistership to the Emirates Transpac 52, will be faster and more versatile, capable of achieving speeds of up to 25 knots thanks to 350 square metres of sail area, a dynamic hull shape and lightweight engineering.

Owned by Georgia Racing, a company owned and directed by Auckland barrister Jim Farmer QC, it was launched at the Emirates Team New Zealand base on Thursday 8 October.

The Transpac 52 – or TP52 as the class is known – is an elite, mostly professional one design class raced throughout Europe.

“I had been thinking for the last few years that a TP52 was likely to be the next mid-sized boat to have,” explains owner Jim Farmer, who is a director of Emirates Team New Zealand, many of whose crew have sailed on Georgia Racing boats.

“They are a development class, a very good reaching boat as well as being fast upwind and downwind.”

Farmer says he discussed purchasing the ETNZ boat after its first year’s racing, but instead decided to build a boat using the same hull mould, but customising it for IRC racing, which is popular in New Zealand and Australia, and adding more interior space.

“Because Marcelino Botin had designed the Emirates boat and is ETNZ’s America’s Cup designer and because of my own association with ETNZ, I was then able to put together this boat which achieved all the objectives of having a customised IRC boat but with the pedigree of a Transpac.   The fact that, thanks to the Recession, Mick Cookson had no new boats under construction was also a great help and we were able to put together the project in a way that was cost effective for Georgia Racing and also enabled him to keep his best boat builders together.”

Internal ballast has been removed from the ETNZ design to accommodate a more comfortable interior, and a heavier bulb has been applied. The sail plan is slightly larger for a slightly lower overall displacement, and the deck and cabin top have been re-designed.

“I have always admired Marcelino’s designs, especially the design work that he has done for ETNZ on its America’s Cup boats.  This design of the TP52 hull was very radical, by comparison with other current TP designs, and there were many who were saying that it would not be successful.   The ETNZ results in this year’s Med Cup, where they annihilated the competition and the best sailors and designers in the world,as proved otherwise.”

For summer 2010, Georgia which, contrary to popular trends, is fitted with a conventional keel, will challenge other IRC racers in the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic, Bay of Islands Sailing Week, the New Zealand IRC Championships in Wellington, and BMW Auckland Regatta, building up for the prestigious Hamilton Island Regatta, taking place in September 2010.

Georgia Racing’s plans for the 2011 sailing season may include one or more of the famous Admiral’s Cup event, should it be reinstated,  the Round Australia event, the Transpacific marathon between San Francisco and Hawaii, and the Big Boat Series in San Francisco.

The boat will be sailed by the team that Jim has built up over many years of local racing, and which includes Ricky Royden and George Hendy (who project managed the building of the boat), as well as some up and coming younger sailors. Two very well known America’s Cup sailors – who will have amateur status – will also race on the boat during the coming year.

“I think that it is a tribute to the boat that they are happy to sail with us on that basis,” says Farmer, who says he builds and races his boats to keep him from working 24/7, and to provide opportunities for young male and female sailors, as well older sailors who have missed out on international competition to race on a great boat.

Key specifications:

–          LOA  – 15.85m.

–          Beam – 4.5m

–          Draft  – 3.2m

–          Displacement – 7.4 T

–          Upwind sail area – 158 m2

–          Downwind sail area  – 350m2

–          Max speed – 25Kn

–          Designed by Botin and Carkeek

–          Built by Cookson Boats

–          Sails by North Sails

–          Rig by New Zealand Rigging




TP52 World Championship 2009, 08 10 2009, Photo © Nico Martinez

Clean, safe and fast were the watchwords on Artemis today and the 2007 double champions stuck by them to lead in Palma but local favourites Bribon are in contention on the same points aggregate.

A first and a second from two difficult races today on the Bay of Palma sees the 2007 world champions Artemis (SWE) emerge with only the slimmest possible lead after four races have now been sailed at the 2009 TP52 World Championship.

The Swedish flagged team are tied on points with local favourites Bribón (ESP). José Cusí’s crew from the host club, with round the world racer Gonzalo Araujo (ESP) on the helm, also erred on the conservative, safe side where possible and posted a second and a third..

In the flat water, short beats and modest wind-speeds it was day for clear thinking and concise decision making, especially at the busy, often frenetic first windward mark roundings.

When they made strong start off the pin end of the line in Race 4, overnight leaders Quantum Racing (USA) looked to be well set to at least consolidate on the two points lead that they held.

But at the first windward mark approach, while Artemis squeezed only away a few metres ahead, they were suddenly trapped on their port tack approach, as the starboard tack line up lifted and they had to bail out to the back of the queue. .

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TP 52 World Championship
Paul Cayard
Thursday, October 08, 2009

What a difference a day makes!

Artemis scored a 1, 2 and moved into first place over all in the world championships today. We are actually tied with Bribon for that honor, with Quantum Racing one point behind.

Again, we did not get the first race of the day under way until 1500. Light, fickle winds were on the menu again. We had two great starts today and just sailed for clean lanes with little maneuvering.

The first race was very tight all the way. We did a great job of getting to the inside of the one of the gate marks on the first run, as all the boats arrived at the same time. This jumped us out to a bit more comfortable second windward leg. We rounded the top mark second and gybe set as the pressure was on that side. We passed Valars with the gybe set and later, just prior to the finish, put a fake gybe on Bribon and Quantum to shake them off our tail.

Race number two was a bit easier, actually. We had a good first windward leg and rounded the first mark first. Down the run we gybed early with most of the fleet. Matador went straight on starboard and was just ahead of us at the gate. We were neck and neck up the second windward leg. We were in a foot race with them out to the right with us to leeward. As it came time for us to tack near the layline, they were able to just get a lee bow on us and force us away. But the both of us had a huge lead over the rest of the fleet by this time. We had a tacking duel of 4 or 5 tacks each and they were able to stay in front of us. The run was uneventful and we got our second place in that one.

So, it was a very good day on Artemis. Due to just four races having been completed at this point, the coastal race has been postponed to Saturday and tomorrow will feature windward leewards again.

The forecast is for 10-15 knot from the west tomorrow

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ISAF Technical Department Visits Elliott 6m Production Facility


Brand new Elliott 6ms under wraps at the McConaghy Boats factory



At the end of September a member of the ISAF Technical department visited the production facilities of the Elliott 6m, the equipment for the new Women’s Match Racing Olympic event. The primary aim of the visit was to check the production control procedures and discuss feedback arising from the first boats.

Henry Thorpe, ISAF Technical Coordinator, spent a day at the McConaghy Boats factory near Hong Kong, China. The building and quality processes were inspected thoroughly. The visit was also attended by Greg Elliott (Elliott 6m designer), Mark Evans (Managing Director – McConaghy Boats China) and several other representatives from the factory.

Thorpe, commented, “What has been achieved with the Elliott 6m project in the time since the decision last November to choose the boat has been remarkable. Due to careful management of the initial production, the boat has already been successfully used in two ISAF Sailing World Cup events. The production facility has a documented and traceable manufacturing control procedure throughout the boat building and fit out process. McConaghy Boats and Greg Elliott are passionate about the project and are determined to deliver a quality yet affordable product and are happy to openly discuss any feedback.”

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