Jessica Watson update
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A Scows – Oshkosh Yacht Club
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Americas Cup View
Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games
RC44 – Artemis Wins Fleet Racing
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St Tropez – Last Race
Clipper Race – Aussie scores
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JESSICA FARING WELL AND TO ARRIVE IN SYDNEY TOMORROW
Sunday 4 October, 2009
Despite experiencing difficult conditions overnight, Jessica Watson is progressing well and at this stage is expected to sail into Sydney tomorrow (Monday) on schedule.
The past two nights have proven to be a great test of Jessica’s skills. She has coped well with the challenging conditions and Ella’s Pink Lady is in good shape. Friday night saw wind gusts of up to 36 knots. Last night Jessica encountered 33 knot winds and a heavy swell ranging between 4 and 5 metres.
But the good news is conditions have calmed somewhat today as she heads south from Newcastle on her way into Sydney Heads.
Good restart from Funchal at 2.02 pm!
At 14:02 exactly, the 83 competitors still registered in The Charente-Maritime / Bahia Transat 6.50 set off this Saturday, October the 3rd, in front of the city of Funchal (Madeira – Portugal) for the second and longest stage (3100 miles) heading for Salvador de Bahia (Brazil). Canary Islands, an archipelago of Cape Verde, the Doldrums, the trade winds in the Southern Hemisphere… The menu is very rich and varied for this transatlantic aboard boats of 6.50 meters!
You open with your pawn (e5).
Then I move my bishop (b5). And so on. Remember?
Somewhere beyond the standard openings, things get interesting.
It reminds me of America’s Cup.
Knowing that movable ballast will plunge their vessel’s length on the waterline over the limits imposed by the Deed of Gift, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) decides, for the first time ever in America’s Cup history, to include the rudder of the competitive vessel (the trimaran of Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC)) in that vessel’s waterline measurement, forcing it over the limit imposed by the Deed of Gift. Ha, ha!
GGYC responds by challenging SNG’s movable ballast, reminding SNG that the Deed requires every element of the vessel’s racing load to be aboard for measurement, as SNG (in dissembling mode) avers their ballast isn’t part of the racing load.
GGYC marks their response by punching the mega-clock of mega-lawyer David Boies of the mega-law firm, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, who files a memorandum of law in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in support of GGYC (a document that was very well written and very clearly articulated, we might add, at least for lubbers like us).
Rio De Janeiro Elected As Host City For 2016 Olympic Games
The Rio 2016 flag
Rio De Janeiro will be the host city for 2016 Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as the host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 during its 121st Session in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rio de Janeiro received 66 votes compared to Madrid’s 32 in the final round of voting.
Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay is the proposed venue for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The Bay is already well known as a world-class sailing venue: earlier this year it was a stopover venue for the Volvo Ocean Race; whilst in 2007 in was the sailing venue for the Pan American Games. Next year the Star class visits Rio for their World Championship battle. Brazil has a proud record in Olympic sailing, in fact sailing is one of the nation’s most successful Olympic sports. Torben Grael is the only sailor to have won five Olympic medals, whilst Robert Scheidt is only one behind with two golds and two silvers. At Beijing 2008 Fernanda Oliveira and Isabel Swan became the first female Brazilian sailors to win an Olympic medal. Brazil also showed its dedication to the future of the sport as it hosted this year’s Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship with great success.
Topper International are well known for their dinghy range but also produce a large range of catamarans which come under the umbrella name Topaz. The Topaz 14 catamaran is the most recent addition to the Topaz range. It has been adopted by the French Sailing Federation who are the acknowledged authority on cat sailing with significant fleets developing in France. The Topaz 14 was awarded the prestigious Voiles et Voiliers Coup de Coeur at the Paris Boat Show and Yachts & Yachting recognised the quality of the 14 in their boat test.
Bank Sarasin – RC44 Portoroz Cup
Saturday, October 03, 2009
It was another beautiful day in Portoroz with 14 to 8 knot winds and plenty of sunshine.
On Katusha, we began the day in fourth place in the fleet racing, with the goal of staying there to win the overall series (with our first place from the match racing portion and a fourth in the fleet racing). Artemis had a fifth in the match racing and they were in first in the fleet racing.
So, we had three windward leeward races today with the wind still from the northeast and plenty shifty.
In the first one, the shift went against us right before the first mark and we went from 2nd to last in one minute. We managed to pass two boats to finish 9th. At this point we were 5th in the fleet racing and therefore in second overall.
The pressure was on. We hit the right upwind in the second race and it came good for us in a big way and we won that race rather comfortably. Behind us there was plenty of mixing in the scores.
In the final race, we had a great start and got to the windward mark second. Up the second windward leg, Sea Dubai got to our right and passed us. Team Aqua was comfortably in the lead. We finished third and thought we had won the event overall.
Unfortunately, BMW Oracle had a rather bad day including a 9th in the last race while No Way Back had a series of 3rds and 4ths and quietly snuck past BMW Oracle for the fleet racing. In so doing, they tied us for the overall with a 3, 2. In this class, as the emphasis is on the owner driver aspect, the tie breaker goes in favor of the fleet racing.
So, with a bit of dispointment, we finished second overall and Artemis was third. Still, it was a great first outing for Katusha. Our owner was extremely pleased. He has not been a big sailor in the past but he seems truly bitten by the sport. He was onoard with his family at the end of the day, sailing the boat back to the dock with his friend Torbjorn Tornquist closeby on Artemis.
The next RC44 event is the last week of November in Dubai.
Right now, some of the Katusha team and I are in a van going to the Trieste airport to fly to Palma tonight. Tomorrow morning we are on deck with Artemis the TP 52 preparing for that World Championship.
Photo: Copyright Ales Fevzer / RC 44 Class
Artemis wins the fleet regatta and No Way Back conquers the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup
Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis controlled the situation today, winning the fleet race ranking ahead of Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back and BMW ORACLE Racing. No Way Back grabs the combined fleet race / match race ranking.
October 3, 2009 – Torbjorn Tornqvist, his tactician Dean Barker and their crew onboard Artemis controlled the situation perfectly today, increasing their lead in the overall ranking in the first race of the day before securing the title in the second. Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back controlled BMW ORACLE Racing throughout the day, grabbing the second place in the overall ranking and the first place in the combined fleet race / match race ranking.
The four boats who were leading the provisional ranking ahead of today’s races started the first race at the pin end of the line and headed for the left of the course. All other teams went right and benefited from a slightly better angle. Sailing fast and well, Artemis just managed to squeeze in and take the lead whilst BMW ORACLE Racing – sailing no more than one boat length behind Artemis – had no other choice but to bear away to give way to the other boats, finally rounding the top mark last!
The wind was quite irregular, provoking many changes within the fleet. No Way Back played the shifts well, grabbing the second place ahead of Team Aqua and Ceeref whilst BMW ORACLE Racing only managed to climb back up to the seventh place.
Photo: Copyright Ales Fevzer / RC 44 Class
The wind started to drop before the start of the second race, leading BMW ORACLE Racing and Organika to switch to genoas whilst the others boats carried on sailing under jib. A massive left shift gave the lead to the teams who had chosen the left in the first beat, whilst the second beat heavily favoured those who went to the right. Pieter Taselaar and Paul Cayard got it right on board Katusha, winning the race ahead of Artemis and Team Aqua, finally on good form after a difficult start in the event.
Artemis was by then sure to win the event whilst only one point separated No Way Back and BMW ORACLE Racing. The last race would therefore be decisive for the second place of the podium.
The breeze was down to eight knots at this stage, and clearly favourable on the right side of the course. Team Aqua started at the Committee end of the line and immediately tacked, grabbing an early lead and extending throughout the race. Sailing in the middle of the pack, Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back never missed an opportunity to tack over BMW ORACLE Racing. The American boats suffered from this and finished the race in the ninth place, loosing its second place overall to the Dutch – fourth of this last race.
No Way Back wins the combined fleet race / match race ranking thanks to their third place in the match race, ahead of Paul Cayard’s Katusha, winner of the match and fourth in the fleet regatta, brilliant for his first participation on the 22nd and latest RC 44. Fifth of the match race, Artemis finishes third overall.
The next regatta will take place on November 25 – 29 in Dubai (UAE).
Photo: Copyright Ales Fevzer / RC 44 Class
Torbjorn Tornqvist, owner and helmsman, Artemis: “This morning we decided to do our own race without looking too much at the ranking and the other boats. We had a very good first race and were a little bit lucky in the second; that was it! The spirit onboard is excellent; there is never a harsh word even when things are not going the way we want. It is very important for me. Obviously, we want to win but the goal is also to have fun. The two go together.”
Pieter Heerema, owner and helmsman, Team No Way Back: “We always sail in nice places but this event has been fantastic and the people have been great. Today was interesting. Obviously we knew that we had to beat Russell. We didn’t sail against him, we did our own race and it turned out fine. At the beginning of the season, I said that our goal was to win one match race, one fleet race and one overall ranking. All we need to do to achieve this is to win a match. The pressure’s on Ray!”
Russell Coutts, tactician, BMW ORACLE Racing: “We did some great racing this week and it was definitely the most competitive regatta for the class so far. Artemis had a great race, they really dominated this event. We also had a good week. We suffered a bit today; Pieter Heerema knocked us back all day and we didn’t get out of the starting line the way we wanted. But it has been great fun.”
Igor Lah, event organiser and owner / helmsman of Ceeref: “We’ve had five fantastic days, the breeze has been great and it has been a lot of fun. I am very happy as an event organiser. As a competitor I am a bit disappointed because we would have preferred a better result. It is really hard work to make it to the top.”
Karol Jablonski, tactician, Organika: “We finish the event fourth overall: this is our best result so far and I am very pleased with it. I guess this is the best we can achieve with our current configuration: the Class has never been so tough and every mistake costs a lot. Considering how much time he spends on the boat, Maciej did a great job.”
Fleet race, final results after ten races:
(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points (DHL Trophy double points in bold)
1) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 2, 2, 5, 6, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 5 – 28 points
2) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 11, 6, 1, 1, 4, 8, 3, 2, 4, 4 – 44 points
3) BMW ORACLE Racing, Ian Vickers, 1, 1, 8, 4, 10, 1, 2, 7, 5, 9 – 48 points
4) Team Katusha, Pieter Taselaar, 3, 7, 10, 2, 8, 6, 4, 9, 1, 3 – 53 points
5) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 6, 5, 6, 3, 16, 3, 11, 3, 3, 1 – 57 points
6) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 9, 9, 2, 7, 6, 4, 7, 4, 9, 7 – 64 points
7) Organika, Maciej Nawrocki, 8, 3, 3, 5, 20, 7, 5, 5, 7, 6 – 69 points
Team Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, 7, 4, 4, 9, 18, 5, 9, 10, 10, 2 – 80 points (incl 2 penalty points)
9) Team Austria, René Mangold, 10, 11, 9, 10, 12, 10, 8, 6, 8, 11 – 95 points
10) Modri Gaj, Michael Reardon, 4, 10, 11, 8, 14, 11, 6, 11, 12, 8 – 97 points (incl 2 penalty points)
11) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 5, 8, 7, 11, 23, 9, 10,8, 6, 10 – 97 points
SNG letter to Justice Kornreich regarding latest GGYC lawsuit
Société Nautique de Genève legal counsel wrote to New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich on Friday stating the defending yacht club’s position on the challenger’s latest lawsuit contesting the venue choice on the grounds of safety and suggesting a date for argumentation in October.
Extract from the letter:
[…] Yesterday evening at 11:03pm I received an email indicating that GGYC has filed a motion challenging the propriety of Ras al Khaimah as the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup and requesting the Court to relocate the venue of the America’s Cup from Ras al Khaimah to Valencia, Spain. The principal grounds of the motion appears to be that the venue SNG has chosen is unsafe even though Oracle, whose chairman, Larry Ellison, owns BMW Oracle, sponsors GGYC and financed GGYC’s vessel does substantial business in the UAE and Oracle has an office in the UAE. GGYC’s law firm, Latham & Watkins, also has an office in the UAE. Significantly, Russell Coutts, the skipper of BMW Oracle organizes an annual regatta in Dubai (50km from Ras al Khaimah, UAE) in November. […]
SUN SETS ON LAST DAY OF RACING
October 3, 2009
Today was the last, but certainly the most exciting, day of racing in the 2009 edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Navigators had a tough time on the water today as the winds were incredibly shifty and the water choppy, leading to lots of action both inside and outside the Gulf once the classics had started and all the spectator boats were on the race course. The wind picked up remarkably outside the Gulf on the Classic Course and stayed steady in force, although unpredictable in direction, at about 10 knots. The small classic divisions had their start just after 13.00 while the Big Classics started around 13.45.
The Modern divisions began racing near La Moutte but later went far outside the Gulf on a 27-mile course and were able to pick up significant speeds in 12-13 knot wind.
The Wally boats hit lots of wind just before noon and raced two laps around a course inside the bay in the usual race area, coming very close to the Pampelonne beaches along the shore, before heading out on a 14-mile course in the direction of Cap Lardier.
Spectators delighted in the Wally and Classics shared finish line just off of Saint-Tropez at La Portalet; a beautiful finish to a very successful week of sailing for this edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.
Photos credit: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
The North Atlantic Scoring Gate, the elusive, 80-mile-wide target to the south of the Canary Islands, over which an area of light air had rather inconveniently parked itself, has finally been crossed by Spirit of Australia.
The only southern hemisphere team in Clipper 09-10 crossed the gate 1830 UT last night and scores three points for jubilant Brisbane-based skipper, Brendan Hall and his crew.
Round the world crew member on board Spirit of Australia, Andy Rose, writes “After Hull & Humber pipped us by just 40 seconds in the first race from their home port to La Rochelle it has felt as if they have been breathing down our necks again even though they have been just a speck on our navigational computers since our courses first converged to the west of La Palma in the Canaries.
“For a while it felt as if we would never get past the island as for watch after watch it seemed to draw us back towards it. Yet by yesterday we were flying again with some champagne sailing, only to grind to a complete halt first thing Friday morning when the speedo read a depressing 0.0 knots. Thankfully the wind returned to fill our sails around breakfast time and by lunchtime we knew it would take something pretty major to deny us our minor victory.”
The three points have already been added to Spirit of Australia’s overall score, moving the team into the overall race lead following their second place finish in Race 1.
A frustrated Piers Dudin, skipper of Hull & Humber, said, “Admittedly our game plan was based on getting to the gate in the fastest possible fashion and dealing with the high pressure ridge afterwards. Unfortunately the ridge marched towards us and avoiding it became, well, unavoidable.