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Yachting News 24th February 2010

Feb 24, 2010 1 Comment by


Greetings yachties,

Headed down the line to Nelson with a couple bottles of Murder Rock Rum for some of the local yachties to taste. more here

In this issue:

Tasman Trespasser Distress Signal


Where is Jessica Watson now?

Americas Cup Victory Tour

Jules Verne Trophy – Update – where are they now?

Clipper – Update

The Race is back

Why Alinghi wont be missed.

RC 44

NACRA 36 Wingsail 1984 infusion f20 carbon

Hobie launches the world’s first commercial tribrid

BMW ORACLE Racing Video Gallery.

Highlights from Race 2 of the 33rd America’s Cup (extended version) from Valencia Sailing



Breaking News // Tasman Trespasser Distress Signal Issued

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Earlier this evening (Tue 23 Feb 2010), Shaun Quincey issued a distress signal through the TracPlus satellite tracking system on board his rowing boat.

TracPlus and the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) contacted Shaun’s support crew to notify them of the distress call. The support crew got in touch with Shaun around 10pm NZ time. In rough terms it appears that Tasman Trespasser 2 was flipped over at least twice, knocking Shaun around quite severely. At this time the distress signal was activated.

Whilst this remains a very serious situation, Shaun is now in his cabin and appears physically and mentally ok. Shaun is tethered (attached) at all times to the boat via a harness system. The harness may have on this occasion prevented Shaun from being separated from the Boat at night almost 1000km from land.

Shaun has since been in contact with the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre to discuss the situation and possible options as the boat’s water ballast, oars and other equipment may have been lost.

A short time ago Shaun notified his support crew that he would sit tight in the cabin until the morning when he can survey the boats condition and the state of his equipment and supplies. Only then will a decision be made on the state of the expedition.

No further information is available at this stage and further updates will be posted here on the website. No further information is expected until Wednesday morning.

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Where is Shaun now?

Podcast just a few hours before the capsize


Blue sky

Quick Update on some Fast Sailing
Lots of nice, fast sailing over the last few days. Now only 250nm until we pass under the Cape of Good Hope!

Ella’s Pink Lady has been surfing off down the waves, keeping up a great pace in 25 knots of wind. Despite the wet drizzly conditions (see pics below), I’ve been spending a lot of time on deck watching us fly along.
I decided to give Parker a bit of time off yesterday and spent quite a bit of time hand steering which I really enjoyed. I still get a kick out of feeling us take off down a wave and I don’t think watching the waves and birds will ever get boring!

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The America’s Cup Victory Tour

Then the Cup and team travelled to the San Diego Yacht Club on board a replica of the schooner America, for which the trophy is named. The team was honoured to have Cup legend Dennis Conner on board, as he graciously paid tribute to the team.

And now, Sunday evening, we’re here at the San Diego Yacht Club, enjoying an evening with the club members.

“Your support in the early days of this campaign was essential to helping us get this race on the water with a fair set of rules,” team owner Larry Ellison told the club members. “Without your help, I’m not sure we could have got this race onto the water. Thank-you.”

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The Cup is coming home to the United States tomorrow (Friday) with San Francisco the first stop on the ‘Victory Tour’.

The oldest trophy in international sport is scheduled to touch down at SFO following a flight in a first-class seat Valencia via Frankfurt. After being welcomed at the airport, the trophy and team will proceed to the Golden Gate Yacht Club – the team’s patron and the Cup’s new home – for a reception with club members and special guests.

Saturday morning a public viewing is planned at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda.

The Cup will then head south to San Diego on Sunday where at 4:00 pm the trophy will be on public display at the USS Midway museum on the city’s waterfront.

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Soon in credit!


Jules Verne Trophy 2009 – 2010
In the space of half a day, Groupama 3 has made up over a hundred miles on her deficit in relation to the reference time: this Tuesday morning she is just a dozen miles from taking the lead… After 23 days at sea, Franck Cammas and his nine crew are practically the same distance from Ushant as Orange 2 back in 2005!

It’s taken a while to make up the deficit which culminated at 456 miles some five days ago (18th February at 1000 UTC). The reasons for this are twofold: first of all Bruno Peyron and his crew made a rather swift passage across the Indian Ocean; secondly Franck Cammas and his nine crew had to follow a fairly northerly course in order to avoid the icebergs positioned at 47° South. However, the concentration of ice is less extensive at the beginning of the Pacific Ocean so Groupama 3 will now be able to bend her course round towards the South-East.

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Cape Agulhas – Cape Leeuwin: reference time beaten

Jules Verne Trophy 2009 – 2010
On crossing the line marking the longitude of Cape Leeuwin (115° 08′ E) at 04h 17′ 47” UTC this Monday 22nd February, Groupama 3 has obtained the best time over the section of course between Cape Agulhas, which marks the entry into the Indian Ocean, and the SW promontory of Australia: 6 days 22 hours 34 minutes.

Good weather, smooth seas and a point in their favour rounds up the latest news for Franck Cammas and his nine crew. At 04 h 17′ 47” UTC this Monday morning, Groupama 3 crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, picking up the award for best reference time along the way on this their third Jules Verne Trophy attempt.

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Projected second third…

Jules Verne Trophy 2009 – 2010
Though Groupama 3 has paid a heavy price at the entry to the Southern Ocean, she should soon get paid dividends from her investment in the Indian front… The very straight trajectory announced as far as the longitude of Tasmania is particularly favourable, not solely for making up her deficit on the reference time, but above all amassing a fair bit of credit at the beginning of the Pacific.

Just a few weeks from the tax declaration, Franck Cammas and his men have really been hit hard by the wind crisis since passing South Africa! Fortunately the VAT only amounted to 2.5% in the end, which is the percentage of Groupama 3’s deficit in relation to Orange 2’s reference time established in 2005… In total then the current balance stands at around 440 miles in the red on this eighteenth day at sea. This Thursday lunchtime the giant trimaran, positioned to the South of the island of Crozet, had finally tracked down a twenty-five knot NW’ly wind, which she had been after for the past three days. With this new system the average speeds have really been given a boost at nearly thirty knots!

“We’re happy to have finally tracked down the wind we were expecting so it’s pedal to the metal now! We’ve been making an average of thirty knots since this morning, and though conditions aren’t quite stable yet, the speeds are becoming reasonable again… The past few days have been frustrating with this front which could easily have set us free: on three occasions we attempted to traverse it but it didn’t work until the fourth attempt. Finally the front came to a halt but we had to bide our time… Right now it’s not that cold as we’re only at 42° South, though there’s quite a bit of rain beneath the front. It’s a fairly good sign because it’s synonymous with us having escaped this latest obstacle” said Franck Cammas at the 1130 UTC radio link-up with Groupama’s Race HQ in Paris, in the company of French news presenter Patrick Poivre d’Arvor.

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Rob McInally’s father was in the Navy and the Team Finland skipper has clearly demonstrated that he is a chip off the old block. When dealing with a serious challenge and the aftermath of it, there are two ways one can handle things. Hang you head low, feel sorry for yourself and arrive in port with your battle scars showing or, as was the case with Team Finland this morning, you arrive proud, confident and handsome.

A heavy fog hung over the city and the waiting crowds only knew that the yacht had entered the harbour when the traditional screeching fireworks went off beside the Olympic rings. Then slowly, out of the gloom she emerged and flying proudly from what remained of the mast were the podium pennants, battle flags, the flag presented to them by the Taiwan Coastguard and an Irish tricolour and Cork city flag in honour of Cork team member Marco Giana, who is guest crew for the next few races. The message was one of defiance combined with competitiveness. It was clear that they had managed their dismasting with nothing other than fine seamanship, total professionalism and also good humour which was evident as Rob and crew members Hans Sleutjes and Dirk van Daele held aloft a home made pennant – ‘1st Singapore to Taiwan, Race 6a.’

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Team Finland has left Taiwan and is en route for Qingdao, China. At 0720 GMT (1520 local time) today the yacht left Hualien under jury rig and will motor sail to the Chinese Olympic sailing city where the rest of the fleet is due to arrive this weekend.

Team Finland is expected to take six or seven days to reach Qingdao and once there she will be fitted with a new rig. The new mast is en route to Atlantic Spars in Torbay, Devon, UK, today where riggers are standing by to begin work on it before it is flown out to China.

Race Director, Joff Bailey, who is in Qingdao awaiting the arrival of the fleet at the Olympic Sailing Centre, says, “Approximately seven metres of mast remain and this has allowed the crew to hoist the storm sails (tri-sail and storm jib). This will help provide some propulsion and a significant amount of stability.

“The weather forecast is for strong headwinds for the first 36 hours, then reducing significantly and potentially going behind them over the next few days. Despite the conditions, all the crew were eager to get back out there on board Team Finland.”

Out on the race course it’s all about the positioning now.  With around 350 miles to run to the finish there’s just a hair’s breadth between the boats and those of us watching from the comfort of dry land are going to have a nail biting few days watching the positions update every three hours on the race viewer.  Slightly frustrating as well as, with the teams so close, Stealth Mode is being called into play as they make their tactical moves.

Spirit of Australia slid into Stealth at 1800 GMT on Wednesday, Jamaica Lightning Bolt exercised their option at 0300 today and California went into covert mode at 0600. The rules state no boat may be in Stealth Mode within 250 miles of the finish line, so if they’re going to play their joker, those who haven’t already done so will have to do so soon.

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The Race is back

Bruno Peyron, three times holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, has announced that he has decided to relaunch The Race, the non-stop crewed race around the world for giant multihulls, without outside assistance and without limits.
Credit: Team Groupama

Groupama 3 sailing during her Jules Verne Trohpy record, 2010

The second edition of the race around the world for the huge G-class multihulls is planned for 2013-2014, starting from an unspecified port in Southern Europe

After talks by Peyron with leading maxi-multihull G-class skippers, it seems that out of the dozen G-class giants that have been built so far, between eight and ten of them may enter The Race, and that is without counting any new boats which may be built by then.

The ultimate goal remains the same as when the first edition was launched: Bringing together “the ten fastest teams around the world.”

Bruno Peyron said: “As I’ve been able to stand back and gain some perspective since I last took part in the Jules Verne Trophy, there are several things I noticed that led me to take this decision to relaunch The Race. First, since the recent America’s Cup that we have just seen, we can conclude that we French are no longer alone in the world of multihulls and that is excellent news. We are entering a new era.

“We can see too that since The Race, 12 giant multihulls have been built, including four in the past three years. So today there are certainly enough boats of sufficient quality for us to propose this event relaunch to their skippers and partners, without counting any new multihulls, which may be built following on from this by 2013 or 2014.

“I have noticed that some major brands have been looking at the possibilities offered by the Volvo Ocean Race, which I can fully understand, but this does indicate that there is simply no alternative international race for multihulls. And just to conclude, others around me have become aware of this and share this feeling and my discussions with the leading G-class skippers have led me to move things forward in this direction.”

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Why Alinghi won’t be missed

1. Dubious tactics

What are your memories of the 2007 America’s Cup finals?

Apart from some great ding dong battles between the Challenger Team New Zealand and Defender Alinghi there were also several instances of rules being bent to the nth degree.

The most famous happened in race number four when Alinghi refused to drop their mainsail unaided, as per the rules, instead sending a man up the mast. Eventually it was ruled okay on a technicality by the measurement committee but it left a sour taste for many observers.

2. Swiss-made arrogance

The Alinghi team took arrogance to a whole new level in their America’s Cup reign from 2003 to 2010. From the moment the Cup was handed over in a muted celebration on Auckland harbour it was never the same again.

There was little sense of fair play and a win at all costs attitude that made the infamous New York Yacht Club (and Dirty Dennis Conner) look like gentleman.

This peaked ahead of the 2007 Valencia regatta, when Alinghi kept the proposed yacht specifications under their hat for months to give their designers a crucial edge before eventually releasing them to the rest of the field

3. Russell’s revenge

After winning the Cup for his new Swiss employers in 2003, Coutts was given the boot in 2004 following a bust up with Ernesto Bertarelli. These things happen, but coincidentally a few months earlier Alinghi amended the American Cup rules to say that nobody could change teams until the end of the 2007 regatta.

While they were entitled to, it was Machiavellian cunning of the highest order and locked Coutts out of his profession for three years.

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RC44 2010

On great form, Team Sea Dubai takes the lead in the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy RC 44

Markus Wieser and his Team Sea Dubai were on fire today, with five bullets in as many races. The local team leads Artemis (four wins and also undefeated) and four teams on a tie in third.
February 22, 2010 – The first match races of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 took place today, and immediately brought the confirmation that the racing will be tougher in 2010 than it ever was. Indeed, Team Austria (10th last year) won its first race against Ceeref (winner of last year’s match race ranking) whilst Sea Dubai (9th in 2009) got a bullet against Paul Cayard’s Katusha.

Pursuing their winning streak, Markus Wieser and Team Sea Dubai won the next four matches against some of the event’s favourites: Team Aqua, Katusha, No way Back and Team Austria, concluding the day undefeated. “It’s not that we sailed badly in the past”, commented Markus Wieser at the end of the day. “But we were always making one or two little mistakes and this is what made the difference between winning and finishing in the middle of the ranking. We trained hard over the winter and managed to avoid mistakes today. The result is immediate.”

Competing for the first time in the RC 44 Class, Terry Hutchinson (Artemis) and Adam Minoprio (BMW ORACLE Racing) didn’t need much time to get into the groove. Minoprio got convincing wins against No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies) and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (José Maria Ponce), loosing to Team Aqua and Artemis. “The boat is new to me and I need some more time to get my bearings”, explained Minoprio. “The RC 44’s are very fast and they accelerate super quickly. Normally, with this type of wind I sail at 5 knots and the accelerations are slow. But here we are immediately at 7-8 knots; it makes a big difference and requires some time to adapt.”

Used to sailing on big and fast boats, Terry Hutchinson and his Team Artemis were in a different situation. The American helmsman won four races in a row; also concluding the day undefeated – yet one point behind Team Sea Dubai. The match between Artemis and Team Sea Dubai, scheduled in Flight 7 tomorrow, will be an interesting one to look at!

Today’s races took place in a very pleasant sea breeze and a fairly choppy sea. The wind grew from 6-7 knots to 10-12 by the end of the afternoon, allowing the race committee to complete five flights. The conditions should be similar tomorrow, with a light sea breeze and a flatter sea.

They said:

Markus Wieser, helmsman, Team Sea Dubai: “We had a great training session this winter with No Way Back. Our team cohesion has definitely improved and we see the result today. We also have a new fleet race helmsman, Raimondo Tonelli, who has brought us precious advice.”

Adam Minoprio, helmsman, BMW ORACLE Racing: “The racing was absolutely awesome and the boats are great to sail. Our match against Puerto Calero was great. We got a penalty in the pre-start but then managed to block them in the middle of the first beat. We stayed in a dial up during something like five minutes, before managing to escape and complete our penalty turn. We just needed to be patient. I hope we have a good day tomorrow, because we want to get Russell a good result!”

Terry Hutchinson, helmsman, Artemis: “The level of the Class is exactly as I expected it to be: very high. I’ve read all over the place how good this Class is and I am not disappointed. This is great sailing.”

Pieter Heerema, owner, No Way Back: “We are starting this season from scratch, without thinking about last year and the hierarchy between the teams. There is just no way we can say that we will win this year because we won last year. Our goal this season is to finish in the top three overall.”

Paul Cayard, helmsman, Katusha: “Last week the Artemis Louis Vuitton Trophy team (17 crew members) trained on two RC 44s, Katusha and Artemis, for five days. The conditions were excellent with 8-11 knot winds almost every day and plenty of sun. Today wasn’t a good day for us. I can’t identify one specific reason why we didn’t perform although we did some mistakes. Tomorrow will hopefully be a better day.”

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