Another fine Murder Rock Rum tasting on my island Next weekend I will be having another tasting down the bottom end of Waiheke with the solo race fleet, lock up your nearest and dearest, knotme will be on the loose and tasting the spoils of Wild Days Rum, could get a bit messy.
In this issue:
Groupama3 – Day 02
OK Worlds – Day 2 NZL 1,2,3
Tasman Trespasser 2 – Battered & Bruised
Disabled Sailing News
Louis Vuitton Trophy – 8 Teams to Auckland
Warren Jones – Youth Match Racing
Extreme Sailing Series Asia – Muscat Day 01
Groupama3 – Depart
Abby Sunderland – Needs more power
Murder Rock Rum tasting
Jessica Watson – Book Deal Done - Where is she now?
Bavaria 32 – Düsseldorf
Gladwell’s Line – Second guessing the America’s Cup Jury
Sailing family sought for TV series
Start line on day two of the NZ OK Dinghy Championships & Interdominion Contest. Photo © Adrian Rumney.
57 boats took to the Wellington Harbor today, from all the seven countries entered in the 2010 World Championships. The breeze at Point Jerningham settled at around 8-10 knots enabling a clear, but delayed, start for Race 3 at 1250hrs.
There was profound ‘argie-bargie’ all day with a game of ‘virtual dodgems’ between current World Champion, Thomas Hansson-Mild of Sweden, past Pommie World Champ Nick Craig and Terry Curtis of UK, Soenke Behrens of Germany, Christian Hedlund of Denmark, and the local boys. Over the course of Day 2, in Races 3, 4 and 5, they were all ‘up there’, first around the marks at one stage or other.
At the end of Day 2, after five races, the provisional results are as follows –
1) Paul Rhodes, NZL
2) Karl Purdie, NZL
3) Steve Mc Dowell, NZL
4) Nick Craig, GBR
5) Greg Wilcox, NZL
6) Thomas Hansson-Mild, SWE
7) Michael Williams, AUS
8) Terry Curtis, GBR
9) Matt Steven, NZL
10) Luke O’Connell, NZL
We are looking forward to the last day of racing tomorrow, hopefully, with a good breeze present early in the day, so that they guys can get on and off the water in good time for the evening prizegiving and Kiwiana BBQ.
Battered and Bruised // Day 14
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Last night and today have been tough for Shaun. Strong easterlies and large swells have been crashing into Tasman Trespasser 2, tossing Shaun around inside his small cabin. He is frustrated about the weather but realises there is nothing he can do but ride it out and get ready for some better conditions. Unfortunately the easterlies are forecast till Thursday so he potentially has a long cabin stint ahead.
You would have noticed that over the past 24 hours or so Shaun has been pushed west. This looks rather alarming when zoomed in close to the live tracking however when you zoom out so that both Australia and new Zealand are visible you notice that the westerly movement is pretty negligible.
Shaun really has been buoyed by your messages of support so keep them flowing!
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MITSUHIRO IWAMOTO – His Goal is to Become the First Blind Sailor to Sail Across the Pacific Ocean.
From Mitsuhiro Iwamoto
This year, I have done a few offshore races and a lot of weekend races in San Diego bay mostly on Nelson Marek 43, B’Quest II of Challenged America. I wanted to do more blind sailing, too.
I was asked to be a driver/skipper in California team based in Bay Area. I might start going there to practice once a month.
Separate from these activities, I have been working on my own project Called My Dream Is Your Dream Project. I would like to sail across the Pacific from California to Japan with the other sighted people.
Japanese sailing and yachting magazine called Kaji (means rudder in Japanese) published article about me and my dreams my on June 2009 issue. I got a permission from writer and chief editor to use the article for my dream promotion, and asked a translator to translate it into English. Please spread it to your friends, people who you know. I hope that more and more people can be encouraged from reading the article.
I would appreciate if you can help me to promote my achievement my dream.
My dream is your dream, let’s make it happen together.
Eight teams to compete at Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland in March
In just six weeks time, during the Southern hemisphere Summer, eight of the best sailing teams in the world will race a Louis Vuitton Trophy match race regatta in Auckland New Zealand.
Just over a year ago the inaugural regatta was sailed in Auckland, the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Ten of the best sailing teams in the world, including the current Challenger and Defender of the America’s Cup, competed over two weeks in a match race regatta in two pairs of supplied boats. The boats used were ACC yachts from the 2007 America’s Cup and all teams rotated through the four boats.
The formula was renewed at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice regatta in November last year, a regatta whose provisional media return resulted in a value of over nine million Euros gathered from over 1200 articles, 354 hours of TV on 400 channels in 163 countries. The next regatta will be the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland from 9 – 21 March 2010.
Following the success of last year’s antipodean regatta the event organisers, the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), along with the city of Auckland decided to adjust the dates to enhance the public spectacle. The regatta, which runs from 9-21 March, will be staged from the same venue and at the same time as the Auckland International Boatshow (10-14 March) in Auckland’s Downtown Viaduct Basin, the venue for the America’s Cup in 2000 and 2003.
The WSTA member teams entered for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta are from seven countries. Unlike last year, the host Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Dean Barker, will not get an automatic pass to the regatta finals, but will have to earn the right to be there by passing through the round robin and semi final stages with a winning record. The seven other teams hoping to also make it to the finals and ultimately prevail are:
Aleph (France, skipper Bertrand Pacé)
All4One (France/Germany, skipper Jochen Schumann)
Artemis (Sweden, skipper Paul Cayard)
Azzurra (Italy, skipper Francesco Bruni)
Mascalzone Latino Audi (Italy)
Synergy (Russia, skipper Karol Jablonski)
TEAMORIGIN (Great Britain, skipper Ben Ainslie)
Following the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta the WSTA’s member teams will race in La Maddalena, Sardinia (22 May – 6 June), then in Dubai, UAE (13 – 27 November) before Hong Kong in early 2011 (9 – 24 January).
An official World Tour Qualifier Event
“One of the best youth match racing regattas in the world”
This exciting international match racing regatta was established in memory of yachting legend, Warren Jones through the Western Australian Yachting Foundation (Inc.) and the Warren Jones Foundation (Inc.).
It has been held annually in Western Australia since 2003 and has grown into a highly regarded event on the international yachting calendar from which many young competitors have launched their match racing careers.
Racing yachts close hauled and sailing hardThe event is hosted alternately between the Royal Perth Yacht Club in odd years and Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in even years and competitors sail in the Western Australian Yachting Foundation’s matched fleet of Foundation 36 yachts which were designed specifically for match racing, providing a challenging platform for young sailors to develop and showcase their skills.
Monday, 1 February 2010
New Zealand skipper Phil Robertson has signalled his intention to hold onto the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta trophy, by going through the first day of the series undefeated, to hold top place on the leaderboard overnight.
On a day that saw a series of collisions as crews pushed the boundaries, and kept the repair teams busy, Robertson’s experience showed as he kept out of trouble, and produced both good speed and smart tactics.
He summed up his day with his usual understatement, “it wasn’t bad, we’re pretty happy with it, we’re still a bit rusty, but hopefully it’ll come right in the next day or two. We had two real tough ones today, Gilmour was quite a hard one and we just came out ahead, and Gibbsey was a tough one. So it was the local boys in their own breeze. It was hard work in the stronger breeze, but I think we were all right, the boat handling worked.”
2009 Winner (2009 WJR Winner)
Phil Robertson – RNZYS (NZL)
Adam Minoprio – RNZYS (NZL)
Alastair Hall – RYA (GBR)
2006 Winner (2006 WJR Winner)
Adam Minoprio – RNZYS (NZL)
2005 Winner (2005 WJR Winner)
Simon Minoprio – RNZYS (NZL)
2004 Winner (2004 WJR Winner)
Simon Minoprio – RNZYS (NZL)
The Big Class returns to Cowes
A new Cowes event, the Westward Cup, will bring a fleet of great classic yachts to Cowes in July to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the famous schooner Westward in 1910.
The organisers, the Royal Yacht Squadron in association with the New York Yacht Club and the Yacht Club de Monaco, have created a by-invitation event open only to owners of Big Class classic yachts. Already, four of the world’s great classic yachts have confirmed their entry.
Eleonora is a true replica of Westward with exactly the same lines as the original, and constructed using the same materials.
Britannia is a recently launched replica of King George V’s yacht Britannia, built in 1893 and the most successful racing yacht of all time, winning 231 races and 129 prizes from 634 starts.
Mariquita is a William Fife-designed 19 metre class, launched from the Fairlie yard on the Clyde in 1911 was one of the most successful classic racing yachts. She achieved a distinguished racing record before being decommissioned in the 1930s, and now, after extensive re-commissioning, Mariquita has rejoined the fleet.
Mariette is a famous Herreshoff designed built in 1915 and restored to her present condition in the mid-1990s. She is a regular and successful participant in the world’s classic regattas.
Up and running!
Jules Verne Trophy 2009 – 2010
13h 55′ 53” UTC: Groupama 3 crossed the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy off the Créac’h lighthouse in Ushant. Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off at over twenty knots in a light N’ly breeze on the back of a mass of rain… This latest record attempt begins with some encouraging, albeit tricky weather conditions.
Up and running! – © Yvan Zedda
Returning to cross the finish line off Ushant before 06h 14′ 57” on 23rd March: such is the objective the ten men aboard the trimaran have set themselves in order to snatch the round the world record, that is within one minute of the reference time… Indeed Groupama 3 must complete the course spanning more than 21,600 miles, in less than 50 days 16 hours 20 minutes; the reference time for the Jules Verne Trophy set by Bruno Peyron and his crew in 2005.
Jules Verne Trophy 2009 – 2010
After four hours of sailing across the Bay of Biscay, Groupama 3 is very much on track for rounding Cape Finisterre prior to daybreak on Monday morning. This would enable the crew to escape the calm conditions which are set to invade the Spanish headland. As such this unexpected departure, due to a favourable evolution in the weather situation, bodes well for a swift sprint as far as the Canaries.
Nothing has been decided yet though as this initial night at sea is essential for the next stage in this Jules Verne Trophy attempt! After setting off from Ushant at 13h 55′ 53” (UTC) this Sunday 31st January on the back of a rain front generating a N’ly wind of around ten knots in the big springs (111), Franck Cammas and his nine crew have quickly joined up with a wind becoming increasingly steady the further offshore they get. The solent jib has been replaced by a gennaker in the brisker conditions on fairly manageable seas, the maxi trimaran making an average of thirty knots at sunset!
One Week Out
I’ve got some good news! I’m going a nice (and very fun) 8kts.
The bad news… I’m headed to Cabo san Lucas…
Don’t start worrying, since I’m still north of the equator I won’t have to give up on the non-stop attempt. I will be re-staring from Cabo as soon as I can. We have all been discussing this for awhile now. I’ve spent the last week talking with my team, testing things and doing whatever I could to make this work. The fact is I am just not able to generate enough power with my solar panels and wind generators to keep up with all of my energy needs. We didn’t budget enough fuel for me to run my two alternators as often as I have been needing to so….A new battery or two and more fuel will be put on board in Cabo. Also, the trouble with the wind speed gauge seems to be in the wiring in the mast. I have tested everything else so that needs to be fixed as well.
I was really upset about having to stop. I’ve hardly even started and I’m already heading in! I had finally gotten settled in, things were going somewhat smoothly and I was having fun. But I am glad that my team will be there waiting when I get in and I’ll be back out here soon, hopefully with a few less problems.
Jessica Watson – Half way there and the book deal is done
French-owned Hachette Publishers have announced that they will publish the story of Australian16 year old’s Jessica Watson’s solo sail around the world ‘as soon as possible after her return’. This is expected to be in August.
…and on-board Ella’s Pink Lady, when she’s not grappling with 70 knot squalls, Jessica is already writing it – in the form of her blogs that she writes on an ‘almost daily’ basis.
This is in spite of a recent admission by her mother Julie Watson that Jessica has been diagnosed with sever dyslexia, a condition that hampered her learning at school, and caused the event the resulted in Jessica’s desire to sail around the world alone.
At the age of 11, her mother was reading books to her ‘because she couldn’t read’, as she told Brisbane’s Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Mail recently.
Gladwell’s Line: Second guessing the America’s Cup Jury
‘International Jury Chairman, David Tillett (foreground) along with Bryan Willis (to his immediate left) are two members of the five strong Photo Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©
The International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup is due to sit for the first time, in early February, to consider the five issues raised by BMW Oracle Racing on 19 January.
Some would say the Jury meeting is none too soon, and given that the body contains three members of the Expert Panel appointed by the New York Supreme Court, their decisions may be watched with a little more interest than usual.
Looking at the specific issues raised by the Challenger, as set out in their media release, we see the decision scorecard running like this:
1. Effectively re-inserted Racing Rule 53 (‘Skin Friction’) after obtaining a New York Supreme Court ruling to delete it.
Outcome: Probable win or neutral for SNG /Alinghi.
Reason: The wording of the America’s Cup Sailing Instruction is significantly different than its standard ISAF Sailing Instruction counterpart. It does, if read in a particular light, prohibit anything intentionally left by the boat in the water, which is technically contrary of the provisions and effect of deleting Racing Rule 53, which would have allowed the injection of substances into the water of the race course. Few sailors would be happy with the injection of any substance, other than sea water and air, into the Mediterranean.
The short answer is that BMW Oracle Racing will have to disclose just what they wish to discharge, and then the Jury will rule accordingly.
Sailing family sought for TV series
New York-based True Entertainment, a blue-chip production company of both non-fiction and fiction entertainment, is looking for a family of sailors to feature in a new documentary style television series.
Development Manager, Beth Bigler, said: “True Entertainment is a subsidiary of Endemol, the company behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Fear Factor, Deal or No Deal, and Big Brother, and our company has made shows like A Baby Story, Mystery Diagnosis, HGTV’s Design Star, Trauma: Life in the ER, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, currently airing on Bravo.
“We are developing a documentary style television series featuring an active, engaging, and full-of-life family that also happens to to have an active sailing life! Our dream is to find a family that is going to take an extended trip to exciting parts of their world on their boat. Of course, because this is television, we are looking for characters, larger-than-life outgoing people with a lot going on in their lives.