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Yachting News 2nd April 2010

Apr 02, 2010 1 Comment by


Greetings yachties,

Apparently the wordpress update has gone all pear shaped and we need to look for another template – all double dutch to me. Mothership is still trying to sort it all out so stay tuned folks, the blank look on the home page will be around for a while yet. In the meantime enjoy my little collection of yachting news and random humour.

In this edition:

Oman Sail Musandam arrives in Muscat 26/3/2009

BVI Spring Regatta


RORC Easter Regatta – Team Origin Winning

Luderitz Speed Week 2010

Laura Dekker – update

Abby Sunderland passes the Horn – Where is Abby now?

Shirley Robertson goes from the skies to the seas as boats look to plane design in their quest for speed.

Clipper – update

The World Match Racing Tour – 2009 winners

ISAF World Sailing Rankings

34 Americas Cup – Defender news

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Trofeo Princess Sofia

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Photos by Todd VanSickle

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Valencia Sailing

Team Origin take two race wins on day one of RORC Easter regatta

The Solent delivered everything it could find today to the 62 competitors in the RORC Easter Regatta – the day started with driving rain and squalls of up to 30 knots and ended with glorious spring sunshine and challenging race conditions for all.

62 boats took to the water and in Class Super Zero, three TP52s (including TEAMORIGIN’s Rio) and one Farr 52 completed two races. TEAMORIGIN took two race wins on day one.

Mike Sanderson, Team Director, summed up the action, “That was a fun day on the Solent, we came looking for some breeze to get us ready for a possible windy start to the Audi Med Cup series. A grizzly start turned into a beautiful day on the Solent.”

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De eerste 2 lagen verf zitten erop.

De boot is knalrood geworden.Al mijn andere boten behalve mijn optimist waren wit ,dus nu maar eens wat anders.Maar het staat echt heel mooi. Ik hoop dat het weer binnenkort wat opknapt zodat de andere lagen verf erop kunnen.
Het nieuwe roer hangt er inmiddels ook in. Nu nog even een helmstok maken als extra stuuroptie.
We hebben een generator ingebouwd die ook kan dienen als reserve motor,voor het geval de hoofdmotor er een keer mee ophoudt.
Dan kan ik in ieder geval altijd veilig een haven aanlopen.

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A New Ocean

After a few days of light winds it has been a nice day out here with 20 knots of wind and 15 foot or so seas. We’re sailing along at a nice 7.5 – 8 knots. I’m headed NE and planning to get some good northing in as quickly as possible.

I saw land yesterday for the first time in, I’m guessing, two months. The land I saw was Staten Island, just east of Tierra del Fuego and the Strait de le Maire. It was a little terrifying to be so close to land after so long as you are constantly watching out for it, but it was very exciting to see! It made me miss being on land a little bit… but not that much. I’m still very happy out here!

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Cape Horn at Last

I rounded Cape Horn today!!

I didn’t get to see it as I was around 50-60 miles offshore when I went around. Even though I didn’t get to see it, it’s very exciting to finally be here! I’ve covered a lot of miles and have been through a lot, so finally getting here to Cape Horn is very exciting!! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to hook up with my dad. The local sailors don’t take sailing around here lightly and sailing out to sea nearly 100 miles to take my picture and say Hi didn’t quite qualify I’m afraid.

Cape Horn is considered by some the Mount Everest of sailing and I believe I am the youngest person to ever sail around it alone. Of course, there are sooo many people who have been such a big part of this. A big ‘thanks’ to my sponsors, my supporters and an even bigger thanks to my support team. Who knows where I would be with out you guys!

Today has been pretty nice. It has been cold, grey and raining but a nice 20 knots all day and some 15- 20 foot swells. The rolling around makes getting around the cabin pretty hard and painful but after one very flat night I actually missed the big swells and the thrill of surfing down them watching the speed gauge as it goes right on up to 15, 16 and 17 knots (17 knots is my record so far).

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Cape Breton Island is safely tied up in San Francisco Marina after claiming their second line honours of the Clipper 09-10 campaign. The Canadian yacht, with the eagle emblazoned on the hull passed under the Golden Gate Bridge with their spinnaker flying and an escort tug spraying jets of water to welcome them at the end of their 5,600-mile journey across the Pacific from Qingdao in China.

Skipper Jan Ridd and his crew will have a short wait for the next teams to arrive but Qingdao and Jamaica Lightning Bolt are enjoying some reasonably fast downwind conditions. There’s an interesting contest between the two brewing in the final stages of their race as they close in on the finish line. The crews are looking forward to joining Cape Breton Island’s crew in San Francisco although, as Jamaica Lightning Bolt’s skipper Pete Stirling explains, emotions on board are mixed as the last 500 miles tick down.

He says, “On the one side there’s elation at the thought that this very tough marathon leg of the race will soon be over. Sympathy for our fellow competitors and friends on other boats who we know are several days or even weeks behind us. Sadness for those leggers who, despite it all, secretly wish they were continuing on after San Francisco. Crew keep their thoughts to themselves but there are very few secrets within the confines of a Clipper 68-foot racing yacht.”

“The crews of Spirit of Australia and Hull & Humber have worked hard today, transferring over one tonne of diesel to California,” reports skipper, Brendan Hall. “The process is a slow and laborious one. First we fill our ten 20-litre plastic fuel containers with diesel. This involves disassembling our engine box, disconnecting hoses, fuel pumps and rigging up a fuel nozzle using a piece of garden hose pipe.

“Once the ten canisters are full, we heave them up on deck and tie them together in a long line with one of our sheets. We tie a fender to one end of the line, so it is easy to pick up. We double-seal all the containers so there is no chance of any diesel spilling into the ocean.

“Now comes the tricky bit.

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New WMRT awards for F1 of sailing

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has released the recipient list of 2009 winners for the inaugural awards programme to recognise those high achieving individuals, teams, and organisations involved with the Tour.

Team BlackMatch Racing. Credit SubZero Images.

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has grown significantly in stature and is now seen as a recognised global sporting brand; it is the leading professional match racing series with the industry authority on premium match racing. Fitting with this elevated status, the World Match Racing Tour has introduced a new long-term awards programme. The ‘WMRT Awards’ comprise eight different categories for Best Overall Event, Best Team, Best Spectator Experience, Best Hospitality, Best Still Image, Best Innovation, Best Branding, and Best Race Officer.

This is the first time that the Tour has introduced an annual awards programme that not only recognises the elite level of teams in the competition but also the full infrastructure required to run high quality global match racing events. The sport has developed substantially over the last 20 years into an extremely competitive and high profile discipline which now deserves dedicated awards.

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Hello All from BlackMatch Racing,

It is now only a few days until the opening World Match Racing Tour Event of 2010 in Marseille, the first of 10 events this year that will see us trying to retain our World Match Racing Title. We are proud to release our first video of the year created by Hamish Hooper, updating the teams situation and our intentions for 2010.

2010 will see BlackMatch hit the water with the same same 5 guys, Adam Minoprio, Dan McLean, Tom Powrie, David Swete and Nick Blackman, all with the same goal of retaining the World Title. Having gained entry to all of the events for 2010, including the exciting new Vietnam Match Cup, it will be a tough ask but we are hoping to kick the year off by defending our Match Race France Title next week.

BlackMatch Racing have renewed their sponsorship with Fedex Express for 2010 and we again also have the support of Emirates Team New Zealand. Hamish Hooper and his company the Visual Collective have done an outstanding job putting together our promotional videos and website and together we are hoping to step up our media presence.

ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 31 March 2010

The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 31 March 2010 have been released.
Visit the ISAF World Sailing Rankings homepage at to view the full Ranking lists.

The next issue of the rankings will be released on 21 April 2010 including the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Mapre in Spain and the Star Western Championship in the Bahamas.

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( Please note – the date on this story is 1st April – could be just a bit of humour)

Valencia Sailing

34th America’s Cup US Defender Series build up in Valencia

We couldn’t believe our eyes on Wednesday with what we saw in the Desafío base in Valencia’s Port America’s Cup!!! Not only hasn’t the oldest sports trophy in the world left the city, it now appears that for the first time in many years we will have a parallel “Defender Series”.

The official holder of the America’s Cup is neither Larry Ellison, nor Russell Coutts, nor BMW Oracle. It is the Golden Gate Yacht Club and as such it has the liberty to choose the sailing team that will represent it. It is now clear that a new yacht club has been recently formed in order to take part in the selection trial the GGYC will hold in order to decide which American syndicate and which American boat will have the honor of representing the USA and that club in the actual America’s Cup.

Our information was also confirmed by one of our readers that managed to have access to some confidential files that a top US sailing figure unknowingly published in a public forum. The “San Ildefonso Yacht Squadron”, based in San Ildefonso, New Mexico was formed a few months ago and has come into an agreement with Desafío, now called Team Iberdrola, to charter its base and its two America’s Cup Class boats, ESP-88 and ESP-97, in order to start preparing for the US Defender Series, scheduled to start in mid 2011. Unlike the challengers, the potential defenders have no obligation to have an annual regatta and as a result any newly-established yacht club can potentially become a Defender.

We don’t know yet who is behind SYIS, although some unconfirmed information points to Dennis Conner. Whoever it might be it is sure they are not wasting any time. Their shore crew was busy on Wednesday morning unloading the two containers branded with the SYIS flag that had just been brought from the commercial port. They didn’t waste any time either hoisting a giant US flag on the rooftop and from what we understand the two ACC yachts are already in the shed being painted with the light blue and white colors of the San Ildefonso Yacht Squadron. As for the sailing crew, it is still too early to have a clear picture but there are rumors that the team will be skippered by Ed Baird, winner of the 32nd America’s Cup.

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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Trofeo Princess Sofia


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