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In this edition:
Des Top News
BVI Spring Regatta wraps up
Keep Turning Left
Pater Noster Race
World Match Racing Tour – Current Results
Queen of the harbour – Elizabeth Walsh
Plastiki – where are they now?
Spi Ouest-France/Bouygues Telecom à la Trinité sur Mer
Soling Spring Trophy 2010 in Castiglione della Pescaia
Derby Kite Surf 2009 à La Baule
Dire Straits – Telegraph Road – AMAZING AUDIO!! – Mark Knopfler – Live 2005
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BVI Spring Regatta wraps up
The British Virgin Islands enjoyed some picture perfect sailing conditions during the BVI Spring Regatta from 29 March to 4 April.
The last day of racing in the BVI Spring Regatta saw a number of battles out on the race course which were fought to the very end providing plenty of action.
It was a given that Tom Hill, sailing Titan XV would take the top spot in Racing A. With five firsts and two seconds, they ended the series three points ahead of Vela Veloce, Richard Oland’s Southern Cross 52. No stranger to the winner’s circle, Tom is always gracious. On stage he thanked the organisation and said: “I look forward to sailing BVI every year. I race up north in the rain and cold and I love coming to the BVI.”
Bad Girl, St. Croix’s Rob Armstrong’s J/100, sparred with the BVI’s Dave West’s Melges 32, Jurakan, all weekend in Racing C. Jurakan finished second in the class, while St. Maarten’s Christopher Marshall’s Melges 24, Budget Marine/Gill, ended third.
The RC 44 Championship Tour heads for the summits
The now traditional and much anticipated RC 44 Austria Cup will take place in four weeks on the stunning Lake Traunsee. Several sailors will make their come back on the circuit following the America’s Cup, including James Spithill, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison.
April 7, 2010 – The second regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 will take place on April 29 – May 4 on Lake Traunsee, in Austria. Organised by PROFS, the event will occur for the third consecutive time on this atypical sailing ground: a beautiful mountain lake surrounded by snow capped mountains and blessed – when things go well – by a pleasant thermal breeze.
The sailors involved in the RC 44 Championship Tour usually love this stopover; although some of them fear it. Indeed, the conditions aren’t always like on the postcards. For example, last year’s regattas took place in a bitter cold weather and a couple of furious storms hit the lake during racing, creating havoc and surprising the most experienced sailors including several Cape Horners…
Ten world Class teams will compete for the RC 44 Austria Cup, including all the teams involved in Dubai in February. Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson) is currently leading the Championship Tour ahead of No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies), Team Sea Dubai (Markus Wieser), Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton) and Ceeref (Igor Lah / Rod Davis). Markus Wieser’s team from the UAE won the first match race contest of the year, whilst Team Aqua grasped the fleet race title.
Absent from the circuit since September 2009 due to their America’s Cup commitments, several sailors will make their come back in Austria, including James Spithill, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison. Coutts / Ellison will be back on their one-design BMW ORACLE Racing (4th overall last year), whilst James Spithill will take the helm of a boat currently called “Boat 17”.
The flat water and sometimes tricky tactical conditions will be an interesting challenge for all the teams involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup. On great form in Dubai, with two victories in the fleet regatta, the local team Austria will be keen to perform in front of its public.
The teams involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup:
Team No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies)
Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson)
CEEREF (Igor Lah / Rod Davis)
BMW ORACLE Racing (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts)
Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton)
Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (Daniel Calero / José Maria Ponce)
Katusha (Paul Cayard)
Team Sea Dubai (Harm Muller Spreer / Markus Wieser)
Team Austria (René Mangold / Christian Binder)
Boat 17 (Ian Vickers / James Spithill)
Photo: Copyright Nico Martinez / RC 44 – René Mangold, Christian Binder and their Team Austria, brilliant in Dubai in February and looking forward to sailing in front of their public.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a small town located in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, located just north of the Great Smokey National Park. It is one of the more unlikely locales in which to find a half scale recreation of the Titanic opening in early April as a “Museum/Attraction.” Then again Pigeon Forge is not your typical mountain hamlet either. It has a population of somewhere over 5,000 but is visited by 11 million tourists each year. It’s largest draw may be “Dollywood” a theme park owned in part by country music singer Dolly Parton, well know for her big hair, breasts, and voice. The town is also a center for car shows and various music and entertainment venues.
Titanic museum to open: Regis Philbin to host grand opening for $25 million attraction
Unlike traveling exhibits, Titanic in the Smokies is a permanent three-story, $25 million museum attraction shaped like Titanic herself. The signature building has been built half-scale to the original Titanic and towers 100 feet above the Parkway. The structure is anchored in water to create the illusion of the Titanic at sea.
Can The Favourites Win Match Race France?
Twelve skippers ranging in talent, age and experience are headed to Yacht Club Pointe Rouge, Southern France this week for the official start of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Much anticipated by fans and sailors alike, the first of this 10 event global series starts in Marseille and will count towards points for the ultimate prize of becoming the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Champion. The question on everyone’s lips this April is, who will be the favourite to win “Match Race France”?
With a daunting line up of skippers including seasoned World Champions, Olympic medal holders and adrenalin-fuelled youngsters, any skipper lining up to perform pre-start tactics will have to be confident of their match racing prowess and boat handling abilities onboard the J80 yachts. Tipped to win and “dark horse of the Tour” is new entrant, Francesco Bruni (ITA) who has recently won the Congressional Cup, while competitors should pay note of re-emerging helms such as Bertrand Pacé racing on the waters of his home nation.
All teams including the new wild card entries will be up against the 2010 Tour Card Holders: Adam Minoprio (NZL), Torvar Mirsky (AUS), and Ben Ainslie (GBR) who finished in the top 3 standings during the 2009 Tour and have been actively training with their chosen teams prior to Match Race France.
Match Race France, Official Skipper Line Up:
Adam Minoprio, (NZL) BlackMatch,
Torvar Mirsky, (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team,
Ben Ainslie, (GBR) TEAMORIGIN,
Peter Gilmour, (AUS) YANMAR Racing,
Mathieu Richard, (FRA) French Match Racing Team,
Sébastien Col, (FRA) ALL4ONE,
Paolo Cian, (ITA) Team Italia,
Philippe Presti, (FRA) French Match Racing Team,
Francesco Bruni, (ITA) Azzurra,
Pierre-Antoine Morvan, (FRA)
Bertrand Pacé, (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team,
Gian Luca Perri, (MON)
ELIZABETH WALSH – QUEEN OF SYDNEY HARBOUR 2010
The Australian 18 Footers Queen of the Harbour for 2010 is Elizabeth Walsh, who teamed with Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton in Gotta Love It 7 to win the coveted title on Sydney Harbour last Sunday.
Elizabeth, or ‘Bob’ as she is better known throughout the Sydney 18 Footer fraternity, is the girlfriend of Gotta Love It 7’s for’ard hand Sam Newton, is a regular follower of the weekly skiff racing and has a very good knowledge of the sport. More than that, however, ‘Bob’ is a fine sailor in her own right and (as can be seen on the attached mages of her on the Gotta Love It 7 skiff in the Queen of the Harbour race) is at home on the wings of a flying 18.
Elizabeth’s love of the 18s began while she was still at school. “My Year 12 (Higher School Certificate) Art major work was on 18 Footers – ’18 feet of adrenaline’, a lino cut five piece series about 18 Footers”. “I went down to the park and asked one of the sailors if I could go for a sail on an 18. He said yes and I have always been an enthusiast during the six years since that day”.
Asked about her experience in the Queen of the Harbour race, Elizabeth said: “Sailing the Queen of the Harbour was so enjoyable. Sam and I looked at the forecast and decided that we could manage racing ‘3-up’ and with the light crew weight we’d have an advantage over most of the other teams with a crew of four”. “I enjoy trapezing and loved being able to really help out on the skiff. It was a fun race to sail. We led for more than half the race so as well as being fun it was also stressful because we didn’t want to put it down the mine”. “I think the Queen of the Harbour is a great race to get the partners and sponsors of the teams on the water”. “The best thing the race does is encourage the boys to communicate. They are forced to talk to you as the ‘newbie’ onboard as well as to each other. It was worth listening to that communication”.
Elizabeth began her sailing career in New Zealand. “I started sailing at the Ponsonby Yacht Club in Auckland then grew up on Sydney Harbour sailing Lasers and Elliot 5.9s and 6s, competing five years of match racing with Katie Spithill and her team in Australia and overseas. In 2001 I commenced my involvement in the Farr 40 one design class. My best results in the class have been a first in the nationals, a first in the 2005 pre worlds and 2nd in the Rolex world championships with team Shockwave”.
She currently sails on the Melbourne based Farr 55, Living Doll, in which she recently contested her third Sydney-Hobart race. “I’m onboard to learn the art of navigation and, with the support of the boat’s owner Michael Hiatt, I’m really loving the steep learning curve and the great experience.” Along with those achievements, Elizabeth has also completed three Tasman crossings. Hobart to Auckland, Melbourne to Takapuna and Auckland to Sydney. Earlier in the 2009-2010 Season, Elizabeth did a commentary stint for the Australian 18 Footers League on their video coverage of club races. “I really enjoyed the experience and would love to do more in the future”.
Elizabeth’s hobbies are all water based. “I enjoy trying to wakeskate and knee board and love sailing with friends in twilight races. I also enjoy travelling”. She recently started a new business venture in the marine industry. “It’s called Latitude Crew Gear, which provides a variety of brands at highly competitive prices. It’s only two months old and I look forward to growing it into a fun viable business”. It seems Elizabeth (or if you prefer ‘Bob’) is an ideal ‘Queen of Sydney Harbour’.
Plastiki Sets Sail
Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran engineered from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, set sail on March 20, 2010 from San Francisco, on a mission to draw attention to the massive amount of plastic trash floating in our oceans and the tremendous waste it represents. Waste stems from inefficient design, and the Plastiki’s innovative design demonstrates how discarded materials can be transformed into a valuable resource. Along with the plastic bottles that provide 68 percent of the boat’s buoyancy, the superstructure is made from srPET, a unique recycled material. The mast is reclaimed aluminum irrigation pipe, and the sail is recycled PET cloth. Secondary bonding is reinforced with an organic glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane. Plastiki relies primarily on off-the-grid energy sources, including wind turbines, bicycle generators and a hydroponic rotating cylinder garden.
Ecologist and Plastiki project head David de Rothschild had been increasingly concerned about the deteriorating health of our oceans, especially the rapidly growing “Eastern Garbage Patch” in the northern Pacific. Four years ago he decided that something had to be done to draw attention to this behemoth, which is larger than Texas and composed of 90- to 95-percent plastic waste. Inspired in part by Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 expedition Kon-Tiki (Heyerdahl’s grandson Olav is one of six on board Plastiki), de Rothschild decided to build a boat from reclaimed material and lead an expedition that would spur a worldwide movement to reuse, recycle, and rethink our natural resources. Plastiki will tour the infamous garbage patch on a journey of more than 11,000 miles to Sydney, Australia.
Harken became involved in the project when Plastiki Skipper Jo Royle contacted Harken, and Harken West’s Don Whelan visited the California construction site to begin specifying parts and sizes. “The design work and deck layout were done by talented Australian designer Andy Duvall. We had a very complete design.” Particularly intriguing to Don was the way the plastic bottles were used. “It certainly has raised eyebrows. There are bulkheads every three feet or so and bottles are packed and strapped in place. Except for the bow section, there is no siding on the hulls because of all the extra weight. There are twin headstays which go from the mast to the bow on each catamaran hull and each has a Unit 2 Cruising Furler. This eliminates a lot of structure out on the bow where a headstay is normally located on a cat, and gives them an option of which sail to use in various conditions.
David on board the Plastiki as its sails out of the harbor
Courtesy of Luca Babini
‘just went for a team swim in the middle of pacific!! feels amazing! bottles underneath the boat look perfect very happy and clean!!’