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Yachting News 23rd May 2010

May 23, 2010 No Comments by


Greetings yachties,

Ken Ring – Predict Weather

Jessica Watson

Newport Bermuda Race

Abby Sunderland

RPNYC – Wild Days Rum Tasting

Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

WMRT 2010 Match Race Germany

Auckland – Fiji – Where are they now?


Life Back on Land

What a week! Time has flown, but at the same time it feels like I’ve been away from Ella’s Pink Lady and back on land for years. Maybe it just feels like that because so much has happened. So where do I start?

The day before sailing into Sydney started out just like any other day and felt like just another day out on the water. But by the end of the day, we’d been visited by 6 helicopters, a plane and Big Wave Rider had joined us too. So it was fast becoming apparent that my quiet days of sailing were well and truly over. As the wind and sea slowly dropped off in the evening and as the heavy grey skies slowly cleared, I could see a huge glow on the horizon and a few tiny twinkling city lights. With Big Wave Rider circling around us to keep watch for shipping, I managed a few hours sleep, but mostly spent the night tacking back and forth, catching up on the latest music on the FM radio. I’ve never been so excited about listening to ads and was thrilled that I actually recognised some of the songs from before I left.

As it got light on the Saturday morning, I could make out a thin strip of land in the distance and spent the rest of the morning tacking into the wind towards land. The wind slowly died some more, until sailing conditions were pretty much perfect. As we inched closer, a trickle, then a flood of boats came out to join us. The thing that really struck me that morning was when we were 10 nm from land, the wind suddenly changed. It seems like such a small thing in comparison to all the other excitement that day, but all of a sudden I could smell land. The wind suddenly felt dry and cold like it does on winter mornings with the wind blowing off the land.

Coming up to the finish line, the excitement was really building (I mean REALLY building!), as boats and helicopters slowly closed in. I brought Ella’s Pink Lady off the wind a little and as the Sydney Heads slowly lined up, we were surfing along at 6 knots. At that point things just got completely overwhelming. A smile just wasn’t anywhere big enough to express how I was feeling.

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Bermuda Race Names West Marine Official Supplier

By John Rousmaniere
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has named West Marine as an official supplier for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race.  Said Race Chairman Bjorn Johnson, “West Marine has long been a friend to sailors as a supplier of boating equipment and as a sponsor of safety at sea seminars, including the one before our race.  Now we are very pleased to welcome West Marine as a sponsor of the Newport Bermuda Race and name West our official supplier.”
On May 28, West Marine opens its new Newport Flagship West Marine store at 379 West Main Road in Middletown, RI.  Almost three times larger than West Marine’s former store on Connell Highway, the new store has a significantly larger inventory and a full-service rigging shop.  The store is also home to two other West Marine operations, Port Supply and Professional Captain’s Services.
The new store will provide free transportation for Newport Bermuda Race sailors between the Newport waterfront and the store during the week before the race start on June 18.
“West Marine is pleased to have this relationship with the historic Newport Bermuda Race,” said Chuck Hawley, West Marine’s Vice President for Product Information.  “As the oldest ocean race and also one of the most challenging, with its 635-mile course from Newport across the Gulf Stream to Bermuda, the race takes seamanship, safety, and gear very seriously, just as we do at West Marine.”
Founded in 1906, the Newport Bermuda Race is organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. For more information, visit
West Marine is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with more than 330 company-operated stores in 38 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company offers approximately 50,000 products and the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at stores.

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Surprises in light conditions at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

The savage gusts and roiling waves of last week’s mistral were a distant memory today as just two races were sailed in light and benign conditions at the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena.

Unforced errors bedevilled both races. Spinnaker problems aboard Great Britain’s TEAMORIGIN led to a victory for France’s ALEPH Sailing Team, while Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi won after Italy’s Azzurra never recovered from a penalty awarded for early entry into the starting box.

Conditions were promising as the boats docked out from the Porto Arsenale this morning under cloudless skies. The forecast called for the light northerly to build to seven to ten knots.  There were plans for three flights with two races in each flight, and provision for a fourth flight if everything went to schedule. However the wind was slow to arrive and racing was delayed for 75 minutes.

Race One: ALEPH Sailing Team def TEAMORIGIN, 01:06 – Britain’s TEAMORIGIN exploited their right-hand entry in a light northerly and the French boat ALEPH split off to the left at the gun. Bertrand Pacé at the wheel of ALEPH had a meager lead the first two times they met but Ben Ainslie had the starboard advantage and forced the French away.  TEAMORIGIN’S lead was 14 seconds at the top mark. Halfway down the run, a disastrous gybe in light airs wrapped the British kite in a baulky figure-eight that led to a very untidy firedrill.  Ainslie revealed later that the fault lay in errors hooking up the sheets. ALEPH enjoyed a five boat-length lead at the leeward mark. The race was theirs, although tempered by some anxious moments closing the finish as they sailed into light air and conceded some ground.

“It might not be a symbolic victory, but it is a valuable point! We are happy to take it,” said Pacé. “TEAMORIGIN made a better choice on the start. We wanted the left and we had it; they wanted the right and they also had it. Then at the first crossing we were lacking ten meters to cross in front of them. We were still behind at the upwind mark. Luckily for us, they made a big mistake when gybing and we took over the lead rather easily.”

Ainslie said: “It was pretty frustrating, we were in a nice little spot. But one of those classics: one little mistake which led to a couple more mistakes which led to a race-losing mistake. We had an issue with the spinnaker sheets being led outside when – with it being very light – they should have been led inside. It was a mistake of how it was set up.”

Race Two: Mascalzone Latino Audi def Azzurra, 2:27 – It was billed as a top race of the day between rival Italian teams with strong ties to the region. Mascalzone Latino, the host team, in a duel with Azzurra, racing under the colors of Sardinia’s Yacht Club Costa Smerelda. Expectations of a battle royale dimmed at the five-minute gun when Azzurra was penalized for early entry to the start box.  Azzurra’s Francesco Bruni kept the pressure on, gaining on some shifts and losing in others but then faced the ignominy of a slow finish. His boat remained stuck in a windless patch as Mascalzone Latino’s Gavin Brady sailed away to a 2:27 lead. Azzurra never completed her penalty turn.

Bruni said: “We were relying too much on the instruments as we approached the start box and so we paid the price for believing in electronics rather than ourselves. So we were given a penalty. After that my mind went blank for the next five minutes, and we should have got a much better start than we did. For that, I have to take all the blame. However at one point we believed we scored a penalty against Mascalzone Latino, but unfortunately the umpire did not agree. So no penalty!”

Brady said: “Azzurra is a very dangerous team to sail against in light air.  They proved that in Nice last year. They are very good in those conditions.  What I liked about today was that our team kept their composure when things were really tricky and we had to make some big decisions.”

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Summary (3’05’) of the first day of racing in the first Round Robin of the 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy in Sardegna. Filmed on the 22nd of May in La Maddalena Bay.

WMRT 2010 Match Race Germany

Richard Rules The Round Robin

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Team sails into the Semi-Finals © Subzero Images 2010Langenargen, Germany – 22 May 2010 – Day 3 of Match Race Germany saw Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team securing a safe spot in the Semi Finals, after a dramatic final luffing battle with Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar.  Five skippers were however, pushed out of the event, namely Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia, Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo, Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing and Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing Team have been pushed out of the event.  Richard can now take a well earned rest during the shortened Quarter Finals  which will feature just 6 skippers rather than the usual 8 including Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge and Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team.

“It was down to our last match against Ian Williams on whether we would go straight to the semi-finals or have to sail the quarter finals.  We are lucky to have our coach here with us analysing our performance and the other teams, so we are constantly learning”, said a cool and calm Richard at the Quarter Finals boat draw.

Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar tries to off load a penalty on Mathieu Richard © Subzero Images 2010Crystal clear skies and unbroken sun brought a glorious shine to the enchanted Alpine lake today.  Fans of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) have been able to share these stunning visuals beamed to them across the world using cutting edge technology.  The Tour has joined forces with global telecommunications giant, Alcatel-Lucent, to stream the Match Race Germany event live over the Internet using the latest LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G Technology.  This is the first time in the world that a German sports event has used the end-to-end LTE network solution.  The next generation technology replaces the traditional complex, slower solution for streaming video at sports events.  Originally, streaming relied on 3G technology at 380kbps but with 4G, the speed has increased to a remarkable 100Mbps.

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Greetings from BlackMatch,

Finishing the round robin today we ended with a scorecard of 8 wins and 3 losses, tied at the top of the leaderboard with Mathieu Richard and Ian Williams. A countback was needed to decide the top qualifying team who would proceed directly through to the semi final and it was Richard who came out on top, due to wins against both Williams and ourselves. This left us in second position and safely through to the shortened quarterfinal, also earning the right to choose who we were to race.

Todays victories came against Jesper Radich, Ian Williams and Torvar Mirsky, while we suffered a disappointing loss to our ‘bogie man’ Paolo Cian. Both our victories over Williams and Mirsky were convincing, while against Radich we had to come from behind. The Danish team held a slender lead at the first top mark however we made a nice move down the first run to roll over the top of them and gain a lead that we were able to defend well to the finish.

Given the choice of who we would race in the quarterfinal we chose Swede Magnus Holmberg and his Kiwi Team, made up of the Waka Racing boys. This was a tough decision especially as they won all 4 of their matches today in a great display of sailing, nevertheless we are confident we can break our curse of never winning a quarterfinal having chosen our opponent.

The other quarterfinal match ups are Torvar Mirsky verses Peter Gilmour and Ian Williams taking on Jesper Radich. For all media and live coverage please visit blackmatchracing or

BlackMatch would like to again thank their sponsors FedEx Express and Events Clothing/Line 7 New Zealand, two world renowned companies that have stood by us and made this possible. We would also like to thank our new sponsor Steinlager Pure and Emirates Team New Zealand, as without their support we would not have this opportunity.

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Sunday 23rd – 6.40am Its been a gooey night out there: translation, soft, fickle winds. No doubt this will have caused some frustration for the competitors as they picked their way through the light patchy airs. The larger, faster boats have gone west, hugging the coast, while Bullrush, Pretty Boy Floyd and Starlight Express appear to be having a great battle up the Rumbline and have been caught over night by the lighter Bakewell-White designed rocket, General Lee. (The Rumbline is the most direct route, you will see it marked in grey as the direct route to Fiji, on the tracking page). Dont forget to click on the RANKING button on the Navitrak page – it will show you the distance to the finish, and positions in the race, as well as other additonal data. O Canada is once again out front, leading the pack, and Cheetah II in the Corinthian division is holding their own, showing them all the way to warmer climes.

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Where are they now?

latest weather predictions from Metvuw

and tomorrow, looks like they might get there cardies wet 🙂

the red area is rain….lots of rain 🙁

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Fair sailing guys, lets hope the weather doesn’t beat you up too much 🙂


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