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Yachting News 4th July 2010

Jul 04, 2010 No Comments by


Greetings yachties,

Ouzo Rally 1

In a First 40 this course from stoertebaker will lead you from Athens/Faliro via south cape of Kythnos to Paros, where good food and good ouzo and retsina await you in its harbour tavernas!
Race starts: Jul 17th 10:00

In this issue:

Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta,


Abby Sunderland,

Waka Racing,

650 Mini – Les Sables – Les Açores – Les Sables

Des Top News,

Dragon Edinburgh Cup,

Ken Ring Predict Weather – latest video here

Giragila Rolex Cup,

Tour de France,

SSANZ – 1st race,

Lectronic Latitude – latest issue here

The Cup in New York,

Sail-World Australia, – latest issue here

Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here

Can bubbles sink ships?


Valencia Sailing

Britain’s TEAMORIGIN will be the be first potential challenger for the next America’s Cup to race head-to-head with BMW ORACLE Racing, winners of the 33rd America’s Cup.

Competition will take place on the historic waters of the Solent and around the Isle of Wight upon which a race won by the New York yacht America gave rise to the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in the international sport. The 1851 Cup celebrates this event. Racing will be held as close to West Cowes as possible to give spectators a close-up view, with a special race around the Isle of Wight also planned.

The racing schedule is:

· Match racing : up to three short match races per day on Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th August, starting from 14:30 onwards

· Round the Island race : Thursday 5th August both boats will go around the Island in a clockwise direction, replicating the direction of the yachts back in 1851

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Alicante, Spain – 5 July 2010 –Professional skippers, owners and crew of the boats which made the planet their racetrack are invited to sail once again to a round the world race village. The destination will be Alicante (1 – 5 November 2011) and the gathering will be the first ever official reunion of all who have ever sailed in the world’s premier ocean race since 1973.  The event will include a full racing schedule.

As part of a rich programme of events, which will include a regatta prizegiving and a host of social events in the week running up to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will slot between the Alicante In-Port Race and the Pro-Am Race the previous weekend and the start of leg one on Saturday 5 November and will include races of their own.

“The Volvo Ocean Race has so much heritage and history and that simply must not be lost.  The history of the event underpins every strategy we have for the modern race,” says CEO Knut Frostad, himself a competitor in two Whitbreads (1993-94 and 1997-98) and two Volvo Races (2001-02 and 2005-06).  “It will be fantastic to see a historic fleet of boats lining up in Alicante alongside the Volvo Open 70s, and we look forward to welcoming the past competitors and hearing the stories

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Marstrand, Sweden – 5 July, 2010 – Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN trains at Stena Match Cup Sweden © Loris von Siebenthal-myimageStena Match Cup Sweden, Stage 5 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour, has attracted an abundance of the World’s leading men’s and women’s match racers.  They are all magnetized year after year to the racing hot spot of Marstrand for guaranteed packed out days of pure match racing perfection.

Since 2000 when the ISAF World Match Racing Tour founded, the Swedish leg of the series has had a distinguished role of honour including esteemed America’s Cup names; Dean Barker, Russell Coutts, Chris Law, Peter Gilmour, Mattais Rahm and Björn Hansen.

Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing won Stena Match Cup Sweden last year and has now notched up and incredible 7 overall victories at this event since its inaugural year in 1994.  Gilmour is poised for the podium again after having also won Stage 4 of this year’s Tour only 8 days ago and looks committed to continue his fierce fighting style into this week’s semis and finals.

Training on Day 1 at Stena Match Cup Sweden © Loris von Siebenthal-myimageThe Swedish national contingent as expected is also massive this year.  Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team who is the very essence of Stena Match Cup Sweden having instilled the sense of excitement and profile building over the years will definitely be a skipper to watch with his competitive flair.  Holmberg ironically has yet to actually win this Swedish leg of the Tour and 2010 may well be the year for this match racing hero to reap his reward.

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Hi everyone – I’m back!

It’s Abby here. So much has happened over the past few weeks. From tomorrow I’ll be updating my blog more often as I settle back in and plan the future. I really appreciate your support and all the emails and comments have really helped my family and I. Check back soon – I’ll have a new blog up with the latest news.


Home is the Sailor

Hi guys,

Sorry I haven’t written in so long. As you can imagine, things have been pretty crazy over the past week or two. I would have posted more but on the second boat I was on, the Osiris, I was having some trouble with the email. This blog is going to be like a short novel, but I figured you guys wouldn’t mind.

I’m back home now with no more plans to go anywhere too soon. Before I get going with all the happenings of the past weeks, I want to just let you all know how grateful I, and my whole family are for your support. It has really helped us recently. It’s tough to be in the spot light of the media. While not all the media support me there have been a lot that have been kind and done a great job and I would just like to thank them for that. Things have already begun to calm down and before long there will be a new story for everyone to start following.

It feels weird to be sitting at home in the office writing a blog. It feels like years since I’ve been here, and only days since I was wedging myself into my chart desk seat with my lap top writing in about weather conditions, getting excited over big blows and complaining about calm weather and the cold.

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WASHINGTON, July 4, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —-Ex-White House aide Robert Weiner and Noah Merksamer, policy analyst for Robert Weiner Associates, are asking why Lawrence and Marianne Sunderland are not being prosecuted for endangering their daughter, a minor, by allowing and expediting her extremely high risk, life-threatening solo boat voyage around the globe.

In a column in the July 4 Ventura County Star (California), the paper near the Sunderlands, Weiner and Merksamer say, “On June 10, sixteen-year old Abby Sunderland of Thousand Oaks, CA nearly lost her life — with her parents’ permission. Instead of merely questioning the decision of Laurence and Marianne Sunderland to place their daughter in the middle of the Indian Ocean by herself during storm season, the media should be asking why legal action has not been pursued.”

The authors cite California Penal Code 273: Any parent who “willfully causes or permits that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health is endangered” can be charged with Child Endangerment.

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One month before the start, a high quality of registered

Press Release

With the end of the Mini-Fastnet, the pre season of the Classe Mini is over. Now comes the main event of the 2010 year, the race Les Sables – Les Açores – Les Sables

Two major trends can be identified throught the various events of this first half of 2010 : a less important number of skippers than in the previous years, but a level of competition and preparation that tends to rise more and more.

The economic crisis has not spared the world of minis. As in other classes, there is a decline of registrations on all pre-season races and so, on the summer classic, Les Sables – Les Açores – Les Sables.
But on the other hand, the quality has never been as important on the circuit as it is. As reflected by Lucas Montagne, representative of the Classe Mini, the level of preparation of the boats has never been never so sharp and we can already predict that the fight is likely to be beautiful both in prototype and in production boat.

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High drama amongst the Dragons

Day two of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup was a challenging day with the wind constantly flicking between 200 and 225 degrees and varying from lows of 6-8 knots to highs of circa 17 knots.

Day two of Dragon Edinburgh Cup.

Credit Fiona Brown /

If there was ever a day of yachting snakes and ladders this was it.

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club’s Race Committee headed by PRO Robert Lamb, had their work cut out to keep the courses as fair as possible and at every mark rounding there were significant position changes throughout the fleet.

However, Irish eyes were smiling as Simon Brien, sailing IRL212 Kin with Stephen Milne and David Gomes, won race three and Andrew Craig, sailing IRL192 Chimaera with Mark Pettitt and Brian Matthews, won race four of the six race series.

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Greetings yachties, I have sailed this fantastic series on 1020’s, 1050’s, Hot Rods and Caravans, this year I will be sailing with Edwin Delaat on his Farr 727. Seen here getting ready to leave the Viaduct for the first race. As you can see from the water behind us we were in for a long day looking for wind.

Edwin on Yachtyakka here

After the drift past North Head, we managed to keep moving along the shore leaving upwards of 100 yachts behind, perfect conditions for us. All the Farr 727’s sailed well. It was a great day for light little boats.

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Results here

Photo by BooBoo

Many a junior sailor who has experienced the rush of a high-performance dinghy has dreamed of breaking into sailing’s grand prix. For some it’s the America’s Cup, others the Olympics. But, for those who become mesmerized by the magic of distance racing and the allure of ‘chucking a lap’ on the world’s fastest monohulls, one experience trumps all.

Earning a berth on a Volvo Open 70 requires a combination of outstanding sailing abilities, a multi- faceted skill set and a pinch of luck, as most sailing programmes don’t train young sailors for high- end ocean racing. For the most part, individuals must create their own opportunities.

Fortunately for younger sailors who dream of standing watch at 40-plus knots in the howling latitudes of the Southern Ocean, new rules for the 2011-12 edition mandate at least three crew per boat to be born after 1 September 1980, to contain team payroll costs and to develop tomorrow’s veterans.

The concept of involving younger sailors isn’t new. In the 1993-94 edition of what was then The Whitbread, an English skipper named Matthew Humphries took the helm of the Dolphin & Youth campaign, leading a crew consisting of disabled and young sailors with an average age of just 23.

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coming soon 🙂

New High-Performance Yachts For 34th America’s Cup

Valencia, Spain

Rating rule authorities in America and Britain have been commissioned to draft the rules for the next generation of America’s Cup yacht..
In asking US SAILING and the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Seahorse Rating affiliate to write the rules, BMW ORACLE Racing and Golden Gate Yacht Club, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup last February, has ensured the process is neutral and independent.

“We’ve always said that the new design will be for the America’s Cup community. The result with be a ‘non-partisan yacht’ rather than a ‘defender’s yacht’,” said Ian Burns, Design Coordinator for BMW ORACLE Racing. “A great deal of input was sought from the America’s Cup community and the concept briefs given to the rule writers reflect that feedback.”

In a twin-track process, US SAILING will author a multihull rule and the RORC’s Seahorse Rating a canting-keel monohull rule.

“It would be premature to rule either a monohull or multihull in and the other out at this stage,” commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. “Which type of boat is best for racing and media impact is one of many evaluations we will be testing over the coming months.”

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The revolution will be televised and the sport of sailing will be fixed in post-production.

There is absolutely no doubt that sailing is one of the most photogenic sports on the planet. Modern event organisers like the Volvo Ocean Race realise that the delivery of the sport via HD video is one of the most important factors for making yacht racing more relevant to a wider audience. Indeed the televising of yacht racing has consistently innovated broadcast technology and is far superior to many sports.

Nevertheless, Russell Coutts has stated that the next edition of the America’s Cup will include a televisual revolution. Don’t expect to hear any classical music on the soundtrack for AC34 – the goal is to make sailing more like a video game or music video. Coutts says:

“Transforming television is the single-most important change we can make to this magnificent competition. We’re looking to the next generation to help bring the screen alive. We expect this competition to open our eyes to some creative concepts that will increase the event’s appeal to younger audiences.”

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Youth sailors were in abundance on Thursday during the team’s visit to Newport, RI. Upwards of 400 youth sailors were on hand throughout the day, riding aboard the vintage 12-Meters and sailing Optimist dinghies and 420 one-designs on Newport Harbor during a fleet parade. Later in the day, they were guests of honor in a special session with the team. “The kids are always the best part of these shows,” said emcee Tom Ehman (below, left), “they always ask the best questions.”

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