In this issue:
The Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010,
Sailing News.US, – latest issue here,
Laura Dekker, – update,
ETNZ – Volvo update,
Fiery Cross – the worlds first canting keel yacht – 1957
La Solitaire du Figaro,
1851 Cup – latest images,
Scuttlebutt US – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
RLNI – life boat service
Powerboat-World – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,
Sail-World Asia – latest issue here,
The Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010 is the benchmark speed event and yields world records every year.
With the improved trench, it’s very likely that the outright sailing record will be reclaimed by the kiters.
As a further sign of her spunk, she embarked flying the flag showcasing the ominous-looking Jolly Roger logo of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a controversial group most famous for annually harassing Japanese whalers in the Antarctic (see logo below).
Dekker, who hopes to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone, will not round treacherous Cape Horn off South America, or the dangerous Cape of Good Hope off South Africa.
But she plans to pass through the Suez Canal on the last leg of her adventure, which will place her near the Horn of Africa, where piracy has become commonplace. That, to many, is more daunting than either of those two capes.
Dekker has the support of Australia’s Jessica Watson, who in May completed a nonstop solo-circumnavigation aboard a 34-foot pink sailboat after seven months at sea, just days before turning 17. Watson is the youngest sailor to have solo-circumnavigated the planet.
Dekker also has the support of Southern California’s Abby Sunderland, 16, whose 40-foot sailboat was rolled and lost its mast in June in the Indian Ocean, prompting a highly-publicized rescue.
Emirates Team New Zealand It’s been all about the Volvo here at ETNZ these past two weeks as the design team came together to sign off on the final plans before construction starts this coming Monday. Crew selection is almost complete with Camper announcing at Barcelona recently the addition of Roberto Bermudez de Castro (Chuny) to the team.
‘Fiery Cross’ – NZ’s first Canting Keel Boat
”Fiery Cross’ cruising off Rangitoto Island’ Jim Young
Jim Young built ‘Fiery Cross’ in the late 1950’s after being inspired by a design from L. Francis Herreshoff in his famous book ‘Common Sense of Yacht design. In this extract from his yet to be released autobiography Jim re-lives some of his experiences with ‘Fiery Cross’ and provides an authentic account of life as a boat builder in the 1950’s.
Ben Ainslie and the crew of TEAMORIGIN have won the 1851 Cup.
On this the fourth day of racing, both teams appeared to have their aggression glands fully open going into today’s third race.
In the pre-start Ben Ainslie at the helm of TEAMORIGIN did a fine job shovelling James Spithill’s BMW ORACLE Racing crew well beyond the right side of the start box and the starboard tack layline back to the committee boat. As a result both boats were late for the start line, but it allowed TEAMORIGIN to cross ahead by one to two boat lengths.
Straight into the first beat and the two boats wasted no time in engaging in a tacking duel, with BMW ORACLE Racing behind and only managing to shake TEAMORIGIN’s cover by successfully pulling off a dummy tack. This saw the American team heading off to the left and the British to the right. However the right side benefitted TEAMORIGIN which further up the beat crossing ahead of BMW ORACLE Racing to take the left. Heading into the weather mark on the port layline they rounded 18 seconds ahead.