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Ten Dolphins Captured at The Cove in Taiji, Japan!
Sea Shepherd Crew Calls for Assistance at the Cove to Save the Dolphins
The first dolphins to be caught in Taiji this season were herded into the notorious Cove at Taiji, Japan today. These dolphins will be killed unless people come to Taiji to defend them.
Year, new fast boat and fair Protocol rules will be unveiled September 13th
Organizers for the 34th America’s Cup plan on September 13 to host a press conference in Valencia to reveal three of the four cornerstones of the next competition:
* The year in which it will be held
* The new Class of Boat for the competition
* The competition rules (The Protocol)
The objective for the 34th America’s Cup has been to create the fairest-ever competition, sustainable to teams and their partners with transformed racing to attract the widest possible audience for an event planned for either 2013 or 2014.
A new, dynamic and exciting class of boat will be revealed. The year of the 34th America’s Cup Match will also be confirmed.
Negotiations over the host city venue – the fourth cornerstone – continue, but organizers are confident of making an announcement ahead of the December 31 objective.
The Protocol is now finalized and will be formally signed by the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico di Roma, in a live-streamed ceremony on the official America’s Cup web site www.AmericasCup.com.
WHAT: 34th America’s Cup Press Conference
WHY: 34th America’s Cup year, Protocol and new class of boat announced
WHEN: September 13, 2010
TIME: 1300 CET
WHERE: BMW ORACLE Racing Team Base, Port America’s Cup, Valencia, Spain
WHO: Russell Coutts (CEO BMW ORACLE Racing Team) Vincenzo Onorato (syndicate head of Challenger of Record, Mascalzone Latino)
Record number of entries forecast at the RC 44 World Championship in Lanzarote
A record thirteen teams will compete in the RC 44 World Championships in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (October 11-16), including the new teams Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) and Peninsula Petroleum (ESP).
1 September 2010 – No less than thirteen teams will compete in the RC 44 World Championships Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup on October 11-16.
Two new teams will join the RC 44 Championship Tour on this occasion: Synergy Russian Sailing Team, from Russia, and Peninsula Petroleum from Spain. Both teams have been involved in top level international yacht racing for many years. Indeed, Synergy is already competing in the TP 52 Class as well as in the Louis Vuitton Trophy whilst Peninsula Petroleum has been competing in the GP 42 Series.
“Our involvement with the RC44 class gives Synergy Russian Sailing Team the possibility to continue its development in the new ultra-modern sailing classes”, says Maxim Logutenko, the team’s CEO. “We are absolutely sure that the RC44 class is an amazing prospect and that’s why we have decided to concentrate our forces on this circuit. Besides Transpac 52 and ACC5 regattas, the RC 44 Championship Tour will be an integral part of Synergy’s development and progress. It will give Russian sailors the opportunity to train and progress at an international level.”
Synergy Russian Sailing Team was founded in 2004; its main goal is to create a group of professional Russian-speaking sailors able to compete on equal grounds with the world’s most experienced teams. The RC 44 crew will be entirely made of Russian sailors. The team’s CEO is Maxim Logutenko, who already competed as a guest on board BMW ORACLE Racing during the RC 44 Valencia Cup. Logutenko will steer the boat during the fleet regattas whilst Evgeniy Neugodnikov will take the helm during the match races. A recent winner of the Baltic Match Race in Helsinki, Neugodnikov, born in 1982, is one Russia’s new talents.
Team Peninsula Petroleum has been competing in the GP 42 Class over the past years. A dinghy sailor when he was a child, owner John Bassadone made his come back in yacht racing four years ago; his ambition is to keep improving as a driver and make steady progress in both match and fleet races. “I am super-excited to join this Class”, he said. “Because it has many features I really appreciate such as the one design and owner-driver concepts. The quality of the participants is also tremendous, and the Class is clearly progressing.”
“We are very pleased to welcome these two new teams in the RC 44 Class”, comments Russell Coutts, the founder of the RC 44 Class and co-designer of the boat alongside Andrej Justin. “The RC 44 World Championships Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup will be the toughest regatta in the circuit so far.”
Bertrand Favre, the RC 44 Class manager, says that “the objective of the Class is to carry on growing in Europe, but also in the United States where we are doing a specific promotional effort and have already planned two races in December 2010 and February 2011. We are very pleased to see new teams joining the Class, and to note that the interest for our Class keeps growing.”
Gladwell’s Line: 2014 America’s Cup – the Backdrop to the Decisions
With revised America’s Cup Protocol due out mid next week, and the decision on the boat for the 34th America’s Cup due a month later it seems that the arrangements for the 2014 regatta are slowly coming into focus.
The Protocol itself is not a biggie. It is a living document, and will be amended and tweaked right up to the time that the America’s Cup is sailed.
The next two milestones are very crucial and are binary decisions. There are no fuzzy zones.
The boat choice is between a multihull or monohull – with the 22 metre (70 foot) multihull seemingly to be increasingly favoured over the monohull of the same length.
There seem to be three principal choices for a venue – being the Defender’s home town of San Francisco, Valencia in Spain, and Italy plus others who are less so prominent.
Sail-World understands that after a six day session in Auckland, the Protocol has been substantially re-written, simplified and reduced in size by at least six pages from the 56 page original that was published in the last week of June 2010.
Quite how it is received remains to be seen. Further modifications will have to be made one the venue is confirmed, the boat determined and the schedule for the preliminary regattas is decided between the entered teams.
The viewing public are tuned to monohull racing in the America’s Cup – Ian Roman-TEAMORIGIN Click Here to view large photo
While the attention is on the three elements above – the Protocol (or rules of conduct for the regatta), Boat and Venue, the overarching issue is to fix the declining TV ratings that the regatta has ‘enjoyed’. The premier event in sailing is now at the point where TV rights have little value. The best option is to give the rights away free, or in some countries, pay for the event to be screened.
The current state of the America’s Cup has not been helped by the litigation leading up to the 2010 regatta, which saw all but two of the racing teams sidelined for three years, and it would seem that those who can survive the seven year hiatus will not get a crack at the most prestigious trophy in sailing for another four years.
One of the mistakes that seems to being made in the current exercise is that the decision makers and shapers are sailors and people who generally watch the America’s Cup on the water, or from the comfort of a media centre or a TV production suite with its myriad of cameras and perspectives which are stitched into a single live view of the racing.
There is a chasm of perspective between being present at an America’s Cup, either ashore, or also able to see the event on the water – and viewing the event in your home.
Yet it is the home audience that is being courted – because without fans, there isn’t a lot of sponsorship interest, and without sponsor interest there is less money available to make the event all it could be.
Podium finish for Georgia in Hamilton Island Grand Prix IRC Division
Moderate Hamilton Island conditions were close to ideal for the IRC52 Georgia, with the boat placing second in the Grand Prix IRC Division, and helping New Zealand take home the South Pacific Cup. Consistency was the name of the game for Georgia, helmed by Jim Farmer and Chris Meads, with tactical support from America’s Cup veteran Chris Dickson.
In the 16 boat fleet, Georgia never finished lower than sixth, also clocking up a win and two other podium finishes in the week-long racing event. “We had very good team work with very few mistakes,” says owner Jim Farmer. “This week the boat proved it is a very good all-round performer in all winds.” Georgia finished on 28 points, 15 points behind the Reichel Pugh 63 Loki which was almost untouchable throughout the regatta, and 3 points clear of third prize winner, Wild Oats X.
Throughout the event conditions were generally moderate, with 12-15 knots of breeze and small waves. “It was exciting to see how the boat accelerated in that situation. It was quick to surf down the quite small waves we had most days, other boats around us didn’t seem to do that,” says Jim. While a couple of ‘average’ starts, and a ripped spinnaker required the crew to fight hard at times in order to recover, they also provided opportunities for brilliance to shine through: “In the last island race, after a poor start, Chris Dickson took us up the other side of an island – which was not a marker – and got us back into the race. On the long run back, he kept us gybing out to sea and we made a lot of ground to come in 4th,” says Jim.
The skipper also tells of a time when the integrity of Georgia’s gel coat was very nearly tested: “In one windward-leeward race, after a good start, we were dumped on by a 100 footer which forced us to tack away from where we wanted to be. This put us behind a number of boats going into the top mark. The position was compounded by a boat on port tacking in our water within 3 boat lengths of the mark – a collision was avoided by inches by my turning the bow up. Only a boat owner could have taken such swift evasive action.” They went on to have a very good downwind run and finish second on corrected time in that race.
It was Chris Dickson’s third regatta aboard Georgia – he also raced in the 2009 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic just after the boat was launched and was on the winning crew in the New Zealand IRC Championships in Wellington in February. “Chris is extremely competitive and is not happy unless the boat and crew are performing to their best. He is therefore a hard task master but one who all the crew respect and respond positively to. Personally, I have learned an awful lot about helming the boat, having him behind me talking to me,” says Jim.
A number of the Georgia crew – in particular, George Hendy and daughter Emma Hendy, Saun Mason, Chris (Curly) Salthouse, Chris Dickson and Emirates Team New Zealand bowman Jeremy Lomas, also sail on the Corby 43, Full Metal Jacket, which has campaigned throughout Asia but is currently sitting in Melbourne. Full Metal Jacket’s owner, Chris Meads, took them helm for half of the races in Hamilton Island. “This worked very well as it meant that each of us was actually able to watch and enjoy the races when we were not steering,” says Jim. Young and up and coming sailors included bowman Saun ‘Geeza’ Mason, mastman Tom Blampied, and Kieran Henderson – credited with doing a magnificent job running the middle of the boat. Leo Farmer, also under 30, trimmed the main with great skill.
“I do think we are still learning how to sail our boat optimally – it is still a new boat,” says Jim, who confesses to finding Loki, and her sistership Limit, which beat Georgia in the Bay of Islands in January, formidable competitors – not only are they blessed with a rating edge that IRC seems to give boats of that size – but they are also well sailed. Both in the Bay of Islands and at Hamilton Island each of them however also enjoyed the big advantage of being able to sail in clear air at all times away from the start line because of substantial size differential from them of both bigger and smaller boats. With Limit returning to Australia shortly and thereafter in future regattas going head to head with Loki, that advantage will disappear, Jim says.
“Possibly changing the mast rake in different conditions will make us a little quicker up wind. At the moment, I think our edge over the other 52s is downhill. It was satisfying to beat bigger, well performed, boats such as Wild Oats X (Reichel Pugh 66), Black Jack (66), Living Doll (Farr 55), which won last year, and the former Sydney-Hobart winner Yendys (Reichel Pugh 55), as well as three 3 very well performed 52s – Scarlet Runner (second at the 2009 Hamilton Island Race Week), Shogun and Secret Men’s Business (which won Geelong Race Week this year).
Georgia will now travel south to Sydney where it will take part in the Rolex Big Boat Regatta in December, and may decide to compete at Geelong Race Week in January. “The fleet in Australia is highly competitive and exciting,” says Jim.
Hi all from BlackMatch,
Today was the opening day of the 2010 St Moritz World Match Racing Tour Event and with 4 wins from our 5 races, it was a great start for BlackMatch Racing. This event is the 6th leg of the World Tour and really marks the business end of the season. Held on a lake 1800 meters above sea level and with the Swiss Alps providing the back drop for the action on the water, it is without a doubt the most stunning event on the World Tour and also one of the trickiest.
Photo by Roman-WMRT
With temparatures plummeting to zero degrees Celsius overnight, we were greeted with an eerie mist over the lake this morning, however without a cloud in the sky and with the sun shining it was an amazing day of sailing, although extremely shifty. We had decisive victories over Torvar Mirsky, Francesco Bruni, Johnnie Berntsson and local talent Eric Monin, while our loss came against Swede Bjorn Hansen, who also finished the day with only a single loss.
We have 6 races remaining in the round robin with the format seeing the top 7 teams progressing through to the next stages of the event, while the top qualifier proceeds directly through to the semi final. This provides a great incentive to finish the round robin on top and avoid the 6 boat quarterfinal, while the magic number looks to be 6 wins to make the final seven.
‘Maxi Banque Populaire V – Jules Verne Trophy’ Copyright : Team Banque Populaire / BFBP
Jules Verne Trophy: an impressive crew on the Maxi Banque Populaire V
Jules Verne Trophy – After seven weeks of hard work for a complete check up, the Maxi Banque Populaire V is now all set for the start of the term! The skipper, Pascal Bidegorry, is pleased to announce his crew list and welcomes three highly experienced sailors on board, enriching its existing strong core team for their attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. As of today, everybody is in Lorient to start training and validate the different changes made on the trimaran before entering the stand-by period of the Jules Verne Trophy on the first of November.
A spectacular crew!
Since her launch two years ago, Banque Populaire V has been victorious in every record undertaken: the North-Atlantic crossing, the 24 hours record and lately the trans-Mediterranean record. For this attempt around the world, Pascal Bidegorry and Ronan Lucas have logically kept the core crew which participated in these victories: Yvan Ravussin, Emmanuel Le Borgne Jeremie Beyou and Florent Chastel, who have been sailing with Pascal for many years, along with members from the Banque Populaire Team, such as Ronan Lucas, Kevin Escoffier and Pierre-Yves Moreau. Sailors sharing other competences such as Xavier Revil, Thierry Chabagny and Erwan Tabarly were also part of these records.
Short Handed Race Coaching Weekend
Haslar Marina 25th & 26th September 2010
Benefit from the experience of 4 RYA Racing Keelboat Coaches, led by Vendee Globe skipper Brian Thompson, offering diverse knowledge in Short Handed Sailing Techniques, Boat set up, Sail Trim, Race tactics and other topics.
Planned sessions, including off the water interactive briefs and debriefs, use of video and stills photography , exercises designed to improve manoeuvres, sail trim clinic including rig set up, Short fun races.
Onboard coaching – coaches will be stepping off the ribs and onto your boats to help and advise at close quarters.
Reduced rate overnight marina fees.
Unique opportunity to develop your skills, enjoy racing and hang out with a load of cool like minded sailors.
Cost: £199 per boat
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The final day dawned on us in New York and we were all a little cautious as what to expect. The forecast was dim with little wind forecasted and for us that was a very bad thing. After our disappointing loss yesterday in the first race of the Semi the equation was simple WE HAD TO RACE.
We arrived at Manhasset Bay to the sight of a mill pond, which was not a good sign for us. However this did not get us down. We knew at some stage there would be enough wind to at least get one race off but that would probably be in the morning before it got too hot. So we just had to be out there ready to go and hope that the Race Committee fired the gun to send us off on our way.
Sure enough at around 10am a light breeze filled in from a similar direction as the previous days. It was not very stable but at this stage we could not afford to be fussy, we just needed a race. After a couple of attempts we finally got into the prestart.
“Farr Yacht Design was selected because of its ability to tailor to our specific requirements and its strong commitment to research and design which has been ongoing since the conclusion of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race,” said His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, ADTA. “We anticipate being able to announce the appointment of the yacht-builder early next month after finalising selection of six tender qualifiers from throughout the Middle East, Europe and the Far East.”
FYD president, Patrick Shaughnessy, stated that every member of the FYD team spent considerable time sailing Volvo Open 70s during the 2008-09 race. “The experience we gained has allowed us to view the design challenges a little bit differently,” he said. “That real world experience is added to an always evolving set of tools that we bring to bear on any R&D project.”
“The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team has made good decisions in its key resource appointments, starting with Ian Walker as skipper,” Shaughnessy continued. “We believe the team will have a well designed yacht, a well built yacht, and a well sailed yacht.”
One of the most important topics in FYD’s design planning will be adapting the project to the 2011-12 rule changes, one of which is the reduction of sails each team can have. “These restrictions place a large priority on sail inventory planning, and ultimately sail reliability. The choices we make during the design process regarding sail inventory have large consequences for the way the yacht will be used throughout the race,” explained Shaughnessy.