Last issue before the Coastal. This will be my 24th race up the coast to Russell, be sure to log onto SOL to compete in your own Young 88 with about 400 mad keen yachties from around the world. I will be sailing on Crac-A-Jac with Edwin Delaat in the 2 handed division. Follow the real race here. A race report, video and lots of photos will follow. When I get to Russell, I will be hosting a Wild Days Rum tasting on one of the yachts – bring ice. In the meantime enjoy my latest yakka. 🙂
In this issue:
Des Top News,
Jubba’s new R Class,
HSBC Premier Coastal Classic – TeamVodafoneSailing,
Wings Across America,
Imports are junk – Ian Franklin,
blocksail at the Velux5Oceans start,
AC72 Class Rule finalized and published,
Keep Turning Left,
Lectronic Latitude – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Sail-World USA – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
My Sailing – latest issue here,
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Russell Runt 2010
Welcome again to New Zealand!! This 120nm race up the coast of North Island, from Auckland to Russell, is an icon of New Zealand yachting, and your Young 88 is a very popular 28ft racer/cruiser. This route up a spectacular coastline usually offers a mix of conditions while welcome bacon butties and rum await all yachties and mermaids at the finish.
TeamVodafoneSailing set for first major competition
The HSBC Premier Coastal Classic is the 2010 summer season premiere for the 60 foot trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing.
The boat has competed extensively in Auckland waters, but the 119nm classic from Auckland to Russell is its first major event racing under the Vodafone banner.
While speculation is high around broken records, it will be the luck of the draw whether the conditions make for that kind of racing.
Skipper Simon Hull says, “There is a lot of anticipation about broken records, but it all comes down to the weather. If it’s 10 knots we haven’t got a hope, if it’s 20 knots we’ve got a reasonable chance. Plus we need the wind from the right direction.”
Simon cites the Tauranga race earlier in the year as an example. Despite TeamVodafoneSailing finishing 7.5 hours ahead of the Open 50 O Canada, she was still two hours outside the record.
The boat’s highest recorded speed in New Zealand is 39.6 knots, but it will have to average 17.8 knots in a straight line to beat the overall race record set in 2009 by Alfa Romeo of 6 hours and 43 minutes, and the multihull record of 7 hours and 20 minutes set by Split Enz in 2996.
So far this season, TeamVodafoneSailing has had six line honours wins – a clean sweep.
“The forecast at this stage looks light and from the aft quarter,” says Simon. “If it’s going to be light it would be better if it was forward of the beam, but that is one of the great things about yacht racing, it is what it is, and you deal with what you get.”
TeamVodafoneSailing will be maintaining contact with Race Headquarters and its own Facebook and Twitter accounts using Vodafone’s Extended 3G coverage throughout the race.
TeamVodafoneSailing is also supported by Line 7, Seatrade, Fusion, Harken, Safety at Sea, Fineline, B&G, Steinlager and Wilde Media.
Wings Across America
This is the dawning of a new age. Bora launched Wing No 2 built by the Skiffworks in 8 days and possibly being offered as a kit a little further down the track. Its modelled here by Anthony. Both this one and the one Adam built look simply gorgeous and they seem to suit a moth so well. The blogshpere is full of “are they legal”, “should they be allowed”, but I still think the real issue is “are they faster”? And here I don’t mean in a straight line but in a real world sailing event. Transporting them around will also have to be solved, but at least the “trailermahal” I built in the earlier part of the year may well come in handy!
Imported boats “killing” New Zealand builders
By IBI Magazine
Imported production boats are hurting domestic builders in New Zealand. Builders and brokers say imports have been hurting sales of domestically manufactured boats for the last five years, while pushing down prices in the used-boat sector. The country has an estimated 480,000 to 520,000 vessels.
“Importing a production boat can be 40 per cent cheaper than buying the same one in New Zealand secondhand,” a broker, asking to remain anonymous, told the New Zealand Herald. The broker said it was “crippling” the used-boat market because of an over-abundance of cheap product.
Greg Salthouse, an Auckland boatbuilder, told the paper that imported production boats were not good for the boating industry. “It’s a shame to see them come in. They keep building them and storing them up and then they have a fire sale and get rid of them cheap,” he said. “They’re building them cheaper than we can down here. But the quality is not the same.”
“These things they are bringing in, they are just junk”
Ian Franklin, a builder on the South Island, said that imports had “killed” the new boat industry. “There used to be lots and lots of boats getting built, lots of local boatbuilders that made really good, solid boats,” he told the paper. “These things they are bringing in, they are just junk. And, unfortunately, buyers don’t seem to recognise quality in a boat. People see lots of white shiny surface, lots of glitter and chrome and don’t look at the engineering of a boat.”
Wingsailed 72ft catamaran to transform America’s Cup racing
AC72 Class Rule finalized and published
From concept to completed Class Rule in less than four months, full details of the new high-performance wingsailed catamaran were published today.
The AC72 wingsailed catamaran – the final design rule is now available to prospective challengers and defenders alike.
The spectacular AC72 catamaran ensures that the 34th America’s Cup will feature the best sailors in the world on the fastest boats.
The AC72 Class Rule moves America’s Cup racing to catamarans with a speed potential of three times the wind speed, putting the venerable competition back at the forefront of technology.
The finalized class rule represents a tireless effort by Pete Melvin and his team at Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering Inc to create a new boat on behalf of the America’s Cup community.
On July 2, to ensure the rule was created independently, the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club and its sailing team BMW ORACLE Racing presented a two page concept paper to US SAILING and Morrelli & Melvin and asked them to turn it into a fully- formed multihull design rule.
Throughout the AC72’s gestation, the fundamental requirements have remained unchanged:
• Ensure fast, exciting racing
• Challenge sailors and designers
• Capture fans’ imagination
• Be versatile across the wind range, to minimize race delays
• Be capable of competitive racing in light and strong winds
• Incorporate wide-ranging cost-reduction features
“The AC72s will look amazing, will be very fast, and will take the America’s Cup into a new dimension,” said Melvin, himself a multihull champion.
“There will be nothing else like them, which perfectly matches the allure and appeal of the America’s Cup,” Melvin added. “We are grateful for the input of many, many designers, sailors and other experts.”
On September 16 a draft was circulated to potential teams and the sailing community at large. Since then over 500 comments were received and assimilated by Melvin’s team. Many have been incorporated into the final rule, including significant cost-reduction initiatives compared to the 32nd America’s Cup:
• 11-person crews (reduced from 17 on ACC class monohulls)
• Boat lengths reduced to 72 feet from 82 feet
• No-sailing periods enforced
• Simple crane lift in/lift out – no special hoists or docks required
• Shipping and centralized logistics paid for by event
• Liberalized design rules encouraging non-exclusive design
• Consolidated competitor facilities at World Series: sail lofts, workshop etc
• World Series negates need for permanent team fixed-bases
• Centralized meteorological service and ban on weather boats
Teams may design and build a maximum of two AC72 catamarans.