Wild Days Rum Tours on Waiheke Island – more details here
In 2011, Red Socks Day will be held during Leadership Week on Friday 8th July – to encourage schools, organisations and individuals throughout New Zealand to celebrate leadership in action and to remember a great New Zealand leader, Sir Peter Blake. more here.
In this issue;
Mascalzone Latino – out of the 34th America’s Cup – follow the chatter on Sailing Anarchy here,
Laura Dekker – update,
Field’s GOR Class40 arrives in the UK,
Wild Days Rum Tasting,
2011 Audi MedCup,
RORC’s De Guingand Bowl Race,
Mirabaud LX – wing mast,
Superyacht Business – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Sail-World USA – latest issue here,
Sail-World NZ, – latest issue here,
Sail-World Asia – latest issue here,
M34 – latest news here,
The Atlantic Cup,
With deep sorrow I have to announce my decision to withdraw my team from the 34th America’s Cup.
Since the very beginning of our role as Challenger of Record, I have been working on this project focused to bring the Cup in our Country.
Day 3 – 11th May 2011
Hello East Coast, hello 40 knots on the nose again; I can’t say I am happy to see you again. Little white pill I am very happy to see you again.
This tour of New Zealand and 2000-mile qualifier has become the uphill round New Zealand. Every way we seem to go the wind is coming directly from where we want to go.
Sitting on deck, there tends not to be a huge amount of conversation, just each of the guys busy with their own thoughts.
I was sitting next Stu Bannatyne after a couple of hours of silence, Stu turns to me and says, “Hamish” he pauses, “This is heinous.” I give him a nod of thanks. If someone as experienced as Stu thinks these conditions are best described by such a strong word as heinous, then they must be.
This morning the birds flew away. I guess they are now well equipped for their next leg… And so I am alone again but for the lizard that is very good at hiding away. The weather conditions are still the same – what bliss! There is a nice and strong crosswind and a clear blue sky with some stray clouds here and there. If the weather stays like this, the land does not need to appear on the horizon soon, for all I care. Well, I actually hope this does not happen for real because it would mean that I have done something wrong. After the hustle and bustle and the uncomfortable nights in the Galápagos I could fully recover here, and I even found time to do some schoolwork. I have not seen a boat or a dolphin recently but the number of stranded squids and flying fishes increases everyday. When I get up in the morning, the deck looks like a cemetery…
A steely performance in the second Qualifying Session from Torvar Mirsky has changed his fortunes at Match Race France, where a victory against the plucky French qualifier, Pierre-Antoine Morvan, will see him top the standings ahead of Damien Iehl after the Qualifying stages.
Ross and Campbell Field’s GOR Class40 arrives in the UK
Since announcing their entry in the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) during the first week in April, Ross Field and his son, Campbell, have been awaiting the arrival of their Verdier Design Tyker Class40 ex-Desafio Cabo de Hornos. On Tuesday, shortly before noon, following a five-week journey as deck cargo from Chile via the Panama Canal and Rotterdam, the New Zealand team’s Class40 was carefully manoeuvred on a 60ft truck through the narrow lanes of Lymington in Hampshire on Britain’s South Coast.
Other than the faded red livery – the striking trademark of the yacht’s Chilean team in the 2008-09 GOR – and battle scars to the leading edge of the keel fin, the three year-old Class40 shows little evidence of an immensely tough first circumnavigation. Furthermore, the team has a new carbon mast – built as a spare when the boat was launched in 2008, but never used – and a wardrobe of unused sails in addition to the brand new suit recently delivered by North Sails.
Washington Bans Copper Bottom Paint
May 11, 2011 – Olympia, WA
On May 4, Washington governor Chris Gregoire sounded the death knell for copper-based bottom paint in her state by signing into law a ban on the use of the product on recreational boats under 65 feet — the first state to do so. The law prohibits the sale of new boats with copper paint after January 1, 2018, and no paint with more than a half a percent of copper can be used starting in 2020.
California is close on our northern neighbor’s heels with Senate Bill 623, which would put into place a similar ban.
NSW Maritime has again issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with more treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast from today until Sunday.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates adverse conditions are likely for small craft.
Large southerly swells reaching 3m and strong winds up to 30 knots are expected for much of the coast.
These conditions should concern anyone boating in coastal areas, or planning to fish from the rocks
Coastal bar crossings can be treacherous, especially in such conditions, and boat fishing around offshore reefs and near exposed rock platforms should be avoided.
Grandmother completes circumnavigation at third attempt
10 May 2011
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.
A retired British maths lecturer/teacher, Jeanne Socrates, 68, has finally completed a circumnavigation in her SV Nereida off Cape Town South Africa at her third attempt at a circumnavigation and second at a non-stop solo one.
The moment was one to savour for Jeanne, who almost completed a solo, 15-month circumnavigation in June 2008 but lost her boat on a Mexican surf beach 60 miles short of her starting point of Zihuatanejo.
Undeterred, Jeanne bought a new Najad 380, which she also called Nereida, and tried again.
7th May 2011
Some fly boys and girls from Hamilton flew to Waiheke Island to taste Wild Days Rum Barrel 4. Happy with their discovery, they said they would return and stay a weekend. Holy Crap! Better make some more rum….quick.
A Week is Not Long as the Audi MedCup Circuit Clock Counts Down to the Cascais Trophy.
The demands of a five month season which offers no discards at all and aggregates points from each and every race means that hitting the start line of the first race of the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit with boat and crew at the highest level of competitiveness is absolutely paramount. At such a level the age old maxim that ‘you can’t win the top Trophy at the first event of the season but you can certainly lose it’ has never been truer.
And with an incredible complement of six brand new TP52’s which have been on the water in Europe for only a few weeks, and four new, ‘fresh from the wrapper’ Soto 40’s, there is a considerable early advantage to be gained by ensuring the new boat and the crew are in the best possible shape.
The first 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit regatta starts in just one week, when the world’s leading regatta circuit returns to Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal. Some of the leading contenders in both classes have already managed to put in more than a dozen training days and some have already raced, but from the middle of this week, the crews are expected to be on the Atlantic waters off the renowned strong winds venue, polishing their crew work and fine tuning their new boats.
Racing for the Cascais Trophy starts with the official practice race for the 52 Series on Tuesday 17th May after a warning signal at 1300hrs. The first official line up of the Soto 40 Class is therefore on Wednesday 18th May when the 40 Series takes on their official training race. Points racing for the 52 Series starts Wednesday with three races scheduled for that day, then windward leeward races on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and the Coastal Race on Saturday. Soto40’s race windward-leeward races only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Bumper entry for RORC’s De Guingand Bowl Race
Over 75 yachts are expected on the Squadron line in Cowes on Saturday, 14 May, from cutting edge custom yachts to traditional cruising yachts, with boats from all over Europe competing for class prizes and overall honours.
The third race in the RORC Season’s Points Championship starts and finishes in the Solent and exemplifies the variety of courses in this year’s RORC Seasons Points Championship.
Piet Vroon’s custom Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens, returns to RORC racing after winning her class at this year’s RORC Caribbean 600. The sky blue flyer, which was RORC Yacht of the Year for 2010, has undergone some rig and sail modifications in Breskens before arriving in Hamble recently to continue their racing programme, leading up to the Rolex Fastnet Race this August.
Racing was Piedy glamour at its best with Jim Beam and Moehau making there long awaited return to racing after extensive surgery by owners Woody Bould and Lewis Callaghan respectively. The other entrants were class stalwart Adrian Percival and team racing borrowed boat Loose Unit, Josh Impey with his Rat Attack, Ben Lowe’s Yosemite Sam holder of 3 straight national titles, and Max Hawkes with his Moneyshot Team.
Not since the development of BMW Oracles monster Tri has the sport of Yacht Racing seen such revolutionary tactics, strategy and technology adopted at the start. Right from the warning signal of Race 1 boats implemented ground breaking approaches to the start by throwing spinnaker sheets overboard and performing Man overboard drills in an attempt to confuse the opposition, hoisting kites, the goose-wing and adopting the hugely controversial but effective Yamaha 15 horse power method.
This series was shaping up to be one of the most humorous competitions to take place on the Tamaki Strait. But soon as all the crews had crossed the start line a new found focus came over them and the game faces went on as all the Piedys rounded the top mark in close proximity! You could throw a blanket over them it was that tight!
Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Mirabaud LX. more images here
The brand new Mirabaud LX with wing mast.
Thomas Jundt, the Geneva based sailor and engineer, unveiled the 2011 version of his experimental foiler, Mirabaud LX, at the Société Nautique de Genève on Wednesday evening.
The radical foiler, in addition to its foils and carbon fibre structure, now features an innovative new wing mast comparable – relatively speaking – to the one that recently won the America’s Cup. It also features solid carbon rigging, similar to the “Little America’s Cup” C-Class yachts.
A 98 year old woman in the UK wrote this to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the Times.
I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month.
By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honour it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my Pension, an arrangement, which, I admit, has been in place for only thirty eight years.
You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.
I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, facelessentity which your bank has become.
From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.
My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank by cheque, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.
Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.
Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.
Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Solicitor, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, I will issue your employee with PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.
I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.
As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:
1. To make an appointment to see me.
2. To query a missing payment.
3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7. To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer is required. A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the Authorized Contact).
8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through to 8.
9. To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.
While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.
Your Humble Client