The weather conditions for which San Francisco Bay is justly famous were reminiscent of those in Western Australia in 1987 when the Fremantle Doctor made his house calls at midday. In San Francisco, the mist clears from the Golden Gate Bridge before noon and the sea-breeze kicks in at 265° and clocks five to seven degrees as it settles at 18-23 knots.
The two catamarans provided a spectacular display of racing – a promise of what will be seen during the three months of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the challenger selection trials and the match itself – as they sliced through the waters of the Bay, often in the shadow of Alcatraz, and even provided a pitch-pole capsize by the most successful AC skipper of all time.
Earlier, Coutts had confessed to me: ‘I’m too old for this sort of s**t!’ He went on to say what we all endorsed: ‘We had to decide on the venue and I am glad that it is here in San Francisco – the images are great.’
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A little hello from Groupama 4, where we’re approaching the midway mark in this 2,000 mile qualifier.
Wild Days Rum Tours on Waiheke Island – more details here
Heading out for a yacht soon, but before I go Juerg sent me some more stunning images… back now 🙂
In this issue:
Captain Paul Watson discusses the crisis facing the majestic Bluefin Tuna while he is on Operation Blue Rage 2011,
Oracle Racing Digest – latest issue here,
Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 Episode 16 – upwind to China,
Jessica Watson – latest news here,
Laura Dekker – latest news and has arrived at Bora Bora,
2012 Melges C Scow,
Airlie Beach – latest news here, Already entered are five Thompson 7’s from all over the country, with the 2011 ASBA Nation Champion Michael Green’s Elliot 7 Evergreen keen to spoil the Shaw party.
ShowBoats Design Awards,
Audi MedCup – Hamish Pepper,
Scuttlbutt USA – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Ernesto Bertarelli – le Bol d’Or,
The story behind the kiss,
ScottandSusanBurbank.com sailing the Inside Passage from Seattle to Alaska and back,
Sailing too low,
Mini Fastnet – latest news here,
Yachte.com.au – latest news here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Melges unveiled its 2012 Melges C Scow today at the C Scow U.S. National Championship in Maxinkuckee, Indiana. Many things new but most eye opening is the new graphics package Melges is offering on all new Melges Boats for the upcoming season. While some stalwarts in the fleet still like the ‘All White’ look, the majority at this regatta are loving the hot new look Melges is offering.
5 sailing yachts by Dubois Naval Architects finalists at the 2011 ShowBoats Design Awards.
June 17, 2011
Dubois Naval Architects are delighted to announce that superyacht Kokomo, sailing yacht Twizzle, yacht Zefira, S/Y Lady B and sailing yacht Imagine are finalists in the 2011 ShowBoats Design Awards, presented by Boat International Media.
The winners are to be announced on the 25th of October at an awards ceremony held at the Mar-A-Lago Club, Palm Beach Florida.
Hamish Pepper (NZL) tactician Container (GER):
“It is a bit of a shame we did not get to sail today. We would have had an exciting race with Quantum Racing I am sure and the other boats would have been fighting it out for third I am sure. We are thrilled. We are new to the Circuit and so it is great to get a win. We are getting to know the boat better. We are learning the modes and the targets and speeds. The boat seems to be very good downwind, we gained a lot downwind when the breeze got up downwind. Markus and the guys did a great job trimming. And we managed to get the pressure at the right time. It is good.
It is always important to win regattas. It is a nice feeling when the shore team put so much time into the boat, they work very long hours and so for us to go on the water and be able to pull it off is great. And for Udo to be here it is great.
The level is always good. Quantum Racing is a good boat, Azzurra is good and Synergy, RAN have good crew, even Gladiator won a couple of races and showed they are a good boat and a good team. It is always tricky, it is tough, always tough.
This is a totally different venue to Cascais. It is a tactical venue. There are lots of things going on with pressure, lots of opportunities, shifts, geographical effects. It is a tough regatta to do well at.
We are here, having fun, we enjoy going sailing and there are a lot of friends on board and that is fun sailing. When you are having fun sailing it seems to go well. It is fun sailing with Markus.
I was a bit tired after the Olympic regatta so it is nice to get the body back in order here!
Adrian Newey Q&A: Nothing less than the title will do.
Top drivers are a hot commodity in the Formula One paddock, but Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey – the design guru with seven world titles under his belt – is arguably the hottest commodity of all. The basic facts are that teams who have him on their side, win. And the teams who let him go, struggle. Of the last 26 Grands Prix, 14 have been won by the Newey-designed Red Bull – statistics that speak louder than words. But what does the man himself make of it all? He speaks exclusively to Formula1.com…
Q: Adrian, many drivers on the grid say that they are not driving against Sebastian Vettel but against Adrian Newey. Is that so?
Adrian Newey: (laughs) No, that’s not true. It is a combination of car, driver and engine. Only if all three factors come together will success be on the horizon.
Q: What percentage of the whole would each of these factors be?
AN: That’s an old and everlasting question. But it is not possible to come to a definite conclusion on this percentage calculation. You need a good car and a good driver. You don’t win anything without the combination of both.
Q: What about the engine?
AN: Obviously a car doesn’t run without an engine. But today with the frozen engine regulations it is very difficult for one engine manufacturer to have a big advantage over the others. Of course there are differences between the engines and right now we are blessed. I think the whole car is okay. We have certainly had a good start to the season, but Formula One is all about development. So being quick at the start of the year isn’t enough. You have to the quickest at the end of the season!
Q: Sebastian has won five out of seven races and you say the car is okay. What has to happen for you to say it is fantastic?
AN: We have to win the championship – nothing less. Then I will say it is fantastic.
Life (or Death) at Anchor
After a wonderful evening meal, we were cuddled up in the front of the boat, keeping warm with our big sleeping bag pulled around us and listening to the tragic life story of Christopher (Superman) and Dana Reeves, recommended to us by Les and Leslie Parrott, Somewhere in Heaven. I thought we were in for the evening. NOT SO. All of a sudden, the boat started pulsing and the mast began pumping as a 20-knot gust of wind came into our little bay. What was going on? Moments later, the rain started pelting the boat and we could hardly see out the windows. We quickly checked our reference points on land. It was difficult to see, but it looked like the anchor was holding – for now. The question on our minds was: “How long is this wind going to last?” I would imagine even the experienced Inside Passage community gets a little nervous when the wind blows into their anchorage and there are jagged rocks only 100 feet away. Our 10kg Rockna anchor was holding so we relaxed a bit. Just then I noticed out of the corner of my eye, directly in front of the boat, a tree…that’s right…a whole tree with a giant root ball, limbs and everything in between. It was in the water directly upwind of us. The wind was propelling it, root ball first, directly at our securely anchored boat. If this ugly bunch of roots and branches hit our anchor line, we would never get it untangled. Given its size and the speed the wind was pushing it down on us, there was a real chance that the tree would entangle us in its mass so badly that we would all get blown on the rocks just downwind of our boat. Our dinghy was still tied up two feet off the water on the back of the boat. Even, if I could get it in the water and the motor installed, our little 2HP outboard wouldn’t stop the tree. Our only hope was for our boat to swing out of the way at just the right moment. Our boat ‘sways’ back and forth gently at anchor. The strong winds of this developing storm turned the normally gentle ‘swaying’ into more of a robust dance. But, it might serve us well. If the boat would swing left, just as the tree was directly in front of us, we might be able to dodge this beast blowing toward us.
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour returns to European waters next week for the Portimão Portugal Match Cup where eight of the current top ten teams in the World Championship race will be in contention.
After three stages and three different winners, just 38 points separate current leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing and tenth-placed Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar.
A repeat of the epic 2010 Final between the two most recent Portugal Match Cup winners, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, would add yet more spice to what is shaping up to be a closely fought Championship battle.
Familiar with what it takes to win here, Gilmour is looking forward to racing in the Portuguese waters again and seize the chance to defend his title. “We enjoy the SM40 and as a team are looking forward to this event because the boats are well maintained and the venue is stunning,” said the four-time Match Racing World Champion. “We aren’t too worried about how the other teams are going, instead we will keep our focus on our performance. All the teams are now very talented and it comes down to the small things.”
The America’s Cup, Translated for Television
THE yacht-club crowd may turn out to cheer at regattas, but sailboat racing hasn’t been a big hit with mainstream television audiences — perhaps because they have trouble following what’s happening on the waves.
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Experts in the sport may appreciate a helmsman’s split-second tactical decisions or a crew’s athleticism, yet the drama often goes over the heads of landlubbers who don’t know how points are scored, or even who is ahead.
Now technology may change that. Starting in August, a two-year series of regattas, culminating in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 at San Francisco, will have a feature intended to demystify the sport for television and Web audiences. Live footage will be superimposed with ingenious graphics — including lines and pointers that show who is ahead or behind in the welter of foam and hulls, and tags that identify yachts as they race to coveted positions.
Televised yachting has long used computer graphics to represent boats, waves and the leader in a race. But to show them, broadcasters have had to cut away from the action. The new system will note with virtual markers the details of hard-to-see moments as they happen — when, for example, a boat strays from course boundaries, or when two yachts jockey for position near a crucial turn.
Ernesto Bertarelli and his team won the Bol d’Or for the 6th time since their last victory back in 2004, crossing the finish line at 16:25 on Saturday, June 18th, followed by Foncia (helmed by Michel Desjoyeaux), Ylliam (helmed by Arnaud Psarofaghis) and Okalys (helmed by Loïck Peyron).
The Alinghi Team demonstrated a very good technical control during the whole race and managed to stay in the lead of the regatta most of the time. The victory of Alinghi in this year’s Bol d’Or is setting a new time record for the D35 class as the previous record was hold since 2004 by Zebra 7 which at that time had won the Bol d’Or in 8h59’19’’.
Alinghi crew was composed of Ernesto Bertarelli (Helm), Pierre-Yves Jorand (Mainsail), Tanguy Cariou (Tactic), Nils Frei (Trimmer), Coraline Jonet and Yves Detrey (Bow).
After only 2h14’ of race Alinghi had covered half of the race course, between Geneva and le Bouveret. The way back towards Geneva was the theater of a constant battle between the four leading teams as they all finished in less than a 10 minutes delta.
Alinghi managed to take the lead of this group at the entrance of the “Petit Lac” and kept this advantage until the finish line.