I’m still catching up on the AC45 footage, simply fantastic to get a deal with YouTube. Looking forward to the next one in the Motherland.
In this issue:
Opti Worlds NZ,
Clippers to the scoring gate,
RS100 Nationals at Weymouth,
A Class Worlds,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
RC44 Marstrand – starts Wednesday here,
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The 2011 Optimist World Champs is coming to Napier, New Zealand at the end of this year – to stay informed and receive media releases you need to sign up for the official news
More than 200 of the world’s most talented young sailors will converge on Napier, New Zealand this December and January, for nearly a fortnight of competitive racing and shore-side activities.
The occasion is the2011 Optimist World Championships, an event that celebrates the fun and challenging nature of the Optimist sailing dinghy, and seeks out those that have best mastered the art of racing this popular small boat.
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Today the waves are higher and they are still coming from two different directions! Guppy is like a rocking horse gone wild and I, well I’m inside trying to do all the usual things like cooking, sleeping, navigating and the rest… And she is still sprinting ahead at 7 knots which to me looks like a good trade off. Slowly and steadily the ship traffic is getting busier, just this morning a big ship passed by and three more are now on my radar screen. So I am on the watchl! I am seriously catching up on Sogno d’Oro, already as much as 110 nautical miles [204 kilometres or 127 land miles]. Let’s see if I can catch up to her before the Torres Strait…Looking inside the fridge I found a cucumber I didn’t remember leaving there or I should say what’s left of it. I always turn off the elctricity guzzler as I leave harbour so… That is because when I am at sea I want to be sure to have all the electric power I need to supply the navigation equipment. So things are going great – there is a little drizzling rain and from time to time the sun is shining – and the fresh air at sea is the best…
Abu Dhabi Activate Sailing Sponsorship at Cowes Week
Sailing has become a popular platform to promote travel destinations in recent years. On one side of the deal, promoters of events like the Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme Sailing Series and even Clipper Race bring teams, media and spectators to a venue and showcase it to a targeted audience. On the other side, destinations activate their involvement in the event, promoting it and integrating it into their marketing campaigns. This might even include sponsorship of a team within the event.
It’s a model that works nicely, but some destinations do the activation and promotion bit better than others. Just as PUMA woke up the sailing market with it’s approach to activating sponsorship in the last Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi are showing other destinations just how sailing and travel and tourism go together.
Teams cross Scoring Gate – 17 August 2011
“It has been a very action packed and fun filled 24 hours!” exclaims Singapore’s skipper Ben Bowley this morning. “After yesterday morning’s position report it was clear that with some careful trimming it would be possible to make it to the Scoring Gate at the very least in third place. We therefore elected to turn some of our westerly course into speed by coming up slightly on the wind, increasing our apparent wind speed and therefore our boat speed. At this stage we were still undecided as to which side of the Cape Verde Islands to head and therefore were not too worried about which end of the Scoring Gate we crossed, so long as we got there first!
Today, it’s a new international team which is fleshing out the ranks of what is already a committed fleet. Oman Sail and its skipper Sidney Gavignet, announced their participation in the Multi One Design circuit today, 17 August 2011. The MOD70 No.06 will sport the colours of the Sultanate of Oman and is due for launch in April 2012.
RS Games – RS100 Nationals at Weymouth – Day 1
16-19 August 2011
By Paul Childs
With 25 knots on the way to the start, the RS100s blasted down to their start with a few swims.
Race 1 was port biased with a clean get-away. Paul Childs tacked early and headed right to take first, followed by Neal Freeman and Huw Powell. Childs had a few swims, knocking him to 3rd. Down the last run it was Ian Turnbull, Freeman, Powell and Childs all very tight. Turnbull capsized as did Childs, leaving Freeman to win.
Photo: Kristoffer West /Sailing Aarhus – Fleet Start with Mischa Heemskerk
Day 2 started out with nice sunshine and a breeze of approximately 10 knots. The competitors were again eager to get started, and once again PRO Andreas Kuchler had to use the black flag in order to get a decent start. There was a big advantage on the starboard side of the race course, so all those who had chosen this side had a good lead at the first mark. But again the conditions were challenging, with many wind shifts, so the benefits were not entirely one-sided.
Shortly after the start of today’s second race, there was a wind shift, with advantage once again for the right wing. The move meant that the track was a little skewed, and many had got themselves into a position where they had little chance to make headway.. The wind had increased to 12–14 knots, and there was plenty of “wild thing” action downwind.
After four races, Scott Anderson (AUS) is in the lead, in front of Andrew Landsberg (AUS) and Ben Moon (USA), third.
Surviving to tell the story of Rambler 100
by Peter Isler: navigator on RAMBLER100 – Rolex Fastnet Race
It was Monday (Aug. 15), and the Juan K designed Rambler 100 had but 265 miles remaining in the 608 mile Fastnet Race. They had just rounded the infamous Fastnet Rock, and needed to complete a short 7 mile beat before they could turn left and enjoy the hayride home. But then, at 5:45pm UK time, the unthinkable happened: the keel bulb broke off.
Here Rambler 100 navigator Peter Isler shares his story from onboard:
In 23 knots of wind, we were headed upwind after rounding Fastnet, and heard the big bang. The boat immediately flipped to 90 degrees, and within 30 seconds it turned turtle. Five people got separated from the boat. They luckily all had life jackets and were able to stay together. The remaining 16 crew were able to stay with the boat, three of which did the dry walk onto the overturned hull. Everyone had their own harrowing story to get up on the hull.
On Sunday 14th August, Twenty Class 40s set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The biggest fleet assembled since the Route de Rhum in 2010. There was drama right at the start as Eutourist-Serv-System was dismasted in big breeze and lumpy seas. The battle was intense, right from the gun, the highly skilled fleet knew that they were in a race against the tide. Those that could make Portland Bill first would escape the grip of the foul current, those that didn’t would fall away from the lead.
Francesco Piva’s Farr designed Peraspera was first out of The Solent, followed by Initiatives-Alex Olivier designed by Simon Rogers and skippered by 2009 champion Tanguy de Lamotte. In hot pursuit were Michel Kleinjans’ Roaring Forty 2, another new Farr design and Guillaume Verdier designed BSL, co-skippered by Ross and Campbell Field from New Zealand.
Roaring Forty 2 broke away from the pack, heading offshore and the move paid off. By Portland Bill, they had opened up a 2-mile lead but the chasing pack was nipping at their heels. As they approached The Lizard, the fresh wind they had enjoyed since the start, began to fade and Initiatives-Alex Olivier stayed offshore hoping to get the new breeze first. This allowed Peraspera and BSL to squeeze past them. As the new breeze filled in Initiatives-Alex Olivier was into it before the rest and moved back up to second.
Dragon Ocean Racing
We are sliding past the Scily’s (say that three times fast) along their east face. The wind is coming from the east, pretty much straight from where we want to go and this is the most favored tack at the moment. Timing of the next tack will be important. We can see Spliff right now, as well as Earwen and 3 boats not in our class. I am running the position updates right now and should know soon how we are doing relative to the Class 40’s
Racing offshore Two-handed is not for the faint-hearted. It requires all-round seamanship, determination, stamina and above all, courage. 28 yachts started the Rolex Fastnet Race in the Two-Handed division and they endured a tough beat up to the famous rock. Despite having two crew, most of the time sailors are alone on deck whilst their teammate sleeps. Two hours on and two hours off are common watch systems. Autopilots are permitted but hand steering is far more conducive to better performance, the vast majority of the yachts are modified production yachts and do not have sophisticated equipment. During the 2011 RORC Season’s Points Championship, 49 yachts have raced with the Club in the Two-Handed division.