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Yachting News 16th October 2011

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Photo by IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

more images from the opening ceremony here

However, if you are unable to join the annual Coastal Classic dash to Russell, never fear SOL is here. SailOnLine will have the race live and free for friends and family to follow and compete in real time with real weather 🙂

follow the chatter and updates on here

This years coastal classic yacht race from Devonport to Russell at Labour Weekend is going ahead without a main sponsor. I will be once again sailing with Edwin Delaat on Crac-A-Jac, Edwin’s Farr 727. We are racing two handed and thanks to Mike from Sea Safe you can follow us on the web via our Spot GPS Tracker. Mike recently provided a tracker for the Farr 38 yacht Farrago, keeping friends and family updated with progress across the Tasman Sea. Thanks Mike.

see you in Russell for a rum


Greetings yachties,

In this issue:

MV Rena – inside the shipwreck,

Global Ocean Race update,

Clipper update here,

vsail – Paul Cayard,

VESTAS Sailrocket 2 joins 50 knot club,

Ian Williams & Team GAC Pindar on top & ETNZ Crash,

Green Dragon and Telefónica Black join Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta fleet,


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Scott Cavanough 797 – was forced to abandon his 2010 Brett Bakewell-White’s design prototype. The boat dismasted and that severely damaged the bow.

The possibility of setting up a jury rig was impossible. Scott got on board the escort boat Pen Ar Clos this morning.

Scott followed the standard safety procedure and he – at regular intervals – has pressed his ERPIB’s red button, indicating that he had a technical problem and that he was asking for help. Yesterday, the race director asked one of the seven escort boats, Pen Ar Clos, to navigate through the night at high speed to be, in the early morning, alongside the Australian sailor.

It has to be said too… The American sailor Emma Creighton (574 – Pocket Rocket) remained all night near Scott, accepting to put her race aside for a while. Emma has set sails again this morning after the arrival of the escort boat in the zone. Beau geste Emma…

Scott will stay aboard Pen Ar Clos until Brazil.

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Anderson said salvaging the Rena was particularly challenging.

“I was talking with one of the salvage officers, and this guy has been doing this for a long time. He led the initial inspection party and he said this was one of the worst wrecks he’d ever got on. This thing is grinding and groaning away as it is twisting and mashing parts of it up.

“He said going on board that vessel was one of the scariest things he’d done. We shouldn’t underestimate the complexity of what they’re doing. They don’t want to be inside the vessel, they are trying to work on the outside because that is the safest place.”

One of the most terrifying areas was the engine room. Several times the salvors had climbed down a five-storey ladder to reach the base of the room, with the ladder tilted badly by the ship’s listing position, Anderson said. There was also 60cm of water on the floor.

“Imagine that while you’re doing that, you’ve still got this whole thing creaking and groaning around you.”

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Into the Trades and across the Equator

Late on Friday, the final two Class40s in the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) shook-off the Doldrums and dug into the South-East Trades as Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai in fifth and sixth place picked up speed after three days of frustrating conditions. Just after 23:00 GMT on Friday, Cessna Citation crossed the Equator in third place and 15 hours later, Financial Crisis in fourth also entered the Southern Hemisphere with all four Class40’s on a shy reach with around 12  knots of breeze forward of the beam.

Approximately 360 miles south of Cessna Citation and 250 miles off the coast of Brazil, Campagne de France was gradually adding miles to the Franco-British team’s lead over BSL in second as the two Class40s reached south averaging 10 knots in 14 knots of easterly breeze separated by 37 miles at midday on Saturday.

For Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya-Racing, the final hours before picking up speed early on Friday evening were excrutiating: “We really had to work to finally escape the clutches of the Doldrums,” reported Leggatt on Saturday morning. “Yesterday morning found us beating into a SSW wind, coming from the exact direction we wanted to go and neither tack seemed to pay.” The South African duo were desperate to use every breath of wind to keep moving: “Port tack rapidly took us back into an area of no wind and starboard tack had the wind increase, but rapidly head us to the east,” he explains. “I lost track of how many times we tacked, trying to wiggle our way into the SE Trade Winds. With each tack we tried a combination of ballast arrangements and stacking of all loose gear, so it was a very full morning.”

more here Even if that will be in almost two years from now, conventional wisdom wants the Louis Vuitton Cup final to be between Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand? Do you share this view? Do you see any other challenger that might sneak in?
Paul Cayard: You know, these paper predictions are always swirling around in any sporting event and they are just based on the level the teams are in this point of time and based on the level the teams are tight in this point of time I would agree that Artemis and Team New Zealand look like the strongest challengers. Still, there is a long way to go and one thing I would like to add is that this is a rather unconventional America’s Cup. If there was ever a chance for someone to have a brilliant idea and upset everybody’s prediction this Cup is the one!

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VESTAS Sailrocket 2 in the house with a 50 knot+ run

We just got back in from a great session and I’m happy to say that VESTAS Sailrocket 2 is now in the 50 knot club. We did three runs culminating a great final sprint where she just surged over the 50 knot mark recoding a peak of 50.53 knots.

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Team GAC Pindar Top the Leaderboard for the First Time

ISAF World Match Racing Champion, Ian Williams, has helmed Team GAC Pindar to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of Act 8 in Almeria.  This is the first time his team has ever led the overall standings in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series global tour.

The third day of the penultimate round in Spain, ahead of the final in Singapore, saw three different teams take the lead throughout the afternoon.  Five races were completed today – two in open water and three inside the port of Almeria in stadium mode. Ben Ainslie helming Oman Air went into day 3 leading but nothing seemed to go there way today, and Emirates Team New Zealand pounced with Adam Beashel’s team taking the top spot after the first race held in open water in a reasonable sea breeze.  The Kiwis fended their position, despite not scoring a race win and losing a crew overboard in the second race.

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Thousands of spectators enjoying the action

Photo © Lloyd Images

The public who came to watch today saw over four hours of full-on racing, the 11 Extreme 40 teams were competing within touching distance of the shore and each other, hulls flying with gennakers up and a two boat smash in the penultimate race. The victims, Emirates Team New Zealand hit by Groupe Edmond de Rothschild – the sound of the collision stopped the crowd in their tracks and ended the Kiwis day with a gaping hole in the stern of their port hull. Back on shore the damage also proved to extensive to repair overnight and Act 8 is over for Adam Beashel’s team: “We were comfortably sailing on starboard tack with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild sailing behind us and we were not paying much attention to them as we were assuming they would dip us,” said Beashel. “It was only at the last second that I saw them bow down behind us, trying to get behind but there just wasn’t any room. There was a loud bang and a collision and they went into our transom. Unfortunately it’s not going to be an overnight fix either so this is the end of the regatta for us. The boat can be fixed before Singapore and we can only hope that we have done enough in the interim and let the jury decide how it is best decided on from here. Hopefully, it will turn into something salvageable for the season.”

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Sail Ho, or Sail No? The Debate on Sail Training at the Maritime Academies

By Art Pine

Step aboard a naval vessel these days, and you quickly see a stunning breadth of high-technology equipment. Navigating? Today’s ship is the province of GPS receivers and computers.  Posting a lookout? That task is handled largely by satellites and sophisticated radar. The helm is highly automated. And nuclear power is the propulsion of choice.

So why bother training today’s officer candidates on sailing vessels?

The debate has been going on for decades, intensifying with each advance in shipboard technology. In the latest go-around, Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler, the U.S. Naval Academy’s superintendent from mid-2007 to August 2010, raised hackles by trimming the sail-training program there, reducing opportunities for midshipmen to take part.

Fowler argued that, especially at a time when the nation is at war, the Academy couldn’t afford to let midshipmen spend too much time on sail-training, which he viewed as little more than a sport. He said mids would be better served by doing all their training on board gray-hull warships—sometimes referred to as “grayships”—where they most likely would be assigned after they were commissioned.

But proponents of sail-training contend that, anachronistic as it may seem, providing midshipmen, Coast Guard cadets, and maritime academy students with intensive training on sailboats offers unparalleled opportunities for teaching seamanship, shiphandling, navigation, and leadership skills—at a depth that they’re unlikely to get on board warships.

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Alicante, Spain – Green Dragon and Telefónica Black, two Volvo Open 70s from the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will join the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta fleet from November 1-5, lining up with boats that took part in the first 10 round the world races.

The two state of the art racers will showcase 38 years of development in round the world racing since the first Whitbread in 1973-74, when they take their place next to the Legends fleet which spans 10 races.

Both boats will compete in the regatta run over two days, creating a challenge for race director Jack Lloyd and his race management team, who will be setting inshore courses that work for maxi ketches such as the race-winning Steinlager 2 and her opponent from 1989-90 Fisher & Paykel, as well as for yachts such as the Italian Tauranga who took part in 1973, and, more recently the Whitbread/Volvo Open 60 Assa Abloy/2001-02.

“The real challenge for us is to try to make all the yachts competitive with each other,” Lloyd explains. “The step-up in design and technology since 1973 has been massive and we would like all the boats to be sailing together.

“We are looking at a ‘pursuit ‘ style of racing where the boats start the race in a staggered fashion according to their size, which we feel has the best chance of creating a dramatic and competitive finish for the fleet on each of the two days of race,” he adds.

Green Dragon has been entered in the Legends Regatta by Enda O’Coineen and John Killeen. O’Coineen has had a long association with the race, having been the driving force behind the NCB Ireland entry in 1989-90 and most recently Green Dragon in 2008-09, together with the very successful Galway stopover in the previous race.

The Green Dragon crew will include Killian Bushe who sailed on and built NCB Ireland and was builder of the winning entries in the last three races. The team plans to include a broad cross-section of Irish sailors who have participated in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race and will also include Angela Farrell who sailed on Maiden and Deidre O’Callaghan on With Integrity during 1989-90.

Entering in the spirit of the regatta, the team will also travel with its own Irish band, the Green Dragon ‘Upstarts’.

Both Green Dragon and Telefónica Black were constructed especially for the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Green Dragon, from the board of Reichel Pugh, finished in fifth position, one place above the Spanish boat, from Farr Yacht Design, which was part of a two-boat campaign for Team Telefónica 2008-09. Sister ship Telefónica Blue, with a new rig, a new paint job and a new name, Sanya, will race in this year’s Volvo under the leadership of race-winning skipper Mike Sanderson.

Telefonica Black’s best moment was when she won the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 from Stockholm to St Petersburg. Her navigator, Roger Nilson, was competing in his seventh Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race and will be reunited with the boat during the Legends regatta.

Entries in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion

– Tauranga (1973-74)
– Adventure (1973-74 1977-78)
– Great Britain II (first five races)
– King’s Legend (1977-78)
– Berge Viking (1981-82
– Gauloises III (1981-82)
– L’Esprit d’Equipe (1985-86)
– Rothmans (1989-90)
– Charles Jourdan (1989-90)
– Steinlager 2 (1989-90)
– Fisher & Paykel (1989-90)
– Assa Abloy (2001-02)
– Telefónica Black (2008-09)
– Green Dragon (2008-09)

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