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Yachting News 17th January 2011

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Three days before the finish of its journey round the world sailor Laura Dekker brings today a statement in which she fiercely swipe at the authorities who wanted to thwart her trip. She writes that her treatment by Council for Child and Youth Care Agency a “nightmare” was, that still haunts her. Thus does she really have “no return to the Netherlands’.
The lawsuits, attempts at placement and “intimidating interviews” were, she writes, “a frightening and traumatic experience. This terrible memories I experience often. They usually last for hours and I can not get out myself. It hurts. I’m afraid the nightmares of my life I probably will continue to haunt. ”

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Laura Dekker has 600 miles to go before St. Maarten landfall

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:12

SIMPSON BAY–Solo teenage circumnavigator Laura Dekker is approaching St. Maarten and was located at 13.00N and 53.00W as of 11:00am Tuesday, with 600 miles to sail before landfall, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club reported.

The 16-year-old’s average speed has been 7.1 knots per hour (170 miles per day) over the last few days, which is very fast for a 38-foot boat. The wind died down over the last 24 hours and the sea state became friendlier. After a few days of experiencing tons of water coming over-deck Laura now enjoys sitting in the cockpit in a moderate breeze. The yacht club had a brief interview with Laura on Tuesday morning:

SMYC: “How is the weather forecast for the coming days?”

LD:  “The weather forecast for the coming days looks promising and I expect to maintain at least 140 miles per 24 hours for the next days.”

SMYC: “You have chosen to complete your circumnavigation in St. Maarten. Why?”

LD: “I had a very good time in St. Maarten last year and for me it’s a logical choice to complete my voyage.”

SMYC: “So you have good memories of St. Maarten?”

LD: “Yes.”

SMYC: “You’re now about six weeks at sea. Do you feel lonely?”

LD:  “I never feel lonely at all.”

SMYC: “What will be the first thing you do when you step on land again?”

LD: “Normally I start cleaning up the mess aboard, while at sea I can’t do so. I would love to take a warm shower and fresh food. But I think this time everything will be different, I assume.”

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The wind has calmed down a little and the hatch to the cabin can stay open. Also I can sit on the deck and easily check on everything without getting showered by waves which is great. But as far as the flying fishes business is about they keep jumping aboard Guppy. I have no idea what I did to them but they just keep on bullying me! I was enjoying the sun today and a whopper one of those hit me right on the head. I wouldn’t have been sitting where I was, the flying fish would have landed right inside the cabin again! The waves are still high but Guppy has mega-fun sailing them so it looks like we will come in Sint Maarten earlier than expected.


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Dutch humour?


Onder het mom van amusement uiteraard. Want iemand die iets van haar leven probeert te maken, succes heeft die moet je als goed personeelslid van een linkse, Nederlandse omroep vanuit de grond van je hart haten.

Google Translation – Under the guise of entertainment, of course. For someone who has something of her life trying to create success that you have a good staff member of a leftist, Dutch broadcasting from the bottom of your heart hate.

So you roll. Mauro hopeless asylum seeker may remain, but successful sailing girl Laura to death.

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The wind keeps pulling us ahead. Happily the waves are longer now so less of them end up in the cockpit which makes my life aboard much more comfortable. Guppy is going like a spear with the small jib, mainsail reefed and the mizzen up so by tomorrow the distance to Sint Maarten will be down to three-digit…  more here


“I don’t think the next stage will be won by boat speed, it will be won by being smart and keeping the boat in one piece and going the right way.”

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Greetings yachties,

In this issue:

Laura Dekker – heading for New Zealand,

Kiwi Class 40,

Volvo Ocean Race – leg 3 – where are they now?

Nico innerview on Leg 3 here

Grant Dalton – latest blog news here,

ISAF – London 2012 Olympic Games in Women’s Match Racing Teams announced,

Jessica Watson to sail in Three Peaks Race,

Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd – remains in an induced coma,

Sailing Anarchy Innerview – Brian Thompson, Banque Populaire V – World Record,

Prada AC 45 – Auckland,

2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships,



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Kiwi Class 40 here

Laura, who has dual Dutch and New Zealand citizenship, has been flying the New Zealand flag since she departed Darwin Australia. Her reasons are, however, certainly steeped with the hurt she has experienced from Dutch child authorities who have constantly tried to impede her progress. Even after she had made many concessions and her journey was well advanced they have not relented their attempts to prevent her voyage continuing.

Her lawyer Peter De Lange told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that truancy officers issued her father a summons to appear late last year after a newspaper quoted her as saying in her blog she had not been giving her studies full attention.

Mr De Lange said the report was a misunderstanding, based on her saying she needed to concentrate on sailing while weather in the Atlantic was poor.

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where is Laura now?

From Grants blog.

We have started sailing our SL33s again, carrying on from where we left off at Christmas and yesterday I went and had a look at progress of the AC72 – a big jigsaw puzzle.

But I guess most of my attention has been focused on CAMPER and the Volvo Ocean Race. Honestly we aren’t going well enough. Some of that is a boat which is beating its numbers but under performing (against the opposition) at certain angles.

We have improved it but the reach down the coast a few days ago, especially in flat water, showed we are not fast enough. Is there more to get out of it at these angles, maybe not a lot so we need therefore to turn our attention to maximising points where we can – like  the in- port races and offshore, when the conditions favour the boat.

What I can say is as an organisation this is being treated as a priority. The boys on board are doing a good job but as Emirates Team New Zealand we are now trying to bring more resource to the party.

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Countries Named For Women’s Match Racing Olympic Qualifier

The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships saw Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Russia and USA qualify their country in Women’s Match Racing.

As hosts, Great Britain qualified automatically leaving three spots open for the London 2012 Olympic Games in Women’s Match Racing.

To qualify those final 3 countries, Sail Sheboygan, WIMRA and Key Biscayne Yacht Club will run the Women’s Match Race Country Qualifier. From 2-5 February, teams from nine countries come together to compete to qualify their country for one of those final spots. The countries still vying to qualify are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. Seven of the 9 countries have already nominated a skipper, while Canada and Brazil will use US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR to determine their skipper.

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Jessica Watson to sail in Three Peaks Race in April

Fresh from a three month campaign skippering a competitive Sydney 38 in the recent Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, internationally renowned sailor Jessica Watson will take a more “relaxing” role when she returns to Tasmania at Easter.

Jessica will sail as crew aboard the 14m catamaran MTA Big Wave Rider skippered by fellow solo sailor Bruce Arms, the project manager during her solo unassisted circumnavigation.

“The H&R Block Three Peaks is a great event that has been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while. So I’m looking forward to contesting my first race this year with my friends Bruce and Suzanne Arms on Big Wave Rider,” said Watson. “Having mountain runners as part of our team will be a unique experience. Thankfully I’m a sailor! ”

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Injured 29er sailor responding well to treatment in hospital

Talented Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is today showing promising signs as she continues to slowly recover from injuries incurred in a collision during the final race of the 2012 Australian Youth Championships last Tuesday.

Tess remains in an induced coma in hospital in Brisbane but this morning her doctors were able to successfully reduce the medication levels keeping her in the coma by half, with her body reacting positively to the reduction.

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IFDS Worlds Champions Crowned

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France’s 2.4mR sailor Seguin, Norway’s Sonar team Wang-Hanse/Solberg/Kristiansen and Great Britain’s SKUD team Rickham/Birrell have won the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships, with winds on Sunday between seven and ten knots for the final day of racing.

France’s Damien Seguin came first in the final race of the 2.4mR course to win the competition overall. Thierry Schmitter of the Netherlands came second overall, after crossing the line of the final race in ninth place, and Canada’s Paul Tingley came third overall, after finishing in seventh on Sunday.

The Sonar racecourse saw first place overall Aleksander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg Per Eugen Kristiansen team of Norway finish Sunday’s race in sixth position. The French team of Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul / Nicolas Vimont-Vicary , second place overall, crossed the line in fourth place and the third overall British team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel / Steve Thomas came in tenth, which was tossed out.

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Conrad Colman describes the quick change in conditions: “The wind went very quickly from 10 to then 26 then 30, so we had one reef in the main and it was clearly time to change from the Solent to staysail,” he confirms. Goodchild left his remaining food and prepared for the sail change: “I put on my jacket and went up on the foredeck and dropped the jib,” he remembers. “I was a bit overconfident and, in retrospect, crazy not clipping on or wearing my lifejacket, but it was a job that had to be done quickly.” With Colman in the cockpit and Goodchild on the foredeck, both co-skippers spotted one significant wave simultaneously: “I was running the pit during the manoeuvre and Sam ran up and pulled the Solent down on the forestay and as he was doing that, I saw a big wave,” says Colman, immediately bearing away to minimise the wave’s impact. Goodchild caught the wave from the corner of his vision as he hauled the headsail down: “It had a big crest which was about to break and it was going to hit us pretty hard,” he says. “A big wall of spray came over the bow and I thought Sam had ducked down as it obscured him completely from view,” continues Colman.

However, Goodchild was scrabbling to find a handhold: “I tried to hang on, but it threw me out the side and I landed on the jib and made a few attempts to grab stuff, but nothing successful.” The 22 year-old yachtsman was quickly flung over the guardrails: “So I floated passed the cockpit, I saw Conrad and Conrad saw me,”

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