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Yachting News 14th May 2012

May 15, 2012 No Comments by

Greetings yachties,

ISAF racing rules here,

In this issue:

Frank Bethwaite, 1920 – 2012,

Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 Documentary Show 2011-12,

Kites and the Olympics,

Oracle AC45’s crash into each other,

Cam Horne and Team Elliott 5.9 are 2012 Champion of Champions,

Pogo 2 Mini Transat  – Single Handed Transpac race from San Francisco to Hawaii,

$17 million settlement in Delaware River duck-boat deaths,

Motive 25,

Camper – Miami update – “It’s just a massive service of the boat from top to bottom”, says Cox.

Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,

Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,

Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics –  Bruce Kendall writes his view here,

America’s Cup – latest news here, TVNZ have blocked the racing again and it’s not available on their website either 🙁

New America’s Cup update on TVNZ site is here, 🙂

Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,

Sail-World USA – latest issue here,

Sail-World Cruising – latest issue here,


by Nicky Bethwaite

‘Frank Bethwaite doing his last rig experiments driving around the carpark at Woollahra in March. Although too ill to write the final chapter in his next book, he did dictate it, and finished the work before he died on Saturday morning.’    Bethwaite Design

Frank Bethwaite passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday 12 May 2012, surrounded by his family.

A pioneer in small boat design and research, Frank was the author of  ‘High Performance Sailing’ (1992) and ‘Higher Performance Sailing’ (2002) and had just completed his third book on apparent wind sailing to be published later this year by Adlard Coles.

Frank’s interest in helping people to learn to sail faster took a new turn in the early 2000’s with his collaboration on a new sailing simulator. Modelled on a Laser, he worked with several others on developing the software that most realistically represented actual sailing conditions – unsteady breezes, the power of hiking and steady steering and tested this out on the top Laser sailors in Australia. He wasn’t satisfied until the results on the simulator reflected the results on the actual race course, and once this was a reality, he then set about making the simulator as portable as possible, so as to give sailing clubs the most access possible.

Right up until April 2012 you could find Frank driving around the local carpark with a specially constructed miniature mast and sail fixed to the passenger window of the car videoing the effect of the wind across the sail at various speeds. His object was to find at what speed the flow became delaminar, the fact that he needed to do this in a car rather than out on the water reflecting the increased speeds of the boats that he helped to create decades ago.

In 2000 Frank Bethwaite was awarded an OAM for Services to Sport.

Frank Bethwaite is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nel, his four children Christine, Mark, Nicky and Julian, and his five grandchildren Campbell, Luci, Harry, Angus and Alex.

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Mike Gebhardt, a former pro windsurfer for twenty years and an Olympic medalist who represented the US in windsurfing at five Olympic Games has been kiting for the past 8-9 years. He and a few others have been the force behind the push for kiting in the Olympics since 2009, nonetheless he’s still saddened by the departure of windsurfing from the world’s most elite sporting competition.

“I’m the first guy who would love to see windsurfing stay in the Olympics, it’s my legacy,” Gebhardt said, “I’ve literally dedicated my whole life to windsurfing. It has incredible participation and it’s got infrastructure but … really only in France, NZ, England and China. It’s non-existent in the US.”

Gebhardt thinks it’s now up to the windsurfers if the sport will grow or shrink on the bigger level but meantime, he’s got a pretty mean argument as to why kiting is the choice for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“In less than 10 knots we own the sport of sailing,” Gebhardt claimed. “In 4-5 knots, if I put an 18 meter kite up on a longer line set and the latest greatest race legal production registered IKA board (there’s at least 10 companies making them), I have the right fins on it, and I’ve trained and have good/efficient technique, I’m planing in that wind and doing more than 12 knots upwind speed, reaching more like 18-20. There’s no other craft on the planet that’s doing that including $50 million America’s Cup winged catamarans.”

In March, Gebhardt helped run the ISAF Evaluation Format Trials for kitesurfing in Santander, Spain.

Megan & Ian & little Kody, Los Barriles, Baja

Megan O’Leary and Ian Sanders own Exotikite kite school in Los Barriles on the southern Baja peninsula. O’Leary is ‘beyond thrilled’ that kiting will be represented in the 2016 Olympics.

“It’ll be huge for the sport and will make it undeniably mainstream and approachable,” she said.

It’s already pretty mainstream in Los Barriles, a retirement community where the average age is much higher than most other kiting destinations and some 80% of her students are over 50 years old.

“Many of them have lived here for years, either windsurfing, or just here because they love it, and in the past three years have to decided to kite,” O’Leary said. “Really, anyone can do it!”

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The Venezuelan national sailing authority is the latest to dissociate itself with the vote of one of its nationals at the recent ISAF Council Meeting staged in Stresa, Italy.

In a letter released today, they have expressed their disagreement with the vote of Venezuelan resident, Teresa Lara, one of seven Vice Presidents of the International Sailing Federation.

She was one of five of Vice Presidents, who are not believed to be subject to riding instructions, from their national authority, voted to have the Windsurfer removed from the slate for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

There are a total of 42 representatives on the ISAF Council including non-voting members. They represent 17 regions around the world. Each region has either a single vote, or multiple votes depending on the number of countries represented. A checking of the voting list reveals that many of the regular Councillors were not present/did not personally vote and were represented by substitutes.

Venezuela is part of Area O, covering seven countries and with two votes. It is represented by Jane Moon (Cayman Islands) and Andres Santana (Dominican Republic). Moon voted for the Kiteboard option, Santana was represented by a substitute.

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Training ends with a crash

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Russell Coutts

“Final practice session today – and we (I) need it!!! So far we are struggling to gel as a team. There’s still time to get it right. Racing starts tomorrow and the AC event will have an announcement that should be really good for sailing! Stay tuned!”

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Weather brings an end to Venice practice – here

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Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted the 2012 edition of the Champion of Champions regatta over the 11, 12 and 13th May in the Platu 25 keelboats.

Seven teams entered the 3 day regatta with 11 races started and finished across a variety of courses on Waitemata Harbour.

The Champion of Champions regatta has a long history at RAYC however hadn’t been raced for 20 years.  Past winners include names like Chris Dickson, Rod Davis and Russell Coutts.

2012 Champion of Champions – Team Elliott 5.9 – Photo by Suellen Hurling

The 2012 title went to the Team Elliott 5.9 skippered by Cameron Horne with the crew Grant McKinnon, Andrew Clarke, Phil Quinn and Andy Robertson.  They had a very successful regatta with six bullets, four seconds and a DNS in the final race of the regatta.

“We had a fantastic regatta and I’m pretty happy to be the revived Champion of Champions but definitely couldn’t have done it without my awesome crew,” said Horne.

“It’s so good to be back at RAYC racing and although the Platus are a bit of a handful, the challenge was great.

“Everything about this regatta really made it a brilliant event.  The breakfasts and huge crew lunch packs as well as the dinners and entertainment.  It was awesome to socialise with all the crews before and after racing.

“We really hope to be back next year representing the Elliott 5.9 class again!” continued Horne.

Hot on their tails finishing second was team Flying Fifteen skippered by the 1991 Champion of Champions Craig Coulam with the crew Cody Banks, Sally Garrett,  Roger Hall and Chris Field.

Wrapping up the podium places with third was team Young 88 skippered by Samantha Osbourne with a crew of Ross Masters, Grant Turnbull, Phil Yuill and John Kensington.

The teams were engaged at RAYC for the duration of the event and were the best fed sailors in Auckland!  The entry included breakfast, lunch packs and dinner for the three days with entertainment on Saturday night in the club house.

2012 Champion of Champions – Photo by Suellen Hurling

2012 Final Results
1st           Team Elliott 5.9 (Cameron Horne)
2nd          Team Flying Fifteen (Craig Coulam)
3rd           Team Young 88 (Samantha Osbourne)
4th           Team Laser (Mike Keeton)
5th           Team Farr 727 (Nathan Bonney)
6th           Team Finn (Karl Purdie)
7th           Team Platu 25 (Tristan Campbell)

Champion of Champions Honour Board
1981       Doug Elder
1982       Chris Dickson
1983       Chris Dickson
1984       Tom Dobson
1985       Rick Dobson
1986       Russell Coutts
1987       Rod Davis
1988       Rex Watson
1989       Ray Shearer
1990       Ray Shearer
1991       Craig Coulam
1992       Kelvin Harrap
2012       Cameron Horne

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Team Elliott 5.9 – Photo by Kristine Lederis

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2012 Champion of Champions – Photo by Suellen Hurling

The Pogo 2, USA 806, and it’s skipper Jerome Sammarcelli are officially entered in this summers Single Handed Transpac race from San Francisco to Hawaii! This will be the first time a Mini Transat has ever competed in the race – a historic first for Open Sailing!

“The Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race takes place on even years (biennial) from San Francisco Bay, California to beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii – a distance of 2,120 nautical miles…alone. This event has been described by some of the racers as life changing.   For others watching from a greater distance, it may seem a puzzling and amazing event.”

Follow the adventure here on Open Sailing and on Facebook on our Open Sailing Offshore Racing page.

$17 million settlement in Delaware River duck-boat deaths

After nearly two years of litigation, the families of the two Hungarian tourists killed in the July 2010 accident between a barge and a duck boat on the Delaware River will receive $15 million from the companies that owned the vessels.

“For the families, no amount can replace their priceless only children,” their lawyer, Robert Mongeluzzi, said moments after announcing the settlement in the federal case.

Szabolcs Prem, 20, and Dora Schwendtner, 16, who were visiting Philadelphia from Hungary, died in the accident.

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The Motive 25R is the first carbon fiber, production trimaran in its class. Sleek, modern and performance oriented, the Motive 25R is designed for spirited day sailing and in-shore racing. Fast and simple, the Motive 25R offers race performance in a stable, easy to sail package. Whether your goal is to win races, day sail with friends or serious fun camping and raiding adventures (R is for Raid!), the Motive 25R offers a unique mix of features that make it the ultimate performance daysailer.

The M25R’s lightweight carbon fiber construction, outer hull rudders, and modern length to beam ratio allow you to easily fly the center hull, reach speeds of 20+ knots and still accommodate up to six people. A thrill which must be experienced to be believed!

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With CAMPER’s time in the last stopover (Itajai, Brazil) cut to only a few days after the detour to Puerto Montt a number of non-essential jobs were deferred until Miami, meaning that the shore crew led by Neil Cox have a busy few days ahead of them before the boat goes back into the water on Tuesday May 15.

“It’s just a massive service of the boat from top to bottom”, says Cox.

“With the stopover in Brazil being so short and due to the fact we did stop in Puerto Montt there was work that we had to turn our back on in Brazil knowing that it would do the distance to here, and so now we have the opportunity to get to those jobs, so it’s things like a full keel service and rig check – that kind of stuff.”

Adding to the workload CAMPER must also undergo its mandatory race weigh-in while in Miami a process that can take up to three days says Cox.

“This stopover is very much about getting through the measurement/weighing process.

“For us that is a three day process, we have to get everything off the boat, weigh-in and then put it back together again. When you’ve got a stopover that’s only six days long, we’re losing three to measurement.”

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