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Yachting News 16th June 2012

Jun 16, 2012 No Comments by

Greetings yachties,

In this issue:

Owen Clarke Design Class 40 2012,

Team Korea pays entry fee for AC72,

Baltic 72 Grand Prix,

Rescuers have failed to find two men missing off the coast of Tonga,

2012 Newport Bermuda Race – on the water reports,

MC Hammer with Russell Coutts AC45,

Newport 12M to AC45 – AC Uncovered,

Sail-World UK – latest issue here,

Sail-World USA – latest issue here,

Laura Dekker – latest news here,


Owen Clarke’s fourth generation design is finished and is available from several builders as a ‘sail away’ version and also as a kit form that can be completed and fitted out anywhere.

Owen Clarke Design have been involved with the development of Class 40’s since the rule inception back in 2005 and have produced nine semi–custom and five production boats, since 2006. As well as producing the Class Champion in 2008 our designs have won or placed on the podium in events such as: Class 40 Mondial/Worlds, Route du Rhum, Round Britain and Ireland Race, Normandy Channel Race, Atlantic Cup, Bermuda Race, Marblehead-Halifax and most recently with 40 Degrees 2 in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabres.

Combining the hull design development work carried out for the Generation 3 designs of ‘Cinnamon Girl’ ( and ‘40 Degrees 2’ the latest Class 40 design offering from Owen Clarke Design shares the same hull platform, with new cockpit and deck layout options, new keel fin design and rudders, two spreader rig and structure in-line with the minimum ISAF Class 40 requirement of ISO 12215 Category A.

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Team Korea pays entry fee, hits important milestone.

San Francisco, 18/06/2012

Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year’s Louis Vuitton Cup (America’s Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America’s Cup.

“I’m very happy to see Team Korea take this next step,” said Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup. “The challenges faced by any America’s Cup team are immense; it’s just a massive project, so to see the Korean team tick another box and move to the next stage is very encouraging.”

Next, the team will need to finalize its boat design and begin building its own AC72, for which the major components must be constructed in Korea as per the Rules of the event.

Team Korea has already proven itself a solid competitor in the AC World Series and heads to the final event of the 2011-12 season in Newport this month in fifth place. The team is led by young skipper Nathan Outteridge, who made his debut in the AC45 class this past April in Naples, and proved a quick study, leading the team to good results. A strong performance in Newport could see Team Korea finish as high as fourth place in the Season Championship.

Team Korea joins Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) and Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) as challengers for the 34th America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA, led by skipper Jimmy Spithill and based in San Francisco, is the Defender.

Following a unanimous vote from the competitors the entry deadline for challengers was recently extended by two months to August 1st.

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Baltic 72 Grand Prix : A pure racing yacht

Baltic 72 Grand Prix is a joint R&D project between Baltic Yachts and Italian owner Mr. Alessandro Rombelli. The boat will be delivered in summer 2012 and was designed by Rolf Vrolijk and his esteemed judel & vrolijk design bureau to comply with the mini maxi IRC rules. Baltic 72 Grand Prix will compete with the fastest mini maxis ever built, when taking part in prestigious races around the Mediterranean in the following seasons.

The predecessor was Baltic 65 Stig, a one-off cruising/racing yacht also designed by judel/vrolijk & co and built to the highest standards by Baltic Yachts.  The owner was so impressed by the potential of this design and what the Baltic 65 Stig showed on the racing course that Mr. Rombelli decided to go full on racing this time with the same team. When designing Baltic 72 Grand Prix there was one area where the designers invested a lot of resources to improve speed and that was to get more effectiveness out of the restricted overall length of 72 foot.

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Dragon Ocean Racing

When You Can’t Tie Knots
tie lots of them

So after we snapped our sprit off Saturday around lunch time, the wind picked up to low twenties and stayed in the 110 range for the next 18 hours, until 9 AM this morning. Then the winds died and clocked a bit forward. The forecast also predicted dying breeze Sunday night, with a full rotation to blow out of the westish regions. That meant we wanted to get a bit east so post shift we could have a better angle than running, something that is not much of an option without the sprit. It also provided the benefit of covering on Icarus, Toothface and Amhas who were already east.

We got where we wanted to go, faster than expected and with the wind holding on. So…. time to figure out how to go deep.

At first we tried to jam the broken bit of sprit back into the forward bearing. No luck – the remaining aft end is jammed up in the bearing and all I got was a hand full of carbon splinters. If any one knows how to deal with those, I would be greatful.

Then, we lashed the broken bit of sprit to the deck. We had to set up a tensioning arrangement on the aft end to force the sprit into our surviving bobstay, which was in turn put on a lashing and snatch block to shorten it up for our stubby remaining sprit. Then lots of dyneema to lash the front and aft ends on the deck to keep it from sweeping from side to side or from lifting up.

There are pictures on Dragon’s facebook page (link below) since I am too impaired to figure out how to post here. Meanwhile, we are running down wind at about 150 true wind angle and 13 knots of wind speed. Our polars are back up to flirt with the 90 percent range occassionaly, and we are keeping an eye on our jury rig to make sure she does not punch through the deck.

Looks like a rainy night. Lots of storm clouds as it is getting dark out here.


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Rescuers have failed to find two men missing off the coast of Tonga after a second day of searching.

An Englishman and Australian, both in their 60s, have been missing since Thursday night when their yacht ran aground on the island of Late, near Vava’u, Tonga.

The Police in Victoria are coordinating contact with the next of kin.

RCCNZ said they will not release the names of those involved.

Brickles said survival time in the water was only 36 hours, but would be longer if lifejackets were worn.

The men had reported via a satellite phone call to a relative in Australia on Thursday night that they had run aground and their Bavaria yacht was breaking up.

An emergency locator beacon was activated at the same time, around 10.30pm.

It is understood the men, both Australian citizens, were sailing the 50ft yacht Navillus from the Caribbean to Bundaberg, Australia.

An aircraft will search the island today for signs of the men while a fishing vessel will conduct an on-water search using plans determined by RCCNZ based on drift patterns.

Conditions in the area were good for searching, Brickles said.

Crew from one fishing vessel went ashore yesterday near where the hull was found, but did not locate the men.

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Dateline: 07:09:18 ADT Bermuda: George David’s 90ft maxi Rambler has smashed the 635 mile Newport Bermuda race record, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket. The new record now stands at 39hr, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification) – an average speed of 16knots.

A delighted George David said. “These were perfect conditions. The most exciting moment was when we hit 26 knots. I’m so pleased with our performance. We have reduced the record by 25% – Not bad for a boat that is now 10 years old. This Rambler is the best boat I have ever owned!

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Newport Bermuda News Update

Yellowbrick tracking went live, early.

Saturday afternoon Race organizers of the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race decide to remove the 6-hour reporting on the event’s yacht tracking program earlier than planned. Originally, the delay period was set for 48 hours then reduced to 36 hours on the eve of the race. Now the position reporting will be set to near-real-time 15 minute intervals.

“In light of the weather conditions and the less than likely circumstances that even minor changes in tactics will take place in the next eleven hours… the end of the 36 hour announced delay period for Race Tracking,” said Chairman John Osmond. “The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) decided that in light of the historic potential of record breaking results for this 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, the tracking information from Yellowbrick will be fast forwarded to live feed within the next hour, approximately 3:00 EDT on Saturday.”

Osmond added, “Enjoy the Show.”

Fast Bermuda-bound boats hunt record

Follow the fleet on the Yellowbrick tracker system.

By Talbot Wilson

NEWPORT, R.I., June 15, 2012 – The 2012 Newport Bermuda fleet of 166 yachts is on its way to the sunny isles. First to start was the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s sail-training vessel the ‘Spirit of Bermuda’. She was the sole entry in the new Spirit of Tradition Division. She went off a half hour before the next start Class 1 in the St. Davis’s Lighthouse Division.

The final group, one 6-boat class in the Open Division, headed south at 3:30. Some Gibbs Hill Lighthouse boats expect to finish in about 43 hours. That would slash about 10 hours off of the record set in 2002 by Roy Disney’s ‘Pyewacket’. This was the first spinnaker start since the 2002 record setter.

Winds at the start were 15-17 kts out of the northeast and with the tide coming in a short chop set up winds against current. But this is nothing like what the boats that hit the Gulf Stream Friday night will encounter.

With 17 kts of northeast wind against the 3-4kt Gulf Stream coming from the southwest, the waves will stack up like walls. The big boats will be hitting 17 to 20+ kts and flying off the big waves. Like Disney did in 2002, they might have to slow down to keep from damaging the boats.

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Spirit of Bermuda led the fleet away from Newport – Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL

‘I went down below and did a few things, and went back on deck and all of a sudden it was like I was in my worst nightmare in the Southern Ocean again. There were huge waves, the seas were just seething, and it was a hell of a sight. It was an instant switch into survival mode.

‘Then we had to gybe the boat, which this crew can do with their eyes shut. But last night it took all the seamanship, and all the experience they could muster just to change the direction of the boat. It was quite a nerve wracking time.

‘The last Sked wasn’t a good one and we lost about five miles to Groupama. That’s what bought on the sail change, and we need to reel them in. There is still quite a long way to go to the finish (200nm at that point). Breakages can still occur and anything can happen.

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MC Hammer gets a ride with Russell Coutts on a AC45 / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco


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MC Hammer rode as a Guest Racer with Russell Coutts, but ended up helming the boat. “I’ve never steered a boat,” said the music and entertainment icon. “But Russell said, ‘Here, hold this!’ and gave me the helm.” Hammer, born and raised in Oakland, became the first No. 1-selling rap artist to helm an AC45. He later proclaimed on his Twitter page, “Love it!”

Hammer arrived at the team base and received a personal tour from team skipper Jimmy Spithill, the youngest winning skipper in the history of the America’s Cup. Spithill showed Hammer the team’s secret boatbuilding area where the team’s first AC72 catamaran for the 2013 America’s Cup is taking shape.

Just as Hammer was about to sign the carbon-fiber, high-tech machine one of the boat builders joked, “U can’t touch this!” Hammer’s frenetic single from the album, “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ’Em,” which was No. 1 for 21 weeks in 1990.

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