In this issue:
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race,
Sailing for SOS,
Volvo Ocean Race – Pro-Am and In-Port Race day’s in Lorient,
Volvo Ocean Race – Live feed In-port Race and Leg 9 start,
Volvo 65 one Design – It’s not going to work. - Juan Kouyoumdjian,
AC45 – Newport – ETNZ crash out,
SpeedDream – out of the mould,
World on Water,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2012 – Day 1, 2 & 3,
The scene is set for another classic J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, as big breezes and some impressively large yachts promise to make the 81st running of the event on Saturday June 30 another superb spectacle.
On the eve of the 50-mile race, which sets off at 0700 hrs tomorrow from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, a pre-event press conference saw the skippers of the two largest monohulls take to the stage.
With 60-foot and around 100 years of yacht design between them, ICAP Leopard and Eleonora represent two very different styles of sailing but both will be competing in the IRC 0 class tomorrow, starting first among the 1,600 plus boats competing in Britain’s largest yacht race.
The modern racing yacht ICAP Leopard is the current monohull race record holder. This 100ft Farr Supermaxi, helmed by Mike Slade, set the current track record at 3 hrs 53 mins 05 secs, in 2008, and will be here to defend her title. Owner Mike Slade commented, “It would be nice to beat our own record tomorrow but looking at the conditions out there today, it is going to be a real bash. We are hoping for about 18-20kts. From our point of view we are looking at getting round safely. A gybe around St Catherine’s Point will be lively!”
JuJu and Maggie Sail around Newport
SOLer JuJu is racing in yacht Maggie in a classic circumnavigationi of an island. JuJu challenges SOLers to beat him to the end of this 46nm course.
Seems JuJu’s tracker has lost connection with the satellite
Photo by JuJu
SOL regular CG gets ready for some real life yachting
The international media assembled in Lorient ahead of the resumption of competitive action this weekend got a final chance to hear how the skippers were planning to approach the Bretagne In-Port Race on Saturday and Leg 9 to Galway starting the following day, at today’s press conference.
This is what they had to say:
Franck Cammas – Groupama skipper
“It is going to be hard to finish this race. Yes, we are in a good position but there is a lot to do to win the race. We are glad to be in first place at this point, it is better than we expected at the start of the race.
“Local knowledge is useful of course — it is always good to know the neighbourhood, but all the other competitors are capable of working out the waters off Lorient.
“Our strategy for Leg 9 depends on how the in-port race goes. We will see how we stand after that, and if we don’t need to win the leg we will perhaps change our strategy. For example, it is easier to know that third is enough rather than to have to win, but we will have to wait and see.
“This is our first time in the Volvo Ocean Race and since the beginning we have had to learn all the time, and we are still learning. We have learned about the boat and learned about tactics and strategy. This race is about the team who makes the least mistakes. We have to keep on learning, even on Leg 9 to the finish.”
Ken Read – PUMA skipper
“Lorient is a famous sailing venue. I have sailed all my life but I have never sailed here so this is a pleasure.
“On the water, Lorient throws everything at you: big breeze; light winds; currents; and that makes for a great sailing venue. On the shore, good food and good wine — what’s not to like about this place?
(On the new boat announcement) “The future of the Volvo Ocean Race depends on new teams. We simply have to have more teams. The race has been given new life. I applaud the Volvo board for what they have done. It is a bold move and there was really no choice. It is better to have a race than not have a race.”
In-port Race Winners
Sailing For SOS was born of desperation. The desperation came from knowing that I was living the life of the status quo with a nice house and a good job, but wanting nothing that I would find at the end of that path. Wealth, corporate success, and all the trappings that come with it became just that in my mind, trappings. Sailing For SOS is the result of choosing to break free from all expectations, including those I held for myself, and living the extraordinary life of my dreams.
Pierre Orphanidis from VSail.info talks to Juan Kouyoumdjian about the Volvo Ocean Race (Part I)
“It’s not going to work. You can quote me on that” - Juan Kouyoumdjian
The following is a small selection of the innerview – a must read!
VSail.info: Talking of stopovers, wouldn’t the Sanya team have more chances in a one-design race? Their boat is the slowest of the fleet, so no matter how brilliant sailors they might be, they have an inherent disadvantage.
Juan Kouyoumdjian: You will have the same situation with one-design, even more. With a one-design boat you will guarantee that the richest team will win. They will hire the best sailors first and, by the way, their salaries will double. I salute this because I think they weren’t paid enough to sail around the world in the conditions they do it. They seem to be lucky now and at least they should expect their salaries to double or triple. Not only that but the costs of refinements, whether it’s the sails, the mast tube, the trim of the boat, will go up.
Even a Laser gets refined and in the Laser world if you have more money and you are better prepared, you win. If that happens in the Laser class do you really think it won’t happen with a canting-keel 65 footer? This is definitely going to be the case. Maybe this is what we should do! We could be hired to optimize the one-design! Can you imagine that scenario?
VSail.info: Wouldn’t that depend on what the rules allow you to do on a boat?
Juan Kouyoumdjian: Pierre, we could do it right now on a Laser! If we can do it on a Laser, don’t you think we can do much more on a brand new canting-keel 65-footer? The concept of one-design is a utopia, it’s infeasible. Again, if, I say if, they allow a two-boat team, they are guaranteed to win because they will have the best sailors and the best boats.
It’s not going to work. You can quote me on that. I haven’t thought about it much but the more I think about it the more I’m convinced it’s not going to work. The announcement is very nice but the reality is that it’s not going to work. Still, it depends on your definition of the word “work”.
……………………………VSail.info: That’s why I asked at the beginning whether what you express here is sour grapes. You didn’t get the job, someone else got it and your design office is left out of a sector where you, undeniably, had great success.
Juan Kouyoumdjian: Why do you assume that we didn’t get THE job? We have already been asked to optimize the one-design. If we wish, we can be involved again.
VSail.info: Are you saying that a potential future team has asked your office to optimize the Volvo one-design?
Juan Kouyoumdjian: Yes, in the case it was going to be a one-design.
Identical yachts to save costs for next challenge
By Dana Johannsen
Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton thinks more can be done to drive down team budgets for Volvo Ocean Race competitors.
As the teams gear up for the final leg of the 2011/12 race, Volvo race management have unveiled sweeping changes for the next two editions – the most significant of which will see the teams sail in identical yachts.
The plans detailed by VOR chief executive Knut Frostad at a presentation in Lorient yesterday, will significantly reduce the cost of mounting a competitive campaign and are aimed at increasing the size of the fleet in future editions.
Similar to the way in which the America’s Cup World Series currently operates in the AC45s, each team will buy the same standard platform 65-foot (19.8m) monohull racing yacht.
The yachts, which are designed by United States-based Farr Yacht Design and constructed by a consortium of boatyards in the UK, France, Italy and Switzerland, can be bought “ready to sail” at a cost expected to be around €4.5 million ($7.1 million) – about a 30 per cent reduction in what it cost to design and build a boat for the current campaign.
ORACLE TEAM USA dominates the day
Spithill wins fleet race; Coutts victory sets up all-American Match Race Final
Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA crew couldn’t have had a better afternoon of racing at the AC World Series in Newport on Friday. First, they won their match race to advance to the Final on Sunday. Then, Spithill’s team stole a win in the fleet race with an impressive, last minute passing move, to deny the Kiwi team a storybook victory.
“We got off the starting line well and the boys just dug in the whole way around and never gave up,” Spithill said. “We thought we had a shot at it (making the late pass), it was just a fantastic race track. There were a lot of passing opportunities out there; it was never over. But full credit to Team New Zealand, they did a lot of work last night and they got out there and were straight up to pace.”
Emirates Team New Zealand made an impressive recovery from Thursday’s capsize and wing damage, bursting out of the starting gate to lead the fleet race from the first mark until the very final moments, when Spithill pounced, to grab a seven second victory.
But the second place finish will be a measure of consolation for Dean Barker’s team which had spent much of Thursday night in the boat shed, repairing damage to the wing that was incurred after it filled with water following the capsize. The team launched before noon on Friday with a fully repaired wing, ready to race, and eager to prove they could challenge for the top of the table.
“For us it was important to put it all back together on the water today,” Barker said. “The guys really battled hard all through the night last night. There was a lot of damage and it was a massive effort just to make the start today. It would have been nice to give them a win, but second is okay.”
Photos by Chris Cameron
What started as a show of support by the group wearing Emirates Team New Zealand shirts and waving a couple of New Zealand flags soon became a working bee. The group of Aucklanders were standing opposite the base as the shore crew began the task of assessing their damage and starting repairs on the wingsail in preparation for the next day day’s racing.
One thing led to another. Chris (Curly) Salthouse, who was on the water when the cat capsized and led the recovery effort, recognised a couple of familiar faces – Auckland sparmakers Scott Randell and Trent Cunningham.
As Scott Randell tells it, they felt bad about the capsize and even worse about standing around watching other people work. “We felt we should be doing something to help to get the team back racing on Friday.” Curly was only too happy to oblige. And after a very brief induction, the nine-strong party of travellers got to work stripping the broken wing alongside both the shore and sailing team.
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