In this issue:
Becky Scott – Trophée Marié Agnés Peron ,
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Farr one design?
RC44 – Austria Cup 2012,
KOREA MATCH CUP – live racing day 4 here
Sail Noumea Auckland & Brisbane – in real life and online – yellowbrick tracker here,
Brixham Heritage Regatta,
Global Ocean Race – latest news here,
Volvo Ocean Race – leg 7 finish,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Asian Yachting News – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Jimmy Spithill – new website here,
Louis Vuitton Cup 2000 final between AmericaOne and Prada Luna Rossa,
Volvo Ocean Race 2014 : a Farr One Design for the next edition !
Shunned by the American public, the stopover in Miami (Florida) of the Volvo Ocean Race has not been by international actors of offshore racing, together gathered for a sort of G20. Just before the start of the seventh stage to Lisbon, a summit meeting has helped to refine the contours of the next round the world race, which will start in autumn 2014. Volvo Cars and Volvo Group have confirmed their support, but – according to our informations – required two minimum requirements : at least eight boats at the start (they are only six this year), and a real cost reduction. One can easily imagine that the reliability aspects (hull, rigging …) was also discussed and weighed in the balance.
Exit the VO 70 !
After 60 ORMA trimarans replaced by MOD70, and pending the decision of the IMOCA (26 June), which is working on the possibility of a one design (maybe Farr ?) to succeed the current 60 feet, the next Volvo Ocean Race will be run with… one design.
According to our sources, and according to the specification which provides a drastic reduction of costs, it will be a shorter boat – from 60 to 65 feet (against 70 today), probably around 62 feet -, heavier and stronger, less shipping and teammates.
It seems clear that there has not been much consultation with architects in vogue for this future “Volvo One Design” : it is the legendary Farr Yacht Design who will sign the new boat, combined with four considered shipyards : Multiplast in France for bridges, Decision in Switzerland for various strutural elements, Persico in Italy and Green Marine in England for assembly. Masts, rudders and daggerboards are under discussion.
Juan Kouyoumdjian not included
Robertson Carries Hot Form into Korea Quarter Finals
Gyeonggi, South Korea – 01 June, 2012: A strong field of the world’s top match racers has been whittled down to eight at the Korea Match Cup. Young Kiwi Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing lead the pack ahead of current Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar at the second event of this season’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
Phil Robertson took victory at the recent Match Race Germany and has left himself with the best possible chance of repeating that win, topping Qualifying ahead of Ian Williams and 2011 Korea Match Cup Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team.
A shifting 9 knot breeze resulted in a number of course changes throughout the day and in Robertson’s penultimate qualifying match with Williams, penalties were an influential factor. Robertson, said: “I think the defining moments of that one were the penalties. It was a really good win for us and we knew it was going to be the biggest match of the day. It was a stunner and the penalties kept it pretty close to the end.”
Having received a penalty early in the match after an aggressive luff from Robertson, Williams managed to offset it around the top mark in a manoeuvre which meant Robertson also carried one additional penalty into the crucial latter stages. He ultimately managed to take his penalty on the final upwind leg and retain his lead.
“Having the chance to pick our[Quarter Final] opponents puts us in a much stronger position and we know the guys are all really, really good but we have the opportunity to try and get the least experienced guy left.”
“This is the perfect start for us and it’s a good place to be in right now.”
Williams Takes Command
Gyeonggi, South Korea – 31 May, 2012: Current Tour Champion Ian Williams looks set to progress to the knockout rounds after taking pole position after the second Qualifying Session at the Korea Match Cup 2012, recording 6 wins and 1 loss so far.
Williams took a confidence-boosting victory over Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, whose record four World Championships he is chasing down this season. “We always have an exciting race against Peter! Sometimes he doesn’t feel that he’s been in the race unless he’s had a couple contacts between the boats. He used the new rules well by forcing a collision and managing to wipe his penalty straight away.”
His only loss of the event came against Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match in controversial circumstances, Williams claiming that the starting boat had dragged its anchor and skewed the line. The subsequent request for redress was unsuccessful and Williams, said: “We were disappointed with the loss against Laurie [Jury]. When the race committee boat drifts like that and moves the line, it’s frustrating not to get a redress but that’s how it goes.”
“Today’s results should take us to the Quarter Finals, which was the first challenge. We’re sailing well and we’re getting used to the new rules.”
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Team Korea are heading the chasing pack in the qualification table, ending the day 6-2. Robertson continues his hot run of form, having taken a victory at the first event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour season, Match Race Germany.
Mirsky competes with a crew who haven’t done a lot of sailing together previously, but he doesn’t think that’ll harm his chances: “We’ve not sailed together that much before but we’re gelling on well as a team and all the guys are successful sailors so we feel competitive and positive about our chances.
“If we get everything right, we’ve got a team strong enough to finish at the pointy end in the next few days.
“It’s refreshing to be back at a Tour event. I’m not a Tour Card Holder this year but it’s great representing Team Korea, in Korea. I’m loving it so far.”
Sail Noumea 2012 – Brisbane
G’day and welcome to Brisbane and the start of the Australian leg of Sail Noumea 2012. SOL is racing First 47.7s the 823nm from Brisbane to Noumea.
Race start: Jun 03rd 03:00 utc
Race status: Practice sailing. Race starts 03/06-03.00UTC. Currently 115 boats registered.
Sail Noumea 2012 – Auckland
Welcome to the New Zealand leg of Sail Noumea 2012. We will race the 983nm from Auckland to Noumea in competition with the legendary Steinlager ll!
Race start: Jun 02nd 02:00 utc
Race status: Practice sailing. Race starts 02/06-02.00UTC. Currently 120 boats registered.
Start photos by Suellen Hurling
Sleeping on the rail – Vodafone style
On the water action from CG, Vic and Juju sailing this year on Victorious
The Brixham Heritage Regatta including the Classic Boat Race has its roots in the Sailing Trawler races that have been held in Torbay since the early 1800’s. In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the ‘King George V Cup’ or the ‘Kings Cup’, to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons. This was competed for annually from 1919 until 1939 when the war ended racing, it was not re-started for almost 60 years.
The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta was revived by enthusiasts in 1997 and is traditionally held on the Friday and Saturday of the late May Bank Holiday, but this will change for one year in 2012. The Bank Holiday is being moved this year to be included in a four day weekend to allow for the celebration of Her Majesty the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Consequently, the 2012 Heritage Regatta will take place over the Jubilee weekend, on the Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June. Under the organisation of the Heritage Sailing Committee, the event will once again be hosted by Brixham Yacht Club.
2011 fleet, photo by Tim Corbett
First photos of this years regatta
Photos by JuJu from SOL
Vic checking the weather
Yachtyakka roving reporter and seasoned yachtie Crox Girl
Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson heaped praise on his sailors and shore team for their incredible effort in Leg 7, missing out on fifth place by 15 minutes — but could not hide his frustration that no matter what they do, they lack the killer edge due to their second-generation boat.
Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand celebrate at the end of leg 7, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race
“We wrung the boat’s neck – there’s nothing left in the tank, I can assure you of that” – Mike Sanderson, Team Sanya
“I am incredibly proud of the boys — that’s the whole team, not just the sailors,” the New Zealander said moments after docking in Lisbon in the early hours of Friday. “The boat was immaculate, the guys sailed it beautifully. We’ve got nothing left in the tank. We can do no more.
“The problem though, the only little sad bit, is that we’re not quite fast enough so that when we do something right we’re able to get back in the mix. When we do something right it lets us catch up with the fleet. When others do something right it lets them win or get on the podium.
“We did a few pretty nice moves in this leg but all it does is get us back in the fleet. Then eventually the fleet drags away from us. If only we could be a little bit faster so that we could be in the hunt more often…”
photo Ian Roman/ Volvo Ocean Race
A brutal result – CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson blogs from Lisbon here
ABU DHABI FIND THE ESCAPE ROUTE
31/05/2012 8:05:13 UTC
DTL DTLC BS DTF
1 ADOR 0.00 0 14 210.2
2 GPMA 17.60 2 13 227.8
3 PUMA 24.40 5 8.3 234.5
4 CMPR 41.30 5 10.7 251.4
5 SNYA 43.30 6 8.5 253.5
6 TELE 43.70 12 1.7 253.9
Overnight, the racing for the six-boat fleet approaching the finish of Leg 7 from Miami to Lisbon in Portugal has been some of the most intense in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) closed to within 0.4 nm of leg leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) at 0100 GMT this morning, pushing PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) to third place, but as the night wore on and the wind strength gradually improved, signalling the exit route of the no-wind ridge, optimism returned to Ian Walker and his men.
As forecast, the breeze dropped away to almost nothing overnight, but at 0500 GMT the northerly side of the course began to look promising. With a lateral separation of 75 nm between Abu Dhabi in the north and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) in the south, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA), part of the northerly trio which included Sanya (Mike Sanderson/NZL), had regained second place from Groupama, 13.1 nm behind the leader. However, there is still just shy of 225 nm of tricky sailing yet to be had and the outcome is by no means certain.
“We’re not any surer of how things will play out than we were 12 hours ago,” commented navigator Jules Salter as the team concentrated on keeping Azzam rumbling along.
At 0600 GMT it was all change again, as Groupama regained second place while Abu Dhabi played every cloud, looking for acceleration with the small wind shifts and re-stacking the sails every 30 minutes for hours on end.
At 0700 GMT, with 224 nm to go to the finish line, Abu Dhabi were heading towards Lisbon at 12 knots, drawing out their lead to 15.2 nm over Groupama, who were only managing 9.7 knots.
In third, PUMA were slower still at 8 knots (+19.1 nm), while Telefónica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) were struggling to make six knots of boat speed. Sanya, still way up north, were 37 nm behind the leaders and making eight knots.
In his missive to race headquarters this morning, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker reported that all is calm onboard and much less intense than expected given the position the team are in, however he expects the last miles to the finish to be a big challenge.
“It appears that we now have to contend with a fairly light wind run to Lisbon, including what could be a very tricky finish at night in the River Tagus,” he said. “This could test everybody’s nerves – especially at night and against the current. It is certainly nice to be in contention in the last few hundred miles of a leg, and no more than this team deserves.