Cover photo by Chris Cameron
Malcolm Keremoma, Matt Maihi, Sarah Gray, Grant Dalton, Mandy Barker, Dean Barker, Ken Kerehoma and Alec Hawke at the naming ceremony of Emirates Team New Zealands second AC72. 4/2/2013
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ETNZ – AC 72 boat 2,
.Asian Marine Scene News Wrap – Go Yachting Episode 15,
Oracle Update – more here,
Team SCA – video and images here,
ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered – capsized,
Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2013 – Day 1 & 2,
WA State Blokart Championships – Lake Walyungup,
Russell Coutts talks to Vsail.info about the RC44, the America’s Cup and Oracle Racing – here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Team SCA begins selecting best ever all-female crewSCAs quest to put together the best all-female team for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 begins this weekend. The first tranche of international female candidates depart Southampton for a five-day sea trial to the Team SCA training camp at Puerto Calero in Lanzarote, Spain.
ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered capsized. Javier Sanso in his liferaft awaiting rescue
This Sunday morning 3rd February around 1049hrs UTC two distress beacons of ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered, skippered by Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso which is racing in the Vendée Globe non stop solo round the world race were triggered. The alarms were received at 1052hrs UTC.
At 1049hrs UTC the boat was positioned at 31° 59.00 N 27 26.24 W, so 500 miles west of Madeira and 360 miles south of the Azores island of Sao Miguel
Weather conditions in the area that Sanso was sailing were a NE’ly wind of 15kts. The boat was racing upwind in a moderate trade winds swell. Prior to the incident all was reported to be well on board, only minutes before Sanso had e-mailed a daily report to Race Direction.
Javier Sanso rescued:
“It all happened so quickly. Suddenly, when on deck and about to let out a reef, there was a sudden bang that made the boat the boat shake and the boat heeled over suddenly, which threw me in the water before I could react. From the water I saw how the boat continued to heel over fast and then roll. I was able to swim up to the transon and activate the life raft, which I got into. I remained in the raft all afternoon and well into the evening. I made the most of the daylight hours to try and dry out my clothes a bit. But due to the strong swell, was unable to tie on to the boat so quickly started to drift away from her.
At 1800 I spotted the Maritime Rescue aircraft that I did signal with a flare. The sighting of the aircraft greatly reassured me and gave me the confidence to know that everything was working and who was managing the emergency properly.
About 2355 I heard again the sound of engines and watched a helicopter maneuvering near the boat, away from my position about two miles. The night was dark and for a moment I doubted that they had sighted me. After lighting my last flare the helicopter headed toward me, a rescue swimmer jumped into the water and I put in a harness for hoisting. In the helicopter a doctor examined me and found that I was in good physical condition.