Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails 2017 Sales Staff

Dean's Diary- Extreme 40's in Qingdao - Dean Barker reports for Nexus

by Dean Barker on 19 Apr 2011
The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China. Credit: Lloyd Images Lloyd Images http://lloydimagesgallery.photoshelter.com/

Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of www.kiwiyachting.co.nz!Kiwi_Yachting_Consultants_Nexus_AB, reports from Qingdao on the recently concluded Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ finished second overall to Luna Rossa.


Final day in Qingdao

Today was the final day of the Extreme 40 event here in Qingdao, China. Conditions were very similar to yesterday with very light and fickle winds which never really got above 5 knots.

Going into today there were 5 different boats all with a chance of winning the event and with 8 races planned including a double points final race it was always going to be a tough day.

We didn't have the best start to the day making a couple of mistakes which cost us a number of points early on. However we bounced back strongly with consecutive wins to find ourselves in the lead with 3 races to sail. Prada then had to good races in a row to retake the lead and move out to a 9 point lead with the final race to sail.

In the final race we sailed very well in the light and shifty wind to post a second however Prada managed a fourth to finish 5 points ahead.


What was amazing during the day was how fortunes changed and very quickly. With 4 races to sail Alinghi were in the overall lead yet slumped in the remaining races to finish fifth. It was that close all the way through.

While I am disappointed not to win this event I am very pleased with the progress we have made even since the Oman event 1 month ago. While it is pleasing on one hand it makes us all the more determined to keep developing and improving our race skills in the multis. My instincts still have a way to go but reflecting on where we were in Almeria (final event of the 2010 ESS) in October last year it feels like we are developing along the right track.

Back to NZ tomorrow and then into some 45 sailing at home. Always nice to spend your birthday on the plane!

Day 4 In Qingdao

Today was about as different to yesterday as you could ever expect. After the heated pace of sailing in up to 30 knots today we never saw above 4kts on the race area.

Sailing in such light and flukey conditions in close confines of the shore proved to be extremely frustrating and challenging. No matter how well you think you sail there is always the element of luck required in certain situations around the course. Until the final race it felt like we had survived what was a very tough day, but after a good start at the favoured end and then sailing off to the favoured left hand side we were becalmed and rounded the first mark in last place which couldn't recover from.

Going into the final day we are now 3 points behind Prada relinquishing our lead for the first time in this event. We are tied with Alinghi so all to play for tomorrow.

Day 3 in Qingdao

Today was an incredibly eventful day on the water. It started with a very unstable wind coming off the city which couldn't really settle in any direction. The forecast was for the breeze to build which it did until the end of the day where it was gusting into the mid to high 20's.

The talk of today will be about the 4 boats that capsized during the racing. The Extreme 40's are renowned for nosediving in strong winds downwind and today there were plenty of examples of this. In the second race of the day we were close behind The Wave boat when they nosedived resulting in a violent pithchpole and the skipper Torvar Mirsky being catapaulted into the rigging but fortunately not suffering any serious injuries.

As the breeze continued to build the Race Committee called for all boats to reef and we did 2 more races in very puffy and shifty conditions. In the final race 3 boats capsized through pitchpoling and I think that was enough for the RC to decide enough racing for the day.

We had a great day on the water posting a 5,3,1,3 score to win the day and maintain our overall lead. Still very close at the front with 2 more days to go.


It brings you back to reality quickly when you see these boats having some big spills and you do fear for the safety of the guys. Fortunately there were no serious injuries to speak of today.

Looking forward to tomorrow

Day 2 in Qingdao

Today was another good day for us in similar breeze to yesterday. During the day we saw anything from 4-12 knots from E-NE and a very difficult race course.

Our placings today were 3,2,4,1,9,4 to have the third best day on the water, 1 point less than the top two boats. Our final two races were marred by OCS (over early start calls) which resulted in a ninth and a seventh placing. We were certain in the second race we were wrongly called so protested the Race Committee on the basis of an error in the line call. The International Jury agreed with the video evidence we presented and were given a fourth placing which was the average points for our other races from the day.

We still maintain our lead at this event although the margin remains at just 2 points over Red Bull and 6 points over Alinghi and Luna Rossa. This event is extremely tight and with 3 days of stadium racing ahead of us anything can happen.

Dean

To read earlier editions of Dean Barker's blog http://www.kiwiyachting.co.nz/dean-barkers-blog!click_here


Jeanneau Sunfast 660x82Sail Exchange 660x82 Used SailsNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 - It just works
Every now and then a boat just clicks. It has all the right bits, of the correct dimensions, in the appropriate places Every now and then a boat just clicks. It has all the right bits, of the correct dimensions, in the appropriate places, and out of it all you get something that simply sings. The Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 is one of these craft. It was designed and built in parallel to the other, more well known versions of the brand’s vessels, and benefits from being more geared towards performance, without going tot
Posted on 23 May
The return to Coffs!
The word is out that the new race to Coffs Harbour is on. The phoenix would run once again in the Christmas timeslot The word is out that the new race to Coffs Harbour is on. The phoenix would run once again in the traditional Christmas timeslot, and also be the much easier to digest 200 or so miles. The ‘new’ race would also be geared towards club racers, so they, and their non-pro crews could be out and back, and almost more importantly, returned to work before anyone missed them. Bring it on...
Posted on 22 May
America's Cup - Southern Spars AC50 build for Emirates Team NZ + Video
The Peter Blake skippered Steinlager 2 put Southern Spars on the map 27 years after Steinlager 2 put Southern Spars on the map with her unequalled clean sweep of the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race, Southern Spars were called on to build Emirates Team NZ's America's Cup Challenger. Here's a look behind the scenes at the composite engineering process Southern Spars employ on projects ranging from Volvo OR spars, to Olympic bike wheels to an AC50
Posted on 1 May
Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.III)
We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance. We’ve looked at what it was like to come into a disaster zone, seen the evidence of those that did the right thing, and how the area is already on the road to recovery. Now we’ll see why patience is the key in the aftermath of her fury.
Posted on 30 Apr
Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.II)
We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance. We looked at what it was like to come into a disaster zone and now we see the evidence of those that did the right thing, and how the area is already on the road to recovery.
Posted on 25 Apr
You can almost see it
The windward/leeward is great fun and a real test of your skills. True, it might be hard for the uninitiated to follow The windward/leeward is great fun and a real test of your skills. True, it might be hard for the uninitiated to follow, but then sailing is not the world’s largest spectator sport by any means. Badminton does rate higher, after all. Still, when you’re doing it, you not really worried about little racquets and small, caged up, feathered thingamabobs.
Posted on 24 Apr
She’s still here with us, and now we can be there for her
Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the one that is paramount is her effervescence. Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the one that is paramount is her effervescence. Yet it is what lies behind that which could be her most incredible characteristic. Sometimes you can almost overlook her steely determination, but not for long when you start talking with her. Catching up with her live from Cape Town surely was a vivid reminder of not only what this sailor can accomplish
Posted on 24 Apr
Gladwell's Line - Timeout in Bermuda and a decision OTUSA will regret?
With Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 now in Bermuda and being re-assembled, it is time to take a breath With Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 now in Bermuda and being re-assembled, it is time to take a breath from what has been a hectic couple of months, both in Auckland and Bermuda. The third major Practice Session has concluded in Bermuda. This was conducted almost entirely if winds of around 16-25kts - starting to get close to the top end of the range for the AC50's.
Posted on 20 Apr
Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience
This all stems from the learnings in the widely read, ‘Debbie says there are 7 Ps and 1 C with insurance’. This all stems from the learnings in the widely read, ‘Debbie says there are 7 Ps and 1 C with insurance’. As time unfolds some more, we learn that indeed there are a lot of reasons you need to apply patience with both your dealings with your insurance company, and also all the many trades that are working feverishly to get all the jobs done.
Posted on 19 Apr
America's Cup - Glenn Ashby on hitting the AC50's sound barrier
These boats are incredible. The performance that can be achieved in light airs is the amazing thing. The big difference between the AC72, the America's Cup Class, used in the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco and the smaller AC50 to be sailed in Bermuda, lies in their light and medium air performance. 'These boats are incredible. The performance that can be achieved in light airs is the amazing thing. In 7-8-9-10 knots of breeze, you are sailing at 30kts at times.
Posted on 18 Apr