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Stamm versus Knox-Johnson - Chalk & Cheese racing!

There could be no better example of the contrasting conditions and attitudes in the Velux 5 Oeans race than that of Bernard Stamm and Sir Robin Knox-Johnstone.

In a recent email, Sir Robin waxed lyrical: Lovely sailing day yesterday afternoon, boat going nicely, sunny, had my happy hour drink in the cockpit thinking of Pip and Sharpey's vineyard and sitting outside with a glass or wine and BBQ, putting the world to rights - very relaxing.

While at the front of the fleet, Bernard Stamm has a comfortable lead and reported: For three days, Cheminees Poujoulat has been confronted with a chaotic sea and important variations of wind in force (18 to 40 knots) and in direction (50°).

There are coarse grains with hail and snow, when that goes up, it is necessary to hurry to reduce, I do not have much respite.

Stamm leads the five remaining competitors by over 1,600 miles.

To the winner goes the spoils and by arriving in Australia 30 days ahead of Sir Robin, Stamm was able to fully overhaul his boat and prepare for the second leg, expected to be the most difficult. While Sir Robin arriving later had only a short time to work on his boat, which had been damaged on the first leg and suffered numerous electronic and equipment problems.

The result of this was that within 24 hours of the restart, Sir Robin was forced to pit stop to fix continuing problems with the auto pilot units and then lost essential weather information links, whilst Stamm, despite some niggling problems was able to build another huge lead - 2,797 miles ahead of Saga.

Unfortunately for Stamm and for the race organisers, the two competitors expected to be challenging him (Golding and Thomson) for the lead went out in the first leg, providing excellent dramatic media coverage at that point, but leaving a competitive void.

It seems that only the weather and further attrition can effect the result now.


ISAF and Saving the Planet - How many trees will they plant?

The ISAF has its next Mid Year Meeting 2007 in Paris, France. The website describes it thus:

Gaze rapturously at its breezy boulevards, impressive monuments, great works of art and magic lights. Savour its gourmet selection of cheese, chocolate, wine and seafood.

As the old song says, Paris is at its best in springtime.

Professor Julian Crane of Otago Univercity calculated that the recent 17,240 doctors attending the European Respiratory Society's annual congress in Munich had a - carbon cost - of 40 million kgs of carbon dioxide, requiring 784,000 trees to absorb it. This is without the trees destroyed to produce the conference publications.

Now, I am sure that the ISAF delagates will be busy calculating how many trees they need to plant before they jet off to Paris - not forgetting Athens in November - maybe I should get some shares in a tree nursery.

Gerald New - UK Editor




Primo Cup - Trophée Credit Suisse Open - Final
By Sail-World UK,
The first weekend of the Primo Cup - Trophée Credit Suisse opened the International Monohull Racing Season in Europe. This weekend the Dragon, Star, J24, Surprise and Laser SB3 raced over four days at the Yacht Club de Monaco... [more]


Final Race in Australian 18ft Skiff Championship
By Frank Quealey,
Micah Lane, Jack Macartney and Drew Waller became the new Australian 18ft Skiff Champions when they brought their Macquarie Real Estate-sponsored skiff home in second place in today’s final race of the regatta on Sydney Harbour.... [more]


Sir Robin's 50th anniversary at sea
By RKJ,
Sir Robin remembers the day he first went to sea - 50 years ago - with the British India Steam Navigation Co's Cadetship Chindwara. His first voyage was to East Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope as the Suez Canal was still blocked at that time... [more]

Renard Systems Brass Monkey - Race 3
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the third race of the Brass Monkey series sponsored by Renard Systems on Sunday 4 February. The day saw improving visibility but deteriorating wind with a fairly strong spring tide and 15 yachts in the three IRC classes took part in the race... [more]


Images from Final Race 505 Worlds - 1
By Sail-World,
Images from Final Race 505 Worlds... [more]


Finn and Radial North American Championships
By Sail-World UK,
The North American Championships for Olympic classes continues with the Finn and Laser Radial classes. Racing is taking place at the Lauderdale YC, Fort Lauderdale, from the 1 to 4 February... [more]


Yngling and 49er North American Championships
By Sail-World UK,
The North American Championships for Olympic classes continues with the Yngling and 49er classes. Racing is taking place on Biscayne Bay, Miami, from the 1 to 4 February... [more]


Paprec-Virbac launched in New Zealand
By Media,
Jean-Pierre Dick’s brand new monohull, Paprec-Virbac, has just been launched in Tauranga, New Zealand. Paprec-Virbac’s design team has once again shown a great deal of innovation - the most important feature is the addition of an adjustable trim tab under the hull at the stern... [more]

Hagara and Steinacher take North American Tornado
By D Bundock,
The double Olympic Gold medallists, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria started the day in fifth place and finished it as North American Champions. A final day series of 4, 2, 1 gave them the open title. Britain's Leigh McMillan finished sixth... [more]


Ed Baird wins UBS Dubai Defender Trials round 1
By Media,
Ed Baird (SUI-91) and his crew won two races today to draw even on points with Peter Holmberg. In order to break the tie, the race committee reverted to the boat that won the last race... [more]


Puravarna Phang Nga Bay Regatta
By Event Media,
The annual Phang Nga Bay Regatta, now Asia’s second biggest sailing event after the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, has a new naming sponsor. Puravarna, an ambitious, high-end villa and resort development in Nai Harn Bay, Phuket, employing exceptionally beautiful designs, has signed on as the major sponsor of this colourful, lifestyle regatta... [more]


Dee Caffari calls in sports science experts
By Media,
Dee Caffari has teamed up with a team of sports science experts from her former University, Leeds Metropolitan, to shape her into the ultimate professional sailor for the Vendee Globe... [more]


Stamm climbs mast but maintains hot pace
By Media,
Race and leg leader Bernard Stamm last night reported a problem at the top of the mast of Cheminees Poujoulat. Isolated from land and the other competitors deep in the Southern Ocean, the Swiss skipper was forced to climb the mast to haul down his mainsail - Stamm maintained his 1,475 mile lead and is back up to speed sailing at 18 plus knots... [more]


Revolving Doors at RORC
By RORC,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has confirmed that Colin Gruar who joined the Club in September 2006 as CEO has left their employment. The Club has started the process of seeking a replacement CEO... [more]


Steve Mitchell joins Team Shirley Robertson
By Media,
Steve Mitchell has joined Team Shirley Robertson as a key member of their coaching team. Mitchell recently split with Iain Percy after several years of Star sailing together which included winning the Worlds and representing Great Britain in the Star class at the Athens Olympics.... [more]


Final day of SAP 505 World Championship
By Sail-World UK,
Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbaek of Denmark, the new 505 World Champions, took a day off from the final race of the SAP 505 World Championships held at the Brighton & Seacliff YC, Australia... [more]


French sink Australians - Tornado North Americans
By Event Media/Sail-World,
The 2006 World Champions and Rolex Miami OCR champions Bundock and Ashby (AUS) were hit (hard) by the French team of Guichard and Guyader in Race 3 and their Tornado sank. The French team retired from the race... [more]


Saugmann & Ramsbaek win SAP 505 World Championship
By Jordan Spencer /Sail-World UK,
It's all over bar the shouting - Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbaek of Denmark are the 2007 SAP 505 World Champions. The final race will take place Friday and there may well be some shouting as the runners-up fight for the remaining podium places... [more]

Torvar Mirsky wins Warren Jones Regatta
By John Roberson,
Torvar Mirsky of the Royal Perth Yacht club won a cliff-hanger final series, to become the first Western Australian skipper to take the 2007 International Warren Jones Youth Regatta.... [more]


Cruising in Caribbean, a Sydney Hobart star
By Nancy Knudsen,
The wind is always there and always from the east, and the island string we follow runs north south for a never ending beam reach…the showers come in small passing squalls that freshen the days full of sunshine…the anchorages are all westward facing so there are no lee shores…the water is clear aqua in the anchorages and plenty of firm sand to anchor in… is this why they call the Caribbean heaven?... [more]


ITA-99 is Christened in Valencia
By Mascalzone Latino media,
As required by the ACC Rule, ITA-99 was built in Italy by Marine Composite of Andora, Savona and was then transferred to Green Marine of Lymington, UK where it underwent the final fit-out. Green Marine is a world leader in composite construction... [more]

Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta confirmed for 2007
By Event media,
The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes today confirmed that it will hold the 2007 Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th June inclusive... [more]


l’Hydroptère closes on 48.7 knot sailing speed record
By hydroptere media,
Last week (25 Jan), l’Hydroptère reached the record speed of 47.2 knots and, according to their measurement system, she beat the 500 meter distance record in her category as well as the absolute record for the nautical mile... [more]


Vrolijk designs new Mean Machine Volvo Open 70
By Volvo media,
The fact that the Alinghi designer Rolf Vrolijk has been named as the man to bring the Mean Machine Volvo 70 to life is no coincidence. Over the last 20 years a considerable number of the team’s successes have had the Vrolijk touch... [more]


Hot competition for Volvo Chinese stopover
By ISAF,
At least five ports are vying for the honour of hosting a Chinese stopover in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, meaning these are heady days for the commercial team as negotiations continue apace with prospective ports in the outposts on the new race route.... [more]


Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's 40th Anniversary
By Jill Campbell,
The yachtsmen and women, boats and classes that have shaped the history of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and international sailing will gather together in Porto Cervo throughout a year of celebratory events to mark the 40th anniversary of the Club’s foundation. The festivities will commence with a formal ceremony on 12 May 2007, forty years to the day that His Highness the Aga Khan, President of the YCCS to this day... [more]


B&Q Taipei-HK Record broken
By Eric Frotier de Bagneux / Sail World Asia,
Ellen MacArthur passed through Hong Kong in April last year, just one call on the so-called Asian Record Circuit. B&Q wandered slowly from Japan to (eventually) Singapore with stops that included Qingdao, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong.... [more]


Freeport Marine Frostbite Series - Jersey
By Bill Harris,
Westerly winds, gusting to thirty-eight knots, greeted the brave few that turned out for the final race in Jersey's Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's Freeport Marine Frostbite Series held on Sunday 21 January... [more]


Disappointing British Olympic Team?
By ukeditor@sail-world.com,
Has it come to this? - one news site headlined the results of the British Olympic squad at the Miami regatta – 'Disappointing result for Skandia Team GBR' It seems that nine medals across 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes is now considered something of a disaster for the British team members... [more]


Nine medals for Great Britain at Miami OCR
By RYA media,
British sailors came away with five medals from the final day’s races at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Saturday, bringing their regatta total to nine across the 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes... [more]


RS800 gets a make-over - New hull revealed
By Sail-world UK,
An updated version of the RS800 asymmetric, two man trapeze dinghy has been doing the rounds to find out the reaction of the present owners. Originally designed as a 49er for the ordinary club sailor, the RS800 has reached a crisis point in its life. The owners have presented a number of points of contention to the builders, LDC and the builders have responded with a revamped hull... [more]

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