18-Footers, OD and a mast walk—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
High-performance sailing news has been dominated recently by the Australian 18-Footers League's famous JJ Giltinan Trophy, which is currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. Here, many of the world's best skiff sailors have assembled to determine bragging rights in a class that often blurs the line between sailing and flying.
|2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 3 - 2014 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 3 Craig Greenhill|
Racing began at the JJ Giltinan Trophy on February 28 and continues through March 9, but-unlike many other world championships or other high-level regattas-each of the event's seven days of racing contests a different trophy. Race Three (AKA the Alan Cole Memorial Trophy) took place yesterday on Sydney Harbor in light, fickle airs.
According to reports, Kiwi-flagged sailors Alex Vallings, Chris Kitchen and Joshua McCormack, sailing aboard 'C-Tech', proved to be the fastest in the sticky conditions, followed by fellow Kiwis David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald and Mark Overington, sailing aboard 'Yamaha', while Australians Jonathan Whitty, Aron Everett and James Hozack, sailing aboard 'Lumix' rounded out the Alan Cole Memorial Trophy podium.
|C-tech heads for the finish line as the rest of the fleet follow - JJ Giltinan Championship 2014 Australian 18 Footers League ©|
'We have done a lot of work on boat handling and it was good to see it pay off. With the new fleet in Auckland, we are getting very competitive, and even more, with four new boats,' said 'Yamaha's' David McDiarmid. 'We are all pretty small, and the light weight doesn't seem to hurt in these conditions. We were all three-stringing before anyone else.'
'Lumix's' Jonathan Whitty sounded elated at his results but spent from the day's taxing conditions. 'We are really happy with the way we went,' said Whitty. 'The crew are stoked. We are mentally exhausted. It was hard to stay in front of the other two boats. They were very slippery and always getting the inside lane.'
Get the full report from the JJ Giltinan Trophy, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website this week for the more news from the Australian 18-Footers League, as it unfurls.
|87th Bacardi Cup Starts on Biscayne Bay - 87th Bacardi Cup 2014 Cory Silken|
Meanwhile, in Miami, One Design sailors racing Stars, J/70s, Melges 20s, Viper 640s, and VX Ones are enjoying a midwinter's respite from the cold, cold northland, at the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (March 2-8). According to reports, yesterday's racing took place in light breezes that tested nerves and patience as the various fleets made their ways around their courses. Conditions are forecasted to be a bit stronger today, but all sailors can expect to hone their light-air tools during this high-octane regatta. Get the full report, including the news on the seven Star teams that were black-flagged in yesterday's racing, inside this issue.
|Pictures of Alex Thomson the skipper of the Hugo Boss IMOCA Open 60 race yacht walking up the mast of his yacht whilst sailing.
Credit - Lloyd Images/Alex Thomson Racing Lloyd Images/Alex Thomson Racing
Meanwhile, in offshore-related news, British solo sailor Alex Thomson has made world headlines and top social media feeds with his impressive 'walk' up the mast of his IMOCA 60, 'Hugo Boss'. This must-watch video is far better experienced than described, but-suffice it to say-Thomson's Hugo Boss suit might require a bit of dry-cleaning work. Don't miss this great video-as well as some of Thomson's previous 'adventures', inside this issue.
|Rambler 90 (Bella Mente & Shockwave - RORC Caribbean 600 Race 2014 RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com |
Also inside, get the full report on the J/70 class' first World Championship (September 8th to 13th), don't miss the latest news from Team Australia-the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup-and be sure to check out the post-racing reports from the Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta and the Caribbean 600, which wrapped-up last week. Enjoy!
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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