Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Boxing the compass in the China Sea

by Guy Nowell on 14 Apr 2006
The shape of things to come - Cave Canem leaving Hong Kong in light air... Guy Nowell © http://www.guynowell.com
After a good run out of Hong Kong overnight, the China Sea Race fleet is now gasping for air.

Simon Boyde’s Cave Canem, reported losing the breeze at dawn, 'and we have been in windseeking mode ever since. There have been a few patchy puffs, and there was some heavy rain during the night, but at least we are moving again, and in the right direction.'

A quick look at the Purplefinder tracking shows that it was not only the middle of the fleet that found the parking spot as they all approached or were abeam of the Pratas Reef.

Quick Purplefinder User Guide: go to www.purplefinder.com and use ‘rhkyc’ as the login and ‘5dwm4ph5’ as the password – or click on ‘Purplefinder tracking’ on www.chinasearace.com). Right-click on the screen and select ‘History’ and then ‘Fleet’. You can clearly see everyone slow down as they approach Pratas, and then head left en masse – except for those that tacked and went south. Jelik (Frank Pong) was at the front of the first group, and his ‘other’ boat, Boracay, under the helm of Peter Morton took the southerly option.

'Now then', said Tom Scarff on board CSR Chairman Peter Cremers’ Shahtoosh. 'We’re chasing phantoms out here, and we must have boxed the compass a good few times'. Shahtoosh’s breeze passed the sell-by date at 0500 this morning, 'and we’ve not moved more than 20 nm since then. We are looking at a vmg of only one or two knots. There’s new weather to the north of us – we can see it – breeze on the water, while there is just glass calm to the south. We’ve been skating along the edge of it without being able to actually tack into it – very frustrating.'

Jaywalker, Paul Bankowski’s Ker 11.3, never got a chance to wallow in the light stuff: she came home at 0830 this morning, having started taking in water last night. Bankowski said, 'we were having a great time. The breeze went forward built all the way out of Hong Kong. We were 2-sail reaching in over 20 kts of windspeed, and hitting high teens on the clock, right up to an occasional 19 kts through the water. We had just started our watches at 1800 when I went below and found a lot of water in the stern of the boat.

We traced the leak to the lower rudder bearing – it was entirely manageable, the pumps were coping with it , but we were just about 100nm offshore then, and reckoned we were sailing away from rescue range if anything went really badly wrong.

So we turned round at about 20000 hrs and came home at a good 10 kts all the way under just a mainsail.'

Before the start of the race Bankowski said he was putting his faith in 'six crew and two large nuts holding the keel – making a lucky ‘eight’ for the race to Subic.' Not so lucky this time, Paul, but we are glad you and all the Jaywalkers are home in one piece.

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Zhik ZKG 660x82T Clewring One Design

Related Articles

RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 Star Sailors League Finals – Count down to Nassau
The reigning Star World Champion, Miami's Augie Diaz (USA) will be competing in Nassau but is yet to announce his crew. As always the top 12 skippers in the SSL Ranking for the year are invited to challenge and join 13 VIPs sailors selected for the successes achieved in their sailing career.
Posted on 22 Sep
Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - Ken Read reflects on the recent World Series - Toulon
Commentator Ken Read on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. North Sails President, Ken Read, doubles as a live commentator for the official TV feed from the America's Cup World Series. Here's his thoughts, from his blog on the North Sails website on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. Read also looks ahead to the final round of the America's Cup World Series is Fukuoka, Japan and the strategies
Posted on 22 Sep
North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK
CNN goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.
Posted on 20 Sep
WIM Series moves on to the US
Next week will see the WIM Series midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA. Next week will see the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA.
Posted on 19 Sep
52fter Worlds - Another level of excellence
Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points From a difficult, and at times confusing second day of racing at the 52 World Championship 2016 on the beautiful waters off Menorca, Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points at the top of the high calibre 12-boat fleet.
Posted on 16 Sep
New Sailing World Cup strategy snub to Southern Hemisphere
Australian Sailing expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy/format for Sailing World Cup Australian Sailing has expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy and format for the Sailing World Cup released earlier this week.
Posted on 16 Sep
2016 Rolex Big Boat Series begins tomorrow
A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series. A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series. The regatta begins tomorrow and is hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
Posted on 15 Sep