Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Cap Istanbul fleet in start zone for 5th leg

by Kate Jennings - Expression on 9 Oct 2008
Fleet prepare for 5th leg start - European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul Jacques Vapillon © www.vapillon.com
After the Dardanelles, the final battle! Here we are in the Marmara! After a 60 mile delivery under motor through the Dardanelles, the fleet of the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' has made it to the start zone of the 5th leg.

They are all set to go in this ultimate battle and the conquest of Istanbul. In a light 6-7 knot NE’ly, the 27 solo sailors hoisted their sails and took the start of this hard fought solo Trans-Mediterranean race at 1648 hours this Wednesday afternoon…

A symbolic reference to history: the fleet, which left the island of Bozcaada in the early hours of this morning, put down their weapons as they passed through the Dardanelles Strait under motor. A break in the race and a truce in the competition in an area which has an enduring memory of the pitiless battles fought here. The 27 solo sailors were nonetheless relieved to grant themselves a small respite, and the chance to look back at what has already been a rich course. The Thracian Sea and the Mediterranean are now in their wake and before them lies the Marmara Sea: another maritime world between the orient and the occident. This is where the competition takes centre stage once more with the kick-off of this ultimate, final leg.

'It’s a short 60 mile cruise under motor from Bozcaada, where due to the intense shipping in this zone, sailing through the strait is prohibited. We left very early, at around 0430 hours and benefited from a superb sunrise behind the Turkish coast', confided Race Director Christian Gout. 'The skippers relished the occasion even though it’s not much fun making headway under motor: they passed some incredible sites and the countryside is very beautiful here. It’s a great moment for relaxation.'

The truce was only fleeting though and after the Dardanelles the armistice couldn’t last! Hostilities began again with the start of the last leg spanning just over 100 miles. Offshore of the arid, desert plains of Thrace, 5 miles to the east of Gelibolu (Gallipoli), the 15 préparateurs disembarked from the one designs and climbed aboard the support boats. At 1600 hours, the class measurers began the huge task of sealing the engines, whilst the Race Committee tried to track down the lost wind to mark out the start and set the fleet going on this 5th and final leg to Istanbul. On zone, the committee eyed up a light 5 knot zest of air as it began to fill…

With the sun at its zenith, the wind Gods were doing their utmost to prevent the fleet from getting going. This added to the pressure in what is set to be the shortest leg of this 1,650 mile Trans-Mediterranean race, where nerves and tension will be at their height. Along with the wind’s nasty tricks, the various ambitions of each of the skippers will also be in play of course.

Beating across a still rather unfamiliar sea, tactical coups will be much in evidence amongst the front of the fleet in particular, some of whom are just minutes apart from each other after 1,550 miles and a host of wind and sea conditions which only the Grande Bleue knows how to provide.

Christian Gout bears witness to this atmosphere: 'You can smell the finish. The conclusion is fast approaching so there’s naturally a lot of tension. Though the leader, Nicolas Bérenger, would seem to be protected, there are a number of skippers who are separated by a small amount of time in the general ranking and will be playing hard in this final leg: they’re playing for the podium and they’ll certainly have a knife between their teeth'.

www.capistanbul.com


Colligo Marine 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

America's Cup - TechTuesday - Data drives athlete performance
Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Find out from Oracle Team USA physical performance manager Craig McFarlane how the team are using Zephyr Performance Systems to monitor athletes on the water and in the gym.
Posted on 28 Sep
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted on 28 Sep
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ gaining speed on the water + Video
There has been one predominant focus at Emirates Team NZ this past couple of months - gaining speed on the water There has been one predominant focus at Emirates Team New Zealand this past couple of months - gaining speed on the water. The team has been lying low, quietly chipping away and making gains on the water on their first in house designed and built AC45 test boat.
Posted on 28 Sep
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