sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game
Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game

'Oracle Team USA AC 72 capsizes during training in San Francisco Bay'    Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©    Click Here to view large photo

With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either.

Grant Simmer - Oracle Team USA- ’We have started the repair process on our first AC72 ' -  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©  
After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72. The team's longer term plans were confirmed by Grant Simmer as being focused on getting the second AC boat (believed to be in the early stages of construction) launched on time for February 1, 2013.

'We have started the repair process on our first AC72 – our shore team is progressing with this work.' Simmer said in a media release two days ago. 'A new wing was already under construction at Core Builder Composites in New Zealand – it is expected to arrive and be ready to use in the repaired boat early next year. We’re also planning the construction of a third wing for use on the second boat.'

Certainly a trip to the Measurement Committee, and probably International Jury, would seem likely to clarify exactly what Oracle are and are not allowed to repair or alter on USA-17.

In a perfect world it may have been a serious option to discard USA-17 and start building a third boat, identical to the second they now have under construction, and get that launched February/March 2013.

A team can only build two of the 72ft catamarans (or use surrogate boats) in a single Cup cycle, and the decision to ditch USA-17 completely, and not attempt a rebuild is highly unlikely.

AC72 Oracle Team USA, USA-17’s platform twist will need to be addressed for sustained foiling -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo
Certainly from what has been seen from photos posted on the interweb, the hulls and beams do not seem to be damaged, and the basic platform is intact. (The Platform being multihull-speak to describe the combination of two joined hulls and the attached crossbeams.)

There are significant implications for Oracle Team USA from the International Jury decision earlier on October 6, that the daggerboards do not need to be measured in the lowered condition for the hull displacement measurement calculation.

The decision on the obtuse rule, was not well received by the US team. It meant that larger foils were permitted. Oracle had made a different assumption on the labyrinthine rule and then designed a boat around that.

A photo comparison of Emirates Team NZ and Oracle Team USA's catamarans clearly indicates that the former is able to get hydrofoiling much, much more readily, can stay flying for sustained periods and at lower windspeeds than the US boat.

That is largely a function of the use of higher volume (read larger) daggerboards, which double as foils, and which makes New Zealand boat a lot more forgiving to sail.

Emirates Team New Zealand is the current Gold Standard for the other AC72 teams -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
The key advantages of the use of hydrofoils in the AC72 context means that there is less drag, which results in greater true boat speed. Plus the boats are able to sail much deeper angles downwind, which means that the Velocity Made Good (VMG) towards the mark is greatly improved because of (a) the faster boatspeed and (b) the reduced distance to sail because of the direct angle. It is a massive downwind gain to be able to foil with the ease enjoyed by Emirates Team NZ.

Even if Oracle Team USA's USA-17 had not capsized on Tuesday, the team would have needed to seriously considered their options in modifying USA-17 to take the larger volume, or bigger foils used by the New Zealanders.

Putting new foils/daggerboards into an AC72 is not a simple task and would have required a substantial rebuild, both in fitting the foiling mechanism, making the daggerboard cavity bigger, fitting a 'V' foil similar to the NZers, and ensuring that the platform was structurally strong enough to handle the new foil system.

That all sounds like an enormous amount of effort, however to box on with the current boat and her foibles (ignoring the capsize implications) would have meant that come February 1, 2013, Oracle Team USA-17 would have been testing a small foil boat against a large foil boat. There seems to be little doubt that the latter is better, by virtue of being more forgiving, and therefore able to be driven faster with less boat handling issues and better downwind VMG.

The ease with which Emirates Team NZ can foil, up and downwind is apparent to most on the water observers. Due to the reduction in hull drag achieved by foiling, it is unlikely to be slower in any condition in which flight can be achieved, and the ability to have and early and sustained foiling capability, will be a must have for any America’s Cup team.

On a hiding to nowhere

Continuing with USA-17 in its original configuration could have left Oracle Team USA, come February 2013, with program consisting of two disparate boats. That is not ideal for an America’s Cup defence – where a matched two-boat test program is essential.

It is likely that substantial modifications were on the cards anyway for USA-17 - highlighted by the decision earlier not to shift base to Hawaii for a period of training outside the North American winter.

An addition to that modification list may be the slim bows of USA-17.

Oracle Team USA digs in and capsizes Oct 16, 2012 -  Erik Simonson_©_www.pressure-drop.us   Click Here to view large photo
It is clear from comments made by Dirk Kramer, highly respected design team member that USA-17 was designed to do the bear-away move (which led to her demise), while riding on foils, not with the bows immersed.

'The foils actually help you,' he told CupInfo.com before the incident. 'Our hull is quite small, much smaller than Team New Zealand’s, so we are reliant on the foils to keep it from pitchpoling in a bearaway.'

From video taken just before the incident, USA-17 does seem to be foil borne but still very close to the water, and certainly not to the height and stability achieved easily by Emirates Team NZ, which has to be the benchmark.

That is something that the design team are going to have to revisit, both from the perspective of what they have seen and know from watching Emirates Team NZ, now larger foils are allowed. Another question for the design team will be whether adding more bow volume (even by way of the addition of a stepped chine, similar to that used by Artemis Racing), is required, even as a reserve measure.

The woes of Twist

The other design issue needed to be addressed in USA-17 is the platform twisting.

Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena confirmed on Thursday what many others had suspected that the extreme twisting so apparent on USA-17 is not conducive to foiling, with the potential for the winglet on one rudder to be at a markedly different angle to the other, and for the two to work against each other until one prevails.

Clearly for USA-17 to be able to achieve the foiling benchmark set by Emirates Team NZ, two things need to be done – the foils have to be increased in size, and the hull twisting has to be eliminated.

Having worked up the alteration list for USA-17, and talked with the design team about their work schedule, Oracle will have to get a good and definitive understanding of what is allowed by way of repair and modification.

Ironically the Jury ruling on the use of larger foils may work their way.

A key part of that decision, overruling an interpretation by the Measurement Committee, was that the words in the Class Rule or Protocol are to be read literally, and they mean what they mean.

Oracle Team USA’s USA-17 - sorting out what is an alteration or a repair in terms of the rules will be a challenge -  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©   Click Here to view large photo
Speaking in general terms the rules allow 50% of a wingsail surface to be rebuilt, and 50% of the hull surface error may be altered. 29.6 (c) reads: 'a Wing Spar section shall be deemed to be new if more than 50% of its mass is replaced.'

Protocol 29.8 (b) (Hull Modification Limits) allows the Hulls to be modified up to a maximum of the Original Hull Surface. 'Competitors may modify the Hulls of their AC72 Yachts to a maximum of 50% of the Original Hull Surface of the yacht.' There are a number of exclusions to the definition of a Hull (being the canoe body) which all work Oracle's way.

Rule 29.10(c) makes it clear that 'A repair is not a modification provided the Measurement Committee is satisfied that the damaged part has been repaired, or the extent possible, to its original condition.' Most would interpret that as meaning that provide original strength and shape are replicated the 50% limitation does not apply to the hull.

If Oracle Team USA, or their builders Core Builders Composites, had made extensive use of female moulds in the construction of USA-17, and had kept these moulds, then making replacements that mirror the original should be relatively easy as the external finished shape will be identical to the original. If male moulds have to be used then the task is more fraught in terms of compliance.

Time is the scare commodity

Our assumption is that the hulls and platform basics of USA-17 are largely undamaged. Certainly the paraphernalia inherent in the platform deck is completely destroyed and will have to be replaced. But this area is outside the scope of the rule and can be repaired or altered at will. The only constraint is time.

Similarly the constructed in country rules don’t apply anymore to USA-17, as she has already been constructed in USA. If required, the boat could be shipped elsewhere, even outside USA for repair and alteration.

America’s Cup AC45 under construction - Warkworth, New Zealand -  Ivor Wilkins-www.americascup.com   Click Here to view large photo
The new target for Oracle Team USA has to be to get two boats (one repaired and the other new) in the water and by February 1.

The team has lost the 22 days of training time allowed between now and 31st January 2013. That cannot be recovered or carried over. They get 45 days in the next training cycle from February 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013

Oracle have also lost one of their three permitted wingsails – so are now down to one wingsail per boat, or four sections.

Oracle have also gone through maybe as much as four of their permitted ten foils. Certainly that is the case if one looks at foils in terms of pairs.

On the positive side they have more time than the Challengers in that as Defender, Oracle Team USA don’t have to be racing until September, unlike the Challengers which have to be on the startline for the Louis Vuitton Cup on July 4, 2013.

In terms of timing, the capsize and destruction of USA-17 could not have come at a worse juncture. They were just eight days into work-up. While they had lost some of the program with the breaking of a foil on Day 2, just before the fateful October 16 session, they had put in three days of good work on the water.

From the video released of the capsize incident, the conditions were very willing, and had they survived the session most observers should have been very impressed with the progress made by the Oracle Team USA who were clearly back on track at that point.

That gain is now frozen, until a new boat is in the water. From Grant Simmer’s comments it would seem that the team has put the priority on getting the second boat running ahead of the revamped USA-17.

A very challenging worklist

The work list ahead of the building team is substantial.

A load of wingsails and beams are trucked from Core Builders Composites to be shipped to San Francisco -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
First, in terms of the second boat, the design team has to look at the implications of the bigger foils ruling and determine whether they wish to go down that path. If they have not done so already, they have to look at the bow volume issue and decide whether they want to retain the USA-17 style bow, or go for something with more volume. They have to make a similar call with the hull twisting issue. And of course, they have to consider how the three issues work together in terms of structural strength and weight.

Second for USA-17, the design and sailing teams have to do a full analysis. It was a little surprising to hear sailing team member, Murray Jones say in an interview last Monday (NZT) that the full debrief had not yet taken place with the sailing crew.

The design issues with USA-17 are much the same as for their second AC72. The question is how the alterations and repairs required can be accommodated within the requirements of the governing rules for the Class and Protocol.

Certainly repairing a wingsail from the collected bits, and staying within the limitation of being able to replace to 50% of its mass, would seem to be out of the question.

The hull alterations should be able to be achieved within the similar but different 50% limitation imposed by the rule.

Thirdly the limited repairs and alterations to USA-17 have to be aligned with the design of the second boat, so that when the program is re-launched, Oracle Team USA have two evenly matched trial horses, not two disparate boats – which are useless for the evaluation of development changes.

Core Composites, Warkworth, is a state of the specialist building facility, probably unmatched anywhere in the world. -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
There is little point in conducting a formal Defence Trial series between two mis-matched boats.

It proves nothing, as the team’s second boat should always win, no matter if she is driven by James Spithill or Ben Ainslie – the only question to be answered is delta, or losing margin. The option of turbo-charging a slower older boat to bring it up to the newer model is not an option in the AC72. They are already turbo-charged to the max.

Two programs in two countries

In terms of the building programs the task is a formidable one for Core Builders Composites.

At this point, they should have been starting the build program for the second AC72, while sailing and some boat development continued with USA-17. If the model for USA-17 were to be followed, the new AC72 build program consists of the hulls built in San Francisco, and the wingsail and other components to be done in Auckland.

In addition to the second hull build, the San Francisco based team also have to do the repairs and alterations to USA-17 in the San Francisco facility, unless the boat is air-freighted to Auckland.

In Auckland, or rather Warkworth, Core Builders will have to build two wingsails, or four wingsail sections (maybe identical which will save some time). But certainly that activity requires substantial manhours (said to be four months elapsed time), plus shipping to the USA.

(The first wingsail went by ship, but because of the current time constraint air-freight of the 20 metre sections is a probability).

Then add to the Warkworth worklist the construction of the other components for not one boat, but for two. That means main beams and the full paraphernalia for the new boat and the replacement components for USA-17 (assuming that replacement main beams are not required to resolve the twisting issue, or were not damaged in the incident).

Fortunately, Oracle Team USA, do have the facilities to undertake such a formidable challenge within the stipulated timeframe. Unlike the other teams they do have a full in-house building team, and facilities in two countries. There is no question of getting yard space.

A man with a lot on his plate - Mark 'Tugboat' Turner Oracle Team USA - Pier 80 Base, San Francisco -  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©   Click Here to view large photo
Oracle Team USA/Core Builders Composites have two excellent people leading the build programs in Warkworth and San Francisco in the form of Mark 'Tugboat' Turner and Tim Smythe. Much if not all the required building infrastructure is in place, save for what are expected to be substantial additions to the building team.

The building program associated with the construction of 12 or so AC45’s gave Core Builders Composites the infrastructure to carry over in the AC72 program, and will serve them in good stead for the very challenging design build and logistical task ahead.

Effectively they have to push the reset button on the program that has been running prior to October 16, and set up for a final sailing and development program beginning February 1, 2013.

The sailing operation of Oracle Team USA will continue in the team's fleet of AC45's which include their two development AC45's their two ACWS AC45's and the AC45 pf Ben Ainslie Racing. That would nominally allow Oracle to get their sailing team on the water at one time, but again it is not ideal.

But there can be no more setbacks, capsizes or delays. Oracle Team USA have to hunker down, get focused on the big challenge ahead and achieve some very ambitious milestones – all while watching their competitors sailing on the Hauraki Gulf and in San Francisco.

For a competitive team that is a very big ask.

The other teams will certainly have learned from the Oracle experience, in terms of buttoning off any extreme sailing until they have second boats commissioned. They have to curb their enthusiasm and listen to their weather teams.

The 34th America’s Cup will be a war of attrition as much as boat speed. Oracle Team USA were the first major casualty.

If Core Builders Composites and Oracle Team USA can pull off the impossible, this will be remembered as the first America's Cup to have been won by the building teams not the sailors.

Oracle Team USA crashes back to windward, judging by the heel angle her leeward hull would seem to have been at least partially foiing -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

AC72 Oracle Team USA - attracted a lot of comment about her twisting platform -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle Team USA AC 72 cop it sailing on October 16, sea heights were reported to be 7ft at the time of the capsize on San Francisco Bay -  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©   Click Here to view large photo


by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103265

4:43 AM Sun 28 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

28 Oct 2012  America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 61 - Oracle Team USA AC72 Capsize
27 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ puts in another day on the water
27 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA - Repairs and Construction
27 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Breaking Down The Red Bull Youth Americas Cup
27 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Luna Rossa launched in Auckland + Video
26 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Images from Luna Rossa launch
26 Oct 2012  America's Cup: More Images from Luna Rossa launch
26 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - frame by frame
25 Oct 2012  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA - capsize and recovery - Video
25 Oct 2012  Gladwell's Line: Italian Big Cat spots the Kiwi Cream
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI takes number eight by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
Wild Oats XI finished at 303pm, with her big A2 flying. Her elapsed time was two days two hours three minutes and twenty six seconds 02:02:03:26 That was some eight hours outside the race record she set in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Spithill was one of six helmsmen on Comanche. 'We can’t leave it at that,' he declared after finishing in Hobart. He says that on his watch this morning the boat reached a top speed of 32 knots and knows what she is capable of. 'Everybody got to see the true potential of this boat at the start. ... [more]  

Top international yachting photographer, Carlo Borlenghi was in the air above the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race fleet and provided these images of the third day of racing in the classic ocean race, as the leaders closed in on the finish, and the dock celebrations by Wild Oats XI. ... [more]  

Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water at 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours finish and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI entered the Derwent River some forty minutes ahead of Comanche at the Iron Pot and gybed her way up river in 5-10 knot southeaster, bright sunshine and crystal clear light to take a record breaking eighth line honours win in this race at 3.03pm The size of spectator fleet that accompanied Wild Oats XI and the crowds on the dock were much the largest ever sen for this race. ... [more]  

Reports are being received that the Volvo 70 Giacomo has lost her rig in the vicinity of Maria Island. No further details are to hand. Giacomo is a Volvo 70 owned and skippered by Jim Delegat (NZL) and has a full New Zealand crew aboard ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI scores comfortable 8th win by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) has crossed the finish line for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to take her eighth win in the offshore classic. She crossed the finish line in the Derwent River sailing on port tack with a big asymmetrical headsail flying, and accompanied by a bevy of spectator craft as she crossed the finish line at 3.00pm local time. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI is still leading the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, some 38-nm from Hobart, and hoping to close in on a record eighth line honours win. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The crew on the American super maxi Comanche have not thrown in the towel. They do not believe the race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is over despite Wild Oats XI’s commanding lead. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s 10 year-old super maxi Wild Oats XI is racing towards an historic eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart this morning. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats rounds Tasman Island by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Seven time race winner, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) looks set to take her eighth win, after rounding Tasman Island just before noon, local time. The supermaxi rounded the landmark with a ten mile lead over the US supermaxi Comanche and has about 35nm to sail in a direct line to the finish line off Hobart. ... [more]  

With the front runners in the Rolex Sydney Hobart expected to sneak through in light to moderate tail winds, the weather prognosis for the remainder of the fleet is, well, interesting. The simple analysis is that fresh northerly winds will give the fleet a fast ride on Sunday and during the daylight hours of Monday. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) is expected to cross the finish line, around 4pm on Sunday and take her eighth line honours win. The race leaders are making good time down the coast of Tasmania, and at daybreak had approximately 100nm to sail. ... [more]  

Sydney to Hobart - Another 40 foot white-wash? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team
With the Supermaxi battle probably all over in this 70th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, unless Wild Oats XI drops her rig in the next five hours, she is set to take her eighth line honours victory so at last the attention will shift to the real race, the battle for handicap honours. ... [more]  

Sail-World is now running live in the changed website format. If you are running on a Mac with iOS please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! *Feature by Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
With the front runners over halfway to Hobart, this year’s race is turning out to be quite a page turner already; and that’s just the big boats. So let’s start with them. Wind back to the start, first honours to Comanche in the shoot out to the first mark. To be fair it was akin to pitting a brand new Bugatti Veyron against some classy and quick Ferraris and Porsches. The result in those ... [more]  

There is absolutely no way anyone can predict these before the vast majority of the still 109 vessels racing actually get home to Hobart Town. One can, however, talk about the very things that do go into making these results that so many chase and to do so, we have to work through a myriad of vessel designs, ages and types. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO *Feature by Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania
Given the weather models for the race, Crosbie Lorimer did the rounds of the CYCA dock just prior to the start of the race to find out who the various skippers, navigators and tacticians believed might take out the overall Handicap win on IRC. Here are some of their predictions, how they are panning out for some and an update on the position at the front of the fleet. ... [more]  

Sydney Hobart 2014: A ridge too far for Comanche by Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR Media
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - That’s the conclusion that one might well draw from the huge difference in the performance of the Hamilton Island super maxi Wild Oats XI and her main challenger, the US boat Comanche. ... [more]  

Photographer Daniel Forster was in the air again for the Sydney Hobart 2014, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The chase for line honours at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is intensifying with the leading boats approaching the halfway mark of the 628-nm race. ... [more]  

By Grand Prix ocean racing standards she’s an old girl, and there’s no denying she’s had a few makeovers during the past decade, but Bob Oatley’s 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, was leaving no doubt today that when it came to speed she’s still got great legs. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - After 24 hours the Hamilton Island supermaxi Wild Oats XI has taken the lead for the first time in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 70th sailing of the event. ... [more]  

Looking back it is not so long ago that sailors making long trips had to make the key choice between light weight and taste. But now, thankfully, technology and demand means that there is more and better choice in freeze dried foods. But the lack of fresh food and the limited choice of diet does mean eating remains a chore, part of the daily routine during the three months ... [more]  

2015 Fireball World Championship - The event offers two weeks of unrivalled sailing in the beautiful waters of North Wales. Situated on the Llyn peninsular, just 10 miles from the Snowdonia National Park, racing will take place in Cardigan Bay within easy reach of the sandy beach from where the fleet will launch. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature by Dale Lorimer, Sydney
The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race saw the five 100 foot super maxis up against each other for the first time. ... [more]  

The Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal has been forced to retire from the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with hull damage. The news came in a regular radio sked with race organisers, little detail was available, however it is understood that she has some hull delamination, probably arising from pounding though big seas and 25-30kt winds for the first day and night of the race. ... [more]  

Clouds outlines what he is expecting to see in the race, and says that while the big boats will take all the attention in the early stages of the race, the weather is against them as the race progresses. The smaller boats will come surfing in a fresh northerly, while the front-runners cope with light winds on their final approach to the finish on the Derwent. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Replay of the start of the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The fleet is expected to experience fresh to strong headwinds for the start and first 24 hours, although winds will moderate towards the end of this period. ... [more]  

For the last 18 hours, there has been never more than three nautical miles between the new kids on the block, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's Comanche with Ken Read skippering the boat with distinction and the Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI. Mark Richard's who was blown away by Comanche's reaching speed inside the harbour has been hunting the race leader relentlessly as the two boats beat south. ... [more]  

Will Comanche take a scalp? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
After blasting off the startline earlier today, Jim Clark's Comanche continues to hold the lead in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart race eight hours into the race. ... [more]  

A stiff southerly is testing the boats and sailors on the first afternoon of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart and by late afternoon, four yachts had retired from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race. The first casualties of the race were Tina of Melbourne, forced out because of hull damage and Bear Necessity with a damaged rudder, just two hours into the race. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The US supermaxi Comanche (Jim & Kirsty Clark) continues to enjoy a small lead at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. As the race enters its second day, organisers told Sail-World at 6.00am local time that the fleet was experiencing SW winds of 12-13kts and that these would ease further during the day. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Comanche take a gun to the knife fight + Video
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Supermaxi contest + Video
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images from the flying start on Sydney harbour
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Start photos by Andrea Francolini
Sydney Hobart 2014 The Cutting edge Formula 1 yacht still leads
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 – Grand dame heads back to Sydney
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Day 1 start images by Carlo Borlenghi
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Race Start Images by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature
Clipper Ventures 10 starts Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Another year another record
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 – Comanche on the warpath
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Spinnaker start forecast
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI ready to go
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Hobart coverage - December 26 - Live
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Peyron Perspective -Old People On New Boats *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche
Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats XI trials Goose for Christmas
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature
For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature
Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 3 – Gravel and Red Max versus VMG *Feature   
Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Line Honours Skippers Press Conference - Video   
Barcelona World Race 2014-15 -A different Christmas   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Another great journey south   
Sydney Hobart - Ragamuffin's David Witt explains deck failure + Video   
Wild Oats XI - Damage drama in lead-up to Sydney Hobart Race   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi   
Five faces behind the 100ft super maxis by Andrea Francolini   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Everyone's in with a chance   
Comanche Designers talk before Sydney Hobart   
Olympic Sailing Waters - Rio de Janeiro   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - To Hobart in Style   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Ken Read's notes on Comanche   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Video of Team Vestas Wind being removed from reef   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!   
Entries open for 2015 ORC Championship events   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT