Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Krys Ocean Race plunges towards halfway mark

by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson on 10 Jul 2012
Onboard Spondrift Racing - Krys Ocean Race 2012 Multi One Design © http://www.multionedesign.com
The Krys Ocean Race, currently underway, is plunging towards the halfway mark on the headlong sprint from New York to Brest. With the incredible pace scarcely relenting during their third night at sea Yann Guichard and his crew of Spindrift Racing have continued to maintain the small advantage over their nearest rivals.

Guichard acknowledged this morning that he is pleased to have kept Spindrift Racing at around one knot quicker on average despite what he said has been dark night. That consistent edge has allowed them to redouble their margin to second placed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild to 34 miles on the early morning sched.

As the theoretical midpoint beckoned all the crews continue to try and keep tiredness and fatigue at bay, bearing in mind that the muscular winds look set to continue almost all the way to the finish.

Curving on an NE’ly arc this morning, mid-Atlantic between Newfoundland and the Azores, the leading trio have stayed in tight formation; with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and third placed Foncia only 10 miles apart laterally, sharing near identical speeds and course.

'We continue on the edge of the front on a long port tack with a stable 24 to 26 knots of wind but it continues to be a struggle doing any manouevers. We are not really powered up fully and are taking care because it is the sea state is that determines how much sail we have up. We range between a having a one reef and using either the Solent or the genoa depending on the sea state. We try and limit manouevers to watch changes, which we do every two hours, but really it depends on the person helming at the time.' Guichard told the radio call to the leader this morning.

The fourth and fifth placed duo Musandam-Oman Sail and Race for Water continue at a pace which minimises their losses, no doubt hoping for some change in the weather before Brest. Stève Ravussin, the Race for Water skipper noted: 'The daggerboard issue has not been great for morale. Now that we have fixed it we are sailing the boat as well as we can to try and catch up with our rivals.

We have settled into to life on board after three days. It is still very damp and we all have bruises all over the place. Every time we nose dive we all get thrown forwards. In the bunks we find ourselves with our knees right up against the Krys Ocean Race website
Barz Optics - Melanin LensesT Clewring - GenericSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted today at 3:19 am
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr