Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Transatlantic Race 2011 - Drama aboard British Soldier after gybe

by Transatlantic Race on 3 Jul 2011
The second of three starts to the Transatlantic Race 2011, off Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Amory Ross / Transatlantic Race 2011 http://www.transatlanticrace.org
Transatlantic Race 2011

Nordwind and Carina have opened up a significant lead on the rest of the fleet that started the Transatlantic Race 2011 on June 26. These two yachts have stayed in good pressure, whilst the yachts behind that stayed north have not -- leaving them well over 100 miles behind the frontrunners.


There was, however, high drama aboard British Soldier on Thursday night. 'The wind got up to 26 knots and shifted 25 degrees to the west. There was a small matter of a Chinese gybe' reported skipper Nick Bate (Falmouth, U.K.). 'With the boat pinned down by both the mainsail and the spinnaker rolling in the Atlantic swell, this is a serious scenario for a yacht well offshore. The British Army Team handled the situation with ease.

'Most of the team have never been onboard a boat that has broached in this manner, certainly not Rich Hall who was on the helm at the time. Martin Livingston was trimming the kite and was up to his waist in the salty stuff and the skipper was ejected from his bunk. However, British Soldier recovered without damage and is now running under the small heavy kite. A day for learning and all is under control, the off-watch is sleeping well!'

The chasing pack of yachts that took the second start in the Transatlantic Race 2011 on June 29 have caught up with the tail-end of the first starters, however, light winds are beginning to slow their progress. In IRC 2, Chris Bull’s Cookson 50 Jazz, skippered by Nigel King (Lymington, U.K.) is the boat to watch, the clear leader in Class IRC Two with Shakti owned by Avenarius & Gondesen (Hamburg, Germany) nearly 40 miles astern.

'Probably the highlight for the crew so far was being overtaken by Maltese Falcon at sunset last night,' said Jazz’s navigator, Mike Broughton (Hamble, U.K.), one of the leading tactical weather routers in this fleet as he recounted a close encounter with the 298-footer. 'As competitive sailors we don’t relish being over taken by anyone. This was different.' 'At nearly six times our length, she sportingly sailed through very close to leeward and we loved it – what a majestic sight she made under full sail. She planned to pass one of her boat lengths to leeward and we sneakily tried to soak down closer to try and get a free ride on her quarter wave and got down to 30 metres away as two of her stewards called across.' 'What we didn’t bank on was the amount the wind dropped close to windward of her three ‘square rigged’ masts. We thought we knew about wind shadows around yachts, but this one we badly underestimated and saw an average wind of 14 knots drop to less than 10 knots as she serenely glided by. Five minutes after she passed, we gybed on a small shift and we were all quietly impressed to see her doing the same gybing on the shifts as if she were a 50 footer.'

Octogenarian Sheldon Huntington (Shelburne, Vt.) continues to dominate IRC Three with his Reichel Pugh 66 Zaraffa, although light winds have significantly slowed their progress. This morning there was barely six knots of wind, however, Zaraffa was still achieving a boat speed of close to 10 knots as her sails and hull are optimized to use the apparent wind created by the boat.

While Scho-ka-kola is currently second in IRC Three on corrected time, one yacht worth watching at the moment is Ambersail whose Lithuanian crew has taken up a very southerly position. This morning they were struggling for boat speed in light air, but there is plenty of wind coming their way and they should get into this fresh pressure before Zaraffa and Ambersail may feature higher up the leader board tomorrow.

So far the Transatlantic Race 2011 has not lived up to it’s billing as a tough race. Fresh conditions, however, are expected for the six yachts that will take the third and final start on Sunday, July 3, at 1350 Eastern Daylight Time when the warning signal is fired at Castle Hill Lighthouse. At the send-off reception for them last evening at Harbour Court, New York Yacht Club trustee Clay Deutsch described the occasion as ‘unleashing the hounds’. The yachts that will set off from Newport tomorrow are capable of covering over 500 miles a day. Given the right conditions, these greyhounds of ocean racing could be tearing through the pack ahead of them come Monday.
Bakewell-White Yacht Designupffront 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

2016 J70 World Championship - Day 3
Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions of eight - twelve knots and the second had winds of fifteen - twenty knots.
Posted today at 4:44 am
2016 Melges 32 World Championship - Newport nor'easter
There are many attractions that Newport offers for sailors around world, iconic sailing venue with rich sailing history There are many attractions that Newport offers for sailors around the world - an iconic sailing venue with a rich sailing history, great entertainment and of course, world renowned clam chowder. One unique Newport characteristic that greeted Melges 32 competitors on the first day of the 2016 Melges 32 World Championship was front edge of a strong nor'easter that brought 20-27 kt winds
Posted today at 4:07 am
Split personality conditions at Day 3 of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds
Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats that assembled on the Berkeley Circle for third day of racing Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats that assembled on the Berkeley Circle for the third day of racing at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, namely split personality conditions that tested each boat's light- and heavy-air skills, as well as their patience as conditions played tricks on racers and the Race Committee alike.
Posted today at 3:43 am
Groupama Race – The first Caledonians at Home
A beautiful performance for the kiwis on their Eliott 50. Their complete the Groupama Race in four days 10h and 24 min. A beautiful performance for the kiwis on their Eliott 50. Their complete the Groupama Race in four days 10h and 24 min after nearly 300 NM of 'Match Racing' against local sailors.
Posted on 29 Sep
First all-female Extreme Sailing Series™ team to compete in Lisbon
First all-female GC32 team will make its debut at the penultimate event of the year in Lisbon in just one week’s time. The first all-female GC32 team, Thalassa Magenta Racing in partnership with the Magenta Project, will make its debut at the penultimate event of the year in Lisbon in just one week’s time.
Posted on 29 Sep
J70 World Championship – More action shots from Day 2 by Chris Howell
Photographer Christopher Howell has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Christopher Howell has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 29 Sep
J70 World Championship – Day 2 images by Christopher Howell
Photographer Christopher Howell has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Christopher Howell has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 29 Sep
J70 World Championship – Day 2
Three races were held on Berkeley Circle for the 68 international teams competing in the races on Wednesday. The conditions were once again, true San Francisco. The fog was lurking if not covering the race course, the wind had bite, and blew 14-18 knots. There was a big left shift in the last race that caught more than one local off guard.
Posted on 29 Sep
Sébastien Josse's lead up to the Vendée Globe
The skipper of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild is setting sail on his fifth round the world in 14 years. The skipper of the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild is setting sail on his fifth round the world in 14 years. As such, the sailor can rely on a vast amount of experience, bolstered by all the expertise of the Gitana Team, the offshore racing stable founded in 2000 by Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild
Posted on 29 Sep
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Clipper 70 fleet makeover begins
Maintenance Team at Race HQ is now hard at work to refit the Clipper 70s in preparation for the 2017-18 race. After clocking up an average of 41,000 miles each during their tenth edition race circumnavigation, the Maintenance Team at Race HQ is now hard at work to refit the Clipper 70s in preparation for the 2017-18 race.
Posted on 29 Sep