sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Gales stop Cap Istanbul fourth leg start

Gales stop Cap Istanbul fourth leg start

Scheduled for 11:00 hours Friday morning, the start of the fourth leg of the 'European Capital of Culture – Cap Istanbul' has been postponed. A strong southerly wind kicked in this morning and is sweeping across from the north coast of Crete.

The sudden appearance of this sirocco is currently forcing the 27 skippers to sit it out in port prior to being able to envisage contesting this 4th course between Aghios Nikolaos and Bozcaada in safety.

Faced with forecasts of a further violent gale as the fleet approach the Turkish coast, Race Management – in close dialogue with the organiser, Cumali Varer – and in respect of a desirable weather window, have taken the decision to postpone the start until tomorrow, Saturday at 10:00 hours…

The inhabitants of Crete call it the 'Kadhafi'. A warm southerly wind with an incredibly fiery breath to it which is as sudden as it is virulent, this famous Sirocco, hot off the shores of Africa, kicked in over the course of the night. In the early hours, 35 knots of breeze gusting to 40 knots loudly whistled its orders for the entire fleet to remain in port.

The start of the 4th leg is therefore postponed for a day in order to enable the 27 skippers, who are all set to take to the open water, to race in manageable conditions which won’t place their safety in any danger.

Gales from north to south

However, this is not taking into account an additional storm forecast as the fleet approach the finish in Bozcaada.

'35-40 knots of SW to W wind gusting to 50 knots between Saturday evening and 1500 hours on Sunday', details Pascal Landure from Météo Stratégie, who has been continuously getting the measure of this storm as well as the disturbed weather context at work from north to south of the Aegean Sea.

'On zone in Bozcaada, wind is forecast to be excessive and is likely to pick up very big seas with waves measuring a good 4 metres. The situation is improving from Sunday afternoon.' It’s obviously out of the question to envisage a start which favours an arrival on the outskirts of the Dardanelles Strait during the throes of a storm.

Weather window

At 14:30 hours, Christian Gout, Race Director in contact with Cumali Varer throughout the morning, announced the solution, they have retained for the start of this 4th and penultimate leg, in conditions favourable to sport and the smooth running of the competition.

'Setting off on a start phase today with 30-35 knots of breeze was clearly too dangerous. It is scheduled that this southerly wind which is currently blocking us in port is set to ease midway through the afternoon. However, there is an added problem forcing us to study every possible scenario, which is the evolution of this violent gale that is threatening to place the skippers in survival conditions as they approach the finish' specifies Christian Gout.

He goes on to add: 'With the main priority obviously being to ensure the safety of the sailors, we have sought to track down a weather window which allows the fleet, as much as possible, to continue to make headway towards Istanbul in race mode.'

This weather window involves deferring the start of this 300 mile 4th leg by a day. As such the solo sailors will join the start zone tomorrow for a departure at 10:00 hours.

27 skippers at the start

On the start line off Aghios Nikolaos, there will unfortunately be one solo sailor missing from the helm of his one design between Aghios Nikolaos and Bozcaada. Eric Drouglazet, the skipper of Luisina has been hospitalised in Aghios Nikolaos following a bad fall from his scooter.

He is currently being kept under observation as protocol dictates in such a case, prior to being returned home to France. His boat will be delivered by Nicolas Derny, his préparateur, and Stéphane Courtois, préparateur to Gildas Mahé. This crew will take to the sea at the same time as the rest of the fleet…




by Kate Jennings

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=49422

1:51 PM Fri 3 Oct 2008 GMT






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

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

18 Jun 2013  Sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad
17 Jun 2012  IRC National Championship - Ballistic conditions on Day 2 + Video
28 Mar 2012  Solo Offshore Racing - Truant wins first race
19 Jun 2011  Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series overall
08 Apr 2011  Audi Sydney to Newcastle images by Andrea Francolini
06 Apr 2011  RORC Easter Challenge ­- A golden opportunity for sailors
26 Feb 2011  RORC Caribbean 600 coming of age
14 Nov 2010  OPA Offshore Racing Series 2010 - Versus to broadcast series
15 Oct 2009  Rolex Middle Sea warm up Race
21 Jun 2009  Spain's Calima - Javier Pujol winner of the Giraglia Race
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


























J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt   
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander   
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   


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