Sail-World.com : Yachting NZ Briefings for 18 April 2011
Yachting NZ Briefings for 18 April 2011
– 18 April 2011
Yacht Club SurveyThe 2011 Yacht Club Survey is currently with Clubs for
completion - only one completed survey from each Yacht Club is required and
it’s due back before 20 May 2011.
A full list of
affiliated Yacht Clubs noting those who have already completed and returned the
Survey can be viewed on the YNZ website.
We know it takes a
little time and effort, (hopefully not too much) and we really appreciate your
help and cooperation.
YNZ has been conducting the survey since 1999 and
it allows us to monitor overall Club membership throughout New Zealand and also
to get an idea of whether you think we’re doing a good job, and where we can do
The YNZ website has a link to the on-line survey, tips on completing it, and a pdf
copy of the survey which can be downloaded and printed.
Loss: Geoff SmaleThe nation and in particular the yachting community was
recently rocked by the news of the death of Geoff Smale in an air accident.
Geoff represented New Zealand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games
where he sailed the Flying Dutchman with Ralph Roberts finishing 8th.
Yachting New Zealand expresses its deepest condolences to Geoff’s family
Sail-World.com’s New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell
compiled this tribute to Geoff Smale and goes into detail on his great
achievements in yachting.
Have a Go! nationwide tour with CamperNew Zealand flagged Volvo Ocean Race entry CAMPER hit the
water last week and is set to go on a tour of the nation with five stopovers
along the way.
Image © Chris Cameron 2011
Zealand’s Sailing… Have a Go! Trailer will be at each stopover port where young
local sailors between 8 and 12 years have been invited to come down and get out
on the water for a fun sail while the crew of the bright red and white Volvo
boat watches on.
If you would like to take part in your port and have
the chance to go on board while Camper is docked and then have your name put
into the draw to win the coveted prize of a sail on board the new boat.
If you are between 8 and 12 years and would like to take part in the fun
sail at one of the Camper stops please contact Gerry ASAP – spaces are limited.
email@example.com, Tel: 09 361
Camper and the Sailing… Have a Go! Trailer plan to be in the
• Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club - 26th April
Gisborne Inner Harbour Area - 29th April
• Wellington – Lagoon next to Frank
Kitts park, in front of Star Boat Club - 2th May
• Christchurch at Naval
Point Club Lyttelton - 7 & 8th May
• Dunedin at Otago Yacht Club - 5th
Performance & International
Sailing Team prepare for Hyeres Regatta Hyeres,
France will soon play host to the world’s best Olympic class sailors including a
large kiwi team for the fourth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta for the 2010-2011
season. The regatta is known as Semaine Olympique Francaise (or French Olympic
Sailing Week) and racing runs over six days from April 24th – 29th.
Coming off the back of a three medal haul at the last ISAF Sailing World
Cup Regatta in Palma de Mallorca Spain, the NZL Sailing Team will be looking for
another strong performance. All who competed in Spain will start again in
Hyeres, France and will be joined by more kiwi representatives in the Women’s
RS:X and Laser Radial fleets.
Here’s a list of who is on the current
Men’s RS:X: Tom Ashley, Jon-Paul Tobin
Women’s RS:X: Stefanie Williams, Justina Sellers, Natalia
Kosinska, Georgia Schofiel and Jazmine Lynch
Murdoch , Mike Bullot , Andy Maloney , Sam Meech and Josh Junior
Laser Radial: Sara Winther, Rachel Basevi and Miranda
Finn: Dan Slater, Matt Coutts
470: Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders
Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
Women’s Match Racing:
tephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt
ISAF Sailing World Cup mini-site
NZL Sailing Team on Facebook
and Youth News
NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team namedYachting New Zealand is pleased to
announce the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for 2011.
Twelve sailors will
represent New Zealand at the prestigious ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships
to be staged in Zadar, Croatia between 7th and 16th July this year.
Michael Cate (Male Laser Radial)
Molly Meech (Female Laser
Sven Pedersen (Male RS:X Wind surfing)
Georgia Schofield (Female
RS:X Wind surfing)
Alexander Munro and Brad Moss (Male 420)
and Verity Judge (Female 420)
Tomer Simhony and Ellie Copeland (Open
Logan Dunning-Beck and Jack Simpson (29er)
Coaches: Shelley Hesson and Jim Maloney
The 2011 team
includes some familiar names with three members, including Molly Meech, Georgia
Schofield and Logan Dunning-Beck, already having Youth World Championships
experience under their belt having competed in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010.
New Zealand has a proud history of success at the ISAF Youth Worlds
which dates back to 1971. Over the history of the event kiwis have returned home
with a total of 42 medals including 15 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze, and this
year’s team will be looking to increase that tally.
In preparation for
the regatta the team will be involved in a busy schedule of training camps,
domestic and international competition.
NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team on Facebook
sponsors include Princiapl sponsor, the NZL Yachting Trust
and key supporting sponsors, Oceanbridge Shipping and SPARC.
Youth Team sailors compete in Great Britain Four members of the 2011 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team (see
above) have just competed in the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals at Hayling Island in the UK honing
their skills in large and highly competitive fleets.
2011 is the first
year in which international sailors have lined up at the RYA Volvo Youth
Nationals, and GBR’s team for Croatia will be selected based on results at this
The kiwi girls in particular have come away with promising
Molly Meech – Laser Radial - 1st Girl (8th overall)
Schofield (pictured) – RS:X – 1st Girl (11th overall)
Michael Cate – Laser
Radial – 3rd overall
Sven Pedersen – RS:X – 8th overall
Schofield, New Zealand representative in the RS:X class, commented: “These
championships are great apart from the lousy weather! The UK windsurfers are all
really good and it is great for us to race against bigger fleets in a variety of
Opti Nats attracts record numbersWakatere
Boating Club is eagerly anticipating welcoming over 300 young Optimist sailors
to Auckland’s North Shore for the 2011 Toyota Optimist
Racing runs over Easter from 21st
– 25th April – full details are on the regatta website.
With 310 entries so far (late
entries still being accepted) this will be the second largest centerboard
regatta in New Zealand behind the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta where
multiple classes compete.
In previous years an entry list of around 240
sailors was achieved rising to 284 in 2010 – making 2011 the largest Optimist
National Champs ever. Interest is heightened with the world’s best coming to New
Zealand in just eight months time for the 2012 Optimist World Champs in Napier.
200 are entered for Open fleet racing with another 110 entered in green
fleet. All Christchurch sailors coming north for the regatta get free entry.
See news, results and photos from the event on the regatta website
and Facebook page
Zealand Secondary Schools Teams RacingThis preview from Kirsty Short...
Sandspit Yacht Club and the New Zealand Team Sailing
Association are gearing up for the Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals.
The event will be held at Algies Bay from April 26th to 30th, and will
be attended by 28 teams (209 sailors in total) representing schools all the way
from Kerikeri to Wanaka.
Photo: 2010 Nationals at Taupo, © www.eventimagecapture.co.nz
Nine South Island teams are attending, and there will be eight
all-girl teams. Competition for the girl's trophy is expected to be intense this
year, with Westlake, New Plymouth, Napier, Marlborough and Nelson all fielding
Among the open teams there is also plenty of competition.
Last year's gold medallists Kerikeri High School, who won the recent Northland
regional competition, are always high achievers. Kerikeri are coached by NZTSA
president and elder statesman of Team Sailing, Derry Godbert.
regional winners are St Kentigern College (Auckland), Lindisfarne College (Lower
North), and relative newcomers Timaru Boys, who won both the Upper South Island
and Lower South Island regional competitions. 2010 silver medallists Tauranga
Boys under coach Richard Burling are also likely to perform well.
will be seeded into three fleets based on previous results, with opportunities
to progress during the event.
The Team Sailing format, with short
tactical races sailed in 420 dinghies, provides plenty of action for both
competitors and spectators, and is popular with both novice and top-ranked
sailors. To add interest this year, the annual NZ versus Australia
"Interdominion" competition is being held in South Australia, with the top three
teams invited to compete. South Australia will also host a regatta for the top
three girls teams from each country.
Team Sailing is particularly
demanding on umpires and officials, and we are very fortunate to have the
assistance of Yachting New Zealand to bring top Australian Team Sailing umpire
Noel Allen here to facilitate an umpiring course on April 25th.
event can be followed on the NZTSA website www.nztsa.co.nz
Sailors … Have a Go!Sir Murray Halberg believes “Every New Zealander, no matter
what their ability, has the right to participate in the sport or active
recreation in pursuit of their choice – there are no exceptions”.
aligns well with Sir Peter Blake’s idea and desire that all children should have
an opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of sailing.
Trust and Yachting New Zealand team up to make this happen.In term one, disabled
students from the Taranaki and Wellington regions have had the opportunity to
experience sailing via the Yachting New Zealand Sailing…Have a Go! schools
programme. The programme ran sessions for two days in each region.
Halberg Trust Activity Funding supported schools by covering the cost for more
than thirty disabled students to participate in the Sailing…Have a Go!
Craig Ryburn, YNZ Sailing…Have a Go! instructor ensured that
all students gained water confidence, sailed optimists dinghies independently or
as a pair, as well as offering a shared experience on the WETA
Trish Tennant of Paremata school thanks the instructor and the
club volunteers,”who were brilliant” Trish says “please, please do it again, it
was great. Two parents are following up about further yachting”.
clubs supported Craig by providing use of their club facilities, a coach boat
and volunteers. Volunteers were representatives of the Heretaunga Boating Club,
a dual representation of Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club and Sailability
Wellington, the Taranaki region was represented by volunteers of the New
Plymouth Yachting Club.
I would like to extend my thanks to the yacht
club volunteers for donating their time, and I wish to acknowledge the Eagles
Golfing Society for their ongoing fundraising efforts which allow the Activity
Fund to directly benefit our disabled youth’s participation in opportunities
such as the YNZ Sailing…Have a Go! programme.
For further information on
linking disabled students into the Yachting New Zealand Sailing… Have a Go!
programme, please contact: Jo O’Callaghan, 027 433 9404, alternatively email:
turn out for Last Shake Regatta 54 boats turned out at Naval Point Club Lyttelton for the
Last Shake Regatta on the weekend of April 9th and 10th.
Club sailors were invited to take part. Yachting New Zealand was proud to
support the regatta enabling reduced entry fees with a view to providing a
sailing opportunity for those in post-Quake Christchurch.
the Canterbury Keelboat Championship for the Presidents Cup, the Young 88 South
Island Championship and the Trailer Yacht South Island Championship (including
the Farr NZ Championships and the N22 South Island Championship) the Club opened
the regatta up for dinghy sailors and team sailors as well.
“A big vote
of thanks to the team of volunteers who made it all happen,” says Ken Camp, Club
Warm conditions, on Saturday in particular, greeted sailors
and a full schedule of racing was run, as well as a social function with a band
on the Saturday evening.
Results from the weekend are available here on
the NPCL website and an
image gallery here.
Gordon takes Young 88 Nationals The Harken Young 88 National Championships, hosted by the
RNZYS attracted a fleet of 22 boats on what was a blustery and wet Auckland
A total of eight races were sailed – four on Saturday in 20+
knots on a course set off Northern leading light, and another four on Sunday off
Takapuna in 15 to 20 knots.
Heavy rain all day Saturday made for poor
visibility and challenging sailing conditions but it didn’t dampen the fight for
the title which came down to a two way tangle between Flash Gordon, helmed by
Will Tiller, and Raging Hormones with Jim Maloney at the helm.
Gordon took the Championship sealing the deal in the final race with a win,
Raging Hormones suffering gear damage and required to settle for second place
overall. On board the winning boat with Tiller were Richard Bouzaid and Mike
Sanderson among others.
Line Results Top
1st Flash Gordon – Richard Bouzaid, Will Tiller and
2nd Raging Hormones – Jim Maloney and crew
3rd Danger Zone – Grant
Turnball and crew
4th Skitzo – Phil Robertson and crew
5th Abracadabra –
Zane Gifford and crew
For full results and
general handicap results visit the RNZYS website.
Racing Yacht to Retrace Winning Voyages The 106 year old, 34 foot keel yacht Wairiki, one of the
fleet of racers from Archibald Logan’s drawing board, will relive her glory days
in the Easter weekend Auckland-Tauranga race which she first competed in back in
The recently restored classic keeler notched up a formidable racing
record as one of the fastest in her class in her day, coming first on handicap
in the Auckland-Tauranga Ocean Race in 1926, 1928 and 1930, second on handicap
in 1923 and 1925 and third on handicap in 1927.
But in 2011 Wairiki
will be an unofficial competitor when she appears on the start line in the
International Paints Auckland Tauranga Race on Thursday, 21 April with a racing
fleet made up of some of today’s fastest, high tech models like Team Vodafone’s
flying trimaran, the fastest sailing boat in the southern
“Wairiki will set an elegant pace of around 6 knots, versus
the trimaran’s 25 knots plus, and we expect to be the last to arrive at the
Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club marina on Friday, 22 April after setting sail
the previous day from the Westhaven Tower at Westhaven,” says skipper, Jason
Prew who has been a key member of the restoration team of this now Auckland
based classic keeler.
Wairiki joins a formidable line-up of classic
yachts from the Logan stable already restored, including Jessie Logan, Waitangi,
Thelma, Rainbow and Rawene.
Date: Thursday 21
Start line: Westhaven Tower, Westhaven
off The Mount
Celebration of Sailing: Hebtro TrophyA fantastic Hebtro Trophy took place at Worser Bay Boating
Club on 3rd April 2011.
The Dickson family attended en masse, Dad - Roy
Dickson talked about his love of sailing and son - Chris related a neat story
about sailing with Dad on the Hauraki Gulf.
2011 was the 20th
anniversary of this children’s sailing fundraiser and it was great to have the
Mayor attend and give a short talk at the briefing. Organisers were pleased to
have Daryl Wislang attend from the Camper Team which is being run by Emirates
Team New Zealand for the Volvo Ocean Race. Darryl is a WBBC member who is now
in demand as a top international yachtsman.
The Commodore of WBBC,
Andrew Paterson said “I met a bunch of really interesting club members and RPNYC
people I had not met before; the fellowship of the Hebtro day was happening all
around me! Old friends and new friends. It was great to see “Christo” (Barry
Christopherson) and Pam”. Barry reintroduced the modern Hebtro Trophy 20 years
The wealth of celebrity yachties added particular “mana” to the
The format of the race is for the RPNYC keelers to sail right off
Worser Bay Boating Club making a fine spectacle. The racing started as a mark
foy where the speed challenged boats start first. If the handicapper has his
sums right then all boats finish together.
After marrying up boats to
sponsors and young sailors the racing commenced. Chris Dickson knows the value
of time and had generously bought an extra minute to reduce Drinks Trolley’s
handicap in the reverse auction.
Everybody came ashore really pumped,
with tall stories of wild rides and excitement. The youngsters in the Elliot 6
showed what regular sailing in the Wellington Youth Scheme can achieve and put
the wind up the celebrity boat only being overtaken on the last leg.
a fairytale ending, that exhibited the art of the handicapper, Chris Dickson
skippering Drinks Trolley narrowly won the Hebtro Trophy with Roy Dickson second
on Andiamo (after Nedax was disqualified for flying their spinnaker).
team shirt from “Rainbow II” was presented by Roy Dickson for sale at the
celebrity auction. In 1969 six young Kiwi sailors and their Sparkman and
Stevens designed 'one tonner' “Rainbow II” won the internationally prized, One
Ton Cup off Heligoland. The team shirt was bought by a club member and presented
to WBBC for display.
The auction contained many items of unique
provenance including champagne from the 2000 Loius Vuitton Cup in Auckland.
John Ashby provided many laughs with his unorthodox auctioneering style and
managed to remain dishonest even with Ted Jewett’s professional advice from the
A rousing rendition of the WBBC Anthem –sail until I sail no more
– closed proceedings.
WBBC would like to give a big thank you to RPNYC
for supporting the fundraiser and a huge hoorah for all of the wonderful
sponsors. Between the auction and the sponsors more than $17,500 was raised
for the kids learn to sail and development programs next year.
and Art Deco combinedNapier
Sailing Club will, as you know, be hosting the Optimist World Championships in
early 2012 and this will involve a major commitment from club members.
couple of weeks after that event the Napier Sailing Club intends to host a fun
race centred around the very popular Art Deco Weekend (16th – 19th Feb).
“It will take the form of a Mark Foy race around the port and along
Marine Parade and return on Saturday 18th,” explains Clive Snow from the Napier
Sailing Club. “The programme will commence with Tiffin at 1130 and followed by
‘The Chase’ with the slowest/oldest competitor away at 1300. The after race
function will be a ‘Rum Do’.”
“A separate section will be held for motor
cruisers of a ‘certain age’ who can compete in the speed event or the fishing
“We would like to highlight the event to older classes –
Idle Alongs, Zeddies, Gaffers etc. but all entries will be welcomed.”
you think this sailing event, to be run at the same time as Napier’s Art Deco
Weekend, sounds like fun – put a note in your diary or on the calendar now and
watch out for the NOR to be released later in the year.
Safety and Training
– congratulations Congratulations to the following new YNZ Race Management
Club Race Officers
Nelson Yacht Club
Fiona Balch, Otago Yacht Club
Richard Lane, Howick
Jon Hollies, RNZYS
David McIntyre, RAYC Auckland
and CoursesKeen to become Race Management qualified or to deliver Learn to
Sail at your Club?
Dates and details on the winter schedule of YNZ Race Management Seminars and Sailing Instructor Courses are now on the YNZ website.
You do need to register to attend, and as places are limited please try
to register by the date indicated. Registration forms for each of these courses
can be downloaded from the respective pages on the site.
Dates for Judges
Seminars are being finalized and will be notified in up-coming Briefings and on
offers Advanced Sea Survival in MayRoyal Akarana Yacht Club is offering the
Advanced Sea Survival Course on 7th and 8th of May and invites anyone interest
to get in touch and book in.
Advanced Sea Survival is a comprehensive
course covering all aspect of safety at sea and is a Coastguard recognised
course valid for five years. It includes a liferaft drill in a pool on Sunday
If you have previsouly completed Advanced Sea Survival but your
certificate has expired RAYC is offering a refresher on Sunday 8th May which
includes the liferaft exercise.
Please contact Kevin at RAYC (09) 5424
9945 or go to the RAYC website for booking forms etc. www.rayc.org.nz
Boss approaches Barcelona With kiwi Andy Meiklejohn (right) on board, Hugo Boss will
shortly arrive at the finish line of the Barcelona
World Race after sailing two-handed around the globe.
reported in over the weekend as they approached the fickle and challenging
Image: Wouter Verbraak/Alex Thomson Racing
“We are currently 400 miles
from the entrance [to the Gibraltar Straights] sailing upwind in a light North
easterly driven by the Levante. It seems incredible in such a long race where
you can choose your course through any system that we are, in the final stages,
dictated to in such a definite way.
“The straits of Gibraltar, a
geographical feature dating back beyond biblical times. Shadowed by the pillars
of Hercules, ‘The Rock of Gibraltar’ on the European side and Monte Hacho in
Morocco. These great columns present a wind funnel like no other with the two
prevailing breezes being the Levante, a strong easterly flow, and the Poniente
which is an equally strong westerly flow.
“Such is the restriction at the
bottle-neck, the effects of these flows can spread for hundreds of miles in
“A recent message from the Chairman of the organizing
committee said the consensus was that “the door to the Med was only half open”.
Our Oasis is within reach so we push on, still focused on doing a good job until
“Being only 800 miles from the finish and due around Easter
we are naturally thinking of what’s in store for us, people to contact, articles
to write, interviews to give and plans for future projects. A New Zealand
Vendee Globe or Barcelona World race project? There’s an idea, we have won
every other major trophy in the sport except for the short-handed sailing.
Sounds like a good focus for this new found energy.”
Coutts to present in OrewaA presentation by four time winner of the
Americas Cup and Olympic gold medallist Russell Coutts is planned for Wednesday
25th May at 8pm at the Orewa College Auditorium in Orewa.
$30 and proceeds will go towards the restoration of local heritage building –
the St Stephen’s Chapel, Whangaparoa. The planned format is a video, talk by
Russell on the America’s Cup, followed by an open Q & A session with an
expected time frame of up to two hours.
Tickets are strictly limited and
will be sold on a first-come basis. Entry is by ticket only. Tickets are
available by emailing Ron McInnes on firstname.lastname@example.org or from Manly
United Travel, House of Travel Orewa or House of Travel Browns Bay.
on...Here’s a line up of yachting on around the country over the coming
online calendar to see what’s on, and don’t miss out on some free promotion
for your next event... submit your event to our online calendar
2011 Toyota New Zealand Optimist National
Championship, 19th – 25th April
Wakatere Boating Club
2011 A Class
Catamaran National Championships, 21st – 24th April
Paints Auckland Tauranga Yacht Race 2011, 21st – 22nd April
Organised by the TYPBC
Classic - Easter Trailer Yacht & Sportboat Regatta 2011, 22nd –
Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron
Nth Island Class Champs, 22nd – 24th April
Bay of Plenty Trailer
Yacht Club Easter Regatta, 22nd – 24th April
Farr 3.7 National Championships, 22nd – 25th April
Secondary Schools Teams Sailing National Championships, 25th – 30th
Sandspit Yacht Club, Algies Bay
Sport NZ Match Racing Championship 2011, 27th – 29th April
Laser Masters Championship, 30th April
Tamaki Yacht Club
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Join the crew of the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing as they slash 20 minutes off their previous record for the PIC Coastal Classic on Friday.
The Coastal Classic is a 119nm course from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Originally conceived as a drag race between multihulls and monohulls
Volvo Ocean Race Control reports that the lead boats in the 40,000nm race have rounded, or rather passed, the turning point off Fernando de Noronha. They are now proceeding down the Brazilian coast, to round the back of the South Atlantic high pressure zone , and have what is expected to be a fast ride to the Leg 1 finish in Cape Town.
With a fleet and sailors as diverse as the nightlife on Ocean Avenue, the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club kicks off in just two weeks, featuring eighteen ultra-high performance Melges 32 teams from nine different countries.
With less than a day left to reach the turning mark at Fernando de Nonoha, 220nm off the coast of Brazil, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has retained the lead she built in the Doldrums.
She is unlikely to be headed, although the second boat on the water, Team Brunel is projected to be less than an hour behind at Fernando
One flight of the Quarter Finals was sailed Friday afternoon following the completion of the Qualifying Rounds and the selection of opponents and draw for boats. The Quarter Finals set Ian Williams against Marek Stanczyk, Taylor Canfield against Steffan Lindberg, Eric Monnin against Pierre Morvan, and an all Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen against Johnie Berntsson.
What could be better than racing for three days with over 2000 of the world's best sailors? How about racing for four days! The St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is proud to announce that their pre-event, the Gill Commodore's Cup, is accepting entries in all boat categories (excluding Lottery Class).
The seventh day of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam saw the light winds continue, despite a promising forecast for today. In the late afternoon a few of the sailors took part in a tow-in training session as there is scope to run a tow-in contest tomorrow, with the forecast looking glassy.
Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens.
Peter Dimech, Principal Race Officer and Race Chair spoke about the storm that raged through the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet. “The remaining yachts racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are expected to arrive at the Royal Malta Yacht Club by today and tomorrow. Whilst the wind speed has decreased, the sea state is still significant and we are keeping a close watch on the yachts still at sea.
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Alvimedica. I’d hate to come across as being impossible to please but after days of wanting out of the doldrums, days of struggling with routines, with sleep, with a lack of regularity and consistency to our schedules, and of course--predictability to the weather—we’re 'out' and still trying to find it
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 13 onboard Team SCA. I’m unsure if I should be nervous, excited, stressed, or thrilled today. As today I get to have fish guts smeared over me only to then become officially apart of King Neptune’s kingdom.
There was a shakeup at the top on day three of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida! Fully recharged thanks to the lay day yesterday, all competitors were eager to enter the final stretch of the competition in Clearwater, and the planing conditions in the forecast certainly contributed to the excitement on the beach.
The opening day of the 105-boat China Cup International Regatta saw old rivalries renewed in the Beneteau 40.7 class, as Vatti Sailing stole victory from Vanke Longcheer in the opening Simpson Marine Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.
Team Alvimedica Navigational Strategist, Anderson Reggio, explains the issues ahead of the crews in the remaining half of leg 1 of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
After the Equator and Fernando, the weather looks to be shaping up to be pretty standard for the South Atlantic. The St Helena High which typically dominates this body of water is the main driver for breeze in the short term.
The next landmark, or ‘sea mark’ if you will, for Leg 1 is crossing the Equator, as Team Alvimedica continue to make their way south to round Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil.
Crossing this latitude is not like crossing any other on their way around the world, but has special significance for sailors who have never crossed the 0° parallel of latitude.
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Mapfre cruzará el Ecuador hacia las 13:00 aproximadamente.
Argo Group Gold Cup - A front slowly crossing Bermuda brought with it an overcast sky and rain squalls. Nonetheless, despite squelching their way ashore completely soaked, the Group 2 crews enjoyed the morning’s stronger breeze, the wind less shifty having veered into the southwest overnight, blowing down Hamilton Harbour rather than across it.
RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - In second place, Adam Larson of Bermuda has seven points and had a great day on the water today. Larson, whose family is still without electricity after Hurricane Gonzalo, said he has been getting to bed a lot earlier these days and feels that the conditions also favored his performance today.
As predicted in last night's preview in Sail-World, the ORMA 60 TeamVodafone Sailing has set a new course record for the 119nm course in the PIC Coastal Classic.
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in day one of racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the number two skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points.
The forecast for day six at the La Torche PWA Grand Slam offered a slight possibility of producing some racing, but unfortunately the wind never really materialised meaning the sailors spent another day on hold. Throughout the day there were gusts of up to 10 knots, but the wind failed to improve beyond that.
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team SCA. This morning the boat was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, shortly after sun up we were hooning along in 20kts in a torrential downpour, by late afternoon we were sailing backwards, and who knows what tonight will bring.
The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up. First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ears.
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team Alvimedica. There is no question as to the origins of the phrase 'down in the doldrums;' the monotony of these days is painfully apparent. It’s a pattern too familiar: a night of variable conditions—torrential rain and 20 knots of wind one minute, no wind and starry skies the next. Feast or famine.
With only nine days remaining until the close of entries, one of the smallest, most audacious and memorable yachts in the history of the CYCA’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, appropriately became the 100th entry. A mere 10.5 metres, James Cameron’s Hick 35, Luna Sea, will again do duty as one of the pintsized yachts in fleet for the 70th edition of the 628 nautical mile race.
Today was the last day of competition at the Student Yachting World Cup. Even though England’s victory was already for sure, the top-5-ranking could change a lot with two more races: Italy was second with 46 pts, Ireland third with 47 pts, Norway fourth (52 pts) and Switzerland fifth (58.2 pts)… the USA followed with 59 pts!
A varied and international fleet ranging from 40 to 100ft (12.19 to 30.48m) will set off for Grenada on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race.
The United States will be the second most heavily represented nation at the Star Sailors League Finals when they take place at Nassau in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. Reflecting the consistency, quality and number of sailors involved in the Star class, the United States has the largest representation in the Star Sailors League with 294 skippers and 376 crew.
Airbus and Oracle Team USA have forged a technology partnership. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, Airbus will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the Oracle Team USA design team.
Thursday has proved another dramatic day in the story of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. While yesterday (Wednesday) was a day of seamanship and survival as yachts battled storm force winds, it was also a day of arrivals as the same winds pushed competitors to the finish.
The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity both day and night, welcoming back yachts taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. By Midday on Day Six 34 yachts have finished the race and 25 yachts have retired. Each and every sailor that has taken part, including those that are still out there, has a story to tell for years to come.
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar made a near perfect start to in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda yesterday. The British skipper who stands top of the the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and is second in the ISAF rankings, goes into today's remaining round robin flights leading group 1.
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Brunel. 'At this rate, it will take a century before we get to Cape Town,' sighs Jens Dolmer, standing on the bow. He is trying in vain to push the flapping foresail outwards. There is hardly a breath of wind. In the distance, the sun is sinking into the ocean.