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

 

Sail-World.com : Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek battles with issues in ocean sprint 5

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek battles with issues in ocean sprint 5

'Operon Racing - Velux 5 Oceans'    Richard Walch/ Velux 5 Oceans

Velux 5 Oceans Polish skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski has had a difficult start to ocean sprint 5 which left Charleston SC for La Rochelle, France on Saturday.

At around 130 miles behind race leader Brad Van Liew already Gutek’s latest interview reveals that he has been battling with a catalogue of issues, some of which still need to be resolved before he can get back on the pace.

On Saturday night Gutek’s position meant he hit some bad weather that the rest of the fleet avoided. 'The thunderstorm made me slower; the worst thing was that the wind was constantly changing its direction so the sea was very confused. Anyway – I am through it now. The other guys went closer to the shore and that turned out to be better decision' he said.

Another of Guteks’s problems was his boat speed, Operon Racing was moving far slower than he would have expected, and the reason turned out to be some old fishing nets. 'I caught fishing nets on my keel – there was no vibration, nothing; I just noticed that the boat is slower with no particular reason. So I took my Go Pro camera (the small waterproof one that all the skippers have) and put it through the emergency hatch down below – and then saw on my computer that I have a huge fishing net around my keel. I’m not sure how long I was going like that – probably all night and half a day, what made me some 50% slower. It was an old net, submerged, but not sinking because of the last flotation device it had' he said.

Unfortunately his plan to free the net was thwarted by a couple of large visitors…Gutek explained: 'I was considering diving but saw two killer whales playing around, so gave up this idea. Finally I was sailing backwards so long that I got rid of this stuff.'

As if this wasn’t enough, Gutek also has some problems with his mainsail and needs to climb the mast. 'Now I am sailing with one reef on my main but the conditions allow me to go faster. One of the cars on my mainsail track is blocked, so I can’t put up more sail nor reduce it further. Now I have a big swell, so can’t risk climbing up the mast. I did it once in similar conditions but I don’t want to repeat this experience. Hopefully a high pressure system is coming with sort of calm, so I will go up as soon as possible'

With Derek Hatfield and Gutek currently tied on points, and less than 3000 miles of the race left, Gutek will need to remedy his difficulties as soon as possible if he is to get back in the fight for second place on the podium.

Positions at 1200 UTC
Skipper / distance to finish (nm) / distance to leader (nm) / distance covered in last 24 hours (nm) / average speed in last 24 hours (kts)
Brad Van Liew, Le Pingouin: 2729.4 / 0 / 307.7 / 12.8
Chris Stanmore-Major, Spartan: 2753.8 / 24.4 / 306.2 / 12.8
Derek Hatfield, Active House: 2809.3 / 79.8 / 308.2 / 12.8
Zbigniew Gutkowski, Operon Racing: 2862.3 / 132.9 / 275.2 / 11.5

Velux 5 Oceans website




by Velux 5 Oceans

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83598

5:23 PM Tue 17 May 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans Race

Related News Stories:

08 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2014-15 welcomes SolOceans One Design class
03 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans next edition set for autumn 2014
01 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 concludes
30 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 skipper Derek Hatfield takes third place
29 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek second Overall
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major second in sprint five
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew takes the title
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans overall victory to Brad Van Liew
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans fleet charges towards La Rochelle finish line
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek battling keel problems
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2014 - Images by Erik Simonson
Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Australian Sailing Team signs up
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sailors place on world regatta circuits
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
Helping boaters understand weather basics   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2   
Match 40s find the surface again + Video   
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi   
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director   
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   


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