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

 

Sail-World.com : Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Challenges of upwind sailing

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Challenges of upwind sailing

'Welcome to Yorkshire set sail in race two (from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race'    onEdition ©

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race second race in leg one, which started in Madeira and will finish in Rio De Janeiro, is currently underway.

Today brings with it a change from downwind sailing to upwind beating as the fleet continues to head south towards the finish line at the foot of Rio de Janeiro’s Sugarloaf Mountain. For the majority of the teams it appears that they have made it through the Doldrums relatively painlessly as spinnakers are now swapped for Yankee headsails.

'Beating to windward in squally conditions means hatches closed all round and a very uncomfortable sweaty life below decks,' explains Welcome to Yorkshire’s skipper, Rupert Dean. 'For the mothers doing cooking duties it is particularly brutal and we are really having to look out for each other to ensure all are adequately hydrated and are safe from heatstroke.

'The wind continues to blow strongly and has gone from a south westerly direction to southerly. Consequently we've tacked and are steering best course to windward to obtain optimal VMG (Velocity Made Good) towards Cabo Frio, whilst swapping reefs and headsails to match. A local depression in the area has made the belt of southerly winds particularly thick and strong, so it will be a while yet before we feel the full benefit of the south easterly trade winds.'

Whilst the skipper of Welcome to Yorkshire bemoans the disadvantages of sailing upwind in hot sticky conditions, it appears that skipper Richard Hewson on board Gold Coast Australia is willing to accept that life will be a little uncomfortable especially if it means extra speed towards their destination.

'The benefit of sailing further south means we will be able to sail lower and faster for the rest of our trip to Rio than the other boats,' explains the Tasmanian skipper. 'We are currently steaming along at about 10 knots, slightly cracked away from the wind as it continues to lift on our new rhumb line to Rio.

'The only problem with our current course and speed is that it’s very wet. Rather than the normal seven to eight knots to windward, we are cracked away slightly to go faster, but still have the oncoming sea and swell to contend with, as we just found out when we ploughed straight through a wave like a submarine. One of the crew’s lifejacket inflated, and water poured over the deck, almost filling the cockpit, and straight down the vent that sits above the skipper’s bunk and onto my mattress and bedding! But it’s worth the sacrifice for the extra speed.'

After more than a week of level downwind sailing, the sudden change to beating upwind once more has come as a shock to many according to Singapore’s skipper, Ben Bowley.

'So I think we had all forgotten how much of a strain it is physically (and therefore mentally) trying to work a boat to windward!' he exclaims. 'The simple action of disentangling oneself from the windward bunk, getting dressed, eating, using the heads and getting on deck for watch requires a Herculean effort!

'The wind had been fairly fresh and the challenges of living life at a 25 degree angle of heel are starting to wear on us all. This is compounded by the occasional pot hole in the sea, a large wave that the boat crashes off with a bone jarring, rattling, sickening smash. It is quite amazing the outrageous poses that people strike in an effort to brace against the heel of the yacht, something like martial arts moves frozen in time and very strength sapping!

'Our repair to the steering is also feeling the strain. Yesterday, during one of our hourly checks, it became apparent that things were starting to open up again and a good part of the afternoon was spent trying to shore up the repair. The longer we can nurse the system the better and it would be fantastic if we could keep it running for another couple of thousand miles at least. Emergency steering is no fun for anyone and we are now determined to at least equal our Race1 position, if not better it, steering failure or not!'

Geraldton Western Australia set sail in race two (from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  onEdition ©?nid=87533  

Juan Coetzer, skipper of Geraldton Western Australia, echoes the others skippers’ descriptions of the new conditions as his team also emerges from the Doldrums.

'We’ve been sailing close hauled for the last day in what feels like a washing machine as the sea state has been a little confused,' explains Juan. 'Up on deck it has been wet and windy, with rain squalls coming through now and then. Below decks, it is hot and sweaty but the crew are managing well in these trying conditions, their spirits are still high and eager to push on.'

Equally keen to push on in the challenging conditions are the crew on board Scottish entry, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, according to the team’s skipper Gordon Reid.

'Sailing upwind again in the stronger winds makes life below decks more of a challenge, but despite the tougher conditions the race team on Edinburgh Inspiring Capital are in good spirits and still smiling. Our position has been eroded in the last 24 hours but we will once more drive to the top in the yacht which has again, on Race 2, recorded the fastest 12-hour run of the fleet.

'Round the World crew member Nick Barclay, aka ‘Scarlet’, is proving a hot number on the wheel,' says Gordon. 'And he says, ‘Hello to the folks back home!’ as he drives our boat fast towards Rio.'

As the heavy, cloud laden skies of the Doldrums start to disappear another advantage of leaving the ITCZ behind becomes apparent as crew member Andrew Priest on board New York explains.

'Ocean sailing has its moments. Big seas, whistling wind, humid hot air, wind holes, New York has seen it all over the last few weeks since we left the English Channel and headed south through the Bay of Biscay and out into the North Atlantic.

'For much of the time we have had to rely on our dimly lit compass to guide our way at night. The Doldrums saw heavy skies throughout with cloud cover blotting out stars and the moon meaning there was no other way to helm other than by compass. Tonight though, we were treated to a night sky full of stars, with no cloud cover and with the waning moon not set to rise until the early hours.

'For the helm this means it is possible to pick a guiding star or several and steer towards them with only the occasional glance at the compass to check we are still on course. In the ocean our view of the stars is not blighted by city lights and the Milky Way was clearly visible, stretching like a plume of aircraft exhaust across the middle of the night sky. With Stephan (Larson) on board, who has spent years studying the sky, it meant we were treated to a tour of the stars including the brighter planets led by Jupiter.

'As we now have the southern trade winds our course to Rio will be a steady one, accelerating from a beat to a reach as the wind moves eastwards and putting us into a long drag race with the Clipper fleet to our west to the finish line.'
For the skipper of De Lage Landen, the last 24 hours have been a busy period of sail change after sail change as both weather and luck have played their part in deciding the sail configuration of the Dutch entry.

'After 40 hours with our heavyweight kite up we peeled to our medium weight only for some small holes to appear in it,' explains the team’s skipper, Mat Booth. 'So back down it came and up went the trusty heavyweight again. An hour after the spinnaker was set, in came a squall, down came the spinnaker and so began the theme of the day!

'With the wind now steady and coming from the south west we were beating to windward and making a good southerly course to boot. An hour later the wind had eased sufficiently for us to carry our Yankee 1 so another sail change evolution began.

'Guess what happened next? Yes, more wind, so down came the number 1 and up went the number 2!

'All credit to my crew, they have worked non-stop to keep this boat moving and continue to impress me on a daily basis,' says Mat. 'So the big question for us now is, are we through? Was our Doldrums experience a mere three squalls and under an hour of being becalmed? Time will tell, all the weather information is telling me we are but you never know - fingers are firmly crossed!'

Derry-Londonderry set sail in race two (from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race -  onEdition ©?nid=87533  

Hoping that last night was also their final period in the Doldrums is Derry-Londonderry’s skipper, Mark Light.

'We are still making good progress south but through the night we definitely experienced the Doldrums,' says Mark.
'With lots of very dark, ominous looking clouds, not heavy but persistent rainfall and the barometer showing an even further drop in pressure. The crew are at the moment all prepared and ready to drop the spinnaker before Mother Nature decides to drop it for us (in many pieces!). Everything is set and the crew are briefed on their stations so that we can drop the sail quickly, efficiently and, most of all, safely.

'We have a constant watch on the radar looking for dark squalls that could seriously modify our sail plan involuntarily. I think within 36 hours we could start to see some upwind sailing as we transit into some south easterly trade wind conditions.'

As another milestone of Race 2 is reached in the form of the south east trade winds, another looms on the horizon as the teams prepare to cross the Equator and a visit to the court of King Neptune.

Positions at 0900 UTC, Sunday 21 August
Boat / DTF* / DTL**
1 Singapore /2095nm
2 Gold Coast Australia / 2098nm / +3nm
3 Welcome to Yorkshire /2098nm / +3nm
4 Derry-Londonderry / 2198nm / +103nm
5 Qingdao/2226nm / +131nm
6 De Lage Landen / 2228nm / +131nm
7 New York / 2234nm / +139nm
8 Visit Finland / 2271nm / +176nm
9 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital / 2312nm / +217nm
10 Geraldton Western Australia / 2392nm / +297nm

DTF* = Distance to Finish, DTL** = Distance to Leader. Full positions are updated every three hours and can be found here.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website




by Zoe Williamson

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87533

11:43 AM Sun 21 Aug 2011 GMT






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


Related News Stories:

31 Oct 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - First Clipper 70 hits the UK
18 Oct 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to support youth cancer charity
16 Oct 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Deputy Race Director appointed
23 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Victory for Gold Coast Australia
21 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet on final phase
20 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face tightly packed finish
19 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Southampton
13 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao cross Race 14 finish
12 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Race - Singapore first over Race 14 finish
12 Jul 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 14 finish fast approaching
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Leading the Charge - your VOR Form Guide by Ben Gladwell, Boating New Zealand - www.stu
For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race is to be contested in a strict, one-design class. The emphasis is shifted from who has the best boat to suit the conditions to who has the best men - or women - onboard. ... [more]  

Three America's Cup sailors have been named in the top 20 sports earners, in a list published in the New Zealand Herald this week. Topping the list is Sir Russell Coutts with a claimed earnings of $13million. He is just a $1million ahead of an English Premier League player, Winston Reid, and motor racing ace, Scott Dixon. All Black captain, Ritchie McCaw is ranked #5. ... [more]  

Melges 32 World Championship - Prepare for off-the-charts action by International Melges 32 Class Association
Entering its sixth World Championship season, the International Melges 32 Class Association has raced at arguably every world-class venue on the globe, has seen the most respected pro and amateur sailors on its courses and most importantly, learned valuable lessons of what owners and sailors want so that the Melges 32 continues to be strongest one design grand prix sportboat on the planet. ... [more]  

With light winds continuing to dominate on day six of the Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam, the decision was made to begin the Reno SUP Challenge during the afternoon, which saw twelve teams battling it out in heats of two for a place in tomorrow’s final, to keep the crowds entertained. ... [more]  

Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for day three of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these stunning images of the action. ... [more]  

The IFDS Rankings for Paralympic Classes have been released. It's a British 1-2 at the top of the 2.4mR Rankings with Megan Pascoe at world number one and Helena Lucas at world number two. 2014 World Champion Heiko Kroger (GER) sits at world number seven but counts less regattas than those above him. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex are happy to reveal the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2014. ISAF received nominations for the 2014 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. ... [more]  

Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. ... [more]  

The 35th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is fast approaching and appears likely to rewrite the record books. Entries are shortly due to close and the Royal Malta Yacht Club is already bracing itself for the biggest fleet to grace its island home since the Great Siege of 1565. The Ottoman Armada of 450 years ago was recorded to be 193 in strength. ... [more]  

The Notice of Race for ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, scheduled for 25-31 January 2015, has been released. On-line entry will open on 10 November 2014. The deadline for priority entries with regards to quotas is 5 December 2014. Entries must be received no later than 5 January 2015 to qualify for early entry. ... [more]  

A stellar list of just under 100 broadcasters has been lined up to showcase the world’s toughest ocean challenge, the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, to a new global audience of fans. The 12th edition has offered channels a line-up of a new 39-part weekly half-hour show plus special short bespoke features. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing on Day 2 ... [more]  

New Ragamuffin 100 emerges from the hull build in Nowra *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Ragamuffin 100, which started out as a modified Elliott design, Maximus, is another supermaxi undergoing a major rebuild or retrofit. Across the Tasman, the new Ragamuffin 100 will be virtually a new boat with a a new hull design by Andy Dovell / Syd Fischer / David Witt. The hull mould and shell was built by Innovation Composites at the Nowra facility. ... [more]  

Southern Spars ships the world's tallest masts by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Leading world sparmaker, Southern Spars, has shipped two spars for a new 85 metre ketch. The superyacht will carry two 93metre masts which will be the world’s tallest rigs on one gigantic yacht. ... [more]  

Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2014. Started in 2009, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. The prestigious trophy will be awarded during the World Yacht Racing Forum in Barcelona, on December 11, 2014. ... [more]  

David Kellett (AUS) is to be awarded the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, first presented in 1988 in memory of Beppe Croce, the ISAF President from 1969 to 1986, will be presented to Kellett at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. ... [more]  

After being graced with plenty of late summer sunshine during the opening days of the event, more autumnal weather moved in on the fifth day of the Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam with grey skies and infrequent showers. Unfortunately though the light winds continued as the sailors endured another lay day. ... [more]  

In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. ... [more]  

Kate Nota and her team onboard the J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer (August 15). ... [more]  

The largest Laser World Championship in history will be taking place on the south coast of France when 515 sailors, representing 36 different countries, begin racing on October 5 to open the 2014 Audi Laser Masters’ World Championships. The Laser remains one of the best and most popular boats worldwide in which to enjoy the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was back on the water for day two at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

It has been an interesting journey so far for the Chinese team in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team. Approximately 10 months ago this team set out on a mission to select and train Chinese recruits in the hope that they would be ‘race ready’ for the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play now – and boasts a host of exciting features which will allow users to be closer to the on-water adventure than ever before. ... [more]  

Race teams planning next season’s calendar could do worse than sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015 which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

Sunset+Vine|APP, the Oxford-based unit of the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company Sunset+Vine, has helped ISAF smash all previous broadcaster records for the recent Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day four of the Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam as the light winds continued. Over the course of the day a few sailors took the opportunity to make the most of the small waves on offer, either surfing or SUPping. After spending the day on hold the sailors were released at 4:30pm. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts eight
2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Bid guidelines now published
Volvo Ocean Race: Last medical training for the onboard sailors +Video
2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship - Images by Erik Simonson
J/105 North American Champs- Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin succeeds
Extreme Sailing Series: Burling and Tuke back on board for Nice Act
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen wins US event
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Canfield wins first Dutch Match Cup
Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas become strategic partners
Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014 – Day two video
Bart's Bash: Update and Video - Information overload!
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 2
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - USA leads Denmark in Sheboygan final
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Benz Faget wins third mallory
J/105 North American Champ - Wilmer/McLaughlin team maintain advantage
Images from Cannes: Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Hobie 16 Open North Americans and 2015 Pan Am Games qualifier overall   
Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature   
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.   
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar clinches   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Meldgaard and Le Berre ready for semis   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3   
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video   
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue   
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand   
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle   
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published   
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014   
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up   
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan   
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4   


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