sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Ratcheting up the program
Ratcheting up the program

'Initiatives at last year's Class40 Worlds - Atlantic Cup'    Emma Creighton    Click Here to view large photo

American skipper Emma Creighton prepares for the 2012 Atlantic Cup with co-Skipper Jorge Madden (ESP) aboard a Class 40.

Chalk it up it to a tough economy or the difficulty of making the grade, but the hard fact remains that only five of the 79 skippers who participated in the 2011 La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 (AKA, the Mini Transat) advanced from their Class Mini yachts to the faster Class 40 race boats for the 2012 season. American Emma Creighton (27)—the third American female skipper to have completed the Mini Transat—is thrilled to be amongst the fortunate few. 'I can’t wait!' reported an ecstatic Creighton. 'The chance to step onto a bigger boat with a great teammate is huge.'

This May, Creighton and co-skipper Jorge Madden (28; ESP) will race the Class 40, Initiatives (GBR 30), in the 2012 Atlantic Cup (May 11 to 27). The three-stage race includes a 645-nautical-mile distance leg from Charleston, South Carolina to New York City, NY, where the fleet will also participate in a fun-spirited 'Pro-Am' race. Next up is the 260-nautical-mile sprint from the Big Apple to Newport, Rhode Island. The event’s grand finale is a weekend (May 26 and 27) of fully crewed, around-the-buoy racing, which will be contested off of Newport.

'This year’s race will be the first time that the European Class 40s will be racing in the States with the U.S. fleet,' said Creighton. 'So this is going to be a super exciting and competitive event.' Creighton and Madden may be long on enthusiasm, but they freely admit that their lack of Class-40 experience is a weakness. While both skippers are fresh off big 2011 seasons that included the singlehanded, 4,200-nautical-mile Mini Transat, this will be their first Class 40 event, and their first partnership. Interestingly, Creighton and Madden are also the youngest team entered the Atlantic Cup, and Creighton is the only American female skipper—and one of only two women—competing.

Fortunately for Creighton and Madden, the two will have time to get acquainted with Initiatives when they sail her from Progreso, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, to Charleston, South Carolina, a trip that Creighton estimates will take a week to ten days. Not only will the co-skippers use this delivery to shakedown their sails and systems, but Creighton also plans to use it to fine-tune her own fitness.

Emma at the finish of the 2011 Mini Transat - Atlantic Cup -  Emma Creighton  
For the past five months, she has been logging hard days in the gym and with her physical therapist, working to re-gain strength and hard-won range of motion following a November 2011 shoulder surgery. 'I’m fully recovered, but I’m not as strong as I was before the surgery,' said Creighton of her repaired right wing.

'I’ve still got some strength training to do, but I expect to accomplish that on the delivery.' Once in Charleston, the co-skippers will have three to four weeks to make their final preparations before the May 11 start of the Charleston—New York leg.

Given the Class 40’s far heavier sail inventory and bigger equipment, both Creighton and Madden can expect some athletic days aboard Initiatives, hoisting sails and dealing with serious loads on the running rigging. Fortunately, Class 40s are essentially scaled-up Classe Minis—boats that Creighton and Madden know well. Moreover, Creighton spent three weeks this winter helping Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives’ owner) to prepare the boat for the now-ongoing La Solidaire du Chocolat (Nantes, France to Progreso, Mexico). This involved re-stepping the rig, digging into all of its systems and conducting a 90-degree test—an invaluable experience for reducing her learning curve and increasing her confidence.

'That was a great opportunity to learn the boat under Tanguy’s tutelage and to do some sailing together,' said Creighton. 'He’s wonderful about mentoring younger sailors—I’m really fortunate to be able to race his boat in exchange for some delivery work.'
As for conditions, the North Atlantic in May isn’t exactly the Southern Ocean, but it’s also far cry from the Horse Latitudes. 'It’s quite likely there will be a big-wind scenario, especially for the first leg,' said Race Director Hugh Piggin. 'If it’s from the north, it could make getting around Cape Hatteras hazardous with the Gulf Stream in the mix.' While admitting that the weather could be tricky, Creighton was non-pulsed by the prospect of lumpy water and instead focused on the positives. 'I’m not nervous at all—just excited!' she said. 'I already have a pretty good feel for how weather systems work, but I’m really looking forward to having access to weather-routing information, and to becoming better at using routing software.'

Perhaps this can-do attitude is precisely why Creighton and Madden earned a coveted Class 40 opportunity in what can only be termed a 'challenging' environment.

All told, the 2012 Atlantic Cup encompasses 905 nautical miles of offshore racing, a great weekend of buoy chasing and months of planning, preparation and training. Please visit Creighton’s website or Facebook page (search: Emma's Sailing Exploits) for more information on her sailing campaigns, and stay tuned for more news from this talented American sailor.

Interview requests and sponsorship inquiries are welcome. Please contact: Emma Creighton, co-Skipper, GBR 30 Tel: U.S. Mobile: 508-736-7616 E-mail: emmatcreighton@gmail.com
http://emmacreighton.net/


by Emma Creighton

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95204

12:27 PM Fri 23 Mar 2012GMT


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







News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,


















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England






Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   


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