sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Spinnaker start for Newport to Bermuda fleet
Spinnaker start for Newport to Bermuda fleet

'2012 Newport Bermuda Race'    Daniel Forster    Click Here to view large photo

The 2012 Newport Bermuda fleet of 166 yachts is on its way to the sunny isles. First to start was the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s sail-training vessel the ‘Spirit of Bermuda’. She was the sole entry in the new Spirit of Tradition Division. She went off a half hour before the next start Class 1 in the St. Davis’s Lighthouse Division.

The final group, one 6-boat class in the Open Division, headed south at 3:30. Some Gibbs Hill Lighthouse boats expect to finish in about 43 hours. That would slash about 10 hours off of the record set in 2002 by Roy Disney’s ‘Pyewacket’. This was the first spinnaker start since the 2002 record setter.
2012 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race -start in Narragansett Bay. Vamp - Leonard J Sitar leads the J44 fleet away -  Barry Pickthall-PPL ©   Click Here to view large photo

Winds at the start were 15-17 kts out of the northeast and with the tide coming in a short chop set up winds against current. But this is nothing like what the boats that hit the Gulf Stream Friday night will encounter.

With 17 kts of northeast wind against the 3-4kt Gulf Stream coming from the southwest, the waves will stack up like walls. The big boats will be hitting 17 to 20+ kts and flying off the big waves. Like Disney did in 2002, they might have to slow down to keep from damaging the boats.

Peter Isler, navigator of George David’s ‘Rambler’ thought they would finish in that 43-hour time frame but was concerned about the Bermuda High filling in around the island might make the wind go light and shifty. The last 50 miles in the approach to Bermuda is always tricky. Commenting on the first part of the course for ‘Rambler’, Isler said, 'I thought about going out and buying some warm clothes for the first part of the trip, but we will be in the warm Gulf Stream tonight and probably stripping off layers.'

'Sailing the course to Bermuda is like sailing in my backyard', Isler added. 'Newport Bermuda is a great race because the destination is great, usually sunny and always warm.'

2012 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race -start in Narragansett Bay. Class 10 Gibbs Hill Lighthouse division led away by George David’s 90ft maxi Rambler (left)
PHOTO CREDIT: Barry Pickthall/PPL -  Barry Pickthall-PPL ©   Click Here to view large photo


Mark Watson, skipper of Bermuda’s Team Tiburon, sailing ‘Wizard’ said they expect to be home by Sunday morning. He also stressed the fact that weather forecasting is a prediction and that conditions can change. 'Right now it looks like the weather will favor the big boats. We should be able to finish Sunday morning and I’ll spend Father’s Day with my children.'

Boats that had particularly powerful starts included Rives Potts ‘Carina’, Simon and Steve Frank’s 'Gracie' and Lenny Sitar’s ‘Vamp’. ‘Carina’ won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy and the North Rock Beacon Trophy in 2010.
RECORDS
Average speeds:
15k = 42.33 hours
14.5 = 43.8
14 = 45.36
13.5 = 47.037

Best time (Lighthouse), Pyewacket (2002) Roy Disney, 53:29:22, 11.8 knots (new record)

Best time, Demonstration/Open Division, Morning Glory (2004), Hasso Plattner (Germany), 48:38:31 13.066k

2012 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race -start in Narragansett Bay. Carina - Rives Potts, making the most of the blustery conditions -  Barry Pickthall-PPL ©   Click Here to view large photo


2012 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race -start in Narragansett Bay. Carina - Rives Potts, making the most of the blustery conditions -  Barry Pickthall-PPL ©   Click Here to view large photo


by Talbot Wilson

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98550

1:09 AM Sat 16 Jun 2012GMT


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







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