Field Reports—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
The second edition of the Barcelona World Race (BWR) has been an interesting game to watch in recent days, provided, of course, that you don't spend too much time pondering Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron's (Vibrac-Paprec 3) seemingly unassailable lead. After all, there's plenty of great sailing happening further astern. Take, for example, the dedicated efforts of Spaniards Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez aboard Mapfre. The double Olympians have been battling Estrella Damm for second place, despite breaking a daggerboard that required serious (and newfound) boatbuilding skills to repair. 'The operation went very well...what a satisfaction!' said Martinez. 'We were both dead, exhausted, empty of power and then came a report where we saw that Estrella Damm was a little over ten miles astern, but we managed to repair and place it without being passed over. We were thrilled! We felt like we won set point!'
Further astern, the mood sounds somewhat slouched aboard Team Neutrogena, where Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann are currently holding seventh place. Breymaier, it should be noted with distinction, is the lone American to have ponied-up and entered race. 'This confused sea phenomenon is becoming quite tiring and I am wondering where the nice even rows of swells are,' said Breymaier. 'When the big Southern Ocean swell does appear, it is just a nuisance, normally coming from leeward and making it almost impossible to drive the boat and keep the spinnaker up.' Complicating matters for Breymaier and Herrmann are a series of tricky weather patterns, a broken water-ballast tube that recently gushed over 265 gallons of saltwater into the boat, not to mention a tight fight with the Swiss team Mirabaud. 'We have never sailed this boat in these conditions before. It is a hard thing to comprehend when you're sitting in a dry office talking to co-workers before the race,' said Breymaier. Be sure to check out all the great BWR coverage in this issue.
Meanwhile, in Auckland, two prospective teams from Asian have been on the scene, checking out the new AC45 and having a sail. 'The boat is very well balanced, a very safe design that is great for teams without much experience,' said Yann Dabbadie, a designer from a prospective Chinese interest. 'It's very basic and very easy to handle—a very good first step.' Feedback like this is certainly encouraging for less-experienced teams, as there's little doubt that the AC45 packs a lot of power into a fairly tidy package.
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew Gutkowski onboard his yacht Operon Racing Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com
And finally, in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, careful readers will not be surprised to see American Brad Van Liew occupying his customary spot in the front of the pack. He is now followed by Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski (Operon Racing) after a tussle with Canadian Derek Hatfield, who is now in third. Read about it in this issue.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com
RORC Caribbean 600 - Just ten days to go Trish Jenkins, The RORC Caribbean 600, now in its third year, has attracted competitors from all over the world. When the gun goes at Fort Charlotte, Antigua on the 21st February to mark the start the racing crews will be pumped up with adrenalin to begin a high-speed adventure in arguably the best sailing grounds in the world.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Groupe Bel on the charge Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - So far it looks like more straightforward, plain sailing over coming days for the pairs of Hugo Boss and Gaes Centros Auditivos and for Mirabaud and Neutrogena.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Hatfield has oil leak on Active House Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans competitor, Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield, said today he is relishing the tight racing. The only concern on Active House is an oil leak which Derek discovered moments prior to the start of the leg. 'I took the decision to start the race and fix the problem at sea but as yet I haven't been able to stop the leak,' Derek explained.... [more] Share this story
Heineken Cape to Rio 2011 Yacht Race - Winner declared Jeanne van Rooyen (Race HQ), Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race winner was declared to be the City of Cape Town announced after race headquarters announced the official results in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday evening.... [more] Share this story
Sixth Annual Marine Industry Career Day on March 5th Cynthia Goss, Sixth Annual Marine Industry Career Day will be held on Saturday, March 5, at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, and will draw marine industry experts and employers who are all coming to IYRS with one goal in mind: to connect with individuals interested in marine careers.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing to launch new Road Show Program Jake Fish, US Sailing will be traveling along the east coast to yacht clubs and community sailing centers from New England to the Mid-Atlantic to interact in a variety of events, including regattas, junior program clinics, community outreach programs, adult learn to sail seminars, and more from Memorial Day (May 30) to Labor Day (Sept. 5) as part of the US Sailing Road Show.... [more] Share this story
Bermuda Ocean Race seminar slated for March Linda Hughes, Bermuda Ocean Race - Annapolis, MD 9 February 2011 – Continuing to build the momentum for the 18th biennial Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) to be held June 8, 2012, organizers have scheduled a seminar entitled, 'Timeline & Checklist.'... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Two Asian teams checking out possible entry America's Cup Media, Two prospective teams from Asia were in Auckland for the launch of the AC45 on Tuesday. By way of contrast to the secrecy that has surrounded the teams pre-entry, to date, one group representing Chinese interests were happy to be photographed and sailed on the AC45 on Thursday. We also feature a new video looking back on the AC45 sea trials and featuring on-board footage has just been released by... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans—Gutek reclaims second as battle with Hatfield heightens Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski and Operon Racing have reclaimed second place after it was snatched from him by race rival Derek Hatfield in the third sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Central Lechera Asturiana catch up starts here Barcelona World Race, Virbac-Paprec 3 have around 900 miles of the Indian Ocean left and are around 1900 miles to the entrance to the Cook Straits this morning. Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron have had less established, slight unsettled breezes of 12-20 kts, now mainly out of the SW and rising steadily during this day. They have averaged around 15 knots, holding pace with their pursuers to lead by 487 miles from Map... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 9 February 2011 ISAF, The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 9 February 2011 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 23 March 2011.... [more] Share this story
Port of L.A. Harbor Cup title defended by USC Rich Roberts, Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta is having its fourth anniversary and the Port of Los Angeles is busier than ever, but even the nation's most dynamic shipping operation has time to play as the continuing sponsor March 11-13.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Peyron brothers behind the latest Challenger America's Cup Media, Energy Team, the new French challenge set up around Bruno and Loïck Peyron, has been officially registered for the 34th America's Cup since 27th January 2011. It is the sixth Challenger aiming to grab the silver ewer. Energy Team backed by the Yacht Club de France and they were announced as a Challenging Club, last week. They are the seventh team entered the 34th America's Cup to be staged in S... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek fights back Velux 5 Oceans, Having hit and remained stuck to a tree during the first night of racing, Gutek's Operon Racing dropped back into fourth position and made slow progress. Gutek has sailed an almost identical course as Brad on Le Pingouin and Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield on Active House. The skippers have been enjoying some great conditions.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Reducing speed and lead Barcelona World Race, The leader's speeds have been moderated by light pressure, reduced to less than 12 knots at times during the night which means that Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron have lost 45 miles to MAPFRE since yesterday evening's 1900hrs UTC position report... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 World Championships 2011 – Boats and crew – some famous names Sail-World, 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championships will start February 23rd -26th. The Australian Summer Sprint Series scheduled for February 12-13, will be followed by the Australian titles from February 18-20th. Australian, Sail-World will be covering the event in detail.... [more] Share this story
ORMA60 drops rig at 25kts while chased by AC45 in Auckland Richard Gladwell, The ORMA60 TVS dropped her wing mast rig in the early stages of a Wednesday evening race, on Auckland's Waitemata harbour. The trimaran was reported to be flying two hulls and travelling at over 25kts when a shroud gave way.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche NOR posted Farr 30 International One Design Class, Kieler Woche, Farr 30 Europe - The biggest sailing event of the year cast its shadows ahead! The sailors can now study the Notice of Race and read up on the event.... [more] Share this story
Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race - Latest news from Rio Jeanne van Rooyen (Race HQ), Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race - Spirit of Izivunguvungu has been given a six-hour penalty for receiving assistance from another yacht during the race.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: A Day of Celebration for the AC45 America's Cup Media, With its technical shakedown now complete, it was handover day for the new AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America's Cup. America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks. The AC45 is the forerunner to the larger AC72, which will be used in the 34th A... [more] Share this story
Marina design questioned after Cyclone Yasi destroys $30m in yachts Lee Mylchreest, Marina design has come under the spotlight following Australia's Cyclone Yasi. Floating pontoons in Port Hinchinbrook marina simply floated off the top of the pylons, releasing the yachts to be washed onto the shore and destroyed. This is the claim being made by some owners who lost their boats in the cyclone.... [more] Share this story
Coast Guard Foundation Cup - Inaugural overnight sailboat race Jennifer Crowley Fyke, Coast Guard Foundation Cup - The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today its first annual sailboat race, the Coast Guard Foundation Cup... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2013 San Francisco - Dates announced Fiona Brown, Melges 24 Worlds - The International Melges 24 Class Association and The San Francisco Yacht Club are pleased to announce that the 2013 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series - Full team line-ups unveiled Extreme Sailing Series, Extreme Sailing Series - World Champions and ocean racing record holders, will be squaring up against Olympians and America's Cup hotshots, in the impressive roll call for the Extreme Sailing Series this year.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Launch the of the prototype AC45 - Video Richard Gladwell, The prototype AC 45 was launched in calm conditions this morning at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour after being blessed. This video shows the quick lift and launch process with the AC45 slung by the top of her mast from a 'sky hook'. Midway through the video we can see the hook-loop being dropped from the top of the mast, once the boat is afloat.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Jimmy Spithill and the NZL Sailing Team - AC45 launch Richard Gladwell, America's Cup winner Jimmy Spithill was on stage this morning at the Viaduct Harbour for the launch and blessing of the AC45 prototype. The spot on which he was standing was not too far away from where his America's Cup career began as a 20year old, aboard the Young Australia, which was berthed on the opposite side of the harbour... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Iain Murray speaks at AC45 launch - Video Richard Gladwell, America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray, was in Auckland for the blessing and launch of the AC45 prototype, which was handed over to his group America's Cup Regatta Management, late last week. In this video of his address, he recalls the first time he sailed in Auckland and pays tribute to the people behind the AC45.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Video Interview - Bruno Trouble Richard Gladwell, Bruno Trouble, frontman for longtime America's Cup sponsor Louis Vuitton, has a long history with the America's Cup. Now a new chapter in the America's Cup has opened and Richard Gladwell, Sail-World New Zealand's Editor caught up with 'Big Trouble' at the launch of the prototype AC45 at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Bob Fisher reflects - Video Interview Richard Gladwell, Top international yachting journalist and America's Cup commentator, Bob Fisher, was at the blessing and launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland this morning and took the time out to reflect on the early days of wingsails on catamarans, the AC45's and AC72's... [more] Share this story
America's Cup AC45 technical shakedown complete Stephanie Martin, AC45 technical shakedown is now complete, and with that it is handover day for the new wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America's Cup. America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS News - With E15, boaters, anglers will need extra vigilance BoatUS, BoatUS News - With the EPA's recent decision to allow the use of gasoline with up to 15% ethanol (E15) in 2001 and newer model cars and trucks, BoatUS says that trailerboaters will need to remain extra vigilant when filling up their truck and trailered boat at the local gas station.... [more] Share this story
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