Onboard AC45, 18 footers, round The Horn - News from U.S. and Beyond
Inshore and on the other side of the planet, Sail-World's Richard Gladwell climb aboard the AC45. Read his Gladwell's Line report and watch our exclusive onboard vision.
09/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 - Media day Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
Just over the ditch the 18-Foot Skiffs are enjoying their World Championship (the JJ Giltinan Championship), held this year in Sydney, Australia.
Be sure to check out the great image galleries of this adrenaline-fueled class, compliments of shooters Michael Chittenden and Christophe Favreau (separate galleries). Also, be sure to check out our race coverage of this event, where American Howie Hamlin and his CST Composites team (Fritz Lanzinger and Paul Allen) are currently sitting in third place.
Cape Horn is not exactly the place where sailors typically run into each other, but that's exactly what happened yesterday when Thomas Colville, who is currently attempting to set a solo, around-the-world record aboard his maxi trimaran Sodebo, came within a few hundred feet of Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann's Imoca 60, Neutrogena, which the two are racing in the non-stop, double-handed Barcelona World Race (BWR). 'It's incredible. I'm rounding the Horn with you,' reported Colville at the time. 'I'm with Neutrogena, which is just 50 meters from me! It's the first time I've passed so close to the Horn. I'm 200 meters away.'
While the camaraderie and psychological boost from seeing other human beings must have been great for all three skippers, all is not well aboard Neutrogena. 'We have a problem with the rams on the keel,' reported Breymaier. 'In the ram we have a problem with the joints inside one of them. So we can only use one and so it is hard to be at 100% all the time. We need to reduce the angle of the keel and so are about 70% of potential just to protect the boat a bit. The last four for five days we have worked hard with the keel and for the moment it is the best possible state. And so we intend to look after it very carefully to make sure we can finish the race.'
Neutrogena is not alone in their keel problems as reports have emerged that BWR sailors Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane, aboard Groupe Bel, are dealing with a serious enough keel issue to require a proper assessment. For both boats, this likely means a slower-than-ideal trip north, through the Southern Atlantic. Read about it in this issue.
Model testing in Walvis Bay - Vestas SailRocket V2 Vestas Sailrocket
For the go-fast crowd, be sure to check out the new Vestas SailRocket 2, which was launched yesterday in East Cowes, on the English Isle of Wight. The project, which is a successor to the original SailRocket, aims to set the Outright World Speed Sailing Record. To this end, the team immediately packaged and shipped the SailRocket 2 to Walvis Bay, Namibia, where they will begin their record-setting attempts in April. More inside.
And finally, be sure to check out Dean Brenner's thoughts on US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics's (USSTAG) prospects for the next Olympic games. Time may be ticking, but thanks to Brenner's excellent leadership, USSTAG is in a good place right now.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com
Gladwell's Line: Aboard the AC45 + On-board Videos Richard Gladwell, As the sailing world waits for the first of the Class of 2013 to commission their AC45's, today was the turn for some media to step abroad and experience at first hand what wingsailed catamarans will be like in the America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Erle Williams on the AC45 Richard Gladwell, Erle Williams is one of those sailors who has done pretty well everything in big-boats. After a few years roaring up and down Auckland's harbour on 18ft skiffs, he moved over to be a watch captain aboard the Dutch yacht Flyer at the ripe old age of 22. We caught up with Erle Williams after he had his first sail aboard the AC45 and asked for his comparisons and comments.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 Race 4 video highlights Simon Brown, 18ft Skiffs Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan International on Sydney Harbour Race 4 video highlights. Michael Coxon 'Cocko', finds the right rig setting ...... [more] Share this story
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Worthy performances on final day Heather Tackling, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – The final day was one to remember, starting early on Sunday morning with a full slate of racing and ending very early Monday morning after a Prize-Giving ceremony on the beach.... [more] Share this story
St Maarten Heineken Regatta incredible experience for BVI Team Intac Robert Jennings, A British Virgin Islands boat, Team Intac sponsored by BVI Private Wealth Management Firm Intac Global Investments returned victorious from St Maarten on Tuesday after an impressive clean sweep in the 2011 St Maarten Heineken Regatta, the 2011 Comodores Cup and the Budget Marine International Match Race... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International images by Howard Wright Howard Wright images, Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, was out on Sydney Harbour capturing all the action at the JJ Giltinan 18 foot Skiff championship.... [more] Share this story
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2011 preview Rich Roberts, Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2011 - Emily Frost was easy to find in the Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta last year. She was the sailor wrestling with sails on the bow of the U.S. Naval Academy entry that finished fourth out of 10 boats. Look again: Now she's the skipper.... [more] Share this story
Sir Richard Branson strong advocate for Kiteboarding in the Olympics Markus Schwendtner, 'Kitesurfing reflects everything that the Olympics stands for. It has all the spirit of the original Olympics. Men against the elements, women against the elements, tremendous skill, tremendous excitement. It's also perhaps the best spectator sport. It looks beautiful and any future Olympics that doesn't have kitesurfing in it need to have their heads examined.'... [more] Share this story
Christchurch Earthquake: Sailing clubs report on 'quake effects Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, If the start of the Canterbury sailing season was disrupted by the September 4 quake, the end of the season has been, not surprisingly, worse affected in the aftermath of February's devastating disaster which sees the local Club's doing what they can to offer some normality to members. The team at Yachting New Zealand wishes to express to Canterbury residents, and fellow yachties and boaties in... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race skipper Breymaier completes rounding of Cape Horn Kirsten Ferguson, Ryan Breymaier, with co-skipper Boris Herrmann (Germany) aboard Team Neutrogena, rounded Cape Horn yesterday but encountered major problems during their approach to the Cape when the keel hydraulic system sustained almost complete failure earlier this week... [more] Share this story
Interview with Nathan Wilmot, 2008 470 Olympic Gold Medalist Christine Hansen, Nathan Wilmot and Malcom Page won the Gold medal for Australia in 470s at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They sailed 470s for 10 years under the guidance of coach Victor Kovalenko, winning three World Championships, as well as two seconds and a third. Nathan recently visited Auckland and took part in an interview when he talked about his future plans, his experience of and views on Olympic sailing.... [more] Share this story
Beneteau First 36.7 2011 North American Championship in Toronto Mike Sonosky, The Beneteau First 36.7 2011 North American Championship will be hosted in Toronto September 8, 9, 10 and 11 is an event that should be in your calendar. Beneteau First 36.7s representing Quebec City, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Kingston, Chicago, Detroit, Sarnia, Erie, PA, Buffalo, Rochester, Youngstown and other clubs on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie have taken the charge to race in Toronto.... [more] Share this story
Camper Volvo Ocean Race Team fully operational in Auckland Camper, It has been a pivotal week for Camper in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the full team was welcomed to the Emirates Team New Zealand base at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The complete sailing and shore team will now be based in Auckland until the boat is shipped to Europe in July.... [more] Share this story
Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 4 Frank Quealey, Australian champions Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas gave a faultless exhibition in Thurlow Fisher Lawyers to win Race 4 on Sydney Harbour today... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race weather gods to smile? Barcelona World Race, A low pressure system appears set to develop off the Uruguayan coast which might provide something of a lifeline. This new weather scenario, with the low pressure arriving, can set a good option from Estrella Damm (keel problems) but it is a while into their routing before the balance between the east and west options tips in favour of the West.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 Race 3 video Simon Brown, Race 3 of the JJ Giltinan International 2011 produced the classic 20 knot North Easterly with all the anticipated drama and action ...... Plus we have another heat winner, Andy Budgen, Dan Wilsdon and Matt Wark had to stay focused as Gotta Luv It 7 challenged Hyde Sails GBR for the lead only to capsize in a gybe. The racing was really tight on the first beat to the Beashel Bouy with extremly close... [more] Share this story
JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Follow online with live tracking Frank Quealey, For the first time in the 74 year history of the Championship, followers from anywhere in the world can watch the famous flying machines live as they contest the 2011 Championship series on Sydney Harbour... [more] Share this story
Bacardi Cup - Melleby and Moreland retain their lead Jan Harley, Bacardi Cup - Stronger breeze today allowed for the completion of another race at the Bacardi Cup, the headline event of the 2011 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank, bringing the 89 Star teams another step closer to the title which will ultimately be determined on Saturday, March 12.... [more] Share this story
World Championships 2011 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Race 3 images Michael Chittenden, World Championships 2011 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship- A selection of images of Race 3 taken from the shore of Sydney Harbour.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing - At the helm: Dean Brenner, March 2011 Dean Brenner, US Sailing - Here we are in March of 2011, and as of this writing, there are 515 days to go until the Olympic Games, and 548 days to go until the Paralympic Games. The clock is ticking. So, with the 2011 Rolex Miami OCR in the immediate rear view mirror, let's pause for a moment and look at where things are.... [more] Share this story
Vestas SailRocket 2 unveiled SailRocket.com, The SailRocket Team today launched its second-generation speed sailing boat from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Since the team started with the first boat in 2002, the record has gone up by almost nine knots or around 20%. We felt that the kite surfers were going to be the ones to watch.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race taking its toll Barcelona World Race, News Monday night that Barcelona World Race skippers Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane's Groupe Bel have a problem with their keel. Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann on Neutrogena were delighted to pass Cape Horn today at 1135hrs UTC, taking 14 days, 16hrs, 50mins since Cook Strait.... [more] Share this story
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry a flagship for Rhode Island education Kirsten Ferguson, Going above and beyond standard regulations to accommodate students with physical disabilities, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has appointed Robie Pierce (Newport, R.I.) the Accessibility Director for Rhode Island's Education at Sea school ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.... [more] Share this story
Images from Sydney Harbour: Day 3 of JJ Giltinan Trophy - Send it! Christophe Favreau, Top international photographer Christophe Favreau presents this spectacular gallery from Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy sailed on Sydney Harbour. Thanks to Trevor Barnabas for the driving and his wife Gael for having being so patient.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: Readers comments from the last week or so Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on America's Cup and other pressing matters... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 Worlds momentum builds ahead of May showdown International Melges 24 Class Association, 2011 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club from 16-21 May. With two events now completed - Key West in January and the Miami Winter Regatta at Coconut Grove - Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi sailing Audi is leading the series overall.... [more] Share this story
Les Voiles de St. Barth 2011 an unforgettable experience in paradise Barby MacGowan, When the stage lights are switched on for the second annual Les Voiles de St. Barth, it is a sure bet that the production will deliver an unforgettable experience for its participating sailors, their friends and families. After all, what other regatta claims Jimmy Buffett as its 'godfather' or the world-famous French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier as one of its devotees?... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Caffari and Corbella support each other Coralie Rassinoux, With International Women's Day being celebrated across the globe today, the all female duo aboard Gaes Centros Auditivos are supporting each other through the final stages of their Southern Ocean passage. The Gaes girls anticipate passing Cape Horn towards the end of the week and the subsequent turning point into the south Atlantic cannot come soon enough for them... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship Race 3 Frank Quealey, Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 3 produced a brilliant spectacle of racing action. UK's Andy Budgen and his Hyde Sails team of Dan Wilsdon and Matt Wark, had to come from behind to take their victory by 19s from the consistent Red Claw Wines (Matthew Searle, Archie Massey and Mike McKenzie).... [more] Share this story
Keel problems for Groupe Bel Barcelona World Race, Groupe Bel was approximately 280 miles west of Cape Horn at 2100hrs UTC with the crew remaining on course. Groupe Bel lies in sixth position in the Barcelona World Race after 66 days since leaving Barcelona. The two co-skippers have significantly reduced their speed to preserve the safety of the boat and themselves.... [more] Share this story
Strictly Sail Pacific Show at Jack London Square Amy Cunha, Strictly Sail Pacific Show - Salty sea-dogs, aspiring pirates, and off-the-beaten-path travelers alike will have a great reason to get their feet wet this spring: from April 14 – 17, the Strictly Sail Pacific Show will return to Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.... [more] Share this story
Bacardi Cup opening race to Melleby and Morland Jan Harley, Bacardi Cup (Miami March 7, 2011) - The Norwegian Star team of Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen have won the opening race of the eighty-fourth Bacardi Cup, the first event of the 2011 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Veteran Grinder tunes into the multihull AC Media, Craig Monk, the experienced grinder on Artemis Racing, says the new America's Cup boats are more physically demanding than what's gone before - and he can't wait to face up to the challenge. New Zealander Craig Monk is busting to get his hands on an AC45. New to catamaran sailing, like many of his America's Cup brethren, Monk had a taste at the first Extreme 40 event of the season in Oman. Now,... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race skippers due to pass Cape Horn Barcelona World Race, Of the five who are due to pass the lonely rock with around 28 hours between Renault Z.E. Sailing Team and their Barcelona sister-ship Estrella Damm, due on Wednesday evening, only really Renault Z.E. Sailing Team and Groupe Bel, which stopped in Wellington, have been approaching Cape Horn at close to their optimum.... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 Race 1 video Simon Brown, Gotta Luv It 7 takes Race 1 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18 Footers International 2011 - Seve's boys put down a solid marker for their intentions of taking back to back JJ Titles. Seve's crew, the hot event favourites for this year's JJ, did not start in the Friday Invitation Race won by SLAM, due to a strength sapping illness. Still clearly not well, he knew he had to get on the start line for the 1... [more] Share this story
Paralympic Sonar class joins Delta Lloyd Regatta Delta Lloyd Regatta, New this year in the Delta Lloyd Regatta will be the participation of the Paralympic Sonar class. The Organising Committee of the Delta Lloyd Regatta has decided to let the Sonar class participate in this year's Regatta... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Van Liew extends lead with timed run win Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew has extended his lead at the top of the Velux 5 Oceans rankings after picking up maximum bonus points for the fastest passage between the ocean sprint three speed gates.... [more] Share this story
Miami Melges 32 Championship images from day three Joy Dunigan, Miami Melges 32 Championship images from day three of the event by Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Class Association... [more] Share this story
Katusha closes Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego Dobbs Davis, The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego ended with a victory by the Russian team Katusha, after five days of feverishly competitive sailing off Broadway Pier. Bob Little was on the helm and Paul Cayard calling the shots to almost close out the overall win in the first two races of the day. It left them sailing defensively in the final race, watching others wrestle it out for the remaining places on the podi... [more] Share this story
San Francisco's Richmond YC host their Sail a Small Boat Day www.pressure-drop.us, With much made about the need for clubs to get members into sailing now running into their third decade, the Richmond Yacht Club (San Francisco, USA) held their annual Sail A Small Boat Day on Saturday. The weather held and conditions went from light to extra light, with just enough to fill a kite at time to sculling and kinetics lessons.... [more] Share this story
JJ Giltinan 18 Footers International 2011 Race 2 video Simon Brown, JJ Giltinan favourites take the Podium in Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18 Footers International 2011 - The followers of Michael Coxon, Aron Links and Trent Barnabas on Thurlow Fisher Lawyers were ecstatic aboard the Spectator Ferry Proclaim, when Cocko steered his 18 across the finish line. into first place. Second, while still ill from Saturday, was Seve Jarvin's Gotta Luv It 7 and John Winning's... [more] Share this story
Butler Cup at the California Dreamin' Series wrap-up Rich Roberts, Butler Cup - For Chris Nesbitt, the Butler Cup stop in the California Dreamin' Series turned into a nightmare Sunday when he lost the championship final to New Zealand's Will Tiller in two straight races that weren't ... races, that is.... [more] Share this story
Sébastien Josse joins Gitana Team Kate Jennings, In May 2010, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild announced his commitment to the new MOD 70 class (Multi One Design) by placing an order for the fourth one design of the series. Sébastien Josse began his professional sailing career in 1997 by winning the Challenge Espoir Crédit Agricole.... [more] Share this story
Challenging final day for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Heather Tackling, Every edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta takes on its own personality, and Number 31 in the annual series will be remembered as a largely light-air affair.... [more] Share this story
Jeremy McIntyre Team Race update John Vandemoer, Jeremy McIntyre Team Race -On Saturday things started with warm temps, blue skies and no breeze. The breeze finally filled from the North and we started racing around noon.... [more] Share this story
Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego victory for Katusha Paul Cayard, Katusha won the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego, while Oracle Racing was second, TeamAqua third and Artemis fourth.... [more] Share this story
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