Scooting South, Fast—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Sunset and Code 0 - Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Phesheya Racing
If you're racing in the Global Ocean Race, the name of your game is to get south and fast. Not only is it the path to success, but it's also the pathway past a big high-pressure system that's stalking the southwest region of the course, potentially blocking some teams from arriving in Cape Town on pace. For race leaders Campagne de France and BSL, this might work out just fine, but likely less so for other boats struggling to avoid the softening air. 'We're charging down through the Atlantic underwater,' said Ross Field from the Class 40, BSL. 'Seriously, we are launched on a boat that just parts the ocean, never nosedives, just pushes mountains of water down the deck into your face. Our eyes are blood red from the salt, our lips are split from the sun and salt, but I'm loving it. It's like being on an out-of-control rollercoaster, BUT I have to say that after 24 hours of being right on the edge of tipping the boat out, it's nice when the wind drops.' Get the full report, inside.
Also offshore related but in much smaller boats, check out the coverage of the 2011 Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 (formerly the Mini Transat), where 70+ singlehanded sailors are racing from Madere to Brazil aboard 21-foot offshore speed machines known as Classe Mini's. American interests are being well represented in the Prototype fleet by Emma Creighton, who is trying to become the second American woman to finish this grueling solo challenge. Get the full pulse on what's unfolding in the Atlantic, in this issue.
Tech geeks, be sure to check out Josh Impey's piece on Southern Spars new Thin Ply Technology (TPT) plotter, which recently came online in Southern's Auckland-based Custom Spars facility. For readers who are just switching on to TPT, the technology is similar to North Sail's (Southern's parent company) 3Di sailmaking process, but applied to rigid structures such as mast sections.
The result is a carbon-fiber product that Southern says is lighter, stiffer and stronger than previous-generation technology. 'The use of TPT has revolutionized the world of laminate composites by providing a more efficient and precise manufacturing process with no limitation to angle, area and thickness,' said Wayne Smith, Southern Spars' technology manager. 'Our aim is to plot in TPT for all carbon products going into the future.' According to a different source who shall remain nameless, one such carbon product could eventually be a hull or deck (or both). Check out Impey's piece for a look at today's cutting-edge technology.
Yankee-001 - A Very Busy Weekend On SF Bay Erik Simonson/ pressure-drop.us - copyright
Also for the more technically inclined, IRC has announced some rules changes, which come into effect on January 1, 2012.
For dinghy sailors, Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com team have put together an in-depth conversation with former World Champion 49er skipper Nathan Outteridge to get his thoughts on what it takes to win in this hyper-competitive class. We will be covering the action at Perth 2011 in December as the U.S.Sailing Teams Olympic sailing campaign kicks off in earnest.
And for anyone who loves great photography of beautiful boats under sail, be sure to check out Erik Simonson's photo gallery of what he terms 'A Busy Weekend on San Francisco Bay'. Enjoy.
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