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Of old goats and bold climbers—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


25 Jul 2017

Of old goats and bold climbers—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Start of the Trophy t10 Section - 104th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac  MISTE Photography
I'll admit it: I love a good adventure, be it on sailboats or in the mountains, as I learned a long time ago that these experiences are-for me at least-the cure-all tonic for life's more mundane ailments (read: taxes, mortgages, insurance premiums and grocery lists), as well as a fantastic opportunity to get out in nature with friends and family and intentionally put yourself in a situation where preparation can meet opportunity and where smart decisions can pay handsome dividends when it comes to reaching the summit or the finishing line. The key, of course, is ensuring that one's preparations are broadband enough to account for life's unexpected possibilities and rigorous enough to ensure a serious shot at success.

By this, I mean that no offshore sailing team goes out for a single afternoon of practice on an untested boat before racing transatlantic, and no Himalayan climbers go on a single stroll up Mount Washington (6,289 feet) before taking on the Rupal Face of Pakistan's Nanga Parbat (26,660 feet; generally considered to be the Himalaya's hardest climbing challenge, including K2), as both teams understand that the challenges far outstrip these paltry training efforts.

But what if the offshore sailing team first competed in an Annapolis to Newport Race, several Newport Bermuda Races, a few Marblehead to Halifax Races, as well as a couple Transpac Races? Are they ready for the rigors of a North Atlantic Race? Provided that their vessel is structurally solid and racecourse ready, and provided that all participating sailors are fully versed with man overboard and safety-at-sea procedures, odds are good that this Transatlantic team will arrive in the UK full of smiles and ready to celebrate their success.

105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac  MISTE Photography

Unlike mountaineering, however, where there are few (if any) mandatory pieces of equipment that a team must carry (aside from the government-mandated climbing permits, and, in some countries, government-mandated guides and/or porters), sailboat races usually dictate that teams must carry certain pieces of life-saving equipment, for example VHF radios, EPIRBs, GPS, life rafts, and-increasingly-the Automatic Identification System, or AIS. While all of these technologies can save lives, AIS is of particular interest to racing sailors as it can be used to avoid ship-to-ship collisions, check in on the competition, and, critically, find a man overboard who is carrying a properly deployed AIS MOB beacon, which broadcasts an emergency signal to all nearby vessels (within VHF range, so ballpark four nautical miles) that carry an AIS receiver.

This last bit is critical, however, as a non-AIS equipped boat could sail right past a MOB with an activated AIS MOB beacon at night and have no idea that they were so close to a life-or-death calamity or that they were possibly that MOB's last shot at returning home.

Head in the Sails - Chicago Yacht Club's 2011 Race to Mackinac   Jennifer Richmond

Such a tragedy almost unfurled during the Chicago Yacht Club's 2017 Race to Mackinac (July 15-18, 2017), which experienced some rough, thunderstorm-induced weather that saw at least one boat capsize (High Priority, a Corsair 31 trimaran) and also led to the stomach-turning story of Mark Wheeler's man overboard experience, which fortunately turned out well.

Wheeler, as described in an excellent SpinSheet Magazine online article that he self-authored, was sailing aboard the Farr 400 Meridan X in the 289.4 nautical-mile race when the vessel encountered 40 knots of air and the call was made for all hands to come on deck to help take down the staysail and the A2 kite. As Wheeler was reaching for a winch, the helmsman put the wheel over hard to starboard to drive down in the increasing air, and Wheeler went through the lifelines and into the drink.

While Wheeler tried to clutch a spinnaker sheet, it was quickly torn from his hands as Meridan X ripped along at (ballpark) 18 knots, leaving him floating in a lake in the middle of a dark night.

McMurdo Smartfind S20 Personal AIS MOB Beacon  Home Port Marine

Fortunately, Wheeler was carrying an AIS MOB beacon, which he activated. Less fortunate was the fact that his MOB strobe light wasn't properly working. “Besides my failed light, I had a whistle, my AIS transmitter and my safety knife,” wrote Wheeler in SpinSheet. “AIS was not mandatory for this race and we did not have it on Meridian X. My transmitter would have to be picked up by another boat or the USCG if someone with AIS was within a couple of miles of me.”

Meridan X may have been electronically blind to Wheeler's plight, but her capable crew quickly got the sails down and retraced their steps, positioning the boat close enough to Wheeler so that the crew could (eventually) hear his whistle and were able to safely conduct their rescue. All told, Wheeler spent (roughly) one hour and six minutes in the water, which would have been more than enough time to introduce full-blown hypothermia (or much worse) in many cold-water races.

105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac  MISTE Photography

The Chicago Yacht Club's 109th Race to Mackinac Safety Requirements (3.7.1) states that “A boat shall carry a Lifesling or equivalent man overboard rescue device equipped with a self-igniting light stored on deck and ready for immediate use”. Additionally, requirement 3.7.2 states that “A boat shall have a man overboard pole and flag, with a lifebuoy, a self-igniting light, a whistle, and a drogue attached. A self-inflating Man Overboard Module, Dan Buoy or similar device will satisfy this requirement. Self-inflating apparatus shall be tested and serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. These items shall be stored on deck, ready for immediate use, and affixed in a manner that allows for a 'quick release'.” Lastly, requirement 3.7.3 states “A boat shall have a throwing sock-type heaving line of 50' (15m) or greater of floating polypropylene line readily accessible to the cockpit.”

Note that these requirements do not say a thing about mandatory AIS use, nor does the USCG require that a vessel of this size carry this equipment.

2017 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac  Bob Carr

Forty years of sailing and adventuring have long taught me that it's never wise to play Monday morning quarterback to someone else's adventure-gone-astray, but these same 40 years have taught me that just because a requirement isn't in place doesn't mean that I should forgo carrying this gear. For example, the climbing rangers at Mount Rainier National Park have never asked to inspect my climbing rope, but if they did, they would find a brand-new, top-of-the-line dry-treated rope (so as not to absorb glacial melt water and freeze), not to mention a personal locator beacon (also not required).

While safety gear can be expensive, a Class B listen-only AIS receiver can be purchased for as little as $500, and a send-and-receive Class B AIS receiver fetches roughly $800-dirt-cheap insurance against a MOB situation, as well as an inexpensive way of being able to render assistance to other distressed mariners.

Mackinac Island, famous for the Grand Hotel, and finish line for the annual Chicago - Mac and Port Huron - Mac races  Oversee Yachts

So, while a race (or a climbing ranger) might not require a particular piece of equipment, prudent sailors are strongly advised to carry the necessary tools to ensure that their adventure stays within the lines of sanity.

As my climbing mentor liked to say, “there are old climbers and bold climbers, but very few old, bold climbers.”

WingNuts    SW

Given that the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac likes to celebrate its Old Goats (veterans of 25 “Mac” races, who are invited to join the exclusive “Island Goats Sailing Society”), the race should also strongly consider updating its list of mandatory safety equipment to deal with situations like Wheeler's, and to stave-off a repeat of their tragic 2011 race, when Suzanne Bickel and Mark Morley were lost when the Kiwi 35 WingNuts capsized.

After all, there's not so much difference between old goats and bold climbers if they aren't carrying the right tools.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

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Jonny Fullerton,
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The Gertrude Cup 2017 - Overall report
Laurence Mead,
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J/22 North Americans - Day 3 action-shots by Christopher Howell
J/22 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at J/22 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action.... [more]

Chris Doyle's The Jug 4 1 takes J/22 North Americans on tie-breaker
Julie & Christopher Howell,
In sports, coaches always say that every point matters. That was certainly the case at the J/22 North American Championship hosted by Buffalo Yacht Club in Buffalo, NY. Chris Doyle's The Jug 4 1 went into the ninth and final contest in third place, four points behind Travis Odenbach's HoneyBadger. Doyle did his part by scoring a bullet, and paired with Odenbach's fifth-place finish... [more]

Barcelona glory for Oman Air but SAP Extreme Sailing Team go top
Extreme Sailing Series,
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Paul Goodison shows his speed in Italian Moth Series + Video
Jonny Fullerton,
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420 Europeans - Top youth sailors ready to race in Athens
International 420 Class Association,
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Oman Sail,
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A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
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52 Super Series,
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Team Killian wins 51st Governor's Cup
Governor's Cup,
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BYC's Killian up 2-0 in semifinal with Weis in 51st Governor's Cup
Governor's Cup,
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - closing with a full card of races
CPHPRW Media and Sail-World Asia,
Another iffy start to the day, with an AP on shore. There were plenty of crew taking the opportunity to hang out at the back of the beach at the Cape Panwa Hotel (an eminently suitable spot for a bit of enforced idleness), but then the breeze came in and it was all hands on deck. Literally.... [more]

Trophies and awards at 2017 Transpac
Transpacific Yacht Club,
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David Brookes,
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J/22 North Americans - Day 2 action-shots by Christopher Howell
J/22 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at J/22 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.... [more]

HoneyBadger claws to top of J/22 North American Championship on Day 2
Julie & Christopher Howell,
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30th Annual Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race - Overall report
Rick Roberts,
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Mark Jardine,
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Neil Baker,
We left this conversation yesterday at the critical point. It's the usual conversation that the armchair pundits like to start talking about in the run up to a big sailing event. The Moth World Championship is arguably THE event in sailing this year because it has more gold medallists competing than any other sailing event... Well, it's definitely enough to rival the America's Cup I think.... [more]

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Jonny Fullerton,
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Extreme Sailing Series,
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Oman Sail,
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A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
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RS Aero International Class Association,
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - Aussies in charge
It looked pretty ominous at dawn on day 3 of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek with a glassed-out Andaman Sea. The AP was raised on shore, but was lowered within the hour as PRO Simon James and his formidable on-water team tracked down some good breeze to get the fleet racing. Soft but consistent, the 8kts of wind allowed two races for the racing fleet and one for the cruisers.... [more]

US Sailing mourns tragic loss of young sailor
US Sailing,
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Jonny Fullerton,
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Neil Baker,
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J/22 International Class Association,
Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at J/22 North American Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]

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Julie or Christopher Howell,
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Oman Sail,
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Extreme Sailing Series™,
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Erik Simonson -,
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A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
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Allen and PA Consulting RS Feva World Championships - Preview
RS Sailing,
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A busy day on the water yesterday saw some excellent competition, close calls and racing incidents which resulted in a busy evening later for the Protest Committee onshore. All protests were heard, and come this morning the sailors were happy to be back out on the water as a forecast-defying 8-10 knot breeze got the fleet underway on Day 2 of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017.... [more]

Clipper 2017-18 Race – Ocean Racing Veteran takes over helm of Unicef
Julia Fry / Clipper Ventures,
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Media BVI Spring Regatta,
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52 Super Series,
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Price sustains lead after Day 3 of Governor's Cup
Governor's Cup,
Will Boulden (AUS) of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club won 11 matches. The all-girl team led by Clare Costanzo (AUS), of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, rounds out the top six teams.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Heavy-hitters drop as quarter-finals beckon
Matt Pearce,
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Barby MacGowan,
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Kathryn Foulkes – Clipper Yacht Race,
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New Youth Sailing Champions honoured at end of Optimist Worlds 2017
Optimist World Championship,
China took second place and host country Thailand won third place. In the Team Racing category, China achieved second place with Malaysia in third.... [more]

OmanAir poised for action as waves delay Extreme Sailing Series opener
Oman Sail,
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Extreme Sailing Series – Big swells force postponement of opener
Extreme Sailing Series,
Craig said that such a sea state, combined with winds of up to 25 knots, would have likely caused the super-fast GC32 catamarans to fall off their foils and nosedive into the wave in front, potentially leading to capsizes.... [more]

Class 40 duo strengthened by challenges on Azores and back race
Oman Sail,
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - day 1, a packed race card
CPHPR Media,
In spite of some rather unpromising weather forecasts, the wind arrived bang on cue as a fresh 10-15 knots of breeze powered the 41-strong fleet around the course on Day 1 of the 2017 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, in what turned out to be a packed race card – three races for all classes except Cruising and Multihull Cruising who completed two races each.... [more]

Harry Price maintains lead in Governor's Cup Match Racing
Governor's Cup,
Spectators were looking forward today to the last match of the first round robin (in which every boat sails against each other boat) as it featured Price against Killian. The two had not sailed against each other since last year's Governor's Cup, when they raced against each other in the petit finals for third place in the 2016 Cup.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – 42 pairs at sea
Transat Jacques Vabre,
20 crews composed of sailing amateurs and professionals, who are unreserved fans of race machines which are high-tech at the same time as being steadfastly sailboats.... [more]

The five year Caribbean winter circuit dates now published
Caribbean Sailing Association,
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Matt Pearce,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Another America's Cup winner joins MAPFRE
Volvo Ocean Race,
Joan Vila, one of the best navigators in the world, will return to the Volvo Ocean Race with MAPFRE in 2017-18, some 15 years after becoming the first Spanish sailor to win the coveted trophy. One of the most decorated sailors on the planet, Vila joins MAPFRE having last competed as part of a victorious Illbruck Challenge campaign in 2001-02.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Follow the build of team Azkonobel
Volvo Ocean Race,
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The Gertrude Cup 2017 – Preview
Louay Habib,
The invitational event for the Etchells Class has attracted teams representing yacht clubs from around the world.... [more]

Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Lisa Ratcliffe,
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Black Jack Yachting. Bigger boat. Bigger team. Even bigger performance
John Curnow,
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Newport Trophy Regatta to host ten historic 12 Metres
Barby MacGowan,
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Winners announced for 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
Kathleen Moran,
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Tour de France à la Voile – High Pressure in the Med
A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
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Individual World Champion Series – Optimist World Championship – Day 5
Nima Chandler,
Holding onto third place overall is Costa Rica's Mic Sig Kos Mohr. Still in contention for medals are the USA's Stephan Baker, China's Haoze Fang, and Israel's Roy Levy.... [more]

Diam 24 team on podium at half way mark of Tour de France à la Voile
Oman Sail,
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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek – Ready to race
Phuket Raceweek,
Five closely-matched “40-footers” will be up against Ray Roberts' TP52 Team Hollywood, the defending champion, while in IRC II Raceweek first-timers and charter teams will be takin on the local knowledge of Niels Degenkolw's Phoenix and Mike Downard's Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo.... [more]

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour – Dakhla delivers promise on Day 1
Matt Pearce,
Showing the vision for the future of performance wave kiting, riders will be judged on both their wave riding and strapless freestyle skills in their heats.... [more]

World Sailing confirms strong presence at Yacht Racing Forum 2017
Yacht Racing Forum,
The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark (November 27-28) will once again reassemble the sport's key personalities and actors, including a strong delegation of World Sailing representatives.... [more]

Local duo captures U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship
US Sailing,
Tuesday's exciting final set of races on Chesapeake Bay put the finishing touches on a fun and eventful 2017 U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club.... [more]

Black Jack makes the journey back to the water
Andrea Francolini,
Last night, and into the early hours of this morning, the new Black Jack (100) made her way slowly back to her waiting keel and mast. She has just had a wee makeover at theMcConaghy facility on the Central Coast, in very good time, and now gets ready for the Sydney to Gold Coast event. These images are as she arrived at Sydney City Marine in Rozelle, after having spent four hours navigating...... [more]

America's Cup - Protocol announcement for next Cup in six weeks
Richard Gladwell/,
The Challenger and Defender for the 36th America's Cup, to be held in Auckland have issued a statement advising that the Protocol for the 36th America's Cup will be announced in September. As previously tipped in Sail-World the statement indicates that the regatta will be held in the early 2021 - probably in February. The last America's Cup staged in New Zealand got underway on February 15, 200... [more]

Announcement on the 36th America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand,
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, are pleased to announce that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America's Cup will be released in September 2017.... [more]

Tour de France à la Voile – Team SFS go double again but Trésors lead
A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
After Team SFS were docked nine points at the end of Act four Arzon for shipping an out of class anchor which was measured to be too light by two kilos, Sofian Bouvet's team have delivered the perfect riposte, heading for the waters they know best.... [more]

U.S. Singlehanded Championships to be contested at Laser Nationals
US Sailing,
A strong fleet comprised of experienced and proven singlehanded sailors and an influx of new talented young men and women will be the focus at this week's championships.... [more]

Cheeki Rafiki - Douglas Innes to face retrial over manslaughter
The Director of Stormforce Coaching, the company that ran Cheeki Rafiki, is set to face retrial for manslaughter over the deaths of the four crew. They were 700nm from Nova Scotia, returning to Southampton after racing in Antigua when the keel feel off. It is said that previous groundings had weakened the keel bolts....... [more]

Launch of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild – An emotional day for Gitana Team
Suspended from the crane, the carbon boats pack quite a punch. This emotional moment has been eagerly awaited by all those who have worked on her, not to mention those working in the background, in the big push to take offshore sailing into a whole new era.... [more]

Tour de France à la Voile – Team SFS come back strong
A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile,
In fierce sunshine and light to moderate sea breezes of 5-12kts which created many transition zones and consequently spread the fleet across the Bay of Les Sables, Sofian Bouvet, Noé Delpech and Achille Nebout fought back from a terrible start today to finish in style in the shadow of Les Sables d'Olonne's legendary canal... [more]

A QandA with Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman on the Around Long Island Regatta
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 Around Long Island Regatta begins on Thursday, July 27, but rather than firing its starting guns a few miles east of the Big Apple, the RC will instead conduct countdown sequences in New York Harbor, giving spectators a fine show. I caught up with Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman, regatta co-chairmen, via email, to learn about the ALIR and the plan to relocate their starting line... [more]


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