Monthly Archives: October 2012
More quirky pics of the last week from around the globe
Amongst much razz ma taz, Petrizio Bertelli’s toys are unveiled as his brand spanking new chrome plated AC72 is lowered into Auckland harbour. load tests get underway immediately before she takes to the water to begin foiling action.
Continuing with more speed freaks as Events Co joins the 18ft Skiff scene in New Zealand
Drama in the China Seas with a classic ‘chinese gybe’ – c Steffano Gattini Borlenghi Studio
Finally a classic rebuild of the great J Britannia – c K1 Britannia
photo credit: Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa’s AC72 launches in Auckland
The AC72 Luna Rossa catamaran, challenging in the 34th America’s Cup, was launched on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.
At 6.40 pm local time, Miuccia Prada, with her husband Patrizio Bertelli at her side – the Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 – broke the champagne bottle, thus christening the 22-metre maxi catamaran: mirrored hulls and a 40-metre high wingsail, its aft half also mirrored.
Luna Rossa’s AC 72 is the outcome of the effort that has kept the 70 team members busy for nearly one year; during this time, research, experimentation and construction progressed in lockstep, with use of the most sophisticated and breakthrough technology.
Construction involved 300 people for a grand total of 52,000 working hours – 12,000 to build the wingsail, 17,000 for hulls construction, and 23,000 to build the platform and foils. 500 kg of titanium were used, and there are about 2,000 metres of ropes on board (halyards, sheets, etc.).
Patrizio Bertelli, Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, said: “This is our fourth challenge for the America’s Cup, certainly the most revolutionary compared to past ones. Launching a yacht is still as exciting as ever, maybe even more so in this case because this boat is so technologically extreme, the outcome of state-of-the-art research and of a huge effort from the whole team.”
Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, said: “Today is a celebration day for all of us. Tomorrow we will begin the first structural tests on the water, and then, as soon as we complete our checks, we will start training. I want to thank all of the team, and in particular shore and design teams, who have worked relentlessly for months, allowing us to comply with the deadlines we had set.”
The launch was followed by a lively party for all the team’s families; 350 guests were present, including the President of Circolo della Vela Sicilia (i.e. the challenging yacht club) Agostino Randazzo, Grant Dalton (CEO of ETNZ Emirates Team New Zealand), Steve Burrett (Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron), the Ambassador of Italy in New Zealand Alessandro Levi- Sandri, Sir Michael Fay, and the Maori community representative Alec Hawke of Ngati Whatua o Orakei.
The launching ceremony is broadcast on: www.lunarossachallenge2013.com
photo credit: Carlo Borlenghi
AC72 Vital Statistics:
- Hulls length: 22 m
- Beam: 14 m
- Wingsail height: 38 m
- Maximum draft: 4.40 m
- Weight: 5,900 kg
- Crew: 11
- Wingsail: 260 sqm
- Jib: 80 sqm
- Gennaker: 320 sqm
Projected top speed
- Upwind: 25 knots
- Downwind: 42 knots
The team Luna Rossa was established in 1997 by Patrizio Bertelli with the original name of “Prada Challenge for the America’s Cup 2000”.
At its first attempt the team wins the Louis Vuitton Cup – the challengers’ selection series – in 2000, with a record of 38 victories over 49 races. Luna Rossa has participated also in 2003 and in 2007 it reached the Louis Vuitton Cup final.
In 2011, the team won the Extreme Sailing Series, the Extreme 40′ catamarans circuit. In 2012, it raced in the America’s Cup World Series with two AC45 catamarans (Luna Rossa Piranha and Luna Rossa Swordfish), winning the fleet races in the Naples and Newport events, and proving to be extremely competitive.
In June 2012 Patrizio Bertelli was the first Italian to have been inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.
By Luna Rossa Challenge, photos supplied by Carlo Borlenghi
Some images with a speed theme from snappers on the spot
Paul Larson in Namibia trying to break the World Speed Record with the new Vestas Sail Rocket. He is regularly hitting the 50+ knots mark but yet to hit his ambitious 60 knot barrier.
photo credit: c Helena Darvelid
Mothies in Hawaii, location of the 2013 Worlds
photo credit: Jeff Baldwin reproduced from Sailing Anarchy at www.sailinganarchy.com
33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race from Royal Malta Yacht Club
South African entry Hi Fidelity has been confirmed as overall winner of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race. Arriving at 04:18:15 CEST this morning, Eddie De Villiers’ Welbourne 46, established a corrected time benchmark that has proved impossible for the remainder of the fleet to beat. Hi Fidelity arrived in Marsamxett Harbour in dramatic style under a punishing thunderstorm, strong gusts and torrential rain, conditions atypical of those witnessed earlier during the 606-nm race.
South Africa becomes the ninth different country to provide a winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy joining yachts from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Success is just reward for the crew of Hi Fidelity following their consistent performance throughout a race largely characterized by light winds and during which they benefited from the leadership of co-skippers and noted professional sailors Michael Joubert and Mark Sadler.
“It was a challenging race with lots of parking lots, breeze and different forecasts,” explained Sadler, taking part in the race for the first time. “It was very demanding from a navigational and tactical point of view. We had a lot of opportunities (to take advantage) when the bigger boats parked and we could decide which way to go.”
Staying in touch with boats rated faster and well ahead of those rated slower coupled with the fresh breeze Hi Fidelity hit while attacking the western stretch of the racecourse proved critical. “It was a challenge beyond challenges,” remarked Joubert. “We didn’t get a lot of sleep, and each new leg brought something new. We tried to mix it between what the weather forecast said and where the fleet was going.” Excelling after almost six full days is testament to the crew’s true Corinthian spirit.
“The crew have been absolutely fantastic, I cannot give them enough praise. This has been one hell of a race, we have had just about everything thrown at us. Coming through the Comino [passage] there was a terrific amount of thunder and lightning; it was all around us, and the wind touched 37 knots. To come through the finish and find out that we have such a great result is truly amazing!” said a delighted De Villiers.
By mid-afternoon on Day 6 of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race, 16 yachts had completed the race, 11 have retired and 56 boats are still sailing.
For full results visit: www.rolexmiddlesearace.com
By Louay Habib, photo credit: Kurt Arrigo, Rolex
Mischa Heemskerk wins A-Class Worlds in tough conditions as Hurricaine Sandy threatens – c Sam Moore
Ronstan A-Class Catamaran Worlds at Islamorada, Florida
When the going gets tough the tough get going. The going got tough at the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship, with extremely high wind speeds and difficult conditions throughout the week, but after five races it was Mischa Heemskerk of the Netherlands who emerged with the win. After taking a third and two seconds to put himself two points clear of Brad Collett after day one Heemskerk won both races on Wednesday to take home the championship.
Regatta organizers were skeptical that they could get the five races required for a World Championship in after day two was abandoned and with Hurricane Sandy parked off of Cuba, so on Wednesday PRO Billy Richnow moved the first warning signal up to 9 am in an effort to squeeze two races in before the breeze fully turned on. Heemskerk, Collet, and previous World Champion Steve Brewin had dominated in the heavy air on day one, but at the start of race three it was Nathan Outteridge winning the pin and holding a sizable lead at the first windward mark.
Outteridge maintained his lead for two laps with Heemskerk closing on him and with Collett and New Zealand’s Murray Philpot sitting fourth and third respectively. However Outteridge and Collet both miscounted their laps and attempted to finish on the second leg, losing considerable ground and allowing Heemskerk to move into the lead. Outteridge went hard right on the final leeward leg and made a big gain, edging Philpot at the finish, but Heemskerk got the gun.
The breeze built considerably in the intermission between races. After holding at around 18 for most of race one, gusts of 24 and 26 knots were reported during the first windward leg. American Lars Guck won the pin at the start of race five, and rounded second behind Heemskerk at the first windward mark closely followed by Philpot and Outteridge.
However due to the increased wind speeds the race committee were forced to shorten course in the interest of safety, finishing the fleet at the leeward mark and sending them to the beach. This caused some confusion among the competitors, and while Heemskerk was well in front and got the gun easily, Guck gybed for the leeward mark and didn’t realize his mistake until Outteridge and Philpot had got by him.
Other than Heemskerk the big winner of the day was Australian Andrew Landenberger. By taking a fourth and a fifth with Collett and Brewin both finishing deep each time Landenberger moved into second place after winning the final race on day one. Brewin finished third with a score line of 1, 1, 9, 7, 8, two points ahead of Collett who he edged at the finish twice in five races. Philpot moved into fifth after scoring a second and a third in the final two races.
However the real victor was Heemskerk who was simply looked more comfortable in the conditions than practically anyone else. He only won two races, but he also never finished outside of the top three in his new DNA. Consistency wins regattas, and Mischa Heemskerk was the most consistent sailor at the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship.
Top 10 overall after 5 races
|1st||Heemskerk Mischa||7 NED||2||3||2||1||1||9|
|2nd||Landenberger Andrew||308 AUS||8||6||1||4||5||24|
|3rd||Brewin Steven||4 AUS||1||1||9||7||8||26|
|4th||Collett Bradley||10 AUS||4||2||3||8||11||28|
|5th||Philpot Murray||1 NZL||22||8||4||3||2||39|
|6th||Drummond Mike||945 NZL||7||11||15||16||9||58|
|7th||Benson Jack||13 AUS||12||14||6||24||17||73|
|8th||Coutts Allan||261 NZL||11||17||12||17||23||80|
|9th||Parker Graeme||967 AUS||18||15||14||14||22||83|
|10th||Funk Brad||292 USA||28||20||13||15||14||90|
For full results visit: www.aclassworldchampionshipsusa2012.com
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By Will Clark, photo credit: c Sam Moore
33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race at Royal Malta Yacht Club finish line
Late on Tuesday night, Esimit Europa 2’s skipper Jochen Schümann showered the Maxi crew with champagne dockside at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to celebrate taking Line Honours for the third consecutive year in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Schümann has won Olympic Gold and The America’s Cup but the ardour of the victory was etched on his face.
“That was a tough one,” explained Schümann. “We got caught up by Ran and Stig in the first parking lot at Stromboli but it was by no means the last. Our primary goal was line honours and it was impossible to relax during any part of the race. We are delighted to have taken line honours and finish of a great season in style.”
It was nearly seven hours before Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72, Ran crossed the finish line, setting the bar for the rest of the fleet to achieve. Although this has been a slow race, Ran have put in a magnificent performance to lead a highly competitive Class 1 and lay claim to an overall win.
“Before the race we sat down as a crew and said this would be frustrating at times; at one stage we looked like we would finish on Friday and we only had food until Tuesday evening but we stayed together as a team and had plenty of time to tell a few more jokes over the last four days. Clearly we were racing Stig this race because we are very similar boats and we were very very close until the second half of the race when we managed to get away from them. But the fact that we had someone to race against made the race much more fun. We are in good shape for our class and in reality that is all that you can do and the rest is up to the conditions, so now we will have to see what will happen.”
Whilst Esimit Europa are assured of Line honours and Ran look very likely to win Class 1, the overall winner is very much undecided. All of the yachts in contention are now past Favignana, which gives a good indication of the fleet’s overall standings but only an indication. However, now that Ran has finished, we can state the exact time that others need to finish to beat their time.
In Class 4, Lee Satariano & Christian Ripard’s J/122 Artie RTFX with an all Malta crew were leading their class and the Rolex Middle Sea Race overall at Favigana. To beat Ran’s corrected time Artie RTFX need to finish on 26 October by 02:10:52.
The Class 3 leader, Josef Schultheis & Paolo Semeraro Xp44, XP-ACT was second overall at Favignana. On board are three Maltese crew; Sebastian Ripard, Timmy Camilleri and Zach Cassar Torregiani. To beat Ran’s corrected time XP-ACT need to finish on 25th October by 20:32:22.
Third overall at Favignana and second in Class 3 was the Sicialian Mylius, Zenhea Takesha, skippered by Natale Lia. To beat Ran’s corrected time Zenhea Takesha need to finish on 25th October by 14:04:25.
Fourth overall at Favignana and leading Class 2 was the South African entry, Hi Fidelity, skippered by Eddie De Villiers. To beat Ran’s corrected time Hi Fidelity need to finish on 25th October by 11:14:39
Fifth overall and third in Class 3 was Jonas Diamantino’s all Maltese crew on Comanche Raider II Gasanmamo. To beat Ran’s corrected time Comanche Raider II Gasanmamo need to finish on 25th October by 19:58:29.
For more information including the race tracker visit: www.rolexmiddlesearace.com
By Louay Habib, photos supplied by Kurt Arrigo/Rolex
photo credit: c Will Clark
Ronstan A-Class Catamaran Worlds at Islamorada, Florida
Consistency wins regattas, and after three races at the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship, Mischa Heemskerk of the Netherlands has been the most consistent sailor, taking a third and two seconds to get two points clear of Australia’s Brad Collett and five points clear of current world champion Steve Brewin. The A-Cat fleet launched from Islamorada’s Islander Resort in winds gusting from anywhere between 15 and 20 knots, a difficulty level that spaced the fleet out considerably. A number of sailors stayed on the beach, and a number of masts went by the wayside, but despite tight racing at the top Heemskerk emerged on top after three races.
Brewin seemed to be well in command after two races. The current world champ led practically from start to finish in race one despite hitting the first windward mark and having to do a penalty circle. He was followed closely by Heemskerk with Blair Tuke taking third just ahead of Collett after port tacking the fleet with Ian Storer at the start. In race two things were more wide open, with Collett leading at the first windward mark and Heemskerk taking over the second time around. However it was Brewin who came out with the win, scooting past Collett in a photo finish with Heemskerk a close third.
In race three things got more interesting. Andrew Landenberger was first round and led to take the gun. However Brewin was close on his tail with Collett right behind him and Heemskerk deep having started at the boat – the pin was favored for most of the day. But while Heemskerk climbed, Brewin had some trouble at the final windward mark, going around the offset instead of the windward mark and losing a number of boats. He eventually finished ninth, bringing his total up to eleven after three races. Collett sits second at nine with Heemskerk currently in the driver’s seat at seven.
The forecast is for winds to increase throughout the week and regatta organizers were pleased to get three races off, though a significant number of breakdowns did occur. American Lars Guck broke a tiller extension when he got separated from his boat on the first beat of the day and was unable to finish race one. Australian ex-pat Ben Moon’s rig came down during race two, and again right after he finished ninth in race three. Meanwhile Australians Nathan Outteridge and Steve Brayshaw both had to retire after race two, with Outteridge having lost a daggerboard after taking a fourth and sixth, and Brayshaw busting his main beam after taking two fives.
The fleet was very spaced out throughout the day thanks to the aggressive conditions, but very few breakages occurred after race one since most of the breakdowns that were bound to happen had already happened by that point. Heemskerk, Collett and Brewin were around the top throughout the day, but racing is still wide open, as evidenced by Landenberg getting in there in race three. Forecasts are for the breeze to keep building, and with an emphasis on boat handling anyone who can keep their boat upright and going in the right direction has a shot.
photo credit: c Sam Moore
With breezes of 22 knots and upwards and no signs of abetting on day two of the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship principal race officer Billy Richnow abandoned racing for the day.
With weather condition expected to worsen as the week goes on Richnow has pushed the first warning signal on day three to 9 am in the hope of getting races in before conditions become un-sailable.
With forecasts predicting upwards of 30 knots later in the week the hope is to get the mandatory five races required for a World Championship in before weather conditions destroy any chance.
Saturday, October 27th is reserved as a weather date in the event that five races still have not been completed by that point, but Regatta Chairman Ben Hall is confident that at least five races will have been completed by that point. “We’ve never raced on Saturday since I’ve been going to Worlds” said Hall, an A-Cat great-grand-master in his own right. “We’ll find a way to get the regatta in.”
More information on the regatta website at www.aclassworldchampionshipsusa2012.com
By Will Clark
Rolex Middle Sea Race from the Royal Malta Yacht Club
Race leader Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) is expected to cross the finish line in Malta shortly after midnight on Tuesday night having established an insurmountable lead in the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race. Esimit has passed the island of Lampedusa, the most southerly point of the 606-nm course and is some 70-nm from the finish line in Malta. A third straight line honours triumph beckons for Igor Simcic’s 30.48m/100-ft Maxi.
Rán II (GBR), Med Spirit (RUS) and Stig (ITA) are engaged in their own duel to finish second on the water having kept each other company throughout the race. This pack is currently travelling between Pantelleria and Lampedusa at a consistent ten knots.
While five of the record-breaking 83-international entrants have retired from the race, the majority of the fleet are negotiating the tactically arduous passage across the northern coast of Sicily and approaching the stronger northwesterly breeze running down the west of the island. Welcome news for boats such as the 12.9m/40-ft Kuka- Light(SUI).
“We’ve had a very slow 24 hours like a lot of the boats around us and the conditions are variable,” explained skipper Mitch Booth. “We are getting quite close to the (northwest) tip of Sicily and enjoying some close racing. Conditions are quite frustrating. We are looking forward to a downwind stretch after a lot of light, upwind.” Despite the frustrations caused by light winds, the crew have enjoyed the challenge: “The race is very scenic, we’ve seen a lot of wildlife and volcano action, as well a lot of other boats which is not always the case during an offshore race.”
The Maltese J/133 Oiltanking Juno currently lies at the back of the fleet and reported: “It’s been a tough last 24 hours but we’ve passed Stromboli and are now heading to Favignana. We’ve been through about a hundred sail changes and are trying to catch up. We just need more wind!”
The battle to be overall race winner is still wide open. Current estimates indicate that Niklas Zennstrom’s 21.94m/72-ft Mini Maxi Rán II holds the advantage on handicap although a clearer idea will emerge once the bulk of the fleet heads into stronger airs after Trapani.
Live race tracking from the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race is available: www.rolexmiddlesearace.com
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Oracle Team USA AC72 face-plant
Oracle Team USA, the defender of the 34th America’s Cup, capsized its AC72 catamaran on San Francisco Bay during a training session last Tuesday afternoon. No one on the crew was injured. The capsize took place during the team’s eighth day on the water. Conditions were fresh, with building winds whipping up waves against one of the strongest ebb currents of the year. As the team turned the giant catamaran downwind, the front of the boat nosedived and the boat pitch-poled. The wing was completely destroyed. The team are now analysing the damage and planning a strategy for repairs.
photos supplied by c Guillain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
Now Artemis suffers delay
In preparation for sailing the Artemis Racing AC72, the team was conducting valuable structural tests afloat earlier today when damage was incurred to the front beam of the catamaran.
The AC72 has been hauled out of the water and the design team, led by Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumidjian, is on site to evaluate the damage. This setback will delay the Swedish team’s AC72 sailing program, but the team will be working hard to have the AC72 on the water and sailing as soon as possible.
For more details visit: artemis-racing.americascup.com
photo supplied by c Sander van der Borch
Meanwhile more blustery test days for Emirates Team New Zealand
Last week ETNZ have spent more time testing their AC72 on Auckland harbour with wind speeds topping around 28 knots on the Hauraki Gulf. The team reported that the guys managed to achieve everything they wanted in the upper range of conditions all the while being reminded just how on edge the boats really are.
Onboard photos supplied by c Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Update on Vestas Sail Rocket speed runs in Namibia
Last week Vestas Sailrocket 2 completed their first runs in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Paul Larsen reported on his blog, “We are openly targeting 60 knots now. I have been stuck under the low 50 knot glass-ceiling too many times and this boat/foil configuration is all about breaking through it. No complaints yet mind you. We did just hit 50 knots with our second run with a whole new foil. It was a solid run that ticked a lot of boxes. I was happy to see 50.11 knots on the small GPS to confirm what I would have guessed.” The average was 45.57 knots over 500 meters.
Slow going in the Rolex Middle Sea Race
The forecast breeze has arrived from the northwest but a massive wind hole is developing close to the Sicilian shoreline, threatening to trap the vast majority of the fleet. Many of the larger yachts are already stuck, crawling along at a very slow pace.
However, the chasing pack of smaller boats have turned north to escape the windless area. Nick Jones’ First 44.7, Lisa went north nearly 12 hours ago and it looks to be have been a master stroke. The British yacht owned by Nick and Suzi Jones is in better breeze than their rivals and if the breeze comes in, the brave move north at Stromboli will have paid off handsomely for the husband and wife team from Chichester, England.
photo credit: c Kurt Arrigo/Rolex
Meanwhile, Slovenian Maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is in a totally different position. Just 20 miles from Favignana on the north west extreme of the course, Esimit Europa 2 has been charging away from their rivals, often hitting speeds of 14 knots. Esimit Europa 2 is now 40 miles ahead of Niklas Zennstrom’s Ran and Alessandro Rombelli’s Stig.
Esimit Europa 2 is almost exactly half way around the course and if the breeze holds out, could be back in Malta by midnight on Tuesday 23 October to take Line Honours for the third consecutive year, which has only ever been achieved once before by Enrico Recchu’s Carter 65 Bembow in 1977.
Pavesio wins Napoli, Onorato crowned Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion
On Sunday at the final day of competition in Napoli, the last two races hung in the balance, that would ultimately bring the 2012 Sailing Series circuit to a close. Once more, teams were met with very light wind conditions, however PRO Fabio Barasso was able to squeeze in the last two scheduled races. Pavesio, having led since the beginning of the event was crowned the winner in Napoli. Finishing second overall was 2011 defending Series Champion, Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica. Finishing a fabulous third overall was Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima.
photo credit: Joy Dunigan/Melges 32 Class
Standing tall above all the rest in 2012, after five events and thirty-six races, Onorato takes home the Series Circuit trophy and title, proudly accepted at his home port of Napoli. All season long Onorato remained determined to edge out Cirillo, and in the end did so by a wide margin. Pavesio, after great success in Malcesine, persevered and won Napoli. In turn, he was rewarded greatly with a spot (third) on the podium in the year-end Series Circuit standings.
Fine French victory on home waters for Groupe Edmond de Rothshchild
photo credit: Lloyd Images
The French team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild ended the day where they started it – at the top of the Act 7 leaderboard in Nice with a win in the penultimate Act of the year on home soil. Spurred on by the cheers of an enthusiastic home crowd, Pierre Pennec led his men to an impressive four race wins on the final day and with it secured third place on the overall Series leaderboard as the fleet heads to the 2012 finale in Rio de Janeiro in December.
photo credit: c Andrea Carloni
Volvo D-One Gold Cup at Circolo Nautico al Mare e Marina di Alassio
It was an adrenaline pumping finale for the 2012 D-One Gold Cup on Sunday in Alassio. A great showdown was expected, with four helmsmen that could still win the title, and a big show took place in West Ligurian waters.
Bright sunshine, warm temperatures and a northerly breeze from 10 to 12 knots provided the perfect scenario for the 38 D-One sailors from 9 countries fighting for the final double point non-discardable race.
The 2012 D-One Gold Cup ended up in the hands of Czech sailor Martin Trcka, but a lot of surprises came in during the race. Young Czech Viktor Teply controlled the race from the start but capsized at the last gennaker hoist.
At that point Trcka had a fast run to the finish, but the real fight was going on behind him, where come-from-behind Argentinian Agustin Zabalua, a former D-One Gold Cup winner, recovered 10 boats on the second beat to fight for his chance.
If Zabalua could grab second place in the last race, the Gold Cup would take a Valencian route. With a third, Czech Trcka would have the Gold Cup in his hands. Italian Andrea Casale broke Zabalua’s dream fighting hard on the last run. On the finish line, after Zabalua’s last gybe, only half a metre separated the two D-Oners, but the Italian bowsprit was ahead.