Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Star champions to race in first ever Star Sailors League Finals

 

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Star Sailors League Finals to be held in Nassau

 

The inaugural Star Sailors League Finals regatta will bring the world’s best Star sailors together in Bahamas for the first time since the London 2012 Olympics.

The Star Sailors League (SSL) is proud to announce its first ever event: the 2013 SSL Final. The invitational event will be held at the Nassau Yacht Club from December 3rd to December 8th, 2013, with the best Star sailors from 11 countries competing.

Most of the leaders in the SSL Ranking list have already confirmed their participation – Robert Scheidt (BRA), Xavier Rohart (FRA), Freddy Loof (SWE), Eivind Melleby (NOR), Michael Hestbaek (DEN), Flavio Marazzi (SUI), Johannes Polgar (GER), Robert Stanjek (GER), Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL), George Szabo (USA) and Diego Negri (ITA). Also confirmed is Paul Cayard (USA), long time Star sailor and 1992 Louis Vuitton Cup Winner, who will compete as a welcome guest. Further participants will be confirmed.

 

Legendary champions

The provisional entry list, which includes three Olympic Gold Medallists, 11 Olympic Class World Champions and a Louis Vuitton Cup winner, represent the first and the only time after the Star Worlds and 2012 Olympic Games that so many international Star champions will race together.

 

New format

This event will also be the first Star event with the new race format – for all 18 boats, regatta style racing for three days, with no more than four races per day and a maximum of nine races in all – followed by an innovative fourth day: the top ten from the previous days will compete in the three final races with a progressive drop-out of three boats per session. So the last day of racing will begin with ten boats in the quarter final, seven in the semi-final and only four in the final. The overall winner of the event will be the team that first crosses the line in the final race, and will receive 4,000 SSL points.

 

Impressive prize money

In this debut event, USD 200,000 will be awarded in prize money, to be divided amongst the whole fleet. Prizes also include the Best Skipper of the Year award, while the Best Crew of the Year will receive the first ‘Simpson Memorial Trophy’, in memory of British Star sailor Andrew Simpson.

 

Live 3D coverage and virtual gaming

All races will be broadcast live on the official website www.starsailors.com with Virtual Eye technology, the same tracking that was used during the recent America’s Cup. Virtual engaging doesn’t stop here: Sailors from all over the world will be invited to ‘play’ the Star Sailors League with Virtual Regatta Inshore.

 

The launch of Star Sailors League movement

The inaugural ‘Grand Final’ will officially launch the League’s activities, and with five days of competition will put the emphasis on men rather than machines. The League was established last January: the birth of a dream of Olympic and amateur sailors to build an international regatta circuit to promote athletes and their skills.

Under the name of the ‘Star Sailors League’, the organisation brings together all the Star Class regattas and defines a new World Ranking (based on the model of the ‘ATP World Tour’ created by tennis players in 1972), with more than 2,400 skippers and crew already ranked in the SSL Ranking. Drawing its inspiration from tennis and its annual ‘Masters’, the SSL Board is launching the Star Sailors League Final which will be sailed at the end of each year.

 

By Star Sailors League

 

 

2013 Mini Transat finally gets underway

 

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All photos © Mini Transat 2013

 

2013 Mini Transat

 

 

The Mini Transat got underway today (Tuesday 29th October) at 9:19 (local time) in a building wind of about 12 knots, gusting up towards 30.

Numbers 816 (Richard Hewson, RG650.com), 198 (Sébastien Picault Kickers) and 667 (Benoît Marie, benoitmarie.com) claimed the best starts. Everything went well under clear skies and with fairly rough seas (about 1.50m swell). The committee boat end was favoured.

Two incidents to note

  • N° 850 (Stan Maslard, Sefico Group) returned to port due to a technical problem. The repair is underway.
  • A collision between 587 and 791 forced both boats return to port. The two competitors do not yet know whether they will be able to return to the race.

 

How to follow the first hours of the race:

On the home page of the Mini Transat web site, watch the boats pass through the Raz de Sein via the Semaphore webcam at the Raz.

 

 

By Mini Transat media

 

 

Lumix wins two in a row

 

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18ft Skiff 3-Buoys Challenge in Sydney Harbour – Race 3

 

Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett made it two-in-a-row victories when they steered their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix 18ft Skiff home an easy winner of Race 3 of the 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour.

Lumix took the lead mid way up the first windward leg of the course then had little difficulty maintaining the lead for the rest of the course before scoring a 2m 24s win from Race 1 winner Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips and Dave Ewings).

Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson, Peter Nicholson and Geoff Bauchop) was a further 1m 7s back in third place, ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Jack Macartney), Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster) and Yandoo (John Winning).

Today’s windward-return course was set for a north-east breeze but the first of several wind shifts arrived shortly after the start and split the fleet into two distinctive groups.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson) won the start but Lumix and Fisher & Paykel took full advantage of the shift when they went to the southern side of the course.

Mojo Wine’s crew saw the advantage being created and came back to mid stream while The Kitchen Maker (Darren McKavanagh) led those on the north.

Lumix also benefitted from the 3-buoys handicapping and went around the ‘red’ buoy to open up a lead of more than one minute.

Fisher & Paykel was in second place ahead of Mojo Wine and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).

The spinnaker run back to the bottom mark was tight as the fleet battled the light breeze which was coming from the East-ESE.

Smeg was the big improver as the skiff moved into third place just ahead of Haier Appliances and Mojo Wine.

 

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With little work required over the next two laps of the course, the race became a little processional as Lumix set a cracking pace.

At the bottom mark on the second lap her lead had been extended to 2 mins as Smeg moved up into second place.

The leading positions didn’t change over the final lap of the course.

 

Race 3 Results:

 

Pos Boat Name Finish Time Elapsed Time Handicap Corrected Time
1 LUMIX 15:59:04 01:11:04 5 01:11:04
2 SMEG 16:01:28 01:13:28 1 01:13:28
3 FISHER & PAYKEL 16:02:35 01:14:35 1 01:14:35
4 THURLOW FISHER LAWYERS 16:02:53 01:14:53 1 01:14:53
5 RABBITOHS‑KENWOOD 16:03:31 01:15:31 9 01:15:31
6 YANDOO 16:04:10 01:16:10 3 01:16:10
7 MOJO WINE 16:05:03 01:17:03 0 01:17:03
8 HAIER APPLIANCES 16:05:25 01:17:25 1 01:17:25
9 DE’LONGHI‑RABBITOHS 16:07:03 01:19:03 6 01:19:03
10 PURE BLONDE 16:07:44 01:19:44 7 01:19:44
11 TEAM PEDRO 16:12:02 01:24:02 10 01:24:02
12 SOUTHERN CROSS 16:13:22 01:25:22 10 01:25:22
13 DONNELLY 16:16:21 01:28:21 10 01:28:21
14 THE KITCHEN MAKER 16:18:28 01:30:28 7 01:30:28

 

 

 

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Video coverage of the race can be seen on www.18footerstv.com

By Frank Quealey,  www.18footers.com.au

 

 

 

Triumph of persistance

 

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Overall winner of the 34th Rolex Middle Sea Race B2 –  All photos c Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

 

 

34th Rolex Middle Sea Race – Overall Winner 



Michele Galli’s B2, a TP52 from Italy, has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 34th Rolex Middle Sea Race.

B2 is the first Italian yacht to claim the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy since 2005, emerging victorious from the largest and one of the most competitive fleets in the race’s 45-year history. Expertly guided by tactician Francesco de Angelis, B2 completed the 606-nm course on Tuesday afternoon in a little over three days. She was the eighth boat to cross the finish line in Malta.

On corrected time B2 was propelled to the summit of the overall leaderboard and with the chasing fleet thwarted by extremely light conditions between Pantelleria and Lampedusa and unable to win their race against the clock, her triumph was confirmed at the Royal Malta Yacht Club on Wednesday afternoon.

Success often tastes sweeter when it is hard fought. Not only did B2 see off the race’s record 99-strong international fleet, peppered with outstanding boats and dexterous sailors, she overcame several technical issues during the race.

“We lost all of our electronics, I think due to water entering the boat during the second night,” explained navigator Nacho Postigo. “We tried everything to reboot the system, but it simply didn’t work, all the displays went black. We were really worried about the last night, and therefore found a solution: we had all the cartography on a cell phone, and my smartphone is waterproof with a compass app. We combined both and attached the smartphone to the pedestal. In the end, it worked quite well.” 

The impromptu solution forced the crew to rely more on their instinct, as Postigo closes: “We raced B2 like a dinghy and Francesco had to call the strategy almost completely blind – I don’t think he had more than two hours sleep!”

 

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De Angelis preferred to reflect on the relentless effort of the crew composed of ten Italians and two Spaniards. “It was a difficult race, the first time this team has done a race this long together. To arrive ahead of almost 100 boats is a great achievement.

Sailing an all out racing boat like a TP52 is not necessarily the most relaxing way to experience the race. We are very tired!,” admitted de Angelis, “comfort is not really associated with a TP52 and we experienced everything: light, medium and some strong wind. Technically and physically it was a very challenging race. The key was not losing ground in the difficult moments or getting blocked during periods of light air.”

At 15:30 CEST on Wednesday afternoon, 23 boats had completed the race, 75 were still sailing and there had been just one retirement.

Note: Morning Glory (GER) claimed line honours yesterday. Crossing the finish line at 04:02.19 CEST on Tuesday morning, the 86-ft Maxi skippered by Kristina Plattner, completed the 606-nm course in 2 days, 16 hours, 12 minutes and 9 seconds. Her elapsed time still some 16 hours slower than the current race record.

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By Peter Bourne

 

 

B2 counting the minutes

 

RMSR B2

Photo © Kurt Arrigo / Rolex

 

2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race finish in Valetta

 

 

Michele Galli’s modified TP52, B2 crossed the finish line of the Rolex Middle Sea Race early on Tuesday completing the race in just over three days. For the moment, the Italian yacht has the fastest corrected time of all the yachts that have finished the race. However, with the bulk of the fleet still racing, an overall win for B2 is far from certain. Although the conditions were light, it was a tough race for B2, as Spanish navigator, Nacho Postigo explained.

“There were several key moments in the race that we managed well and that is why our overall performance has been good. However on the second night we had a major problem. All of our electronic instruments shut down completely. So we have been sailing with a smart phone for a compass, we have raced B2 like a dinghy and Francesco (de Angelis) has had to call the strategy almost completely blind, I don’t think he has had more than two hours sleep, he must be exhausted.”

B2 will have to wait until several yachts finish the race to see if they can remain in pole position for the overall win.

In IRC One, Andres Soriano’s Mills 72, Alegre leads the class, however Maltese J/122, Otra Vez´, skippered by Edward & Aaron Gatt Floridia can still take both class title and the overall win for the race.

Although most of the yachts in IRC Two are still racing, none of them will be able to better B2’s corrected time. Luca Simone’s Baltic Mini Maxi, Nikka Sixty Five, has finished the race and is currently second in class. Johann Killinger’s German Swan 60 Emma, Germana Tognella’s Italian Cookson 50, Cantankerous and Hans Riegel’s German Marten 49, Speedy are just a few miles from the finish.

David Anastasi’s Maltese J/133, Oiltanking Juno was leading IRC Three at 1500. Oiltanking Juno was also the leading Maltese entry with 168 miles to go. Timmy Camilleri’s XP44, XP-Act was just four miles behind with 172 miles to go. Edward & Aaron Gatt Floridia’s J/122, Otra Vez was the third Maltese entry, ten miles behind the leading Maltese boat.

Arthur Podesta’s First 45, Elusive II and Lee Satariano & Christian Ripard’s J/122, Artie-RTFX are both 200 miles from the finish, having a close battle. Jamie Sammut’s Unica, Jonas Diamantino & Ramon Sant Hill’s Comanche Raider 2 Gasanmamo and Charles Borg Barthet’s August Rush Beta Paints have formed a trio of Maltese yachts enjoying a tight race, with all three yachts in sight of each other.

At Favignana in IRC Four, Renzo Grottesi’s X40, Pita Maha was leading the class. Peppe Fornich’s Grand Soleil 37, Sagola Biotrading was second with Rod Stuart’s Elan 410, Eos in third.

In IRC Double Handed, Anthony Camilleri’s Vision 50, Bavaria has retired from the race at Trapani. Marco Rodolfi’s Class 40, TWT Ucomm still leads the class but on corrected time, Massimo Juris’ First 40.7, Blucolombre was only one hour behind. Third in class was Maltese skipper, Georges Bonello Dupuis’ First 47.7, Escape by Tommy Hilfiger.

By 1500 hrs on day four of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the vast majority of the yachts racing had passed Favignana and many had made good progress down the west coast of Sicily.

To track the fleet and follow blogs from the boats, including photos and reports, go to www.rolexmiddlesearace.com.

 

By Louay Habib

 

 

Morning Glory lives up to her name

 

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Morning Glory glides into Marsamxett Harbour to take the gun – photo c Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

 

 

2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race Line Honours Winner – Morning Glory 

 

Kristina Plattner’s Z-86, Morning Glory has claimed line honours in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The German Maxi crossed the finish line at the Royal Malta Yacht Club on Tuesday, 22 October at 04:02 19sec, in an elapsed time of 2days 16hrs 12mins 19secs.

“I have only raced offshore with my father before, so this was a new experience for me and I was a bit anxious before the race about how it would turn out. However, so many of the crew are old friends and they really looked after me, so it was not too difficult and I really enjoyed the race.” commented Morning Glory skipper, Kristina Plattner. “It is a beautiful race course and watching the sunrise at Stromboli will be a lasting memory. It was so beautiful and calm but at the same time my four hour watch was just finishing, so the dawn meant we could get some rest. The long beat near the finish was very tiring but it was so nice to get a warm reception when we crossed the line.”

Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Chris Nicholson was one of the after-guard on board Morning Glory. “The conditions were lighter than predicted but that doesn’t surprise anyone. This is a very changeable racecourse, which definitely keeps your concentration. Weather forecast and routing software are not that useful, you have to see what is happening around you and react. We definitely lost a lot of ground in the latter part of the race. It was a dead beat to Lampedusa with a lot of tacks that really slowed our speed towards the end.”

Andres Soriano’s Mills 72, Alegre was the second yacht to finish the race just before dawn. Alegre beat her close rival Luca Simone’s JV72, Robertissima III to the line by more than an hour. Alegre will have to wait until other yachts complete the race before the British crew will know if they have won overall.

Andres Soriano spoke dockside after the race. “This is the first proper offshore race that the new Alegre has done and the boat and the crew have performed well, which gives the team a lot of satisfaction. A real attraction of this race is that it is so unpredictable, I have completed a few and none of them have been the same, maybe when I have done ten races I will get to know it more but I don’t think anyone can ever really know all of this race.”

I love coming to Malta for the race, the competitors and the Royal Malta Yacht Club members are what I would describe as ‘real people’. The variety of the yachts and the sailors makes the occasion so special and fascinating. The high profile yachts like Alegre get a lot of media attention but I really admire yachts like the classic Infanta and all of the crews on the smaller boats taking part. Without them this race would not have 99 boats of all shapes and sizes and I feel everyone is of equal importance.”

More yachts are expected to finish today and a clearer picture of the class winners and the overall contenders for the Rolex Middle Sea Race will feature in the next update.

To track the fleet and follow blogs from the boats, including photos and reports, go to www.rolexmiddlesearace.com.

 

By Louay Habib

 

 

The Princess of Stromboli

 

RMSR D2 Freddie Hall’s classic yawl Infanta at the start – Photo © Rene Rossignaud / Rolex

 

 

2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race – update 

 

Kristina Plattner’s Z-86 Morning Glory was beset by light winds late  Sunday morning. However, at 1300 hrs local time, the German canting keel Maxi was powering along the north coast of Sicily having completed 266 miles of the course in 25 hours. To beat the course record, Morning Glory will need to average 15 knots for the remainder of the race, which is achievable but unlikely. However, Morning Glory is now out of sight of any other yacht in the fleet. Andres Soriano’s Alegre and Luca Simone’s Robertissima II are the closest rivals, over 25 miles astern of the leader.

All of the competing yachts have now passed through the Strait of Messina, including Beppe Bisotto’s Atame whose tracker is not responding. By tonight, the fleet should all have passed the active volcano Stromboli and will be heading west across the top of Sicily. So far the larger yachts have enjoyed more suitable weather conditions.

 

Positions on Sunday afternoon

 

Overall IRC at Messina
Infanta – Freddie Hall (GBR)

Freddie Hall’s British Yawl, Infanta is the current leader and is almost certainly the oldest yacht in the race, built in New York City in 1947. The elegant yacht named after a Spanish princess, who will not accede to the throne, is owned by 75 year old, John Hall, who is sailing with his son and five friends. Fair winds and reaching conditions have suited Infanta and it would be an incredible achievement if the corinthian team retain their position but it is unlikely that Infanta will be crowned winner of the race. Michele Galli’s Italian Custom 52, B2 is in second place after time correction with Maltese J/133, Otra Vez skippered by Edward Gatt Floridia in third.

 

IRC 1 at Stromboli
Alegre – Andres Soriano (GBR)

Leader on corrected time at Stromboli was British Mills 72, Alegre. Italian JV72 Robertissima II was about half an hour behind on corrected time. Just after dawn on Day Two, Robertissima II altered course heading for the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily, presumably looking for more wind. Alegre followed to cover losing some of the lead the British team had built up on Day One but Alegre is still leading the big boat class on time correction.

 

IRC 2 at Messina
B2 – Michele Galli (ITA)

B2 is an IRC optimised TP52 and in the expert hands of Italian America’s Cup expert, Francesco de Angelis, few will be surprised that B2 is doing well. The lighter conditions may well suit B2 but the later in the race, the beat along the west coast of Sicily will not favour the lighter displacement boats. Hans Riegel’s Marten 49, Speedy was second overall in 2012 and the German yacht was second in class at Messina. Pushing the leading yachts is an Italian legend, Tomasso Chiefi, tactician on board RP65, Nikka Sixty Five, owned by Roberto Lacorte.

 

IRC 3 at Messina
Clem-Amanda Hartley (ESP)

The heavy displacement yachts are dominating in IRC 3 and Amanda Hartley’s Spanish Swan 56, Clem has a formidable track record in offshore events having won class in the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Rolex Fastnet Race. James Blackmore’s South African Swan 53, Music was in second place at Messina but only just. On corrected time Music was less than two minutes behind Clem and the light weather along the top of Sicily will give Music a chance to better their bigger rivals. Simon De Pietro’s Irish CNB 76, Lilla was third at Messina.

 

IRC 4 at Messina
Infanta-Freddie Hall (GBR)

Infanta lead the class and the race overall at Messina but two well prepared and well sailed Maltese yachts are just seconds behind on corrected time. Artie-RTFX, co-skippered by Lee Satariano & Christian Ripard, and Otra Vez, skippered by Edward & Aaron Gatt Floridia, are both J/122 designs. The more modern design and their sail configuration should give the Maltese duo and an advantage in the latter part of the race. It is too early to tell if these two yachts will have a chance of capturing the overall prize but the forecast conditions ahead may well suit the high performance yachts in IRC 4 and the close rivalry between two local yachts will be an added incentive.

 

IRC Double Handed at Messina
TWT Ucomm – Marco Rodolfi (ITA)

The Italian Class 40, TWT Ucomm, skippered by Marco Rodolfi, leads the two handed class by just over 20 minutes on corrected time at Messina and a close battle is raging for second place between Manuel Costantin’s Italian First 40, Rebel Urban Design and James & Simon Sweetman’s British First 40.7, Little Emily.

To track the fleet and follow blogs from the boats, including photos and reports, visit www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

 

By Louay Habib

Bora Gulari crowned world champion

 

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McDougall+Maconaghy Moth Worlds at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 

 

 

Bora is the first American two-time champion in 54 years while Australia’s Nathan Outteridge & Scott Babbage complete podium

An early squall drenched the 80 competitors for the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship this morning as they prepared their flying carbon-fiber craft for the final day of racing. The rain and clouds brought with them an unfortunate side effect, cooling down Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountains and shutting down the building thermal breeze that might have allowed a final day of racing for the Moth World title.

After a tense 3-hour wait in the Kaneohe Yacht Club boat park, Race Officer Tom Pochereva reached for the treble horn that indicates the end to the regatta; within seconds, a dozen American racers lifted Michigan’s Bora Gulari in the air and tossed him in the club pool for the 2013 World Champion’s ceremonial dunking.

Gulari becomes the first American two-time Moth World Champion since 1959; he won the 2009 World Championship in Cascade Locks, Oregon.

“It hasn’t really set in yet,” said Gulari, after drying himself off. “One thing I know for sure is that without Anthony, George, Brad, and pretty much the entire US Moth racing team, I would never be World Champion again.”

Gulari attributes his success to his Mach 2 Moth, which he says “is a perfect platform for this kind of sailing,” combined with the cumulative effect of dozens of small changes to the boat.

“We’ve been working for a solid year in Detroit, refining and changing things bit by bit until they’re perfect,” said Gulari. He also gave credit to his sail package, adding “North Sails and specifically sailmaker Chris Williams came up with an extremely powerful sail design for this Worlds; I’ve never sailed with a faster sail since I bought my first Moth.”

 

 

The 2014 World Championships are at Hayling Island SC in the UK from 16 to 25 July.

 

Results: Top 10 after 10 races & 1 discard
1   USA 6   Bora Gulari   [18]   1   2   1   3   3   [7]   5   3   3   21 pts
2   AUS 3997   Nathan Outteridge   1   2   1   [10]   9   1   8   2   [12]   5   29 pts
3   AUS 2   Scott Babbage   4   4   [27]   [24]   1   12   1   4   5   13   44 pts
4   GBR 3982   Ben Paton   [15]   3   3   15   [23]   6   3   6   2   7   45 pts
5   GBR 4047   Robert Greenhalgh   2   7   7   9   [19]   [13]   11   1   1   8   46 pts
6   AUS 3   Rob Gough   [17]   8   13   8   8   2   4   [38]   6   1   50 pts
7   GBR 7   Chris Rashley   3   [35]   6   11   7   4   13   [36]   4   2   50 pts
8   AUS 8   Julian Salter   [12]   9   8   5   2   [29]   5   3   11   11   54 pts
9   USA 3931   Brad Funk   [24/ZFP]   5   4   3   5   5   18   10   20   [23]   70 pts
10 NZL 3991   Peter Burling   [40]   28   [52]   2   10   7   6   9   10   4   76 pts

 

For full results see: www.mothworlds.org/hawaii

 

By Alan Block

 

 

Lumix wins race 2 in near perfect conditions

 

yandy100765 Lumix crosses the finish line in the haze created by local bushfires in race 2 of the 18ft Skiff 3-Buoys Challenge – All photos © Frank Quealey

 

Race 2 – 18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge in Sydney Harbour

 

 

After last Sunday’s strong winds which lashed Sydney Harbour on the opening day of the Australian 18 Footers League’s 2013-2014 Season, today’s Race 2 of the 18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge was sailed in near perfect conditions.

The 3-lap windward-return course gave patrons a great view of the entire course from the spectator ferry and the 16-boat fleet produced some great racing in the 15-17-knot north-east wind.

Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett certainly reveled in the conditions as they took line by 56s in their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix skiff.

John Winning, Andrew Hay and Jim Beck finished second in Yandoo, with Euan McNicol, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge third in Mojo Wine, a further 1m14s behind Yandoo.

 

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The Kitchen Maker racing a Sydney ferry down the harbour

 

Lumix led the fleet up the first windward beat to the 3-buoys rounding marks, and took full advantage from the handicapping system to increase the lead on the spinnaker run to the twin marks which completed the first lap of the course.

Asko Appliances (James Dorron) was in second place behind Lumix, followed by Pure Blonde (Nick Daly), Yandoo, and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn) which had recovered strongly after being recalled at the start.

Pure Blonde was relegated back to fifth at the bottom mark while the other leaders retained their positions.

Lumix continued to set the pace upwind and increased her lead to 1m10s over Yandoo at the second set of windward markers.

Backmarker Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) had edged her way up into third place just ahead of Asko Appliances, which had an untimely capsize on the work.

While Lumix and Yandoo were untroubled to hold their placings over the latter half of the course, the battle behind them held spectator interest until the end as the handicap system came into play.

Asko recovered from the mid race capsize to grab fourth place, ahead of De’Longhi Rabbitohs and The Kitchen Maker (Malcolm Page).

More photos will be published on www.18footers.com.au and a video coverage of the race can be seen on www.18footerstv.com.

 

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Last week’s winner Smeg is dwarfed by two former America’s Cup yachts – photo c Frank Quealey

 

By Frank Quealey

 

Britannia rules light-air waves

 

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All photos © ThMartinez / Sea&Co / Moth World Championship

 

 

McDougall+Maconaghy Moth Worlds at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 

 

 

America’s Gulari maintains lead over Australia’s Outteridge as Brits push for podium places

A surprisingly stable 6-10 knot Northerly breeze allowed for more ‘flight time’ on Friday than anyone expected, as 80 competitors from 15 nations took to the waters of Kaneohe Bay, for the penultimate day of the 2013 McDougall + McConaghy International Moth World Championship. Three quick races saw American Bora Gulari’s lead over second place Nathan Outerridge grow to 8 points, while Scott Babbage’s third-place position is under assault from attacking Brits.

Southampton, UK’s Robert Greenhalgh sailed away from the fleet in races 8 and 9 on Friday, winning one race by more than 200 meters and the other by half that, winning the day and moving up to fifth place with just one day’s racing remaining.

Fellow UK Mothist Ben Paton had one of his strongest days of the regatta, moving into fourth, just one point ahead of Greenhalgh. Chris Rashley sits tied on points for 6th place with Tasmania’s Rob Gough, marking the 3rd Englishman in the top ten. He could have easily been on the podium though; Rashley had big leads in at least two races later abandoned. “The British boats are going really well out there, but it would be nice if I could have a bit better luck,” said Rashley. Greenhalgh was relaxed despite the tight battle for the podium that lay ahead for him. “Above all else we’re here in Hawaii to have some fun, and today was great fun,” he said.

 

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Rob Greenhalgh scores two bullets to climb to 5th overall – photo © ThMartinez / Sea&Co

 

American clamps down on Olympic, cup star

Detroit foiling phenom Bora Gulari extended his lead over Australia’s Nathan Outteridge to 8 points with all discards counted, as the American took advantage of Outteridge’s foil selection mistake.

“Everything was looking really light in all the forecasts we looked at, and the big main foil I put on was looking good after Race 8,” said Outteridge. The 27-year old racer would take second in the first, light air race of the day, and far enough ahead of Gulari to close the Championship battle to just one point. After one abandoned race and a 20-minute postponement, the wind increased to around 9 knots, and Outerridge’s fate was sealed.

“I took a risk and it was the wrong call,” he said. “Those are the tradeoffs and choosing the day’s equipment can be the most stressful part of the morning.”

Outteridge added that he hoped to get in enough racing on Saturday to have a shot at beating Gulari and taking his second Moth world title.

Kaneohe Yacht Club Race Officer Tom Pochereva intends to hold four races to finish up the 2013 World Championship; racing begins at 12:00 hrs Hawaii time and no race can be started after 16:00 hrs.

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Bora Gulari holds on to 8 point overall lead – photo © ThMartinez / Sea&Co

 

Results: (Top 5 after 10 races)

 

Pos Sail No Boat Name Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 USA 6 Bora Gulari Bayview Yacht Club ‑18 1 2 1 3 3 ‑7 5 3 3 21
2 AUS 3997 Nathan Outteridge Wangi Sailing Club 1 2 1 ‑10 9 1 8 2 ‑13 5 29
3 AUS 2 7 Scott Babbage WSC 4 4 ‑27 ‑24 1 12 1 4 5 14 45T
4 GBR 3982 Patonator Ben Paton Lymington Town SC ‑15 3 3 15 ‑23 6 3 6 2 7 45T
5 GBR 4047 DES Robert Greenhalgh Royal Southern YC/HRSC/SBSC 2 7 7 9 ‑19 ‑13 11 1 1 8 46
6 AUS 3 The Belafonte Rob Gough Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania ‑17 8 13 8 8 2 4 ‑38 6 1 50T
7 GBR 7 Chris Rashley Royal London Yacht Club 3 ‑35 6 11 7 4 13 ‑36 4 2 50T
8 AUS 8 Salter Marine Julian Salter Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania ‑12 9 8 5 2 ‑29 5 3 12 11 55
9 USA 3931 UFO Brad Funk Lauderdale Yacht Club (ZFP) 5 4 3 5 5 18 10 22 ‑24 72
10 NZL 3991 Be rude not to Peter Burling Tauranga Yacht Club ‑40 28 ‑52 2 10 7 6 9 11 4 77

 

By Alan Block, www.mothworlds.org/hawaii

 

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