Jun 29, 2008
Spithill and Co. earn top prize at catamaran match race event.
After three days of closely fought match racing in X40 catamarans off Italy’s east coast, James Spithill and his BMW ORACLE Racing crew took home the Jaeger-Lecoultre Just the Best Trophy.
In doing so, Spithill defeated his teammate and skipper Russell Coutts who was calling tactics for Pete Melvin, an American leading multihull sailor and coach for the team. In the three-day, 11-race series in Cattolica on the Adriatic Coast, the face-off between Coutts and Spithill came down to the final day.
”It was extremely close racing,” Spithill said. “In the first day, Pete and Russ dominated. We were able to pull off a couple of wins and then it really came down to the final day. Russ and his guys pushed us all the way.”
Sailing with Coutts on the “White Team” was Simeon Tienpont (NED), Max Sirena (ITA), and USA multihull coach Pete Melvin. Spithill’s “Blue Team” included John Kostecki (USA), Dirk de Ridder (NED) and Alan Smith (NZL).
For the final three races on Sunday, there were plenty of spectators and 12-14 knots of breeze and brilliant sunshine. “It was a picture-perfect day in Italy,” Spithill said.
The regatta was organized by BMW ORACLE Racing’s Max Sirena. Spithill complimented the event organization and expects it will trigger more match racing events in multihulls.
“This could be a bit of the future of match racing. There was a lot of interest here. It was a fantastic event.”
Jun 27, 2008
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, begins the next phase of training towards a possible multi-hull Deed of Gift Match in 2009 and steps up a gear to two-boat training with the ORMA60s Foncia and Banque Populaire IV in Lorient, France, from 30 June until 5 July.
The Swiss team intends to continue its big boat and multi-hull development through this platform: “We now need to hone our boat handling skills, manoeuvres and mark approaches by matching up to another boat,” says Alinghi team skipper and tactician Brad Butterworth. “Having crew on both ORMA60s will increase our learning curve exponentially and marks the beginning of our two-boat training programme towards a multi-hull America’s Cup.”
The sailing team has been multi-hull training for several months racing the eXtreme40s and the Décision35s respectively in the iShares Cup and in the Lake Geneva based Julius Baer Challenge and it now looks forward to training alongside such an accomplished sailing team.
“We are very pleased to have such high calibre boats to train with; both Foncia and Banque Populaire IV are accomplished race boats and we look forward to a summer of two-boat training and to gaining as much crewing and big boat experience as possible before getting on to our multi-hull sometime at the end of the year. We are looking forward to working with the Banque Populaire team and hope the training will be mutually beneficial to both sailing teams,” adds Butterworth.
Alinghi was in Lorient in March sailing Foncia with skipper Alain Gautier and will return again in July and throughout the summer to match up against Banque Populaire IV, skippered by Pascal Bidégorry.
Jun 26, 2008
- Extreme sailing orienteering in the Scandinavian archipelagos
Stockholm, June 18 2008. Eric Proust and Romain Motteau, Team Kalix, have
completed an outstanding six day Formula 18 catamaran race through the
Stockholm, Åland and Finnish archipelago. Since the first day the highly
experienced duo has been difficult to beat, showing great tactics and
excellent boat handling. Since last Friday the competitors have passed 47
island checkpoints and sailed a total of 550 - 600 nautical miles.
It was skipper Eric Proust’s fifth go at the Archipelago Raid when he finally took first,
having reached the second and third step of the podium three of the previous races
and had to abandon once. This year the team has since the start been the team to
Of the 22 starting teams, 20 teams made it to the finish line after six days and five
nights of intense sailing on small Formula 18 catamarans. The Archipelago Raid is
considered one of the toughest sail races in the world, with physical sailing 14-16
hours per day. The short northern summer nights means the competitors get little
sleep, around 2-5 hours per night.
The navigation is a difficult challenge with small rocks and islands literally littered all over the archipelagos. With the high level of the competitors, there is no room for tactical errors. Endurance, team work, and a good
sense of repairing boats are also important factors to succeed in the race.
Solo sailor Ellen MacArthur competed in the race for the second time. With crew Greg Homann (Aus) on BT the team finished ninth. “It has been great, the race is
amazing. We knew we couldn’t win as Greg and I have not trained much on the boat.
We participated for the pleasure and we have learnt a lot. All the other competitors
have been great. It has been a relaxed atmosphere but a very high level with a lot of
experience among the fleet.”
When leading the fleet this morning, Team Thule hit a rock and broke
its dagger board in three parts. At the next checkpoint they had to lay the boat down
and use a saw to get the dagger board out! They left the checkpoint as ninth boat
with only one dagger board but managed to catch up with the leaders, pass them,
tear the jib in a strong gust right before the finish line, stop at a dock to furl it but
eventually end the last leg of the race on an honourable first place and finishing
1. Team Kalix, Eric Proust & Romain Motteau - Fra
2. Team Thule, Martin Strandberg & Johan Örtendahl - Swe
3. X-Leisure, William Sunnucks & Simon Farren - UK
4. Team BLUE Oceans, Conrad Humphreys & Ryan Crawford - UK
5. RBSC Huysman, Patrick Demesmaeker & Michel Proot – Bel
6. Team Garmin, John Bäck & Gustav Morin - Swe
7. One Design Center, Martin Hållsten & Malcom Hanes - Swe
8. SWE 558, Ola Person & Tomas Westergren - Swe
9. BT, Ellen MacArthur & Greg Homann - UK/Aus
10. Dare 2, Vincent Andre & Alessandro Vercio - Belg/Ital
Jun 21, 2008
Iordanis Paschalidis and Kosta Trigonis (GRE) have won the European Championships - Again!The local heroes triumphed on home waters and were treated to horns and sirens from the spectators as the crossed the finish for the last time ahead of the French teams to seal their victory.It was tough racing on the water, and all of the top 4 crews had there worst race on this final day.
Racing got underway after a postponement of 1 hour 40 minutes on the water as the seabreeze was late to fill in and settle down. The first race of the day started in 6 knots of breeze and there proved to be more pressure on the right hand side of the course.
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher lead from the right corner with the Italians Marcolini/Bianchi in second place throughout the race.The real interest was between the Paschalidis/Trigonis (GRE), Guichard/Guyader (FRA) and Besson/Jarlegan (FRA) who finished 6,8,9 respectively to bring the Top 3 within one point of each other for the overall lead.The second race of the day once again got away in 6 knots of breeze minutes within the 1600hr final cut off.The trend for the day seemed to be the right hand side of the course paying despite the left being better all week.The top 4 on the score sheet found themselves on the left hand side of the course for the first upwind which was to play into the Greeks hands as they had the best drop race.
The young German Mittelmeier brothers won the race followed by Santiago Lange & Carlos Espinola (ARG).
The Italians Marcolini/Bianchi came in 3rd.In the fight for the European Championship the Greeks were defending off the French for the final lap to clinch victory.
Final results are yet to be posted.
Jun 20, 2008
2008 European Championship/Mats Nyberg Trophy - DAY 3internet - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Besson and Jarlegan (FRA) take the lead from countrymen Guichard and Guyader. And all 4 French crews are in the Top 10.
Today was undoubtedly the warmest day in Greece so far and saw the late onset of the seabreeze. Racing was postponed for 30 minutes while the breeze settled.
The seabreeze initially came in at 280 degrees (a long way to the right) and basically shifted left all day long.
The first race of the day started in 8-10 knots with the fleet just double trapezing out of the start. It was the boats that came off the pin end of the starting line and getting the furthest into the left-hand corner that triumphed at the first mark. Revil/Espagnon (FRA) lead at the first mark ahead of the Greeks Pashalidis/Trigonis and Besson/Jarlegan (FRA).
Rounding the bottom mark the French opted for the right hand mark leaving the way open for the Greeks to work the left and steal the lead. Once the Greeks got a taste of the lead and added their local knowledge they were unchallenged for a 1st place finish. Revil/Espagnon slipped to 5th allowing Lange/Espinola (ARG) and Besson/Jarlegan (FRA) to take 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
|1||FRA 5||BESSON, Billy||JARLEGAN, Arnaud||10||3||2||3||3||2||13|
|2||FRA 71||GUICHARD, Yann||GUYADER, Alex||1||1||5||2||12||6||15|
|3||GRE 7||PASHALIDIS, Iordanis||TRIGONIS, Kostas||6||4||3||6||1||5||19|
|4||AUS 8||BUNDOCK, Darren||ASHBY, Glenn||4||2||7||7||7||1||21|
|5||FRA 11||MORVAN, Francois||VANDAME, Mathieu||3||7||12||5||4||10||29|
|6||GBR 4||MCMILLAN, Leigh||HOWDEN, Will||7||5||8||1||11||14||32|
|7||FRA 1||REVIL, Xavier||ESPAGNON, Christophe||8||12||1||11||5||12||37|
|8||ARG 1||LANGE, Santiago||ESPINOLA, Carlos||9||8||11||8||2||11||38|
|9||GER 7||POLGAR, Johannes||SPALTEHOLZ, Florian||11||11||4||10||14||4||40|
Jun 14, 2008
Ed Baird: I think that compared to the 40s it will be a lot more difficult to have a good tack. The 40s are really nice and very efficient with their tacking. These big boats are going to have a little more going on and it’s going to be more difficult to get through the wind and get going again.
EB: Yes, we’re going places people haven’t gone before and, whenever you do that, there’s a great risk. Both teams have great designers and builders who will do their very best job, but we are going into an area of boating that’s never been explored before. OK, the big cats and tris that have gone round the world are this size, but they are made for reaching and running and now we are looking at boats that are trying to be efficient upwind and we are also looking at boats that don’t have to make it round the world.
EB: I’m very excited about seeing what it is going to be and I think it is going to be very historic, because these boats will be something that no-one has gotten a hold of before. That is very exciting, but I’m also apprehensive about what it’s going to take to get it right. We all want to do the smart thing and win.
EB: I did a little bit in the early ‘90s, I think it was, we had a pro circuit, in the United States, and I sailed Hobie 21s. It’s a pretty basic production boat, set up the same way these 40s are, with a gennaker and a jib, but nowhere near as powerful and exciting. We’d do about 8, or 9 events and it was great fun; not so different from what iShares is doing now, except that it was mostly run off a beach. The people stood on the beach and watched and, at the end of the day, you sailed your boat up the beach and pulled it out of the water. That’s about the total of my experience until now.
Plenty of excitement out on the Hyères race course after just 2 races. Alinghi score a 1-2 and go into the lead ahead of BT. Collision between Oman and Tommy Hilfiger - Oman suffer damage to bow sprit.
BT 1 1 6 3 8 3 ...50
Alinghi 6 7 2 1 2 5 ...49
Oman 2 3 3 10 6 ...36
Volvo 4 6 1 11 4 ...45
Video of Origin´s capsize!
Jun 13, 2008
The carbon fibre hulls, mast and other structures are assembled using a type of carbon fibre called ‘pre-preg’, which are strips of carbon fibre impregnated with a special resin. When the boat is being assembled, the structures are baked in a huge high-pressure oven called an autoclave. The very high heat and pressure act as catalysts causing the resin to harden, which makes the whole structure incredibly strong and stiff but also very light. The whole boat — including sails — weighs about the same as a Mini Cooper. The finished boat fits inside a standard 40ft shipping container, and the crew can assemble it in just a few hours – then just add water for instant fun!Faster than the wind There is no similar fleet of racing yachts that can match the Extreme 40 for speed or spectacle; the boats do not have keels so they can race in shallow water, giving spectators a ring-side seat to some explosive action.The racing rules also allow for a passenger on board for the thrill of a lifetime. Dercksen explains, “The Extreme 40 is capable of reaching speeds of 40 knots, if you want an idea of what that feels like it is like putting your head out of the window in a car when it is raining at 45mph (73kph)! Also, the Extreme 40 often flies a hull, sometimes over three metres above the water, giving the sensation of gliding like a bird.”
Due to the stiff structure, the sails can be put under huge tension. Add wind and very little friction with the water and an Extreme 40 literally takes off like an airplane. In just 15 knots of wind, an Extreme 40 is capable of traveling at over 25 knots — that sounds impossible but Herbert explains how it can be: “If you get on a push-bike on a still day and start pedaling, the faster you go the more wind you feel on your face. This wind is created by your speed; sailors call it the apparent wind. The sails are designed and are adjusted by the crew to harness this wind and use it to increase the boat’s speed.”
Jun 10, 2008
*Thanks to Marian and BYM for letting us reprint excertps of this talk.
There’s the crew, as well as the boat. As far as I know, there’s only Cammas & Co with any big multi experience in BOR. How long is it going to take you to learn a whole new technique of racing?
JS. Well we’ve been pushing really hard and, personally, I’ve been racing in the Formula 18 catamarans and I’ve got an A Class catamaran I’m racing and there’s the Extreme 40s and sailing on Groupama 2, the 60 foot tri.
Yes, but these are still going to be different.
JS. Yes and it’s very, very difficult to train on a very big multihull, you just can’t get one. Groupama 3 is being fixed and the big Banque Populaire isn’t finished; so, you’re right, it is difficult to train on those sized boats, but the fundamentals, the concepts of smaller boats usually go through to the big ones.
There seems to be two sorts of small boats; the Xtreme 40s which seem to often sail with a hull very high out of the water and the Decision type designed to only lift a hull slightly at maximum speed. Do you expect to be high in the air on the giant, because everyone is talking about the danger?
JS. Well, to be honest listening to the experts and we’ve had some great guys come in to coach us I reckon we’ll mostly have the windward hull just out of the water. I reckon the only time we might fly a hull high is downwind, just so you can sail deeper. If the boats are close I don’t think you’ll see a high flying hull, because of the safety factor. We’ll be pushing, but if you make a mistake in one of these it’s all over, it’s end of campaign. If you make a mistake in a monohull, you might break a sail, but the boat’s OK. That’s something too that you learn from when you’re sailing on the little boats.
Read the complete interview at BYM News:
Jun 9, 2008
|1||M20 Spi||Malmsjö (SE) / Johnsson (SE)||3:46:07||4:05:47|
|2||formule 18 Spi||Meulen (NL) / Knol (NL)||4:09:15||4:06:47|
|3||M20 Spi||Marström (SE) / Persson (SE)||3:47:24||4:07:10|
|4||formule 18 Spi||Mourniac (FR) / Citeau (FR)||4:11:29||4:09:0|
|5||formule 18 Spi||Morvan (FR) / Vaireaux (FR)||4:12:32||4:10:02|
|6||formule 18 Spi||Zeekant (NL) / Schuitema (NL)||4:12:33||4:10:03|
|7||formule 18 Spi||Koning (NL) / Leeuwen (NL)||4:13:28||4:10:57|
|8||formule 18 Spi||Besson (FR) / Arlegaun (FR)||4:13:35||4:11:04|
|9||formule 18 Spi||Clainche (FR) / Joubert (FR)||4:13:43||4:11:12|
|10||formule 18 Spi||Heemskerk (NL) / Tentij (NL)||4:13:57||4:11:26|
|11||formule 18 Spi||Normand (FR) / Lemaitre (FR)||4:14:26||4:11:55|
|12||formule 18 Spi||Macpherson (AU) / West (NL)||4:14:59||4:12:28|
|13||formule 18 Spi||Larsen (NL) / Dubbeldam (NL)||4:15:17||4:12:45|
|14||formule 18 Spi||Styles (UK) / Piggott (UK)||4:15:49||4:13:17|
|15||formule 18 Spi||Bontemps (FR) / Marfaing (FX)||4:16:34||4:14:02|
|16||formule 18 Spi||Skomski (PL) / Kopylowicz (PL)||4:19:10||4:16:36|
|17||formule 18 Spi||Power (UK) / Power (UK)||4:19:13||4:16:39|
|18||capricorn Spi||Seijnen (NL) / Seijnen (NL)||4:19:21||4:16:47|
|18||tornado Spi||Booth (NL) / Nieuwenhuis (NL)||4:01:23||4:16:47|
|20||formule 18 Spi||Larsen (NL) / Helden (NL)||4:20:19||4:17:44|
Jun 7, 2008
Photo by:©Lisa Wildeman
On Saturday June 7 2008, Kristian Malmsjö and Pontus Johnsson from Sweden won the 31st Zwitserleven Round Texel Race. Xander Pols and Tjiddo Veenstra (NED) took the line honours for the second year in row. They needed 3 hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds to steer their M20 around the island. This morning, a fleet of 500 beach catamarans lined up for an impressive and eventful start. The strong current pushed many teams early over the line, but the race committee made a procedure error in the starting sequence. That is why nobody got disqualified, except for Wouter Samama and Paul Buyse (NED). They were the very first finishers, but sailed the wrong course.
Top five overall Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2008:
SWE - Malmsjö/Johnsson, M20
NED – Van der Meulen/Knol, F18 Capricorn
SWE – Marström/Petersson, M20
FRA – Mourniac/Citeau, F18 Hobie Tiger
FRA – Morvan/Vaireaux, F18
|Pols and Veenstra take again line honours|
Xander Pols and Tjiddo Veenstra (NED) took the line honours of the 31st Zwitserleven Round Texel Race. They needed 3 hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds to steer their M20 around the island. They beat again Herbert Dercksen with Mark Bulkely on the wire. The overall win goes to the Swedish sailors Malmsjö and Johnsson, also sailing a M20, but with the original version with a better handicap. The were third over the line.
Not all boats made the 1 PM deadline at the light house, so they returned to the beach at Paal 17 as the first top teams finished.
It was an amazing show…500 beach cats being pushed over the starting line by the strong current. But what can you do as race committee? Right, write as many early starters down as possible. We heard about 52 boats being early over the line. This morning, a total of 501 teams lined up for the impressive start of the 31st Zwitserleven Round Texel Race. It was a massive chaos at the beachside of the line. With one minute to go, one crew on an Exploder pulled on the sheet and went off. A bunch of cats did not have any choice, but pulling off as well. “Well, this is impossible with 500 boats being pushed by the tide”.
Jun 5, 2008
New York City, 5 June 2008: The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said it was very pleased with today’s hearing before the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and looked forward to an expedited decision that would enable the next America’s Cup match to be held as soon as possible.
"Like nearly everyone in the sailing community we look forward to the court process now being resolved quickly, hopefully before the end of June, and having the next America’s Cup match as soon as possible," Tom Ehman, the club’s spokesman said.
Ehman said the Court clearly had a good grasp of the issues, and had tough questions for Société Nautique de Genève (SNG’s) counsel. GGYC welcomed the Court’s questions about the key points at stake.
Today’s hearing was held after the Cup defender, SNG/ Alinghi, lodged an appeal to overturn the decisions by Justice Herman Cahn in the New York State Supreme Court that declared GGYC the valid challenger for the Cup.
SNG/Alinghi also appealed against Justice Cahn’s ruling that the match should go ahead in March 2009, asking for more delay.
Under the Cup’s rules the defender is entitled to ten months notice. SNG/Alinghi are seeking more than 22 months notice since GGYC’s challenge was filed in July 2007.
"The arguments put forward by SNG/Alinghi today were no different than the ones put before Justice Cahn, which he rejected," Ehman said. "We are confident in our position as Challenger of Record, and we look forward to going racing without any further delay."
- Ends -
(New York 5 June, 2008) The Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the America’s Cup Defender, today put its case to the five judges sitting in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. The Swiss yacht club successfully consolidated its appeal from Justice Cahn’s 12 May 2008 order with the previously expedited 14 April 2008 appeal. Now it continues to wish for a speedy resolution and to conclude the litigation initiated by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) almost a year ago.
Justices David Saxe, Eugene Nardelli, Karla Moskowitz, Rolando Acosta and Leland DeGrasse granted approx 30 minutes for the oral arguments from both SNG and GGYC. This was the last opportunity for either party to present their merits to the Court and a ruling is expected in a reasonably short time.
Lucien Masmejan, SNG lead counsel, comments: “We were pleased to have our arguments heard by the Appellate Court regarding the validity of the GGYC Challenge while simultaneously seeking clarification on the date and venue for the 33rd America’s Cup. Justice Cahn’s orders left several issues unresolved and we hope that our position can now be sustained by the Appellate Court. The Justices presiding over the case seemed receptive and we look forward to receiving their judgment. We are hopeful that by consolidating our appeals and achieving the expedited status, unnecessary delays will be minimised. We are looking forward to finally putting an end to the disruption brought to the America’s Cup by BMW Oracle Racing’s opportunistic legal strategy.”
Hobie need to comeback with a new boat or at least a Tiger relaunch/restyling? hard to tell what´s going on inside Hobiecat Europe masterminds...
The Infusion with lots of volume and wave piercing design, now sets the standard at the F18.
Jun 1, 2008
Vincent Curutchet/DPPI/OC Events
After winning five races over the first two days, double Olympic gold medallist Shirley and her crew of Chris Main, Nick Hutton and Fraser Brown on JPMorgan Asset Management went into the final day of racing with a 15-point lead over British America’s Cup challengers TEAMORIGIN, but things got off to a surprising start in the first race of day three when JPMorgan Asset Manageent followed the fleet home in last place and were disqualified after failing to complete the course within the time limit in the zephyr-light breezes. TEAMORIGIN, helmed by 2007 iShares Cup champion Rob Greenhalgh, came home in fourth to pile the pressure on for the overall title, while BT took the race win.