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Nominees Announced for US Sailing Yachtsperson of the Year

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Joining the year-end “best of” lists is US SAILING’s short list of nominees for the 2007 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are widely regarded as the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 34 men and 31 women, including these notable sailors who have claimed the honor multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Dennis Conner, Courtenay Dey, JJ Isler, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Ken Read, Lynne Shore, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner. (more…)

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Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Back for 2008

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) Management, which includes members of the Storm Trysail Club (STC) and Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), today announced the formal opening for race entries for the 2008 Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Ocean Yacht Race. Scheduled to begin April 23rd at 1400 hours, this event marks the rebirth of a race that originated in 1968 and ran for 10 years. The race will start just outside of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and finish just outside of Charleston Harbor. (more…)

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Veolia Environnement Rejoins Barcelona Race

Monday, December 17th, 2007

In the wee hours this morning, Veolia Environnement departed from the Kerguelen Islands to rejoin the Barcelona World Race. It was 00:50 GMT when skipper Roland Jourdain slipped his mooring in Port aux Français, to sail out again into the Southern Ocean.
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Hugo Boss Closes Gap — Dramatically

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The second placed boat in the Barcelona World Race fleet has made a dramatic gain o v er the past 24 hours, cutting the lead of Paprec-Virbac 2 by more than half. More distressing for skipper Jean-Pierre Dick and co-skipper Damian Foxall, their plan to sail further south in an attempt to find more favourable conditions resulted in them seeing an iceberg – the first one spotted so far in the race. (more…)

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Award Winning Yacht Designer Joins Kernan

Monday, December 17th, 2007

President, Tim Kernan commented, “Fred brings many years of experience having worked in top design offices such as Frers, Joubert-Nivelt, and most recently Andrews. We’re very excited about his groundbreaking research which has recently proven its effectiveness in the 32nd America’s Cup. Fred’s ongoing research with the aerospace department at Cal-State Long Beach will allow Kernan Yacht Design to offer our clients capabilities that few other design offices can match.” (more…)

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Transatlantic Maxi’s: Smooth Going for First Time Ever

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles – As ocean crossings go, the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007, which started 26th November, will go down in yachting history as relatively tame, save for humpback whale sightings, flying fish frenzies and token moments of equipment anguish in brisk winds. Perhaps it was the ample size of the seven competing boats — maxi yachts of 18 metres (70 feet) and above — that granted enjoyable crossings. Or maybe it was the fact that the traditionally steady northeasterly trade winds on the 2700-mile course from Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), where the race started, to St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles) where it ended, only occasionally “broke up” to toy with best-laid plans. (more…)

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Estrella Damm Retires from Barcelona Race

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Estrella Damm skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee have made the difficult decision to retire from the Barcelona World Race. Although it has been possible to repair the rudder system, it has become evident to the team that it will not be possible to test the rudder system fully and get Estrella Damm back in the race to stay in contention with the remainder of the fleet within a reasonable timeframe. In addition, the serious consideration of safety for the skippers and the boat rejoining the race at its most perilous stage has to be taken into account. (more…)

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Cold, Wet, Windy and with Ice on the Horizon

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

The three leaders in the Barcelona World Race are pushing deep towards ‘iceberg country’. Veolia Environnement, in second place, awoke to find a couple of centimeters of snow on deck this morning. And race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 is already making course corrections to avoid the threat of icebergs.

“We lost some distance last night because we wanted to avoid the ice,” said Paprec-Virbac 2 skipper Jean-Pierre Dick this morning. “The temperature is very, very cold where we are. We took a wise decision in some extremes conditions. It is really cold, and damp inside and outside. It is painful on our hands when we are manoeuvring. To warm up, we are covering ourselves with more fleeces, hats and gloves. The thing is not to get wet otherwise it’s the end.”

All of the sailors have been speaking about how relentless the weather is – it’s cold, windy, with big waves and the pressure never lets up. Add to that pressure cooker the possibility of growlers – little icebergs – and the experience for the sailors really becomes intensely unpleasant.

But there is some consolation: “The degree of harshness, match e s the degree of beauty,” was the way a poetic Dominique Wavre described life on board Temenos II today.

In third place, Hugo Boss is the furthest south of the leading trio at nearly 54-degrees south. It’s a treacherous area, the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre has informed the race organisers – who have passed the information along to the fleet – that the ice limit is 52-degrees south near the Kerguelen Islands.

There is an ice gate that the leaders must pass at 53-degrees south, which has been placed by the race organisers to prevent the sailors from allowing their competitive instincts to drive them into danger by sailing too far to the south. The leaders are now about 350 miles from that gate.

For Hugo Boss, skipper Alex Thomson and co-skipper Andrew Cape have had their 24 hour record ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. The record now stands at 501.27 nautical miles.

Hugo Boss is also the stage four winner of the Barcelo n a World Race, making the passage from Fernando de Noronha to the gate south of the Cape of Good Hope in 10 Days, 15 Hours and 24 Minutes. That was nearly six hours faster than Veolia Environnement. While Mutua Madrileña and Educación sin Fronteras haven’t reached the gate yet, they cannot beat that time.

The four race stages of the race have now had four different winners, showing exactly how competitive this fleet is.

Sadly, it’s a fleet that no longer includes PRB, already at the dock in Cape Town and Delta Dore, who is making its way slowly towards South Africa. Meanwhile, Estrella Damm is due to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday evening, where its shore team is on standby, ready to quickly make repairs to give skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee an opportunity to get back into the race.

Day 32 – December 12, 16:00 GMT – Position report with distance to leader

1. PAPREC-VIRBAC 2 – Jean Pierre DICK / Damian FOXALL – 0
2. VEO L IA ENVIRONNEMENT – Roland JOURDAIN / Jean Luc NELIAS – 122
3. HUGO BOSS – Alex THOMSON / Andrew CAPE – 206
4. TEMENOS 2 – Dominique Wavre / Michele PARET- 922
5. MUTUA MADRILENA – Javier SANSO / Pachi RIVERO – 1631
6. ESTRELLA DAMM – Guillermo ALTADILL / Jonathan MCKEE – 2043
7. EDUCACION SIN FRONTERAS – Servane ESCOFFIER / Albert BARGUES – 2363

Abandoned – PRB – Vincent Riou / Sebastien JOSSE
Abandoned – DELTA DORE – Jérémie BEYOU / Sidney GAVIGNET

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Transatlantic Maxi Yachts: Nariida Takes Real-Time Victory

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. 7th December 2007. Nariida (NOR), the Wally 105 owned by Morten Bergesen, was the first maxi yacht to cross the finish line – at 03.06 am UTC on 7th December 2007 – in the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. After 10 days, 14 hours, 1 minute and 48 seconds of navigation, the 15 crew members crossed the line located off Simpson Bay observed by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s Race Committee and were met by a delegation representing the St Maarten Yacht Club. Nariida covered the 2,650 nautical mile trip from Santa Cruz in Tenerife at an average speed of 10.24 knots. The race is promoted by the International Maxi Association and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. (more…)

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The Build Up to 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobert

Monday, December 10th, 2007

The 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, starting from Sydney Harbour at 1.00pm on Boxing Day, December 26, will be the 63rd annual race conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the nation’s premier ocean racing club.
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