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Ericsson Racing Announces Nordic Media Crew

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Ericsson Racing Team announces that Gustav Morin will be the media crewmember for skipper Anders Lewander and the Nordic crew onboard Ericsson 3.

The 24-year-old Morin, of Stockholm, Sweden, brings great experience in writing and photography to the position. In the past year Morin was a reporter for TV8 in Stockholm on the program Båtmagasinet, where he wrote manuscripts, tested boats and did feature pieces on travel. He has also been an editor, reporter and photographer for Sweden’s Båtnytt magazine. (more…)

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Distress Signals May Not Always Attract Attention

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

In most cases, visual distress signals will attract attention to a boater in need, but not always. In those rare cases where they fail to catch the eye, it may have little to do with the eye but rather much to do with the type of distress signal device the eye can detect. Types can be as different as night and day—literally.
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Foundation Launches New Site for Sailors

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

The Southport Sailing Foundation, based in Southport, Conn., today announced the launch of a new web site designed to help young American sailors plan more successful racing campaigns. The new site, called http://www.CleverPig.org, is designed for any sailor who wants to take the next step in their sailing career, whether he or she is a veteran racer aiming toward the Olympics or a young sailor preparing for their first national regatta.
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Steel Hull for Rhode Island’s Tall Ship on its Way to Newport

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

After announcing in July its intention to build a Tall Ship for Rhode Island, the non-profit organization Tall Ships Rhode Island (TSRI), Inc., closed September 2 on the purchase of a steel hull that gives it a substantial leg up on its mission. It will see through to completion the building of the Oliver Hazard Perry, a 207 ft., three-masted, full-rigged 19th Century warship replica with ties to Rhode Island’s famous naval war hero of the same name. TSRI, a non-profit organization that has brought several magnificent Tall Ships events to Rhode Island over the past decade and a half, will then operate the Oliver Hazard Perry as a working sail training vessel out of historic Newport.
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Ericsson Racing Arrives in Alicante

Monday, September 15th, 2008

The two crews of Ericsson Racing Team arrived yesterday in Alicante, Spain, host port for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. The International and Nordic crews are part of a two-boat effort from Ericsson for the 10th Volvo race.
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Melges 32s Race on Spectacular San Francisco Bay – Illbruck Takes Charge

Monday, September 15th, 2008

San Francisco, Calif. – The stunning performances of Joe Woods (Torbay, UK) on GBR-700 Red and Michael Illbruck (Munich, Germany) on GER-401 Pinta confirmed that racing on San Francisco Bay at the 2008 Rolex Big Boat Series is challenging, sometimes unpredictable and at other times pleasantly surprising. Two more races were conducted and offered up a total change-up on the scoreboard.
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Melges 32s Ready on the West Coast at Rolex Big Boat Series

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

San Francisco, Calif. – With the conclusion of today’s weigh-in and practice session, nine teams from four countries are ready to race on San Francisco Bay at one of the year’s most exciting regattas for the international Melges 32 fleet — the 2008 Rolex Big Boat Series (RBBS). Hosted by the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club, the event promises four days of world-class, one-design sportboat racing.
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Winners Announced at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2008

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Porto Cervo, Italy. – The 19th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, concluded Saturday with the announcement of the winners based on the prior day’s overall results. The Race Committee and the 40 competing Maxi yachts waited and prayed to the wind Gods on the waters off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda until 1:45, but the light and shifty breezes failed to reach more than an average of two knots of intensity and the Race Committee was forced to abandon racing for the day.

Overall victory therefore went to George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) Rambler, Ernesto Bertarelli’s (SUI) chartered U.S. boat Numbers, John Williams’ (Atlanta, Ga.) Ranger and Lindsay Owen Jones’ (GBR) Magic Carpet2 in the Racing, Mini Maxi, Cruising and Wally divisions, respectively.

With Rambler and Alfa Romeo 3 the only competitors in the Racing division, the four days saw a constant leap-frogging between the two with the last to win taking control of the overall classification. Alfa Romeo owner Neville Crichton had confided in today’s race as his last chance to seize victory but instead saw Rambler, with America’s Cup strategist Ray Davies (NZL) on board, take the top spot.

“The team feels great,” said Davies. “There were a couple of breakdowns on Alfa, and that really was in our favour obviously, but aside from the lucky breaks, the team sailed really well all week, and on behalf of George David, he’s really proud of the guys.

“Porto Cervo is a fantastic venue, you can’t beat it – the absolute top-notch level venue. Racing around those islands, and up through bomb alley, and all of those boats. We started in the back of the fleet and had to sail through the J-boats and Wallys – it was probably the highlight of the week.”

“It has been a really fun event for me,” commented Crichton, who had assistance from GBR’s 2008 Olympic Finn Gold Medalist Ben Ainslie and several crew from the Ericsson Volvo Ocean Race team. “It’s a pity we didn’t have a chance to catch up on Rambler but that’s the way it goes. I am really pleased with the new Alfa Romeo 3 (Crichton’s other boat entered in the Mini Maxi division), however. Only 15 days after being launched she showed that she is a very fast boat and one which will be very competitive next year.”

Alfa Romeo 3, with Brazil’s five-time Olympic medalist Torben Grael at the helm, came in fourth in the Mini Maxi division while Bertarelli’s Numbers, whose crew included Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brad Butterworth (NZL) and most of the America’s Cup-winning Alinghi team, dominated from the beginning and finished with a five point delta over second placed Rosebud/Team DYT, owned by Roger Sturgeon (Hyannis, Mass./Ft. Lauderdale Fla.). Among the stars sailing with Sturgeon, who won the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race with the same boat, was former Shosholoza helmsman Tommaso Chieffi (ITA), Malcolm Park (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Justin “Juggy” Clougher (Newport, R.I.) and Sturgeon’s wife Isobel. Jim Swartz’s (Edgartown, Mass.) Moneypenny, with an impressive American crew that included America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.), took third place.

“Having one day in the week like this is not a problem after the days we’ve had,” said Bertarelli about Saturday’s cancellation. “ It’s a shame it’s the last day because some classes still had some close racing that needed to be resolved, but overall it has been a fantastic week of sailing, no question about it.”

He was suitably pleased with the performance of the crew and the boat: “It’s a crew that works like a Swiss watch, so it’s on time in the manoeuvres and the trimming is precise. It’s fun. We are very proud of the design of the boat. Rolf (Vrolijk) is our head designer for Alinghi and a lot of the things we learned with Alinghi in the last America’s Cup have been introduced on this boat and the results show on the water. We were out to have some fun and we had great racing with very strong winds the previous few days, so overall no regrets, fantastic sailing, a good result – I can’t ask for anything more!”

Ranger, the 135’ historic replica of Harold S. Vanderbilt’s J Class yacht that won the 1937 America’s Cup, stormed to victory in the Cruising class with a clean run of bullets and an 11 point advantage over second-placed Hetairos (GER). Velsheda (GBR), the other competing J Class boat, took third place.

In the Wally class, which had eight competing yachts, L’Oreal President Lindsay Owen-Jones took first place with his Magic Carpet 2 (GBR) ahead of Irvine Laidlaw’s (GBR) Highland Fling X and Thomas Bscher’s (GER) Open Season. The final overall classification shows just how close competition was in this division with only two points separating the top four boats.

Each of the division winners was presented with a trophy and a Rolex Yachtmaster Timepiece at the prize giving ceremony attended by YCCS President His Highness the Aga Khan and Rolex CEO Patrick Heiniger.

Top-class racing continues at the YCCS next week with the Rolex Swan Cup in program from 8th to 14th September.

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Ericsson Racing Team Departs Lanzarote

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

LANZAROTE, Canary Islands – The International and Nordic crews for Ericsson Racing Team yesterday departed their training base in the Canary Islands nearly one year after it was opened.
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Plan Ahead, Make Sailing More Fulfilling?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Welcome to the middle of the boating season. If you have been enjoying your boat at all this year you probably have noticed a variety of rigging system malfunctions and inconveniences. As your mental list of projects is expanding with every visit to the boat, you should be consulting with your boat yard regarding your needs. In the past few years the Torresen Marine Rigging Department has developed a Rig Inspection Program that analyzes the various rigging systems on your boat and organizes them into a report that tells you what we looked for and what we’ve found. Once this report is in your hands you can then make plans for repairs and improvements to your rigging. Our riggers will consult with you as to what you can do on your own and what will be required from a boatyard. Torresen Marine Rigging Department can provide you with the best solutions and estimates for your rigging projects. In general the Torresen Marine Rigging Department recommends a rig inspection at the end of the season when the boat has been hauled out. This allows both parties to consult, review, and plan for service needs going into the storage season.

We encourage you to consider haul out time as the beginning of your 2009 sailing season. Winter is the best time to stay in touch with your service department to accomplish your boat’s needs. Work performed over the winter months can reduce the costs associated with rigging projects as well as the stresses related to spring deadlines. Planning service through the winter will allow your boat to be ready to hit the water in the spring with little more than the need for a launch. Ultimately spring should see your boat in its healthiest form and ready for you to enjoy sailing right away rather than scrambling through the beginning of the season.

Our work request form enables you to request services for the storage season. Please feel free to contact Torresen Marine Service Department if you need to discuss this form or any other special request. Let us help make your boating more pleasurable with a healthy vessel.

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