There are no better words to hear during the upwind leg than, “We are higher and we are faster“. The combination of sailing higher and faster than the closest competitor is so powerful. Every team off the starting line is trying their hardest to sail high and fast to open up opportunities to tack or sail straight.
The question is, “How do I make my boat sail higher first and faster second than the closest boats around me?”
In order to sail in light air, the boat has to be light as well and any extra equipment should be left on shore. Often the sails you will use are obvious and the heavy air set can also stay on the dock with the spare running rigging, tools and back up equipment.
In light breeze any sails or equipment that has to be below should be placed just in front of the mast to help keep the bow down and the transom up. A bow down trim will help the boat sail higher with more speed. In any sailboat a bow down trim will help the boat sail closer to the wind while stern down will help the boat turn more away from the wind. Keeping the transom up in light air will also reduce wetted surface (drag), making the boat faster. In light breeze, any extra equipment along with sails and crew should be placed as low as possible in the boat. Keeping all weight low in light winds will keep the boat more stable in the light air chop. The less the rig moves the longer the wind stays connected to the sails.
Under the Water (Fair and Smooth)
The bottom of the boat has to be fair and very smooth. The smoother the finish the thinner the boundary layer and in return less hull friction. A 1500-1200 wet sand finish will allow a thin layer and the least friction. The keel and rudder also have to be fair and smooth, yet more important they have to be symmetrical. The horizontal and vertical shape has to be similar on each side. The sail drive or prop and shaft also have to be smooth and fair. The rudder needs to be as close to the hull as possible.
Bend the Mast
The Shape (main)
The Preferred Arc Shape/Depth Too Deep (wind will slow down)
The Shape (Genoa)
In light air the goal is to trim the sails to generate as much energy as possible. Usually the leech is trimmed firm without stalling the top of the sail completely. A telltale at the top batten of the mainsail and upper leech of the genoa are the indicators of a stalled or open trim.
Open/loose trim upper telltale flying 100% Closed/firm trim upper telltale flying 50%
Firm trim on a genoa upper telltale flying 25% Loose trim on genoa upper telltale flying 100%
At the start, after tacking and at the leeward mark start with an open trim yet once the boat speed increases try trimming so the upper telltale is stalling (dropping down) 50% of the time. This trim should be similar with the main and jib/geona.
* photos from WB Sails Finland
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The last year has been pretty exciting, with Le Pingouin and Brad Van Liew having raced around the world solo to victory in the Velux 5 Oceans. Le Pingouin is an amazing Open 60 race machine. Sailing consistently at 25+ knots sometimes feels more like flying than sailing!
I wanted to let you and your members know that we have a limited number of crew positions available for our Caribbean racing circuit early next year. Sailing on LP is incredible and the trade winds of the Caribbean will only make it sweeter. The schedule includes the Caribbean 600, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta, plus options to crew offshore on the transit there and back from Charleston. You’re welcome to join us as an individual or group and the link below provides the details. If you’re not up for the adventure, I would appreciate it if you would pass this info on to your membership and others that may find it exciting.
As an exciting incentive, we would like to return a portion of any crew fees paid by your members as a contribution to your sailing programs.
FULL DETAILS: http://www.oceanracing.org/LePingouinCaribbeanRacing.pdf
Please contact our office to discuss any questions you may have or to save your spot on LP. We hope you can join us in the Caribbean!
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By Kevin Soubly | MiBiz
MUSKEGON — West Michigan faces a huge opportunity in establishing itself as a manufacturing, transportation and service base for the wind energy industry.
That’s thanks to the region’s history of industrial and manufacturing innovation, which provides a platform for development, as well as the local and extensive maritime access through deepwater ports along Lake Michigan, key to enabling low-cost transportation of materials and finished components. Still needed, however, is additional infrastructure and policies to encourage investment.
At stake are jobs and an opportunity for economic growth, said Arn Boezaart, director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) in Muskegon.
“It’s important to keep in mind that we’re talking as much about economic development and job development here as we’re talking about alternative energy opportunities,” Boezaart said. “Not only is commercial wind development a renewable energy generating opportunity, but it really represents a chance for West Michigan to grab on to a piece of a new generation of manufacturing. This is a multimillion or even multibillion dollar business opportunity in terms of sales, manufacturing value and economic development for the area.”
According to a February 2011 publication by the U.S. Department of Energy that outlined the massive potential for wind energy production in the Great Lakes, Michigan has the capacity to produce 16,000 megawatts of onshore wind energy and an additional 40,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. With each 100-megawatt wind turbine costing millions of dollars, the economic benefit to the region that develops the industry’s production, maintenance and transportation base will be substantial.
The Port of Muskegon, run by the West Michigan Port Operators group, is particularly well suited to meet industry needs and become a significant component to a regionwide wind energy industrial center, creating jobs and driving economic investment, said Boezaart.
“What sets Muskegon apart is that the area has a strong commercial and manufacturing history, and we have naturally deepwater port facilities. We know how to build things here, and you can bring in a thousand-foot freighter tomorrow,” he said.
Wind energy industry leaders agree.
“We have identified Muskegon for its deepwater ports,” said Bruce Thompson, a partner at Rockford Bergé, an international joint venture between Grand Rapids’ Rockford Construction Company Inc. and Spain’s Bergé Logística Energética, a company specializing in wind energy logistics. “It’s a strategic long-term location. The West Michigan Port Operators have successfully put together a partnership between experienced key players in the area. They bring good capability, good experience, and a good local reputation.”
“Muskegon is a strategic location for us to ship product,” said Kelly Slikkers, VP of business development and co-founder of Energetx Composites, a Holland-based wind turbine component manufacturing firm and spinoff of Tiara Yachts. “A lot of that has to do with the deepwater access in Muskegon and the easy access to road and rail,” he said, but he noted that another key aspect of the port is its proximity to offshore wind farm development in Lake Michigan.
Muskegon’s proximity to industry know-how and regional wind farms both on land and offshore augments its usefulness.
“It’s going to be a key asset to the industry,” said Thompson, noting several area major wind energy projects in development.
One of the challenges for the growing wind energy industry is the difficulty surrounding the sheer size of wind turbine components. Deepwater ports with significant infrastructure to load, unload and move large-scale products are essential to cost-effective transportation. Ports like the one in Muskegon built to serve heavy industrial purposes work best.
“As wind turbine units continue to get bigger and bigger, the logistics of transporting components from the point of manufacture to the point of deployment becomes increasingly difficult,” said Boezaart.
Rail transportation has limited access and truck shipments involve extensive permitting and fuel cost difficulties, added Thompson. “Any time you can move things by water in the wind industry you can save on transportation costs,” he said.
But with so much at stake economically, competition for wind energy industry sourcing is growing, and Michigan is not the only state with something to offer. “Are there other ports? Absolutely,” said Slikkers. “It will take the work of local and state governments to bring that value into Michigan.” Wisconsin, Canada, Ohio and even New York all have Great Lakes coasts, deepwater ports and each offers its own capabilities.
“Potential wind manufacturers want to know the status of our port facilities and their integration on a multimodal basis with other forms of transportation,” said Rick Chapla, VP of business development at The Right Place Inc., a regional nonprofit economic development organization. Muskegon has its competitive advantages, he said, but he urged “both public and private investment“ in port facilities and connecting transportation infrastructure
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF) has announced its 15 inaugural inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees cut a wide swath through U.S. sailing history – from living legends like Betsy Alison (five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and US SAILING Disabled Sailing Team coach) to posthumous inductees like Joshua Slocum (first-ever singlehanded circumnavigator and noted writer).
Inductees must be American citizens and 45 years of age or older. A selection committee appointed by the NSHOF chose the class based on their contributions to the sport in the categories of “sailing,” “technical,” and “contributor.” Non-citizens were also considered, so long as they influenced U.S. sailing.
The selection committee consisted of representatives from the NSHOF board and sailing-related media outlets, industry groups and community programs. This year’s inductees will be honored at a ceremony scheduled for October 23 at the San Diego Yacht Club.
“After years of planning, we are so pleased that the heroes of our sport are getting their long-overdue recognition,” said NSHOF President Dick Franvo. “The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame will be a place to honor these heroes and provide inspiration for all sailors – young and old.”
The NSHOF formed in 2005 and is a not-for-profit educational institution focusing on sailing’s impact – both past and present – on American culture, as well as honoring the sport’s leaders and encouraging sailing development.
For more information on the 2011 inductees’ accomplishments, click here and to learn more about the NSHOF, including its plans to construct a hall of fame building in Annapolis, click here.
2011 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees (alphabetical list):
Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.)
Hobie Alter (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Capt. Charles “Charlie” Barr (Marblehead, Mass.)
Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.)
Dennis Conner (San Diego, Calif.)
Capt. Nathanael G. Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I.)
Ted Hood (Portsmouth, R.I.)
Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.)
Buddy Melges (Zenda, Wisc.)
Emil “Bus” Mosbacher, Jr. (Greenwich, Conn.)
Lowell North (San Diego, Calif.)
Ted Turner (Atlanta, Ga.)
Joshua Slocum (San Francisco, Calif.)
Olin Stephens (Hanover, N.H.)
Harold S. Vanderbilt (New York, N.Y.).
Gulari Wins 2011 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship, Freytag Named Corinthian Champion
02 October 2011 – Congratulations to the brand new 2011 Melges 24 U.S. National Champions — Bora Gulari on New England Ropes and crew consisting of tactician Jeremy Wilmot, George Peet, Dan Kaseler and Chris Fortine. The victory is well deserved and long overdue, as the Championship was well fought. “This feels pretty good. Not often does it come down to the last gybe as to whether or not you win a championship or not,” said a very happy Gulari. “Needless to say, there was a lot of tension in the one and only race today. The last time I was this close was in 2008 when Brian Porter stole the win on the last leg of the last race, so it feels really good to have held on to win.”
Nathan Wilmot at the helm of Conor Clarke’s Embarr proudly took second overall. Brian Porter’s Full Throttle finished third. Rounding out the top five was Harry Melges, III at the helm of Henry Colie’s Babs in fourth. This was the first time since 2003 (when he made an attempt to defend his 2002 World Championship title) that Melges has helmed a Melges 24. The lovely and talented Kristen Lane on Brickhouse 812 placed fifth.
Additional congratulations are in order for Lake Geneva’s Tom Freytag on Wicked Feet as he is 2011 Corinthian U.S. Melges 24 National Champion. Heating it up as crew was Patrick Doran, Chris Impens and Rob Rowe. Also seated twelfth overall, Freytag’s local knowledge about the lake kept him one step ahead of Corinthian division runner-up August Hernandez on High Voltage who placed thirteenth. Fred Rozelle on Rustler claimed third Corinthian overall. View The Full Corinthian Entry List
Spectators were in abundance for the final showdown on Lake Geneva, not to mention on the edge of their seats for what was going to be an exciting final race. Tension hung heavy in the air as the fleet went into sequence. Gorgeous sunshine was on tap along with some very light, shifty breeze to commence the start. Gulari shot off the line, as did Lane, Alan Field on WTF and Philip Werhiem at the helm of Peter Cucci’s Matador. At the top, Lane pulled into the lead, followed by Werhiem and Gulari in third. Porter took fourth and Wilmot was fifth. Downwind, multiple lead changes occurred with Gulari moving to the front of the pack, Werhiem now in second both heading left. Porter moved up to pass through the right-side gate in third. With a shortened, change of course, Porter cashed in big with his gate choice as the breeze filled in nicely off of Cedar Point, Wilmot tagging along on his transom. Werhiem was quick to see the same breeze that Porter was enjoying, moved across the course and maintained the lead position. Porter looked as though he had the upper hand, but Werhiem rounded in sync fending off Porter one final time. Downwind the two battled to the finish with Werhiem taking the win. Further back the excitement continued as Gulari watched Wilmot move ahead of him at the mark, yet out sailed him at the finish with a final gybe to port and across the line less than a boat length ahead of Wilmot. It was an epic, right-down-to-the-wire finish as Gulari’s team celebrated when they made the gybe for the finish.
MELGES ROCKED THE WORLD
After a fantastic, easy Saturday afternoon around LGYC, teams crowded into famous Gordy’s for a sensational Melges Rocks Party that brought out the very best party goers in the fleet. Every team was represented. Sailors danced and partied into the wee-hours of the morning, indulging in free drinks and tons of laughter, friendships flowing simultaneously. This great celebration of the U.S. Melges 24 National Championship was held especially to the fleet by Melges USA! A very special thanks to THE MELGES TEAM and most especially, to those gorgeous MELGES GIRLS – Suzanne Melges, Candice Burdick, Chrissie VonderSitt and team helped pull out the all the stops including a rockin’ DJ that had everyone dancing. The event was planned perfectly!
First and foremost, the event would be nothing with out the participation of Melges 24 owners from all over the USA and World. A very special thank you to every team that traveled from near and far!
The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association wishes to sincerely thank PRO Hank Stuart for his world-class, on-the-water race committee work, and careful guidance of the championship. LGYC was the greatest host, and worked perfectly in tandem with Stuart to deliver the best Nationals ever!The presence of Mrs. Gloria Melges on race committee meant that things were well run. A very special thanks to the grand sprawl of LGYC volunteers. So many individuals gave their time to assist with weigh-in, registration, launching/hauling boats each day, parking and selling regatta gear. The USMCA wishes to recognize the excellent work of Regatta Co-Chairs LGYC Commodore John Simms and Steve Boho, Club Manager Kimberly Bliss and Julie Navin in particular, as well as the tremendous efforts of the friendly yacht club staff. The food was incredible, the race committee and jury support was amazing. Buddy Melges was on hand too, even going as far as helping teams launch and haul boats.
The class is especially appreciative of U.S. National Championship Spectator Sponsor Sail 22 as they also furnished on-the-water updates, blogging and real-time mark roundings via the very sophisticated SailingUpdates.com. Additional media and video can be seen online, courtesy of Sailing Anarchy.
TOP TEN RESULTS (OVERALL – FINAL, After eight races)
1.) Bora Gulari, New England Ropes; 1-5-2-4--3-1-3= 19
2.) Nathan Wilmot/Conor Clarke, Embarr; 4-3-1--3-2-3-4 = 20
3.) Brian Porter, Full Throttle; 3--5-1-1-7-9-2 = 28
4.) Harry Melges/Henry Colie, Babs; 2-1-10-[OCS]-2-8-2-8 = 33
5.) Kristen Lane, Brickhouse 812; -9-6-3-8-5-6-5 = 42
6.) Alan Field, WTF; 7-2-12-2-11-13--6 = 53
7.) Peter Cucci, Matador; 5-16-8-7-12-6--1 = 55
8.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon; 6-4-4-[OCS]-13-24-4-13 = 68
9.) Douglas Wilhelm, Wilco; 10--3-9-10-9-23-17 = 81
10.) Argyle Campbell, Rock n’ Roll; 19-7-14-[ZFP-26]-5-11-21-7 = 84
TOP FIVE RESULTS (CORINTHIAN – FINAL, After seven races)
1.) Tom Freytag, Wicked Feet
2.) August Hernandez, High Voltage
3.) Fred Rozelle, Rustler
4.) Edward Massey, Sweet as Bro!
5.) Charlie Hess, Funtech Racing