TORRESEN SAILING SITE'S
AROUND THE WORLD OF SAILING
June 21, 2000
Provided by the Torresen Sailing Site
as a service of Torresen Marine, Inc.
This week's Stories:
Navy finds Linda E
Short Tack: Future Climate
Short Tack: Milwaukee Grand Prix
Short Tack: Around Alone Film
Featured Brokerage: Hunter 23.5
Finish Line: America's Cup Contradictions
For more Sailing News see Sailing Daily
Recent topics included:
Chicago NOODS and Bermuda Race Line Honors
Navy Minesweeper finds Linda E.
On 18 June the U.S. Navy Minesweeper Defender located the
42 foot Great Lakes Fishing Vessel Linda E. The Linda E had been
missing since 11 December 1998. The wreck was found Sunday 7 miles
south east of Port Washington, WI in 260 feet of water.
On 11 December 1998 the Linda E departed Port Washington at
approximately 0515. Three men were on board heading to Lake Michigan
to fish gill nets located 9 miles SE of Port Washington. Around 0946
that day a representative of a Port Washington fish company talked with
the Linda E via cell phone. That was the last contact with the vessel.
Weather conditions the day of the disappearance were: air
temperature from 31° to 48°, water temperature 47°, SSW winds under
10 knots and calm seas.
Once reported overdue the night of the 11th, the Coast Guard
and volunteers searched for the Linda E. No signs, such as debris, oil
etc. were found. The Coast Guard accident report listed the following
possible causes of the sinking: Collision with another vessel,
collision with a submerged object, structural failure or a failed hull
From December of 1998 to now the Linda E has been an unsolved
problem. Now that the wreckage has been located perhaps a cause can
Today the Coast Guard will use a Remote Operated vehicle to
search the exposed wreckage. If the vehicle sees evidence of a
collision a paint sample will be taken for further analysis. However,
as the hull is well sunk into the mucky bottom, the Linda E's reason
for sinking may still not be known.
Short Tack # 1:
Various long term forecasts of the Great Lakes regions Climate
call for declines in water level from 1.5 to 8 feet by 2100. Also
temperatures are expected to climb 5 to 10 degrees and precipitation
by 10 to 30 percent.
YanmarDirect.com Offers Sailors Part References
and Secure Online Shopping
This week the Torresen Sailing Site unveils YanmarDirect.com, a new
addition to our online offerings for sailors.
The new site features easy to use reference materials, with simple
and secure online shopping for more than 55,000 genuine Yanmar diesel
engine parts just a mouse click away. You will find all of Yanmar's
best-sellers in easy to use reference guides with point and click
purchasing. Our online reference materials include spare part kits,
impellers, oil filters, fuel filters, part and service manuals and
Yanmar owners will appreciate the convenience of the new common part
listings by engine. Users simply select their engine from the
YanmarDirect.com home page and find a printable reference guide with
direct links for purchasing. These printable guides make great
references for those times when you are away from your computer.
The new store's shopping features now allow customers to set up a
shopping account. Shoppers are not required to obtain a free account
to shop or browse YanmarDirect.com. When shoppers do choose to setup
an account, we will store delivery information so it will not need to
be manually entered on future visits.
We welcome your comments, questions or suggestion on YanmarDirect.com. Please e-mail them to: email@example.com
Short Tack # 2:
The 5th Annual Milwaukee Grand Prix sponsored by Dain Rauscher
and Sailing Magazine will be sailed August 5-6. Host will be
Milwaukee Yacht Club.
Information such as official notice of race, fleet list and an
on line registration form is available at: www.milwaukeegrandprix.com
If you register prior to 1 July you will receive a $ 25
The Rowing Reporter is a look at life and conditions on
Muskegon Lake, home waters of Around the World of Sailing.
The Rowing Reporter ventured to Chicago. Little did I know I
was sailing in the largest Sailing World NOOD regatta ever. For
reports on the regatta see http://www.torresen.com/sd/june00
Back in Muskegon, Wednesday the 14th a warm gusty breeze
moving the trees at will. That night black, fast moving clouds of
smoke. Then a good combined blast of wind and rain.
Tuesday the 20th under normal skies a commercial fishing boat
pushed out. Pilothouse pushed well forward on long run of deck so
crew has working area.
Above are a couple of prose sketches of Muskegon Lake
conditions. While in Chicago, the racing fleet had all conditions from
3 knots to 20+ knots and rain. It made the winners have to be all
around sailors and it was a regatta of varying conditions and
responses to them.
The State of New Hampshire seems to have incorporated weather
wiseness and proper preparation into a law that seems to translate
to sailing quite well. At major hiking trails in New Hampshire, signs
asking questions such as: Do you know the limitations of your group,
and Are you proficient in outdoor skills are posted. According to the
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department: "If you or anyone in your group
answers NO or acts RECKLESSLY, resulting in search and rescue, YOU WILL
PAY THE COSTS. It's the law in New Hampshire." Hikers can be
responsible for up to $ 10,000 per agency per rescue.
Taking the questions posted on the signs and a few observations
from the weekends racing I offer the following set of questions and
answers. Do I have proper clothing, equipment, food and water? I saw
several people without proper gear. Being wet and cold leads to sea
sickness. A warm dry sailor has a big advantage over a cold and wet
sailor both in health and in competition.
Am I proficient in outdoor (sailing) skills? Sailing on a boat
with a huge asymmetrical spinnaker I got some training in new areas of
skills. At times pulling the huge sail around the forestay seemed to
occupy more time than I had breath.
Am I familiar with the terrain and weather conditions? On
Friday the first race was started and headed directly into ominous
skies. Some very experienced sailors chose not to start this race,
feeling the risk of damage not worth it. Although little damage
resulted, it is clear that sailors do assess the weather and make
decisions based upon it.
Am I physically fit for the challenges ahead? In my case, I'd
say I'm still alive aren't I?
Do I know the limitations of my group? The idea of limitations
was brought up Friday. Certain boats did not fly spinnakers attempting
to keep within limits of boat and crew.
This quintet of questions would seem to be applicable to each
sail we take. Answering them to the best of your ability will add to
your proficiency as a sailor and enjoyment of sailing.
Short Tack # 3:
Born To The Wind documents the human drama of sixteen sailors as they
set sail from Charleston, South Carolina. An unprecedented visual
history of the 1998-1999 Around Alone sailing adventure. More people
have traveled into space than have sailed around the world alone.
Watch BORN TO THE WIND, Sunday June 25th at 9:00pm EDT on WGVU-TV
Featured Brokerage: Hunter 23.5
Many times in Around the World of Sailing the articles are
about grand prix globetrotting sail boats. This weeks featured
selection from the Torresen Marine Sales department is not grand prix,
nor globe trotting.
'Whistle Blower' is a great entry-level boat. For the family
looking to gain an entry into the peaceful pastime of sailing, this 23
footer is a great choice.
Included are outboard, trailer and autopilot. This gear makes
sailing easy, and allows you to take 'Whistle Blower' on the road.
To see pictures of 'Whistle Blower' visit:
Europe 1 Transat: Analysis and Statistics
For the Class 1 Grand Prix boats the Europe 1 Transat is
complete. Winning the multi hull class in record time was Francis
Joyon. This week Ellen Macarthur sailed Kingfisher across the line
in Newport to win the multi hull class.
Courtesy of the Europe 1 Media Center we present some
statistics and figures of both the Class I multi hulls and mono hulls.
Class I Multi Hulls
Days in the Lead: Eure and Loir 5, Foncia 3, Groupama 1
Longest distance in 24 hours: Foncia 2 times (max 269)
Eure and Loir 3 times (best of race 341 miles 7 June) Groupama
3 times (max 332 miles) Biscuits La Trinitaine 2 times (max 325
Farthest North Position: Foncia 49° 44' North latitude 5 June.
Farthest South Position: Foncia 41° 02' North Latitude 14 June
Class I Mono Hulls
Days Led: PRB 3, Kingfisher 10, Sill 1
Longest Distance in 24 hours: Sill 2 times (fleet best of 265 miles)
Team Group 4 1 time (149 miles) Kingfisher 4 times (207 miles)
PRB 1 time (255 miles) Whirlpool 4 times (262 miles) Solidres 1 time
Farthest North Position: Whirlpool 50° 30' North Latitude 7 June
Farthest South Position: Kingfisher 40° 39' North Latitude 15 June
In all a variety of boats in both fleet were shown to excel.
For the monohulls this means that November's Vendee Globe single-handed
around the world race does not have a single favorite. However, it
does have a number of possible winners.
From the America's Cup Deed of Gift: "This Cup is donated upon
the conditions that it shall be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup
for friendly competition between foreign countries."
From the press release announcing Seattle Yacht Club's 'One
World America's Cup Challenge': "The team will be comprised with
sailors from around the world including American sailors."