TORRESEN SAILING SITE'S
AROUND THE WORLD OF SAILING*
October 4, 2000
Provided by the Torresen Sailing Site
as a service of Torresen Marine, Inc.
The 4 October ATWOS looks at several aspects of sailing
such as amateurs racing around the world, and grizzled pros preparing
to do so along with the first Estonian to do so. In addition, regular
features such as Rowing Reporter and Watery World News.
This week's Stories:
BT Challenge Leg 1
Featured Brokerage: C&C 61
Vendee Glove Preview Part 2
Hurricane's and Isaac
Sailor of the Year Candidates
Watery World News: US Naval Observatory
Previews Knickerbocker Cup/ORMA Open 60's
First Circumnavigation for Estonia
For more Sailing News see Sailing Daily*
Recent topics included America True Sells Out
and Olympic Regatta Analysis
See http://www.torresen.com/sd/october00 for more
BT Challenge Leg 1
All 12 boats have now finished Leg 1 of the BT Challenge
around the world race. The crews of amateur sailors pay to train for
and sail the race. From the start the fleet sails from east to west
against the prevailing winds and currents.
Leading the fleet into Boston was Quadstone in 18 days 2 hours.
Skippered by Alex Phillips, Quadstone took the lead the last weekend
of the race (23/24 September). Toughest part of the leg for the
winners was a storm from the west. Quadstone chose to run with the
gale easing strain on the boat. Despite actually sailing back towards
England they still won the leg!
Finishing next was BP in a time of 18 hours 7 days. LG Flatron,
which led for much of the leg, was 3rd and hour back of BP.
LG Flatron lost a carbon fiber pole during the race. A round
up put it in the ocean and snapped it.
Most of the boats made Boston in generally good order. Race
organizers toted up damage. 23 different sails need repair, including
six 1.5 ounce spinnakers. 10 stanchions need fixing. 4 main halyards
and 2 spinnaker halyards also need to be repaired.
Leg 2 will start from Boston on 15 October. The finish is
5840 miles away in Buenos Aries Argentina. The fleet will leave Boston
in fall/hurricane season and arrive in the Southern Hemisphere in
spring. The 12-boat fleet is expected to arrive in Argentina around
Perhaps the biggest challenge on this leg will be negotiating
the Doldrums. Passages through this variable area can range from a day
to weeks. A wrong weather call here could end the leg.
Once through this area the fleet will see some tradewind
sailing along South America. Currents become a factor here. Finally
they'll have to sail up the River Platte to Buenos Aries, meaning
they'll finish by hunting up a buoyed channel.
C&C 61 'Triumph is hull #5 in one of the most successful
designs created by Cuthbertson & Cussian and built by the craftsman
Eric Bruckman and his staff at C&C Custom Yachts. Each interior was
built to the owners specs and reflects great taste and execution.
'Triumph' has been upgraded with a larger 100hp diesel engine,
current sails, newer instruments, electric sheet, halyard winches, and
To see complete specifications for 'Triumph' see
Vendee Globe Preview- Part 2
Starting 5 November off Les Sables d'Olonne in western France
and continuing around the world for 100 or so days will be the 4th
edition of the Vendee Globe. Unlike Around Alone, the other single
handed around the world race, the Vendee Globe is non-stop. Competitors
may not seek outside assistance unless at Les Sables d'Olonne.
Despite the tough requirements the entry list is full. Both
male and female sailors will sail Open 50 & 60 monohulls in the race.
This article is the first installment of 5 detailing the
sailors and boats that will attempt to join Titouan Lamazau, Alain
Gautier, and Christophe Augin as winners of this race.
This week we profile 5 sailors. 2 will sail 50 footers, 3
will sail 60 footers. Past history says that only around half of
them will finish no matter their current high expectations.
Simone Bianchetti- TNT-Italia Telecom
Bianchetti will sail the Briand designed Open 60 that Phillipe
Monnet sailed to the east/west around the world record. Although not
of current design or construction the boat has a recent record for
Bianchetti has a spotty past record. He dropped out of the
1994 Around Alone and has some middle of the pack finishes in smaller
Considering that the boat is not new, and Bianchetti has no
significant wins, the combination is not a threat to win.
Thomas Coville- Sobedo
Thomas Coville, the 31-year-old sailor, has quite an impressive
resume. In 1997 he was on board Sport Elec when it claimed the Jules
Verne Trophy for fastest time around the world. In 1998 sailing with
Yves Parlier he won the Gold Race, which starts in New York and finishes
in San Francisco.
Later he filled in for an injured Yves Parlier and won the
monohull title in the 1998 Route de Rum. This year he took over the
Finot Open 60 Sobedo and with Herve Jan as crew was the monohull
winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
His major preparation in 2000, the Europe 1 Transat was cut
short by a dismasting.
He completed his qualification in September. He had to change
Sobedo's canting rig. These are prohibited by Vendee Globe rules.
Still, Coville's record is quite impressive. He is one of
Josh Hall EPB
This British sailor will sail the same Finot designed Open 60
that he entered in the 1998 Around Alone. In that race he dropped
out on Leg 3 after dismasting. Since that he has not raced the
boat overly much. The one outing was in last years Jacques Vabre
when a southerly routing option did not pay off.
The boat is similar to Mike Golding's Group 4. The main
difference is its conventionally stayed mast.
Since launching in 1998, the boat has shown potential but few
hard and fast results. Hall has been quiet this summer, readying
Considering Hall's experience and Gartmore's design, a good
result is not out of the question.
Thiery Dubois Solidares
Dubois sailed the last Vendee Globe. He capsized in the
Southern Ocean and was part of one of the that contests dramatic
Since then has built and launched the Nivelt designed
Solidares. With it's light blue and white paint job, she stands out.
This summer he finished 4th in the Europe 1 Transat. He also
completed a trans Atlantic passage in 1999.
With miles on his boat and a solid record, Dubois should be
near the front.
Hailing from Spain, but based in France, Didier will attempt
his first Vendee Globe. He was entered in 1996, but dismasted shortly
before the start and so could not compete.
He has offshore experience dating back to 1979 and sailed with
noted Canadian multi hull skipper Mike Birch.
His Open 60 was designed by Phil Morisson and was launched in
1991. The age of this design is shown by the transom. Rather than the
square open transoms of the new designs, it has a sloping transom that
gives the boat overhang.
This is a case of a grizzled skipper in a boat that is not up
to pace as shown by its 12th place in this summers Europe 1 Transat.
Hurricane's and Isaac
Recently I came upon a coincidence in my daily life. It goes
something like this. My given name is Isaac. I was reading a book,
'Isaac's Storm' about a hurricane. Then out in the Atlantic there
occurred a Hurricane named Hurricane Isaac.
The storm in the book was a Hurricane that struck Galveston
Texas in September of 1900. The storm killed over 10,000 people-
America's worst natural disaster.
A shortsighted, politicized National Weather Service failed
mightily in forecasting it. Isaac Cline is the head of the Galveston
Weather Bureau. In the book it is pointed out how little damage
Isaac expected from the storm. With as much death, destruction and
devastation as the Hurricane caused the book is a great reminder
of the power of nature.
The recent Hurricane Isaac did not touch land and so was not
destructive. Hurricane forecasting has much improved. Despite 115
MPH winds and barometric pressure as low as 955 millibars, forecasters
correctly said it would not strike land. Isaac moved through
the Atlantic and bent around back east.
Although hurricanes are still powerful and destructive we
at least live in a time when we are warned ahead of time.
Torresen Sailing Site Sailor of the Year Candidates
For the 2nd year Torresen Sailing Site is requesting visitors
to chose the Sailor of the Year. You vote for the best male and female
sailor of 2000. We have selected candidates from all aspects of
sailing, ranging from inshore racing to around the world record setting.
Along with the opportunity to vote you can enter in a drawing
for sailing prizes ranging from docklines to calendars.
We have offered 5 choices for both male and female sailors.
Vote for one each.
Voting begins Wednesday 4 October and ends Monday December
18th. The winners will be announced in the 27 December issue of ATWOS.
Below find summaries of the Candidates accomplishments drawn
from the Torresen Sailing Site Archives.
Vote at http://www.torresen.com/soty
Betsy Alison- Winner Santa Maria and Osprey Cup. From SD 104
"The final of the Osprey Cup was a single match affair with Alison
Dorte Jensen- Match Race World # 1 From SD 81, "Top
performances in the first round robin are as follows.
Group C: Dorte Jensen 5 points."
Shirley Robertson-Europe Gold medal/ # 6 Match Racer From
SD 261: "Overall Great Britain's Shirley Robertson has sailed
consistently and opened an 11 point lead over Argentina's Serena
Ellen Macarthur- Winner Europe 1 Transat From SD 218, "At
0621 this morning Ellen Macarthur sailed Kingfisher across the
finish line to win the Class I monohull division. For the 23 year
old Macarthur this was her first race on Kingfisher."
Alessandra Sensini Mistral World Champ/Gold Medallist From
SD 258:"Leading from the start and only briefly passed once, Italy's
Alessandra Sensini won race 11 and with it the Gold Medal."
Vote at http://www.torresen.com/soty
Dean Barker- Nominated For: Winning the Match racing world
championship and skippering NZL 60 in the clinching race of the
America's Cup. From ATWOS, 31 May 2000:"The final match began off
Split Croatia in less than 10 knots of wind. Barker handled these
tricky conditions well, dispatching Peter Gilmour 3-0."
Grant Dalton- Nominated for: Sailing Club Med to the 24 hour
sailing speed record. From SD 213, "According to co-skipper Grant
Dalton: "We sailed on the same tack for the whole 24 hours with just one reef."
Francis Joyon- Nominated for: Winning the Europe 1 Transat in
record time. In SD 215 Joyon said: "But for me the goal was really to
take my offshore racing experience to greater heights and gain a
greater understanding of the ocean....I think it was because I was
more in touch with the elements, that I won in the end."
Phillipe Monnett- Nominated for sailing UUNET to a new east
to west solo around the world record. From a Torresen Sailing Site
News Service Story: "UUNET's time was 151 days 19 hours 54 minutes
and 36 seconds for an average speed of 5.97 knots. This is 10 days
less than the previous record set by British sailor Mike Golding in
Mark Reynolds-Nominated for: Skipper of Star world champ and
Gold Medal. From SD 263: "The Star team of Mark Reynolds and Magnus
Liljerdahl moved from 3rd to 1st by 1 point in the final race."
Vote at http://www.torresen.com/soty
Watery World News
Watery World News is dedicated to our watery planet and the
things that people do on the water other than sail. Whether it's
tug-barges, kayaks, rowing shells, PWC's, swimming or other water
activities Watery World News will attempt to give the sailing audience
of ATWOS a look at other water activities.
The United States Naval Observatory performs important yet
unwarlike tasks. It maintains the Master Clock of the United States.
Among the products it produces are: star catalogs, navigational
almanacs, and astronomical research.
Currently being built is a cesium fountain atomic clock
which will improve time keeping accuracy ten fold.
This is a long haul for a group that began as the Depot
of Charts and Instruments in 1830.
The time keeping function of the observatory has seen several
different methods used. From 1845 the Observatory dropped a time
ball. This allowed ships on the Potomac River to calibrate
their navigation chronometers. Later the time signal was sent by
telegraph and radio signal. Now the time is sent as part of GPS.
The observatory maintains time for it.
So, if you ever want the official time simply visit:
Previews: Knickerbocker Cup/Orma Grand Prix
Today through this Saturday a world class field will
compete in the Knickerbocker Cup. 12 teams will sail J 105's
on Manhasset Bay/Long Island Sound. This event has been held
Several of the skippers have competed on the Swedish
Match tour. 4 skippers from the tours top 10 will be sailing.
They are: 6th Luc Pillot 7th Peter Holmberg 9th Ed Baird
10th Andy Green. Also amongst the Tour points table are
two Australian based sailors: Sebastian Destremau (11th)
and James Spithill (18th).
Two sailors who sailed in the 2000 America's Cup
will be on the water. They are Dawn Riley of America True and
Stars and Stripes skipper Ken Read.
Look to Sailing Daily for coverage of this event.
This weekend will be the last Grand Prix of the year
for the Open 60 trimarans of the Orma 9 Telecom circuit. The
same trimarans that sail trans Atlantic races and have sailed
up to 625 miles in 24 hours will spend the weekend being raced
around the buoys in Royan France.
The 2000 championship will be decided. There have been 4
events, 2 inshore grand prix's, the offshore Europe 1 Transat
and the Quebec-St. Malo Transat.
Leading with 52 points is Frank Cammas' Groupama with 52
points. 2nd is Marc Guillemot's Biscuits La Trinitaine. Groupama
has held the edge in the previous inshore events with a 1st and
a 2nd while 'Biscuits' has finishes 5th each time.
In addition to the season series battle, Jean Le Cam's
new trimaran Bonduelle will sail its first series of races.
Estonia's 1st Circumnavigation
The 13.3 meter Estonian flagged yacht Lennuk has passed the
half way point of its circumnavigation. Of significance this is the
first boat to sail around the world under the Estonian flag.
The voyage began in October 1999. They plan to return
to Tallinn Estonia in March 2001.
They recently left Darwin Australia en route to Indonesia.
After that they will head to Christmas and Coco-Keeling Islands, then
Mauritiues and South Africa. Finally the Atlantic Ocean and Estonia.
The Rowing Reporter is a weekly column of commentary and
observations by Ike Stephenson, Marine Informationist. It concentrates
on the home waters of Around the World of Sailing Lake Michigan and
Portrait of a Day: Tuesday 19 September
A stout southwesterly of 25 knots keeping mooring area
residents at attention. Just beyond the mooring area the whitecaps
In a remarkable show of wind uniformity, observations from
all 5 Great Lakes show southerly winds.
Northern Lake Huron 180░@ 19.4 knots
East Lake Ontario 180░@ 17.5 knots
East Lake Erie 190░@11.7 knots
Stanard Rock Lake Superior 190░@ 22 knots
North Lake Michigan 190░@ 19.4 knots.
All observed winds within 1 point of the compass (11 1/4░). All
These winds were produced by a low-pressure system of 29.25
inches of mercury located by Thunder Bay. This low trailed a cold
front and was moving east.
A 1000 Millibar isobar was on the WI/MI border. 1004
Millibars on southern Lake Michigan. 992 millibars in Canada.
Stanards Rock was closest to the front and had the highest
winds. Lake's Ontario and Erie were east of the front and the low
and so showed lighter winds.
The other areas were under the systems influence and showed
winds of force 5&6.
For the day Muskegon showed a classic day of hot weather and
a considerable southerly breeze. The high temp was 83, with a peak
wind of 180░@32 knots.
Appropriately enough this week's Finish Line is about the
Finish Line of The Race. Scheduled to start 31 December @ Barcelona
Spain after a prologue the 15th through the 17th of December in
Monaco, Marsailles France will serve as finishing port in the spring
of 2001 and the fleet will sail through the Straits of Gibraltar and
on the Mediterranean Sea at the start and finish.
The maxi marans will dock at Marseilles╣ Old Harbour in a
city known as the Phocaean City. The fleet will give Marseilles a
new story in its 26 centuries of maritime history.