France’s Equipe and Voiles-Multihull blogs are sadly reporting that Jean-Pierre Dick’s MOD 70 Paprec-Virbac is up for sale after her nasty capsize before last month’s TJV. It should be the final death knell of a class that now has 7 boats built and at least 3 on the market, with no real buyers at all. A casualty of poor management and communication by the hodgepodge Franco-Suisse bosses as much as a dire economy in parts of Europe, JPD learned what most suspected and the MOD Class discussed before the first boat was ever built: These things really are just too much for shorthanded or singlehanded sailing.
So if you were thinking about picking up one of those ORMA trimarans, or maybe just looking for a record-breaker, and you fancy owning one of the fastest sailboats ever built, it’s a buyer’s market…especially if you have a spare rig lying around. Get your wallets out!
December 10th, 2013
The Hobie 33 is an iconic SoCal boat like few others. Almost unbeatable off the wind, the long, skinny lightweight is a boat that begs for updating, in both layout and sail area. Those crazy Hippy Bros (Dad Jon Shampain and rockstar son Erik) did just that a while back along with partner Robert Plant to their 33 Still Crazy. Major cockpit surgery, layout, fat head main and more have resulted in one quick 33.
It looks like chainsaw fever is spreading as Rick Yabsley has his fixed keel 33′ at Dennis Choate’s yard for something similar with design and engineering consultation from Alan Andrews. We’ll try to follow along as they improve on the original. Might you be interested in a brand new, new Hobie 33? There is one right here waiting for your name on it!
December 9th, 2013
The energy industry continues to provide some of the most innovative maritime solutions to problems, and increasingly, those solutions float. And so, apparently, does the new holder of the ‘world’s biggest ship’ title, Shell Oil’s Prelude. She’s less ship than factory; the 1601-foot long monster has no propulsion system; tugs will tow her from Samsung’s yard in Korea to Broome, Western Australia, where Prelude will be moored to Shell’s LNG drilling operation (about 300 NM offshore). Most interesting to anyone who’s spent any time at anchor is the mooring system – four sets of mooring cables attach to a central ‘turret’, allowing the entire floating factory to weathervane into the wind – an essential characteristic for her required ability to survive a true Cat 5 Typhoon. Fortunately even if the ship encounters problem, her only cargo is LNG – far less dangerous to the environment than any kind of oil spill.
There’s some more info in a corporate video here, and here’s an infographic showing how big Prelude is compared to the world’s biggest skyscrapers. For the best idea of her scale, look really carefully at the starboard bow, directly under a small blue crane. That’s a man.
- Tags: ships
December 9th, 2013
Camper VOR skipper and lifelong skiffie Chris “Nicho” Nicholson may not have sailed an 18 footer in more than a decade, but the Lake Macquarie native didn’t take long to slip into winning ways as this summer’s 18 Footer season got underway. And now, with another solid performance on Sunday, Nicho and his Mojo Wine team have taken the 3 Buoys Challenge title for the 8-race series that ended this weekend. Does he have what it takes to win a JJ? Fuck if we know, but with one of the deepest ‘top ends’ in the 18 fleet in years, it won’t be easy for anyone.
Just 10 of the 18 boats finished on Sunday; watch some oh-so-sweet carnage from a classic Sydney Nor’easter here, and thanks to the 18 Footers for the news.
December 9th, 2013
The folks behind the Star Sailors League are competing with Larry Ellison for ‘most money spent per online viewer’. It’s costing them about a million bucks to put on the above-embedded live show over in the Bahamas, where they’ve flown in an entire fleet of Star boats and Star sailors, big Dennis Conner and yachting commentator Digby Fox and a team of about 30 media and production staff for the SSL Finale. They’ve got over 200,000$ in prize money for the racers, press junkets for the media, full Virtual Eye, a full online video game with prize money, and a full production team – this is the Finale, after all.
“Finale”, you ask? ”Finale to what”? You can be forgiven for your confusion, for very few people have heard of this multi-million dollar brainchild of Franco/Swiss businessman Michel Niklaus despite all the media money pouring into the SSL in 2013. So what is it, and what’s the point of spending all that money for no real benefit? The point is actually quite cool, even if the execution ain’t.
You see, Niklaus really, really loves sailing, and is slightly obsessed with the Star class. And at about a century old, he was stricken by the fact that sailors don’t have the kind of ranking system that the pro Tennis tour features. It’s a good point, because a single ranking system is a massively valuable tool, driving worldwide attention and helping to turn random names into recognizable heroes. And while ISAF has the World match racing rankings and various classes have their own ranking systems, they certainly aren’t driving any comprehensive ranking to help the sport’s big names along.
So along came Michel, and through a combination of misguided enthusiasm and bad counsel, he created the SSL; a system of ranking the world’s best sailors numerically based on their performance at various Star regattas. We’ve tried to understand the details behind the ranking system’s math but it defeats us, as does the SSL website and explanation; all you really need to know is that it ranks the world’s best sailors based on their performance at various Star regattas.
Now we really, really like Michel, and of course he is welcome to drop a million here and a million there for any reason he wishes. But if he wants to make a difference – to help the world’s sailors out and increase the public’s perception of them as athletes, to increase their general renown, whatever – it might make sense to pick a platform and a class that actually matters to the world, and while you’re at it, call it the Professional Sailors League or something rather than the Star anything… 10 years ago, you might still argue that the Star includes ‘the world’s best’, and yeah, the boat is still one of the sweetest-ever upwind machines with an extremely important history. And while it still attracts great sailors even without the help of the Olympics, it’s been a long time since the Star can truly claim the top of any heap. The guys at the helm of the America’s Cup 72s? Not Star Sailors, and not particularly interested in going 5-10 knots in any direction. AC45s? Not Star sailors. World Match Racing Tour? Not Star Sailors. Extreme Sailing Series? Not Star sailors. Volvo Ocean Race, Round the World, Olympics…a few Star sailors at best. As great as the 100-year old Class is, and as great a future it has as one of the world’s best club and Winter Series boats out there, it will take a lot more than an annual series and a cash infusion to regain the Star’s Olympic luster; it will take a miracle.
We hope Niklaus will continue to look for creative ways to help the sport; if there were a hundred more of him, there’d be almost no limit to where sailing could go. But like Ellison and AC34, and the ISAF World Cup and any number of other events, we’re afraid Niklaus is merely throwing money in directions his ‘experts’ have told him to, and when the results aren’t there, we hope he doesn’t disappear forever. The world of sailing needs people like him.
December 7th, 2013
One of the greatest threads currently on The Sailing Anarchy forum is the one titled 65′ by 32′ catamaran 3200 sq ft of living space.
75% completed federally doc.mid size luxury catamaran 65 by 32 foot.73 over all. 1800 sq. feet inter. space.will consider partial trade for property in hawaii.
And now look, you can own it!
December 6th, 2013
The Australian Sports Boat Association and the iconic CYCA have joined forces to put a big fleet of sports boats on the waterway over two huge events. Whilst not a traditional Sports Boat supporter, the CYCA now knows why these little boats are on the up having just bought a fleet of 10 brand new Elliott designed sporties for their youth sailing program.
The 6th New South Wales State Championship will be the warm up event on February 8 and 9 2014. The Big One will be the 2015 ASBA National Championship on January 2 to 5 2015.
So after the big boats head south for a few days of cold and wet the day after Christmas, the sporty fleet will be rigging up and heading out onto Sydney Harbor to battle for the 2015 Championship jacket on the same courses as the 2000 Olympics.
We know the Aussie locals will travel from far and wide but maybe some international Sports Boat Rockstars may join in? Spend Christmas and New Years on the beach and escape another northern winter for some of this….
December 6th, 2013
Pointe-a-Pitre, 6 December 2013 – After 22 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes and 34 seconds, Swiss sailor Justine Mettraux onboard TeamWork crossed the finish line in Pointe-a-Pitre to take second place in the Mini Transat series class. She not only made history becoming the first Swiss female sailor to race across the Atlantic single-handed but also the highest achieving female sailor in the history of the event. Photos: ©Christophe Breschi/TeamWork. More here.
December 6th, 2013
Big Pimpin’ – Thank You Anarchists!
Crowley’s 2nd Annual One Day Sale Plus is here! Saturday, December 7th from 8am to 4pm we are having a mind blowing sale. Exclusively for Sailing Anarchy, we’re offering the only online discount available for this sale. Use coupon code ANARCHIST at checkout to receive 20% off retail. We are offering 45% off retail for any of Henri Lloyd’s Gore Tex line. This includes the Ocean Explorer line and the VOR worthy Gore Pro line. Use the SAGORE coupon code at checkout. We are blowing out the Gore so take us for what we’re worth, while you can. One code, per person, per purchase please. Head over here this Saturday, December 7th!
The catch? The catch is you only have one day to save using the online codes listed above, online, December 7th, 2013, CST. In store offerings will feature savings up to 55% off retail prices for in-store, in-stock items. Our newly rehabbed store will be full of your most coveted brands: SLAM, Henri Lloyd, Sperry, and Zhik. Our closeout shoe rack will offer up brands such as Sperry, HL, and Dubarry up to 55% off retail.
For the locals, this year we’ve added a Plus to the sale. We’re offering our first ever ‘Ask an Expert’ morning. From 8am to 12 noon in the Store, we will have members from the Rigging, Fiberglass/Paint, Mechanical, and Installation departments to answer questions on DIY projects, estimates, work orders, and more. Have you ever wanted to corner a mechanic and get your questions answered? Now you can. Do you want to know more about your furler or rig tune? Come out and ask an expert. Have a question concerning a recent estimate? Pop in and bend someone’s ear for a bit. Not sure what roll and tip means? Our experts can explain in detail.
Crowley’s Yacht Yard hosts, sponsors, and helps organize many sales events featuring top of the line sailing gear in the Chicago area. Crowley’s is the largest boat yard in Chicago. We have special packages for the Race to Mac, many NA’s, and in and out service.
December 6th, 2013
You’d think so by the eyes, and perhaps they are, but there is actually something they all have in common. Know what it is? Photo from The Wog down-under.
Thanks to the Talking Heads for the title inspiration.
December 6th, 2013
We have a ton to say about this thing called the Star Sailors League. You probably know something about it, and while we find it sort of interesting, we also are sort of horrified by it as well. Our full analysis later tonight, but two things jump out at us right away: One, that Robert Scheidt (left with Bruno Prada) , fresh off his Laser World Champ title, is dominating the event, completely. Probably no real surprise, given the absolute talent that he clearly is.
Second is the absolute drilling that the sailor formerly known as Paul Cayard is receiving. Tied for last with 70 points after seven races, he seems to be a shadow of his former self, both literally and figuratively. We all hit the wall at some point, but we’ll bet Cayard didn’t see this one coming, this soon, this fast. We’d guess the residual failure of his performance, or specifically, the lack thereof, as (now fired) “CEO” of the Artemis AC team is going to linger for a long, long, long time. Oh well, they say old sailors don’t flame out, they fade away. Cayard may be one of the very few to actually do both…
Oh and for the record, we don’t hate Cayard, we’re just calling bullshit on the arrogance, the lack of actual results and the false idolization. His fail and disappearance at Artemis ought to be enough for anyone to question him. That some of you don’t get it is kind of par for the course.
December 5th, 2013
When the America’s Cup went multihull, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour shuddered. Fast forward to 2013, and the Tour continues to soldier on with consistently strong competition, a great live streamed sailing package, about a million bucks of prize money on offer each year, and ISAF ‘Special Status’, reserved for a handful of events on the calendar; the Cup, the Olympics, and the AWMRT. It doesn’t hurt credibility that both drivers in the AC72 finale were WMRT alumni, or that Ben Ainslie considers it a great way to stay fresh for his ‘big cup’ aspirations, but for this good ‘ol boys website from the US of A, we’re fans because Americans obviously kick ass in this series! Sure Ed Baird was the last USAnian to take the Tour title, but San Diego Bill Hardesty’s been holding the Cup a few times as Tactician for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team, and Michigan’s Matty Cassidy does the same on the bow. And now, US and USVI sailor Taylor Canfield has done the impossible, storming past the 4-time title holder Williams to take a World Championship in his first-ever year as a Tour Card holder, and the first time ever that the overall Tour title came down to the final match.
Unlike the Oracle Team USA, Canfield’s US-One team is mostly American, with SF’s Dan Morris, Michigan’s Mike Rehe, and San Diego’s Brian Janney on the roster along with Kiwis Hayden Goodrick and Rod Dawson. And with this win and their third place at the final event, Canfield gets a check for some $140,000. No shit! (and don’t forget to pay your taxes, Tay!) Meanwhile, Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing takes home a cool $170,000 having won a big bonus of Monsoon Cup money along with his 3rd overall in the Tour. That’s some serious cash, and a big reason this Tour continues to attract such high caliber teams. We encourage you to check out some of the excellent videos on the WMRT channel, and enjoy this short post-victory chat with Taylor and Mr. Clean from Malaysia. For a cute info graphic on the finals boat, click here.
Share your congrats or keep tabs on the boys’ schedule on the US ONE Facebook Page over here.
- Tags: alpari world match racing tour, awmrt, malaysia, monsoon cup, Taylor Canfield, usone sailing, WMRT
December 5th, 2013
Now that the news is out on the Brunel Volvo team, we can now print Bouwe Bekking’s Innerview from a few days ago. As always, a great guy to chat with and a great part of the SA community for over a decade now; here he is with another SA Innerview.
SA: It’s great to see the Netherlands in the game, with you at the helm. As a frequent one-design sailor, how do you think the new design changes the race strategy?
BB: This change will have a major impact. In the previous races you could sail like a world champion, but very you still got beaten by the faster boat. Besides fast sailing, strategy will hugely important.
SA: We hear that the in-port races will no longer count for the overall VOR standings. Does this make the stopovers less or more interesting from your point of view?
BB: This is still not 100% clear, there is an option for this in the Notice of Race. But I hope it will stay part of the scoring, it has become a feature of the race and if you make it part of the scoring you will make sure that all the team are 100% focussed
SA: Will this be a Dutch effort or more of an international crew? Have you selected them yet? Who you got?
BB: The initiative is Dutch and of course we try to get as many as possible cloggies onboard, but since our sponsor is an international company they wouldn’t mind if some foreigners are onboard. Gerd -Jan Poortman is confirmed . For the rest not: you can’t commit to anybody before the money is in the bank, otherwise you make a fool out of yourself when it doesn’t happen. For the other crew we will follow a strict selection procedure.
SA: The lack of design competition means teams have been able to wait far longer to announce their intentions. Meanwhile, the girls of SCA will have a big head start over everyone else in training and sorting their boat out. How do you make up that deficit? As a one-design boat, does it really matter?
BB: Isn’t it great that now all of a sudden teams who come in late, still have chance to do well? Thanks One-Design! The girls have got a very good set-up and gotten all the opportunities, they have a of course headstart. We just have work hard and use the experience we most likely have to transfer our knowledge from big one-design offshore boats into the V65
SA: What do you think of the Farr/VOR 65 compared to the VO70s you’ve sailed? Strengths/weaknesses compared to Movistar/Telefonica?
BB: I think they will be very similar in performance and they will still be soaking wet. Compare to Movistar/ Telefonica they will be structural stronger and I expect easier to drive/steer in big seas.
SA: Who’s your sponsor, and what do they hope to get out of it?
BB: As you now know, it is Brunel. They have have been in the race twice before and actually jumped in last minute to make it possible for teams to race. They sponsored a team in the Tour de France and as well a Mini-Transat sailor. They are in for it as they like sailing and like to win.
SA: Do you plan to do any events with your boat before the VOR starts? Which ones? When do you get delivery?
BB: We want to do some events and like to race against other V65′s, that will be good to see how we go . But we will finalize our schedule in the coming month. We get boat number 3, which actually is ready, but the boat need to painted, we have to order sails do the graphics, and other logistics. Even that it is a one-design, we won’t rush as that might bump us in the bum.
SA: What do you think the budgets really need to be in order to have a good chance of winning? How does this compare number wise to your other campaigns?
BB: As long you can pay the entry and the centralized service, the boat, new sails and have accommodation you should be fine, The number is a fraction of what we spend on previous campaigns. Thank you one-design, again!
SA: With so many changes to the VOR, do you have any big worries about the 14/15 VOR?
BB: No worries right now, sleeping well!
December 5th, 2013
Occasionally we’ll relax Sailing Anarchy’s “No Press Release” policy, but only if (a) something awesome is involved, (b) it’s for a good cause, or (c) hot chicks are involved. The following meets two out of three criteria, and more importantly, shows some of the constantly good work that CYCA does with the month-long circus around Australia’s biggest sailing event. The only qualifier: You need to get to Sydney…by next weekend. Check it out, and of course use the community for more info about everything Sydney-Hobart.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has once again launched its eBay auction that provides an exclusive opportunity to bid for places onboard one of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race favourites, when they compete in the CYCA’s SOLAS Big Boat Challenge – the spectacular maxi yacht race around Sydney Harbour on Tuesday 10 December.
Seven Rolex Sydney Hobart entrants have offered places onboard for the auction and they include: Wild Oats XI, Perpetual LOYAL, Wild Thing, Brindabella, Southern Excellence II and Giacomo, all providing two places available for auction, with Black Jack making one guest spot available. Other yachts to also offer places are Terra Firma and Ginger.
In a much anticipated event, this will be the first time Bob Oatley’s super maxi Wild Oats XI will line up against Anthony Bell’s new Perpetual LOYAL, the former Rambler, and the rivalry between the two will be fierce. However, the two will also have to deal with Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing.
This will be the seventh year that the fleet will race to raise awareness and money for the CYCA’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts, which have donated just on $900,000 to search and rescue organisations Australia-wide and provide assistance (financial and other) to immediate families of those lost at sea during Yachting Australia sanctioned races.
Bid today for your chance to sail on board one of these yachts!
Wild Oats XI
Wild Oats XI secured her sixth line honours victory under the guidance of Mark Richards in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, broke her own race record, which now stands at 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes 12 seconds and won the race overall. It was the second time the super maxi had achieved this historic treble and the only boat to do so twice in the race’s history. As it does each year, Bob Oatley’s super maxi has undergone further modifications that include having a radical, retractable, hydrofoil-type wing fitted in a bid to make her even faster when sailing downwind. Two places are on offer on one of Australia’s most recognized super maxis.
Anthony Bell returns to the blue water classic with the former Rambler 100. Since acquiring the boat earlier this year, Bell has embarked on a mammoth project to re-build the yacht since her keel snapped off, causing her capsize in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, after taking line honours in numerous races. She was originally and aptly christened Speedboat – for good reason – and took line honours in her maiden outing, the Newport Bermuda Race.
Reputedly the fastest racing 100 footer in the world, buckle up for a white knuckle ride. The SOLAS Big Boat Challenge will be the first time Perpetual LOYAL and Wild Oats XI will sail against each other before the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Two places are on offer on this slick super maxi.
Two places on Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing were also posted on eBay today. The Rolex Sydney Hobart 2003 line honours winner has been a process of evolution over the last ten years. Modifications were made to the yacht last year, which included extending her to 100ft and making improvements to her original hull shape. Earlier this year, Wharington secured a line honours win in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which she followed up by taking line honours in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July
Australia’s most famous maxi Brindabella, a former line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart and holder of the record for a conventionally ballasted boat (1d, 20h, 46m, 33s set in 1999). Designed by Scott Jutson, Brindabella still turns heads today with her sleek lines and elegant sail plan and still holds many Australian east coast race records including the Sydney Mooloolaba Yacht Race, Sydney Noumea Race, and the Sydney Wollongong Race.
Southern Excellence II
Andrew Wenham purchased the former Ichi Ban in March this year and won line honours in the protracted Gosford Lord Howe Island race in a time of 63hrs, 45mins 22secs; one of the longest in the race’s recent history after being marred by light and fluky winds. In similar conditions in this year’s Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, Southern Excellence II finished fifth on line and fifth in IRC Division 0 and then took line honours in the Blue Water Pointscore’s Bird Island Race in October. Wenham has upgraded a number of systems on the boat to improve her IRC rating and to suit his requirements.
New Zealander Jim Delegat, Managing Director of Delegat Wine Estate (distributor of Oyster Bay wines), purchased the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama earlier this year. Renamed Giacomo, she has a canting keel, dagger boards and the latest in rigging. Was built for fresh off the wind conditions and will be impossible to stop in the right conditions in the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
One guest spot is available on Black Jack, the former 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race entrant Telefonica, which Spaniard Iker Martinez won the first three legs of the race with, but ultimately finished the VOR fourth overall. Peter Harburg shipped his new Black Jack to Australia earlier this year and ordered modifications to bring the yacht up to Australian standards. She made her Australian ocean racing debut in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July and finished third on line and in IRC Division 0 following a tight tussle with the top two, Wild Thing and Lahana.
The name Terra Firma lives on again – Nicholas Bartels stepped up from his successful Sydney 47 to the Cookson 50 formerly known as Shogun in 2010. In the 2011 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, Terra Firma finished ninth overall, and third in IRC Division 1 and ORCi Division 1. With some talented sailors onboard and a strong crew, Terra Firma will be out to do well in this year’s SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
This 60 foot Swan is a well-tuned ocean racer owned by Leslie Green. In 2011 Ginger took the line and IRC double win in a foggy Ocean Pointscore race to Port Hacking and is a regular CYCA competitor. She also won the Rolex Trophy Series Passage race in 2008.
Bidding for all ten items will close on 6th December 2013. Terms and conditions apply, see the individual URL’s for details.
The highly charged SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, is a big attraction to spectators both on and off the water, and starts at 12.30pm on Tuesday December 10. It takes the yachts on a tight 14 nautical mile course starting off Steele Point at Vaucluse, down the Harbour to Manly for two and a half laps. The yachts will pass many of Sydney’s famous landmarks along the way, including Fort Denison, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the Sydney Opera House, which provides the picturesque finish line.
December 5th, 2013
Yes, we know we’re insufferably sophomoric. We like topless women, crashing boats, fart jokes and dick jokes and yes, even gay jokes. And there’s always something funny when sailmakers and graphic designers get it oh, so wrong – like they did here on a poorly planned jib window aboard the boat sponsored by North Sydney’s oldest pub - the Rag & Famish Hotel.
Rag’s been a part of the 18 fleet for well over a decade now, and their ‘wardrobe malfunction’ was the only thing that went wrong on Christening Day for a brand new boat; Jack Macartney, Peter Harris and Mark Kennedy put the finishing touch to the day of celebration with a great win in Race 7 of the 3-Buoys Challenge on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.
Check out 18footers.TV for all the video coverage, and a shout out to Deckhardware for the Facebook find. And for everything ‘Eye-deen”, including historic videos and near-constant shitfights about things you’ll never understand, check the thread.
December 5th, 2013
We just received the book, Walking on Water and it is a spectacular collection of sailing photographs and accompanying stories that aren’t too likely to be produced again, including this photo above. Did you know that Dennis Conner was helming whilst she was up the mast? As a joke he called for a gybe on the radio mic while she was up there. Funny. The shot is during a race at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo. Adela was doing a steady 16 knots at the time.
From the publisher: Digital has now changed the photographic world for good and bad. Having had most of my career in the non-digital world there is no Photoshop involved. Although I have had many comments to say was itPphotoshopped, and why did I not use a remote camera but instead risk diving under boats and up the masts. At that point there wasn’t the equipment of today. And it reflects a time and perhaps a spirit that is moving back in history.
Take a look. It might be a terrific christmas gift for that someone special…
December 4th, 2013
Aymeric took the lead in the boats series from the first day of the race and never relinquished it, gradually widening the gap on his pursuers. His performance is all the more remarkable in that he has also finished sixth in the overall ranking.
December 4th, 2013
December 3rd, 2013
Finally, the rating solution we’ve all been looking for!
Our local PHRF has a very simple, transparent and objective manner of determining sport boat handicaps. It works like this. They take a base number which is generally the lowest PHRF handicap they can find for a particular class in the country. For example the Viper base number is around 93. The measurement form is studied carefully to ensure that there have been no changes to any class rules or dimensions over the past year and they also assemble all of the results of a class in local PHRF series and regattas. Then they take a standard dart board and place it a closely regulated 20 feet away. We have a PHRF measurement committee that carefully checks this length. The head of the measurement committee then throws a single dart at the dart board and the number that the dart lands in is added to the base number. Only one throw is allowed unless the dartboard is missed altogether (which happens more frequently than you would imagine) or the dart bounces out. Then a re-throw is allowed, but once a dart sticks, that is the number with no appeals until next year’s throw. If a dart lands in the center then the number is zero. If it lands in the triple, then the number is 30 (hence Schoon’s 147) To ensure that all sport boat classes are treated equally, classes cannot select their own thrower, all darts are thrown by the chair of the committee and (a) He doesn’t know which class he is currently throwing for and b. He is semi-blind with cataracts.
This system has all the advantages of PHRF with none of the downside. There is no politics. Nobody complains about personal bias . Everything is above board (or should eye say in the board).
On the advantages: The numbers still look “about right” to US sailing. We still have the annual excitement about what is going to happen to the sportboat PHRF ratings with completely unpredictable adjustments. The results on the race course are still a complete crapshoot so nobody blames the owner/skipper. If she loses, its the damn rating. If she wins, its all skill.
Thanks to Anarchist EyeSailor. Jump in the thread and add your comments!
December 3rd, 2013
The MC²60 #1 Mach² recently finished 2nd over the line in the 656 miles Hong Kong to Vietnam Race behind Ragamuffin 90 skippered by Syd Fisher with around 20 professional sailors on board. Mach² raced with only 6 crew: Renaud Bañuls the MC²60′s architect, Incidence’s Cesar Dohy who designed the sails, Bruno Laurent who commissioned the boat, Raphaël Blot, the owner and responsible for the development of the MC² catamaran series and two of his regular racing crew from his monohull days.
The MC²60 finished ahead of the three TP52, the other 90ft monohull, Chivas and a fleet of racing 40ft monohulls. The first TP52 was US based Lucky which finished 8th overall in the Transpac 2013. The other two TPs, OneSails Racing and FreeFire are regulars of the Asian racing circuit who, between themselves, have won almost every single regatta in Asia. Mach² sailed the 656 miles in 49h30mns.
Before the race, not many expected a cruising catamaran to finish ahead of the TP52s in a downhill race. In Nha Trang, many crews were thrilled by the speed reached during the downwind sail but complained about how wet of a ride it was, bailing water out of the boats all the way down with automatic life jackets activating inside the boats and being regularly showered on by seawater crasing on the deck. In response, Raphaël Blot commented : “The only time we were showered on was when we took proper showers….We didn’t put the foul weather gear on, shorts and T-shirts only. We hear that the guys on the monohulls had a rough time; we had red wine at 20-25kts. We reached top speeds above 30kts a couple of times”.
mc 60 3The concept behind the MC²60 announced 2.5 years ago was to achieve an all round sailing performance similar to that of a TP52 in a cruising catamaran capable of accommodating up to 10 guests for a comfortable cruise. “I guess we have just shown that the concept works” commented Renaud Bañuls. “Not only does the boat perform better than my own expectations, it is very easy to handle, feels safe and reaches high speed effortlessly. More impressive than the top speed above 30kts that we have reached 3-4 times was the fact that we sailed for hours under main sail and genaker at 20-28kts without pushing the boat hard”.
Blot concluded : “I am very pleased with the result. Finishing ahead of the TP52s in a downhill race is quite an achievement as catamarans have an advantage over monohulls mainly when reaching. This results validates the concept and confirms that we made the right decisions over the past 3 years, leading to a cruising catamaran that is faster than stripped out racing monohulls”
Meanwhile, the MC²60 #2 Dragon is moored in Hong Kong, getting ready for a cruise in South East Asia. Dragon and Mach² have the same interior layout but different color schemes. The semi-custom concept of the MC²60 resulted in different boat lengths and cockpit layout. Dragon is 2ft longer on the transom and carries a 3ft longer longeron in order to fly a larger mast head gennaker. While Mach² has cockpit designed for single handed operations, Dragon has a more racing oriented cockpit with winches spread out along the aft beam. Check out the MC²60 gallery here.
Thanks to Christophe Launay with tons more of his great shots right here.
December 3rd, 2013