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Posts Tagged ‘italy’

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This Sunday (May 7), 10,000 Sails of Solidarity will bring together sailors from all over the globe to raise money for the victims of Italy’s horrible 2016 earthquake.  For those who don’t have access to an affiliated event, you can enter a virtual boat to help spread the word.  The organizers have already gotten support from some of the world’s top sailors, and we encourage you to head over to their website or Facebook Page to lend yours.

 

May 4th, 2017 by admin

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Some raw video of the aftermath of a particularly nasty wreck yesterday in Italy, where Bavaria 50 Dipiú got tossed on a rocky jetty after losing their engine on final approach to Rimini Harbour. 4 dead including the owner and his daughter, and a deeply sobering lesson that clearly must continue to be beaten into sailors’ stubborn skulls.  SA’er ‘dolphin60’ translates and paraphrases Italian news reports:

The yacht left Marina di Ravenna harbour in uncertain conditions.  The boat had completed some refitting  at a boatyard at the  marina  days before.  That same day the boatyard manager was supposed to ferry a sailboat somewhere along the coast, but he quickly changed his mind when the first gusts hit. He then called the skipper of the damaged boat, which had already set sail, to try and convince him to turn back.  He answered that he was experiencing rather rough conditions but he expected the wind to abate in the next three hours so he was comfortable to press on.

The skipper later contacted Rimini harbour, asking for a berth. He was relaxed and even joked with the harbourmaster, whom he had met before.  The harbourmaster assigned the sailboat a berth, and a man tasked with assisting the yacht in berthing followed its approach to the harbour entrance.  He said that the vessel was proceeding without apparent problems and was about to enter when the engine stopped working. The crew then tried to raise a sail but a very steep 5 meter wave picked the boat and smashed it against the break water.

The day of the accident a low pressure system was rapidly transiting over northern Italy. Strong northerly winds had been forecast. The yacht was heading south  in would have been a swift reach along the eastern coast of Italy, by all means a lee shore.  The “bora” northeasterly wind is well known and respected by all those who sail the Adriatic sea. It can set suddenly with gusts reaching F11 that create a very short and steep sea.

Later that evening two ferry boats from Greece heaved to outside Ancona harbour for two hours waiting for the conditions to improve.

The skipper was a 68 year old retired professional. At least one of the crew, a 64 year old who also perished, was experienced, having just completed a RTW cruise on another boat.  Of the two survivors, one, a 39 year old man, was found unscathed inside the boat,  the other, a 68 year old man, was picked from the water one hour later, hypotermic but is  now rapidly recovering in hospital.

And Mauro Melandri, Publisher of Zerogradinord, summarizes more reports (edited) with photos here.

The boat is a Bavaria 50 Cruiser, registered under Monfalcone (ITA) Port Authority, usually moored in Marina di Ravenna, named Dipiù.

Italian Coast Guard, the morning after the event, reports four victims: E.M. (69), who completed a circumnavigation some years ago,  A.F. (67), co-owner of the boat, his daughter A.F. (38), the first who fell overboard according with survivor description of the facts, and E.S. Two men – L.N. and C.C. – were recovered few moments after the event and lifted to the hospital in serious condition. C.C. is in recovery room.

Official investigation is underway, but it seems that the boat, with six crew members, most of them coming from Verona (Veneto, ITA), was sailing from Marina di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, ITA) to Trapani (Sicily, ITA) when, just after 40 nm, the crew opted to repair in Rimini harbour to the severe worsening of the weather conditions. According with media info, the engine went out of service and the crew had no time to set sails so the boat grounded hard on the main harbour jetty,  close to the famous Rock Island bar, losing the keel and after few minutes was capsized and dismasted by the imposing waves. From the picture where the boat has still the mast, it seems that the crew deployed the staysail as ultimate attempt to avoid the impact.

At the sunset, Coast Guard, Fire Department and all the other law enforcements, whose intervention activated by some observers was timely, were still looking for the survivors, using also two helicopters. They found the bodies of the victims early the morning after the event close to the destroyed hull of the boat.

Having come to know about the loss of the four crew members, Michele Capra, friend of the owner and Bavaria dealer in the harbor of Marina di Ravenna released a few declarations. He said he met the crew yesterday, since Dipiú was moored next to a boat that Capra had to move to a close shipyard, transfer that eventually he didn’t do because of the extremely adverse weather conditions. He said he advised the crew not to leave, being answered that weather forecasts were advers just for few hours, and the six left Marinara Harbor. When gusts became even stronger, Capra called A.F., owner of the boat, who said: “There are big waves and we are already a few miles away from Ravenna. Weather should be improving so we are going to go on”. “I should have done more to convince them – Capra regrets.

Cino Ricci, skipper of Azzurra, first Italian challenger to the America’s Cup and very experienced seaman, told Italian media that “A double mistake was made yesterday: First, you don’t leave harbor under those conditions and forecast.  The passage to Sicily was a long one; waiting a day to depart doesn’t make much of an impact.  Second, once you are out in a boat of that size, get offshore a few miles where the waves usually aren’t breaking.  Nothing will happen there.  Here the mistake was to choose the coastal route rather than staying offshore.  Then, the decision to seek refuge in Rimini signed the end of the journey – the entrance to the harbour in downwind conditions gets complicated.”

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April 20th, 2017 by admin

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Carnival Cruises have long been reputed to be a shit show – there’s a reason industry insiders call it ‘Cannibal Cruise Lines’, after all.  But this video assembled by GCaptain from a few sources shows another side of the Carnival Vista – the ruthless power of its thrusters.  Watch as the concrete docks of Messina, Italy’s Marina Nettuna get literally broken to bits by the mini-tsunami from a monster ship that got way too close to shore.

More links to more videos in the thread.

September 19th, 2016 by admin

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Vestas is the blue-hued spice that gives zest to this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, and we’re rapt with attention at the rebuild saga.  At times, it’s as interesting as the race itself, especially with Brian Carlin back on the camera and edits.  Check it.

 

January 26th, 2015 by admin

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2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship

The young, fun crew of the Wildman sits in third at the Melges 20 Worlds overnight, with 11-year old Liam Kilroy actually leading the 57-boat regatta after two races and sitting just a couple of points back of papa on Samba Pa Ti at the end of the day.  The nipper’s got serious juice behind him; Erik Shampain and Steve Hunt were half the crew of top performing Melges 24 WTF, while SCOTW and top women’s match racer Steph Roble calls turns for young Kilroy in the first 3 races of the second-ever M20 Worlds.

And yes, daddy’s rich (somebody has to pay all those salaries), and we don’t expect too many 11-year olds to get this kind of present under the tree, still it’s good (isn’t it?  to see the kid make the most of it – it’s events like these, at an age like this, that can cement a lifelong love (and tons of support) for the sport.  It’s also a shout to other sportboat parents: If you want this sport to have a future, give your kids the helm or the boat whenever you can.  And no, that doesn’t mean some shitty Opti.

Leading the event is consistent badass Alessandro Rombelli on STIG with longtime sportboat star Dani Cassinari on tactics.  We’ll have another update for you on Thursday night.  Exclusive photo from Stefano Gattini with an awesome photo gallery here.  Updates throughout the day at the Melges 20 Facebook Page.

August 28th, 2014 by admin

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570952-4bd31328-f73c-11e3-ba3b-878da0800edbUPDATE: We have been informed that the picture we posted earlier was not the correct subject.  Our apologies to anyone misled by it.

As the International Star Class battles for its one-race-a-day World Championship on Lake Garda (with ‘the other Mr. Kleen’ leading after two races), we learned that Italian cops made a grisly discovery in the world’s best sailing lake just a couple of weeks ago.

44 year-old Italian porn star veteran Federica Giacomini was found in Lake Garda five months after she was originally reported missing, a diver discovering her body in pieces, wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a suitcase.  Giacomini’s former partner, Franco Mossoni, has been questioned several times in recent months; he’s best known for dressing as Rambo and waving a gun in a Vicenza hospital earlier in the year…

Meanwhile, the odd-duck Star Sailors League continues to pump cash into the century-old Starboat with their live stream including a video camera, Virtual Eye, and sailing commentators Diggby Fox and Louay Habib on the microphone.  Check it out here.

Those of you looking for more action from your live stream this week, check out the World Match Race Tour from Marstrand – one of just two WMRT events with live streaming for the 2014 season.

 

July 2nd, 2014 by admin

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Jason Carroll’s 5-year journey to win the Melges 32 World Championship is over, and a huge congratulations to the party-loving anarchists aboard the good ship Argo on a brilliant performance in the world’s toughest owner/driver fleet.  We’ll have a more detailed report from one of the war horses aboard later this week, but one thing is for certain in the M32 Class – if you want to win a Worlds, you start with Morgan Reeser as your coach.  Joy Dunigan photo with a bit of freaky editing by Clean to make it a little more like the movie poster the shot brings to mind.  More shots here, and check out more great work from Argo mastman Petey Crawford starting tomorrow as live video producer (and shooter/editor/a dozen other jobs) at the Little Cup.

UPDATE:  Coach Reeser lays out his ‘roadmap to success’ and a word or two about the Argo program, from somewhere over the Atlantic in a very large non-commercial jet.  Rough life, Morg!

The Argo Worlds was a pleasure to be involved with as they deserved a World Championship in ’11 and ’12!  I’m so thrilled that they go it this time.  They are a great team that needed to realize how good they were and what was required win a Worlds.

Goals:

1) Average first mark rounding (top 30%)

2) Always passing boats after mark 1.

3) Save your drop race for the final fleet race

Team Argo had more fun than anyone else at the event (ie. they did not change what they normally did just because it was the Worlds!)

A great team, a great class, and a great boat to sail with so many other fantastic owners and their teams. 

I can’t wait till Miami 2014!

-Morgan

 

 

September 22nd, 2013 by admin

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Update: Argo (fuck yourself) has taken a nice little 6 point lead after 4 races…

Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden is off to a good start at the Melges 32 Worlds even if the week isn’t.  A nasty Mistral has seen two of the first four days shortened or cancelled with winds recorded up to 74 knots.  Below is the report from Inga trimmer Richard Mason’s report after a single race yesterday, and the video is above.  UPDATE:  Argo leads after three more races today…latest results here and you can watch the Worlds streaming live on the Melges website here.

With no racing yesterday the pressure was on to get racing underway today. The forecast was for the breeze to start the day at 25knots plus and drop from there. Racing got underway on time at 11.00, with the wind gusting up to 30 knots.

The first race was a survival test. Just keep it cool and don’t make the mistakes. Race one proved to be a big payoff for Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden, for the time we have spent on the water over the past year getting to grips with this tricky, overpowered boat.

The first race in the 2013  saw us starting at the pin with Team Argo winning the start a half boatlength to weather.  A long port tack in building breeze saw us on the left side of the track. We were third around the first top mark, with it all on for the run. We managed to survive a couple of on-the-edge gybes to make it around the bottom mark in 2nd hot on the tail of Bombarda Racing. Looking back upwind at the fleet there were some major wipeouts, with quite a bit of damage to the fleet on the first run.

Bombarda Racing lead up the second beat showing some serious speed on the wind, and led around the top mark with us about 20 seconds back.  A wild second run followed, and the deciding maneuver for the race was the final gybe, just 200 meters from the finish.  Bombarda missed theirs while we thankfully nailed ours, and that was the race.

So a great start for the Helly Hansen Inga form Sweden team. An attempt was made at a second race, but the breeze was gusting over 34 knots, which saw the fleet return to the dock, postponing racing for the day.  It is going to be a long 3 days!  The pressure  is on to keep the consistency in the results required to stay at the top of this fantastic fleet.

We look forward to getting back on the race track tomorrow.

-Richard & The Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden Team.

 

September 20th, 2013 by admin

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There are plenty of sailors who say kiteboarding isn’t sailing.  Frankly, we don’t care.  As long as images like this keep coming our way, we’re all in.  Shot from the HangLooseBeach European course racing champs thanks to Icarus Media, with galleries here.  For a video with voiceover from Robocop, go here.  And of course Hans and Frans inspire our title work…

September 9th, 2013 by admin

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