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Hey @GretaThunberg! , you are traveling around the world to save the planet. Do you know what to do with those unrecyclable sails of the Malizia II & La Vagabonde sailboat that they can’t be recycled?

Hi! my name is Antonia, founder of Cape Horn Sails, a Chilean little family company that re-uses yacht sails. As a sailor I know that to travel faster your sail has to be in optimal conditions. This is also the reason why thousands of boat owners around the world change their sails every season. And what do they do with their used sails? Absolutely nothing… because Kevlar, Carbon, Mylar and Dacron are non-recyclable materials. But they can be RE-USED.

Greta, you had the chance to be a Cape Horner but due the social revolution of my country, Chile, you didn´t have the honor to defy the bravest and southernmost tip waters of the world. This is a privilege that only some sailors can have and there are a lot of myths and traditions that surround this unique milestone.

Being a Cape Horner is something serious but your mission in this world deserve my respect, that’s why I offer you the possibility to give a new life to those used sails. High-end handcrafted products will give a better life to the sails that you used in your journey. Every time a person sees our products, they remember how important is to be a Cape Horner in life. Maybe you are not a Cape Horner, but you deserve to be one.

If you would like to see what kind of products we can build with those sails, just click here.

we coulda told ya

Listen, we aren’t taking any shots at these guys, but most people just aren’t going to pay to watch sailing, not when there is so much good free sailing to watch…

Fellow Sailors,

By now you know that we’re in the middle of the World Championships and that for the first time ever you can watch it all . Here is my personal appeal to subscribe.

For years we’ve been trying to bring you the action from our regattas and we’ve had advances and retreats along the way. But we’ve never been able to bring you all the sailing and what could be better than that? We’ve had quite a few people sign up to watch, but we’re not yet at our targets that will ensure we can do the same level of coverage at our World’s in Geelong. Subscribe.

There is still time. Please sign up now and let’s bring the same comprehensive coverage to our Geelong World’s as this one. If we can get just a few more subscribers, we can build on this momentum and share the journey to Tokyo with our fans.

put to pasture


Just a day after Yann Guichard and crew onboard maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 began their fourth attempt at tackling the vaunted Trophy Jules Verne, the team has again had to abandon their attempt with major rudder problems. After blatantly sailing through the restricted Traffic Separation Scheme off of Cape Finisterre, the team sustained another major body blow with the failure. In what has proven to be the achilles heel for what is still the world’s largest and fastest offshore racing multihull, the team has bowed out and abandoned the attempt due to rudder failure for a second time in succession. 

From the team’s website: At 20h UTC, Yann Guichard, Spindrift 2’s skipper, made the decision to turn around and end the current Jules Verne Trophy record attempt.

 A difficult decision following a sudden loss of control, which required the intervention of two sailors at the wheel to recover the situation. This malfunction has damaged the steering system which makes the boat unsafe to be sailed in heavy weather conditions. All the crew members are safe and sound. Nevertheless, the multihull’s condition does not [...]

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busy

It has been a busy day in the Bay of Biscay today. The leading yacht in the Brest Atlantique, Maxi Edmund De Rothschild, just crossed the finish line to complete a very fast triangulation of the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, a little further to the north, another giant trimaran is about to set out on an attempt to break the record for the fastest fully crewed circumnavigation. Spindrift 2, skippered by Yann Guichard along with his 11-man crew are aiming to win the Jules Verne Trophy by lapping the planet in less than 40 days and 23 hours, the current record which was set in 2017 by Francis Joyon and his crew aboard IDEC Sport.

Maxi Edmund De Rothschild, with co-skippers Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have crushed their opposition and are currently almost 1,800 miles ahead of the two remaining boats with Thomas Coville on Sodebo retiring after  sustaining rudder damage after hitting what they think might have been a submerged container. It has been 28 days since the race started and the lead boat has covered over 14,000 nautical miles, that’s about, if my math is correct, around an average of 500 miles a day. Not bad for a double-handed team.

Spindrift 2 will have their work cut out for them if they are going to break the record. It’s all about the first two weeks. Their weather team works hard to find the perfect weather window that will slingshot them down the North Atlantic and across the equator. If they enter the South Atlantic either ahead of the record reference time or close behind they will continue. If not they may bail and try again at some other date. There is no use chasing a phantom ship around the world if you are not in a position to beat their time.

I personally think that this kind of record setting and racing is quite incredible. How one or two or even a full crew can manage those huge beasts and survive the never ending stress of sailing at full speed 24/7 is beyond my scope of imagination. When you are sailing at 35 knots and you get hit by the spray off the bow, it must feel like you are getting hit by a fire hydrant at some college campus sit-in, not that I would know anything about that…:)  – Brian Hancock.

the best


They’ve done it! After 28 days, 23 hours, 24 minutes and 46 seconds at sea, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, accompanied by their media man Yann Riou, are the winners of Brest Atlantiques. Having crossed the finish line this morning at 10:24:46am (local time), this is the first major offshore victory for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, after covering a total of 17,084 miles at an average speed of 24.57 knots.

nice run

It’s been a good few weeks for Dongfeng Race Team Alumni. 

In the Transat Jacques Vabre, Kevin Escoffier, Dongfeng’s MrFix-It took second spot with Nicolas Lunven on PRB, Jeremie Beyou on Charal along with Christopher Pratt finished just 6 minutes later while Pascal Bidgorry, who along with his fellow skipper Charlie Enright arrivedaround41/4hours later meant 3 Dongfeng sailors in the top 5 boats to finish which show just how smart the Dongfeng recruiting was with Kevin & Pascal doing the trip twice with the Dongers.  

Not happy with just an Atlantic crossing two other former Dongfeng team members are showing the fleet the way home in the Brest Atlantiques, in essence an Atlantic circumnavigation, with long time friends Charles Caudrelier, former skipper of Dongfeng for both their campaigns and Franck Cammas who navigated a leg for the Chinese team in the Volvo having skippered a winning team in Groupama with Charles as watch captain. 

With the pedigree of the above mentioned former Dongers is it any surprise the Dongfeng campaigns were so successful? 

it’s a small world after all


CAMDEN, MAINE: It’s cold up here. Perfect weather for daydreaming about warm summer days racing in exquisitely restored classic daysailers. After a full-on season, we finally had a breather to walk through Alison Langley’s lovely images from last summer’s 2019 Camden Classics Cup.

And if this elfin pearl necklace of a regatta can’t warm your cold winter’s heart, what will?

Artisan Boatworks was proud to both sponsor and compete in this year’s Camden Classics Cup regatta that was held on July 26 and 27. Racing was held under bright blue skies, in building 12- to 25-knots of breeze in the lovely and lumpy waters of the western Penobscot Bay.

And though nobody planned it this way, Artisan Boatworks built 4 out of the 9 total entries in the Daysailer Division – a division that sailed alongside 75 total entrants. The other divisions featured period schooners, classic vintage yachts, several cutting-edge Spirit-of-Tradition designs, some Modern Classic split keelers and even a group of contemporary J-46s.

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pro-active

The ability to furl sails has been something we’ve taken for granted for at least 40 years. In fact, the influence of furling has been so widespread that it’s easy to imagine that everything that could be achieved has already been achieved. Except now we are finding out that it hasn’t and the next step in the evolution could represent another huge step forwards for the sport as a whole once again.

For Harken, the route began with the development of their Reflex Top- Down Free-Flying Sail Furling System for downwind sails. From the start, this was a system that was aimed at the broad sailing market and intended to enable recreational racers and short-handed cruisers to furl their asymmetrical kites and code-style sails completely and reliably so that they simply used them more often. Read on.

ffs


A dead sperm whale that washed up on a Scottish beach had more than 220 pounds of tangled netting, rope, plastic and other debris inside its stomach, according to a local whale research group.

The 10-year-old male whale was found Nov. 30 on Luskentyre Beach in the Outer Hebrides after becoming stranded on a sand bank, according to the group, the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, which posted photos of the whale and details about it on Facebook on Sunday. The group described the mammal as about 46 feet long and weighing more than 20 tons.

The debris had formed a “huge ball in the stomach” that included “bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing,” the group said. A photo showed a fishing net laid out next to the whale. More here, courtesy of the NY Times.

code money


Just as Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and media man Yann Riou – onboard maxi trimaran Edmond de Rothschild – approach the finish line in Brest with a healthy lead in the inaugural Brest Atlantiques race, Yann Guichard and eleven crew are beginning an entirely new adventure.

Sailing onboard the world’s largest maxi-trimaran, Spindrift 2, (formerly Banque Populaire V) the team is making another attempt at the Trophy Jules Verne for fastest outright time around the globe. Beginning tomorrow during day light hours, the Swiss and French based team will cross the starting line off Ushant to once again take a crack at toppling Francis Joyon and IDEC Sport’s lofty record of 40 days 23 hours and 30 minutes.

A record that this boat, formerly known as Banque Populaire V, established under the leadership of Loick Peyron in the first days of 2012, Spindrift 2 has a checkered past in trying to break this most prestigious of ocean records. In 2015 the team came a couple days short of the mark, finishing in 47 days [...]

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max

Dutch-based marine instrument solutions provider Sailmon launched the prototype of a new sailing device for dinghies and sport boats during METSTRADE 2019. ‘Max’ is the youngest member of the Sailmon display family developed and designed for every sailor. The new device acts as an onboard afterguard, making starting on time a breeze. The inbuilt fast GPS and advanced 9-axis IMU provides accurate sailing data to stay on top of the competition. The platform allows users to be live during sailing as well to review performances and compare results with other Sailmon users after sailing.

With launching the new device, Sailmon continues to offer sailors a new and fresh approach to sailing as a sport. Thanks to the connection with Sailmons unique cloud platform, users can review and replay their trips. The Sailmon app creates an instant session report directly after sailing to review performances and compare results with other Sailmon users.

‘’Innovation & sailing is what keeps us awake during the night,’’ says CEO Kim Coster. ‘’Design thinking seeks to create practical, user-oriented solutions technologically feasible and economically viable. With MAX, we launch one device for everyone.’’ Kim & Kalle Coster are very proud to launch their long-desired device for every sailor finally.

record for reason


At 08:24 UTC this morning Sharp crossed the start line for the record attempt off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes and completed the circumnavigation at 13:29 UTC. Subject to official ratification, the record will have been secured in 5 hours 5 minutes and 4 seconds, averaging a speed of 9.8 knots (18.1 kilometres per hour).

The time to break was established in 2017 at 6 hours 29 minutes 32 seconds averaging a speed of 7.7 knots (14.2 kilometres per hour) by Alex Alley aboard Class 40 Pixel Flyer. Sharp adds this to his two existing records, the crewed Around Great Britain and Ireland, and the single-handed Cowes-Dinard.

Sharp commented on his record breaking adventure: “It feels fantastic to now have three world records! Today was a very cold, fast, adrenaline packed sprint. My objective was to aim for 5 hours, which was always going to be tricky when dealing with gusty conditions solo and at times today the gusts really were quite severe, which kept me on my toes.

“Today’s record was about raising awareness for the need to accelerate clean energy innovation [...]

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pressing

Pressed by European Laser sailors, experiencing growing equipment shortages and feeling sidelined in the Laser class decision making, ILCA’s American president and executive secretary were given a tight January 1 2020 ultimatum.

In the absence of progress, EurILCA plans  to make any decision we believe necessary to protect the interests of our sailors,  stated the European arm of ILCA, that coordinates Laser activities in 42 countries.

The main concern during the EurILCA annual meeting, which took place in Rome, was to find a solution to the shortages of new boats and equipment. Read on.

The most cyber-est monday, like ever.

The guys at Fulcrum Speedworks really do love to make us do double-takes on Cyber Monday. More from Fulcrum’s Dave Clark: “Okay, more accurately, the deposit on one! If you order a UFO today, Fulcrum Speedworks will credit you $100 on the sale of the boat, which is precisely the amount you need to put down the deposit on a Tesla Cybertruck.

However, it is worth sharing a complication to this offer. If you buy a UFO today, it would roll off the factory floor and into a shipping box in weeks, not months, and if you put a deposit down for spring delivery now, we can actually guarantee delivery of a UFO to fit your timetable, although that does get harder for us later on in the winter as orders pile up. So we really do advocate getting the deposit on your UFO in sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, we have no idea at all when or if a Cybertruck would ever be delivered, even if you ordered it two weeks ago. Furthermore, UFOs are known to car-top on small sedans and even tow behind bicycles (no, seriously), so there’s really no logical reason to own the truck in the first place…

Given that fact, we very strongly advocate taking our Truckless Alternative offer: buy a UFO and get $200 off on covers, accessories and parts. OMG! THAT’S TWO WHOLE CYBERTRUCKS WORTH OF PARTS! Also we can assure that you’ll actually get those items, as we’ve delivered hundreds of UFOs to customers across the globe already. Order yours now, for dependable delivery! You can fly!

ps. Neither I nor anyone else at Fulcrum have anything but respect for Tesla Motors or it’s founders. We do think that a $100 pre-production deposit on a prototype is innately pretty comical.. ”

Dave Clark
President
Fulcrum Speedworks llc

in fasion

In this episode we install the Fashion Pieces, which will form the connection between the hull planking and the transom. We have to cut the heels, drill and chisel the notches in the centreline, and bed them with Red Lead paint and bedding compound (Dolfinite & pine tar).

Rowan also works on fairing the bottom of the frames in preparation for the cast bronze floor templates. Finally, I work on adjusting the frames to be fair at the sheer line, in preparation for the beam shelf (sheer clamp) and bilge stringer.

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the cons


SECOND PART OF A 3 PART SERIES LOOKING AT SCOW HULL SHAPES.

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT SCOW HULL SHAPES THAT MAKES THEM INCREDIBLY INTERESTING FOR A NAVAL ARCHITECT.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT CRACKING A NEW CODE, WHICH OF COURSE HAS A CERTAIN CHARM. SCOW HULLS OFFER STRONG, GAME CHANGING PROPERTIES, IDEALLY SUITED FOR RACING. OF COURSE THEY ARE NOT NEW, AND TO THE UNTRAINED EYE THEY MAY LOOK SIMILAR. BUT THE USE OF SCIENCE, AND COMPUTER METHODS TODAY HELP US DEVELOP THEM FURTHER, AND TAYLOR THEM TO SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.

PART TWO – THE CONS

We have seen the tremendous potential of scow hull shapes in part 1, but scow hull shapes come with added wetted surface area and seakeeping challenges. Read on.

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close, no cigar

While Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is now on track to reach Brest next Wednesday, the battle for second place is well and truly on between MACIF and Actual Leader. With only around thirty miles separating them, it looks like it will be a close call all the way to the finish line.

In the lead since 14th November, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild now has just over 1500 miles to go. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are expected to arrive in Brest on Wednesday morning at the earliest, and in the afternoon at the latest. “They’re going to advance behind the high that is heading north towards Europe. They won’t encounter too much wind until the very end, where it will be at most 20-22 knots, and blowing in a southerly direction that will soon change towards the east. These are ideal conditions for them to finish in”, analyses Christian Dumard, the weather consultant for Brest Atlantiques.

With a lead of now more than 800 miles over its rivals, which coincidentally is more than half the distance they [...]

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magic turkey


If you think it looks odd on the water, you should see it taking up a lane and a half of Thanksgiving traffic on the interstate. We were driving to Florida from our home in NC when the blue lights appeared and the traffic slowed. Wow! – Anarchist Rich.

go pro

From modest daysailiers and round-the- cans racers to the most sophisticated of superyachts, anyone who owns a yacht of any size – or manages one on behalf of someone else – will tell you the thing they value most is the peace of mind that their boat is safe and in good overall working order. That is where RigPro comes into the picture, with its worldwide RigPro Care programme.

While most people can organise maintenance programmes for the hull, engine, deck hardware, and all the other myriad ancillary items dotted around today’s yachts, the mast and rigging require professional help from people with highly specific knowledge and expertise.

RigPro is the only authorised service provider for Southern Spars, Hall Spars and Future Fibres, as well as the other North Technology Group owned brands now no longer in production: Omohundro, Marten Spars and Nordic Masts. Read on.

you will sail

Will Putin demand that his bitch, The Doughtard, follow suit over here?

The Russian government is developing a new state strategy designed to promote sailing amongst its young, according to senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Sport and Tourism as well as industry analysts.

According to state plans, the strategy will create the right conditions needed to attract millions of dollars of private investment into the sector, including funds from parents of children who adopt sailing as a pastime.

The involvement of children means the new program will have priority status for the state; its implementation will be personally controlled by the highest Russian state officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

So far, representatives from several leading Russian state corporations and companies, including natural gas monopoly Gazprom (which is known for its active support of yachting in Russia) and MegaFon – one of the country’s largest telecom operators – have already expressed an interest in funding the program. There is also the possibility that some of the funds could be provided by state-owned banks in the form of loans.

One of the major elements of the program will involve the development of leisure marine infrastructure in some of the country’s main coastal cities. There are also plans to organise sailing regattas, which could involve the participation of foreign yachtsmen. Thanks to IBI News.

know the ropes

‘For Us, By Us’ could easily have been the tagline that Julien Barnet – a professional sailor and rigger – and Thibault Reinhart – pro sailor and certified naval engineer – came up with when, in 2013, the two Frenchmen formed their new company Ino-Rope.

The pair first met in an Italian boatyard while working on separate Mini Transat 650 projects and quickly became firm friends. They launched Ino-Rope to satisfy an unfulfilled demand among the offshore racing community for light, strong and reliable turning blocks and shackles.

Over the next year the duo came up with an innovative solution using high-tech textile fibres to produce the first block using a rope – rather than ball-bearing – axle. It took two years of painstaking testing and product development before they went into production with blocks in a range of sizes, but since then Ino-Rope has continued on an arc of logical and well-considered product releases. Read on.

here we go again


With just 30 days to go before the start of the Sydney-Hobart race the pro crews are blowing the dust of their 100-foot supermaxis and getting ready for the last major offshore event in the world that takes these ageing behemoths seriously.

Wild Oats XI is still in the shed undergoing deck and rig repairs after her shock mast failure in the Cabbage Tree Island race three weeks ago. Scallywag (previously Ragamuffin 100) has been shipped back from Asia but is yet to step her mast. InfoTrack (the former Speedboat) is alongside and set to go. Black Jack has been in race trim for some time, testing out her new nose-and-tail job and front canard. Comanche – the fastest time record-holder – is apparently unmodified, ready to race (and reputedly for sale).

Those are the ‘Fabulous Five’. As usual, they will dominate media coverage and therefore public attention. To their credit the organizing authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tries to share that attention around the whole fleet, but the 628nm sprint for line honours is what grabs everyone’s eyeballs. 

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doable

The E.U. Commission’s goals for between 230 and 450GW of offshore wind by 2050 are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning. That’s the conclusion of a new WindEurope report Our energy, our future.

450GW of offshore wind is part of a European Commission scenario to deliver climate neutrality by 2050.

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righteous


Two-time world record holder Phil Sharp is on standby to attempt the Around Isle of Wight world sailing speed record and will also be raising awareness of the urgent action required to reduce maritime air pollution along the UK coastline, and in busy ports such as Southampton.

Sharp will be attempting the record single-handed aboard his newly electrified zero emissions vessel, OceansLab, for which he aims to break the existing benchmark time of 6h 29m 32s set in 2017 by skipper Alex Alley.

In attempting the record Sharp importantly aims to draw attention to the dangerous levels of air pollution around major ports and sea routes in the UK, which are four times higher than previously suggested, and the urgent need for policy makers and shipping companies to reduce coastal and in-port emissions to zero.

The Around Isle of Wight record routes through the UK’s second busiest shipping zone where toxic emissions from ships (cruise liner and cargo) are a significant cause for health and environment concern. Research has shown that 30% of the pollution in UK port towns can come from ships, and that long-term exposure to the nitrogen and sulphur oxides (NOx and SOx) released has been linked to the deaths of around 40,000 people in the UK annually.

“The positive news is that the shipping industry now has regulation to significantly reduce the sulphur emissions of ships from 2020, and there are some key players in the sector trying to accelerate change.” said Phil Sharp, Skipper of OceansLab. “However this doesn’t limit continued high levels of NOx and CO2 emissions close to the coast and particularly in port when ships are burning several tonnes of fossil fuels every hour – just to power their onboard systems. Effectively they are like mini floating cities.”

OceansLab aims to raise awareness of the scalable solutions that can be embraced to decarbonise the sector and to help drive innovation forward. The Class 40 race boat is currently fitted with an electric propulsion system, battery storage, solar PV and a hydro-turbine. In parallel, a hydrogen fuel cell prototype is being installed on the boat which has been recognised by the Global Maritime Forum as a vital scalable technology for the introduction of Zero Emissions Vessels (ZEVs) and enabling carbon emissions to be reduced to zero by 2050 in line with global climate change targets.

According to the United Nations, around 90% of world trade is transported on our oceans, accounting for 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, compared to aviation at 2%.

“In order that oceanic transportation is made sustainable we need demonstration projects like OceansLab to show what is possible. Coastal regions near shipping zones are the worst hit and as the ocean is my working environment I want to demonstrate that zero emissions transport is possible.” Said Sharp.

The record attempt is on standby, in Code Red status until a suitable weather window has been identified, at which point OceansLab will move to Code Amber and finally Code Green to declare an estimated start time. This record follows on from Sharp’s successful Round Britain and Ireland world record that was set last year, and from his single-handed Cross-Channel outright monohull world record set in 2016.

Sharp will be delivering OceansLab to Southampton’s Ocean Village this week where final preparations will be made ahead of the record attempt. Photo credit Olivier Blanchet Photographie

HOW TO FOLLOW:
Go to the official website to follow the record live with boat tracking and updates from Phil Sharp aboard OceansLab on social media.

we hate to say…

I have just read the article about Iker Martinez on the front page  and the article “Is it one of the biggest scandals in the history of boating?” is clearly written by someone not aware of some of the real scandals that have occurred in our sport.

I also wonder if the original article that appeared in a Danish sailing magazine would have contained as much clear angst if it had been a Danish sailor or the event (over a year ago) not been in Aarhous, Denmark.

It is indeed sad that a double Olympic Medallist, 2 times Volvo skipper and even a former World Sailing ‘Sailor of the Year’ should have been found to have an altered boat in a very strict one design class and then found to have “not told the truth” to the jury. It should be noted that, as any lawyer would tell you, that “not told the truth” and “lying” are considered more than just subtly different.

Readers should also be aware that the requirement for certainty in a Rule 69 hearing is more than the normal balance of probability in a normal rules hearing and in a case as high profile as this would most [...]

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stretch

After three weeks racing on the Brest Atlantiques, the two leading trimarans, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Actual Leader, are now following a similar route and heading towards the equator at a moderate pace. Meanwhile MACIF, who headed west on Sunday, is preparing to build up speed and no doubt regain some ground. The question, however, is how much…

Following a turbulent crossing from Rio to Cape Town, and an ascent up the Namibian coast – offering unforgettable scenes to those who came close to the shoreline – a certain monotony has now set in on the race. In particular for the two leading trimarans, who, due to light winds averaging 8-10 knots, are now sailing at unusually slow speeds.

Actual Leader’s media man, Ronan Gladu today made no secret of how quickly he’d like this stretch to be over: “We’re currently bypassing the St Helena High from the north, it’s pretty laborious. Despite low winds of 2-3 knots, the waves are unpredictable. We still have at least another 48 hours in these conditions”.

“It’s pretty monotonous”, admits Franck Cammas in a video shot by media man Yann Riou, “but sometimes it’s nice to have days like this without having to make manoeuvres, [...]

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shape the shapes


FIRST PART OF A 3 PART SERIES LOOKING AT SCOW HULL SHAPES. THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT SCOW HULL SHAPES THAT MAKES THEM INCREDIBLY INTERESTING FOR A NAVAL ARCHITECT.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT CRACKING A NEW CODE, WHICH OF COURSE HAS A CERTAIN CHARM. SCOW HULLS OFFER STRONG, GAME CHANGING PROPERTIES, IDEALLY SUITED FOR RACING. OF COURSE THEY ARE NOT NEW, AND TO THE UNTRAINED EYE THEY MAY LOOK SIMILAR. BUT THE USE OF SCIENCE, AND COMPUTER METHODS TODAY HELP US DEVELOP THEM FURTHER, AND TAYLOR THEM TO SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.

PART ONE – THE PROS

safety first

Great post from our Fabulous Forums, brought to you by Marlow Ropes.

I am in the management team of a sailing club in Switzerland. We have about 300 members, a relatively moribund regatta programme and a pretty thriving junior sailing programme. We’re trying to pep things up a bit, without going too overboard, and have come across 2 problems, that I am sure sailing club people all over the world have encountered and I’d like your advice on.

1) We had an incident during our junior sailing camp last summer. The kids (8-16 years, up to about 24) stay over in our clubhouse and spent a week sailing lasers and optis on the lake. The camp leaders are all pretty young themselves, between 16 (for assistants) to about 23/24 years. They have all had the local youth training courses, safety courses and the like, but we still had a near miss where a young kid was thrown out of the club launch (motorboat) during a turn and then in turn was just missed by another  motorboat. That could have been really really nasty. The motorboat excursion was just a break and the kids just took their eye of the ball, but it is not [...]

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super sink


The 29m (100ft) sailing superyacht Asia sank some 55Nm off an Indonesian island on the weekend after hitting an unidentified object. During the incident, the UK Coastguard and other agencies helped rescue the four people who were on board, including two British citizens.

Initially the yacht was thought to be UK registered, but after investigation was found to be a Malaysian-registered craft.

Following “extensive investigation work” by HM Coastguard, contact was made with the boat’s skipper at 5.00am on Saturday 23 November. He confirmed that the vessel sank after hitting an object in the water some 55 nautical miles off an Indonesian island, but all four crew had managed to get in board its RIB tender and were met by marine police at the nearest landfall. Read on.

relationships

We always like to hear from our friends at Stephens/Waring. Enjoy.

Our firm is currently collaborating with the innovative Jame Betts Enterprises, Inc. on the beautiful Spirit-of-Tradition yacht, Cirrus. We introduced you to JBE last month and since then, we’ve talked with them further about the process they go through when taking a boat from dream to reality.

Tell us what happens when a designer brings a client to you?  

We approach every new potential project with a critical eye and an open mind. This allows us to understand the client’s dream, see the designer’s vision, and determine the logistics and feasibility of turning an idea into a tangible product. Our job is to deliver, so we prefer to have the client come to our shop to see our build process, develop a clear plan, and establish open lines of communication in the very beginning. Read on.

bust a move

We really enjoy these updates….

After almost three weeks at sea, the three trimarans still racing on Brest Atlantiques are continuing towards the equator, which they should cross on Thursday. While all the teams have followed a fairly similar route until now, MACIF yesterday decided to head in a more westerly direction, a decision which François Gabart and Gwénolé Gahinet hope will benefit them by the end of the week.

It’s now really time to think about strategy for the rest of the race, not only for the teams on board, who are continuing their ascent on the South Atlantic, but also for their routing experts on land: Marcel Van Triest for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Christian Dumard for Actual Leader and Jean-Yves Bernot for MACIF. At 3pm today, MACIF were 650 miles behind the current leader, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Choosing to sail in a more westerly direction, 90 degrees from the direct route, could eventually prove to be to their advantage.

In a video sent by the media man Jérémie Eloy, the two skippers explained their decision: “We were [...]

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