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BYC - NORTH CHANNEL RACE - RESULTS

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Bayview Yacht Club Invitational

NORTH CHANNEL RACE

OCTOBER 2, 2004

RESULTS...

 



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Final preparations for the first America's Cup racing in Valencia

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The sailing crews of the eight teams racing in the Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts 2 and 3 today underwent their final preparations on the water ahead of the first meaningful racing in Valencia, Spain, the Host City of the 32nd America's Cup.

The Race Committee for the Louis Vuitton Acts set a race course for practice matches on Sunday, and many teams took advantage of the opportunity for some last minute speed tuning against the opposition. After a short delay to allow the wind to increase and stabilise, racing began in light conditions, with a six to eight knot breeze.

Team Alinghi renewed acquaintances with its old rival from the 31st America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand, while Team Shosholoza and +39 faced off in a series of starts between the first two Challengers to register for this America's Cup. There was some close action on these starts, as both teams battled hard in this 'friendly' match.  more...



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ACT 2

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With just over 4 days remaining before the first race of the Act 2 of the 32nd America's Cup, the Valencian waters are crowded daily with yachts and support craft as syndicates intensify preparations. +39 Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand join French syndicate K-Challenge, American BMW Oracle and South Africa's Shosholoza who are already testing and training in Valencia. "The team is playing very well despite his lack of experience", +39 Challenge 's Technical Director, Cesare Pasotti said.

Meanwhile, Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said the yacht was on the water off the Spanish city two days ahead of schedule. "The boys had worked very well so we decided to go sailing today. It is only 18 days since NZL82 was damaged in Marseille," Dalton said. "A lot has happened since then. It is a tribute to the Emirates Team New Zealand shore team who have worked long into the night to make this happen". Dalton said the boat performed well, even with more than 20 people - including a group of sponsors - on board today. There is still no sign of Alinghi and Luna Rossa Challenge. - more...

 



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Dancing with Hurricanes

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Watching the five other faces peering intently over Bruce's shoulder as screen after screen full of isobars and pressure gradients clicked past, I flashed briefly on visions of tribal elders in a different society peering intently at a scattering of chicken bones while they tried to divine the future and the prospects for their voyage.

For me, a relative newcomer to this project, it was the biggest milestone yet achieved. If the bones aligned correctly, they would sever their ties to land, head east, and take Bruce one more giant step toward the ultimate holy grail, the culmination of thousands of volunteered hours of labor, sweat, and effort, the start of the 2004 edition of the solo, nonstop, around-the-world race known as the Vendee Globe.   more...


 



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Hatfield tells his tale of Spirit of Canada sail

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As Derek Hatfield tells his story about sailing solo around the world, the numbers alone provide gripping detail.

It took the Maritimer more than eight months to sail to five oceans in the Spirit of Canada, which is a 40-foot yacht that weighed 9,000 pounds and took five years and $500,000 to build.

Hatfield is the 126th person to ever complete the arduous journey. Considering that there have been 400 astronauts and that 2,000 people have successfully climbed Mount Everest, it's an astounding achievement.

But the trip was anything but smooth sailing.    more...

 



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Sailing/ Windsports - Passion!

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Sailing/ Windsports is something anyone, able-bodied or physically challenged, can participate in. Every active and armchair sailor has specific reasons why he or she follows particular events. Some find it to be refuge from the daily grind, while others are captivated by the sheer will and determination necessary to achieve successful careers at both amateur and professional levels. Millions of individuals, thousands of institutions and hundreds of countries have followed the plight of their local, national and international representatives in these endeavors where only mother nature has the final word. Which group is most important? Who has the best argument? It really doesn't matter because windsports are not about any one particular group, event or governing body. They are about the one thing that binds all the groups together; passion.

So I'll go sailing when I can. But in the dead of winter when the lakes are frozen and 12 inches of snow is piled up at the door, Id like to watch some exciting and picturesque coverage of the thing I am most passionate about. Does this mean I can't/ won't pick up a book, magazine or read my daily Scuttlebutt? Heck no. But it means that I'd rather have the opportunity to watch crash-and-burn skiff action or a documentary on the TransPac rather than the next mindless episode of some staged "reality" show. And hey, if someone else just happens to be watching sailing too and decides to give it a try - that's probably not all bad.

 by Steve Greene - reprinted rom Scuttlebutt...

 



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Ford - Supporter and Official Car of the 32nd America's Cup

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AC Management, the event organizer for the 32nd America's Cup has announced a collaboration with Ford under which the car manufacturer will become a Supporter and Official Car of the 32nd America's Cup. Ford has supported several America's Cup teams in the past, most recently with the OneWorld Challenge in 2003, but this is the first time in the recent history of the America's Cup that the company has backed the event organization. Under the agreement, Ford will provide the transport services at each event in locations across Europe.   more...

 



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The World Sailing Speed Record

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The World Sailing Speed Record has quickly acted to ratify the outright Trans-Med record of Bruno Peyron and a crew of 10 aboard the maxi-catamaran Orange II for the 458 mile course from Marseilles to Carthage. The new record is 17 hours 56 minutes 33 seconds - 50 minutes faster than the former standard set by Steve Fossett on PlayStation in 2002. The official average speed for this record run was a blistering 25.53 knots.   more...

 



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GBR CHALLENGE

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Britain's GBR America's Cup challenge team seems to have lost HSBC as title sponsor. Last Friday the team members were told in a confidential update that a principal commercial backer was on the brink of signing up, yet a senior figure at the bank said: "As we stand today, we will not be sponsoring the GBR Challenge." GBR's internal briefing told the team that the deal was expected to be sealed several weeks ago, but had been delayed by the detail of what the sponsor wanted in the three years building up to the 2007 America's Cup in Valencia. HSBC's move counts as a significant setback for GBR. Contact has been maintained with two would-be other sponsors, thought to be Barclays and HP. - The Daily Telegraph,   more...

 



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Hallberg-Rassy 43

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The Hallberg-Rassy 43, designed by German Frers, is a comfortable offshore cruiser from a well-respected Swedish builder. Hull and deck construction meet the high standards we have come to expect from Hallberg-Rassy, as does the excellent mahogany joinery down below. The interior accommodation includes many features we like to find on long-distance cruising boats: a well-positioned wet locker, lots of solid handholds, lots of general stowage space (though it is somewhat limited in the galley), and generous fuel and water capacity. We liked the commodious staterooms fore and aft and were agog at the large heads. The forward head has room for an optional washer/dryer installation; this seems the most logical place for such equipment. We found the systems to be above average and were particularly impressed by the DC high-current panel and clean AC installation. There were some anomalies, such as untinned wire and less-than-optimal battery clamps and cables, that are commonly found on European boats.   more...
 


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Trader Publishing Company acquires boats.com and YachtWorld.com

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Trader Publishing Company, which operates over 35 web sites and publishes over 700 print magazines, including US boating magazines like Soundings and Boat Trader, announced today that it had acquired boats.com and YachtWorld.com.

The company said in a press release that the acquisition of these sites "brings under Trader's umbrella the global marine industry's largest group of independently operated databases of boats for sale."

"Their recognition and acquisition of our market leadership position will enable both companies to continue our charter to provide new ways for the professional marine industry to sell more products while providing the personal service that our clients have come to expect from us," said James Nolan, spokesperson for boats.com, Inc.  more...

 



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Bayview Yacht Club's Women's Invitational Cup -- All Boats are Winners

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Detroit, 28 September 2004 - Bayview Yacht Club's first annual Women's Invitational Cup was a huge success! With only 4 weeks of planning, there were 14 boats of local women racers - what a way to launch an event!

The forecast of 76 degrees and sunny -- you couldn't ask for a better day in mid-September, well maybe a few more knots of breeze... The day started out with calm waters and the wind at 3-5 knots. A slight postponement due to light and shifty breeze allowed the Race Committee to send a mark boat back to shore to tow out 2 of the competitors who had engine troubles while giving the competitors a little more time to do a couple more practice maneuvers as many of these women had not sailed together prior to the race. One boat however, Defiant, had three practice sessions gearing up for the event!

First race was a W/L, 6 legs for the J120 class, and 4 legs for the PHRF and JAM classes. What a sight to see with so many spectator boats following the boats to the first mark and taking pictures! First places went to Merlin, Avatar, and Flirt in the J120, PHRF, and JAM classes respectively. The breeze filled in a bit with a steady 6-8 knots while the Race Committee polled the competitors to see if they would like to run a second race since the NOR stated no race would start after 12:30 - and the fleet responded with a resounding YES!

The second race was a fun one... Half-mile W/L/W legs for the J120s (not much time to pack that kite!), one windward leg for PHRF & JAM, with the last leg for all boats being a reach down the river for a finish in front of Bayview Yacht Club on the Detroit River. Merlin, Avatar, and Nemesis took first for the J120, PHRF, and JAM classes in the second race.

Other "Firsts" go to:

-- the Race Committee for a well-run event

-- each and every race competitor

-- all boat owners for allowing their boats to compete

-- all of the on-the-water "spectating" photographers and after race show

After the races, competitors were invited to Bayview Yacht Club for the awards party and slideshow. All participants and owners received event t-shirts, and flags were given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each class. For full results, see http://www.byc.com

Stay tuned...planning is underway for the 2nd Annual Bayview Yacht Club Women's Invitational Cup ... if you have any comments or suggestions, let me know!

Lynn Kotwicki

lynnsuzette@yahoo.com

Photo Credits: Chris Clark

 

 



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2004 Citibank J/24 World Championship

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J24W04-0490.jpgDave CURTIS, from Marblehead, MA is leading the pack of 75 international teams after the first day of the 2004 Citibank J/24 World Championships, followed by Jens HOOKANSON (USA) and Jeffrey JOHNSTONE (USA), with 14 points each.

Tomomi HATAKEYAMA took line honours in the first race, and as they crossed the finish line their shouts of joy drowned out the first-place gun. Things got a little wild in the second race of the day. After two general recalls, the Race Committee flew the Z flag, and even then some teams were OCS, including current World Champion Brad READ, who, leading the pack after the start, flew the spinnaker to pick up speed as he rushed back to re-start.   more...

 



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EAGAN WINS U.S. OFFSHORE CHAMPIONSHIP

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Portsmouth, RI (September 28, 2004) – After three days of racing at the U.S. Offshore Championship hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California, it ultimately boiled down to a duel between Marc Eagan (Metairie, La.) and Aaron Houston (Chicago, IL) to determine the winner. In the end, Eagan’s consistent placing in the top four every race throughout the regatta earned him the National Champion title and US SAILING’s Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. The U.S. Naval Academy’s team (Annapolis, Md.) demonstrated a consistent performance throughout the Championship sailed in Catalina 37s, taking home third place. Rolex Watch U.S.A. sponsors this and all other US SAILING Adult National Championships.   more...


 



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