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A Lean, Mean, Sailing Machine

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It’s difficult for the average sailor to imagine sailing alone on a 60-foot boat, surfing down huge seas created by the sustained fury of the icy Southern Ocean. Boat speeds of 20 knots and more are frequent, and icebergs are a concern. Designing a boat that will be up to the punishing conditions and still be one built for speed is a tricky undertaking. Getting the numbers right is one matter, being lucky is another. There is no shortage of risks inherent in this kind of sailing, as noted in a terse e-mail back to shore in the 2002-2003 Around Alone by solo sailor Bruce Schwab.   more...

 

 



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One Hand for the Boat

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By Lee Högman

My friend Gabe has a 36-foot MacGregor catamaran that he keeps at Boulder Yacht Club, on Carlyle Lake, IL.  Gabe sometimes shows up by himself, looking for crew for the day, which is just fine by several of the BYC folks who love to "ride a hull" on Tango—me included.  By design, catamarans are rather fast and Tango follows suit very nicely. I have been on Tango when three people had to ride the windward hull to keep it near the water. Compared to sailing my little 21 footer, that's excitement. Being able to keep up with Tango is the generally accepted benchmark for speed on Carlyle Lake.   more...

 

 



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ACM expected to announce Pre-Regatta dates

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The organizer of the 32nd America’s Cup, AC Management, has been working in Valencia to establish the 2004 racing schedule and the dates for meetings to be held in Valencia with the new teams.

ACM will inform the teams and the public March 16th of the selected cities for the "Pre-Regattas" to be held this fall. Valencia, host of the next defense in 2007, has already been named as one site, and target dates for all three events released (September 5-12, September 25-October 3, and October 17-23), but the two remaining locations were still being determined.

The announcement will be made at Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, where ACM is expected to reveal the details of the three 2004 events.    more...

 



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News from the OzBoyz Challenge

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OzBoyz Challenge has confirmed the participation of a team in the 2004 Match Racing European Circuit. The OzBoyz Challenge Match Racing Team will commence their program with the Elba Cup. This Grade 1 event will be held from May 02nd to 09th on the picturesque Island of Elba in Italy. The details of the OzBoyz Challenge Match Racing Team will be released in March 04.

This announcement follows the confirmation of the OzBoyz Challenge participation in the three America’s Cup Pre-Regatta’s commencing in September 2004 in Valencia. more...



 



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John Sweeney explains the eBay choice

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This is the John Sweeney's response to the many forums that have had folks ask questions, why eBay?

"I really enjoy reading the different forums and everyone's take on our America's Cup project. I would like to submit two points for everyone to talk about.

First off, we know of almost a dozen companies that will sponsor a Cup team. We also know that most have not made a decision on what team to sponsor. So it was logical to create a global marketing idea that got us in front of these decision makers before we missed out.

Ebay was the only choice because we would be there largest auction they have ever had. The size of the auction would generate needed global marketing and awareness.
We believe that any company looking at the Cup will have to take a strong look at our package. Why would you want to pay $25 million to be one of five sponsors when you can be the sole sponsor for $30 and have your own team? That's the theory at least, we will have to see if it works.
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Sailing stars line up in Miami for Bacardi Cup

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Olympic Gold medallist Iain Percy and team mate Steve Mitchell will be put to the test this week when they line up against some of the best Star class sailors in the world at the Bacardi Cup in Miami.

RYA Team GBR sailors Percy and Mitchell have had many successes since they stepped into the class only a few years ago, winning the world championships in 2002 and taking the bronze medal at the same event in 2003. Last year they finished runner up to Peter Bromby and Martin Siese of Bermuda at the Bacardi Cup and this year will be looking to go one better.

In the Olympic year the event has attracted a huge line up of sailing stars, amongst them many world and Olympic champions. Current world champion Xavier Rohart of France will be amongst the line up as well as last years Bacardi Cup winners. With the American Star class Olympic trials only weeks away there is also going to be tough competition from the likes of Paul Cayard, John Kostecki and Mark Reynolds.

More than 100 teams are entered in total, representing 22 countries and racing will take place in Biscayne Bay. The event comprises of six races with the series getting underway today and concluding on Friday 12 March.    more...

 



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Cheyenne 972 miles SW of Wellington, New Zealand:

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Saturday 1729 GMT - Day 28-1/2 - Farewell Indian, Hello Pacific

Strong run all day as conditions remain very good

1800+ miles ahead of Orange 2002

Saturday 6 March 2004 - 1729 GMT - 972 miles SW of Wellington, New Zealand: After the excitement earlier today of leaving behind Australian waters and the Indian Ocean for the new reaches of the Pacific (including claiming a new Indian Ocean best passage time of 9 days 20 hrs), Steve Fossett's team on Cheyenne continued to storm eastwards throughout the 29th day of their Round The World record attempt Saturday, averaging 22.5 kts to rack up another 277 nm since 0510z.

At last reported position Cheyenne is over 1800 nm ahead of the 110' maxicat Orange's 2002 RTW record track and nearly at the midway point of their RTW journey*.   more...



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Sea the world

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BRISTOL — Feeling blue from Maine's long, frigid winter? Don't let the Martin family hear you complain. The family of five, who moved to a seasonal rental home here in September, spent two winters and three summers sailing and living on board their 33-foot sailboat in the icy waters of Iceland and northern Norway.

When they began the trip in 1997, the three children were all under age 9.

They faced stormy surges in the middle of the Atlantic and were almost crushed by ice in Spitsbergen, Norway. The seawater was so cold that survival was unlikely if they fell overboard.

There was no refrigerator, clothes were washed by hand, and bathwater was heated on the stove. They saw whales, walruses and encountered a polar bear.

By 2000, they had sailed 11,000 miles and visited eight countries and territories - talk about a hard-core family adventure. But then again, the Martins are all about excitement at sea.   more...



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SA chases America's Cup dream

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South Africa, led by Cape Town, is to mount a challenge for the 153-year-old America's Cup, the most prestigious yachting event in the world.

Taking part in the 2007 America's Cup would lead to tremendous spin-offs for tourism, focusing the eyes of the world on this country, particularly Cape Town.

Winning would give South Africa - already a force to be reckoned with in deep-sea competitive sailing - the chance to host the event in 2011.

A local syndicate has already bought a yacht, the Luna Rossa, from Prada, the Italian challenger in previous races, which will be the training vessel for the South African crew. She arrives in Cape Town today and will be berthed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for the next three years.   more...



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All change at Heineken Regatta - Day 2

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Which would you rather be, late for the start, or bang on the button? Simple question really, but for a surprisingly large number of boats today, the second race in the St Maarten Heineken regatta, choosing the right answer was to make a significant difference.

Take Rosebud, the TP52. They won the big class yesterday by a handy margin, but today they seemed to have missed the fact that the start order had been changed and that Spinnaker 1 was now first off so that the maxis in the class wouldn't have a gaggle of multihulls to carve through on the first leg of the course. When they did finally wake up, the rest of the class were long gone.   more...

 



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Newport To Bermuda Race

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Entry Application Forms Available

Newport Bermuda Race organizers had hoped to keep the entry process totally on-line for 2004, but bugs in the system have forced a temporary change. Initial “Application for Entry” documents are now available on the event website at the address below and once this downloadable, paper form is submitted by fax or mail and approved, the entry process will continue with on-line forms.   more...

 



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Van den Heede to finish on Tuesday

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Jean Luc van den Heede is now over 28 days ahead of the singlehanded, westabout, global sailing record. Sailing Adrien, his 85ft aluminium monohull, den Heede set off from Les Sables d'Olonne on 7 November last year and, after 118 days at sea, is scheduled to finish next Tuesday.

He's currently heading back up the Atlantic in a southerly 25kt breeze at a position of 35°28'N / 22°05'W and has just 1,085 miles to the finish. Chatting from the boat this morning den Heede said: "Yet another fine day with some great wind conditions. Last night, I re-hoisted the solent, I even took in a reef, as we were surfing along a bit too fast for my taste and today, it's perfect. I'm sure Adrien can feel that she's almost home! My lead over my predecessor increased once again by more than one day. So, in short, you can guess, everything is going well and I'm feeling great.   more...

 



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Maxi Clash at Heineken Regatta - Day 1

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Two hours 30mins after the start and 35 miles later Pyewacket took line honours at the end of the first race in the Heineken regatta in St Maarten, beating Morning Glory by 55 seconds. But for me, aboard Pyewacket and many others watching, it was the spectacle of these two extraordinary maxis slicing downwind that was most impressive. The final result was almost incidental.

Seeing an 86 footer planning with ease makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up whether your watching or participating and carving through the 250 boat fleet at 20 knots plus is not something I'll forget easily either. When you see them in the flesh and in action, these boats really are as impressive as many have been suggesting and offer an exciting vision of the future for high performance racing.   more...


 



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New York Yacht Club Race Week

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North American championships for the Farr 395, Henderson 30 and J/35 classes will be determined at the biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, which takes place 16-25 July, 2004 in Newport, R.I.

Sailors from across the U.S. and Europe are drawn to this popular regatta for its split-racing format. The first half of the week, from July 16 to 20, is devoted to handicap racing under IMS, PHRF and Americap II, while the second half, July 22 to 25, is designed for one-design racing. A distance race, open to all divisions, takes place mid-week, July 21, and is scored separately.   more...

 



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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

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5 - 7 March 2004 St. Maarten, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Day One

After all the hype and all the speculation over the twin Z86s Morning Glory and Pyewacket, at 0920 on a grey and breezy day in the Caribbean waters off St Maarten to paraphrase Dee Smith, the divorce began.

The multihulls started before the maxis in Spinnaker 1- something that was to have a certain relevance later - but nobody really watched, all eyes were on the two white boats as they prepared for the start. Both boats had a single reef and short hoist headsails.

Robbie HAINES, Pyewacket, and Dee SMITH, Morning Glory, stayed away from each other in their pre-start; Robbie eventually opting to start about 150m further inshore than Morning Glory, closer to the island, both boats on starboard tack. At the gun the best start was by the Transpac 52 Rosebud, closely followed by Morning Glory and Pyewacket, with Clay DEUTSCH'S Chippewa surprisingly late off the line. Morning Glory was in clear air and slightly advanced on Pyewacket, but when the first header came in and the boats tacked, it was to Pyewacket's advantage. Morning Glory was just ahead, but 100m to leeward.   more...

 



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