03 May 2012

GPS Indicates Racing Yacht Hit Rocks Off Mexico

GPS suggests Calif. yacht hit rocks off Mexico - San Jose Mercury News: "The GPS tracking information shows the boat landed on Mexico's Coronado Islands at 1:36 a.m. PDT Saturday at a speed of about 6 knots. The coordinates were the last posted by the ship a day after it left from Newport Beach, where the 124-mile race to Ensenada, Mexico, began. The maker of the device was Spot LLC, a unit of Globalstar Inc. Its palm-sized gadgets track movements of sailors and other outdoor enthusiasts. . . . Gary Jobson, president of the U.S. Sailing Association, said the group would look at the GPS coordinates as part of its investigation. . . . Mavromatis was a sailor his entire life and did not appear to have ever faced scrutiny about safety, Conrad Thieme, manager of Marina Sailing, a company that rented the boat on his behalf. Mavromatis twice won the Newport-to-Ensenada race in his category and also placed second and third, said Patton, the family spokesman. . . . Patton was supposed to be the fifth crew member but canceled when his mother was hospitalized with symptoms of heart trouble in Illinois. Her health scare did not turn out to be serious. "I feel lucky, but it's not like I'm going to go out and buy a lottery ticket," he said. "I'm not the story." Spot LLC's GPS track of the destroyed yacht: http://bit.ly/K1Bdng"

The trade winds comes as a breath of fresh air to the fleet but everyone's under pressure.

Volvo Ocean Race Tracker (plots current positions of boats racing to Miami) 

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper leads but navigational nightmare ahead
Sail World
The lead three boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing at speeds well in excess of 20kts, as they enjoy the Tradewinds, having exited the Doldrums. Using the routing function of Predictwind.com, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has a small lead of ...

Sail World

Volvo Ocean Race - Battle at the head of the fleet continues
Sail World
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the battle at the head of the fleet rages on as Ken Read and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have managed to keep Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Team Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) at bay ...

Sail World

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica fights in the Trades
BYM News (press release)
Calm always follows a storm and now after grappling with the light airs around the belt of calms at the Equator, Iker Martínez's “Telefónica” is sailing with the trade winds and notching up some good boat speeds in an ocean match race against “Puma” ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama 4 Ariadne's thread
BYM News (press release)
Offshore of Kourou's satellite launching station in French Guiana, Groupama 4 has escaped what ended up being a fairly cooperative passage through the Doldrums, which has enabled her to move up into fourth position to the detriment of Abu Dhabi.

Volvo leaders ready to pounce
MIAMI — Overall Volvo Ocean Race leaders Telefonica were right on the shoulders of Puma and Camper on Wednesday, with less than seven nautical miles between the top three in a leg that has turned into two distinct battles. The Spanish team's average ...


Yachting: Three way battle for lead in Volvo Ocean Race
New Zealand Herald
Shifting the stack before gybing, onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Photo / Hamish Hooper. There's a growing belief line honours in the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race could come down to the ...

Volvo Ocean Race :PUMA clings on in closet of matches
BYM News (press release)
For the second night running, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) have clung on to the Leg 6 lead in the tightest of matches, holding off CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP).

Volvo Ocean Race: Tight at front as fleet exit Doldrums
Sail World
Groupama closed the gap to just four miles in terms of distance to finish, and despite a lateral split of 40 miles, both teams were evenly matched averaging around 17.5 knots. by Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race ' Onboard Puma Ocean Racing during leg 6 ...

Sail World

Volvo Ocean Race - Monotony disrupted onboard Mar Mostro
Sail World
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 10 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: 'It smells awful down there. Not sure how we crossed the equator without a single daytime rain squall to shower in!' Jono Swain.

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90 mini-chefs to take part in Volvo Ocean Race
Galway Independent
by Marie Madden Global Village 2012 is a new feature of the Volvo Ocean Race this summer and is a free event located in South Park. The village is a business-to-business initiative based on a trading post concept of open and free showcasing and trading ...

Camper still second in drag race to Miami
On board Puma Amory Ross said the close racing - the closest prolonged attack of the entireVolvo Ocean Race - meant total concentration was required as they enjoyed the constant company of their rivals. "At least today we were ready for it!

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper snapping at Puma's transom
After 36 hours of constant attack from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP), the crew of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 leader, Puma (Ken Read/USA), is facing another night of combat, with the distances ...


Making up lost ground with the help of the doldrums
Irish Times
Since leaving Itajai 10 days ago, we've been in last place in the Volvo Ocean Race for most of that time. But it's not all bad news here on Groupama 4 as we prepare to exit the doldrums for the fourth and final time in this race.

Retracing Roots - Mexico 1968 Olympic Sailing Competition
International Sailing Federation
On Saturday, October 12, the Olympic Flame arrived in Acapulco, Mexico where thesailing facilities had been transformed by new construction over the past two years into truly Olympic proportions. For the 5000 plus athletes in Mexico City, ...

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Yacht deaths are sobering reminder of sailing's dangers
By Tim Zimmermann, Special for USA TODAY Two fatal sailing disasters have rocked the California racing community and left sailors struggling to absorb the impact and implications of the incidents that killed eight people. PO3C Seth Johnson, AP In this ...


Final Event Will Determine American Women's Match Racing Team for 2012Olympic ...
International Sailing Federation
On 4 May, the USA's top Olympic hopefuls in Women's Match Racing will begin competition in the 2012 US Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, in Weymouth, England. Organized by US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport and theOlympic Sailing ...

International Sailing Federation

US Sailing panel to probe N. Calif. yacht accident
Fox News
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard is asking sailing's national governing body to investigate last month's fatal yacht racing accident off the San Francisco coast. US Sailing on Tuesday announced a panel of experienced sailors who will look into the ...

California yacht racing suspension set to end later in month
The Coast Guard declared a temporary "stand down" last week following the fatal wreck near the Farallone Islands, and just two days before four more sailors died after setting off on a race from Southern California for Mexico. Sailing experts call the ...

US Sailing to investigate Farallones tragedy
San Francisco Chronicle
The United States Sailing Association, a nonprofit group that is the governing body for ocean yacht races, will investigate the accident last month that cost the lives of five sailors in the Crewed Farallones race on the Farallon Islands.

Yacht deaths: Boat may have hit rocks, not large ship
Los Angeles Times
Striking the island at night is a plausible theory, said Brad Avery, director of the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship. Sailors, based on the account of race officials, also have speculated that a tanker or freighter may have hit ...

AUT Professor heading to London as Olympic coach
An AUT University professor has been named as a coach in the London 2012 New Zealand Olympic Sailing Team. Dr Mark Orams, a Professor of Marine Tourism, has been confirmed as an accredited coach on the New Zealand Olympic Team.

GPS suggests racing yacht hit rocks off Mexico
Gary Jobson, president of the US Sailing Association, said the group would look at the GPS coordinates as part of its investigation. Mavromatis was a sailor his entire life and did not appear to have ever faced scrutiny about safety, said Conrad Thieme ...


Coast Guard to lift offshore sailing ban after safety review
Marin Independent-Journal
The announcement from Cynthia Stowe, Coast Guard captain for the Port of San Francisco, came during a conference call to announce a safety panel organized by the group US Sailing to study the April 14 accident near the Farallon Islands in which five ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Keeping King Neptune happy
Kansas City Star
Not caution as far as sailing and pushing the boat is concerned, but caution with regard to superstition. On Leg 1 we had two youngsters aboard who had never crossed the equator before. Rome Kirby and Amory Ross, both who had to endure the wrath of ...

Matching up—Sailing News from the US and Beyond
Sail World
One of the great changes to the trials format for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider going into the 2012 Games has been the transition to a multi-regatta qualification process. Previously, US sailors would square-off at a domestic, winner-takes-all ...

Sail World

London 2012: Sailing security threat from 'unnamed' vessels
BBC News
Ex harbour master Cdr Peter Tambling said too many boats which could not be identified passed through the area where the sailing events will be held. The fears were raised as a large Olympic security exercise began off the Dorset coast.

BBC News

Questions Surround Horrible Aegean Crash
At that point, the crew had been sailing for about 14 hours. Eric Lamb, a contractor who was on safety patrol for the race, came across the fragmented remains of the boat and the bodies of Manhattan Beach resident Kevin Rudolph, 53; Torrance resident ...

Redondo Beach sailboat destroyed, four believed dead
Easy Reader
Patch.com Under gloomy, gray skies, the usually rowdy maritime crowd celebrating the end of the annual Newport Beach-to-Ensenada regatta spent a moment of silence on Sunday to remember four lost sailors who vanished during the race.

Easy Reader

Yachtsmen died from head, neck injuries
While officials continue to investigate what happened at sea, officials determined two of the three sailors found at sea Saturday died of blunt force trauma.

175 Regatta at Royal Southern YC to include Foxer Class racing
Sail World
It was a Royal Southern Yacht Club and Hamble River Sailing Club member Hedley Bewes who first approached fellow member and yacht designer David Thomas 20 years ago with a brief for a small one-design sailing dinghy suitable for racing in the confines ...

Sail World

Kitesurfing looks to blow windsurfing out of the Olympic water
The Independent
The future of the ubiquitous windsurfer in the Olympic games sailing competitions will be decided at a vote in Italy on Saturday. The bizarre threat to its Olympic existence comes from an even stranger consideration that it should be replaced by ...

'Come and try' sailing invite in Kinghorn
Fife Today
Kinghorn Sailing Club is encouraging anyone interested in dinghy sailing to try an introductory session. Opportunities will be available on Saturday, May 12 at Kinghorn Loch as part of the Kinghorn Loch Users' Group Open Day and on Sunday 13th on the ...

Fife Today

Yacht-racing crashes spur safety discussions
Ventura County Star
A pair of deadly yacht-racing accidents along the California coast has shocked many in the localsailing community and spurred safety concerns about a sport in which fatalities are rare. Organizers of the Hardway yacht race around Santa Cruz Island are ...

Sailing: BODA Worlds Trials Heat Up
Wollmann has been sailing extremely well since coming back from the IODA South American Championships and has nine top-five finishes in fifteen starts in this series. Chase Cooper sits three points back in 3rd place while the pair of Benn Smith and ...


Jump on board with Cam Sailing Club
Cambridge News
Perfect sailing conditions, says Phil, and he should know. Secretary at Cam Sailing Club for four years, Phil has been sailing since he was 17 and is currently giving me a lesson in his beautiful boat, Zusammen. She's an Enterprise – a traditional ...

Cambridge News

Antigua Sailing Week: Day 3 Rolling in the Deep
BYM News (press release)
After two days of big breeze, day three of Antigua Sailing Week saw similar conditions for the competitors. However the Ocean mark laid for today's big boats was a new addition. It took over 300 feet of line to lay the mark four miles off the leeward ...

GPS suggests racing yacht hit rocks near Mexico
... that killed three sailors and left one missing, said Lt. Bill Burwell, an agency spokesman, Investigators are also scrutinizing the sailboat's debris, interviewing race participants and seeking records of any large ships in the area, Burwell said.

Race Village will be exciting part of Volvo Ocean Race this May
The village consists of sailing and extreme sports activities. There are educational activities for children and interactive pavilions like Volvo Ocean Race's "Life at the Extreme" exhibition which includes rides and entertainment that lets fans ...

Sailing instructor, 75, to be Olympic torch bearer
The Bolton News
AN instructor who is still training people to sail at the age of 75 is to be one of the north west Olympic torch bearers after being nominated by his club, Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, in recognition of his hard work over many years.

Sailboat in fatal crash off California may have hit rocks, not a ship
FOX 4 News
Rich Roberts, spokesman for the Newport Ocean Sailing Association, the organizers of the race, called the new information from Spot "really revealing." He added, though, that "boats have hit rocks before and were never totally demolished like this," ...

U.S. Sailing To Investigate Farallones Yacht Accident « CBS San ...
By tjfang
The Coast Guard is asking sailing's national governing body to investigate last month's fatal yacht racing accident off the San Francisco coast.
CBS San Francisco

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (May 1, 2012) – The US Coast Guard has requested that US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that occurred during the 2012 Crewed ...

LUSC hope for plain sailing at Roses - SCANonline
By Sam Robinson
This April saw Lancaster Sailing Club Race Team take on 30 other English University teams and one Irish team at the annual BUSA/BUCS Team Racing finals for the first time in Lancaster history. The team of six qualified for the event after two ...

Aussie Summer Series at Castle Cove Sailing Club Overall - Yachts ...
The various spring series are well underway at Castle Cove, and visiting overseas Olympicteams are getting set-up – but surprisingly, most activity is in significantly windier, occasionally colder, and definitely wetter weather than the recently ...
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Deaths in 2 Calif. races leave sailors reeling - WREX.com
Troy Sears, an experienced sailor who owns the San Diego-based charter company Next LevelSailing, said the GPS chart "gives an important clue if not verification of what happened to the vessel." "It looked like they plotted a course for ...
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AC72 Event May Come to Auckland | Multihulls ... - Blue Water Sailing
By val
The three America's Cup syndicates based in New Zealand could sail their new AC72s in a testregatta on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. America's Cup Race Management has offered Emirates Team New Zealand, holders Oracle Racing and Italy's ...
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