09 March 2013

Extreme Sailing Series videos; Coast Guard rescue video


Red Bull Sailing Team have been one of the form teams in Muscat this week, handling the big breeze open water racing on day one with equal skill as the light wind stadium. Roman Hagara, the double Olympic gold medal winning skipper, talks about team goals, their potential to win their first ever Act and avoiding the 'nightmare' of falling at the final hurdle on the last day.

Extreme Sailing Series day 4 video here.
Extreme Sailing Series day 3 video here.



The biggest transfer news of the 2013 Series is Morgan Larson, who steered Oman Air to second place last season, and this year joins Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi as tactician. Larson talks about the transition to the Swiss team and finding his way on the boat - and so far so good with the team claiming their first podium position since 2011 in Muscat, Oman 

Red Bull Sailing Team on the crest of a new wave
Red Bull (International)
Red Bull Sailing Team skipper Roman Hagara exchanged handshakes and slaps on the back with his crew after clinching second place in Oman. Roman knows that Red Bull's title challenge this season is more than wishful thinking.. He could, however, be ...

Red Bull Sailing Team lose Act 1 by the smallest of margins as The Wave, Muscat clinches victory » Extreme Sailing Series: "It may not have been high speed racing on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman, today but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided. Defending champion Leigh McMillan and his team on The Wave, Muscat sailed a picture perfect day coming back from a 15 point deficit to Red Bull Sailing Team to claim overall victory, in the closest possible finish on their home turf. . . ."

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 1, Muscat, Oman standings after Day 4, 28 races (March 8, 2013)
Position / Team / Points
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 232 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Pierre Le Clainche, Graeme Spence 226 points.
3rd Alinghi (SUI) Ernesto Bertarelli, Morgan Larson, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 218 points.
4th Team Duqm Oman (OMA) Robert Greenhalgh, Bleddyn Mon, Will Howden, Andrew Walsh, Nasser Al Mashari 185 points.
5th Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Mark Bulkeley, Sungwok Kim, Matt Cornwell 173 points.
6th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Shaun Mason 164 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 153 points.
8th Realteam (SUI) Jerome Clerc, Bryan Mettraux, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Cédric Schmidt, Thierry Wasem 147 points.

SAILING: Intercollegiate regatta attracts nation's best sailors - Press-Telegram: "The best collegiate big-boat sailors in the U.S. will converge on the nation's premier shipping locale for the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta . . . through Sunday. As the port continues to develop, the event also has grown so well the problem is not attracting talented teams, it's picking 10 competitors out of the many who apply ... along with picking a winner. The Port of Los Angeles is the sponsor and Los Angeles Yacht Club the regatta organizer and host, but the California Maritime Academy of Vallejo in Northern California is not only the inviting school but the two-time defending champion seeking its third consecutive victory in the West Coast's only intercollegiate big-boat regatta. . . ."


One dead, five rescued in San Clemente Island sailboat accident - latimes.com: " . . . The 30-foot sailboat Uncontrollable Urge issued a mayday call about 9:30 p.m. Friday as the boat's rudder failed and the craft began drifting toward the rocky shore of the island. Initially the sailors declined assistance from the Coast Guard and other boaters. But about 11 p.m., as the sailors attempted to anchor the vessel, its anchor would not catch and the vessel drifted even closer to shore. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from San Diego and the cutter Edisto was diverted to the scene. Finally, the sailboat entered the surf line and was broken apart by waves, forcing the crew to abandon the vessel. Six sailors were hoisted into the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and taken to a hospital where one man was pronounced dead, the Coast Guard said. . . ."

1 Killed as Sailboat Smashed on Rocks in Race | NBC 7 San Diego: "San Diego-based Coast Guard crews launched a rescue mission for a sailboat broken apart by waves in an 8-foot surf off San Clemente Island late Friday. One person died and five others were rescued from the surf in hazardous weather conditions caused by a powerful winter storm. The 30-foot sailboat was competing in the Islands Race when the vessel’s rudder failed around 9:30 p.m."

A collection of the world's top dinghy sailors and windsurfers prepare for ...
BYM News (press release)
Preparations for Oman Sail's Mussanah Race Week are in full swing, with 51 Laser Standards set to be on the start line accompanied by a host of F18 catamarans, RSX windsurfers, and youth sailors in Laser Radials, 4.7s and Optimists, 222 competitors are...

SAILING: Keelhauler crew overcomes sudden adversity
Long Beach Press-Telegram
All are racing Catalina 37s chartered from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation on an ocean course west of the L.A. Harbor entrance, visible from the bluff of Point Fermin Park. A total of 10 races are scheduled through Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m ...

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video
Sail World
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Stars shine on Biscayne Bay + Video. 'Star racing during the 86th Bacardi Cup' © Icarus Sailing Media. Organizers of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week made the most of conditions on the penultimate day of competition as the Star ...

Sail World

Wilson holds lead at Audi Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
BYM News (press release)
The second day of the Audi Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing week organized by STUDIOMILANO was met with stronger breeze allowing for three completed races for the day. The weather was beautiful with clear skies and 75 degree temperatures setting the...

International Association for Disabled Sailing chief set to take part in own ...
Insidethegames.biz
John Twomey sailing March 8 - Newly elected President of the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS), John Twomey, has revealed that he has shelved plans to retire so he can part in this year's World Championships, which are being held in ...

Crews Remove Yacht Grounded by Alleged Thieves - ABC News: "Crews removed an 82-foot yacht from a Northern California beach early Tuesday after authorities say three people stole it, stocked it with pizza and beer, then drove it a little more than 20 miles before running it aground. The luxury vessel "Darlin" was pulled from the sand at Pacifica State Beach, where it was stuck for nearly a day. Pacifica police arrested Leslie Gardner, 63, Dario Mira, 54, and Lisa Modawell, 56, on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy. Each of the three was being held on more than $1 million bail. The strange tale began early Monday when beachgoers phoned police to report the sailboat in trouble. The yacht was trapped in shallow water at low tide and unable to get back out to sea. A few wetsuit-clad surfers had paddled out in the frigid water near the grounded vessel as its hull was battered by 4- to 5-foot waves. . . ."

News-Record.com : Sailboat rescued off Cape Lookout: "Two men were rescued by the Coast Guard Wednesday after their sailboat became disabled off of Cape Lookout. Jim Southward and Pat Schoenberger were aboard the Andante II approximately 25 miles east of Cape Lookout at about5:34 p.m. when they contacted the Coast Guard that they had lost engine power, steering and were taking on water, according to a Coast Guard news release."

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