06 January 2014

Spinnaker takedown onboard the J Class Yacht Hanuman (video)

Spinnaker takedown onboard the J Class Yacht Hanuman (video above)5 minute drill for a spinnaker take-down on a J Boat off of Newport Rhode Island 2009. Wind was 15-20knots from SW. Boatspeed was 12.5knots. Rain squalls threatened and spit . . . Temperature was 62 F. Dolphins danced off our bows briefly (not in this video). We were practicing maneuvers and testing sails onboard the J Class Yacht. Several new sails had been delivered and most of the crew was involved in making sure they fit properly and that the boat was set up properly to handle them. J Class Yachts were sailed before World War Two but have seen a resurgence as expressions of the beauty of sail. That said they are huge and must be handled carefully witness the way the bowman is whipped around like a rag doll when he release the A2 spinnaker tack.

Crewman Dies as Storm Dismasts Yacht in Cape to Rio Race - Bloomberg: A crewman on a yacht taking part in the Cape to Rio race died and others were injured as gales damaged at least eight boats in the competition from South Africa to Brazil. The death and injuries on Bille, which also lost its mast, were reported yesterday, a day after the competition started in Cape Town, race Chairman Ray Matthews said in a statement on the event’s website. The boats sailed into rough seas about 75 nautical miles (86 miles) from the start, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute said in a separate e-mailed statement today. The boats “suffered damage in what is reported as conditions of up to eight-meter (26-foot) swells and up to 60-knot gale-force winds,” the NSRI said...

Yachting: Cup challenge to be a snip at $80m - Sport - NZ Herald News: " . . . If OTUSA (Oracle Team USA) is sincere about keeping sport's oldest (and one of the most significant) sponsorships, it will need to produce more than the lame duck regatta of last time; Louis Vuitton are not known for backing lame ducks. That suggests cost reduction efforts will be genuinely pursued. Cost and Oracle's considerable technological lead and experience in giant multi-hulls were all factors in potential challengers dropping out last time - and Ellison will not want his credibility swamped again under a wave of no-shows"

Local competitive sailing season about to hit high point - Outdoors - MiamiHerald.com:
Jan. 15 is the start of the 2014 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, with 37 boats registered so far vying to be fastest covering the 160 miles from Port Everglades to Key West Harbor... Quantum Key West 2014 beginning Jan. 19. Teams from up to a dozen countries will line up in the open ocean off the southernmost city to compete in Melges 24 and 32; the 52 class; J/70; and Mini-Maxi. Jan. 25 - in Miami -the ISAF Sailing World Cup on Biscayne Bay. The regatta, which runs through Feb. 1, is the only North American event included in the ISAF 2013-14 Sailing World Cup Series...All 10 Olympic and all three Paralympic classes will be featured. The Olympic classes are Laser (men); Laser Radial (women); Finn (men); men’s and women’s windsurfing; 49er (men); 49er FX (women); men’s and women’s 470; and Nacra 17 (mixed). The Paralympic classes for disabled sailors are 2.4mR; SKUD-18’ and Sonar. Headquarters is the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove. Coral Reef Yacht Club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Miami Rowing Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami will cohost... 

Sailing to a paradise so close to home
Victorville Daily Press
CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA • It's a little stretch of paradise off the coast of busy Los Angeles. My wife and I first came here more than 40 years ago, and now after all these years, we boarded a big Catalina Express vessel for the hour-long cruise ...

GU Sailing Wins Rose Bowl Regatta
Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team won the 29th annual Rose Bowl Regatta, held in Long Beach, Calif., this past weekend. The Hoyas competed in a field of 26 collegiate teams sailing CFJ dinghies that measured 13 feet, 3 inches with ...

Sailing gods shine on Keppel Bay club's Brett Pearson
Central Queensland news
While the conditions claimed many causalities, the sailing gods shone on Keppel BaySailing Club's Pearson, with the local leapfrogging fellow competitors to move into a comfortable eighth position on the leaderboard. Pleased with his results, Pearson ...

Sailing into a good place
Marlborough Express (blog)
The great thing about sailing is still getting out on the water, getting the sails up and turning the motor off. The boat grows silent and there's just the wind above and the water against the hull. And usually some gentle encouragement from the skipper.

Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation official charity of London Boat Show
Yachting and Boating World
Managing Director of National Boat Shows Murray Ellis said: "We are proud to be partnering with The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation at the 2014 London Boat Show. Andrew was a huge supporter of the Boat Shows, frequently giving his time to support ...

One Bar Playa Blanca Voted World's Favourite Yachting Bar! 
Scuttlebutt Sailing News: "This year’s contest was again extremely tight between the winning bar and the runners up, including the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis, the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI, the Oar on Block Island, The King & Queen in Hamble, GB, the Yacht Club Micalvi in Chili, Maddie’s Sail Loft in Marblehead, Mass, Schooner Wharf in Key West, and Pier 23 in San Francisco...."

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