30 November 2015

RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup Videos, RORC Transatlantic Race Update

Day 3 Fleet Racing - RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup - Conditions on the penultimate day of the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup turned volatile, with 30 knot gusts and intermittent torrential downpours causing dramatic fluctuations in the wind. As a result just two races were held before a bigger, more intense deluge dumped its load on the North Sound race course causing racing to be abandoned for the day. Despite the tricky weather, star performer today was John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum with a 1-2, elevating them to second overall, five points behind the ever-consistent leader, Artemis Racing. But all eyes are also on the RC44 Fleet Race Championship which will be decided tomorrow. At present Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika, leader going into this regatta is in danger of losing the championship to Bronenosec Sailing Team. (Published on Nov 28, 2015)

Match Racing Highlights - RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup -Published on Nov 25, 2015
Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team prevailed today at the conclusion of the 2015 RC44 Match Racing Championship held on the idyllic waters of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound in the British Virgin Islands. More info: RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup

All Results: RC Forty Four RESULTS
Artemis Racing wins the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup and Team Nika the overall 2015 RC44 Fleet Racing Championship!

RORC Transatlantic Race: Tactics, Speed and Damage:
Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the International Maxi Association and supported by Marina Lanzarote, Camper & Nicholsons Marina, Port Louis Grenada and Grenada Tourism Authority.

Only the second day into the RORC Transatlantic Race and race tactics, unbelievable speed and boat damage have already added to the story. Gonzalo Botin's Spanish Class 40, Tales II, diverted into Tenerife last night. All four crew are fine but they have sustained damage to their port rudder and need to weld the problem before the Spanish team continue racing. Meanwhile Mike Gascoyne's British Class 40 Silvi Belle 2 has been eating up the miles. Mike knows all about unplanned pit-stops having spent 30 years in Formula One and expects Tales II to come roaring out of Tenerife. Tales II showed extraordinary pace at the start and will be looking to chase down Silvi Belle 2 once they get back out on the race track.

Despite the northerly route looking to be the most favoured option at the start, the two MOD 70s, Phaedo3 and Concise 10 turned south after passing Tenerife shortly after dusk on the first day, Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson chose a line to stay off Tenerife, whilst Tony Lawson's Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield gybed south earlier and played the Tenerife coast, presumably looking for acceleration in the wind.

Acceleration is an apt word to describe these two ballistic MOD 70s as both trimarans have averaged over 20 knots and have hit top speeds of over 30 knots. They are likely to have covered an astonishing 600 miles in the first 24 hours. On board it will be full on and whilst the MOD 70s are built to take on the Atlantic Ocean, there are no creature comforts on board and the incessant noise and motion means that sleep is almost impossible.

However, at around 1200 GMT on Day Two the two MOD 70s will negotiate a high pressure ridge located off the West African coast which will slow their progress. The big decision will be when to gybe west. Phaedo3 sporting a new set of sails and a more experienced crew holds a 40 mile advantage and the weather gauge, as they are further west than Concise 10. It will be interesting to see who gybes first and what the reaction will be.

There is a different opinion towards tactics amongst the three powerful Maxis taking part in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Jean-Paul Riviere's French Finot Conq 100, Nomad IV was in her element last night, blast reaching across to Tenerife in Atlantic swell and by 0900 GMT on Day Two the French Maxi had opened up a 40 mile lead on Southern Wind 94, Windfall, skippered by Irish Olympic sailor Timothy Goodbody. In the early hours of Day Two, Will Apold's Canadian Swan 78, Valkyrie chose a different option to the other Maxis. Leaving La Palma to starboard, Valkyrie looks to be taking the southerly option chosen by the two MOD 70s. Valkyrie is narrower in the beam than Nomad IV and Windfall and has better upwind performance, especially to her IRC Rating. Perhaps Valkyrie is looking to punch through the high pressure ridge to the south. Their course displayed on the YB Tracker page will reveal all.

Gerald Bibot & Michel Kleinjans contacted the RORC Race Team this morning to report their position by satellite phone from Zed 6. The Belgian catamaran is the most northerly of the fleet and after less than 24 hours racing, there is 300 miles of weather gauge between Zed 6 and the MOD 70s to the south. The two extreme tactics will play out interestingly as their courses converge on the other side of the ocean and time correction is applied for Gerald's smaller, less powerful boat.
For more information visit the dedicated event minisite: http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/

Follow the progress of the race via the fleet tracker: The RORC Transatlantic Race started at 1200 local time (GMT +0) from Marina Lanzarote bound for Grenada. The RORC Transatlantic Race YB Tracker is now LIVE! http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/tracking/2015-fleet-tracking.html

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29 November 2015

RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, RORC Transatlantic Updates, Sailing Videos

Day 2 Fleet Racing - RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup: Despite the wind gods repeatedly throwing curve balls at competitors, Torbjörn Törnqvist and his Artemis Racing crew firmly consolidated their lead in the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup regatta today. The Swedish team led going into the day and promptly won the opening two races and followed this up with a 6-2, making them top scoring boat of the day, eight points clear of Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec Sailing Team in second overall. Bronenosec Sailing Team survived best in race three when a small squall passed through North Sound. Now second, while Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika has dropped to fourth, Bronenosec is currently favourite to win the overall RC44 Fleet Racing championship. John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum finally came good in the last race, while a solid 2-2-1 in the final three races elevated the Gibraltar-based team to third overall. Published Nov 28, 2015. More info: RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup

MOD70 Delivery down to Lanzarote for the RORC Transatlantic Race - Sometimes the hardest part of a race is getting to the start line! Team Concise's MOD70 makes her way down through tough conditions to the start of the RORC Transatlantic race. Published on Nov 26, 2015.

The @RORCRacing Transatlantic Race #rorctr has started! Keep track in real time with the 2015 Fleet Tracker: RORCracing Transatlantic Tracking

See also: Race Updates and JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race, Nov 28 Start, Lanzarote to Grenada and

2015 Race Updates | News"The second edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race got away as scheduled from Marina Lanzarote with the fleet enjoying a reaching start in Atlantic swell and a solid 15 knots of breeze from the north east. Close battles are expected within the fleet for the next 3,000 miles before the yachts reach the finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. "A fantastic start," enthused Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. "Beautiful conditions for the fleet which all got away extremely well under full sail. Every single yacht competing in this race has been so well prepared and they are all expecting a very competitive race across the Atlantic...."

Graphic showing RORC Transatlantic Race Tracking - Route Destination: Grenada
RORC Transatlantic Race Tracking - Route Destination: Grenada
Northerly Route Likely for the Start | 2015 Race Updates | News"... Gerald Bibot's Belgian 42ft catamaran, Zed 6 is likely to be one of the first yachts to finish the 3,000 nautical mile race and will be hoping to win the Multihull Class after MOCRA time correction. Racing with Gerald will be Michel Kleinjans, who has set numerous world records, including the Round Britain and Ireland and Round Ireland races. Gerald Bibot is the founder of Great Circle which produces the revolutionary weather prediction and routing programme Squid. One of the features of Squid is Ensemble Modelling, running 20 related but different analytical models and then synthesizing these results into a single spread in order to improve the accuracy of predictive analytics...."

Other SAILING News:

Regatta cancelled after shipping blunder | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda Sailing: "The Flying Phantom Series finale has been cancelled. The regatta featuring 18-foot foiling catamarans, which was scheduled to take place on the Great Sound next week, was supposed to start on Sunday. However, the start was postponed after a container housing ten Phantom catamarans from Europe arrived on the Island on November 16 on the Oleander cargo ship, but was mistakenly then shipped to New York the following day. Despite efforts to salvage the event, including having the boats returned to the Island by Monday, the decision has been made to cancel the regatta."

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Giles Scott secures third Finn Gold Cup
About Scott's performance he said, “Giles was just sailing in a different league to us this week. Not making any mistakes, he has no big scores so ...
Scott wraps up early victory at Finn Gold Cup - Eurosport.co.uk
Giles Scott: GB sailor wins third Finn World Championship title - BBC News
Finn Gold Cup: Scott sweeps to early World Championship victory - BYM News (press release)

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Para World Sailing Championship Gets Underway
Melbourne, Australia (November 28, 2015) – In perfect conditions on Melbourne's Port Phillip, the first two races of the Para World Sailing ...
Para World Sailing Champs - Australian sailors ready for the challenge - Sail World (press release)
Para World Sailing Championships - Aussies and Brits shine in Melbourne's sun - BYM News (press release)
Ireland Lying Mid–Fleet at Paralympic Worlds – Day One - Afloat

3News NZ

Burling, Tuke win NZ sailing award
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won New Zealand's top sailing award for a third consecutive year. The world championship-winning 49er crew were ...
Burling and Tuke make history with NZ Sailing's Top Honour - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Sailing: Burling and Tuke scoop top yachting prize - New Zealand Herald

Prestigious sailing prize for the fabulous Baker boy
Belfast Telegraph
Northern Ireland's most talented sailors and dedicated volunteers have been honoured in celebration of their huge contribution to sailing and boating ...

Club reminisces about sailing days
DARLING Downs Sailing Club commodore Peter Mullins said it was outstanding to see so many boats on the water and to see so many past members ...

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28 November 2015

2015 RORC Transatlantic Race, Nov 28 Start, Lanzarote to Grenada

THE RORC TRANSATLANTIC RACE 2015http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/
  • The second RORC Transatlantic Race starts in Lanzarote on Saturday 28th November 2015 and the 2,995 nautical mile race runs through the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to arrive in Grenada
  • The race is run in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA)
  • The winner of the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy for best elapsed time under IRC in 2014 was Jeremy Pilkington's Lupa of London. The Baltic 78 was also presented with the International Maxi Association's Line Honours Trophy at a prizegiving ceremony held at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina at the finish in Grenada

A highly varied fleet with fascinating competitors will set off on 28th November from Lanzarote - the most eastern island in the Canary Islands chain - bound for the island of Grenada in the Caribbean in the RORC Transatlantic Race, organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with The International Maxi Association. Two MOD 70s will be locking horns in the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race, aiming for line honours and victory in a highly competitive, high-speed duel: Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo^3 and Tony Lawson's Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield are capable of a top speed in excess of 40 knots and an average 25 knots for the race. Two of the world's fastest multihulls could complete the 3000 nautical mile course in just five days.

The two MOD 70s have raced each other twice. Concise 10 got the better of Phaedo^3 in the Artemis Challenge, around the Isle of Wight Race and Phaedo^3 squared the match, beating Concise 10 in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The RORC Transatlantic Race will be the first transoceanic race between two fully crewed MOD 70s for over three years and it is highly likely that the race will be incredibly close. In the last fully crewed Transatlantic Race featuring MOD 70s, three teams finished within two hours of each other.

"There is no difference in speed between the two boats and it will come down to tactics and navigation," explains Thompson. "The MOD 70 is the best boat in the world; super-fast, very strong and reasonably safe offshore. In terms of navigation, once we leave Lanzarote we will have to negotiate the Canary Islands which will be an interesting conundrum before heading towards Grenada. Then it is principally a downwind course, although at this time of year, there is the choice of going north to hook into a cold front or going south to find the trade winds. During the race, squalls are always a big factor and this is a very open race course, so we could be hundreds of miles apart, but we will be watching each other and I think this will be a really close race. The last few hours could be very interesting. Which side of Barbados to go will be in the mix and we could see some double bluffing going on. It is quite rare to have this opportunity and a big thank you to the RORC for organising the race. We are very glad to be supporting it and the RORC Transatlantic Race is the perfect way to arrive for the RORC Caribbean 600."

The exciting addition of two MOD 70s in the second running of the RORC Transatlantic Race led to the decision to move the start location to Puerto Calero's sister facility Marina Lanzarote which is conveniently located in the island's capital Arrecife. The brand new Marina Lanzarote will host the start of the 2015 RORC Transatlantic Race on Saturday 28 November. Calero Marinas, committed to hosting the RORC Transatlantic Race for the next three years. José Juan Calero, Managing Director for Calero Marinas and RORC Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen.

Established in 1925, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) became famous for the biennial Fastnet Race and the international team event, the Admiral's Cup. It organises an annual series of domestic offshore races from its base in Cowes as well as inshore regattas such as the RORC Easter Challenge and IRC National Championships in the Solent.
Twitter:  #rorcrtr #rorcracing

Calero Marinas has developed and manages three marinas in the Canary Islands, having accrued over 35 years' experience in the sector. The Canaries' warm climate and regular supply of breeze has lead Lanzarote to become a favourite training ground for offshore race teams, whilst the combination of good flight connections and easily available services has created a popular and reliable base for international sailors. Marina Lanzarote is the newest addition to the group with secure berthing for vessels of up to 60m LOA, a wide range of services and the advantage of having the city and maritime quarter within a few minutes' walk. The new shipyard is equipped to hoist superyachts and the inclusion of deep keel pits in the yard's design was considered especially to meet the needs of transoceanic racing yachts. www.caleromarinas.com

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27 November 2015

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2015, Sailing Video

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2015 - Highlights - Published on Nov 10, 2015: The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in September 2015 brought together 17 teams from 11 countries for a pure test of yachting skill. After five days of intense competition, the Royal Thames Yacht Club (UK) emerged as the overall winner, taking home the Invitational Cup trophy and a specially engraved Rolex timepiece. The teams raced on identical New York Yacht Club Swan 42 boats equipped with the same sails, rigging and equipment. This biennial regatta promotes the Corinthian spirit, the highest standard of amateur yachting, rewarding preparation, teamwork and expertise – qualities that are prized by Rolex, Title Sponsor and partner of New York Yacht Club.

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26 November 2015

The Final Voyage of El Faro, Questions, Few Answers

Joaquin 2015-10-01 1145z
El Faro - Final Location - By National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
provided via the United States Navy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Above is a satellite image at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) on October 1 depicting the approximate final position of the SS El Faro in relation to Hurricane Joaquin.

NTSB Preliminary Report (pdf) on the fate of El Faro: "On Thursday, October 1, 2015, about 07:15 a.m. eastern daylight time, the US Coast Guard received distress alerts from the 737-foot-long roll-on/roll-off cargo ship El Faro. The US-flagged ship, owned by Sea Star Line, LLC, and operated by TOTE Services (TOTE), was 36 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, and close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. The ship was en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a cargo of containers and vehicles. Just minutes before the distress alerts, the El Faro master had called TOTE’s designated person ashore and reported that the ship was experiencing some flooding. He said the crew had controlled the ingress of water but the ship was listing 15 degrees and had lost propulsion. The Coast Guard and TOTE were unable to reestablish communication with the ship. Twenty-eight US crewmembers and five Polish workers were on board. The Coast Guard deployed helicopters and search vessels to the ship’s last known position, but the search was hampered by hurricane-force conditions on scene. On Sunday October 4, a damaged lifeboat, two damaged liferafts, and a deceased crewmember wearing an immersion suit were found. On Monday, October 5, a debris field and oil slick were found, and the Coast Guard determined that the El Faro was lost and declared the event a major marine casualty. The Coast Guard suspended the unsuccessful search for survivors at sundown on Wednesday, October 7. On Tuesday, October 6, the National Transportation Safety Board launched a full team to Jacksonville to lead the federal investigation in cooperation with the Coast Guard, the American Bureau of Shipping (the El Faro’s classification society), and TOTE as parties. The US Navy Salvage and Diving division of the Naval Seas Systems Command was contracted to locate the sunken ship, assist in the sea floor documentation of the wreckage, and recover the voyage data recorder."

SS El Faro (Wikipedia): "... On October 19, the USNS Apache departed from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek–Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia to conduct the underwater search for El Faro. The vessel was equipped with a towed pinger locator, side-scan sonar, and a remotely operated vehicle. The search crew identified a vessel on October 31 at an approximate depth of 15,000 ft (4,600 m); the NTSB reported the object to be "consistent with a [790 ft (240 m)] cargo ship...in an upright position and in one piece." On November 16, 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board announced it has completed its search of the sunken ship, but did not find the voyage data recorder..."

SS El Faro:
"Not sure if you've been following the weather at all, but there is a hurricane out here and we are heading straight into it Category 3. Last we checked, winds are super bad and seas are not great — love to everyone." 
"The saddest thing is that if a 20-year-old cadet is concerned about the storm, what the hell is going on?” said Capt. John Nicoll, 62, who lives in New Hampshire and traces his lineage back through several generations of sailors. “I'm not going to second guess. That's not fair. But I have a lot of questions.” He’s not the only one. Many maritime veterans wonder how the El Faro found itself helpless in the path of a hurricane despite plenty of warning about what lay ahead ..." source: The last voyage of El Faro | Miami Herald

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25 November 2015

Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift Racing, Day 1 & 2 Sailing Videos

Jules Verne Trophy | Day 2 | Les Alizés - Trade Winds

Jules Verne Trophy | Day 1 | Golfe de Gascogne - Bay of Biscay - Published on Nov 23, 2015

More info on the Jules Verne Trophy Race:

Other Sailing NEWS:
Coast Guard rescues man, pets from sailboat near Raccoon Island, NC: November 19, 2015 Wilmington, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island.  Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Hobucken and arrived on scene at 1 p.m. The boat crew rescued the man and his two pets and transported them to Oriental Marina & Inn located in Oriental at 2:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported, and the owner plans to have the sailboat towed.

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24 November 2015

49er and 49erFX World Championships, Buenos Aires, Sailing Videos

2015 49er and 49erFX World Championships - Day 6 - Published on Nov 22, 2015: Catch all of the action in the videos (above and below) of the worlds best skiff sailors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. for the most important event of the season. For more information: International 49er Class Association » 2015 World Championship

2015 World Championships - Magic Marine Daily Show - DAY 6 - Published on Nov 21, 2015

2015 49er & 49erFX World Championships - Day 5 - Published on Nov 20, 2015

Video above: Qualified nations form the 2015 Worlds Championships - a few people who have just qualified their nation for Rio 2016! 

Other Sailing NEWS:
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23 November 2015

Spindrift 2, IDEC SPORT, Departures, Jules Verne Trophy (videos)

Spindrift 2 Departure for the Jules Verne TrophyPublished on Nov 22, 2015: On Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 4:01:58 GMT, the trimaran Spindrift 2, led by Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli, crossed the start line that runs from Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant island, France) to Lizard Point (England) for the start of her crewed non-stop circumnavigation. The boat crossed the line in a north wind of around 10 knots, under a full mainsail and a solent. Read more at Spindrift racing.

IDEC Departure for Jules Verne Trophy: The suspense around the weather window ended Saturday noon in the port of Château in Brest, when Francis Joyon and his five crew members have gone into "green code", meaning an imminent departure. A few hours later, they were dropping the moorings of big red trimaran: "We are betting that the weather situation in the South Atlantic will become favorable, when a window is displayed, you must enter the" smiled Francis Joyon. And then here, they left towards Ushant--IDEC SPORT set off at 02:02:22 UTC on Sunday 22nd November 2015. The time to beat: Loïck Peyron and his crew (Banque Populaire) with a time of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds. To smash the Jules Verne Trophy record, IDEC SPORT has to be back across the line before 1544hrs on Wednesday 6th January. The crew: The international crew on IDEC SPORT includes just six men: Francis Joyon (FRA), Bernard Stamm (SUI), Gwénolé Gahinet (FRA), Alex Pella (ESP), Clément Surtel (FRA) and Boris Herrmann (GER). More info: idecsport-sailing.com.

Published on November 21, 2015 Claude Breton. A fan. A crazy wind and ocean, a lover of all that the sea, flying, surfing, then flits and flies. He talks about WSSRC used in ... Let that one says: The WSSRC is the body responsible for formalizing world speed records on the water. Claude Breton is its president. It was he who holds the official chronometers Jules Verne Trophy.

Jules Verne Trophy - "The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew provided the vessel has registered with the organization and paid an entry fee. A vessel holding the Jules Verne trophy will not necessarily hold the absolute round the world record. The trophy was first awarded to the first yacht which sailed around the world in less than 80 days. The name of the award is a reference to the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days in which Phileas Fogg traverses the planet (albeit by railroad and steamboat) in 80 days. The current holder is Banque Populaire V skippered by Loick Peyron in 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds." (Wikipedia)

  • The Jules Verne Trophy's starting point is defined by an imaginary line between the Créac'h lighthouse on Ouessant (Ushant) Island, France, and the Lizard Lighthouse, UK. 
  • Circumnavigate the world leaving the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and Horn to port. Cross the starting line in the opposite direction.
  • The starting line is open as of the official ratification of the trophy's rules by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
  • Propulsion of the boat must solely be by natural forces of the wind and of the crew.
  • The Jules Verne trophy is open to any type of boat with no restrictions.
  • Crew size is not restricted.
  • The circumnavigation must be completed non-stop and with no physical outside assistance.
  • Challengers must respect safety rules.
Spindrift 2’s team for Jules Verne Trophy announced | Spindrift racing"To undertake the crewed around-the-world record is as much about the human adventure as it is a technical and sporting challenge. The men and women working alongside Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard at Spindrift racing have been preparing this race against the clock for almost three years. The target: to sail around the world in less than 45 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes. The tough record they will try to beat was set by Loïck Peyron and his crew in 2012 on Banque Populaire V, which was renamed Spindrift 2 a year later."

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22 November 2015

St Barth Cata Cup 2015, 18-22 November, Sailing Videos

ST-Barth Cata-Cup 2015-DAY 2 from St Barth Cata Cup (Vimeo). Edit & images:Easy Ride-Théo Reynal-St Barth Fly cam

St Barth Cata Cup 2015 at Plage de St. Jean, St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Nov 18-22

Saint-Barth Cata-Cup"New this year at the St-Barth Cata Cup: races in live! Thanks to Dotvision Motion and its GPS and GPRS tracking system, it will be possible to follow all of the action in St-Jean Bay. Each boat will be identified by name and country, all you have to do is click on the icon to see the position, speed and ranking. For those who have missed the live, you can also go back to see the races. The round-the-island race will undoubtedly be most interesting this year!" motion.dotvision.com

ST-Barth Cata-Cup 2015-DAY 1 from St Barth Cata Cup (Vimeo).

St Barth Cata Cup 2015 - Teaser from St Barth Cata Cup (Vimeo).

Footages : Easy Ride Videos
Théo Reynal
Cineflex : St Barth Films - Philippe Ballestrazzi
Drone : St Barth FlyCam
Music : Blow Up - Kid Francescoli

Best Of - St Barth Cata Cup 2014 from St Barth Cata Cup

A Film by Théo Reynal and Easy Ride Videos
Footages : Easy Ride Videos & Théo Reynal
Aerial Footages : St Barth Flycam
Music : Sayem - A City Game
Source: Vimeo.

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21 November 2015

Race For Water Foundation, R4WO, Stopover in Rio de Janeiro video

Race For Water Foundation, R4WO, Stopover in Rio de Janeiro video - Published on Nov 18, 2015: Initiated by the Race for Water Foundation, the Race for Water Odyssey is an environmental expedition which aims to assess plastic pollution in the oceans. In the South Atlantic Ocean, the teams of the expedition stopped in Rio de Janeiro and interviewed local people to understand how pollution affects this part of the world, from an economical point of view among others

R4WO - AZORES TO BERMUDAS LEG - Published on Apr 6, 2015: The "Race for Water Odyssey" (R4WO) is an expedition that aims to reach the beaches of islands located in the ocean's 5 vortexes of trash, in order to conduct the first global assessment of plastic pollution in oceans, and highlight its consequences on the populations. All this, in a record time of under 300 days, thanks to a racing trimaran, the "MOD70 Race for Water". R4WO hopes to find answers to this question, which represents the worst ecological catastrophe in history.

R4WO - CAPSIZE OF THE MOD70 RACE FOR WATER (EN) Published on Sep 23, 2015: On her way from the Koror Islands to Chagos Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the MOD70 trimaran "Race for Water" capsized on Saturday 12th of September at 8:15PM (GMT +1), 90 miles South East from the Chagos Archipelago. As they were navigating by night with 18 to 20 knots of wind, a strong gust of wind turned the boat over.

News - Race for Water"The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) is back in Bordeaux to conclude this unprecedented human and scientific adventure started in the same city on 15 March. In nine months, the R4WO has made 17 stops in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian to explore, analyze and raise awareness of water pollution by plastic. A first observation, dramatic: the plastic pollutes everywhere. After traveling more than 32,000 miles across three oceans, sampled many beaches, encountered a thousand personalities, and experienced the painful ordeal of a capsize, environmental expedition found today the city starting its journey . In Bordeaux, it makes an initial assessment of these 9 months of data collection on plastic pollution and personalities and the public awareness about the urgency of action. Using a standardized protocol, based on that of NOAA, the expedition teams have sampled over 30 beaches, located in five major waste accumulation areas. The various partner institutions such as the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Bordeaux (France) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) are currently analyzing the collected samples. For their part, the Duke University and Oregon State (USA) study images taken by the drone of senseFly eBee company. Results are expected in 2016...."

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20 November 2015

2015 RORC Transatlantic Race: Life in the Fast Lane (2014 video)

Above: RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - Transatlantique à la voile de Lanzarote à Grenade sur un Class 40 en 14 jours, du 30 novembre au 14 décembre 2014. - Transatlantic sail from Lanzarote to Grenada on a Class 40 in 14 days, from November 30 to December 14, 2014.

  • The second RORC Transatlantic Race starts in Lanzarote on Saturday 28th November 2015 and the 2,995 nautical mile race runs through the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to arrive in Grenada
  • The race is run in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA) 
  • The winner of the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy for best elapsed time under IRC in 2014 was Jeremy Pilkington's Lupa of London. The Baltic 78 was also presented with the International Maxi Association's Line Honours Trophy at a prizegiving ceremony held at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina at the finish in Grenada 
2015 RORC Transatlantic Race - In association with the International Maxi AssociationRace begins Saturday 28th November - Start: Lanzarote - Finish: Grenada

Life in the Fast Lane
Competitors in the RORC Transatlantic Race, jointly organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the International Maxi Association, are making their way to the start from Marina Lanzarote with many of the international fleet sailing thousands of miles to take part in the second edition of the race. However, just 10 days before the start, Tony Lawson's MOD 70, Concise 10 was still in its home port of Hamble, UK, over 1,500 miles from the start line. For the RORC Transatlantic Race, Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield will be taking on Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 in a high speed duel across the Atlantic.

"Trying to get south at this time of year when you have depression after depression rolling across the Atlantic always makes things interesting, so it is going to be a fairly fruity delivery for Concise 10," commented Collier Wakefield. "We have had quite a lot of work to do on the boat to get ready for the RORC Transatlantic Race and with our base in Hamble and all the team living close by, there was no reason to leave earlier. We originally planned to leave on Monday 16th November but the change in that decision was driven by the weather. Our primary goal for the delivery is to arrive in one piece and with several weather depressions coming through, we are holding out for a weather window on Friday 20th November."

Legendary French solo sailor Francis Joyon, concurs with Concise 10. Joyon's Maxi-trimaran, IDEC SPORT is on amber alert in the Bay of Biscay for an assault on the Jules Verne Trophy. The French team may leave on Saturday at roughly the same time as Concise 10 pass their proposed start.

Collier Wakefield describes the weather scenario: "This departure takes into account more favourable conditions with a shift in the breeze to the north west, we should have about 15-20 knots, a good angle to get out of the English Channel and past Ushant. The breeze is due to build later on to 35 knots and we really want to stay just in front of that all the way down, which will mean sailing the boat to about 80% of its capability until we reach Cape Finisterre. Once we make the Portuguese coast, the weather should settle down considerably with the depressions passing north over the top of us so we should have a fast downwind ride to Lanzarote.

"At the moment, we are looking at three and a half days for the delivery, which over 2,000 miles will be very quick. We are looking at boat speeds often over 30 knots and in the early part of the delivery, the northwesterly wind chill factor will be about -5ºC, so it will be woolly hats, thermals, boots, full dry-suits, helmets and goggles."

The RORC Transatlantic Race is organised under ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, RORC Prescriptions, Category 1 plus Satellite Phone. Competing yachts are inspected before the start to ensure that they have complied with the regulations. Concise 10 will also be following these regulations for the delivery to Lanzarote.

"Safety on board is always hugely important and is always at the forefront of our minds," commented Collier Wakefield. "We have been going through all of our MOB and capsize procedures and we have everything in place with Falmouth Coastguard. On deck, all of the crew will be wearing lifejackets at all times and a bum-bag containing an AIS Beacon, knife and torch - nobody is allowed on deck without them. We are very vigilant towards all aspects of safety. Concise 10 is carrying, to the letter, all of the safety equipment required for the RORC Transatlantic Race and we are sailing with the full race crew.

"Once we get to Marina Lanzarote we will take a day off and then we will be sailing everyday to practice in the conditions for the RORC Transatlantic Race. We are really looking forward to it and it is exciting to line up against Phaedo again. We are under no illusions that they have had a lot more time on their boat than we have, and effectively it will be a one-design match race across the Atlantic. I don't want to ramp it up, but we have met each other twice and we have come out one-all so far. Phaedo have been pushing their boat hard, breaking lots of records and it is going to be very interesting to see how we come out against them. More than anything, it will be really enjoyable racing in two boats with such enormous capability in trade winds with Atlantic swell across an ocean."

Marina Lanzarote is finalising preparations for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race with a full social calendar for all competitors and invited guests. The Welcome Reception at the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife is on Monday 24th November with the Westerhall Rum Party, held in Marina Lanzarote the following day. There will be social activities every evening in the week before the start, including the Gala Dinner on Thursday 27th November.

For more information about the RORC Transatlantic Race: www.rorctransatlantic.rorc.org
source: Press Release 19 November 2015

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19 November 2015

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Bestaven and Brasseur on Le Conservateur win Class 40 into Itajai | Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 : Le Havre - Itajai | October 2015 | Take to the seas and act for the planet"Yannick Bestaven and Pierre Brasseur sailing their Guillaume Verdier designed Le Conservateur won Class 40 in the 5400NMs two handed Transat Jacques Vabre when they crossed the finish line off Itajaí, Brazil at 2040hrs and 09secs UTC this Wednesday evening to conclude a long, tense duel with Maxime Sorel and Sam Manuard on the 2015 Manuard designed V and B. When Bestaven and Brasseur clinched their overall triumph, the runners-up Sorel and Manuard are about 12NMs from the finish line. Third placed Carac Advanced Energies is more than 250NMs behind."

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